Dear Reader, I haven’t shared much lately on what’s happening here at home. Frankly, I haven’t had much new information to share with you. My wife and I still work full time and return home each evening, spending weekends off with our son. Our son is spending more time lately outside because it’s summer and the monsoon season has been relatively mild (thus far–fingers crossed). Our new family members, three tetrafish–a blue one named “daddy,” a pink one named “mommy,” and a smaller, translucent one with a yellowish tinge named “baby”–are still adjusting to life at our home. They’ve been in a bit of a funk since they were separated from their owner over the last three years. I found out last week that a long-time family member, one of my parents’ dogs, a black lab named “Shadow,” died at the old age of 13. He was a good dog.
We’ve entertained ourselves with outings, like our anniversary visit to Seoul Tower for dinner, and with BBQs, like the preemptive one with Bob of Tortmaster fame I used to outmanuever him. It’s been a time filled with trips to the store, which lately seem to be one of the more lively activities. My son enjoys the children’s book and toy aisles, my wife hovers around the clothing and grocery sections, and I sneak off to the media and technology areas. I’ve also managed to break away twice for a couple of movies in between a steady stream of chores ranging from mowing to filing an insurance claim for our broken car window.
This weekend will be a bit more lively. On Friday evening I will travel with colleagues to the southern coast of Korea to greet and incoming sea vessel, and the following evening my wife and I will join a big group of friends for a noraebang reprisal. We’ll also take our son to his first feature-length film, Pixar’s CGI-animated “Cars.” He’s really looking forward to it. After our long respite in China and the U.S., we really haven’t minded laying low at home. We’ve had a chance to recuperate and are now ready to get out and explore more of Korea before we leave this fascinating land.