Thursday, June 26
From Taiwan with love and petulance
The past week I've been waiting for "Love Boat" to start, which is to say I've been mostly going insane from sharing a room -- and bed -- with my mother at my uncle's apartment in Taichung, the nation's third largest city. Have you ever shared a room with a parent, after having your own room for, well, ever? It's unbearable! -- as you can imagine. It doesn't help when it's 95 degrees outside everyday with 800% humidity and air conditioning in only one of the rooms in the apartment.
Example: last night after coming home late I received lectures from my mother, mother's brother, and mother's brother's wife. It was 12:30. Thirty minutes after midnight! If I hadn't returned by two am, they told me, they would have called the police. This isn't an exaggeration, and I believe they would have. Apparently, my uncle drove around to the nearby bars, looking for me but couldn't find me. I was one block away, at the coffee shop I told them I'd be at. In the morning, they each lectured me again. Yeah, yeah, they care for me, I'm lucky to have someone worry, etc. It's still ridiculous.
And yet, while writing this, I feel like I'm not making a very convincing argument that I'm the one to feel sorry for. I'm probably not. I mean, look. Twenty-five (twenty-six in a couple months) and here I am, in a beautiful foreign land, making the teenage angst face. The whole thing makes me sad. She's too old to change and I'm old enough to know better.
On a totally unrelated note, I have discovered some cool other stuff, including female Taiwanese indie rock bands, Nipples and Bad Daughter (such a great name, particularly in the context of Asian culture, really patriarchal and kind of anti-art).
Check them out here:
Nipples - "Bright & Shining Mood" (mp3)
Bad Daughter - "I Have My Tiny Sun" (mp3)
at 9:02 AM