Today is one of those days. I dropped a hot dog, forgot to charge a customer for a side of coleslaw, and dropped a take-out cup of coffee in the kitchen. I was happy that I didn't get the coffee on my clothes. Then when I was cleaning up the mess, I found some of the coffee had puddled in this aluminum shelf-thing that we had detached from our deep fryer. I picked it up to clean it off and managed to dump the coffee puddle all over my shirt and jeans.
The good news is that even though it's a...
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A brilliant short story demonstrating the trouble with pedantry in the English language:
SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
by Lawrence Bush
I had only just arrived at the club when I bumped into Roger. After we
had exchanged a few pleasantries, he lowered his voice and asked, "What do you think of Martha and I as a potential twosome?"
"That," I replied, "would be a mistake. Martha and me is more like it."
"You're interested in Martha?"
"I'm interested in clear communication."
"Fair enough," he agr...
Some things I've learned about people from running a hot dog shop (note that I'm not judging -- no mockery (well, maybe a little), complaining or praising here, just observation):
* Even with the closed sign up and the outdoor furniture and signage stacked up inside, people will still open the door and ask if I'm open.
* With the closed sign up and the door locked, people will, after several consecutive failed attempts to open the door, bang on the glass and ask if I'm open.
* People don't...
I'm forever cleaning up after smokers at the shop -- ashes all over the deck, butts scattered by the front door. I'd like to believe that I was never so inconsiderate when I was a smoker, but I'm sure I was. I take consolation in the fact that from January, smoking will be illegal in all restaurants and bars in Korea (currently it's only illegal in larger establishments), meaning my wife and her brother will have no more excuses for not putting a No Smoking sign on the deck.
I can say witho...
In all the years I've lived in Korea and through all the moves from one house to another, the only times something didn't go wrong is when I rented a truck and a driver without hiring movers (the time ~12 years ago when Neil Choudhury and Jas Wal helped out was the smoothest of all). That's why I prefer to pack things myself and keep the role of the movers, as much as possible, to just carrying stuff. Today, my brother-in-law is moving out to his new pad. So I present to you:
Moving F**k Up...
So the wife and I had planned to casually go through our several years' worth of collected junk, sort it, and trash it or pack it at a casual pace over the next several days in preparation for our move. Since we've moved up the moving date by two days, that means two fewer days of sorting. So this weekend we're doing more than we had planned.
I'm a pack rat. I had no idea I had so many computer cables, adapters, mice & keyboards, routers, cameras, microphones, speakers and more. Trashed. I'v...
I have a weekend of packing ahead of me. My brother-in-law moves out Sunday, so he'll be taking the furniture we're giving him. The wife and I were planning to move Thursday, but today we decided to go on Tuesday instead after the landlord pulled another on of his annoying stunts on us. So I plan to wake up Wednesday morning, step out my front door, and hike up Namsan. Looking forward to it :)
So Jon Braun and his wife are in Seoul from Hong Kong for the weekend. On the way home from meeting them, I realized I totally forgot to take a picture of us sitting in front of that picturesque view of the intersection at the entrance to Itaewon while we were in the Berlin bar. I guess they have to fly back in next weekend so I can have another chance.