Monday, December 31, 2007

Resolutions for 2008

I just spent the last hour writing an entry describing the defining moments of my year. Then I deleted it. There really is only one thing that defined my year, and there is no point going into it. Those who know me already know about it, and those who don't know me wouldn't care.

Instead, I'm making my New Year's resolution:

There is one thing that I know I have to do in order to move on with my life, and to make life better not only for me, but for the other people in my life. I need to learn how to forgive. Until I forgive the people who hurt me, I will always have something eating away at me.

The problem with this resolution is that it is really hard to do. It is hard to forgive those who hurt you, even when they apologize and show remorse. To me it seems impossible to forgive someone who hurt you on purpose, and then showed no remorse at all, which is what happened to me.

I've heard that the right thing to do, and the hardest thing to do, are often the same thing. I'm going to try to do the right thing.

I'm also going to try to eat more pie. Not chocolate or cream-type pie, but fruit pie. I think I can do that, so even if I can't learn to forgive, I'll still be batting 500 on my resolutions.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Crunch Time

Frequent visitors to this blog may have noticed that I haven't posted much lately. The reason for this is that I've been really busy with school work. I guess another reason is that I haven't been very inspired to write anything, but that is secondary.

Since I'm living in Taiwan, I don't get a winter holiday, at least not for a couple more weeks when Chinese New Year is celebrated. Christmas is not a holiday here, though they do get into the decorations, music, and some of the more material aspects of it. In fact, I have two classes on Christmas day.

Still, most of the foreigners I know have Christmas activities in the works. There is a big formal party this Saturday, and I'm sure there is a lot of tree trimming and gift giving going on. Unfortunately (or not), I haven't had a very joyful year, so I'm not much in the spirit. On top of that there is the pressure of doing all my final projects and studying for final exams.

I seem to remember it was the same kind of situation in the States. Just when you have the least time for shopping and other festive holiday activities, Christmas comes along and complicates things.

Since most evidence shows that Jesus was actually born in the spring, I wonder why we can't move the holiday to another time of year, perhaps sometime when not much else is going on. Summer seems like it would be good (for those of us north of the equator). There's no school, and few other holidays. The weather is pretty good, too.

I don't mean to be a Scrooge or a Grinch, although I've done so in the past. I just wish I could have a Christmas that doesn't drive me to the brink of a nervous breakdown.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Where Did All the Ashtrays Go?


A question just occurred to me: Now that smoking has been banned in many bars and restaurants around the world, what happened to all the ashtrays these establishments used to have? Were they sold to places like Taiwan and other countries that still allow (or at least turn a blind eye to) smoking in most public places?

I know it has been a while since many of these bans went into place, but sometimes it takes a while for such important questions to come to my mind.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ming-Wu Mixed Martial Arts Club


My boxing team has recently been absorbed into a new entity called the Ming-Wu Mixed Martial Arts Club. You can follow that link to the Facebook page for the club.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Bleak House

I finally finished this book. It took me about a year to read it.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Anne and I


This is a picture of me and my friend Anne at a Thai restaurant called Siam in Hsinchu. Anne made a surprise two-day visit to Taiwan a week ago. We didn't have much time to hang out, but we were lucky enough that another friend of mine had a birthday party while Anne was here, so we got to meet up with a bunch of people and have a good time.

Thanks for Farina for having the good timing to have been born on that date, and thanks to Sophia for taking the picture!

Movie Night


Last night I had my first movie night. Some friends came over and we had snacks and drinks and watched movies. I've got a pretty big collection of DVDs and VCDs, many of which I've never watched, so hopefully this can turn into a regular thing. Since I work on Saturday mornings, it is a good alternative to going out on Friday nights.

By the way, last night we watched a VCD of Pulp Fiction (despite the fact that I've seen it many times, it was quite entertaining). It was a little weird because some scenes were missing and the picture quality wasn't so good. We also watched The Fifth Element (which has also been on TV a lot lately), but I kept falling asleep so eventually everyone left.