|[a] Rain RF|
|[b] Storm port RF|
My first thought when "Mike" told me about the confirmation of belief (in the note below) was to think about how we confirm these things for ourselves everyday. For example, the liberal arts college graduate who gets a good job "confirms" the belief some of us have that this is a special form of education. For the skeptic, the unsuccessful graduates confirm another belief. For the New York Jets fan of a certain age, Joe Namath's guarantee that the Jets would win Super Bowl III confirmed the belief in the Broadway Joe oracle. In all seriousness, this was the fieldnote that got me thinking that these are everyday, and not "supernatural" matters. Belief confirmation happens in education, politics, driving, reading, pet care, and entertainment. It had never occurred to me before this note that it was a general process.
—It rained a great deal between January and mid-April 1985 (before I arrived), but I can find no records that show eighty-five straight days of rain. Of course, belief works in many ways, and counting is sometimes secondary to the ideas that are being set forth.
—I haven't (yet) tracked down documentation for the cockroach variety assertion. But I will.
—Jilong is the Pinyin romanization for the northern port city. In Wade-Giles romanization, it is "Chi-lung," and in the old "postal code system" it is "Keelung." All three were used (often chaotically) in Taiwan at the time.
—Jilong is often called the "Rainy Port" (雨港) in Taiwan.
|[c] Jilong (Chi-lung...Keelung) RF|