feeling a little disoreiented jumping from houston to taipei, but here it goes:
right after getting off the plane in LAX who’s the first guy i meet? a real, fire breathing wiseguy! he tried to steer me away from choosing any other hotel but the one he was pushing. when i said no thanks he called me shithead.then i pulled a DeNiro on him. i listened to what he had to say, then politely said, i understand what it is you do, but i’d be a finnochio if i just wimped out and followed what you tell me to do. but i wish you the best of luck and bon’ sera. it worked! and i’m not even a real gangster!
LA is the easiest city in the world to drive in, contrary to what you hear. i went to hollywood no problem and malibu beach. rained all day.
i got to houston and met my son and daughter in our usual “mom and dad are divorced” drop off spot and had them for two whole days (how generous she is). we had two weekends together and i went to my son’s jump rope workshop.
in louisiana i did two big cookoffs for the family. first one was spaghetti and the other was chinese. we went to baton rouge and the most beautiful place in louisiana, St. Francisville. lots of plantations and ghost stories!
this is the first time i actually miss the US. things i don’t miss are the “support our troops” stickers, walmart culture, oversized portions at restaurants, mass obesity, and the general give-up-ed-ness of people waiting for the end of the world (that’s why i’m a preterist). america makes me feel old. taiwan makes me feel like i have a future.