May 27th, 2003

dd2guy

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Shouldn't have gone to TKD today.

Don't get me wrong, TKD itself was fun. I got some much-needed exercise and got to talk to people for the first time in a while. But oh man...so much bad karma going there and so much bad karma coming back.

On the way to school, my mom drove past a bunch of police officers directing traffic around a stretch of Kuangfu Road near my house. Nothing unusual except that all the police officers were wearing kevlar vests and helmets and holding M16A1s. (Never seen real assault rifles before...my reaction was first "Whoa, awesome!" and then "Holy crap that's scary...") They looked pretty high-strung, as if they were ready to shoot something any second. I have no idea what happened, but it must have been pretty serious if it required the presence of a SWAT team...

On the way back, around 6 PM, my mom went to this place near Kuangfu Elementary School to buy lottery tickets and the moment she opened the door a motorbike slammed into it. The guy on the bike was flung headfirst into the concrete--luckily he was wearing a helmet. He didn't have any visible injuries, but he kept clutching his head and it looked like he was in shock. I wanted to call the hospital but I didn't know the number, and I couldn't tell him to call the hospital himself because I didn't know how to explain to him that he might not be okay and he might have internal bleeding. This lady came by and lent him a cell phone; I hope he was calling the hospital and not his mechanic. In any case, the first thing my mom did (after helping the guy get up) was run back into the car and call her mechanic. She refused to let me call the hospital. She kept saying, "That door is going to cost so much to repair, it'll cost me seven thousand NT at least..." and when I asked her about the guy she said she didn't care about the guy, all she cared about was her stupid fucking car door and the $200US she would have to pay to fix it. When the mechanic came and brought the car to his garage she kept telling him she was so relieved that the victim didn't ask for money, that the law was against her favor and that she was glad she just walked away and GOD DAMN I HATE THAT SELFISH BITCH SO MUCH. Somewhere out there, there is a man in shock who thinks he's fine when he might have internal bleeding or a head concussion and my mom would rather let him die than pay the ten thousand or so NT fine for negligence.

Sorry. If it isn't apparent by now, I'm kind of still in shock too...
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dd2guy

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It's so peaceful lying in bed, not awake, not asleep, in near-total silence...no sound other than the dull roar of the city far, far away. Rustling leaves and passing automobiles blur into running water...wailing sirens and blaring horns fade into distant thunder. It's beyond my ability to describe.