Veggie Lunch

Today we had lunch in a strictly vegetarian restaurant in the Tuntex Sky Tower. At 1,240 feet and 85 stories tall, this is the tallest building in Kaohsiung. I have never tried vegetarian food like this, so this was a very new experience for me. I was amazed how good this stuff was, considering it was all soy-based faux meats. The fish things really tasted like fish. The pork tasted like real pork. The vegetables themselves were done incredibly well. The food was served buffet style, and there was a little of everything; some Chinese, some Euro/American, some Japanese, etc… Overall it was a great meal, and a very interesting experience. My only regret was that I did not bring a camera. The atrium that this restaurant was in was gorgeous, and the building itself is an amazing piece of architecture. Click here for some good photos of the building.

All other pot stickers suck

I have had the best pot stickers in the world. We got in around midnight to Gaoxiong, Taiwan, and stopped at this little place in the night market (which was of course, still open and thriving at 1 AM,) and got a few dozen of these little babies. I can tell that I will be frequenting this shop quite a bit over the next two weeks.

By the way, I used the Pinyin “Gaoxiong” spelling since it looks as though someone went around and changed all of the street signs here to use Pinyin instead of the old Wade-Giles romainzation conventions. I still like the way Kaohsiung looks as a word better than the new way, but I gotta admit that the Pinyin is an easier system to pronounce. Bah – I don’t think I’ll get used to seeing Pinyin in Taiwanese signs and maps…

Max tired us out on the trip here. I was chasing him up and down the escalator in SFO, chasing him around the airplane for the first half of the trip, and then he crashed hard. It is eerie, I feel no jet lag and it is 7:30 AM here in Taiwan.

Plan for today is to go hit the local park with Max’s new toy Mercedes Benz battery-powered car, and see about hooking up a broadband gateway for my parents-in-law. Max’s feet have hit the ground maybe twice since he’s been here. I have no idea if he slept last night…

Ayatolla Dubyah

This is a great op/ed article in the New York Times entitled “How a War Became a Crusade“.

This conviction that he is doing God’s will has surfaced more openly since 9/11. In his State of the Union addresses and other public forums, he has presented himself as the leader of a global war against evil. As for a war in Iraq, “we do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them.” God is at work in world affairs, he says, calling for the United States to lead a liberating crusade in the Middle East, and “this call of history has come to the right country.”

We are inching, ever closer, to a religious fundamentalist America, run by the Supreme Ayatollah George Dubyah Bush. Truly, truly frightening that this nut job is in the White House.

Bailing out on Bush

The second U.S. Diplomat in less than a month has resigned his post in protest of George Bush’s war plans with Iraq. To quote:

“Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force. The president’s disregard for views in other nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth to an anti-American century”

Think about that… these guys would rather be unemployed than serve Bush’s fanatical war machine.

Bass diagnosis: update

Well it looks as though this might not be as easy as we originally hoped. Upon removal of the fingerboard we found an amazingly bad hack repair job that was done many years ago on the neck. It may be firewood. I will get a better idea of what will need to happen when I return from Taiwan in a couple of weeks.