Friday, December 30, 2005

Well these are the pictures from me playing Santa Claus.

The Above people are Dan and Greer. They are some awesome people and he is the one that the students thought was going to be SANTA. So see how tall he is and then when the kids saw me, The look on their face was like, ok this iS SO not DAN TEACHER.

This is Nichole, she is the one who asked me to play SANTA. As I stated earlier awesome lady, shame she is a Red Sox's Fan..

SANTA has a pet monkey, I have no idea either but hey, they said that it would look funny.

Now this I was not expecting, a little girl hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek, It was a shock I was not expecting this, I was thinking,"Now this was worth me getting up here as SANTA." I was so glad that I was dressed up, I thought that I was so going to cry.

I wish that it was a better shot but this is the end of the SANTA FOR ME FOR THE DAY. I am so glad that I did this. Now If I get asked to play the Easter Bunny....

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

this is another one about me being santa.

Christmas in Korea
There are Christians and Catholics along with Buddhists and several other religions here . So they celebrate the holiday and say "Merry Christmas" (which sounds exactly the same in English and "hangul" (korean language); they don't even add an extra vowel sound at the end. But when we took this photo, everyone said, "CEESE - A" ! There's a dancing santa outside one of the local pubs singing "jingle bells" and "yellow rose in Texas" (which is conveniently right outside Mike's apt. and he's FROM Texas!)(Yes their is a santa by my place that sings The Yellow Rose of Texas) Mike was Santa for our hogwon! He says I owe him a big one. He loved it though, knowing full-well the great impact he made on the adorable children at Little America. He came in during our Song and Story festival shouting "HO HO HO" and the kids were shocked b/c they expected one of us teachers to be santa. As soon as I came in that morning the kids asked, "Nicole teacher SANTA?" I replied, "Do I look like a BIG FAT MAN?" They said yes. Hmmm. Then they thought it would be Dan teacher. Dan, Greer, Taunia, and I were all in the room when Mike came in so the kids were amazed to see it was the REAL SANTA!!! He's loud and boisterous (perfect) but I heard him whisper something special to EACH kid, telling them about the elves up north & calling the girls princess. He took a couple hours out of his day to sweat in a big red suit up on stage and call each child up to receive their gift. Most kids gave him hugs, a few even gave him kisses on the cheek. He enjoyed the time as much as the kids b/c his hogwon (like most) wasn't doing anything special for the holidays. Little America always puts together elaborate celebrations.

I had a blast!
This is one bloggers comment about my being santa

Their names are Dan (No Pants Dan)and Greer, they are from New Zeland and are some awesome people. In her blog I read that she wanted to vegetate for a while, so me ,being half-insane, I came up with their XMAS Present. 72 cds and dvd filled with movies. This should hopefully let her veg for awhile. In a few days when my computer is up and running I will post alot more Christmas photos.

Santa says: "I'm Rick James, bitch. Enjoy yourself, it's a celebration!"

On Friday, we had the L.A. Christmas Event (this is how the kids kept referring to it; [attempts Korean accent] "Kurisumas Ebentu". Any special happening is always designated an Event in Korea--it's cool). There were three separate Events, really, one for the kindergarten kids and one each for the first two shifts of kids that come in the afternoon. Apparently the 5:30-7:00 students are too cool for school events and never participate in them properly, so they didn't get a proper Christmas Event, just some pizza and the first hour or so of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on pirated DVD. They were actually supposed to have a regular class first and then the party, but the foreign teachers decided that All Party All The Time was the way to go. (HP was from me also!)

Anyway. The real Christmas Events. Each class had practiced songs and plays to perform in front of the other students, which was pretty cool, even though my Harvard boys didn't get to do The Twelve Days of Christmas like we'd been practicing. Andy didn't show up on the day, and they'd all been nervous enough about they idea of getting up and singing with just three of them--two was deemed a bit too much for them to handle.

The total high point of the day, though, was this:

That's Mike [and Chan, The World's Most Adorable Genius]. He's from Texas, is about 6'5", ex-US Army, and teaches at another school in the area. The original idea was for Dan, Nicole, Taunya and I to take turns dressing up and handing out presents to the kindergarten kids (or else just for Dan to do it--a couple of different ideas got thrown around). But then Nicole came up with the idea of asking Mike. He has a much more Santa-like physique than any of us, and (most importantly) the kids don't know him. The excitement of a Santa visit would be somewhat lessened, I would think, if it was really obvious that it was Dan teacher under the beard. But Mike? Mike was a totally different story. He came in and was loud and expansive (although he managed to refrain from saying what he says in my subject line, which is this particular Santa's favorite catchphrase), and generally Santa-like and the children were SO excited. They kept asking us "Dan teacher? Dan teacher?" and we could point at Dan and say "No! THERE'S Dan teacher! That's SANTA!" (and I gave them Dave Chappelle Season 2 on DVD so that they could watch that Rick James show)

He sat on the auditorium stage for ages under the hot lights, endured having a minimum of two photos taken with every kid, and said something sweet to each one, and just lapped up all the little kisses on the cheek and "I love you, Santa-haraboji (grandfather)"s. And yeah, some of them were scared of him (Chan up there looks a little worried...he shouldn't be, though, he could vanquish any Evil Santa with his superior mental powers), but who hasn't been scared of Santa at one point or another? (well i am a very tall santa)

It was really cool. Thanks Mike. You were fantastic.

You are most welcome

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

My co-worker wrote this about the kids in our school, sad to say, she is dead on right with this article. The Harry, Your butt sexy is still one of my favorite lines ever heard in the class. Enjoy the article

There's no escaping fate!

In most of the English institutes that I have been acquainted with, the Korean students take on an English nickname. I have noticed that students who take certain names tend to be similar in character. Based on this observation and my own personal whimsy, I have found that traits of a new student can be accurately predicted based on the English name that he or she chooses. It’s kind of like a horoscope.

So, with this in mind, I have catalogued the most predominant of those names that chose ever so scientifically:

Harry: As my director pointed out to me, “all our Harrys are…distracted.” In my experience, Harrys are amazing students if they like the teacher enough (as evidenced by my “sexy butt” column), pick up on conversational niceties quicker than the actual meat of the conversation, and can be counted on to participate in class and do their assignments.

John: Johns tend to be “good kids.” They don’t make trouble, aren’t disruptive, and generally don’t seem to be completely disinterested in learning English. However, their homework will be completed sporadically, and their attempts to participate in class will often be fractured and incorrect. However, you can’t help but feel sympathy for the kid because you know he’s trying.

Jason: Jasons tend to be bright, but undisciplined. They will be the first to raise their hand to answer a question, but they’re also the most likely to not bring their book to class and to yell like an idiot. They can be very active as well, to the point of being disruptive to the class. I had one “Jason” that initially thought his name was “sit down!”

Justin: Justins are very good natured, but don’t have a clue as to what’s happening around them. When asked a question, Justins will usually look up like a startled rabbit in a field, make a sound like “uuuhh?!?” and then smile and laugh without giving an answer.

Jimmy: Jimmy’s don’t know that “Jimmy” is a nickname for “James.” Jimmys tend to be leaders and very vocal in the classroom. They are genuinely interested in communicating with their instructors, and will use whatever means necessary to get their point across, such as pantomime with sound effects.

David: Davids are usually good kids, but they tend to play sidekick to a stronger student. Their behavior is usually dependent on the behavior of the student they follow. If they’re following a Jimmy, then you’ll have two great students to chat with. However, if they’re following a Jason, you might have a few problems.

Rachael: Rachaels are studious, inquisitive, and usually the best student in the class. Her handwriting will be better than yours, and she will be organized to a fault. The other students will try to copy from her.

Nicky: (for a female) Nickys are slightly better than average students, and will be interested in your personal life far more than the material being taught. They will learn to ask questions very quickly, but will be unable to tell you what day of the week it is.

Jenny: (NOT Jennifer). They probably don’t know that “Jenny” is short for “Jennifer,” but don’t let that fool you because Jennys, like Rachaels, are very studious.

Jessica: Jessicas tend to be very vocal and interested in English as a means of communication and not as another academic subject. They can be disruptive and dominant at times, so you should be very careful to keep them in line.

I hope this guide will help us English teachers to avoid messy situations in the future by naming all of our students names that will ensure their obedience and enthusiasm for learning! And if it doesn’t work, I’ll send you another list free of charge.

WELL TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS....This is so true of me. Hope you enjoy the laugh.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Merry Christmas to all. Enjoy the Cartoons.

Well guess what I did a few days ago here in Korea? I played Santa.

There is a couple here by the name of Dan and Greer, they teach at a school called "Little America". A New York City girl by the name of Nichole also teaches here in the school (thats her in the photo above. In the second one Santa told her that Johnny Damon became a Yankee. She cheers for the Boston Red Sox's)She is a very smart woman, so I have no idea why she picked Boston but , Oh well.)

Dan is the only male teacher at his school and if he wore the Santa outfit the Kids would have figured it out. So when they asked me if I would be Santa, I said yes. My school wasn't doing anything and I thought that it would be fun. I got dress up in the Santa out fit and walked to their school. The looks on the people faces when I walked by was awesome. A 6'4 white guy, in Korea wearing a Santa suit and yelling "Merry Christmas" was just too funny.

I met Dan at the 7-11. (It is a Korean version of it) and he helped me into my beard and final touch ups. Then we went upstairs to see the Kids.

The other Korean teachers at his school looked at me like, OMG he is big. Dan is about 5-10, so when 6'4 comes walking in, and esp. DRESSED LIKE SANTA. I drew alot of stares. Then It came showtime.

The kids thought that teacher Dan was going to be Santa, so when me and him both walked in the kids were like, OK this is not Dan Teacher, who Is this? I am the real Santa!

Their was one moment when I almost started to cry, a little girl gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. I almost started to cry. I was thinking, OK now that was worth me dressing up as Santa. The various photos are me with kids from the school.

I hammed it up and played Santa, I now understand why they cant smile sometimes, my beard made my face very warm.

After I played Santa, I went to my school and passed out the Christmas gifts to my Korean Co-workers. I gave box sets of "Lost" "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives." They loved them. Last week I took my bosses oldest son and his friend with me as we watched King Kong at the Say CGV.

I really did enjoy that, they reminded me alot of me when I was their age. We played video games after the movie and I took the boys to Pizza Hut and we ate pizza. It was snowing that day so that was nice also.

On Christmas Eve, I really did not want to do anything (for those who do not know that was my Dads Birthday, and last year he died. I just felt very alone on Christmas Eve.) Their was a party and they prommised turkey and dressing so I went and I am so glad that I did. I ate until I could not eat anymore and when I went home I went straight to bed.

On Christmas Day, Ben and Carrie were having a celebration at their place in Suji and I was invited so I went. (Ben leaves for Ft. Lee VA. next month, Carrie will be allowed to go with him. I was so glad to them both). The food was awesome and I was full when I left.

It was a good Christmas, I played Santa, ate some great food and I made alot of kids happy. The only really bad thing was I still have no idea where my 2 are. So one day Claudia and Sean, if you read this, YOU 2 WERE IN MY HEART AND IN MY MIND AND PRAYERS. I miss you both so much. Merry Christmas my children. Daddy thinks of you every day and hope one day that we can find each other.

Merry Christmas to all and I hope that you enjoyed my gifts to you.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

One of this things that I have been doing here in Korea is a movie reviewer for the web site. I had a chance to see this film and it just took away my breath. Here is the review that I did. (the link has an error by the author, I have emailed her and asked for a correction) I know, Mike is reveiwing a French film and he loved it? Has he lost it? For those who do not know I am so anti-French for so many different reasons so this will come off as a huge shock.

Please see the movie!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of
incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we
had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period,
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

These same words would have worked in 1914 France; it was on the front lines of World War I.

The film is in German, French, Latin and English.

Before you read my Christmas Movie review, please read an article about what happened first, so my review will make scenes. (hope this works if not the link is above)

Wow! Is the first word that comes to mind after watching this movie.

If you a military man then this film will hit home early and often. If not a lot of this film will not make sense. Let me try and explain this film to you.

The plot is really simple, it is December 1914 and Scottish, French and German units are stuck in trench warfare. It it becoming closer to Christmas and the men decide instead of war that a truce is declared.

The film was so believable even from the beginning where there are three children talking about how the enemy must be destroyed and killed in 3 different languages (English, French, German). to the end where you see the aftermath of peace, when the world wants war.

The film opens with the children and then 3 different shots of Scotland (where a boy rings the church bells and is happy that war is declared) France, (Where a Senior Officer tells his son, a Junior officer, that the big war that France has wanted with Germany is at hand) and Germany (where an Opera singer is drafted into the German Army).

What I really liked about this film was that It shows all 3 sides and shows their fears and doubts of the war. In the next shot you see a brother have to leave his brother in No Man's Land ( In WW1 and other later wars which involved trench warfare, the term no man's land indicated the land between the trenches of the opposing foes. This land belonged to neither side; it was a neutral place on the battlefield. No man's land was a very dangerous area because it usually provided none of the cover that trenches are designed to. However, soldiers were forced to venture into it when advancing, and stretcher bearers would need to traverse it if they were to bring in the wounded.

No man's land was often a hellish experience for soldiers, ranging from several hundred yards to in some cases as short as 15 meters. Heavily defended by machine guns and riflemen on both sides, they also were often riddled with land mines and barbed wire. Intense bombing and artillery often blanketed the no man's land in a sea of explosions and fire. The area was usually devastated by the warfare, leaving little to no foliage left to cover in and providing an excellent way for enemies in the other trench to shower death upon charging infantry.)

The brother feels guilty that he has abandoned his brother to die alone. You then see a German Female who has figured out how to work the system and get to see her lover, who is stationed on the front lines, at an Officer party where they are to be the guest singers. He feels guilty that he is safe and that his friends are not. He goes back to the front with his girlfriend in tow. The film makes fun of the officers, please see the Scottish and German jabs at their officers.

It all starts simple enough, the Scottish soldiers are celebrating Christmas and they decide to play their bagpipes. The French and German soldiers are stunned but they listen. Then the German soldier who can sing gets up and sings a German Christmas song, while he is singing the Scott's join in with their bagpipes and help him out. After the song is done, the singer listens to the pipes play Oh Christmas tree. The German then did something that will stop the audiences, he get up and picks up a small Christmas tree while singing carries the tree into the middle of no man's land. After he is finished the Scottish soldiers erupt in huge clapping, the French soldiers are just stunned but they also show that they have liked it. The German and The Scottish officer then start to talk in broken English and soon the French officer then joins them, they agree to a truce for Christmas.

Then all 3 sides come out of their trenches and meet and talk, It soon becomes midnight and a stretcher bearer, who is also a priest back home, leads a Christmas mass in Latin with all 3 sides participating in the mass. That night it was peace on earth and goodwill towards men, for no one died their that night. The next day, the brother finds the body of his dead brother and is trying to bury it, another truce is declared so that all sides can bury their dead. The scene that got me the most is when the priest went to a German grave and gave it blessing in Latin.

The next day (Boxing Day for the Scott's) was observed also, all of the soldiers went into the German trenched because the Germans were going to fire artillery at the Allied side. after the Germans has finished shooting, the Scottish Officer stated that he thought that the British would fire next, so everybody then goes to the Scottish side and waits until the Allied side has finished. On Boxing Day nobody died. Everybody states their goodbyes, the German officer tells the girl and her lover to surrender so that their voices can survive and that they will not be blamed for the truce.

When all 3 sides headquarters learn of the truce, by reading their soldiers mail, Hell in unleashed. The Scottish unit is disbanded and broken up. The Germans are arrested and redeployed by train. The French father yells at his son and calls him a fool who has thrown away a good career. What was the most damning was the Priest supervisors reaction. He tell him that he is being sent back to Scotland and that he has done wrong in God's eyes. (You must remember one thing here all 3 sides were told by their men of faith that their side was right and that they are on Gods side) (This was used allot in the US Civil War by both sides and is used now in the war against terrorism)

His reply was so correct, I was talking to the masses that day and in his eyes they were all Gods children. He was rebuked and as he listened to his supervisor tell the men that they must kill Germans and that they are evil etc etc. He removes his cross and walks away. The Bible teaches us to preach the word to all that will listen not just select people, all who came to listened that night received his holy words.

The film shows very well why all of the Headquarters were scarred of this truth, In war you must make the enemy sound so bad that when you kill him you will give no sadness nor guilt. Something went wrong, these men met and realized besides the language that their really was not much of a difference. They all had families, loved ones and all wanted to be anywhere in the world except where they were, at war.

When I was in the US Army, I was taught that the USSR was the enemy and I taught others what the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) taught me at Munich, were the enemy and needed to be killed and to kill all of them. To this day I do not trust neither Russia or the PLO, to be honest I do not know if I ever will. I recall the sermons about God's Army and how the Russians were killing Christians. Seeing this reminded me of those times.

The ordinary soldier will respect this film, the higher ranking officers will be very afraid of this film. Daniel Bruhl once again shows why he will be a leading actor for years to come. In this film he plays the German officer in charge and if you saw the movie, "Good Bye Lenin" He was the star of that classic also.

Overall if you want a good story where insanity is the norm and men learn that truce has too high of a price, then please see this film when you can.

Grade: A+ (Peace on Earth and goodwill towards all of Gods' fellow humans beings)

Release in Korea unknown. Scheduled for March in the USA (yes, a Christmas film in March).

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Darrell Armstrong couldn't pass up the chance.

And Avery Johnson couldn't let it pass without a fine. Armstrong was asked to give a pregame Christmas wish to fans at American Airlines Center Sunday night and he couldn't resist trumpeting his favorite NFL team.

After wishing the crowd a safe and happy holiday, Armstrong added: "And how about those Redskins?"
The point guard has been a Washington fan since he was a kid.

After the game, Johnson divulged that the backup point guard was fined $1,000 for his impromptu support of the Redskins, who beat the Cowboys 35-7 on Sunday, severely denting their playoff hopes. "We were all sitting around the TV rooting for the Cowboys," Johnson said. "So we're going to call our friends over there to see where they want the money sent." Also, in the locker room before the game, Josh Howard (a true Carolina Panthers fan) added that his team was "going to finish the job next week," in regard to the Cowboys' playoff hopes.

I have been a Mavericks fan since 1980 and a Redskin fan since 1973, this is the first time that I have been disapointed with them for a very classless act.

Now for the Redskin fan news!!!!! 35-7 over the crackboys and we won 2x this year over them!!!!. I was listening to the 1310 ticket from dallas and I was just so happy because the whinning and crying from all of the crackboys fans was just soooooooooo great.

If the game is on bit torrent i will try and download it..

sorry not alot of updates, I have a few morw to and and will try to tonight.

REDSKINS 35 DALLAS 7......OH HAPPY DAY.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 09, 2005

O'Reilly Urges News Media To Avoid Criticizing U.S. War Moves
Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly suggested Tuesday that American TV news outlets refrain from airing reports that would depict the U.S. unfavorably as it carries out its war against terrorism. Referring to an ABC News report that the CIA had moved detainees out of secret prisons in Europe prior to the arrival there of Secretary of State Rice, O'Reilly remarked, "I would not have reported what ABC News reported. I would not have done it. I did not put Abu Ghraib pictures on this broadcast, the only television journalist not to do so. I do feel that the press has a responsibility to help the government in the war on terror." O'Reilly's comments came during his interview with former Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters, author of New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy, who said that reports like ABC's "are putting our programs at risk. ... But worst of all, Bill, it's killing American soldiers."

I can understand hating the President of the USA but when you put my friends lives in danger I do become upset. This is one of the reasons I hate the majority of the USA media.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Now I have been to the anti USA bull s$#% that I have seen here in Korea. My only question is why is anybody really surprised? The South just wants to kiss ass and blame everything on the USA. I am sick of it. History shows that you can not appease dictators, why can't the South Korean Government see that?

S.Korea perpetuates N.Korea rights abuse: experts

By Jack Kim

Inaction by South Korea on human rights violations in North Korea not only perpetuates suffering there but also encourages misguided and dangerous beliefs about the communist state, experts and defectors said on Thursday. Hundreds of human rights advocates and refugees who fled the North are meeting in Seoul for two days to urge action by the South Korean government and the international community to improve human rights conditions in the North. South Korea's government argues that it does work to improve human rights but prefers not to make it a high-profile topic for fear of aggravating Pyongyang.

"The North Korean dictatorial regime has left no tactic untried in trying to paralyze human rights in the North," said Hwang Jang-yop, a former North Korean communist party ideology chief and the highest-ranking official to defect to the South. Hwang defected in 1997 and has been a vocal critic of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. He said North Korean propaganda devised to keep Kim in power has reached the South and stirred up "madness" across the border.

He criticized South Koreans who blindly commit to engaging the North. People had misguided beliefs about the North that would be immediately dashed if they visited the country to see conditions for themselves, he said. "We have people who choose to defend the North and oppose the United States only from hearing what Kim Jong-il and his group say," he said. "This is a disgrace." "We need more than talk. It's time to take dramatic actions to save human rights in the North," he said. Rights activists say the North has a network of prison camps and executes opponents.


The South Korean government has chosen to turn its back on abuses in the North, and concern in Seoul and Washington of a possible breakdown in six-party nuclear talks has perpetuated those abuses, a U.S. human rights advocate said. "The South Korean government has abandoned the North Korean people," Suzanne Scholte, head of the Defense Forum Foundation, told the conference.

The government of President Roh Moo-hyun had also chosen to let conditions persist because of concern for the collapse of North Korea and a possible nuclear attack, she said. Seoul places emphasis on engaging the North and improving its economy to try to ensure stability on the divided peninsula. Scholte said that strategy was bound to fail: "If North Korea won't even allow the monitoring of humanitarian aid, how can anyone think they will allow monitoring of their nuclear sites?"

North Korea has been averse to opening up to monitoring of humanitarian aid. Aid workers say that is why the North recently decided to shift from direct international food aid, which donors often seek to monitor, to indirect development aid. North Korea brands any criticism of its human rights record as part of U.S. conspiracy to topple its government.

On Thursday, it demanded the European Union turn its eyes away from the North to "the hideous human rights committed by the U.S.." The EU backed a key United Nations resolution last month that chastised the North for rights abuses. South Korea's unification minister told Reuters last month that Seoul favored the carrot rather than the stick in dealing with the North. But Scholte said time was not on the North Korean people's side.

"How many more North Koreans have to die before we stop this failed strategy?" she said.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

In the last few days the USA has finally been getting tough on North Korea and they (the North Koreans) are pissed about it. the next few articles are what has happened in the last few days.

U.S. Envoy Calls Pyongyang a ‘Criminal Regime’
U.S. Ambassador to Korea Alexander Vershbow on Wednesday made international headlines by calling the North Korean government a “criminal regime.” Vershbow made the remark at the Kwanhun Club, a gathering of senior South Korean journalists, when the subject of North Korea's alleged currency counterfeiting came up.

Vershbow said North Korea’s was the first regime involved in government-sponsored currency counterfeiting “since Adolf Hitler.” Candid criticism of North Korea from a U.S. diplomat here is rare in a public forum. It was Vershbow’s first meeting with the press since he took office in October. U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Alexander Vershbow speaks during a forum hosted by the Kwanhun Club, a gathering of senior Korean journalists, in Seoul on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon urged caution, saying countries involved in six-party talks on the North’s nuclear program “need to exercise restraint in the words they choose to describe each other." At the meeting, Vershbow’s position diverged widely from Seoul’s on such issues as international recognition of the North Korean regime, human rights and counterfeiting.

Asked about U.S. sanctions on North Korean firms for their alleged involvement in various criminal activities, Vershbow said, “This is a criminal regime, and you can’t somehow remove sanctions as a political gesture when this regime is engaging in dangerous activities such as weapons exports to rogue states.” North Korea has warned it could stay away from six-party talks unless the sanctions are lifted. Vershbow added the measures were taken under U.S. law and were non-negotiable. Seoul, by contrast, has suggested Pyongyang and Washington solve the problem in bilateral meetings.

The envoy expressed hope an international conference on North Korea’s human rights abuses that starts in Seoul on Thursday will not be a political platform but a chance to find a strategy for real change in the lives of North Koreans. Vershbow is taking part in the conference. Asked about the South Korean government’s attitude toward human rights in the North, he said South Korea and the U.S. had the same goal even if their approach was different, adding he got the impression from talks with South Korean officials and lawmakers that they are concerned about the issue.

In more conciliatory remarks, commenting on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Vershbow said though a leader made mistakes, he could still bring about change. If North Korea changes, the U.S. is ready to reassess its own stance on the North, he added.

Unification Minister Offers Outline for Dealings With N.Korea

Unification Minister Chung Dong-young said Monday, “Non-nuclear complaints by the United States against North Korea should be solved by bilateral talks between the two parties. As the six-party talks focus on resolving the nuclear issue, other matters should be kept separate from the six-party issue.”

Chung told a forum during a breakfast hour lecture at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, “Major non-nuclear complaints fall into six categories, the most important of which is the North's missile program, others include biochemical and conventional weapons and human rights abuses, as well as its alleged involvement in drug trafficking and currency counterfeiting.”

Regarding a deepening row between Washington and Pyongyang over financial sanctions imposed by Washington, he said, “I had anticipated such setbacks, but they came a bit too early. The Six-party talks may seem to have ended up lost in an impenetrable fog, but it is still early to jump to conclusions.”

My friend Gi in Korea made this remark about the above story..

Does Chung have a cell phone with a direct line to Kim Jong Il to tell him what to do? This guy wastes no time jumping to North Korea's defense. Chung is really a useful idiot for the Norks. First he cares little about North Korean defectors or human rights and now he thinks that North Korea's illegal activities should be overlooked in the name of the six way talks that are accomplishing absolutely nothing.

I am continuing to believe that the US has finally hit the North Koreans where it hurts by sanctioning the Macau bank. I have never seen them whine this bad and get Chung to jump to their defense this quick. Hopefully the US will keep the pressure.

Then to the 2 items that started this whole intresting turn.

U.S. Stops Buying Food for N.Korea

Washington has halted the purchase of 25,000 tons of food aid it had pledged for North Korea this year, half its total commitment, saying it has no way of making sure where the aid goes.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday it was uncertain whether the UN World Food Program would receive the shipment, while there was also no mechanism left to ensure that the food gets to those who need it. As a result, the U.S. did not even buy the 25,000 tons scheduled to be shipped at the end of November.

The U.S. Agency for International Development had previously warned Washington would stop its food aid if North Korean authorities insist on an end to all monitoring of food aid distribution by the WFP.

Since North Korea demanded an end to humanitarian aid work and the withdrawal of aid groups from the country, the WFP has been negotiating about the scale of next year's relief efforts, the number of foreign residents who can stay in North Korea, and the conditions for the development aid Pyongyang now says it wants instead.

Gi in Korea added this: I know I probably sound harsh, but I don't think the US should give food to North Korea without proper monitoring. I can see people possibly trying to twist this issue making the US out to be the bad guy, but North Korea could easily get the food aid if they allow monitors in to ensure proper distribution. I don't think the US should feel obligated to send food to a country that is most likely giving that food to the military and regime elements.

If Kim Jong II has enough money to build nuclear weapons he has enough money to buy food for his people, or he can just go to Plan B and extort the South Koreans to buy the food for him. I hope President Roh has checkbook ready.

The next article is when the S%$# really hit the fan.

N.Korea-U.S. Relations Enter New Chill Over Sanctions

There are fears for the future of six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program as the relationship between the Stalinist country and the U.S. deteriorated after Washington slapped sanctions on a Macau-based bank for allegedly being the main funnel for the North ill-gotten gains. Some observers also worry about a resulting chill in inter-Korean relations.

Washington last week declined to negotiate on the sanctions it imposed on the bank and on North Korean firms, mainly fueled by suspicions that the North counterfeited U.S. currency. North Korea in response called off a visit by its deputy foreign minister, Kim Kye-gwan, to New York.

On Friday night, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the U.S. must unfreeze the companies’ assets and lift the ban on transactions with the bank before the six-party talks can make progress. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper the same day called the U.S. “the world’s worst human rights abuser.” It also slammed as a “fabrication” footage of a public execution in North Korea broadcast by cable channel CNN, according to the North’s official KCNA news agency.

A few hours after the statements, the U.S. chief negotiator at the talks Christopher Hill told AP, "We can't just sit there stalemated session after stalemated session.” He added, "I don't want to threaten walkouts, but I do want to see progress."

According to Japan’s Sankei Shimbun, North Korea has told the U.S. it will not return to the six-party talks until the sanctions are lifted. A South Korean official denied this, but the situation augurs ill for relations between the two Koreas. An inter-Korean ministerial meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13-16 in Jeju Island, and a South Korean official said he worried whether the meeting will take place at all, and whether it will run into problems if it does.

Gi Korea added this...

The North Koreans are masters of nasty rhetoric, but something seems different this time. It seems like the US has finally struck a nerve with the North Koreans. This is good because it is increasing the bargaining position of the US.

The North Koreans have been getting away with counterfeiting US currency for too long. Have you ever wondered why the US $20 bill seems to change every year? It is because of the skilled North Korean counterfeiters. The next thing that can be done to further increase the pressure on the North Koreans is if the Japanese stop boat traffic between the two countries that is used to bring in hard currency to North Korea through the drug trade and other underworld activities. Finally the US is taking the kid gloves off, but there is still a lot more to do.

I like what US negotiator Christopher Hill had to say about this issue:

A few hours after the statements, the U.S. chief negotiator at the talks Christopher Hill told AP, "We can't just sit there stalemated session after stalemated session.” He added, "I don't want to threaten walkouts, but I do want to see progress."

I'm sure Hill realizes this, but most of the countries involved in the talks want to keep things at a stalemate becauses the status quo is more acceptable to their own interests, that is why the US has to break the status quo and shake things up if the US hopes to see any progress.

So you have to ask yourself a question? If the USA is wrong like NK and others have stated, then why is NK throwing a huge fit?

Friday, December 02, 2005

GI charged with breaking marriage promise in Korea
Woman: Soldier had sex but reneged on engagement

SEOUL — A U.S. soldier faces up to two years in Korean jail after promising to marry a South Korean woman, having sex with her, then reneging on the engagement, according to Korean court and prosecution officials.

The accusation — sexual intercourse under the pretense of marriage — is a crime in South Korea, though one rarely prosecuted against U.S. servicemembers, according to an American lawyer practicing in Seoul.

“‘I will marry you, I love you,’ then (the man) calls it off — that’s a crime” if sex is involved, said Brendon Carr, who practices with the Aurora Law Offices in Seoul. The maximum punishment is up to two years in jail or up to a 5 million won, or $5,000, fine, Carr said.

Sgt. Han Jin-hong, a 35-year-old soldier with the 2nd Infantry Division, faces the prospect of that punishment, according to the Uijeongbu prosecutor’s office. Han, who is married, also faces a charge of adultery in Korean court, according to Yang Seung-seok of the Uijeongbu prosecutor’s office. U.S. Forces Korea officials confirmed that Han is assigned to 2nd ID, but no further information was available Tuesday afternoon from military officials.

According to the Korean prosecutor, Han met a 36-year-old Korean woman through an Internet chat room. He told the woman he was a lieutenant colonel and single, and he promised to marry her, Yang said. They had a sexual relationship from June to September, meeting in both Seoul and the Uijeongbu areas, Yang said. Carr, a former U.S. sailor who has worked in South Korea for eight years, said he’s never heard of another American facing this charge in the Korean court system. Carr is not representing Han, nor has he defended any clients against this charge.

He said the law existed in America decades ago and is meant to protect a woman’s virginity from being stolen. In essence, Carr said, it’s a charge of fraud: one person swindled sex from the other. In South Korea, only women who are “not habitually immoral” may accuse their partner of this fraud, Carr said. A woman accused of prostitution or who has many partners may not be considered a victim, he said. “It basically comes down to general reputation” of each person, Carr said.

Wow this one sure surprised me.... A huge lesson for all of us single men here in Korea, Do not say the M........ word.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Guess who walks right into the middle of an Anti-Bush anti USA rally in Pyongteck?


I had about 1 hr to kill because of delayed trains so I went outside to see what all of the noise was about. I went over to see the art work thinking of maybe its a strike, I saw KTX workers on strike a few days ago at Seoul Station. Nope! I saw that it was my old friends from the Korean left.
The cartoon potrayed American as Nazi, Bush as Hitler, anti-us BS. I just walked through the artwork and shook my head. I saw a few Koreans looking at it and shaking their heads also, a few of them saw me and bowed to me (as to say we are sorry for this) I bowed back. The stage speaker saw me but nothing happened. I felt a little tense but nothing happened.

I was thinking that what a way to end a Saturday, in Jail for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the USO in Seoul.

I had the usual meal for T-day but it was in Seoul Korea not in Denison Texas.

This is one of the few days of the year that I do get homesick but the meal sure helped, it took 2 KTX rides from Seoul to Daejeon but it was worth it.

Thank you USO and KTX for making the day seem bearable..

I saw it and I still do not believe it.

"The Producers" musical is comming to Korea and their will be an Korean Nazi.

I saw the ad in the local Daejeon newspaper and I was like WTF?

I could not believe that a Korean will play a NAZI. I want to know where is the protest, The Korean were made into a colony of Japan from 1905-1945 and a Korean playing an Japaneese ally from WW2.

This is just too much..

Monday, November 21, 2005

Ugly Images of Asian Rivals Become Best Sellers in Japan

TOKYO, Nov. 14 - A young Japanese woman in the comic book "Hating the Korean Wave" exclaims, "It's not an exaggeration to say that Japan built the South Korea of today!" In another passage the book states that "there is nothing at all in Korean culture to be proud of."

In another comic book, "Introduction to China," which portrays the Chinese as a depraved people obsessed with cannibalism, a woman of Japanese origin says: "Take the China of today, its principles, thought, literature, art, science, institutions. There's nothing attractive."

The two comic books, portraying Chinese and Koreans as base peoples and advocating confrontation with them, have become runaway best sellers in Japan in the last four months. In their graphic and unflattering drawings of Japan's fellow Asians and in the unapologetic, often offensive contents of their speech bubbles, the books reveal some of the sentiments underlying Japan's worsening relations with the rest of Asia.

They also point to Japan's longstanding unease with the rest of Asia and its own sense of identity, which is akin to Britain's apartness from the Continent. Much of Japan's history in the last century and a half has been guided by the goal of becoming more like the West and less like Asia. Today, China and South Korea's rise to challenge Japan's position as Asia's economic, diplomatic and cultural leader is inspiring renewed xenophobia against them here.

Kanji Nishio, a scholar of German literature, is honorary chairman of the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, the nationalist organization that has pushed to have references to the country's wartime atrocities eliminated from junior high school textbooks. Mr. Nishio is blunt about how Japan should deal with its neighbors, saying nothing has changed since 1885, when one of modern Japan's most influential intellectuals, Yukichi Fukuzawa, said Japan should emulate the advanced nations of the West and leave Asia by dissociating itself from its backward neighbors, especially China and Korea. "I wonder why they haven't grown up at all," Mr. Nishio said. "They don't change. I wonder why China and Korea haven't learned anything."

Mr. Nishio, who wrote a chapter in the comic book about South Korea, said Japan should try to cut itself off from China and South Korea, as Fukuzawa advocated. "Currently we cannot ignore South Korea and China," Mr. Nishio said. "Economically, it's difficult. But in our hearts, psychologically, we should remain composed and keep that attitude."

The reality that South Korea had emerged as a rival hit many Japanese with full force in 2002, when the countries were co-hosts of soccer's World Cup and South Korea advanced further than Japan. At the same time, the so-called Korean Wave - television dramas, movies and music from South Korea - swept Japan and the rest of Asia, often displacing Japanese pop cultural exports.

The wave, though popular among Japanese women, gave rise to a countermovement, especially on the Internet. Sharin Yamano, the young cartoonist behind "Hating the Korean Wave," began his strip on his own Web site then. "The 'Hate Korea' feelings have spread explosively since the World Cup," said Akihide Tange, an editor at Shinyusha, the publisher of the comic book. Still, the number of sales, 360,000 so far, surprised the book's editors, suggesting that the Hate Korea movement was far larger than they had believed.

"We weren't expecting there'd be so many," said Susumu Yamanaka, another editor at Shinyusha. "But when the lid was actually taken off, we found a tremendous number of people feeling this way." So far the two books, each running about 300 pages and costing around $10, have drawn little criticism from public officials, intellectuals or the mainstream news media. For example, Japan's most conservative national daily, Sankei Shimbun, said the Korea book described issues between the countries "extremely rationally, without losing its balance."

As nationalists and revisionists have come to dominate the public debate in Japan, figures advocating an honest view of history are being silenced, said Yutaka Yoshida, a historian at Hitotsubashi University here. Mr. Yoshida said the growing movement to deny history, like the Rape of Nanjing, was a sort of "religion" for an increasingly insecure nation. "Lacking confidence, they need a story of healing," Mr. Yoshida said. "Even if we say that story is different from facts, it doesn't mean anything to them."

The Korea book's cartoonist, who is working on a sequel, has turned down interview requests. The book centers on a Japanese teenager, Kaname, who attains a "correct" understanding of Korea. It begins with a chapter on how South Korea's soccer team supposedly cheated to advance in the 2002 Word Cup; later chapters show how Kaname realizes that South Korea owes its current success to Japanese colonialism. "It is Japan who made it possible for Koreans to join the ranks of major nations, not themselves," Mr. Nishio said of colonial Korea.

But the comic book, perhaps inadvertently, also betrays Japan's conflicted identity, its longstanding feelings of superiority toward Asia and of inferiority toward the West. The Japanese characters in the book are drawn with big eyes, blond hair and Caucasian features; the Koreans are drawn with black hair, narrow eyes and very Asian features. That peculiar aesthetic, so entrenched in pop culture that most Japanese are unaware of it, has its roots in the Meiji Restoration of the late 19th century, when Japanese leaders decided that the best way to stop Western imperialists from reaching here was to emulate them.

In 1885, Fukuzawa - who is revered to this day as the intellectual father of modern Japan and adorns the 10,000 yen bill (the rough equivalent of a $100 bill) - wrote "Leaving Asia," the essay that many scholars believe provided the intellectual underpinning of Japan's subsequent invasion and colonization of Asian nations. Fukuzawa bemoaned the fact that Japan's neighbors were hopelessly backward.

Writing that "those with bad companions cannot avoid bad reputations," Fukuzawa said Japan should depart from Asia and "cast our lot with the civilized countries of the West." He wrote of Japan's Asian neighbors, "We should deal with them exactly as the Westerners do."

As those sentiments took root, the Japanese began acquiring Caucasian features in popular drawing. The biggest change occurred during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, when drawings of the war showed Japanese standing taller than Russians, with straight noses and other features that made them look more European than their European enemies. "The Japanese had to look more handsome than the enemy," said Mr. Nagayama.

Many of the same influences are at work in the other new comic book, "An Introduction to China," which depicts the Chinese as obsessed with cannibalism and prostitution, and has sold 180,000 copies. The book describes China as the "world's prostitution superpower" and says, without offering evidence, that prostitution accounts for 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product. It describes China as a source of disease and depicts Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi saying, "I hear that most of the epidemics that broke out in Japan on a large scale are from China."

The book waves away Japan's worst wartime atrocities in China. It dismisses the Rape of Nanjing, in which historians say 100,000 to 300,000 Chinese were killed by Japanese soldiers in 1937-38, as a fabrication of the Chinese government devised to spread anti-Japanese sentiment. The book also says the Japanese Imperial Army's Unit 731 - which researched biological warfare and conducted vivisections, amputations and other experiments on thousands of Chinese and other prisoners - was actually formed to defend Japanese soldiers against the Chinese.

"The only attractive thing that China has to offer is Chinese food," said Ko Bunyu, a Taiwan-born writer who provided the script for the comic book. Mr. Ko, 66, has written more than 50 books on China, some on cannibalism and others arguing that Japanese were the real victims of their wartime atrocities in China. The book's main author and cartoonist, a Japanese named George Akiyama, declined to be interviewed.

Like many in Taiwan who are virulently anti-China, Mr. Ko is fiercely pro-Japanese and has lived here for four decades. A longtime favorite of the Japanese right, Mr. Ko said anti-Japan demonstrations in China early this year had earned him a wider audience. Sales of his books surged this year, to one million. "I have to thank China, really," Mr. Ko said. "But I'm disappointed that the sales of my books could have been more than one or two million if they had continued the demonstrations."

Friday, November 18, 2005

My co-worker wrote this for the Socius site. I am the teacher Michael. Sad to say this really happened at our school and I thought that it needed to be shared.

Contributed by Stephanie Shimko

Sometimes our quest for answers brings about better questions

Recently I’ve been spending time with more intellectual types working on advanced degrees, so my conversations of late have been more philosophical than usual. For example, the question has been asked “what are we teaching?” I think the answer(s) to this question could be discussed and debated ad nauseum. I personally feel that a better question to ask is “what are they learning?” There are a variety of reasons for this.

For example, in my hogwon there are two foreign teachers: Michael, and myself. I am a rather serious teacher, of short stature with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a pale as the moonlight complexion. Michael is one of the physically biggest men I’ve ever met in my life, and he comes from a military background. Obviously the children react to us, and therefore learn from us, in very different ways, and I think the following story is a good example of this.

Harry is about ten years old and was in one of my beginner classes. He started in the back of the classroom. He was a little odd, but enthusiastic and nice. On my first day I introduced myself saying “hello, my name is Stephanie, I’m from America, etc…” and brought a book about my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Afterwards, I asked if any of them had any questions. Harry’s hand shot up in the air like he was about to catch a ball that would win his team the World Series. I asked him what he question was and he replied “I love you!” and stared at me with saucer shaped eyes. Over the following weeks, Harry’s seat gradually moved from the back of the room to front and center. One day we were working on learning professions and places like police station, bakery, supermarket, and so forth. I had been asking the question “Who works at the fire station.” The first answer from the class came:

“Police station!”

“No. Who works at the fire station?”


“No… Who works at the fire station?!?”


I decided to reconsider my approach. I stopped for a moment and put my hands on my hips as I pondered. I was standing in front of Harry. Harry raised his hand and pointed to his behind.

“Teacher! Butt?” he asked me.

“Um, yes, Harry.” I replied. “That’s your butt.”

“Teacher! Butt! Sexy.” He said.

I had no idea what to say to that. This boy is ten years old, and doesn’t know enough English to tell me that the fireman works at the fire station, but he can tell me that my butt is sexy. The next sentence came from another boy:

“Teacher face! Red.”

I have no doubt that my face was as red as the fire station I had just been talking about. It was at this point that I started thinking, we shouldn’t be asking questions like “what are we teaching” and “what are they learning.” We should be asking questions like “where did you learn that?” and most importantly, “would you say that to Michael teacher?”

When this happened I was laughing my butt off, It was just so funny. There was a time that she wore a low cut shirt and when she bent down to pick up something all of the boys eyes were locked on her brest, I yelled at them, but to be honest, When I was their age I did the exact same thing.
None of the boys think my butt is sexy, I am usualy told by the boys, Michael teacher, hansome.

Friday, November 11, 2005

In the USA today is Veterans Day.

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day in commemoration of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I, is the anniversary of the ending of World War I. In the United States it is celebrated as a federal holiday on 11 November. World War I formally ended all major hostilities ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the German signing of Armistice. Armistice Day was first commemorated by President Wilson in 1919, and many states made it a legal holiday. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all Americans to observe the day, and made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938. The holiday has been observed annually on November 11 since that date - first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day - except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.

Following World War II, the name of the holiday was changed (enacted 1 June 1954) to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has since evolved to primarily be a time of honoring living veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime, partially due to competition with Memorial Day, which primarily honors the dead. Many nations within the British Commonwealth observe a similar occasion, Remembrance Day, on 11 November.

For those who do not know, I was in the US Army from 1989-1996. Today has always been a day of reflection for me and with the candy holiday today I had no idea how I was going to do. I have a story to tell today and its about a soldier who is no longer here.

His last name was Matthew, he was from Colorado, we called him Matt. To be honest I do not remember his first name. I met him in 1994 when I was in the Army. He was a young soldier who was part of the Field Artillery in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. To be honest I have no idea why I liked the kid but their was something about him that I found OK.

As alot of young soldiers, he was a good kid but he starting drinking under age and the I had to deal with with. One day I was in a hurry, and I just got a call to go to the Hospital to deal with some drunk fool. Matt was acting the fool and I stoped to talk to him. (Now realize something I'm 6'4, I had a gun on my side and I was wearing a Military Police patch) I yelled at Matt very loud so everybody could hear me, "You fuck up one more time I am dragging you dumb ass to the MP station and the shit will hit the fan! Do you understand me Private Matthew." I left and took care of the drunk at the hospital.

I did not see Matt for a few weeks, I found out later that my yelling at him forced him to take a good long look at himself and he decided that he was going to stop drinking, I was told by a Sgt. of his much later, that he believed me when I told him that I would arrest him for underage drinking.

I saw him a few weeks later and he talked to me and said that he was quitting drinking, I told him If I see it (the drinking) one more time, you are going down. I told him to get lost.

It was at this time that Matt met a local girl and he fell in love big time. I was watching them and I was happy for him, she loved him and he loved her and they were both happy together. A few weeks later I went and talked to him, I told him that he was doing good and I hoped that things were going good.

As an MP, I worked alot of shift work, Matt needed to borrow a car so when I was on midnight shift, I would loan him mine so he could pick her up and drive her home. She lived out in the country by the extreem back gate of Ft. Sill.

It went on for a few months and then one night he said that he wanted to talk to me. He said that he needed advice. So we talked for awhile, he told me that they were going to get married after she finished high school and we talked about her going to college and how he needed to work on his life insurance and alot of things like that. I gave her a hug and told her to take care of my boy.

I was engaged at the time myself and I was so happy for him, I was grateful, that she was in Korea and not here, because if she would have smelled any other womans perfume in the car I knew that I was in trouble and Matt's girl liked to wear alot and my car usually stunk of it for a few days. He was my friend so you just deal with it.

He borrowed my car one night, while I was on mid shift and I told him that this month I am on mids so he could borrow the car anytime he needed. He borrowed the car and he returned the keys to me. i told him remember I am on mids so if you need it just call me and you can borrow it, no need for you to walk or take a taxi ride. We talked and he went home. That was the last time I would ever see him.

I got busy and Matt didn't call to borrow the car so I didnt worry about it. A few days later I was told by somebody at the NCO club that Matt had died, so that night I went to work and I read the SIR (Serious Incident Report) and it was all about Matt. The desk Sgt looked at me and he realized that I was not in a good frame of mind. I told him that this was my friend and now he is dead, he was 19-20 years old. Now he was dead. It was a quiet night that night, I just drove around in a daze for most of the night and I had no idea what the hell happened. I was worried if this was not an accident some MF was fixin to die.

I knew all of the ER (Emergency Room) techs and drivers and that day they saw me upset, one lady asked me what was up, I told her about Matt and I was worried that I was going to take somebody out for killing my friend. She told me not to do that, she also told me that she was the one who handled the call, then she told me what happend.

Matt had decided this night not to call me to borrow my car and that he was going to walk to his G/F house, it was a good 10 mile walk. He was wearing dark clothes that night and he was walking home from her house when it happened. A driver was driving his truck and was doing the speed limit and all of a sudden he thought that he struck a deer (In this area, hitting a deer happend alot so he didnt think anything about it.) He stopped at the Love's Truck stop and called Oklahoma Highway Partol and told them that he hit a deer and that he would go back and try and find the deer, he was afraid that he had killed the deer) the lights suck in this area, last time I was their in 2001 they still suck.

The er tech then said, The driver went back to the scene and found what he thought was the deer, when he discovered that It was a man (Matt) he just lost it, he was loosing his mind and crying when the OHP arrived, they found Matt's ID card and they called the US Army hospital for help. The tech said that when they arrived it was too late, It was later determined that he died on inpact and that he did not suffer (I pray to God this is right). It was ruled an accident due to Matts dark clothes, bad lights and no intent, after reading the report I agreed with the decision and I forgot the man name who hit Matt ASAP. It was just one of those things that happen with no rhyme or reason.

Then I was faced with one of the hardest decision that I have ever made in my life, Do I tell his future wife how this whole thing went down. I was still dealing with and to this day deal with, why the fuck did he not call me so he could drive and see his g/f, I was on mids shift i didnt need the car that night. This has haunted me for 10 years now, I had no answer then and I still have no answer now.

I decided not to and to be honest, this is the first time I have told this story since the accident, I saw her from time to time and when I last say her in 1998 she still had not married and from what I was told still no b/f. I do hope that she is happy and that one day she can read this blog.

I tried to go see the body at the furneral home but the unit had not brought the clothes yet and he was leaving the next day so I never got to say good-bye to my friend. I was told that he was going to be burried in his home state of Colorado and I was unable to find the furneral notice online for "The Lawton Constitution"

Ever year since I have done a little service on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day, The African-American soldiers would pour out some booze for their friends who have died. I have done it every Memorial and Veteran Day. I did it today, I remembered Matt and I told him that today was the day I tell your story, that I have not forgotten you and I still think of you from time to time. I poured some out for other soldiers that I know that have died. Then I poured alot out for my fater and said, Dad, still thinking of you and still missing you, I hope that you are proud of me, I have always thought that you thought of me as a failure. I miss you and love you."

Just keep to myself for awhile then the candy started being passed aound the kids seemed to love it. I knew that I was typing this story tonight. A little sad but I know that my friend will always be apart of the blog, sorry we never took a photo together. So I can not post one.

I just wanted to post a Vet srory tonight, the sad thing is I am getting older, in my memory of Matt he has not aged one bit. I gave up asking why and I hope that when I get to heaven we can talk again.

Today is Pepero Day here in Korea

Pepero Day is a holiday in South Korea similar to Valentine's Day or Sweetest Day in the West. It is named after the Korean snack food Pepero, and is celebrated on November 11, since the date "11/11" looks like four sticks of Pepero. According to the story, Pepero Day was started in 1994 by students at a girls' middle school in Busan, where they exchanged Pepero as gifts to wish one another to grow "as tall and slender as a Pepero." However, it is more likely it was really created by Lotte, the company which produces Pepero.

The holiday is observed mostly by young people and couples, who celebrate it by exchanging gifts of Pepero, other candies, and other romantic gifts. In Japan, a "Pocky Day" was held on November 11, 1999. Since 1999 was the 11th year of the Heisei era, the date consisted of all 1s, and so resembled 6 sticks of Pocky. It is unknown if this day was based on Pepero Day, though Korean sources claim it is so.

I passed out alot of this candy to my students today and they loved it. It was cheep so I really didnt mind.

To me this is Veterans Day today (see above story)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I love listening to the radio via internet.

Quincy Carter called the 1310 ticket, A Dallas Texas radio station,and asked to come clean about his release from Dallas and the NFL, the shows host "The Hardline" agreed to let him make his statment and Quincy said that they could ask him any question that they wanted. He made his statment and said nothing then Quincy refused to answer basic questions and he is the one who called "The Ticket" first, this was classic radio. Quincy refused to answer basic yes or no questions, he was asked, "Did you take marijuania while you were a Dallas Cowboy"? he refused to answer the question he claimed that it was a violation of the NFL rules. "He stated that he wasn't disganosed Bi-polar and that he wasn't in re-hab during his last season in the NFL with the Jets."

He kept answering question with, there is no proof that I did this or that. I kept listening to this and I'm thinking, he called and is saying nothing but opening up alot more by his actions. They asked the race question about his treating fair in Dallas, He said yes and claimed that he fell when he took his eyes of God. After the interview was over. The crew asked, What the hell was that all about?"

It was one of those moments when you are listening and it was like, what the hell was this all about. I know that Quincy is not playing foootball at this time and to be honest after listening to this, I am not sure he ever will. One question was, "If you are signed by an NFL team will you have to serve a four game suspension for past drug violations?" He refused to answer the question and when he attempted to answer he said nothing. It was surreal.

The next live commercial spot was for tool and equipment purchases, they said that these tools could be used to break down the last interview segement, it was very clear that this was very weird, even for these 2. I have been listning to "The Hardline" for years now and this will be one of the moments in the show I will bring up when I talk about strange moments on the radio.

For those who do not know me, I am A Washington Redskins fan of the American version of Football, the NFL. When weird radio comes about It is a pleasure to listen to it. Esp when I think my least favorite team in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys) are going to get exposed, it could be classic radio.

The cast tells that Quincy called on November 7, 2005 1715 CST and that he wants to call and talk to the station and that he wanted to break some news on the station, Quincy thought that he could give his mission statment and that no hard questions would be asked. It sounded like he said, their is no proof that I am Bi-Polar, and no proof that I took cocaine, He didn't shoot straight and stated that after he made the statment, that, "The Hardline" could ask him any question. These 2 are straight shooters and ask the hard questions. When Quincy refused to answer the questions it make him look more guilty. Quincy stated that he had to ask his attorney first before he could agree to come on. He is the one who made the call first. It was wild.

The callers were blasting on Quincy, (One of the host had a drug problem that required him to go to Detox he had admitted it and told his viewers about it) Greg Williams stated this and then asked Quincy about his alleged drug problems. Quincy refused. Greg and the callers went off on Quincy because of this.

It was a very intresting momnet to listen to on radio. I wonder what the after action will be due to all of this.

Stage Set for Education Wars
Teacher unions will go on strike this Saturday in protest against new teacher evaluations the government insists will go ahead on a trial basis in some 50 schools. But that is only part of a head-on clash between unions and the Education Ministry.

The Korean Teachers’ Union (KTU) also announced it will defy the ministry by using controversial class materials critical of this month’s APEC summit, which were prepared by the union’s Busan chapter, in schools nationwide while the summit is underway in the city.

The ministry was unmoved on Monday, instructing education officials to accept applications from schools that want to take part in the pilot project until Nov. 15. The scheme, already a compromise version that introduces peer evaluations and questionnaires for students and parents, is to be trialed in 48 schools in 16 provinces and cities until August next year.

The KTU has declared an all-out war against the scheme. Besides the strike, it is has also vowed to campaign for the ouster of Education Minister Kim Jin-pyo. The Korea Federation of Teachers Associations also wants the minister out and is planning a demonstration of some 20,000 teachers in front of Seoul Station on Saturday. The ministry says it will take disciplinary action against teachers who take the day off to join the protest without permission from their principals.

KTU says it will use the satirical APEC teaching aids but delete segments containing abusive language from an accompanying video that lampoons President Roh Moo-hyun and U.S. President George W. Bush. “The government says APEC promotes globalization and boosts the Korean economy, it is also true that ordinary people around the world are strongly opposed to globalization and to George W. Bush,” the union said.

Save Education From the Teachers Union
The Korea Teachers and Educational Workers Union (KTU) on Monday asked its members to vote on plans to go on strike on Saturday in protest at the government’s plan to introduce new teacher evaluations. The union plans sit-in protests at city and provincial education offices, protest rallies and a campaign for the education minister's ouster.
The KTU is the most powerful interest group and the largest union in the country. One in every three teachers is unionized, or 250,000 in all. The union’s annual budget stands at W22 billion (US$22 million), four to five times that of the Korea Confederation of Trade Unions (W5 billion) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (W4 billion). Backed by that budget, the KTU maintains no fewer than 107 full-time officials at its Seoul headquarters and 16 city and provincial chapters, and they are engaged upon the task of coordinating the union’s struggle and developing its ideology. What they come up with are things like a satirical video full of four-letter words that is meant as a teaching aid for the APEC summit.
The KTU problem goes beyond the present ruckus to the future of a nation whose children are being educated by members of the union, and it goes beyond education and to the heart of the country’s malaise.
We have no mineral or marine resources to speak of. Our future depends solely on teaching children well and nurturing outstanding minds. That is the job we entrust teachers with. But the KTU uses the massive power of its organization only to hurt the nation’s educational competitiveness.

Many citizens sympathized with the struggle for genuine education that occupied the KTU in its early days. The union helped reduce the rampant bribery of teachers and weed out corruption and irregularities in school management. But those days of pure motives are in the past. Now unionized teachers are bent on nothing but holding on to their rice bowls. That is why they are so relentlessly opposed to teacher evaluations that are essential if they are to improve their performance.

The KTU already virtually abolished the nationwide scholastic assessment survey. Because of union opposition, a sample of only 3 percent of third-graders is being evaluated in assessments launched in 2002. No comparison by school, region, and city and provincial Education Office is being carried out. That makes life very easy for teachers, since no comparative record of their performance is available.
Performance-related pay, introduced in 2001, is also a mere fig-leaf thanks to union agitation. Of W349.2 billion earmarked for performance bonuses this year, 90 percent is being paid equally to every teacher in the land, and only 10 percent is paid for good performance, with the maximum income difference between a teacher who works herself into an early grave and a bone-idle one amounting to a proud W50,000.
Of course the KTU is against opening education as well, mortally afraid that it will expose uncompetitive education for what it is. The union also is against teaching that differentiates between students according to their level of understanding -- on the grounds that it will create “division.” In a "Comprehensive Public Education Reform Program” it formulated last year, the KTU called for the abolition of Seoul National University's undergraduate courses and for a single unified entrance exam for the country's national and public universities.
It also proposed a maximum quota for graduates from certain universities among high-ranking civil servants, equalizing education nationwide, and closing down foreign-language and private high schools. At the same time it wants the number of teachers increased from 480,000 to 800,000, reasoning that the best way of improving education is to reduce the workload of teachers.
Wake up. China is training 13 million prospective teachers at junior colleges and 8 million in four-year universities. It is a great educational power, turning out 165,000 people with doctorates and 654,000 with master degrees a year. Under a private education development law in force since 2003, China authorizes private secondary schools to charge as much for tuition as they see fit and formulate their curricula on their own. They can dismiss incompetent teachers whenever they want.
Japan meanwhile, starting with Greater Tokyo in 2000, introduced its own teacher evaluation system whereby incompetent teachers are sent for retraining and those who still don’t make the cut fired. High school entrance exams were reintroduced and equalization is being scrapped in phases. Major corporations are opening elite schools in a bid to produce top talent.

Korea alone is bucking the worldwide trend of educational reform. The administration and ruling party are bent on hobbling private schools with a new law, and when Seoul National University announced a plan for essay tests to screen applicants, it provoked an unprecedented uproar in the ruling camp. The KTU, meanwhile, has proposed that teachers should elect their principals.


The Lunatics Are Trying to Take Over the Asylum

Teacher Evaluations to Go Ahead Despite Protests
Stage Set for Education Wars
Save Education From the Teachers Union
The Education Ministry is piloting teacher evaluations in 48 schools across the country starting in the middle of this month. The Korea Teachers and Educational Workers Union (KTU) is threatening to fight the entire scheme by way of industrial action and campaign for the education minister’s ouster.

Already the evaluation system the ministry will implement is significantly moderated from its original plan. First, teachers will mainly evaluate one another, while parents and students are relegated to one or two questionnaires a year. Parents are not even allowed to give their opinions of individual teachers: they are merely to be asked if their children are satisfied with their school life. Under the original plan, by contrast, they would have observed classes and assessed teachers. In short, the immediate consumers of education are to be little more than bystanders.

The sole purpose of the evaluations will be to inform individual teachers how they are doing, so they can reflect and improve their performance, and the KTU insists even principals must be kept from seeing the results. In consultations, the teacher organizations extracted a promise from the ministry that the records will not be used in personnel decisions. All students and parents can hope for, then, is that the teachers really do reflect on their results.

Yet watered-down though this is to the point of constituting no evaluation at all, the KTU will not stand for it unless the current duty assessment is abolished too. Under that system, teachers are evaluated by principals and vice principals, and the scores are reflected in promotion. On top of that, the KTU won’t even have school administrators sitting on the school committees that will decide the methods of evaluation.

Yet if the evaluations are to have no impact on a teacher’s career while the duty assessment is scrapped, there will of course be no way left to reward competent and sincere teachers for doing a good job. Next, the KTU wants teachers to elect their principals, so it can completely neutralize administrators and grab control of schools itself. Only once that is done will the union at last be free to entrench its vested interests at leisure and go undisturbed about filling the heads of our children with the screaming nonsense that passes for its worldview.

Monday, November 07, 2005

My Freinds in the left ask me why I hate their party. This is a example of what I have been saying for years about the friends on the left. Can you imagine the outcry if a Republican did this to a Democrat? The sad thing is this is a real story.

Party trumps race' for Steele foes

By S.A. Miller
November 2, 2005

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.
Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.
Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report -- the only Republican candidate so targeted.
But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with "pointing out the obvious."
"There is a difference between pointing out the obvious and calling someone names," said a campaign spokesman for Kweisi Mfume, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
"Party trumps race, especially on the national level," she said. "If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It's democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy."
Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.
"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."
During the 2002 campaign, Democratic supporters pelted Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies during a gubernatorial debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
In 2001, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called Mr. Steele an "Uncle Tom," when Mr. Steele headed the state Republican Party. Mr. Miller, Prince George's County Democrat, later apologized for the remark.
"That's not racial. If they call him the "N' word, that's racial," Mrs. Marriott said. "Just because he's black, everything bad you say about him isn't racial."
This week, the News Blog -- a liberal Web log run by Steve Gilliard, a black New Yorker -- removed a doctored photo of Mr. Steele that depicted him as a black-faced minstrel.
However, the blog has kept its headline "Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house." A caption beneath a photo of the lieutenant governor reads: "I's Simple Sambo and I's running for the Big House."
A spokesman for the Maryland Democratic Party denounced the depiction as being "extremely offensive" and having "no place in politics or in any other aspect of public discourse," The Washington Post reported. Democrats have denied any connection to the News Blog.
Still, Mfume spokesman Joseph P. Trippi said Mr. Steele opens himself to such criticism by defending Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for holding a Republican fundraiser in July at the all-white Elkridge Club in Baltimore.
"The facts are the facts. Ehrlich went to that country club, and Steele said it didn't bother him," Mr. Trippi said. "I think that says something ... and should be part of this debate."
Several club members told the Baltimore Sun that, though blacks are welcome as guests and there is no policy banning blacks from membership, the club never has had a black member in its 127-year history.
Democrats also have used the club for various events, including Peter O'Malley, brother of and adviser to Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for governor. Peter O'Malley held his wedding reception there in 2003.
State Sen. Verna Jones, Baltimore Democrat and vice chairman of the General Assembly's legislative black caucus, said black Republicans deserve criticism because the Republican Party has not promoted the interests of the black community.
"The public policies supported by Democratic principles are the ones that most impact the African-American community," she said. "I'm not saying [Mr. Steele] is a sell-out. That's not for me to say."
In July, however, Mr. Mfume noted how Republicans were rallying for Mr. Steele but his party had ignored his historic candidacy. "More voters in Maryland are carrying the impression that the Democratic Party talks the talk, but doesn't always walk the walk. People may find a way to cross over in the fall," he said.
Steele campaign spokesman Leonardo Alcivar said state Democrats are afraid of losing the black vote to Mr. Steele.
"That has caused a great tremble throughout the Maryland Democratic Party," he said. "Of course [they are] going to condone racism. It's nothing new, and it's not surprising

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Just an update.

for the last month I have also been working as a movie critic here in Korea.

I was aked to do this by a person that I like and respect here in Korea. I have been honest in my reviews and I do this volunteer with zero pay.

What is released in Korea and in the USA has been weird, Open Range was released here, last week, jim Carrey's Spotless mind will be released next week here. Harry Potter on Dec.1.. The pirates are making a killing here because of these slow release dates.

Please leave comments (pro or anti) if you read the reviews.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Korean MP3 Players Get Cheaper After Apple Shock

The prices of Korean-made MP3 players have come down after the body-blow dealt them by Apple’s release of its new cheaper iPod Nano last month.

Consumer information website Danawa’s survey of online shopping malls published Tuesday shows the price of a NAND Flash memory players slipped by up to one-third. Cowon System’s iAUDIO G3 (2GB), fell 30 percent to W209,000 (about US$209) early this month. Reigncom’s iRiver T20 (1GB) dropped 10 percent from W240,000 in August to W215,000. Samsung Electronics’ YP-F1ZW (1GB) also went down 20 percent from W300,000 in April to W203,000.

The price of hard-disk type MP3 players is also falling. Reigncom’s H10 (6GB) is now 20 percent cheaper than on its release in July. Samsung Electronics’ YH-820MW (4GB) also lost 25 percent of its release price in March. Manufacturers deny they officially slashed prices. A Danawa spokesman said the company merely surveyed retail prices, but it was possible manufacturers had nothing to do with the reductions.

Industry insiders say distributors lowered prices as the iPod Nano sold for 30 percent less than rival products.


If you remember a while back I posted an article about Ipods In Korea

You can see what a manafacture said then and what they have done now.

I was currious so I took my IPOD to my school and showed my students, The majority loved the IPOD, some thought it was too big but when I showed them 20gb, they could imagine holding all of their favorite songs on their own IPOD. When I told them the price it was cheaper than their 512 mb ones.

Just thought I would update the story and show you another lie..

After Feeding the 5,000, Do We Now Clothe Them?
North Korea at a meeting of the Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Committee on Friday asked the South to provide it with raw materials for 60 million pairs of shoes, 2 million formal suits (30,000 tons) and 200 million bars of soap (20,000 tons). That is enough to wash and dress the North’s entire population of 23 million. In return, Pyongyang proposes to let us mine its underground resources and take minerals -- not much of a deal, since Seoul has to supply all the mining and transport equipment.
So it really is a demand for aid, and a preposterous and potentially bottomless one. The rice and fertilizer the South supplied this year alone are worth over W1.4 trillion (US$1.4 billion), and like the rice, once you start giving the clothes and shoes, you have to keep giving them year after year. Having handed the responsibility of feeding its people to the South, North Korea now also wants us to clothe them, and if anything is to come of the nuclear arms negotiations, we have to supply their electricity. Maybe next time they will ask us to build their houses.

Given the plight of the North Koreans, we have no choice but to increase our aid. But this cycle of outrageous demands from Pyongyang and meek acquiescence from Seoul has to stop. The North presented the list of additional demands on the day the Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Office opened in the border city of Kaesong. The office is there to improve the efficiency of inter-Korean economic cooperation, not as a letterbox where the North can leave demands for handouts.

By inter-Korean economic cooperation, meanwhile, we mean improved economic ties predicated on the North learning the rudiments of the market economy, with an element of economic aid thrown in. But if Pyongyang thinks it can get whatever it wants by leaning on Seoul, it would rip out the carpet from under the feet of the private sector.
The government is oddly reluctant to make details of the latest North Korean request public, citing “pending negotiations.” But this matter is too big for the government to try and sit out. It must disclose every detail of the negotiation so that a comprehensive debate can take place here at home on the scale, methods and effect of more aid to the North.


And they wonder why North Korea keeps asking for more and more....

Monday, October 24, 2005

I'm Rick James, bitch. Enjoy yourself. Its A Celebration!

There are days in this crazy thing we call life that are worth forgetting and there are days that you will always want to remember. Friday October 14, 2005 was one of those days. It was a day that 2 of my friends got married.

I have known both of these 2 since Feburary 2005, when I was teaching at Yong-In city. Ben is in the US Army and Carrie is a teacher here in Korea, she is from Canada and Ben is from Florida, USA. (B and C THIS IS MY VERSION, One day I do look forward to telling your children, like the USA tv show on CBS, On how your Dad met your Mother)

This whole story started on my 39th birthday party. Me and Ben went to the Hilton in Seoul to meet Carrie and her friends their because it was "Ladies Night" and they could drink for free. We were trying to set up Ben with another female. It was about half way through and I was thinking, WTF, Why cant it be Ben and Carrie together? She had a BF at the time,(to be honest I don't like the guy but Im nice to him, just something about him always rubbed me the wrong way).

Ben and Carrie had always taled and always seemed to get along so I was hoping that somehow these 2 could connect. Fate then step in.

One night I saw that she was really upset (this is the part I will tell your kids in detail) she made a coment about Ben, "He just really inmature at times" I replied to her, "WHAT THE ONE THING THAT MAKES BOYS TURN INTO MEN AND BE MATURE, ITS THE LOVE OF A STRONG WOMAN, You could be that for him and he will grow up."

I later talked to Ben and said, So what she is 9 years older than you, what if this is the girl and you never took the chance? They soon got together. I told my co-worker at the time, "If Ben does not blow this, He has met his wife"

Me and a friend of his, Hoff, made a bet on when they would get engaged, I picked Dec 24 and he picked 1 Jan.(yes I know its wrong to bet but their was a reason that one day I will tell their children) So when the announcement came in sept that they were getting married. The date was selected for 14 October 2005.

I told Ben that I would get him a bottle of Booze for the wedding, Carrie said that she wanted a bottle, so stupid me said yes! She asked for a bottle of Don Perrion Champagne. Now realize I am a simple boy from Texas, Champagne JUST HAS NEVER BEN IN MY VOCABULARY. I went looking around for this bottle and I could not find one, finally I was in Costco, here in Daejeon, and they had a bottle for 132,000 won. I was like WTF! I made a promise and I get the bottle for her. My co worker was telling me all about the Don and how to drink it and all of that.

I did get him a bottle of Chevas Regal with him and her shot glasses.

It wasnt much of a bachelor party, by the time I got to Seoul, it was about 1030 pm and he was hammered allready. We had one drink and I left the post and checked into my hotel room. Now I had a nice party that night, it was next to a Country music place in iteawon and I stayed up till about 0130 hrs. Now for a strange but true story for that night, it was about 0015 in the moring and somebody decided to play the US national anthem, so I was singing along, at that time is when the MP's came by looking for soldiers past curfew, the look on their faces while were were singing "oh say can you see" was priceless.

I met Ben and Hoff at 0847 by Seoul Station. Carrie and her friend arrived at 0930 and we were off to get these 2 married.

To be honest it wasnt much of a ceremony, they went to an ofice by the US Embassy and filled out some paperwork, once the paperwork was sealed, the told us that they were married. Me,Carrie (differnt girl but same name) and Hoff were all suprised. (Hoff is the one in the cowboy hat, The other Carrie is next to him)

Then we went to the US Embassy, Ben and Carrie went in to get the paperwork stamped, so the rest of us just waited outside. We were talking about what was going on for the rest of the day and it sounded like it would be a fun time. 45 minutes later they emerge, he commented that it took 45 minutes to get a paper stamped.

I gave the bride a little hug and I told her(I told you so) She said how many times will you bring this up, I SAID JUST THIS TIME (and when I tell this story to your kids)

We went to have lunch at Benigans (its sad when I know the Benigans comercials and which Korean comedian stars in them) The girls wantd to do some shopping so the boys went to try and find a bar at 1400 hrs, their were none open, so we went and played pool for a few hours. We then took 2 Taxis to their honeymoon suite (their was 5 of us and I knew that the bride and groom should have the cab to themselves, I wish we could have had gooten them a nice limo ride but there own taxi was the best that we could do.

They stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Seoul, it was a awesome motel, great view. The champagne was then placed into the fridge where it chilled until needed. after that we went bar hopping for a while until 1900 when we caught 2 cabs once agin for the dinner.

I know that I am a Redneck, when we arived at the La Scala Restaurant, I was like, Oh shit, this place was huge and the served a 7 course french meal. Now I have never had this in my life so to say I was a little worried would not be an understatment. The food was good I had the Spagetti meal and I found out that I liked escargo.

What was nice was that the place played instrumental music, a piano player and then classical duet music, I really was feeling out of place their. After the dinner was done I asked ok how much was my cost. Ben said I got this, Carrie then said, No honey we got this" Ben's look on his face was like oh shit, thats right. You are right Honey we got this, I was so happy that he said that, then I was like what do you mean we have this? They both had agreed that they were going to pay for this dinner as their gift to us for being their on this special day.(now I am a grown ass man but damn I felt like crying!)

We then went to a club I think was called UNCLE 29, but we couldn't get in until 2200 hrs. So we went to another club and had one drink, it was time and then we went to the Uncle 29, guess who is their, the Brides ex-bf. I was like oh shit and It went out that he does not know about todays events. So until he left I had one eye on him and one one the party that was going on around me.

I stuck with my favorite beer the whole time their, Coors Light, and what ever shots they wanted to drink. We talked about everything and anything, other people joined us throughout the night and it was great to share the night with them (my camers went to junk at this time so none of the photos turned out) The party ended at 0230 hrs and I took a taxi and went back to my hotel room and crashed and went to bed.

I received a text message that the don was awesome. I told them that it was for them so I hope that it tasted great.

It gave me hope that day, hopefully one day I will fall in love once again.