A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Mindless thoughtlessness 1 week ago It's been lonely around here the past 3½ weeks. The girls have been back in Taiwan, and while I've been busy with work during the week, and trying to ride my bike as much as possible on the weekends, I'm long past the bachelor stage in life, and it would be nice to have the family back together...
  • A consensual visit to Nanjing (Part Deux) 3 weeks ago In a war that saw no shortage of crimes against humanity, the Nanking Massacre was one of the worst. Though it happened 76 years ago, continuing tensions between the Chinese and Japanese governments ensure the atrocity is kept alive for as long as it suits political purposes. No visit to...
  • A consensual visit to Nanjing (Part 1) 3 weeks ago Rain.Every time I go on a trip, it seems, there will be rain. Areas suffering from severe droughts should invite me to come visit, for I'm sure to bring forth water down from the sky. Certainly the two days I spent in Nánjīng 南京, the former capital of the Republic of China 中華民國...
  • Zen and the art of bicycle riding in Shanghai 4 weeks ago The girls are back in Taiwan and won't be back until late next month, which means I'm now a bachelor again...for the next three weeks, anyway. In theory, this could mean clubbing every night until the wee hours of dawn, followed by orgies back home with all the morally-loose sleazy young women I...
  • Happy Father's Day...the jaded version 1 month ago The view from the Yán'ān Elevated Road 延安高架路Back when I was living in Taiwan, Father's Day was an occasion I didn't look forward to. The reason had nothing to do with the day itself, but rather the date on which it was observed by the Taiwanese. Because the words for "father" and...

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