Some good questions! I’ve got to run off to look at a model home, so I’ll only get one or two now and then pick up the rest tonight.
China Man The economy has been picking up for several years now, and is going well.
I’m glad that I didn’t buy a condo (called a mansion here) during or directly after the burst of the bubble. My ex-wife and I looked at placed and decided to rent. A lady I meet in 2000, which was 9 years later, had bought a 490 square foot condo – the same size I was renting, for about $400,000. Nine years later, it was worth $100,000 in 2000, so I’m really happy to not have bought at the top of the market.
Any time after '96 or '97 would have been a good time, but I suffered from (1) not knowing at that time if I was going to be here for another 10 years (which I guess I know now and (2) starting having problems with my ex.
We’re looking at buying now. I’ll write some more about the real estate market later.
Second question. Yes, My wife The Lady in Red or LiR is the daught of people who can speak Japanese. The mother is one of the last of people who lived under Japanese colonial rule.
twister No. I quit 20 years ago and I have no idea.
Koxinga Yes, my wife is Taiwanese. I’ve only visited Taiwan, although I’ve been there four times now in a year and a half. Very different, and I’ll take up that and your other question later.
"My last duty station was in Yokosuka (about 15 years ago), and I’m wondering if a few things that I found interesting were still common practice:
- Do folks still carry portable kerosene heaters from room to room in wintertime?" No as many as previously. People usually use their combination air conditioner / heaters for this now.
“2) Do they still have vending machines that have everything from half gallons of alchohol to live bait to heated cans of Mt.Kilimanjaro coffee?” Yes, but they made you put in your ID after hours and they stop at midnight now.
“3) Do some folks still completely cover the interiors of their autos with small stuffed animals?” Some things never change.
OK, I’ve got to run now!