Had a very fine Thanksgiving day feast at Dolce Vita. As is our tradition, we followed up with a nice little darts tourney. Caught a cab on the way home and much to my surprise the cabbie began playing a miniature guitar (ukulele size, but with the deep rich tones of a full size guitar). The tune was hauntingly familiar and then he began to sing the Neil Young classic “Heart of Gold”.
Being as how I’m a big Neil Young fan, and since it was so twilight zone-esque to hear a Korean taxi driver perform the tune live in the front seat, it seemed appropriate for me to sing along. Oh yeah, I was pretty drunk as well. It was a short ride home, but I tipped large and thanked him for the experience. He said something about finding ways to enjoy your life whatever it is you may be doing and he went on his way.
I’d actually been a bit melancholy as I reflected on my last Thanksgiving in Korea. So being reminded that real happiness is found within, not where you are, was a timely gift.
Hearing from family and friends wondering if there is cause for concern about my safety here in Korea. No more than normal I’d say. Just another day in paradise with some crazy people living next door. Although it would be ironic if war were to break out just as I’m fixin’ to retire. Of course, as with any provocation that is a chance that things will escalate. I’m not thinking that’s likely though.
Courtesy of ROKDrop is a map showing the current hot spot.
Again, I’m hearing nothing that leads me to believe that this is anything more than an extreme version of business as usual.
Back when I was a kid in Southern California we used to always visit Uncle Sam and Aunt Pat up in the foothills of La Crescenta. What I always loved best about Aunt Pat’s spread was her fruit salad. No, I don’t mean ambrosia or some other facsimile that folks may think of as a fruit salad. IMHO, honest-to-goodness fruit salad absolutely MUST have a sour cream base.
Anyway, for the past 30 years or so I’ve incorporated Aunt Pat’s recipe into my own Thanksgiving holiday tradition. Folks do seem to enjoy it too. I call it “world famous” now, because I’ve been serving it up here in Korea to friends and co-workers since 2005 and if the empty bowl is any indication it’s a popular treat. So, without further adieu, I’m going to put the recipe right here on the internet.
For a Family-size serving:
30 oz can of fruit cocktail
15 oz can of mandarin oranges
1 apple (I prefer granny smith)
5 oz of pecan pieces
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup baby marshmellows
16 oz sour cream
open and drain fruit cocktail and manadrin oranges. cut apple into small chunks. slice bananas into bite-size pieces. place them all in a bowl and stir in sour cream until fruit is well covered. mix in pecans. add coconut and marshmellows and stir until all are well blended. add additional coconut and/or marshmellow to sweeten to taste.
Best when chilled for two or three hours before serving.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!
Everyone else is talking about the new “invasive” procedures being implemented at security checkpoints throughout the USA. Not me though. I’ll let Jack Webb do my talking…
I’m not sure the context for this quote by Kurt Vonnegut. I mean, I have no reason to believe he was referring to those of us who have spent our working life in civil service. I certainly am not saying it even remotely applies to me. But still, I must admit to having had occasional encounters with individuals in positions of power and authority far beyond their level of skill and competence. I mean, I’m pretty sure that Peter Principle was a government employee. And so is the President.
Back in Korea. Longer than usual trip. A two year old in the seat behind me spent the 13 hours between Detroit and Seoul alternately crying and kicking my seat. Pretty irritating, but the poor mother traveling with three small children was harassed enough so I didn’t give her any additional shit.
It was good to play darts Friday although I was somewhat rusty. Gonna go practice tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s playoff match against Gecko’s.
Jet lag is a funny thing. I think I slept 20 hours yesterday, but didn’t go to bed until 6 a.m. Plus, I never took off my robe. Internet and crappy TV filled my waking hours.
Counting down the days now and have made some decisions. More on that later.
At the La Quinta airport in Atlanta in preparation for an early morning flight that will eventually get me back to Seoul. Had some quality family time and came to a difficult decision.
More on that later…
Leaving the country. For awhile. I expect I’ll periodically be posting fascinating insights from across the wide Pacific.
I’ll be back in time for Thanksgiving.
Coincidentally, I happened to watch the classic 1967 Paul Newman film Cool Hand Luke the other night.
I’m sure y’all will recall this classic scene.
Well, it looks like it’s gonna be deja vu all over again on 60 Minutes Sunday.
President Obama may be many things. But one thing he is most assuredly not is Strother Martin.
…and it turns out Fox News is, well, fair and balanced.
Read the rest at the link…
Based on the clips from election night coverage I saw, I find it hard to believe that NBC even had standards. I really don’t give a care that Olbermann made campaign contributions, I just think MSNBC trying to demonstrate journalistic integrity is hilarious!
By the way, this is the inaugural post in my “oh, THAT liberal bias” category.
Reader Kevin passes along this gem outta West Virginia:
According to investigators, Williams–who lives four doors down from her estranged husband at the 77 Motor Inn–showed up at his door and asked Danny Williams and another man to “eat my pussy.” At this point, Williams, pictured in the mug shot at right, “commenced to undress herself,” reported Deputy Ross Mellinger.
Actually, after viewing the mug shot I think I’d cut my own throat first…
And for the record, West Virginia was one of the few places that bucked the trend and elected Democrats.
In 2008 Barack Obama helped elect 255 Democrats to the House.
In 2012 Barack Obama helped elect 240 Republicans to the House.
Glad to see he’s finally getting something right!
Hat Tip: Don Surber
Make that a Tea Party…
So, tell me. Who are the out of touch lunatics on the fringe of mainstream America now? For those without a clue, let me draw you a map (er, well, post a map):
And in other news, the Obama’s are heading to India:
Well, it was certainly heartening to see so many
My favorite amongst these recently unemployed individuals is NC Representative Bob Etheridge. You remember him, don’t you?
Anytime an arrogant ignorant asshole like this is removed from a position of power and authority it’s a good thing. What makes this particular case all the sweeter is that it represents a big victory for new media over the corrupt gatekeepers of the liberal press.
Oh yeah, the best is yet to come. The jig is up folks. There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
Chris Matthews says the thrill is gone:
Places I Go
John McCrarey: That's the plan. It