Friday, June 25, 2010



It's been a while

I have so much to write about, but even less time.  Between play practice, work, the world cup, and all other small but numerous things that slip into my day to day, well you get the point. 

World cup madness here is awesome.  The whole downtown area is red (Korea's color), and swarming with people.  Big screens set up, people's quite entertaining.  I'll get back to writing soon. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Life and the not so life.

Oh boy I've got an easy month this June.  Every single week the kids go on a field trip.  That means I miss at least 2 of my 4 classes; sometimes I'll miss all 4 depending on where they go and when they go.  Last week they actually went somewhere two days back to back.  I've been catching up on my reading.

The book I'm reading now is book 3 of the "River World Saga".  If you don't like science fiction books you won't enjoy it at all. If you do, I recommend you look them up and try out the first one.  When I'm not reading I'm catching up on my t.v shows and movies...and also playing video games.  I got two new ones; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  I blame these for not letting me write in my blog as much.

I got an easy life for now.  It's going to get a little more stressful once I re-start applying for visas and trying to find where my wife and I are going to go to school when back in the states (Yes I said wife.  We got married on May 24th!). 

Things are basically the same here besides the conflict between the North and South right now.  If you haven't been reading, the North blew up a South Korean warship a couple weeks ago and 40 something S. Korean sailors died.  The South doesn't want to attack the north with bombs and bullets because then the North would shoot off their thousands of artillery pieces aimed right at Seoul.  War would ruin their economy and devastate their capital city.  But, they are attacking N. Korea with propaganda.  They are sending leaflets over by way of balloon telling the Northern citizens about the torpedo attack.  They are using billboards on the S. side of the DMZ to urge troops to defect to the S.  And, after years, they started to re-broadcast radio signals into the North all in an effort to persuade defection (word? now it is) and realization.

There won't be a warlike conflict now, but I have a bad feeling about all of this.  The north is like a crazy little kid.  If you pick on them too much they'll snap and so something stupid.  The problem is they think everything is picking on them. Everything the South does causes the North to threaten war.  Even when they officially asked the U.N to deal with the N. over the attack, they said something along the lines of "South Korea told on us, that is the same as declaring war." ...yeah I know.

Either way, if something happens, my city is far out of range of their artillery.  I registered with the embassy so I should get evacuation plans and blah blah blah by email.  Who knows, if something does happen it might even make it easier to get my wife back to America.  Hmmmm...there could be a sweet side to all the sour.  But that is incredibly selfish.  As for now, like the rest of the country.  I'm seeing where it goes.

If there are mistakes in this post, sorry.  I typed it in one shot.  I have to finish up The Deer Hunter.  It's a long freaking movie and I want to get to sleep around midnight.  Stay cool.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Elections??? PLEASE NO!

It's election day in Korea.  I think it's for local governments.  Normally that isn't bad...except Korea has a different idea of campaigning.

Normally there are posters and tv commercials, ads and interviews.  They do that too, but on top of it they also have the most annoying system of public appearances in the whole world.

What the candidates do is rent these trucks, which is basically a pick up truck enclosed with railings that have their pictures on it.  That wouldn't be so bad, except for the 5 or 6 old Korean women in the thing dancing with the same shirts and same bored moves over and over.  Their expressions are blank, except for one, who is probably the wife or the daughter of the candidate.  NOT BAD ENOUGH?  THERE IS MORE!  The WORST part of it all is the trucks are blaring these horrible remade pop songs with the candidates name in it.  Imagine whatever pop song is popular now, but the words changed, sang by someone not even nearly as good as the original singer, and their stupid name said over and over again.  

Now take that truck, the old ladies, the big pictures, and the annoying songs, and start them up at 8am.  Then drive all over the streets back and fourth, over and over and over and over again.  And do for 10 people for 2 weeks.  I have a day off today for election day...but I would almost give it up just so I don't have to hear this.  I did say ALMOST!  They are finally done and I am sitting home on a Wed. 

My worst experience was a rainy day that I was walking to work and there was a lot of traffic.  One of those trucks was right next to me, and stuck in traffic.  I finally got past the music and it was getting lower.  Then the light changed and it caught up and stopped right next to me.  I sped up, and walked faster.  Finally, away from the truck...then guess what.  AGAIN, RIGHT NEXT TO ME.  For 10 minutes this repeated.  I was so happy to finally get to school!