May 1, 2019

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As someone with a terrible personality, I've been the recipient of many dirty looks and stares in my life. There is, however, one particular death glare that comes to mind as the moment where I was confronted with the highest degree of fury and frustration that I've ever experienced. For those among you that are feeling competitive, please don't try to top this one. It's been going on fifteen years since the story I am about t...

January 10, 2019

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If you think about an iconic representation of the Korean culture, surely the first thing that comes to most people's minds is kimchi. If you thought of K-pop, I'm pretty sure you were born after 1990. But that's ok, it's awesome that there is now more than one plausible answer to this. Back in the day, this question could qualify to be a Final Jeopardy answer. The only thing that people would be able to come up with is M*A*S*...

November 8, 2018

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A truly horrible day was two years ago yesterday when I was coming home from rugby practice and I called the Sane One to ask how the election was going. She answered the phone in a worried voice and I could tell that something was terribly wrong. The worst person to enter American politics was about to become the next President of the United States. While this was met with joy by some people, the vast majority of educated and...

October 31, 2018

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Recently Sirius Satellite Radio debuted a new radio station. To the Sane One's and my delight, it was the Billy Joel channel. Billy Joel all day and all night! We both are avid fans of the Piano Man (and we both agree that the song "Piano Man" is kinda overrated) to the point that the inscription in our wedding bands is "You're my home." An amusing anecdote to go with that is when we were picking out our wedding bands, the sal...

October 3, 2018

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You know that weird feeling when someone talks about poison ivy, a mosquito bite, or a rash and suddenly you start to get itchy? There is literally no physical reason at all why the intense urge to scratch yourself arrives, and yet, there you are, scratching away like an empathetic hip hop DJ being electrocuted. It's human nature to experience situations like that. In a similar vein, I think it's also human nature to miss some...

September 26, 2018

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Technology is an amazing advancement and yet it can also be a tremendous hindrance. Technology allows us to focus on other areas because more arduous tasks are now performed by computers. If you think about it, it is absolutely astonishing that your smart phone today has more computing capability than all the computers it took to put a man on the moon. You don't need a thermometer anymore, your phone tells you the temperature....

September 21, 2018

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During my first trip to Korea in February, I met my cousins and we had a pretty nice meal at a great restaurant called Hanam Pig. Since I was back in Korea, I figured I would let them know that I was in town. They enthusiastically responded that we should get together. They said that their husbands wanted to meet me and other uncles and aunts would want to be there as well. The last time we had met, they seemed like a very wel...

September 21, 2018

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As I poorly described earlier, Han is the Korean sense of pain, suffering, injustice, etc. that is borderline untranslatable. It is so incredibly appropriate that Han is also the first name of my biological father. I think the effect that Han Mu has on people is somewhat indescribable as well. Or so I had thought. I was riding in a bus to Paju and I was in the back talking to some very lovely fellow adoptees about why I wasn't...

September 20, 2018

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I know it isn't New Year's yet, but I am making a resolution in September. I am going to stop saying that things can't get any worse. Because they clearly can. Never underestimate fate's capacity to inflict more experiences upon you. And if you are dumb enough, like I am, to say that things can't get any worse, they clearly do. Last Saturday's lunch with Han Mu was a little impromptu. The scheduled lunch was on Sunday. That lu...

September 10, 2018

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Well, the inevitable finally occurred. What was the biggest concern of several people ended up happening yesterday. Han Mu decided that he needed to exercise his filial rights and requested money. Not just a couple of bucks money. He wanted $500 USD yesterday and then, get this, he wants very soon $100,000 USD. When I asked him why he needed $100,000, he said that it was to buy a taxi. When the interpreter was explaining it, s...

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