Today I won NT$20 at dice at a friend’s house.
That was after hours during which I was variously down to my last NT$10 and up by almost NT$300. The Ah-gong was merciless. Each time he threw he made a grand show of thumping the bowl before he let loose with the dice (as I soon found out you’re not allowed to touch the bowl after the dice are down). He hardly ever volunteered for the first throw. Instead, he made little bets of NT$10, then started rolling out the NT$50 bets. After he wiped out two kids and one uncle, I decided I’d had enough and politely bowed out, and everyone else got out too. He got really mad because some of us still had coins, and maybe he even knew I was up by NT$20. Then he conned one of the kids into playing him one-on-one by offering her NT$10 to bet with. When she lost, he took the coin back and told her to go get NT$10 from her dad.
Let’s see, what else.
I saw that Britney Spears shaved her head, that the New Year in Beijing is kind of a big deal, that freeway traffic isn’t all that bad, that every amusement park type place in Taiwan has a TV ad, and that Taiwan variety show hosts do amazing pig imitations.
I ate a lot of pork. I drank a fair amount of Kaoliang. I held a sparkler.
All in all, a pretty fun day.