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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Regarding Pictures

I've developed a new method of informing you when I've added pictures. Instead of making a post like this and skewing the totals (I want my competition with Bob to be as legitimate as possible), I'm going to change the name of the Photos section so that it indicates when it was last updated. Thus, if you look to the left, you'll see that it says "Last updated November 7th" or something along those lines. That's because I just added pictures from my 2nd day in Seoul...July 15th.

Note that I intend to add a lot of pictures from past travels, so if none of the photo album dates match the update date, you know why.

I'll try to write stories about the days as I post the pictures. But...not now. I'll do it later. Right.

So, now that I've finally passed on some splendid photos of the Orient, go check 'em out.

Monday, November 05, 2007


Because of a certain post posted here, Bob has been demoted from fellow traveler #1 to fellow traveler #2. Note that Megan's site, which has usurped the prime position, does not even have a single post on it yet. That's how angry I am at Bob right now.

Also, Megan is in the airplane right now on the way to Switzerland.

Oh yeah, and I should know by tomorrow whether my Europe trip is going to work out, but at the moment things are looking good. I should have about 3 weeks to galavant/gallivant (the first spelling came naturally to me but M-W lists the second as primary) around London (if this Bob-feud hasn't escalated further, which it may well do), Bern (since I moved Megan to the #1 spot, I'll certainly be welcome there) , Domodossola, Genova, perhaps Sicilia, and of course my dear Padova. Also, I'll probably spend my entire year-end bonus. Sorry, retirement fund.

Finally, even though this post started as a rant against Bob, it contains some actual news, and so may be fairly counted as a legitimate post for all competition purposes. Also, for the sake of being civil: props for that lemon wedge post, Bob. It was fantastic.

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Chae-mi-in-neun Hal-lo-win = Fun-being Halloween

You may view numerous and maximally cute Halloween photos by following the picture link to the left. You can also see some pictures of the ever-elusive George, the Scotsman who has been my partner in crime for the last several months. He's got a little cold right now, so please look at his picture and implore your respective deities to restore his health before this weekend, because we have to throw a going-away party for Chan-hyeok and Johnjohn, who are leaving for Australia this Monday.

All the kids come to the school two or three times a week for 90 minutes and do three 30 minute classes. So, on Halloween and on the day before, we canceled the 3rd class each period and did a little party with some lazy attempts by George to explain Halloween (I would have been lazy too, but my voice was gone, so I couldn't even get that far...), some running around and stabbing children with swords then hypocritically telling them to calm down when they wanted to fight back, and of course, some good old worksheets, including a worksheet that even George and I, working together, couldn't finish in 30 minutes. Take that, kiddies.

Some of them wore costumes - you may see a shot of Peter the Wizard, Tommy the Elvis/Pig, and Tom the Reaper. One also poured water on himself trying to drink from a paper cup. That's a very common occurrence at our school. I'm not talking cardboardy rigidish dixie cups. I mean a paper cone cup, but it's not a cone. It's flat, and you sort of squish it open until it's almost like a 3d V. Or a triangular prism. In other news, several little varmints tried to divest me of my helm, buckler, and armament, and many a young rapscallion tugged upon my cape. The most notorious offenders later received their comeuppance when I scooped them up and pretend to toss them either down the stairs or off of the terrace. Let that be a warning to you all: if you are less than 5 feet tall and weigh under 100 pounds, don't touch my costume.