By Adam Tervort

What occurs whilst a regular man from the mid-West reveals himself at the different part of the area? How does one do something about the surprise of spiders, snakes, and scooters doubtless round each flip? Adventures within the Land of making a song rubbish vans is a memoir of lifestyles in Taiwan via Adam Tervort, mid-Westerner, Chinese-speaker, and arachnophobe extraordinaire. for many of my grownup existence i've been a ways, faraway from domestic, 11,000 km to be unique. existence used to be lovely general for me, full of sturdy books, nice jazz, and all the issues a standard American child would need. while I grew to become 20 the area became the other way up; I fell in the course of the rabbit gap and actually ended up in China. (Well, Taiwan, nearly in China.) this can be my tale of existence and love at the a long way facet of the globe, how I realized to manage, the adventures i've got, and what occurs if you dare to take lifestyles through the horns and reside it to its fullest. include me and i'm going to inform you all approximately it!

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Special thanks to my mother and father, Bill and Terri Tervort, as well as Trever McKay and Jeanie Witcraft for their help in reading early drafts of this book and making excellent suggestions. I couldn’t have done it without all of you! Taiwan Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1 - How I ruined my parents' love life by being born Chapter 2 – Goin’ to Kansas City Chapter 3 – The Call Chapter 4 – Yes, I eat my rice with butter Chapter 5 – Creepy crawlies of all sorts Chapter 6 – Paradise and pineapples Chapter 7 – So this is what healthcare is supposed to be like!

I was sure it would never actually come. But of course it did, and I looked forward to returning to being a normal student in a normal school. Because I had gone to elementary school in a different town, most of my classmates wouldn't be attending the same junior high as me, which was a letdown and a relief. At least the kids who'd picked on us rainbow class kids wouldn't be following me to seventh grade! I went to a school called North Davis Junior High in Clearfield, Utah. It was not a nice place.

He called up during dinner, when I was studying, and in the middle of the night, which did little to endear him to my mother. My senior year I was also in the all-state jazz band, which sealed my scholarship chances at any of the universities in Missouri. I really wanted to be a jazz musician. It was the only thing I could see myself doing, and I wanted to go to school in New York or Texas to attend one of the top jazz schools there. The scholarships just didn't pan out, but I was able to stay close to Kansas City and gig while I went to my first year of university at Missouri Western State College.

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