Thursday, January 24, 2008

So Which Korea Are You Going To?

People amuse me greatly. I can't count the number of times I've been asked whether I'm going to North Korea or South Korea. And people are actually serious when they ask me! LOL! I'm always really tempted to say I'm going to North Korea to spy on the commies, but I worry that people might take me seriously. So, I behave myself, smile, and say tell them I'm moving to South Korea.

(This image shows electrical usage in the evening in the Koreas. Note the difference between North and South. I read that North Korea turns off their electricity at 9:00 PM, leaving the country in darkness - except for in the capitol, where their dictator is able to enjoy luxery living.)

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"