Nonsense, horsefeathers, and idle musings from a decade in South Korea (2002-2012).


29 January, 2005

Strangers Talk Only 'bout the Weather

By Aaron
29 January, 2005

Field Commander Aaron


Had some strange weather yesterday. I was supposed to go walking with a friend but woke up to rain and the race for Plan B began. Ten minutes later I looked outside and the ground was white - it was snowing. The snow lasted well into the afternoon and we ended up going to Namhansanseong ("South Korean Mountain Fortress") as planned, which turned out to be beautiful. As evidence, a few pictures.

Along the fortress wall.





Through the South Gate.

By the afternoon, after a lunch of duck soup, the weather had cleared up and the skies were clear and sunny. By the time we got back to my house, there wasn't a trace of snow remaining and the sidewalks were dry. For a day that started with rain, it turned out to be oddly perfect weather-wise.

26 January, 2005

Abuse...Or a Dream Come True?

By Aaron
26 January, 2005

Here I go dipping into the cauldron of tabloid pap again. In this case, though, I'm just trying to make some sense out of some general sentiments regarding teacher-student relations, specifically of a sexual kind.

You can read up on the story here (or here, for the whole police report if you're really at a surplus of free time), but the basic idea is that this twenty-four year-old teacher seduced a fourteen year-old male student and then carried on a summer fling with the young fellow.

Now, if this were a male teacher, I would've thought the guy a real dirtbag. Every teacher knows - or at least should know - that students are off limits. But when I read about this case, and saw the pictures of the educator in question, the first thought that went through my head was, "lucky kid." I mean, who could blame a normal fourteen year-old boy for jumping at this opportunity? The teacher was an imbecile, no doubt about it. She knew the risks and still rolled the dice, so I guess it's her funeral now, but I can't say I hold the situation against the boy.

What's strange to me, though, is why I would view the situation differently based on the teacher's gender. Oh wait...that's right: I'm a male, she's an attractive female, and I was once fourteen. Most men (though not, incidentally, me) wait their entire lives and are never even approached by such women and this lucky little bastard experienced it at the tender age of fourteen. Wait until he grows up, marries an overweight manic-depressive and realizes what life really holds for him. That'll show him.

24 January, 2005

This Happens Outside Kansas, too?

By Aaron
24 January, 2005


'Convoluted' doesn't even begin to describe this one. Korean police have arrested a woman and her cohorts on charges of stealing a baby and killing the mother. You're no doubt asking yourself, why would anyone want to steal a baby? They're a pain in the ass and beyond that, not too difficult to make from scratch. Well, evidently the aforementioned woman was trying to fool her boyfriend - for whom she had left her husband and family - into thinking she was pregnant and thus get him to marry her, which he did. Lucky guy. She sounds like a real catch, this one.

I thought this kind of tabloid nonsense only happened in Kansas.

21 January, 2005

The Links of Pyongyang

By Aaron
21 January, 2005


Here's another bit of surrealism from North Korea (not that we expect anything less of the Norks).

Seems golf - that most elitist of sports - isn't so taboo in Mr. Kim's Wonderland as one might expect. The article does note, however, that getting a tee time is never a problem.

Weird.

02 January, 2005

Who are They Fooling?

By Aaron
02 January, 2005


Why is it that the world's most populous countries seem to be the most uptight about sex?

I'm referring here mostly to India. Apparently, sex is banned in Bollywood and kissing on-screen is taboo. May I ask why? There's nearly a billion people there - I think someone's been bonking, so what secret do the censors really think they're keeping? And, pray tell, from whom?

I bring this up because Aishwarya Rai, the Indian actress, has decided to make the jump to Hollywood and says that she might - might! - potentially consider the possibility of, well, maybe kissing on-screen. In a movie. Can't you just hear the collective gasps from here to Calcutta? Ms. Rai has never before slipped into such licentiousness and to do so would be one hell of a shock to her fans. Bet your last rupee on that.

Someone, somewhere is getting the cart before the proverbial horse on this one, though. It's not a chicken/egg question. People aren't having sex because it is - or in India's case, isn't - portrayed on-screen. They're having sex because, well, that's what humans do best: they reproduce. And they've been doing it successfully for thousands of years, long before the motion picure, the printing press, or petroglyphs, come to that. They were doing it so well in places like China, in fact, that the government felt it had to put some statutory limitations on family size.

I'm not, you understand, advocating the spread of unbridled raunch, I'm only suggesting that some moderation might be a nice change. Legalize the pornography and onscreen sex and let the enlightened masses make up their own minds. India has a rapidly growing AIDS problem, due in no small part to the prostitution industry, so obviously banning porn hasn't made puritans of the citizenry (that'd be interesting: Indian Puritans). Would legalizing porn help or hinder the effort to stem the spread of AIDS? I don't know, but I'd say people have the right to choose for themselves.

At all events, I'm sure there'd be no shortage of volunteers willing to kiss Aishwarya Rai on-screen.