People I met today:
- Teacher Zoe We had our first and last lesson today; last because, happily, she got a real job. Too bad for me, because she seemed like a cool cat, but awesome for her. 恭喜找到工作！
- Aussie Luke We sat at his cafe and shot the breeze for a while. He is a goofball. We talked Supersonics and made plans to meet for dinner and go to the Shilin night market (士林夜市). In the end though, we didn’t meet up; due to torrential rain and sleepiness. I actually got down there… and it was a bunch of clothes shopping.
- Skritter Jake I met him between 事情s down near Zhongshang Station. We sat at a French looking cafe, that seemed so French I felt like talking French. He’ll be gone in a week, but I hope to see him again, get to know him better. I’m pretty sure he’s one of the good guys, the “Jedi” as I keep saying, annoyingly. When he left for his 事情 we were talking about the joy of language learning, which, we were saying, a lot of Chinese learners were so willing to forgo. I’m going to think about that, and it’s going to be a blog post. Or a philosophy. Either way, it should be good news, not “no pain, no gain.”
- Yakitori Stella and the Gang. I had dinner alone at a yakitori, the kind where they yell “welcome” whenever someone walks through the door, even if it’s a waiter coming in from a smoke break. As I was chomping on my skewers, they were telling jokes and keeping me entertained. When people ask where I’m from, I always say, “Guess,” and this time the dude said immediately “America.” Accent.
It’s not a gringo-fabulous accent, be he said it was there. Yakitori Stella guessed philippine heritage. I left that place with red eyes, a stomach ache and a new phrase: Ho dala! Drink it!
Tomorrow: No idea.