As they say in China…

My Korean language skills are next to non-existent but someone sent me this Chinese lesson and it seems like it may be easier to learn….

Learning how to speak Chinese is really very easy

Learn Chinese in 5 minutes (You MUST read them aloud)


That’s not right — Sum Ting Wong

Are you harboring a fugitive? — Hu Yu Hai Ding

See me ASAP — Kum Hia Nao

Stupid Man — Dum Fuk

Small Horse — Tai Ni Po Ni

Did you go to the beach? — Wai Yu So Tan

I bumped into a coffee table — Ai Bang Mai Fu Kin Ni

I think you need a face lift — Chin Tu Fat

It’s very dark in here — Wai So Dim

I thought you were on a diet — Wai Yu Mun Ching

This is a tow away zone — No Pah King

Our meeting is scheduled for next week — Wai Yu Kum Nao

Staying out of sight — Lei Ying Lo

He’s cleaning his automobile — Wa Shing Ka

Your body odor is offensive — Yu Stin Ki Pu

Great — Fa Kin Su Pa

I don’t know, maybe this is not PC. I’d hate to be lumped in with Rosie O’Donnell. Then again, if you can’t take a joke, phook yu.


More or less. Feeling much better physically. A cough and sore throat persist, but that I can handle.

I owe a buch of emails, but didn’t want to have my silence mislead anyone (or give false hope as the case may be) regarding the relative state of my well-being.

Still throwing darts. Our team lost the first league match Monday night, 9-10. We went undefeated in regular season last year, only to be upset in the playoffs. So, I’m not losing sleep over any particular loss. Trying to be a big picture kinda guy. I’m throwing pretty decent, so if I can keep that up, the rest will work itself out.

I’ve been doing a lot of navel gazing these past few weeks. If I figure anything out, y’all will be the first to know. For now it’s all about moving forward. Which is all well and good. Unless that sound screaming in my brain is on oncoming train. What are the odds of that?

Anyway, no worries. No complaints. Life is what it is, and even if you don’t get any mulligans you play your lie and take your best shot. Then again, I always sucked at golf….

Every person,
all the events in your life
are there because you have
drawn them there.

What you choose
to do with them is
up to you.

from “Illusions” by Richard Bach

3 days sick

Damn, don’t know what the hell got into me, but it has knocked me on my ass since Monday. High fever, hacking cough, and more lethargy than normal. How sick was I? Too sick for darts which says a lot. I worked Tuesday which was both necessary and a mistake. I was so wracked with fever yesterday morning I had to call in sick. Got some drugs from a Korean pharmacy in the afternoon which seem to be helping. I woke up in a puddle of sweat this morning so hopefully that means the fever has broken. Regardless, today I must work.

I had some weird dreams or hallucinations during the worst of it. I also got a taste of what it will feel like to die alone. Not pretty. On the bright side, I was touched by an Angel in Ulsan. And life goes on.

Weekly update

Just been getting settled back into the Korea lifestyle. I was over my jetlag by Wednesday (helped by sleeping from 7pm to 4:30am Tuesday night). Thursday was the first night of the Bless U/Dolce (BUD) Challenge League. I threw pretty good darts taking 9 of 12 legs. Also met another blogger, the guy who writes Thoughts of a Goat. Nice guy who throws darts but is unable to participate in the BUD league because of a busy schedule. He’ll be playing for Bless U during the regular dart league starting the 22nd.

Friday night I had some people from work over for burritos and movies. Then I went out on the town and wound up making it a late night. Did my regular bar circuit, then dropped into the Grand Ol’ Opry around 2am. It was pretty much dead by then but I chatted with a couple of Koreans at the bar for awhile and that turned out to be enjoyable. One of them had spent time in Northern Virginia and South Carolina so we were able to share something in common.

Last night I met up with some of the guys from the fantasy football league. Scott, the guy who beat me in the championship game (by three frickin’ points) was there and in lieu of a trophy he got his hamburger paid for. Andy and the Dram man of Marmot’s Hole fame were there as well and they are always interesting to talk with. Brian isn’t a blogger but he’s a nice guy from Alabama and we talked a little SEC football, along with politics and religion. He also joined me for some brews at Dolce, Bless U, and finally Metro bar which is where I left him at midnight. At my age I just can’t pull off two late nights in a row. It was a great time though.

Today I’ve just been lazing about the house (I’m still in my robe as I write this). Later I’ll be heading out for the Sunday edition of the BUD Challenge League. And tomorrow is a holiday so hopefully I can avoid the Sunday night blues.

And that’s about it from here. Yeah, I know I need to get off my ass and do something with myself that doesn’t involve bars. I’m working on it. It would be good to have something to write here that wasn’t just boring drivel, wouldn’t it?

We shall see.