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When West meets East and Vice-Versa

Sitting here at my desk with my second cup of instant coffee this morning. Just looking out the window and watching the snow coming down. In the distance the mountains are shrouded in a veil of falling snow and low-lying clouds. Another cold, damp, rainy/snowy, gray day in Daejeon. Actually, I love these kinds of […]

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8:25 Monday Morning…

Sitting here at my desk, cup of coffee in hand trying to wake up. Trying to function. Another week in front of me.   Outside it’s snowing—not much but just enough to add a bit of wintry charm to this morning; just enough to tug on the old heartstrings of helpless romantics (like myself) who love […]

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8:25 Monday Morning

Sitting here at my desk, cup of coffee in hand trying to wake up. Trying to function. Another week in front of me. Outside it’s snowing—not much but just enough to add a bit of wintry charm to this morning; just enough to tug on the old heartstrings of helpless romantics (like myself) who love […]

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Beating the winter blahs (part 2) and everything else

As expected, another quiet weekend here in Daejeon.   Then again, every weekend in Daejeon has been a quiet one since I arrived here almost a year ago. Just a few more weeks and it will be one year here. A year ago at this time I was back in the States getting ready to come […]

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Beating the winter blahs (part 2) and everything else

As expected, another quiet weekend here in Daejeon. Then again, every weekend in Daejeon has been a quiet one since I arrived here almost a year ago. Just a few more weeks and it will be one year here. A year ago at this time I was back in the States getting ready to come […]

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Somewhere in a Sunday in Shinch’on

A work in progress…Somewhere in a Sunday in Shinch’onSquatted over the rust-colored hardplastic tub,she works the blood-red sauce—made from ground red pepper andfish sauce—with short, fat, arthritic fingersthrough soggy, steamingcabbage leavesin the bitter coldof an empty November Sundaymorningbeneath the bluish hazeof a shivering city.

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Two full weeks into 2008…

have come and gone and it’s another quiet Friday night in Daejeon. Riding out this “winter intersession” as it is called here. What it means is that you have to teach all sorts of classes. It is a kind of a pain in the butt because you can’t really settle into a routine because some […]

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Cold enough for you?

How cold was it today?Cold enough to remind me of a few lines from one of my favorite movies Planes, Trains and Automobiles when Neal Page (Steve Martin) and Del Griffith (John Candy) have to ride in the back of pickup truck to get to Wichita.“What do you think the temperature is?” asks Neal.“One,” answers […]

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Reefer Madness in Korea

Obviously the new E-2 visa rules to weed out undesirable teachers hasn’t quite worked out as some people would have liked following the news this week of some foreigners getting busted for drugs.” “The government has introduced several tough measures to counter foreign English speaking teachers’ drug consumption and trafficking, but they are recurring.The absolute […]

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A cold, wet Daejeon Friday

It’s been raining on and off most of the morning and the temperature seems to be hovering just around freezing.Sure wish it would snow here in Daejeon.Would love to see a couple of inches of snow. I hear that Seoul is getting hit wit a lot of snow today. Darn. Would love to be there […]

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