Slipping it out of Drive and into Neutral

Cars have gotten better, rules about children in safety seats have become more restrictive. Hallelujah. Once when my daughter was not yet 2 years old we were riding in someone else’s car. She was in what passed for a proper child safety seat for the time, but was seated in the middle of the front seat (a bench seat). She kicked the gearshift (which was on the steering column) out of drive and into neutral while we were on the road. 

Student life in Taiwan has changed, too. There was a time when merely to get into university one had to have done well in high school and supplemental classes that prepared one for the entrance examination. (Things are still like that across the straits in China.) But even with all that preparation, only about a third of the students who took the exam were admitted to university. The system produced really driven people. Those who were not admitted to university took the same approach to civil service and other examinations. Some couldn’t relax at all. Things are different now. Taiwan is more humane. Students are not so driven. (Some of their parents wish that they were.)

I write on June 7th at the end of a “run” of producing something different every day for the past couple of months. On most days of 2020 I’ve posted something to this blog. In January it was because I thought that I had so much to say; whether anyone needed to read it or not. I needed to get it out there. Sometime in April I learned how to draw more traffic to the site, so daily statistics became overly important to me. Getting “likes” and “responses” became the goal. 

I need someone to kick me into neutral for a while. I think I’ll do it myself.  You’ll see something here again when there’s something to show. Until then, kick back. Relax. Enjoy. 

David Alexander kicks back and enjoys in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.

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