CouchSurfing in Korea can get you FIRED.
Let’s keep some things in mind here:
Korea is not the West. Love motels and whatnot notwithstanding, it is still a conservative country. The neighbors witnessed something out of the ordinary and called to complain about it. Regardless of whether we Westerners think that the host is in the right, she’s still on foreign turf and must comply with local laws and customs. To the neighbors, she looked like a promiscuous woman. This isn’t the truth, but it’s now things looked. A friend of mine ran into the same problem when she hosted parties for the soldiers in her town. She never so much as kissed any of them, but their staying overnight prompted her neighbors to complain to her school. Again, this is about customs. Couch surfing is indeed a fine idea and a good way to bring people together, but it can cause trouble in a country like Korea. Frankly, I wonder if she would have gotten a complaint if she’d hosted women instead them.
The lesson to be learned here is that foreigners WILL PROBABLY BE HELD TO A DIFFERENT STANDARD THAN THE NATIVES.
I saw Red 2 last night and it’s a good one. It’s better than the first Red thanks to having more explosions and an equally explosive cast of characters. While I watched it on the giant screen, the following things came to mind: The Manosphere will enjoy discussing this one, for the following reasons…
- Red 2 has a textbook example of female intrasexual competition in the form of Sara meeting Frank’s sultry Russian ex. Sara goes feral when she learns about their past and takes to dressing more suggestively and to acting much more sexual around him.
- Frank goes beta as hell by shying away from action so he can protect Sara. She longs for the action–and she eventually gets it–but only after she convinces him that he needs to throw down and kick some bad guy ass. He eventually gets back to the alpha dude she fell for in the first place.
- Marvin gains all kinds of points with Sara by not treating like her like “a china doll” and instead trusting her to know what she’s doing.
- Ivan has a great way of romanticizing Victoria the British killing machine. Words matter.
And on a more general note, go see it. Rock on…
Thank you for taking this picture. I see park jobs like this all the time. Let’s note that this a country where people put their cell phone numbers on their dashboards so people can call them to move out of the way. Doing so gives people nearly unlimited license to act rudely and block intersections because they did the polite thing and left their number on the car.
Right on. I’ve noticed that Koreans tend to be much more casual about lane changes and staying within the lines on the road. I won’t go as far as saying they’re horrible drivers, like some people have online, but they do do things differently. Everyone I’ve driven with has been fine and I’ve never feared for my safety any more than I would have in the States. That said, the coach bus drivers are all nuts. Ride and enjoy…
This’ll be a short one for now, but suffice to say, I’m staying another year. The job’s too much fun and the money’s about to get better. Living in Korea has worked wonders for my patience and cynicism, among other things. The new year will be better. Why? Because I’ll make it that way.
Now to suit up and kick some ass in class.
Excellent read. Coming as it did after The Fountainhead and The Help, Fight Club provided a welcome change of pace. Chuck Palahniuk’s debut novel has the quintessential unreliable narrator and its laconic phrasing packs a punch into virtually every sentence.
Much has been said about Tyler Durden and how he exhorted men to become more than their jobs and their bank accounts, but something else worth considering is that the novel came out around the time when The Joy Luck Cub and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a fact that Palahniuk notes in his Afterword. He mentions them because he saw Fight Club as a male counterpoint to those two novels about women being together. Indeed, having reread The Joy Luck Club earlier this year, I can see his point. Both were about sharing yourself and learning from your past, but Fight Club happens to hit harder.* This young man relates more to the story of Tyler Durden and its themes of self-destruction and self-improvement.
* This is not meant to take away from The Joy Luck Club‘s good qualities. Amy Tan’s novel has a more sophisticated structure than Palahniuk’s. Tan’s multiple narratives and voices blend together to vividly illustrate how geography, culture, and language shape mothers and daughters. Fight Club, on the other hand, could take place in any US thanks to its Everyman narrator and anonymous buildings.