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    The Last Hurrah.

    It's not that I needed this new job in the Far East.

    Let me explain. At seventy five and still kicking; I had made my money, served my time, raised my kids, paid off my mortgage, got up late, joined a gym and told myself in as strict a manner as I could muster, that convential wisdom determined that I should retire.

    So far, so good. Except !!

    When the call came through from an old business associate to join him in a new company he had formed in Taiwan, I just concurred. No drama, second thoughts, weighing the pros and cons. Just yes. Like an experienced feline of an indulgent nature I lowered my whiskers into to cream and licked the ends for good measure.

    So, fast forward one week and here I am esconsced comfortably in a hotel in Taichung, that from the outside with its pink lighting facade one might be tempted to assume was a house inhabited by fallen Angel's. A view over the street life outside, garish illuminated signs in Mandarin Chinese characters, 7 11 opposite to stock up on beer. What more could our intrepid explorer ask for?

    Actually, deep down there exists a serpentine hope that this rather extreme change of location might also get the creative juices going. Not that I aspire to be another Hemingway, but at least a kick to my mortal system, potentially bodes well to loosen up sap in narrow channels.
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    On the road, but not! Danik 2016's Avatar
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    Lol, that´s Manichean! All the luck in your new job!
    "You can always find something better than death."
    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Bremen Town Musicians

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    Thanks Danik. No use just sitting back in a potentially Brexit Albion pretending I was content.

    Anyway, although one of my hobbies is cooking, there are only so many apple crumbles a man can make.

    Best wishes
    M.

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    THE LAST HURRAH. CHAPTER 2.

    A week had pasted since arriving in Taiwan and with it the eight-hour jet lag from the initial kick off at Terminal 2, London Heathrow.
    Upon reflection, the journey had been quite exhausting. High winds & rain had delayed the first leg of the flight schedule to Bangkok, but a good dinner with a few glasses of Medoc in Business Class had done the trick and eventually he had faded away, oblivious of the celestial heavens outside, or the reality of mortal life below.

    Twelve hours later demanded a debarkation at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport for refuelling. That’s when the tiredness and general malaise of long-distance travel began to assert itself. A heaviness and slowness in the limbs, an imperceptible feeling of light clammy sweat on the skin, and a somewhat dramatic disorientating break from the domestic routine back in the U.K.
    But then, any landscape is a condition of the spirit, and transit lounges in foreign climes are no exception.

    Thankfully the final leg to Taipei was only a short two-hour flight. He refused the stewardess’s offer of yet another meal, and the body finally acknowledged its limitations in the form of a deep undisturbed sleep.

    Arrival at Taipei was at just before midnight local time; which again is disconcerting when the body clock is registering an obstinate alternative. Also, he had always found that arriving in a new country for the first time, there invariably asserts itself an almost primeval stimulus to try and stay alert in unfamiliar surroundings.

    After a very efficient immigration with fingerprints and photo taken, he was granted a 90-day visa. The next priority was foreign currency; there having been a dearth of $NT back in Heathrow. At the exchange, his experienced his first contact with the Far East’s penchant for ignoring any rules regards orderly queuing; as a huddle of elderly Taiwanese jostled and pushed at the counter for attention. He knew he lacked, at that moment, the reserves required to even attempt a transaction, and after obtaining his luggage, exited the terminal to the waiting car.

    Later, he could not remember much detail regards the early morning two hour drive south to Taichung; which in retrospect was to be appreciated, as his degree of perception was by then comfortably numbed into just existing.

    Eventually he checked into his designated hotel on the sixth floor at 2.45 am. The bed was huge, crisp and inviting, and outside the window garish Mandarin characters lit up on neon infused signboards, proclaimed that he had arrived.

    Across to the east, the dawn advanced with remorseless intent upon this small island state; whilst to the west, mainland China with its esoteric intentions lay, furtive and brooding.

    He slept deep that night comforted with anticipation of prospects for a new awakening. Fortune is obligingly always full of fresh variety.

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    Why is the edit button coming up with a blank page?

    Very frustrating when trying to correct typos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN View Post
    Why is the edit button coming up with a blank page?

    Very frustrating when trying to correct typos
    For me too! Always the problems with edits! One of my favorite frustrations! Man,what can I say? I'm so pleased hearing about this. As Americans, who are mostly Eurocentric, we need to know more about the East. The style, the word choices, the shades of meanings, the exotic locals , you do it all so well. Maugham was a misogynist. You aren't, and your insight gives more depth to your characters and settings.

    Always a pleasure to read your stuff. I couldn't be more pleased you're out of town.

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    Thanks Buddy for the encouragement.

    Best wishes
    M.

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