fun - benson hedges. so this is a cool little nugget. fun is comprised of two of my favorite songwriters (jack from steel train and nate from the format, may they rest in peace). add a former member of anathallo (which they did) and youve pretty much got my musical dream team. have a listen
the (rare) benifit of looking like a dumb american
greeting you at any one of roughly 8 separate subway exits which empty from any one of a few dozen individual subway stations in seoul are a cadre of identical older korean ladies clutching stacks of pamphlets nearly as tall, and half as rough, as they are. they thrust, and i mean thrust, information on god knows what into the hands of the people spilling out into the streets, still a little bleary eyed from the sudden introduction of the sun. the posse is usually about 3, the perfect number to fan out across a 20ft walkway effectively; not impeding traffic, but making sure everyones hand gets a feel of the 3 different brochures theyre holding. i find though that when i make my exit from the subway (recently the number 6 exit of Gangnam station) im greeted by a hesitant stall, a questioned look, and then a mild scowl at the fact that they cant lighten their load on me a little, assuming somehow that the fact i probably cant read the language makes me care less than people who can, but are still tossing the paper on the ground after two steps. this, along with not having to order in restaurants, is one of the few actual benefits of being a white guy in a foreign city. especially a very foreign city. and especially if youre really white and have ridiculous curly hair.
as a teacher, i should feel as though i have something to teach; but when my students are high level corporate copyright lawyers, awards show hosts, and mothers of 2 who oversee marketing campaigns in 5 different countries, its a little tough to think of my ability to speak english as a skill that puts me on the same playing field. i also feel kinda left out cause i never worked at hyundai.
sorry kids, ive been kinda of mia i know. korea has been wild and lots of fun, but sadly pretty internetless so far. we moved into our place on thursday, after having spent a week or so in a ‘love hotel’. also, koreans have waffle stands by the dozens as well as entire restaurants devoted to the pancake, yet their breakfast of choice is seaweed soup. very curious.
well the hour has arrived, dear internet. im on a plane in 5 hours for seoul, where i will be living and working for the next year. true, im already going through chili con queso withdrawal and the thought of a 12 hour flight is less than awesome, but i couldnt be more excited to go. ill miss you all, but im taking my video camera so im hoping to transition this into a more video based operation. i got skype too (contact name: aleckretchun) so if youve got it/feel like getting it, hit me up. alright thats it for now. ill talk to you in korea.
i started the long drive back to texas today, so this update comes straight from the best western high country inn, located in lovely ogden, ut. in the past ive often wondered what it takes to get an elementary school named after you, short of a large donation or saint-level public service (cause clearly neither of those are in my cards). today that question has been replaced by this one: what does it take to get a memorial rest stop in rural idaho named after you?