Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

May 23 2004

My friend Manny, an American living in Taoyuan, wa…

My friend Manny, an American living in Taoyuan, was up visiting yesterday, so after some intense swan-boating action at Bitan, I took him to see the Muddy Basin Ramblers at The Living Room. We were a bit late, but things were just getting started as we sat down at a table with Sandy’s wife Jojo and some other friends of theirs.

The Ramblers started slow, but as the evening progressed they just got better and better. Of course, Alcohol played a large role in both the performance and the audience’s perception of it, but I was sorry to see it end. On some sets Zoe would play the fiddle, and on some others some guy with a clarinet joined in. Dave Chen was amazing, and his steel guitar is a wonder to behold. The air was so full of cigarette smoke that my eyes stung, though.

The weather was so perfect today I tore myself away from my cheapo NT$38 Giant DVD(side A) and took Gendoyun on a little ride up into the mountains, just to run the engine a bit and get out of the house. I rode up the hills in Ankeng, past the water treatment plant, and up into the mountains along paths so steep I had to stay in first gear most of the time. I was surprised to see parasail swirling around in the sky above me.

When the pavement stopped I got off the bike and started hiking up to the peak of Lionhead Mountain. The wind was strong up there, and cool. I climbed until I was looking down on the paraglider, across rows of tidy, Americanesque housing complexes, all the way to downtown. Later, on my way back down, I passed an interesting house built over a waterfall. Taiwan’s answer to Frank Lloyd Wright, I suppose.

This evening “Norman Szabo”, Darrell and I filmed another Above & Below scene on a mountain road just across the river. It turned out it was so dark we probably could have filmed the scene in a large darkened room just as well, and without the mosquitos, millipedes and other insects that yearned to ruin our shoot by dropping unannounced on various actors’ heads during takes. I was still fun, though, and we had Athula’s delicious Rothi for dinner afterwards.

Altogether a delicious weekend, I must say; last week feels more like months ago. But damn I’m bushed. Sleep should come easy tonight.

PS: Doteasy tells me that once again I’m approaching my bandwidth limit for the month. Urgh. I need to do something about this sooner or later.

posted by Poagao at 4:20 pm  

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