Published: May 25th 2012May 25th 2012
**Some parts deleted by the travelblog.org gods. They work in mysterious ways.***
It's starting to get good down here in our little coastal town. It's the time of year that reminds me why we chose this place and why I prefer living here rather than in the bigger cities up north. The mountains and feilds are dressed in green. A few azaleas are still putting up a fight and make for purple patches on the mountain sides and the water is warming up for summer time swims.
Since the summers can get uncomfortably hot now is the time to do things outdoors. Even if that thing happens to be wandering the pedestrian street in the cool spring air after seeing "The Avengers" while looking for a place to grab a drink.
Rather than head to a bar, sit inside and listen to insufferable K-Pop, it doesn't matter how long I stay here I'll never get into the stuff. Just for reference here is a clip of the big song of the moment, "Trouble Maker." ** I tried to upload the video here but no luck. If you want to check it out go to youtube and type in K-Pop Trouble Maker. You should have no problem.*** **There used to be a section here about a Russian Bolshoi Ice Show that I visited with my school. It was here when I typed it but I've been having some problems with things getting...misplaced on this site so I'm not sure where it is now, just long gone. Anyway, the following is a conversation I had with a Kindergarten teacher at my work that I'd never met before and haven't seen since at the Ice Show***
"Ahhh, hi Justin. I love you!" she came up screaming to me as our school was waiting to get into the auditorium.
"Alright, thank you." I said while trying to place the woman. She's new to our school and works in a different building and I don't remember seeing her before but apparently it wasn't mutual. I didn't really think anything off it since kids, women, even men come up to you and tell you they love you just so they can use the English that they know. Afterwards they usually just smile and walk away. Not this lady though.
"The first time I saw
you, I thought, you're my style."
Now my co-teachers were laughing and I was still trying to place the woman. She left for a while and returned with snacks. When one of the office assistants went to reach for the food my new admirer held it out of reach and said it was for me. Now it was starting to get a bit weird. She stared for awhile and then left again to tend to her kindergarten class. Then just before we went into the building she asked my co-teacher to ask me if I would sit with her. The whole thing started to get a bit 6th grade and I made sure to lag behind just long enough to make sure the seats were full and I'd have to sit somewhere else. It worked, she looked sad but asked me afterwards if I enjoyed the show. I haven't seen her since.
We're heading off again this weekend so I should have more to report next week. The last and final thing that I'll mention is the big event from last night.
I was sitting on the couch reading when all of a sudden the cat sprinted to the window. It's something he does probably a hundered times a day so I didn't think anything of it. Then I started to hear something that I thought was rain followed by a loud crack and glass breaking. Probably somebody hitting another car while parking,
I thought and then I heard some yelling and screaming. I decided to head out to see what the commotion was and as I left our building and headed around the corner I saw that the fish restaurant across from our apartment building was completely in flames. the windows were breaking and a crowd was starting to gather. The flames were roaring out form the windows and doorways. I went to go tell Jen and grab my camera. Considering that the fire station is just down the road they took a long time to get there. This probably wasn't there fault though as traffic will not move for any emergency vehicle. And I mean any. Cars will stay in their lane as the police wait their turn, sirens blasing. Fire trucks will honk their horns with no response. Crowds will cross at the crosswalk while the ambulance patiently waits before they can make their way to the poor person that decided to have their heart attack at the same unfortunate time as rush hour. So with the flames melting the metal doorways and glass bursting here and there the fire department finally made it and we watched them put out the flames. Not your typical Thursday night but then again neither is Korea.[/url]