I haven’t been posting as much lately, sorry I guess. It’s a combination of nicer weather making me want to be outside, a preference to studying Korean rather than writing and an aversion to just posting for the sake of posting. Also, any idea I’ve had lately seems to fit into a series of posts I’ll probably start posting in the next two weeks Except for one that I’ll hopefully be able to get up tomorrow before I leave for China for a few days.
That said, a few random thoughts
– The other day I saw a man pissing on the street. Not a side alley way, not a darkened corner, but a street with traffic and people walking up and down it. I guess it says something about me that I didn’t even find this behavior abnormal. I actually thought the man had balls. I would have shook his hand had it not been otherwise busy.
– People who pun on the word Seoul and Soul bother me.
– Why do foreigners always stare at each other like we’re marking our territory?
– Myths about Koreans we can officially discard: they are efficient and they can’t hold their liquor. They do however study lots.
– Again, Seoul – Soul? Do you really think you are being clever?
– The other day was teachers day here in Seoul. This meant I received 30 cards with messages like this
From the philosophy 101 class:
Dear Teacher. Today is teachers day. You are teacher. Today is you.
From Paul, future hairdresser:
Hi Matthew Teacher. My English name Paul. Very very very thank you. I love you.
Some try to say more than they are able to:
Hi Methu. My name is UnJohng, Methu, very, thank you, teacher, health, please, bye bye
Some just need to be posted so everybody can enjoy:
Today is teachers day. Do you know? So…teacher!
And some seem to overestimate their place in my student – teacher letter hierarchy:
Dear teacher, I love you. How are you? I’m good because UMMMM….Not think! haha. And please my letter is NOT TRASH!
That last one was my personal favorite. At first I thought it was to me, but then I realized it was From me and I was supposed to give it back to Shellina, so I sent it to myself…and then I got bored…
I really did appreciate the letters though, I’m glad they can write anything in English. Furthermore, considering Rachel can’t stop laughing anytime I write in Korean I guess that makes my students and I just about square.
– 45 rpm is making me rethink lots of my previously held notions about Korean music…are they an anomaly of creativity or is this the future? I have my own theories, but like every other topic I have in my head it’s being added to my upcoming series of posts.