(This is a mirror post)
Here’s a collection of random thoughts for your Korean Memorial Day.
Item the First
The day we think of as Memorial/ Remembrance Day in Canada is called Peppero Day in Korea because the 11/11 looks like four sticks of Pocky. If you’re new to Korea and are one of those “I wuv ouwa twoops” types, relax if you encounter this. When was the last time you put on a poppy (Canadian thing) on June sixth? And anyway this is the least offensive thing you’ll encounter here and if that bugs you you might as well check out now.
Unless you live in Newfoundland. Then Memorial Day and Canada Day are the same day. Because Newfies only became Canadians after a long internal struggle and I think they’re being ironic.
Item the Second
Yesterday I got back my fourth roll of film shot here in Gunsan. It’s pretty uninspiring.
I’m starting on month four here in Korea, and I’ve been doing a lot of self-examination (“I bet you are. Har! Har! That’s a masturbation joke! Geddit?”) about why I’ve been so uninspired here. It’s easy to blame it on the small nature of Gunsan, and the lack of attractive landscape outside of it. But my general feeling of “Meh” was present each time I visited larger cities here as well.
I think it’s because I returned to Korea out of necessity instead of wanting to. Sure, I had some curiosity about how things may have changed in my time away, but that curiosity has been sated. Right now every morning is an exercise in me going, “I wonder how late I can sleep-in before missing work? Can I sleep the rest of this year away and still get paid?”
Item the Third
Five reasons why living Korea is better than all the other options:
- The smog overhead protects you from harmful UV rays. No more need for sunscreen.
- Dodging bad drivers who must have missed the class where they’re taught what the red light means as you legally cross the street at the crossing improves your reflexes.
- Getting insulted as a form of motivation teaches you the true value of a stiff drink
- You get good at telling famous people with the same plastic surgery apart. The secret is in the hair. Like a how a bad comic artist changes the haircuts so you can tell their characters apart. In bands you tell by who does the rap break and who doesn’t. I’m still working on telling the difference between the bands though. I think it might have to do with the number of bottled blondes.
- Gochujang is the best condiment ever which is why it goes on everything you eat from noodles to rice to meat to sandwiches to snacks. Why would you need to put anything else on your food? Why they haven’t made the logical jump to just sucking on a mechanical teat of the stuff is beyond me.
Item the Fourth
I’m gonna stop my Sunday Singalong posts. Because no one reads them. And I’m not going to keep trying to force good taste in music upon you. Enjoy your 2NE1, you monsters.
May Biz Markie have mercy upon your empty souls.
Item the Fifth
But if I were to continue the Sunday Singalong, I’d probably post up this tune by Don Messer because I think you deserve to listen to something that would make your soul grow.
This or It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls. Same level of life-affirming.
Item the Final
I wish I had the money to travel during this five day weekend I’m right in the middle of. This sitting around in my apartment and doing nothing but blogging and playing MMOs is making me grumpy(er).