It rains…

It rains.

Water falling from a dark gray sky, each drop picking up pollution as it comes plummeting down through the dirty Taipei air and hitting the pavement outside my office with a soft sound that becomes thunderous when multiplied by millions and amplified by the loose glass shuddering in the window and driving the point home that

It rains.

I sit here at the office computer, coming down off a caffeine high, just having graded a pile of test books, listening to the raindrops falling down and reflecting on the fact that it’s been raining almost continuously for the last four days which is a common occurrence in Taiwan around this time which they call “梅雨季” which means “Plum Rain Season” because you guessed it it’s about this time that

It rains.

It rains for about a month usually, but usually it’s May, not June, which is a good pun if you know English and Chinese since “梅” sounds like the word “May” with a rising tone although it doesn’t mean “May” it means “plum” which is why the left part of the character looks like a little tree but now I’m getting off topic because what I really want to talk about is the fact that

It rains.

Riding a scooter in the rain is really an experience if you’re not wearing a raincoat, which is how I rode home the other day at 11pm at night and how I’ll ride home tonight when I finally get out the door with the raindrops striking my arms and legs like pellets fired from a gun and they can really hurt if you get up a good speed but you really don’t want to go that fast in the rain especially if there are puddles on the road and potholes big enough to swallow a small weather system and therefore also a careless American stupid enough to drive too fast when

It rains.

I’ve been staying at work really late recently (it’s 2am right now) because they’re putting a lot of pressure on me to improve really quickly so they can get me opening my own classes and therefore making money for the company and there’s even more pressure now because when I was hired there were two other trainees but one was let go and one just left for personal reasons so now I have to take over for a teacher who’s leaving in a month which means I’ll be thrust into the classroom a month earlier than planned and probably two months earlier than I’ll actually be ready because teaching really is HARD when you’re trying to control a room of 30 Taiwanese third-graders and simultaneously trying to get them to understand that English requires fundamentally DIFFERENT things from their tongue, lips, voice and brain than they’ve ever encountered before while trying not to think about the fact that I’m moving on Sunday and I have to get everything packed and I haven’t even started packing and also I haven’t even bought my tickets for my September trip to Australia yet and I still have to arrange my parents’ visit to Taiwan after that and I am reminded of the old saying that when

It rains

It pours.

Wish me luck. I need it.

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6 Responses to “It rains…”

  1. Vivian Says:

    If you have Bipolar, you should lay off the caffeine.

  2. Ma Jian-Teng Says:

    You make 梅雨季 (Plum Rain Season) sound so 不好玩 (no fun). I on the other hand always liked it; the sound was soothing and it took the edge off the heat and humidity. Of course I never drove a scooter in it, so … Anyway I can hear the rain falling just by reading your Kerouackian prose. Aw, makin’ me (third) homesick!

  3. Goldberg Says:

    Tell me about Taiwan in the rain: the people, the traffic, the colors of the umbrellas, the way shopkeepers and restauranteurs (don’t) accommodate the wet needs of their patrons. What happens to Little League? Is there a period of any length in which the air is washed clean? Are there trees so densely leaved that one can remain dry standing beneath them? Special foods and bar drinks to celebrate the season? Taiwanese women in the rain: how do they dress for it? Walk in it? Protect their cell phones in it? How do their clothes fit when wet? Howzaboutsome photos?

  4. Sabrina Says:

    Yeah, I’m with Goldberg. I want photos.

  5. Patrick Cowsill Says:

    The rain isn’t going to wash the air clean in Taipei because it’s acidic. People generally try to stay out of the rain because they believe it will make them bald. When they do go out, the women dress just like the men, in heavy rain gear. Everybody’s cranky. Everybody’s got wet feet. This is not “Singin’ in the Rain,” Goldberg.

  6. Russ Says:

    I think with bi-polar disorder you should drink caffiene and then sue the company that sold you the drink for the aggravation of the disorder you suffer from.

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