when it rains it pours

about two weeks ago i meant to write something insightful and metaphorical.

lost steam.

something about how when trevor was in town i heard from not one, but two estranged friends through email. i got so excited to hear from them. it seemed that they were interested in reconnecting a bit. so i quickly sent messages back thinking we would all start this massive correspondence. . . immediately.

guess in the land of pulling a fast one, i would make a good ‘mark.’

i haven’t heard word one back. . . from either of them. . . it’s been two weeks.

wish i could retroactively unsend email.

wish my hasty replies didn’t make me look so desperate.

wish it didn’t bother me.



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before celebrating in itaewon. . . kelly and i helped camille fulfill her dream of owning a dinosaur costume. she was so excited she tried it on during dinner in front of a crowd of diners.


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a birthday celebration in itaewon for camille. first rugby (nz won!). . . then drinks, then dinner, then drinks, then drinks, then cake, then drinks. . . etc etc.


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mmmm, cake.


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instinct would say, avoid this sign. . . not so much in a korean public building.


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outside building 63 in yeouido.


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i keep finding cool sinks. . . how about a mini rain curtain to wash your hands.


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if you ever wanted to know what it was like to go to the can with floor to ceiling mirrors on either side of you. . . you can check it out in 'sky art' floor in the 63 building of yeouido. if you like doing your business in solitude. . . just the company of your reflection is a little unnerving.


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look, it's like a care package of hours and hours of entertainment gold. thanks mom and dad :)


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so trevor was in town for a couple of weeks with the rent tour. i don't think seoul was their favorite stop. . . they had a fantastic time in japan just before, and were headed home for a two week vacation after. . . so korea was a bit of a valley in between. . . but i thought it was pretty great to see him for a bit.


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here we are, catching the train to or from yongsan. . . don't remember which for sure. we spent one morning walking around that electronics mecca, talking- looking for food, etc. . . then we visiting the 63 building in yeouido the next weekend. . . i caught the sunday afternoon performance both times. it was actually better the second time, but i was not converted or anything. in fact, during big moments in the show i still had, 'everyone has aids' from team america running through my head.


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the sticker says, "i'm sorry that my mustache is so rad" :)


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trevor had a really slick road/ work case set up for the obsession II. think it was calling it the 'taj'


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i miss naming my gear and space. . .


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a sad attempt at an awesome shot. my camera was fritzing. . and i hung it from a gate to get the three of us. the sign says, 'this space reserved for john hall.' rose, trevor, and i had a couple good giggles remembering those long ago barter days.


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really, just perfect.


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a couple more from bruce's party. . . these were taken by another teacher at the school. she has a cool camera. . .


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man, her camera took some nice shots. me and teaching partner, hazel.


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one last one. . . for the road.



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don't roll your eyes like that. . . like you wouldn't have taken a picture of it in the store after giggling uncontrollably at it. . .


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saturday was another rooftop bbq. this one was sort of a goodbye bbq for bruce. it's been a nice 6 months of steady teachers here, but contracts will be ending soon, and he's the first in a while.

nearly all the brighton teachers showed, and a couple of other friends. . . along with them came an unbelievable amount of food: brats, pizza, deviled eggs, crackers w/ cheese, two pasta salads, a chicken/ slaw salad, a green salad, grilled chicken, carnivore smores, bacon wrapped pineapple, grilled carrots, golbi. . . it kept going. we're still eating the left-overs.


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bruce received a handful of gifts and many pictures were taken later. camille is handing him the korean flag that all the teachers signed to him.


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bruce does a small victory lap with his gift flag.


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one of the best parts of the bbq. . . swon had part of the day off and came out for some food. my friends at work finally got to see that she wasn't make believe. . .and she liked my grilled chicken. :)


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it was a nice night. . . and the moon came up red over ansan.


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i now dub thee, little jawa #7.


flying.monkey.back, originally uploaded by ekissam.

it was time for a large margarita. . . and our server had a flying monkey on his back.


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but i kinda want. look at how damn cute this big carrot pillow is. . . with that absurdly cute bitty bunny sticking out!