Away from the rock since Dec 1999 when I was exiled from the place I was "hatched" (reptile that I am) to the big rock of the US of A Via EVA 743 Combi. Not quite 20 years but I can't bother counting how many years, and months and days and seconds that is.
I really don't think its hotter today then it was 20 years ago. Anyone have any charts from the Taiwan weather bureaucrats?
Yes I moved from Frisco (please don't call it that when you are here though , you may be lynched by the local yokels).
Because SF is reaally tooo cold for me. There is NO summer in SF. NONE. It seems every night whether it be so called summer or winter or fall or spring it is something like 10c or less. Every frickin night in the Sunset district. Too bloody cold for this reptile. So i moved over to the East Bay. Which is wonderful. But yes Concord is actually hotter in our summer then it is at the Equator. And today , my third day of a broken aircon when it is 37 outside and 36 inside and my poor cat wants to take off his fur coat but cant. It is H.O.T.
They said they will fix the AC tomo. I hope so.
Sitting here, after a swim in the (only swimmable when its 35c plus weather) pool I think I am back in TAiwan. HOT as heck , two fans on.SWEAT pouring down... WONDERFUL !!!
The wife who is currently on vacation back in INDO. I love having her here 11 months of the year but I am enjoying my month of bachelorness when I am not commanded by her majesty every five mins. Well anyways, she actually likes our cold weather in spring and fall but not so much winter !!! She actually does NOT like hot weather. I guess growing up at the equator one actually seeks cooler climes? Not THIS reptile. no.
And I call TAiwan the Rock , affectionately. It is afterall my birthplace and "true" home.
I never realized how small the rock was until I realized how small it was !!!
Especially with all these high speed trains and freeways and what not.
The Taiwan I knew back then had no railroad to Hualian and one had to get there via plane or a the very dangerous Suao to Hualian cliff hanger of a road !!! Or later they had the Hualian ferry which was AWESOME for 250 nt. ONly sailed on it once and then it sank.
Going to Oluanbi to stay at the FASD hostel (which was haunted and the crew went home each night) and so remote you had only a radar station a mile away and getting to Oluanbi then was on a two lane black top on the govt bus from Ktown. It felt like going to Tierra del Fuego. Not that I have been to Tierra del Fuego but it appeared to me that would be what it would feel like.
Nothing beats SUMMER in TAiwan. That's close to heaven for me.