Posts Tagged ‘election trucks

21
Mar
08

One more on politicking…

Tomorrow is the general election for the presidency here in Taiwan.  Coincidentally, I received my absentee ballot today too.

Here’s one of the ubiquitous posters for the KMT, Blue party with Ma Ying-Jeou and his running mate:

Don’t they look like they’re just beseeching the voters to take pity on them?  😉   Here in Taipei, it’s hard to believe that Hsieh Chang Ting really is running, since it’s a very blue area in general.

But this weekend when we were in the South in Tainan, there was a huge long main road lined with DPP Party supporters:

See how the banner has an index finger up?  It stands for #1, which is where Hsieh is listed on the ballot.

Thumbs’ up also means #1 for Hsieh.

A ubiquitous election truck.  (Sorry these were all taken behind the window of my uncle’s car as my aunt maneuvered through traffic as best she could– so there is some glare).

After 10 PM tonight, all politicking is supposed to cease, so hopefully I will be able to get through lessons next week without being interrupted thanks to giggling and grumbles from my students as another election truck plays its marches and drums out a candidate’s name.

May the best man for the country win.

21
Mar
08

Homesick

So, I should be posting up a bajillion thingies that I’ve been meaning to, but for various slacker-y (and not-so-slacker-y) reasons haven’t.

Things sit or roll or glower at me for a while in my head while I whistle and go through the motions of avoiding them or gritting my teeth and facing down the heaviest and most immediately menacing ones.

However, today, for some reason, I decided to take a peek at my blog and felt truly ashamed at how I left it.

After all, wittering on about something I admit I don’t really know much about which is ancient (in terms of blogosphere time) news anyway has got to be a rather bad first impression. And contrary to my assumption that my readership would be left to just my mother, well, apparently this blog-o-mine has been popping up unhelpfully in various searches.

So, it happens it’s a month since the aforementioned wittering, and I feel I should contribute something pretty, or shiny, or worthy of the screen space.

I’m kind of stuck though, because honestly, I’ve been obsessing about American elections lately and realizing afresh how homesick they make me. No, I’m not homesick for the nasty ads that pop up on every commercial break with the “I’m blah blah, and I approved this message” or the calls and so forth, but I miss walking into the school down the street into the little curtained booth and pulling the lever. An absentee ballot (which I’m still waiting for) just isn’t quite the same. I guess I miss that sense of community where we all shoot our mouths off about how to make our country a better place and who can really achieve that. In Korea, when the current presidential foliage stayed planted in office for a second term, I felt terribly alone without being able to really share the depression properly with the kind, but uninvolved Koreans around me.

Here in Taiwan, I have been able to chat with a few Taiwanese people about the elections and so far, they’re mostly quite impressed with Obama. However, they’re excited about their own upcoming presidential election, which has been sending more trucks around the neighborhood singing the praises of the two major candidates.

I’m in limbo about whether to go or stay. In some ways I feel that there is still so much for me to learn by being here. However, I do want to be back in the booth in November, and so far my expensive lottery tickets for the next couple of years haven’t been paying off just yet– I’m still in suspense….

Whenever I do go back, I know I will miss Taiwan though.

Okay, I’m saving this and finishing at least 3 of the secret project. Then I’ll post, hopefully later today with pretty shiny things.

Editor’s note:  This was written March 11th, and obviously I was not virtuous with the secret project or good with pretty shiny things…  Oh well, here goes…




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