Okay, I have to admit it: I’m pretty frugal. I think it is the aftermath of eight years as a starving graduate student. On my way back to DC from China, I made an epic thirty-one hour trip home by way of Hong Kong, Vancouver and New York just so I could save a hundred or so dollars. I like to think I’m not stingy, but I’m definitely a bit careful with money. That said, I am *nothing* like Guanyou. The latter is particularly infamous for taking home plastic straws from hotels and restaurants for reuse (sigh, my dad does that) and pulling the plug on the fridge, dooming the rest of the band to – the horror! – warm beer. Seriously, that’s just wrong.
Guanyou has always been frugal, and he’s well-known for it. But recently he’s been feeling a little better about the family finances, so he and his wife are trying to move to a larger houses and bring the kids from the family home to Taipei to take care of (bizarre, does that mean the girls have been with their grandparents instead of their parents? That’s a tradition I’ll never understand). His wife is getting invited to be on television programs, talking about how shy he is, but also how loyal and upstanding.
Well, recently Guanyou has gotten caught up in a bit of trouble that seems a bit out of character. It seems a friend has been in need of some cash, and Guanyou went against his nature to loan it to him. The friend then offered his car as collateral. Meanwhile, he bought a BMW worth NT$3-4 million for NT$1.18 million, which is a hell of a bargain… if you don’t ask where the car came from. Now the Taichung police have uncovered a ring of car thieves, and they’ve identified two of Guanyou’s cars as having been stolen. He’s in a bit of trouble while all this gets investigated and cleared up, though given his character traits, it seems likely he was ignorant of what was going on around him.