I have not been in Taiwan but 6 weeks and I have already experienced two earthquakes.
Now we have a supertyphoon threatening to stir things up.
Here you can read more.
Or, take a look at this pic taken by Yours Truly, at the beach here in Hualien. This was taken when the storm was a couple of hundred kilometers offshore.
I discovered this couple–young, strong, good looking and imbued with the sort of confidence that we wish that we all had–by chance surfing the internet one evening. I think I was on Youtube.
Riley and Elayna are seeing the world by sailboat. They are privvy to the most spectacular sunsets on the planet.
Originally Riley did not have any sailing experience, but he had some money saved from working on the oilrigs. He purchased a boat from a trio of arguing Italians, somewhere in the Adriatic. I think he got a good deal.
Since then, along with Elayna who he met in a nightclub (was she performing at the time?), they have managed to cross the Seven Seas, and are now in the Marquesas Islands in the middle of the South Pacific, in the middle of paradise and one of the most remote places on Earth. This is where Thor Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame went years ago, holing up with wife Liz and a baby pig in a cave while the natives beat the drums of war and threatened to come and get them. I remember him talking about how lush and beautiful his surroundings were, and how the native’s lower limbs were all swollen from elephantiasis.
Here are some links to their growing internet presence. Youtube
Here is a link to a site where they try to raise money for adventures to come.
Then there are all the other social media sites, which are listed on the right side of their Facebook page. And, there is the attendant media publicity.
What this couple has going for them is pretty much a little bit of everything. Elayna is simply a great presence. She is as charming as they come. She is a cook, videographer, first mate, musician, sailor, storyteller and much, much more. Plus, she is the loveliest woman you will ever lay eyes on.
Riley is the modern-day swashbuckler, a man with a moustache and a bit of a profile of a pirate. He has the unique ability to catch fish, sail a boat, chart a course, haul up the anchor, ascend the mainsail, reef the main, scrub the hull free of algae and clams, float the spinnaker, and tackle a million other tasks that come his way daily. He even has the ability to make one walk the plank, although I am sure he would never do that.
The only task he seems to have problems with is getting his parts delivered to the next port. Elayna admits that they have little luck in getting parts delivered to the next port of call.
But probably what endears me to Riley the most is his inner desire to become a writer. He devours books, including a hugely thick novel by one David Foster Wallace. I hope he understands it because I don’t.
And, he has a blog, here on WordPress. May the force be with him.
Here is a classic example of road rage.
Angry White Guy is a much bigger asshole than Yours Truly. Sure, I lose my temper occasionally, but I never act like this.
This guy is a genuine loser. Plus, he’s a NYC cop. Long live the assholes in blue!
These are the faces behind the myriad postings on Youtube under the names “Simon and Martina.” They recently opened a cafe’ named You Are Here here in Hongdae. The acronym for these words is YAH.
“Yah,” says Martina. “Like they say in Norway, Yah.”
“Yah,” says Yours Truly.
The man on the right is my good friend Han Wonhee. The picture was taken with his Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Here I am once again in Seoul, South Korea. Here are some pics of the local fauna.