On January 8th we made plans to have Friday lunch with friends in Pingtung, an hour’s train ride away. No problem, just go online, order up the tickets, and run around the corner to the convenience store (7-Eleven) to have them issued. Both in the reservation process online, and in the issuing process at the shop, it was our privilege to select the “THIS COUNTRY PERSON” 本國人 tab. After years of dealing with the weird looks when we presented our “Alien Registration Certificates” when identification was required, (weird looks because most people haven’t seen an Alien Registration Certificate, and wonder what this can be), it was just a click. When entering the number, there was no problem at all, it sailed right through. And as a bonus, we claimed the “old person rate” and got our tickets for half price.
We expect voting to be similarly smooth when we go do that on Saturday.
David Alexander, who now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan, is back home to vote for president on January 11th.