Miss Idaho, aka Sierra Anne Sandison, could certainly be posting pictures of crowns and jewels all over her Twitter page. Sandison, a 20-year-old diabetic, was crowned Miss Idaho last Saturday and has talked openly about how she felt when she got diagnosed with type 1 adult-onset diabetes in 2012. She tweeted a picture of herself lying on her bed, wearing her Miss Idaho sash and crown, a Wonder Woman sweatshirt, and an insulin pump. “My world was flipped upside down by my diabetes diagnosis,” Sandison wrote in her official Miss Idaho blog.
I don’t know how Taiwanese people feel about typhoons, but I love them. Taiwan buildings seem to be pretty sturdy, so we don’t seem to hear about widespread damage unless the typhoon’s a really serious one.
With that said, there’s one approaching Taiwan right now, with the eye cutting through the northern half of the island in a northwest direction. The city where I’m staying will be slightly off from the line of fire, but we’ll still be getting the more intense experience. Five minutes ago, I stepped outside onto the patio of my aunt’s apartment where I’m staying. Rain was streaking down and lit by the lampposts, and already water was running in steady waves down the slanted street. A man passed under me with no umbrella, soaked to the skin. But not running, walking, as if he’d either given up trying to escape the rain or wanted to enjoy the experience.
I don’t know, I actually like typhoons. I love heavy rain, and rains from typhoons are really in a league of their own when it comes to storms. Thunderstorms back home can’t compare to the intensity of typhoons in Taiwan. Sometimes it sounds as if an ocean is literally being dumped from the clouds. Plus, it cools the normally hot and wet air by around 20 degrees and often brings in a nice wind as well.
This is not meant to be a romanticization of a natural force that has messed with millions of lives over the years. Be safe, stay inside, don’t go out, always be prepared for an emergency, of course. A typhoon/hurricane is a typhoon/hurricane, and should never be taken lightly. But the cooling rain can be kinda nice.