I suddenly had the maddest thought tonight, Forumosans twenty years from now.
It all started with visions of Hexuan as the food and beverage critic for the Greater Taipei/HK/Shanghai Times.
Then there’s Alley and the Italian Job crew in league with Taipei Bob and Tavern Captain, the kings of Taiwan’s “Lan Kwei Feng.” Cigars, laughs and good plonk wherever they go. Sandman organises the gigs, we bitch about his choices, but love him dearly.
Tigermnan, incredibly unchanged, but with a grandson wearing some smelly old Dead shirt. Meanwhile Zac’s patiently plotting if dad’s got it together enough to drive while busy stiffing a few of dad’s mates on dates of famous events. He’s a handsome lad and a very proud father, just like we knew he would be.
Cola rocks up, he’s bureau chief of the South China Gazette, the most respectable paper with the widest readership in the land. Amazingly his sole job is to seek content . . but he’s a whiz! We are honoured that he glanced a smile.
I hear JD Smith has hooked up with the Chief in some fancy yoga resort down the Easy Coast, but since that desalination plant in Hualien opened, it rivals Taichung in terms of ribald fun. It’s Nha Trang revisited. Which is a good thing, because that’s where Comrade Stalin’s suddenly shelved the southern gentleman for his Californian phase. The tan looks good but no one’s convinced by his assertions this time round he’ll be nice. Hell, we never stopped loving the bastard . . . but please don’t tell him!
Tainan Cowboy is still denying there is a Tainan, and we’re no longer playing the game, but rather absolutely supporting him. The thought of a newbie rollimg into TC’s town is more than any of us can bear. There are four outrageously expensive holds on foreigners taking taxis in his town . . all end up somehwere discrete and friendly.
Richardm remains aloof, which is weird because three generations agree that if they were caught in a jam, they’d seek him out immediately. He has the phone numbers of all our kids to prove it.
ImaniOU heads the reconciliation council, she’s wise and fair, incredibly. she also has amazing sway over visa requests. We hound her constantly because hell, we still have to.
Guangtou has some weird government gig and Gcat’s involved but still trying to convince us it’s innocent.
Sorry, I’m out of input time, not of ideas, although you might not have been mentioned, doesn’t mean you weren’t thought about.
Wot u think?