So a guy moved into my house last night. I haven’t had a roommate (excluding girlfriends) since my older brother and I shared an apartment back in the 1970s. I honestly don’t know much about the guy who moved in other than he’s a decent dart player and he came here from Alabama a few weeks ago. He’s been staying in a hotel since his arrival which as you might expect is a budget buster. So I offered up my guest room which he gladly accepted.
I have a Korean-style mattress in that bedroom and I warned him it was hard. I remember when I first moved into my Korean apartment it had a similar bed. Those first couple of weeks were uncomfortable but I got to where I prefer a hard mattress. When I went shopping for a bedroom set here in the states it took me awhile to find a mattress anywhere near as hard as to what I’d become accustomed. Finally after visiting several stores and describing what I wanted one place offered up a mattress they called the “back breaker”. Still softer than I’d prefer, but it works. Well, I asked my new roommate Brandon how he slept last night and he just grunted and said “it’s gonna take some getting used to”.
Anyway, I’ve gotten to where I prefer my solitude but hopefully this arrangement will only be for a couple of weeks. I plan to get out of Dodge as quickly as circumstances permit. When I leave Brandon is going to rent my house. He’s basically taking it “as is” which means I don’t have to deal with the hassle and expense of storing my furniture and other worldly possessions. That works for him as well because all he brought with him from Alabama was a couple of suitcases. The rent income will also help defray the expense of finding a place close to the Army base. My goal is to be close enough to walk to work.
Speaking of work, my potential employer advises that things are “looking good”. The hiring package is with USFK awaiting approval. He thinks I’ll have an answer Monday. The last thing I need to provide is my university transcript which should arrive early next week. I’ve got to pay my own way to Korea so I’m guessing I’ll be screwed on airfare with a short notice purchase. Maybe I’ve accumulated enough frequent flier miles to get a free or at least a discounted ticket. We’ll see.
If things go as I hope I’d like to arrive in Korea on or around December 12. A lot to get done between now and then, but I’ve got nothing but time on my hands I suppose. Now that I’ve completed this post I can re-cross my fingers.