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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Of toads and men

I didn't see any monkeys on my walk this afternoon on Trails 1 and 2 in the Tak'eng 大抗 area, but I did come across this toad doing its best not to be noticed. Its skin was a near-perfect match with the log upon which it sat immobile:

An American I know here in Taiwan once tried to stand up for Taiwan Beer 台灣啤酒 by saying it was "suitable for the climate". Never mind the fact his justification sounded like something a Taiwanese bureaucrat would've said in the pre-WTO days (in defense of restrictions on the importation of beer), he obviously has never enjoyed the sweet taste of Okinawa's 沖縄 own Orion Beer オリオンビール. Heaven after a sweaty hike:

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