Thursday, September 11, 2008


It took much longer then I care to admit, but I was determined to get a good picture of Jasper tonight and I finally succeeded:

I took Jasper back to the vet today, where he got two more shots and had his ears cleaned out again. Thank goodness, the vet says the ears are getting much better, as is the cold. Jasper has one more round of medicine, and then he'll go back for another vaccine next week. In just two months or so, I'll be taking him in for surgery. You know, "THAT" procedure.

Today was a pretty exhausting day. This weekend is a holiday (Chusok - Korea's Thanksgiving) and I think the excitement is responsible for the number of hyper kids with no interest in lessons that I dealt with today. On the positive side, two classes whom I had assigned memory homework to had 100% of the kids reciting perfectly for me. I also had a pretty fun "jam session" this morning with the older kindergartners, when I got all seven of them to sing "Yellow Submarine" for me.

I'm really looking forward to my three-day weekend this weekend. Originally I planned to go to Japan, but since I waited too long to reserve flights, I missed the cheap airfare I had found. So instead, I'm planning to join a bunch of other foreigners in a rooftop BBQ on Saturday, and hope to dedicate a sizable portion of time to finishing a few stories I started writing ages ago. I've decided that I need a new policy: If it's still a "work in progress" after two years, it's getting deleted and forgotten!

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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"