Day 212

Wednesday | September 26th, 2012

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We had a lot of tasks lined up for today: local office, city hall, then hardware store. We managed to even squeeze a little more action on that list and it all made me forget that it was only Wednesday. It really, really felt like a proper Saturday.

We had to go the local office (sometimes called the dong office), so Meow could change her address. And this being the countryside and Korea being Korea, I need to change my address too (again). Except, I can’t do it where Meow changes hers, I have to go to city hall. In Seoul, I could do this at the local dong office along with Meow, but … this ain’t Seoul (kid).

We took a cab from our house to the dong office, then a cab from there to city hall where a nice old lady spent about fifteen minutes writing my new address on the back of my ARC (it’s not like the DMV, but still … bureaucracy blows). Then, realizing we had time to kill before a rendezvous with LG, who also wanted to come to the hardware store, we took a third cab downtown.

I ducked into my bank while Meow waited; she got me back by ducking into the beauty shop. We ate (what passes for) Italian food at Pranzo, then went to the stationery store. Among the $120 bill were supplies to make papier mâché, should I go for Halloween costuming this year; more knick-knack box segments for the expected increase in nails (and shit) from the hardware store; assorted papers to cover the fugly-bright and fugly-ugly lights in all the rooms; and a set of white board markers that I have no idea what the price was and only care because it has two green markers and green markers are an essential component of my teaching methodology.

After that, we took a fourth cab home where we each fiddled with our bounties until LG showed up. When he did, we took a fifth cab to the hardware store where I chose a red power drill from a Korean company instead of the Bosch power drill to match with my jigsaw. Only time will reveal the quality versus vanity of that quick decision making. I grabbed everything I could think of at the hardware store. Hinges, slide locks, nails, screws for wood (long ones and short ones), hooks, brick chisel, wood chisel, braces, that funky ruler that has the fixed right angle (and is damn handy with every task), safety goggles, and a bunch of other useful stuff.

Safety goggles were a big decision. I do think safety goggles are for sissies or welding or anything to do with glass, gas, or fire. However, it seems that I’m always bent over or upside down lately and am blessed enough to have crap fall into my eyes. Last week that crap was a chip off a rusty screw. I had hold my eye open as I walked to the bathroom to get it out. Then the jigsaw kicks up a lot of sawdust. I decided I’d rather look like a doofus than have a preventable accident.

LG parted company with us after the hardware store and we took our sixth cab of the day home. There was enough day time left to tap out the old rusty wheels out of the sliding doors to my room and replace them with the new ball-bearing ones I had just picked up. AND since I ignored my tracing of the old wheel the new ones didn’t quite fit—this was where my new wood chisel came in handy. It took almost zero minutes to tap a little extra wood out and drop the new wheels in. My reward? Doors that glide and don’t stick and are less noisy.

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