18 July 2008

I Found It

Now there is a blast from the past. Some of you might recall that back in like 1979 there was a t-shirt iron-on or something at Spencer's in White Oaks that showed a baby boy peering down at and holding onto his penis, apparently having just discovered it. The logo said "I found it." This is not what I found.

I found my camera. I went to the store last night and got some stuff (I did not find chicken base, which Jenny thought sounded very interesting), and when I got home I was putting it all away and there, on the top shelf, was my camera. I have no idea. But this is a good thing. It was going to cost a lot of money to replace it. Electronics, surprisingly, are not cheap here.

Neither is cat food. It is 10000 won or almost $10 for a small bag. Shrimp is about 2000 won ($2 USD) a pound. It would be cheaper for me to feed my cat fresh shrimp. Shrimp is cheaper than chicken, pork, or beef. Or cat food. Way cheaper.

We had what is called "Market Play" at school Friday morning. There are pictures! The kids have been earning play money for good behavior and today was the big day to spend it. I was in charge of a batpingsu stand. It was basically a snow cone in a cup with milk, sweetened condensed milk, gum drops, marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and red bean sauce over the top of it. There were two "shops," stationary and accessories. And a canape stand (whipped cream, peanuts, raisins, and cherry tomatoes on saltine crackers. Very good, BTW. (I might have said this: they treat tomatoes as fruits over here. They are on cakes and in sweets. I have yet to eat one as a hot vegetable in any entree or as part of a salad.) Most of the pictures are of Curie class, my favorites.

I had made a list of everything that I was going to get caught up on and now I can't find it. I am going to the beach again today with sunblock this time and maybe tomorrow if it rains I will go to Beomeosa Temple. It is a national treasure and was built originally in the seventh century. Nearby on the adj ascent mountain is an ancient fortress. I may try my strength against the mountain. On down the range a couple of miles is a cable car that takes you back down. Nearby there is what is purported to be the largest bathhouse in Asia. I might go soak in some burning hot mud for a while.

I am planning a trip for the week I am off at the end of the month. I was going to go to Japan but it is a bit late now to get tickets. I am figuring out something to do here in Korea proper. Immigration still has my passport. I don't want to make a bunch of international plans and then have to scrap it all because of that. They are supposed to send it back with my alien card on the 24th but we will see. More later.