No, I’m not dead
I just received the following email from a friend who follows my exploits through this blog:
I saw that you hadn’t updated your blog in a while and was a bit worried about you guys. I hope you and Miyoung are doing well. I’m sure you’re just super busy. Take care,
Sorry to worry you, friend. Actually I am in the middle of studying for the CPA exam, so I find it hard to justify spending much time here. Let me use this opportunity to provide a few updates that are a long time coming.
1. Baby Project: Seven months and still going strong
Happy to report that Miyoung is still pregnant, and just last week Miguk Eggy (as my mother-in-law has nicknamed the little one) got 3D Sonogrammed.
All conversation for the past week has revolved around how white this baby looks. When will people learn? (answer: people will never learn)
Doctors gave Miguk Eggy a clean bill of health, but refused to tell us the baby’s sex. Bastards! Can’t they see I’m American?
2. Finally don’t like school
For years I’ve caught flack from all corners for “liking school”. “Why do you like school, school sucks,” and the like were constant refrains I heard throughout my childhood. Well to all those who tried to convince me, congratulations, I concede defeat. To anyone out there considering Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies, just consider this one fact. <This passage has been redacted: once bitten twice shy>. Mull that over a bit.
3. 귀마개 끼고 다녀
I have taken to wearing earplugs when I do my commute. It not only blocks out the noise of the city, giving me a little time to think about accounting concepts, it also has the added bonus efect of making me not give a damn about the people around me. Guy on the subway taking up two seats with his splayed-legged stance? I’ll get right in the mix and hip check his legs out of my way. I can hear him cursing me, but I don’t even react, making him madder and madder. I win!
4. Hold Steady is good
That second guitar solo in “Joke about Jamaica”, the one that you think is a harmonica but is actually a guitar? Possibly the high point of Western civilization.
5. My Korean is getting 굉장히 good
How good? I spent eight hours translating audit working papers into English, dipping into a dictionary less than 20 times. Am I bragging? Not really, because the increase in my accounting/business/official Korean knowledge has come at the expense of my practical/conversational/everyday knowledge. My day-to-day Korean is actually getting worse.
6. Economy is getting bad
I’m sad about it. The won-dollar exchange rate is unfavorable. I’m sad about that too. For future reference, these are things that we should all keep in the back of our minds and be sad about until the economy is good again and the won-dollar exchange rate is more favorable.