Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Korea Again

It's hard to believe I've left China. Home–that is, the States–better be weird. From all accounts, it is.

All the green card stuff is done, tickets bought, arrangements made. I go back to be weirded out by my own country, I hope, and wait for my family to be weirded out themselves when they arrive–months apart, us.

I left for Korea nearly five years ago with the intention of staying out one year. Returning married, daddied. Perhaps the word is daughtered. Waiting.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


One of those rare nights when I actually want sleep. Trying to convince my mind that it's in, or at least close to, the time zone it belongs to. It's only 10:17 p.m., and my next flight's not till 10 a.m. There's a hotel for transferring passengers, but then I'd have to leave the airport, which means going through customs, only to have to go through security again in the morning. Nah. Anyway, I don't know why, upon getting off the airplane here, I immediately had to go through security again. Since leaving San Francisco this morning / yesterday, I haven't had opportunity to leave secure space. Weird to think that between airports, over so big a distance, there's secure space.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Just Passing Through

Man, the Seoul airport is nice. On the Net without a VPN connection. Kinzie and I took off this morning and met up with E. once we got here. I'm hoping Kinzie's meds wear off and she cries when we have to part ways. Otherwise, her goodbye's gonna feel disingenuous. We're giving her mom a rough time right now over Skype, saying we're going to get drunk in the face of her advice to stay hydrated. Ah, man, good times. Kraze Burger coma.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Since Departure/before Departure

"Have fun in Korea."

"Have fun in China."

Met and later sang, in a noraebang that looked like the planet at the beginning of Alien, with my replacement, a certified teacher who will do a good job with Pluto Class.

Was bored by grammar talk. This boredom was disappointing because I used to love talking about grammar, but such talks have become just another way of marking who's right and who's wrong. How does one teach a good an English without becoming an asshole? It's possible.

Worked on "Exeunt Omnes." Decided there's been enough ground clearing. "Do you know caveat lector? / It was a child from my songhood. Everything / needed my looking up."

Was bored by drug talk. Anymore crave sobriety.

Sat at a table in the middle of the street in front of a closed-for-the-holiday restaurant with my Scottish friends, Ruth and Walker, enjoying a couple beers. Passing parents encouraged their children to practice their English with us and then to bow. Always a teacher here.

"You're the only person here who never has any trouble understanding my accent."

Was told by my R. and W.'s just-arrived friend that only British English would be used at this table.

Walked home with Megan, who told me everything's different.

Packing. Back.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Again Bye

I'm once again waiting for a bus to Ssangmun. Just dropped Al off for her flight to Shanghai to visit her brother. So while she goes on to the country I now live in, I stay behind in a country where we already lived.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gave Up on Having to Be Correct

그리고, "and"
지만, "but"
which are damn useful

little yellow buses with the students in them, their automatic sliding doors that play Beethoven, mostly sliding only after the buses start moving

subway system with its voices in three different languages: target audience(s)

last night, you: cricket should be played without points, just who can close everything first

this afternoon, Wallace, "E unibus pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction," A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, p. 67: "Irony, entertaining as it is, serves an almost exclusively negative function. It's critical and destructive, a ground-clearing… But irony's singularly unuseful when it comes to constructing anything to replace the hypocrisies it debunks."

thus a considered restructuring of "Exeunt Omnes"

a bit of raised sidewalk for the blind to follow, here and in Dalian

Pluto Class: "Why you Korea come?"

yesterday: a sudden revulsion toward learning Korean

ideal writing and learning environment: three tables covered with open books

the conjugation of verbs in English according to about whom one is talking
the conjugation of verbs in Korean according to to whom one is talking
the conjugation of verbs in Chinese