I’m in the mood for some homilies. If you aren’t, just move to another thread. Lots of cynical ones to choose from.
There are interesting people in every country. Who have you met here that you’ve found interesting, or that you admire?
Two local people who have captured my interest:
My friend TK, who I’ve mentioned in another post. Smokes like the sky is falling, drinks like a fish, relishes women. Wears all black, keeps his hair long, yet isn’t pretentious about it. He’s one of the up and coming Ching Dynasty ceramics scholars in Taiwan. Knows the museums in Taiwan by heart. Defied his dad and studied art at university, realized his own art is shite, and went on to get two M.As and a Ph.D. in art history. He taught me about the aboriginal peoples here, and about the joys of betel nut. I took him to Plush one night, and he had to leave after five minutes. Said the place made him physically sick, with it’s overloud music, vibrating floor, and pretentiousness. We ended up draining several pitchers of beer at a dive somewhere, discussing art and history, and chewing betel nut. Got to love a guy who just does what he wants to do, and works hard at it.
Mr. Ye, one my good friends who runs a local company. Can drink with the boys and have, but never screws around on his wife, even though every one of his business associates does. Told me one time that he thinks his wife is by far the sexiest woman in Taiwan. They’ve been married 20 years. Is the concientious and honest yet still turns a healthy profit. Never heard the man complain, never seen him treat anyone with anything but respect.