Adventures in Popping in to Visit Long Lost Blogs

Crreeeeeaaaakkkk. (Rusty door hinges objecting to being called into service.)

Thumpa Thumpa Thumpa. (Summer-lovin’ flip flops wading through inches of dust.)

Hello?? Anybody home? (Me, calling out in a wee whisper.)


jsadoifneroifj pikj osossdooooo (cat, walking across the keyboard.)

Stupid, interrupting, soft, furry cutesy snookums of an annoying cat. (Me, unwilling to commit to an opinion about Catticus.)


Hmmmm. I wonder where they went? Where did my colony of tiny typing gnomes go? Apparently, as of September 29th, 2008 they were still here making people think that I was writing this drivel on my own. I admit I haven’t checked in on them for a while, but since they’re not too keen on human company, and are a self-sufficient lot, I figured they were still writing away. I admit they weren’t the most industrious of typing gnome colonies. My friend Melanie has some top-notch gnomes who seem to post with stunning regularity. Mine spent most of their time sleeping on dust bunnies under my desk or trying to sneak servings of kimchi out of my fridge. Nothing puts you off your lunch faster than a half-frozen typing gnome passed out in your kimchi. Especially if he still has dust bunny residue all over his beard. Gross. Nonetheless, they did occasionally manage to produce some sort of quasi-coherent paragraphs once in a while.

Hmmm. I wonder where they went. Well dear reader(s), until I manage to find another colony willing to work for ample quantities of dust and fermented cabbage, you’ll either be stuck with my own ramblings or lengthy spells of nothin’ at all.


Adventures in an Unexpected Blink

Yesterday was Chuseok – generally referred to as the Korean Thanksgiving. Traffic is usually utter mayhem the day before and the day after, as the entire country makes their way back to parents’ or grandparents’ homes.

To be truthful, traffic in Korea usually has a twinge of mayhem in it anyway. Drivers are skillful, but often impatient and … well… rude, by Canadian driving standards. Imagine my surprise while I was driving to church yesterday and I recieved a ‘courtesy blink’ from another driver! A car came barrelling up on my rear bumper at an alarming speed, so I squeezed myself in between two buses in the next lane to let him pass. Once he was passed, I pulled back out into my original lane. Immediately, the speedy car gave me a 2-flash 4-way flasher blink!

It was a courtesy blink – the likes of which I’ve never seen in Korea before!!! I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.

Adventures in T-shirts

Twice a semester, I’m expected to proctor student examinations. That means that I spend 4-5 hours on a Saturday strolling around an auditorium while my students write the midterms and finals. It’s a long, boring day. To amuse myself, I read what’s written on my students’ T-shirts. Here’s a sampling of what I read last Saturday:

– I love school
– I’m a tosser
– Delicious Litmus
– Thank you for getting naked
– Happy?
– I see dead people
– A cup of my mind colors
– Mockingbird wish me luck
– The sound of a kiss is not as loud as that of a cannon but it’s echo lasts a great deal longer

I would love to know who makes these shirts, and whether or not the students know what they mean…half the time, I sure don’t (or wish I didn’t!)