Thursday, January 12, 2006

New Job: Tour Guide

Hallo folks,

This week I'm not home much. Steve is here visiting from Chico, so I'm spending my time showing him around Taipei, mostly getting back to the apartment pretty late in the evening. It's been fun.

Yesterday we'd wandered all over the place, and before we left Taipei Main Station to begin the rounds, I'd stuffed my school books and other unneeded items in a locker there. We eventually ended up at Yuanshan Station to see Bao An Gong temple and the Confucious Temple, and that's on my way home, four stations away from Taipei Main. Since I had a student last night, I decided not to go back to Taipei Main, because I knew I wouldn't be using my books and could just pick them up on the way to school. I had laundry to do, and I knew I'd get home in time to get that started before Funck showed up for class.

So, I walk up to my door at 7:10 p.m., looking for my keys, which I keep tied around the strap of my purse. I notice they aren't there, and I have a clear vision of myself standing in front of the locker saying, "Well, I don't need my keys right now, so here's some extra weight that can go in the locker." Crap on a rope. I'm locked out. And my keys are a 7 minute walk, 5 minute wait, 30 minute ride away.

Back I went, after calling Funck to tell him I might be a few minutes late for our 8:30 appointment. The only good thing was that I was able to score seats on the MRT both going and returning, for which blessing my knees sang constant praise to She Who Rocks and Rules.

Taking Steve out for hot pot tonight, hoping it's a fun and interesting experience for him.


Ranger Steve said...
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Ranger Steve said...

I had a great time here in the Taipei area. Now all I have to do is take a couple of semesters of Mandarin at CSUC and come back to check out the southern part of the island!