This is the life and times of a 21st Century human called ‘Rocky’ who has chronicled his life for posterity. Rocky is an Australian expat living in Taiwan.
Rocky was born in the last half of the 20th century on Earth in the 1970’s. In recent years he had wanted to start a chronicle of his life on Earth for posterity. He wanted people in the distant future, in 100, 200 or even 1000 years’ time or more, to know what life was really like for a human being living in the 21st century.
Someone said to Rocky that his life would make a good movie, but the problem is no one would believe it. Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.
For instance Rocky passed American pop singer Michael Jackson in a DVD store (and later got a front row seat at his concert), shook the hand of Prince Charles (of England) at an airport and came face to face (well almost) with President George W. Bush while passing the White House lawns, He met Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jiu at a Kung-Fu show, worked alongside the Taiwanese secret service to video the meeting of a famous Chi-gong master Li Shan-Feng and Taiwan Vice President and high-fived an Australian rock star named Michael Hutchence (who sadly died in mysterious circumstances in a Thai Hotel years later). Rocky briefly dated a future Australian movie actress and had tea with a billionaire heiress named Rose Porteous (2nd wife of an Iron ore magnate named Lang Hancock). He has worked in army signals intelligence, flown Cessna airplanes (almost crashing one at the beginning in a spiral decent). He has been hit by 2 cars, survived three motorcycle accidents, almost knocked down by a train, been electrocuted, drowned in a civic swimming pool, fell out of a tree, robbed and knocked unconscious, stood in the forests where Pocahontas lived, flew over the Grand Canyon and looked down in wonder at the icebergs in the North Atlantic thinking if that’s where the Titanic sank, stood at the centre of ground zero in Hiroshima, made friends with Yuji Sasaki, the nephew of Sadako Sasaki who died from the atomic bomb and other historical and bizarre events.
Rocky’s life adventure is similar to that of a real life ‘Forrest Gump’ ! If you’re lucky enough, I’m sure some more bizarre events will unfold in the recording of his diary. And you will have a front row seat.
Like the saying, fact is stranger than fiction.
Note from Rocky:
This chronicle begins on the 10th June 2016 | Taiwan. It is dated, timed and recorded at the moment that events happen to make it as accurate and detailed as possible. However I will backdate it as best as I can recollect in another section titled with years from 1970 onwards. Mostly with photos with some notes in chronological order.
All of us alive at the moment will be forgotten in time. Our triumphs, achievements, heartaches, sorrow, love, hope, and dreams. They will be all be lost in time as it was once put in a film called ‘Blade runner’ : “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain” But hopefully this chronicle can be persevered as a time capsule for people in the future, who will never know us, might just be able to know that we were here. We did exist. We did live. We were just like you.
I am Rocky. This is my chronicle of a human being living in the 21st Century on Earth.