Day 301

Monday | December 24th, 2012

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All I had to do today was get up at a reasonable time, shower, and get myself to TOEIC level testing on time, but I barely did that. I slept until the last possible second just like high school, then found my way into a hot shower and even to a pompadour, two things I was convinced I would skip when thinking about, but not actually leaving the warmer than warm bed I really wanted to stay in all day.

Skipping the all important Monday shaving step gave me enough time to have a fashion crisis and change my shirt (that no one would see under a sweater) three times. This is why I should sleep late everyday, to avoid fashion dilemmas. At least adopting a suit at the CEC, the only fashion leeway was what tie to wear, but given the lose dress code of the PDF, I am slowly sinking into fashion apocalypse. First it’s shirts, then what pair of pants do I want, then which jacket goes with which color of pants, then it’s hair experimentation (like the disasters of 2003 or 2004 or 2005). There is no end once I have too many free moments to think about what to wear. It all goes fooey. Red pants and green t-shirts become okay again. Flowery gayness abounds and then it’s like Daegu all over again … ‘Hey, you know Caleb?’ … ‘That guy with the crazy shirts?’. Never a name again, just an esoteric fashion footnote. Brand destroyed.

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The river/lake/lagoon/Pohang water source is frozen again (above). The ducks are nowhere. I do see a lot of shit has been tossed on top of the ice. It has occurred to me that throwing stuff at the river in Gyeongju is as what cow-tipping in Iowa is or as what an unattended container of kerosine means in Montana. Hijinks. Wall-to-wall hijinks. Eugene had a dilapidated downtown mall with buses, Gyeongjuians have Pohang’s water source. No matter how far you go, most of the customs remain the same.

The Daily Bullet

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Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Gyeongju

Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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