Photos by MJ Klein (and others)
This time of year has me thinking about things from the past, both good and bad. First of all, Hui-chen and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary. This is of course, a very good thing! We didn’t really do anything special. We were in Thailand and we decided to eat at one of our favorite restaurants. We both love Japanese food so we don’t need the excuse of a special occasion to go out for it!
Then of course, today, May 11 is the day that Taiwan Air Force jet 5371 crashed, 2 years ago. I can’t seem to let go of this one. I know why. It’s because the pilots were blamed for the accident, but in my photos you can see that the rudder is clearly jammed to one side. The pilots couldn’t control the aircraft very well with the jammed rudder, but still they managed to miss our neighborhood and crash just barely inside the wall of the military base off of Route 117 in Hukou. They were killed instantly. I just wish that someone with recognized credentials would examine the photographic evidence and exonerate the pilots if this is the case.
My favorite shot of 5371 because you can’t tell anything is wrong by looking at the photograph
Finally, May 11 is the day after my return back to the states from my first trip to Taiwan, in 2000. The photo at the top of this article was taken in Taiwan, at Fort Provincia where I’m examining one of the stone tablets. My first trip to Taiwan was 3 weeks long and I traveled from Taipei where I was staying, down through Taichung and into Tainan. I was determined to see more of Taiwan that most travelers do on their first visit. I instantly fell in love with Taiwan and it’s people.