Monday, May 27, 2013

Beware: I am looking for you


One great thing about working with your friends?

When you're in the midst of a panic attack over the cobras slithering around your workplace, you'll find something like this on your desk.

And suddenly, the situation doesn't look so grim.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A shark, a tiger, and a cobra

Let's play a game.

I'll give you a scenario and then you tell me if you think my solution is logical.

There is a shark in the water where a lot of people are swimming. So, logically, you close the beach and get everyone out of the water.

That was easy, right?

Okay, round two:

A tiger escapes from the zoo, where many people are enjoying an afternoon. Naturally, you close the zoo and don't open it again until the rogue beast is caught. 

Makes sense, right?

Alright, here's a tough one.

Two Chinese Cobras are on the loose in an urban school campus that's quite small. Some 1000+ students go there everyday. Chinese Cobras can grow to be 6' long and are poisonous and sometimes deadly. Obviously, you wait until the day is half over before you decide to make a vague announcement about some snake, without giving it a name, and then later leave a piece of paper on each teacher's desk urging them to tell the 1st-12th grade students to avoid the grassy areas, which many have to walk through to get from class to class.

Wait a minute...

NO.

That doesn't sound right.

In fact, that sounds insane.

What would make sense? Hmmm...close the freakin' campus until you find, catch, and relocate the two huge, poisonous, deadly snakes roaming around a small urban school campus.

To me, that makes a lot more sense than the advice to "walk carefully."

So there. 

Sometimes Taiwan boggles my mind.


This was the note left on my desk Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wrong turn at Sun Moon Lake

My big brother Joel flew in for a one-week visit.

We did all of the traditional things:

Din Tai Fung dinner with dumpling galore.

Scooter, scooter, scooter.

Taipei and culture.

But we also wanted to take advantage of his visit and go somewhere new: Sun Moon Lake.

From all of the reading I had done, it seemed like a great destination for a Sunday day trip.

Wrong.

Not that the trip wasn't great, but certainly not day trip great.

We got a late start (typical) and didn't hop on the HSR until 10:30. That wasn't too bad.

We arrived in Taichung at 11 and found a bus to Sun Moon Lake. I guess it was our fault for not clarifying. I anticipated a 30-minute ride. Two hours and many small towns and stops later, the bus ambled beside the lake.

Phew.

We walked around the lake and were very grateful for the cooler weather and fresher air.

After a few hours, we realized, hey this will take a long time we should probably head back and thus began the four hour trip home.

Inclusive of getting on the wrong HSR train and everything.

I wonder if Joel will ever visit again?







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