4.30.2011

Double Entendre with Durex

Both a light bulb and a noose:
a good example of double entendre.
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Reading through updates on the Wall Street Journal page I couldn't help but notice that a "New Condom Nears Approval" and my curiosity got the better of me.  Apparently it helps keep things going for longer, if you know what I mean.  Well, I suggest you read the article if you're interested in that sort of thing; I just couldn't help but notice how ironically this quote was written:

The product could also provide a boost to Durex, the world's top-selling condom brand, not least in the U.S., where Durex has struggled to gain a sizable market share. (See original article here)


Most notably, the words: "sizable market share" left me laughing hysterically (emphasis mine).

I hope you laugh too. Thank you for stopping by.


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4.28.2011

Confusion Runs Amok

Confused?
Sometimes you can get confused in life and start wondering even what species you are, and what you're supposed to be doing.  Our confusion is not of this sort--it's a labor related confusion, all puns aside.  Our eyes have been set on the Navy for some time yet the doors to those blasted subs seem sealed as ever leaving us questioning even our racial identities, oddly enough.  Well, perhaps it has not gone that far, but we have been hard at it in prayer asking why we have been brought to Rocky Point, North Carolina if not for this purpose.

Life can get confusing but we need not get our britches in a wad; we can pray.  Sometimes though, it's more about the process than the answer we get back.  I guess God does not send faxes or have an 800 number but I will bet His customer satisfaction percentage is high, even though He doesn't have same day service.  I'm trying to learn how to be OK with this!

4.25.2011

Meat Mr. Bear

 






























This is Mr. Bear...

Do you ever have those fun Saturdays when you go out with your grandparents and get taken to old country stores for ice cream + antiques?  We sure do and this time we landed a gold mine outside of a small town, which is outside of a slightly less small town in North Carolina.  

Our journey took us outside of Burgaw, North Carolina, which is where I went to high school, and fortunately where I have left!  It's not that it's a bad place to live, it's just a bad place for young people who want to make something of their lives...I'm sure you can all think of someplace like this...

Anywho, it's not the place but the people, isn't that right?  
For the record I would like everyone to know that this place has a stuffed bear and while they do not approve of touching him I think he's great for portraits.

Now that I think about it, I am reminded of a funny, yet true story about a bunch of youths getting mauled by she-bears in the Old Testament.  It's a brilliant story that teaches a lesson: "Don't disrespect your elders and/or God's messengers; it just might get you killed." We were spared because we didn't disrespect our elders and managed to have an amazing day; imagine that?  Thanks for stopping by.

Olivia hanging with Mr. Bear

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4.17.2011

Chilean Keychains and Beers


No tan rica como parece...
Not as good as it seems...

When you remember your professional partying days occasionally you have keepsakes that aren't contagious and/or contributing factors to obesity and diabetes.  Hah.  What I really mean is sometimes you collect things that are harmless and make for great posts later on in life.

I've got a pair of keychains, both from popular Chilean beer companies: Cristal and Escudo; Escudo being the better of the two by leaps and bounds.  Chile doesn't normally call their beer 'cerveza' like other Spanish speaking countries but rather 'chela' or 'chelita' which is the diminutive of 'chela.'



An interesting idiom from Chile is: "¡Estái en Becker!" which means "You're in Becker!", which comes from the name of a popular beer in Chile, Becker.  It simply means: You're in another world.  Probably an intoxicated world, but that goes without saying.  More can be found on Chilean Spanish here: (English, Spanish)



    
Yo sí sé lo que haces...
I really do know what you're doing...


Escudo Keychain

On the reverse side of the Escudo keychain we see the following: 
"Sé lo que haces cuando te metes la mano al bolsillo." 

which is Spanish for:

"I know what you're doing when you put your hand in your pocket."





Of course, we all know that what we're really doing is reaching for this keychain, or perhaps for a bit of change to purchase another one of these fine beers.



[Script: Have you guys realized that there's always a Chilean in some part of the world? What are you talking about?  That guy fat guy...Chilean!  And the ____ millionaire, Chilean!  ... {} And the guy who sells nuts to the gringos?  Chilean.  The owner of the moon... Chilean!  Hey, and the most beautiful goal?  Chilean!  What would the world be without Chileans?  Cheers!]


4.12.2011

호떡--Sweet Korean Pancakes

 Koreans like their feet, so they walk a lot of places.  Koreans also really love food, so there are always places to go and food along the way.  This sweet snack, 호떡, Hoddeok, is a wonderful way to quell your hunger for at least a few minutes until you can meet your mother for something more substantial.  

On the inside is a bit of awesomeness in the form of brown sugar, melted and runny, and crushed peanuts.  If you are not careful you might get a bit burned because it's a bit like pizza--you don't even know you've burned your entire palate until your stomach is full and your mouth blistered.  Do we care?  Not a bit; as long as we feel good and full.

One thing to be careful for is saying the word "hot dog" because it sounds surprisingly like "Hoddeok".  I used to work at a Hot Dog shop and I often told stories and was very often misunderstood and people thought I made these along busy intersections just like Koreans.  Hail, Korea!  Sweet mysteries of life revealed!  Why not try a bite next time you're in Korea?

4.08.2011

Bananagram Love Affair


What started out as a coffee and accidental dinner date became the first steps toward our eventual marriage and we have so many stories to tell you all.  Alas, I'm not going to tell them all to you today, but I think that these pictures--although they were accidentally arranged--somehow manage to bring a semblance of order to our relationship.  These beauties were taken on a recent night out with our dear friend who conveniently brought Bananagrams.

First, while enjoying coffee we talked and talked and before we realized it we were falling in love--typical, I guess, although I'm grateful I didn't say "falling into bed with each other" which would have led to something entirely different than the story I am telling you now.








Next thing we knew we were declaring our love for each other in a convoluted mix of languages only the rosetta stone could help us decipher...But it was very clear. 




It was only a matter of time before she looked over at me and said what I had been waiting so long for her to say: "Take me with you."  She also said "NPSRR" from the look of things, but I didn't understand that part.  Well, never mind, let's move on.

I cannot say that this is exactly how it happened but I think that you get the point.  In works at the moment is my new book describing a revolutionary 3-step process on how to turn your co-worker into your wife and how to defeat your Korean stepmother with +2 armor and +10 attack without using all your mana points on healing yourself.

Has anyone else in this world fought with a family member over marriage because a family member didn't approve?  Please, share your story with me.



4.05.2011

Babies.

Thanks, Amazon!
I'm not going to talk about having babies, or making babies, or even wanting babies...I only want to talk to you about the new documentary entitled Babies (IMDB, Focus Features).

     In short, it follows the first year of life of four babies from different parts of the world (Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, USA) and shows their surroundings--but all in a very simple way.  It is a bit reminiscent of Charlie Brown and the Muppet Babies in that it really does not focus on the parents, in fact, it barely shows the parents at all.  Besides simple shots of household duties and nursing and the like the rest is just babies.

     This really doesn't have much to do with what made me want to talk about this movie.  I do not know if my bias has to do with my upbringing and that I take it for granted that I was raised in the West, or if there is something more mysterious about the non-Western, and non-first world in general (no offense, I didn't choose where I was born after all!).

     Tokyo, obviously very advanced, didn't seem to interest me very much, which could be due to the fact that I lived in Seoul and it all seems very familiar to me.  In terms of development they lack nothing.  It's another big city to me.  I don't really care for big cities either.

     San Francisco is nothing new since it's America and I was born here.  Next!

     Namibia, to me, was really entertaining and I tried to soak up every little cultural detail I could about their lives.  While they were living out in the open and it did seem a little primitive compared to many places I've been (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, for example), they really kept my attention.  The babies seemed very adept with their hands and socially they were introduced to many siblings and neighbors at an early age.  I like what I saw, other than the fact that there were no fathers present--where might they have been?  Hunting or working?  I'm not sure.  If anyone knows I would appreciate a comment below.


Mongolia, what a fascinating country!  Besides being deathly cold and brutally hot we can conclude that it wouldn't be a bad place to live--the skies are clear and they average 257 cloudless days a year.  Not bad.  They seem to have struck a nice balance between nomadic life and modernity.  They live in yurts but yet they have cell phones and cars.  They continue to raise animals and herd them around and overall it seems like a swell place to live.  My friend Steve sure thinks so, and he's been a lot of places and is sure in the know.  Ask him if you like.

If you don't mind not having dialogue and seeing lots of babies and feel the culture will be good for you I'd rent this documentary immediately.  You heard me, rent the darn movie.

Thanks for reading.

4.03.2011

MEPS: Step One of Being Owned by the Man.

Photo credit: Wikipedia.
We have finally heard back from the Navy and I will leave this coming week to visit MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) where I will officially become government property.  This has been the product of many months' efforts, our marriage, our green card application and receipt, mind you--much work, indeed.

What I would have never considered years prior is now becoming my destiny, which I am very anxious to embrace.  My wife and I are both nervous--this is the longest separation we will have experienced to date and are not looking forward to this part.  Nevertheless we cannot wait to begin, and to allow it to change us for the better.

If there is anyone out there on the interwebs who is contemplating a military career or term, I can think of a great many benefits that make the decision easier.  Has it been easy contemplating a career, or term in the military as a Linguist?  I cannot say it has been easy, much has gone wrong, and after several months of unemployment you can begin to doubt even your most hardened of convictions and faith in God.  It began nearly 15 months ago and is finally coming to fruition...

Lately I have spoken with numerous friends and couples like us, coming from Korea, bi-racial and everything, considering similar paths and am very surprised to hear that I'm not alone.

I would love to hear stories from bi-racial couples, or those who have dealt with parents who disagreed with your choice in a spouse, and struggles that have gone into making a decision leading to a military career.  What made you do it, and what made you stick with it?

Information about MEPS:
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/mepsglance.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Entrance_Processing_Station

Photo Credit: Wikipedia.