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21 hours ago

毛毛雨

Quarantine day 14 Heavy rain yesterday in Kaohsiung. It rained some sort of rain most of the day. I didn’t think it ever rained here. I’ve never been here when it’s rained. Just like the Inuit a...


Quarantine day 13 One more day. Two more sleeps. I see that China is rounding up hamsters in Hong Kong as part of their zero-covid policy. Really? If this was a movie I would say , ‘no way’ and s...


2 days ago

singsong lady

Quarantine day 12 The lady who calls me from the police services office, the one with the singsong voice, the irritating kind that you know is fake, with the same questions in the same order, has...


3 days ago

Q11

Quarantine day 11 I read in the Taipei Times that they are tightening protocols at the airport for flights coming from a great number of Asian countries, sticking another finger in the Covid dyke...


4 days ago

Blending days

Quarantine day 10 Double digits. Home stretch. I start the day with a covid test, two cups of coffee and a circular argument. I read that not getting vaccinated and subsequently getting kicked o...


Quarantine day 9 We left the Fish Hotel yesterday and took a taxi the three blocks to our little apartment. It happened at 9:20am. The front desk called up and said our special taxi had arrived. ...


6 days ago

Q8. Moving day

Quarantine day 8 I hate cheaters, BMW drivers, anonymous internet commenters, racists, fanatics and a host of other types. Hate is a strong word. They bother me, especially the first three. So, ...


Quarantine day 7 The daily routine was interrupted briefly yesterday at noon with our first trip to the lobby. The government testers arrived and gave us and another pair or quarantine prisoners ...


January 14, 2022

奧米克戎

Quarantine day 6 Feeling like a house cat, but establishing some semblance of routine, another day begins in the Fish Hotel. I’m not spending as much time looking out the window anymore. My curr...


January 13, 2022

u/Taiwan

Quarantine day 4 I’ve finally remembered how to spell quarantine. That’s something. Here in Taiwan, TikTok is nowhere near as good. It’s a little too young and misogynistic for my tastes. In Can...


January 12, 2022

moving through the spectrum

Quarantine day 4 Normally, when I travel halfway round the world, by the third day I am over my jet lag. I actually like getting up at 4am lingering over coffee and podcasts, maybe poke around th...


January 11, 2022

going full hazmat

Quarantine Day 3 For me, quarantine so far has been relaxing. I started the 1200 page Stephen King book that I brought because Steven King is the kind of read that you can pick up and put down ea...


January 10, 2022

Bonding with reality

Quarantine Day 2 TikTok, the short video streaming app that is my latest time-waster, knows that I’m in Taiwan. I find that a little disturbing. The reason I originally downloaded the app, was be...


January 09, 2022

Fish Hotel

Quarantine day one It was a long day, discombobulating. It’s always rough when you fly over the North Pole from Toronto to Seoul to Taipei and then a taxi ride down the length of the island in th...


January 07, 2022

ugly beauty

January 7 First the good news. Our covid tests came back early and came back negative. I think the early part is a case of under-promising and overly-delivering. Whatever. It’s a good game. I’m h...


January 06, 2022

Shamalamadingdong

January 6 Cathey Pacific cancelled our flight, again. We should have been in Taiwan already and already through quarantine. Flying through Hong Kong just is not going to happen. There is too much...


January 05, 2022

process is priceless

January 5 Follow the facts wherever they may go. That is the prudent thing to do. The truth will set you free. You can count on the truth. Lies are just too hard to maintain over the long run. I...


January 04, 2022

The risk of smudging

January 4 The Taiwanese love to browse. They love bookstores and night markets. Pedestrian malls are loaded with shops selling clothing, electronic doodads, stationery- sweet baby Jesus - only th...


January 03, 2022

like a coyote over a canyon

January 3 I’ve got a lot to do before we go. It takes time and effort to put one’s life on hold, in a holding pattern above an airport, circling, on abeyance, life interrupted, suspended like a c...


January 02, 2022

Net near zero

January 2 Of course there is no way that we can hope to get the kitchen renovation started (get the cabinets ordered) before we fly on Friday. Now that we have decided to install a steel beam, th...


January 01, 2022

downtime

January 1 Happy New Year. All these holidaya with nothing important to do has really been good for me. I’m refreshed. I’m organized. I’m going to Taiwan. I am never as organized as just before a...


December 31, 2021

the man loft routine

December 31 Most years about this time, I get myself organized again with my habit tracking, time tracking, my to do lists, editorial calendar, bullet journal topics…I map out my days, weeks and ...


December 30 Well, I lost a couple of days there to laziness and apathy. The holidays are a fine time to just shut down, veg out, do nothing. It is not in my nature, yet a pause is as good as a ch...


December 26, 2021

This is now the past

December 26 I’d like to say that it is nearly impossible to cook a turkey without an oven, but I know if I made such a statement, the internet would be all over me with examples to prove me wrong...


December 25 Only through old family photographs do I remember the 1960s. There we are as little children in our jammies, posing crossed-legged in front of the tree. Back in the 1970s, Christmas ...


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Life, I’ve decided is about learning new things and about self improvement. It’s about good habits and paying attention to inputs, into the mind and the body. Bad habits are hard to quit but they are easier to squeeze out with better habits
If I can get 1% better everyday, then at the end of the year I’ll be compoundly better.