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The Newest Word

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Just about finished recovering from Spring Scream last weekend.  A hard-earned four day bender on the south beaches.  No sleep til sunrise.  Even with my pathetically white skin, I love da beach.

Thus, it is almost summer in Taipei, and I am coming into my last time here.  Teaching is still enjoyable.  I am proud of shunning complete disenfranchisement with the education system here.  Teaching has been a great channel for me.  I am well tuned to it.  I tell people I have a lot of friends in Taiwan, most of them just happen to be 5 or 6.

I can see how people get wrapped up in the life here.  “Sometimes I enjoy the comforts of comfortability.” as my friend says.  Beyond just Taiwan, the pyschological effect of this teaching gig is pretty phenomenal, in nebulous ways.  Without getting into it, I will say that I do believe being a teacher is extremely fulfilling.  Each one teach one.

Taiwan is good to me.  Sometimes, the false pretense of being a superstar makes me question how I could ever leave.  At this point, I just cannot see enough channels open for me here to keep growing.  Taipei, and greater Taiwan, inspired in me at least that:  I now know I am unsatisfied with my current awareness and level of education, especially linguistically.  At this point, I do not want to leave “China” until I can speak its language well.  More than well.

School.  Man, I love it.  I love being in it, immersed, plunged into a place where people are constantly wrinkling their brains.  I need it.

So, my apologies to my friends.  It is always a shame to realize that people you surround yourself eventually move in different directions. The decay of time has taken its toll on my friendships, regardless of the www-dot.  Talking to old friends on the phone, asking that “Have you talked to…” question, I just smile.  I am always happy hearing of those getting down and doing their own thing, moving places, pursuing new interests.  Even as I lose contact.

I will be back to visit, maybe August.  But I would be much more inclined to hear proposals from people to meet in new spots rather than the old.  Turkey, Czech, Tanzania, hit me with it.  My bags are always packed.


Written by Miles

April 15, 2007 at 9:02 am