It's Close To Midnight

I can't believe it
A couple haiku-less weeks
Do you miss them much?

The Thriller album
It has been twenty five years
Dang I'm feeling old.

Thanksgiving weekend
Took a little get away
With some friends in Seoul.

Met some new people
They wanted to play Hold 'Em
I took their money.

With all these late nights
I'm becoming nocturnal
Just like the Lost Boys.

Currently listening to: Loverboy -

How Does It Feel When You're Alone

"Dead of Night" is the theme at PhotoFriday this week. This was taken two summers ago in Moscow. My friends had left for the airport, and I decided to wander around Red Square at midnight. One of my favorite activities when I travel is to wander major cities in the middle of night. A city changes so much when all the activity dies down, and the locals all go home. There is something about wandering around streets that are usually full of activity, but at the time are deserted. One can get the feeling of being the only survivor in a ghost town. Plus, you can save a few bucks on lodging that way.


There Were Two Sisters

PhotoFriday's theme this week is "two." I took this photo in the Philippines. This is the Two Sisters, a boat that will take you to the base of Taal volcano. There you can see the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.


Just An Advertisement

It has only been three days since my post on Korean television, and I have already seen Charlie And the Chocolate Factory and Spiderman 2 being aired again. Surprisingly, I do not watch a whole lot of television. At least here in Korea, like in Europe as well, commercials do not always break up shows, but are mostly shown before and after the program. Sure you have to put up with about ten to fifteen minutes between shows, but at least it is not breaking up the story line of your favorite show. And once in a while you actually get good commercials. This is one being shown in repetition for Samsung's Anycall cell phone. It actually works as a stand alone music video, complete with a 1984 storyline. Enjoy.

You can also watch it with English subtitles, but I would recommend doing that after watching the original.


Picture Yourself On A Train In A Station

"Travel" is the theme at PhotoFriday this week. This might be the toughest theme for me to narrow down. Having passed through over thirty five countries, how do you pick one photo from all those adventures? I chose this photo of the Basel SBB train station. It has been a starting, ending, or midway stop to some of my greatest adventures. From here I started several ski trips into Switzerland. I pass through here three times on a fifteen day, fifteen country trek across Europe. Even on my summer of riding the Trans-Siberian railroad, I managed to pass through the SBB. On that trip, I arrived and found a place to store my luggage. Ten minutes later I entered one of my favorite churches, only to miss the first song of the morning service.

I look forward to my next time through that fine station.


My Baby Loves The Western Movies

I just finished watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on television. If I want, I can probably watch it another five times in the next couple weeks. That is the interesting thing about Korean television. I am constantly amazed at the movie selection, let alone repetition over here. Last week I was walking back to the dorm with a coworker, and we were joking about what movies we would be able to watch in the afternoon. He had mentioned that Spiderman was already on that morning, so I guessed that Spiderman 2 might be on. I ended by saying that at least we should have a strong chance of some Lord of the Rings. About five minutes later, he called me to let me know that I was correct. As I flipped to see the Hobbits on their quest, I was shocked to pass over Peter Parker saving Mary Jane from a car flipping through the coffee shop.

Each month it appears that they add one or two movies to the rotation, but for the most part I can almost bet on seeing Hellboy, The Rock, Sahara, one of the Blade or Final Destination series, or Love Actually at least once a month on television. This month they've tossed the Transporter into the mix, and I've already seen parts of it at least five times. Don't get me wrong, I find comfort knowing I can turn my television on and be able to see a Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, or Jackie Chan film.

And it isn't just movies that are on constant repeat over here. If you enjoy Sex In The City, CSI (any of them), Law and Order (all except the original) America's Next Top Model or The Nanny you should pack your bags and head this way. Any of these can be seen at least once a day. Toss in a little Airwolf and Kung Fu and life is almost complete.

And people wonder why I would even consider leaving this place.

Currently watching:


We Stay Up Very, Very, Very, Very Late

Must make this post quick
Got some computer problems
It keeps shutting down.

Switched to a back up
My eight year old computer
Call it Old Faithful.

Enjoying late nights
Not having to do breakfast
This gig got better.

An X-files movie
I really hope this is true
Find out in July.

Watched this episode
About imagination
Has the best ending.

Currently listening to: John Fogerty -

Just A Little Bit Dangerous

This week "dangerous" is the theme at PhotoFriday. I loved when the frog signs and fences would pop up in Germany. The fact that you have to drop your speed almost fifty percent shows that danger those frogs can bring.


Another Boring Afternoon

My schedule changed
I am like Henry Winkler
Working the night shift.

She tried to give me
The Watchtower in Russian
No on both accounts.

Come to the table
I think I heard the cook say
The Meatloaf is done.

I can't believe it
Christmas music already
On Launchcast station.

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It's A Tug Of War

"Strength" is this week's theme at PhotoFriday. This game of tug of war happened last year in India. I am excited about going back again this February for my third visit to the orphanage.