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Offline Dave Stepz

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4780 on: January 04, 2018, 11:17:23 AM »
At dinner, my wife handed me a spoon, which I politely rejected.  Wondering why, I had to admit to her that there are some spoons that I don't like using.  There is some cutlery I take a dislike to.  Weird.  I know.    :-[

I have a favorite pair of chopsticks. They are functionally identical to all of my other chopsticks.

Sometimes I suspect that when I abandoned my religion, I subconsciously filled the gap with different superstitions or ideas, such as not wearing my favorite team's jersey when they're making a playoff run, or having a favorite pair of chopsticks.

 ;D

I have a superstition when I'm watching Arsenal play.  If it is 0-0 or they are losing 1-0 and it gets towards the end of the first half, I'll move my position on the sofa.  If that doesn't work then I'll move to a different seat on the sofa.  If that doesn't change, then I'll move to another seat in the room.  If Arsenal are winning then I don't move. 

I took some getting used to metal chopsticks when I first came to Korea.  They just seemed cold and functional.  I kind of like my fork to have a biggish surface area.  I don't like big handles on knives and forks.  Not sure what my problem with spoons is, the only noticeable thing with our ones are that they are gold (colour, not material)  :P

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4781 on: January 22, 2018, 11:41:27 AM »
So, I've been asked about my Indonesia trip, and as I've said before, writing things oat helps process things.

I went to try. I've loved this woman for the last 8 months and I've made my position very clear. She knows that I like her a lot, and she knows that I'm coming to visit her. She's always been reticent and never told me specifically about loving me, but I know deep down she likes me and I went to go see if it would work.

Saturday 10AM: Land in Jogjakarta. R (the one I like) and Y (one of her best friends that I've met before in Korea, she's cool) are at the airport. I can't believe I'm here!

Hang out all day, Me, R, Y and Y's BF, who is our driver. Y owns a car (a little red car) but can't drive so BF is driving. hahaha It's a bit awkward because I don't flirt well in a group dynamic, never have. And it's been 6 months since I saw them. But it's fun, I'm on vacation, right?

We go to the main drag, Malioboro Street, and I try to hold R's hand. She's Muslim, we're in a Muslim majority country and she's a bit hesitant. Y pipes, in "Kevin, you two are not dating!  :azn:"

R drops my hand. Thanks, Y. FFS

Sunday: All day with the four of us again, going to see Borobudur and Prambanan. Borobudur is insane. But I can't get any quality time with R. Until Prambanan. Y and BF stay in the car so I have some time with R! Yay! We walk around, talking about whatever, our past relationships, the fact that I like her a lot. It was nice.

That night I go back to my guesthouse. R is from a town 200km west and is sleeping at Y's, who lives in Jogja.

I text R about today. About having more time with her over the next days. "Kevin, I just want you to be a best friend." FFS. She knows why I came, EVERYONE KNOWS why I came. It's like an open secret no one wants to talk about.

There's a bar next door. I go have a few (not too much, I have plans the next day obv). I meet Rico, nice guy. He learns about my situation and the fact that R is from *town 200km west*

Mon: Volcano Jeep Tour of Merapi Mtn. Insane. Go out for coffees later.

 :police: Girls, I love you, but I need a day to myself? Is that OK? (I ask this because R and BF took unpaid time off to hang around M-F this week, it's not going my way, per se, but I'm not a complete Ahole).

 :-* Yeah, that's fine. We'll do girls stuff.

Tues: Now, I have ulterior motives here. I knew before I came that it might not work. So I Tinder Plus'd my location to Jogja a few weeks prior. Korean matches over 8 months; 17. Jogja matches over 2 weeks; 180.  :laugh:

So, without going into too sordid a detail, I wants to meet me. She's very honest about why. I'm not Indonesian and she's................ open to new things. So I agree to meet for 3PM at the train station. (I would also like to make clear that I did not come to Jogja to smash R. If that happened I would be so happy, but I came because I'm in love with her, I still am.)

3 rolls around. I'm a 10 min walk from the station.

 :police: "Kevin, WTF are you doing. This isn't why you came. You came here to get THE girl, not A girl."

I call R, last ditch effort.

 :police: Do you trust me?

 :-* What, why?

 :police: Do you trust me? Come to the guesthouse, I need to talk to you.

 :-* You said you wanted the day off, what is going on?

 :police: Because I have a date in 10 mins, and I don't want to go on it. I came to see you.

Various banter
 

:-* What happens when I come to the guesthouse and you do something to me, because you're a man?

 :police: Jesus H Christ (I'm pissed now) See ya, R.

I'm going on this date. F this.

Go, to a. hotel. We both enjoy ourselves. But I've paid for the guesthouse and the hotel for the same night (Guest house/no guests in the rooms, IRONIC), so I want to get some shit from the GH for the hotel. It's 7PM at this point.

I comes into the lobby with me. Cue the owner.

 :afro: Ahhhhhhhhh, you're friends with the girl with the little red car.

Keep in mind R and Y have picked me up and dropped me off for 3 days at this point.

 :police: Hahaha, yeah! Haha  :huh: *please stop talking*

 :-* ??

So we go to the bar NEXT DOOR for some drinks. Rico is there.

 :afro: Oh, you must be the girl from *town 200km west*

 :police: FFS

I can't win, can I? Anyway, great date and then we spend the night at the hotel again,  :afro: :afro: :afro: :afro:

Wed: I have a lunch alone with R. This had been decided prior to the tiff yesterday.

 :police: I'm going to say things you don't like, you're going to say things that I don't like, but they need to be said. So let's not get angry okay?

 :-* OK.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4782 on: January 22, 2018, 11:50:42 AM »
I have a favorite pair of chopsticks. They are functionally identical to all of my other chopsticks.

Sometimes I suspect that when I abandoned my religion, I subconsciously filled the gap with different superstitions or ideas, such as not wearing my favorite team's jersey when they're making a playoff run, or having a favorite pair of chopsticks.
     There's a pretty big branch of neuroscience that deals with the physical root of the fundamentally human need to believe in something -- be it religion, superstition, or even that people care enough to read long detailed posts on Waygook.
     Studies have been conducted using magnetic stimulation of the brain that researchers claim to be able to trigger "religious feelings". That same feeling isalso be associated with certain kinds of seizures. Interestingly enough, experiences of religiosity and pedantry were found to be closely related in several of those studies, which proves that us grammar nazis are closer to god than the rest of you schmucks.  :wink:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4783 on: January 22, 2018, 11:54:50 AM »
 :police: You now why I'm here. We all do. So what is going on?

 :-* I have a boyfriend still..............

 :police: C? Him? F'in hell, R. What?

C is a douche. He taught here in Korea and they were dating back then last year 2016/early 2017. He cheated on her twice, she forgave him, he skipped the country back to the US and is now teaching in China. He didn't go to Indonesia, he went to China. F this guy.

 :police: Why didn't you just tell me that? I don't chase women around when they're in relationships, FFS.

 :-* I'm sorry, Kevin.

 :police: Well, I'm sorry about the phone call yday. (I probably did sound like a psychopath, upon reflection).

We talk about stuff, she thinks it's amazing I got laid. hahaha I decide that she's too important to me to tell to f off, so we're cordial and agree to be friends.

The next two days are amazing. The awkwardness and all that went away because, like I've said, honesty is the best policy. And it's kind of a double edged sword because when we were just joking around  and having fun, it reminded me why I fell for this girl in the first place.

So many jokes about I. hahaha Y couldn't believe it.

 :-* You............. just met a girl?? And went to a hotel???

 :police: We both knew why we were meeting well prior to Tuesday.

 :-*  :shocked: :huh: She's from Borneo, Kevin. She knows Dayak Black Magic and can make you fall in love with her. Be careful.

And on Friday morning it was finished. I left. I cried at the airport. In all honesty, I didn't know either of them superwell when I arrived. I'd only known R for a couple of months before she left. But now I have a third family in the world. Y was such a cockblock but I understand why now. Her friend has a BF and she doesn't want smooth Canuck man in there, that's what friends do.

But goddamn do I still love that woman. But I've been through this before and it doesn't hurt 10 percent of that one, Jesus.

That said, I AM NEVER FLYING OVERSEAS FOR A GIRL EVER AGAIN.

FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME.

Peace, y'all.

PS: If C ever does anything out of line, I will fly to where he is and kick the shit out of him. You used to teach in Korea, C, maybe you're on here still. I will kick your ass, MF.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4784 on: January 22, 2018, 05:08:11 PM »
Dude.  I know you probably feel like shite right now but honestly if that's how she behaved then don't settle for that tripe. 

She (everyone, even here!) knew why you were flying over. 
She didn't even have the decency to tell you in advance that oh, by the way, she has a boyfriend? (dafuq?)
She can't even drop your hand of her own volition?  Her friend has to jump in?  How old even is she? 

Maybe this is harsh, but it seems as if she wanted to see you again (without much effort on her part) and decide if she wanted you more than other guy.  Then decided to stick with her a-hole of an ex anyway.  Cause if she told you, then would you have still gone over?

(Seriously, twice a cheater and still giving him extra chances?  Girl sounds a fool) 

Me personally, I wouldn't bother with someone like her anymore cause life is short but I don't know everything about your unique situation, so you do you.  \_(ツ)_/

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4785 on: January 25, 2018, 11:54:49 AM »
So... has anyone rented a noraebang bus?

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4786 on: January 25, 2018, 01:45:54 PM »
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4787 on: January 26, 2018, 09:19:35 AM »
So... has anyone rented a noraebang bus?

During my first year at my first public school job in Korea several years ago, the teachers/staff at my then-school went on an overnight trip during the summer and I remember the bus we rented had a noraebang system in it. All the Korean teachers/staff who went on the trip had to get up and go to the front of the bus to sing, but luckily they didn't make me do it.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4788 on: January 26, 2018, 10:13:00 AM »
Happy Friday, everyone! Happy to say that this is my last day of winter camp. Have three days of deskwarming to go (Monday - Wednesday) and then vacation until after Seollal!


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4789 on: January 30, 2018, 08:26:32 AM »
I put hot packs inside my shoes because I feel like my toes are about to snap off. 30 more days until I'm back home with my nice wood stove.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4790 on: January 30, 2018, 08:29:54 AM »
I put hot packs inside my shoes because I feel like my toes are about to snap off. 30 more days until I'm back home with my nice wood stove.

My family had a wood stove growing up, and I loved it.  Nothing beats wood heat.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4791 on: January 30, 2018, 08:38:05 AM »
So... has anyone rented a noraebang bus?

During my first year at my first public school job in Korea several years ago, the teachers/staff at my then-school went on an overnight trip during the summer and I remember the bus we rented had a noraebang system in it. All the Korean teachers/staff who went on the trip had to get up and go to the front of the bus to sing, but luckily they didn't make me do it.
Haha, I want to do it for my birthday with a group of friends. I had a Korean friend who looked it up on naver and didn't see anything though.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4792 on: January 30, 2018, 11:47:00 AM »
Nothing beats wood heat.
Neat peat heat is a treat: it beats wood heat. I repeat: peat beats wood heat.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4793 on: January 30, 2018, 12:30:14 PM »
Nothing beats wood heat.
Neat peat heat is a treat: it beats wood heat. I repeat: peat beats wood heat.


Dr. Seuss would be proud.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4794 on: January 30, 2018, 04:09:42 PM »
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=243020&utm_source=dable

A Head of English at a Korean university wrote a bit criticizing Google Translate.

It literally reads like she used Google Translate to write it.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4795 on: January 31, 2018, 07:50:04 AM »
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=243020&utm_source=dable

A Head of English at a Korean university wrote a bit criticizing Google Translate.

It literally reads like she used Google Translate to write it.

This is wonderful.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4796 on: January 31, 2018, 08:10:49 AM »
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=243020&utm_source=dable

A Head of English at a Korean university wrote a bit criticizing Google Translate.

It literally reads like she used Google Translate to write it.

That's hilarious. I think it speaks more to how robotic the Korean approach to learning English is than the merit of Google Translate.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4797 on: February 01, 2018, 12:38:41 PM »
There are three students that I was hoping wouldn't be back this following school year, but, nope, that's not going to happen. I knew that the likelihood was less than 5%, so I didn't have any expectations, but there was still that small bit of disappointment when it was confirmed that they weren't going anywhere.

I feel like I'm gonna have to be Major Payne this year. Crossed with a little Betty Boop. That way they won't see what's coming until it's too late.

This year already feels like it's gonna be a whole lot of squeeze cheese on crackers.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4798 on: February 01, 2018, 02:15:44 PM »
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=243020&utm_source=dable

A Head of English at a Korean university wrote a bit criticizing Google Translate.

It literally reads like she used Google Translate to write it.


she seems a bit MORE bitter concerned about the student not learning/knowing korean than she is about the students' overall English ability/ ability to to teach English/ ability as a teacher or for using google translate to pass her classes.

 

idk tho.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #4799 on: February 03, 2018, 11:38:15 AM »
Man, does anyone else remember when this was a forum for expats in Korea, and not a political message board? Those were the days, huh?