Sunday, June 25, 2006

Hangin' Out at the Airport Watching Planes Take Off

April 22, 2006 - Songshan Airport. Several weeks before this, I had been riding around an area where the planes were passing pretty close overhead. That inspired me to see how close I could get to where planes were taking off and landing. Turns out there's this area where people regularly go to watch planes take off and land. It was kinda neat, but isn't watching planes take off and land more of a loner, bored thing to do with a six-pack or a bong? Not a place to take a date or your family for a barbeque. Well, no barbecue. The area was surrounded by auto repair shops and the few environmental standards in Taiwan apparently don't apply to auto repair shops. There were puddles I didn't want to ride my piece-of-shit bike through. And I imagine some of the airplane exhaust is in particulate form which comes down.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Epic Problem (Fugazi)
2. Thoroughly Modern Millie ("Thoroughly Modern Millie")
3. How I Saved Roosevelt ("Assassins" - Sondheim)
4. No Language In Our Lungs (XTC)
5. Frank's Wild Years (Tom Waits)
6. Ein Deutches Requiem, V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Brahms)
7. Caffeine (Kristin Hersh)
8. Everyone a Puzzle Lover (10,000 Maniacs)
9. Don't Believe the Good News (Archers of Loaf)
10. Yebo! (Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens)


joyce said...

very interesting...i wonder what the draw is for all those other people?? i don't think you can even get that close to an airport without a cop chasing you down in the US.

keauxgeigh said...

That's true, although there probably are some according to the movie "Harold and Maude". It's a bit of a rush watching planes take off. I just didn't expect an area where ordinary people go to watch them.