Today, I ran into an old acquaintance. It's been at least 10 years since the last time I saw him. I first met him and one of his friends in 1996. At the time, I was blown away by the fact that they had both been in Korea for 17 years. How could anyone stay here that long? It was inconceivable. Now, I've been here 21 years and he's been here for 33. At this point, that number 33 doesn't seem so mind-blowing at all.