Overhaul & revamp; constant changes… like Facebook?
Pondering it for a while now; didn’t like it at first but it grew on me. Maybe not as organized in nice compact borders of the past, but the white background makes the images pop nicely, and the feel is a little cleaner… give it time, give it time. Now, what to do about the title header? Magoolys?
1:56 p.m. Alone in the English department office. Door swings open. Mr. Lee from administration walks in at a hurried pace, followed by Mr. Jang (History). Both rush over to a computer and begin scrolling through files. Both sets of eyes glued to the screen, both speaking very fast, with small interjections of silence. 2 minutes - both leave, walking quickly, talking faster.
2:02p.m. Vice Principal Cho walks into the office… cant see his eyes behind his huge smile. Looks a little anxious… walking in my direction.
“Aeh, Morrow… have you been using internet… for 10 minutes ago?”
“Oh, yes Mr. Cho, I have been online for the last hour”
“Aeh… (long pause) we cannot connect North Korea”
? Take a couple seconds to translate what he’s trying to say. I got nothing.
“What about North Korea?”
“Aeh… we cannot (arms and hands shaking simultaneously) connect to North Korea.”
“… … I’m sorry… I don’t know what you mean?”
“Aeh… we, South Koreans…. cannot…. connect… to North Korea”
Realization that I probably won’t be getting an alternate explanation. Long, awkward silent pause. So when in doubt, nod and smile.
“Oh, okay. I understand.” Nervous courteous laughter.
Nervous laughter reciprocated. “Okay - see you later.”
2:10 p.m. Vice Principal Cho walks back in. Goes to the same computer Mr. Lee and Mr. Jang were at. Mr. Geong (English) walks in. VP Cho and Mr. Geong exchange words. Volume goes up. Volume goes down. Volume goes back up and VP Cho points a finger at Mr. Geong. Mr. Geong raises his shoulders, palms up towards the sky, the old ‘i-didn’t-do-it” pose. Mr. Geong looks in my direction, makes eye contact, shoulders still raised, looks kinda pissed. Mr. Geong turns around to leave, VP Cho follows; volume goes up, down, and up again as they fade down the hallway.
2:11 p.m. Wait, what just happened?
Me: No… the school hasn’t paid me yet.” —Day 1 at Deogin All-Boys Private High School
The full group has come to Seoul for the weekend.
Leaving at the crack of dawn on Friday, the day consisted of visiting Panmunjom at the DMZ, and visiting the US Ambassador’s residence in Seoul for an indoor barbecue (due to the rainy weather). The group ate hamburgers and hot dogs in the luxury of the Habib House and got to talk individually to outgoing ambassador Kathleen Stephens. Saturday and Sunday are essentially free days, with Monday consisting of a schedule including presentations to the bigwigs of Fulbright before heading off to our individual placement locations later in the week.
Pictures to come soon.