I clambered into the front seat of my compact car, drenched from the pouring rain when I had again forgotten my umbrella. The city streets were as grey as the weather, grimy and unloved. My car steamed up like a sauna as I fretted and fumed, idling in the seemingly endless traffic jams of so-called rush hours.
After what seemed an eternity, my car nudged into Zhongxiao East Road—Taipei’s height of chic fashion. Somehow, somewhere, I managed to squeeze into a parking space and heard the cheery hail of my best friend, Cindy, with whom I regularly went shopping. Today was no different and I was glad of her company. Even the weather cheered up as they walked around the most in vogue boutiques.
However, upon returning to my car, I was horrified to find I had been slapped with a parking ticket. The piece of paper on my windshield would cost me another NT$1,200. After the happy hours of shopping, I had this extra bill to pay. I indeed saunaed a day of troubles and happiness.
96. 1. 22 (一) 中國時報 C6