Indeed my aloof outer image crumbles when we get to this topic. Blew
all my dough to move to the country, and now its radios, bird scare
bombs, kareoke, etc. 24-hour radios to scare monkeys that only eat
fruit in the day. My only hope now is if WTO will wipe out the farm
economy If anybody else is gonna move to the country try
and pick “all I see is trees in every direction, no farms” setting.
Of course then there will be even more hunters dogs, and pigeon ransom
netter mafias. Gave lots of pocket radios away until there was this
one guy who wasn’t interested.
Anyway, with earplugs in don’t you feel your ears will get moldy? And
what about if there is something funny going on outside that you would
like to know about, like a fire. Anyway, if I need to use them I’m
glad that they seem to fall out after an hour, or maybe I took them
out, as I always find them on the bed.
P.S. is it true that Taiwanese, having grown up with lots of noise,
like to keep the TV on all day after immigrating to the US, lest all
the silence feel spooky?
If you are one of those types that is goal oriented and focused so
that surrounding distractions will not interfere with your game plan,
or you’ve got lots of family members that make enough noise, then you
will do great in Taiwan.
If on the other hand, you have grown up watching TV commercials where
“ah, peace and quiet, as I rest in my tent next to this woodsy lake”
is valued, then, ur… well, welcome to taiwan boot camp where such
ideas must go, otherwise you will never learn to be goal oriented, and
will instead fret neverendingly unable to convince just that one last
neighbor to cooperate.
Anyways, I am so lucky that I have two shacks separated by a
ridge line. If valley A is screwed up today then I can go to valley
B, as a psychological comfort. Apparently valley B has now some
farmer who has rigged up loudspeakers and radio to scare some
animal… every few minutes it drifts over here… I will do the usual
“find the station he has picked, compute the time lag, 3 sec. per
kilometer, to know distance”… As valley B is 5 km. wide and is
bisected by Dajia River, if I were to pursue the issue it would
probably take a whole day… and then another would pop up … etc.
and what if one wouldn’t cooperate in finding more environmentally
sound ways to deal with his problem, or likes playing the radio like
that… anyways, to sanitze my environment I would then spend many
days each year doing that and always be on edge about the next
occurance. However if I was the above goal oriented type I would be
much more happy and get much more done of the stuff I wanted to do.
Humm, so make sure there is lots of stuff that you want to do real bad
so you don’t get caught up in “saving the world”.
P.S. last night hunters came up with a rifle. Luckily they left when
asked the 13th time. I told the cops, “hey cops, a rifle you can
catch, hurry!”. They said “we’ll make a note of it.” [No, these
aren’t yuan2zhu4min2 aborigines].
P.P.S. 1995.11.30 newspaper: A Hongqi computer engineer from the USA
got killed in Taibei when he argued with the drunk ladies next door