Yesterday afternoon I was sitting around editing when my neighbor called. It seems a particularly brazen pair of thieves had sauntered up to another neighbor's house and were looking over the fence, perhaps preparing to climb it. Two of my neighbors are artists who sculpt in metal and one of them, with a yard full of scrap, is a frequent target of thieves. After failing to find anything of interest at the first artist's house -- he was on the third floor working with power tools and would not have heard them enter -- they wandered over to the other house, where they again clambered up a wall giving every indication that they were going to climb it, but the artist's son was at home. When he came outside, the two men lamely claimed they were going to ask him what the price for his motorcycle was. The talked to him for a few minutes and then drove off on large motorcycles. Apparently they didn't notice that the second house, the home of an artist of international repute, was surrounded by video cams.
We have people come through the neighborhood from time to time checking it out. A few weeks back one of my neighbors busted a guy walking through the neighborhood taking down car tire sizes; apparently tire theft is becoming a problem in some areas.
The moral, at least for me, was that neither of the houses the thieves explored had serious dogs out in the yard. The second artist has a whole litter of ankle-high yapping toy things that live in the house and are an insult to real dogs, but none of them keeps large nasty dogs in their yard like so many people in my neighborhood do, including us. It made me wonder how many times our dogs have unknowingly prevented just such exploratory forays into our yard.
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Klaus Bardenhagen has a color film made in 1969 about Taiwan by Hamburg public TV, so we are using this as the occasion for a get-together to review (in English)Taiwan history of the 1970's with this and some other short films.
The location is my university, Taipei Medical University, which is located a block behind the Taipei Medical U. Hospital at 250 Wuxing St. (Room 8008, in the basement of the Combined Bldg, Tsong Ho Da Lou). The university is about midway between the Liuzhangli MRT
station and the 101 Bldg (15 min walk from either); buses 1, 22, 226, and 266, 288, also Blue 5, go near.
Time is 7 pm to about 9:30 pm Thursday July 23, but we will keep going as long as an audience stays. The first German film is 25 minutes, just general scenes of streets and industry; a second German film shows Chiang Kai-shek's funeral in 1975. Klaus will translate. Then I have a film about the Taiwan human rights cases of the 1970's (English subtitles), and one about Taiwan women workers about the same time.
The room holds 35; it would be nice if people who are coming will respond, so we can get a bigger room in advance if we exceed that number. My office is on the second floor of the Combined Bldg., front section, so those coming early can drop it. There is an Italian restaurant, Mr. J., right next door too.
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