I’ve been nominated for an award!

Woo Hoo right?

Mostly :)  This type of award is one of those where you actually give more than you get.  Which is not a bad thing really and since I love the community here any ways ;)  So let’s get on with the rules for this award.


Rules for accepting the award:

1.  Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2.  List 11 random facts about yourself.

3.  Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.

4.  Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 bloggers you feel deserved to be noticed.

5.  Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

7.  Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

Ok, onto my duties for this nomination.

1/ I would like to thank Pigtailed Bandit (who, sadly, doesn’t have an pigtails in her pic) for the nomination.  I’d seen some other awards floating around but never paid too much attention to them.  I just wanted to write stuff :)

2/ 11 Random facts eh?  Ok, you asked for it.

  1. No one ever guesses my real age.  I look way younger than I am.
  2. I sold my house, two cars and donated my cat (by far the hardest thing to get rid of) to my brother to move to South Korea
  3. I’m the biggest geek you’ll ever meet.  Sadly, my finances don’t match my geek-level which my wife is ever-so-happy for.
  4. Profit!  (Those who know where this is from will get it)
  5. My first was a 1974 Dodge Charger. (Completely unrelated to #1…and no, I did NOT buy one brand new for 1974)
  6. As an extension for #4, I love old cars, specifically Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler.  I have owned a 74 Charger, a 72 Dart, a 78 & 80 Volare
  7. The first cat my family owned, that I recall, was named Sam.  One day I went outside to call the cat in and the Mailman answered.  He was the coolest mailman I ever knew.
  8. I have one younger brother
  9. I have a great-uncle buried in a Japanese grave that none of my family has ever seen. (It’s on my list to visit since I am so close).
  10. I am proud of the fact that I have lived the true essence of Halloween by making kids cry because of my costume.
  11. I have been ‘blogging’ longer than the term has been around.  Sadly, I was doing it all wrong so not so famous as many others :)

3/ The next rule is for me to ask 11 random questions of those I have nominated for this award.

  1. What is the one thing that you love the most about yourself?
    – My creativity.  Given the opportunity, I’d never stop making, building, writing, thinking about all kinds of things
  2. When was the last time you laughed so hard that your stomach hurt?
    – This animated gif of a Llama.  I still chuckle pretty good when I see it and it’s been months.  http://imgur.com/gallery/BmBby
  3. What do you appreciate most about your life?
    – The opportunity to be living in South Korea
  4. What is that one thing that would be a deal-breaker in any relationship for you?
    – Lies
  5. Do you have any pet peeves?
    – People who listen and take Mass Media at their word. (See https://eyagee.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/stop-with-the-hype-already-geeze-north-korea-aint-going-to-do-squat/ for example)
  6. Do you have any regrets in life?
    – Nope.  Regrets are for those who refuse to accept who they are and move forward in life.
  7. Have you ever been in love?
    – Many times.
  8. What is your favorite movie?
    The Matrix series.
  9. What are the 5 most important things to you in your life?
    – The Internet, Open Source Software movement, freedom of belief, mountains, The internet…did I say that already?  :)
  10. What would you liked to have accomplished by the end of your life to feel you have been succesful?
    – To have made an impact on a significant group of people.  Ideally a technological solution that is revolutionary, that would be cool.
  11. What made you decide to begin your blog?
    – I originally started blogging my Korean experiences (among other interests) on my dragondon.net domain but was getting no results.  Moved to wp.com and have never looked back.  Now debating on what to do with the first domain name I ever bought :)

4/ Nominate 11 other bloggers. These are in no particular order.

  1. Harsh Reality – http://aopinionatedman.com/
  2. Ajaytao 2010 http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com
  3. La Boina Roja – http://laboinaroja.wordpress.com/
  4. Get On My Plate – http://lindaghillfiction.wordpress.com/
  5. A Dissolute Life Means… –  http://adissolutelifemeans.com/ (NSFW blog!)
  6. The Bloggess – http://thebloggess.com/
  7. Puff Chrissy – http://www.puffchrissy.com
  8. Chatty Owl – http://chattyowl.com/
  9. Bastet and Sekhmet – http://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/
  10. Filed and Fooled – http://filledandfooled.wordpress.com/  (NSFW blog!)
  11. Dear JJ – http://dearjj.wordpress.com/

5/  11 Questions for my nominees.  I really did like the ones I got, so I’m going to repeat them.

  1. What is the one thing that you love the most about yourself?
  2. When was the last time you laughed so hard that your stomach hurt?
  3. What do you appreciate most about your life?
  4. What is that one thing that would be a deal-breaker in any relationship for you?
  5. Do you have any pet peeves?
  6. Do you have any regrets in life?
  7. Have you ever been in love?
  8. What is your favorite movie? 
  9. What are the 5 most important things to you in your life?


  10. What would you liked to have accomplished by the end of your life to feel you have been successful?


  11. What made you decide to begin your blog?

6/  That will take some time but consider it done by the time you read this :)

7/ “Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.”  Umm….does this mean everyone who gets nominated get this award??  Kinda fuzzy on this rule.

There you have it.  Now, to spend the next 30 mins posting this to those other 11 blogs…..

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I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award!


I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog award and would graciously like to thank mishunderstood for the nomination.

You can find her blog which illustrates her insights and travels with added personal photography at http://mishunderstood.wordpress.com/

So, as a result of this nomination there are some rules I must follow. I imagine as a result of this nomination my “following” will increase significantly, people will see the absolute and undeniable genius in all that I bolg about and I will become a blogger who is paid to blog. I will then become a moody writer who blogs all day long in beautiful, envy worthy sweaters and leggings. My hair will be perfectly messy so as if to say that I don’t care but is outrageousley sexy at the same time. I will sip on coffee that is continually steaming while looking out of my shuttered windowed house that is next to a twinkling lake with a dock. Every evening I’ll hear my husband’s Z06 roar up into our crunching gravel driveway and as the sun is setting and we will eat our dinner on our deck out back…..

So, I suppose I should get started on following this set of rules then shouldn’t I?

Rule number 1 is to list eleven random facts about myself. Hmmmm. This sounds simple enough but I don’t want to bore you so they can’t be too random now can they. Let’s see.

1. I love smoked salmon but only when eaten outside. It tastes funny to me when eaten indoors.

2. I was raised Baptist Christian but rejected religion as a whole when I clinically died for 3.5 minutes and had an afterlife experience.

3. My favorite color is purple. But it is only a certain shade of purple. But I don’t think I have ever shown anyone which shade it actually is.

4. My favorite flower is a stargazer lily. The ones with purple inside. Predictable isn’t it?

5. I believe if we could instill a stronger sense of empathy for ALL people in ALL people most of the problems with humanity would cease to exist.

6. The most free I have ever felt was when I was dead. The closest way for me to simulate that feeling is to make myself feel like the wind. Sometimes when the breeze blows the trees hard and the leeves are rustling, I close my eyes and concentrate, and I feel as if my soul is so close to being taken back to…whatever plane of existence it was that I experienced while I was dead. But the best way is to ride a crotch rocket and fly down the road at very high speeds. I feel more alive as I merge with the wind and the bike flying down the road than I do at any other moment. To me, that is happiness. That is passion. That is worth living for. That is worth dying for. That is beauty.

8. I also LOVE racing in sexy, fast cars. When men say things like “Oh, you wouldn’t understand. It’s a man thing.” I think they highly underestimate me and how much I DO understand. I fall in love everytime I ride in one. I have been blessed to own a couple and hope to one day own more. I don’t do it to show off for other people or to present an image of wealth to others, because honestly having money is one of the last things on my priority list. Below that is making an image out of having money. In fact, that wouldn’t even make my list as I find it kind of disturbing and offputting. I do it because of the way I feel while inside one. I do it for the same reason as the bike. It’s a passion.

9. Most of humanity disgusts me but in a one on one situation with a person I can understand and identify with almost anyone, from anywhere, from any life path. There are only a very few things that I don’t have compassion for. And in those cases, instead of empathy for their life choices I have hate. Instead of wondering how I could help them I think of things like hand guns and torture devices.

10. I believe that people can love many different people in many different ways and one does not take away from the other. I think we are taught that we are meant to only love one partner and that there is only one kind of love that is real. Anything that differs from this is wrong. I disagree. I believe this causes many problems within our society.

11. I cannot comprehend how one person can look at another and not see part of themselves within the other person and have a desire for that person to experience the same rights and quality of life as they have. I do not understand how people do not want everyone in this world to experience equality and see us as a whole unit of a human race and species instead of sub categories of one being less than the other based on tiny, insignificant things such as gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, economic status, etc. It truly shows a complete lack of intelligence within our species to me.

7. Sometimes I like to just check and see if people are paying attention. I missed seven so here it is. :) Related matter…I use my facebook page to conduct weird and completely useless, personal social experiments on what people respond to by what I post just for fun. Does this make me pathetic?

Next rule is to answer my nominator’s questions. So here I go:

1. My favorite dessert is wedding baklava. It is free and delicious.

2. When I look into my child’s eye’s I see innocence, myself, their father, rebirth, a fear I will fail them reflecting back at me, a love stronger than existence, spunk, a fresh light coming from within, intensity, and a knowledge that in some ways they can manipulate me more than I know.

3. I think my purpose in this life is to learn the lessons that are brought to me consistently until I find new outcomes. I think it is for me to evolve from what I was into what I will be. And I think it is to give and put out as much good to others as possible in the short time I have here. Not because I believe there will be consequences here on Earth or after I die but just because that is who I want to be now, in this moment.

4. I like almost every kind of music except for country and jazz. I love any music that can take me away from where I am physically, draw me into a place emotionally and hold me captive. Now that, is great music. If it can make me dance on top of it, perfection.

5.If I had the chance to meet anyone famous or not, I would go meet my family in Europe and bring my family that is here in the States so that they could be reunited with them. My family here were war refugees and have been separated from the rest of their family in Europe ever since immigrating to the United States. It would fill my heart with joy to see everyone reunited and together again. 

6. My idea of a vacation is anything that includes traveling to a place I want to go to, where I can spend time with family and friends, and relax and enjoy myself. As well as have a new experience or two along the way.

7.The question is to name 3 things that give me joy:

A. Large bodies of water

B. Family

C. Tattoos

8. I daydream about living a life outside of this American culture full of fear, religion, judgement, and this “fast-paced work work work so you can be happy” focus. I daydream about living in a slow paced, small town, maybe owning my own bakery, knowing my neighbors, living in an actual community where you know your neighbors and my kids can play on the streets with their friends. Where we BBQ on the weekends and the men talk about their cars and women out front. And we play on the lake and go out on our boats and shoot off fireworks for birthday parties, while families are snuggled under blankets on big lawns and horses graze on the grasses in the fields next to us. Where honesty is the norm and not the outcast of society. Where love and marriage is looked upon as something that can happen between anyone and is normal between same sex, different races, different ethnicities, and multiple people, or whatever suites the individual people. It doesn’t matter and people just love and accept others for who they are. A place where everyone comes together as family and helps each other out. No one tries to control anyone else. They realize they can only control their own behavior and they enjoy being themselves and loving others. This is my daydream.

9. I am proud of being a self defined phoenix. The definition of a phoenix is  a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope. Or a second definition is a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.

10. I am afraid of cockroaches. Which is not that bad of a fear. Until I add the end of the fear. I am afraid of cockroaches because I am terrified they are going to crawl into me, lay eggs and then they will crawl out of me by the hundreds. I know this is wildly crazy. And yet I see one and I am immediately terrified this will happen. lol

11. If I were captain of a ship I would call it Subdina which translated into English means Destiny.

Alright now I am going to nominate 11 bloggers that have caught my eye as people who should be noticed for this award.

1. Has an awesome lyrical rhythmical rhyme style! It’ll draw you in immediately!


2. Great idea and some great topics they have for having just started discusing.


3. Follow her travels on her bucket list!


4. Love her poems


5. When you need something more light-hearted and a laugh or two


6. A point of view from Korea…


7. If you are searching for who you are, join along


8. Variety of posts on thoughts he has that are interesting insights


9. Art by Mark Moore


10. I find his posts amusing and relatable


11. Urban wall art that is pretty fantastic


The next rule is for me to ask 11 random questions of those I have nominated for this award.

1. What is the one thing that you love the most about yourself?

2. When was the last time you laughed so hard that your stomach hurt?

3. What do you appreciate most about your life?

4.What is that one thing that would be a deal-breaker in any relationship for you?

5. Do you have any pet peeves?

6.Do you have any regrets in life?

7.Have you ever been in love?

8.What is your favorite movie?

9. What are the 5 most important things to you in your life?

10. What would you liked to have accomplished by the end of your life to feel you have been succesful?

11. What made you decide to begin your blog?


Sorry if you got that

It seems that a post might have gotten accidentally sent here.  Sigh, that’s what happens when you are on a weak wifi signal on a tablet.  The app buttons are too close and touching the screen accidentally chooses the wrong button somehow a potentially embarrassing post gets out and  hopefully got deleted before WP’s system was able to send out any notifications :(

How to turn your blog into a book

I moved all my Korean content over to WordPress.com primarily to put it all in one spot with the potential to turn it into a book that many of my friends have been telling me to do.  So tonight I do a quick bit of searching on this process and I come across this post:

How to turn your blog into a book

Some great info but leaves out the most critical step details.

The first step is to make two lists: possible posts and possible concepts. You might discover a book concept that’s strong,”

What does he mean by ‘possible posts’ and ‘possible concepts’?  My only concept that I can think is ‘wanting to share what I see and experience’.  This includes every post but later the author writes that you most likely won’t include every post.

If anyone has such an experience, or knows someone who has, please point them my way so I can see what needs to be done to really do this.

2 weeks and here we are

Me: Hey Virtual Christian Dumais.  Guess what?

VCD: Umm, can ya wait, changing a baby diaper here.  Not exactly a multi-tasking event.

Me: Oh, sure.  Go ahead.

15mins, the odd scream, some disinfectant spray where an ‘accident’ happened, later and VCD was good to talk.

VCD: Ok, what’s up?

Me:  Well, it’s been two weeks since my departure of FaceBook and I feel fine.

VCD: Good for you.  Do you want a badge or something?

Me:  Ohh, like some sort of FB-AA meeting right?

VCD: Sure. Here’s a nice shiny piece of plastic.

Me: Hey, this is just a handi-wipe lid!

VCD: Look inside.

Me: Says made in China.

VCD: There you go, even the Chinese approve of your 2 weeks of abstinence!

Me: Tell me you don’t try things like this in your stand-up comedy routine.

VCD: Nah, I only use the good stuff for people who matter and are paying.

Me: But you are virtual.  You don’t get any money any ways.

VCD: Hmm, true.  Still, suck it up.  It’s all I got for you.

Me: Sigh….methinks I chose the wrong muse for this endeavour.

VCD: Maybe but if you think someone else can do a  better job,  then why are we still talking.

Me: Well, I am hoping you, the real you, might find this somewhat amusing.  And besides, it’s an interesting way for me to talk about my life without having to kinda lecture people on a somewhat boring existence outside of the words I write here.

VCD: <shrug> if you say so.

Me: For a muse, you don’t seem to be very inspiring.

VCD: Don’t make me ang-

Me: Oh no you didn’t!  You already used that line!

VCD: I did?  Damn.  I’ll make it on my giant chalk calendar…

Me: Wait…did you say chalk?

VCD: I did.  Something wrong?

Me: Nope, just making sure I heard that right.  Personally I thought the whole dry-erase thing is kinda dumb and overly expensive.  Yet I did see a goofy automatic chalkboard eraser mechanism at a local University here.  Seemed over kill.

VCD: Really?  Now that’s a juxtaposition of technology.

Me: Hmm, well this rambled on a bit now hasn’t it?

VCD: Yeah, kinda.  So if there is nothing else, I got things to do, tweets to make.

Me: Well, thanks for….well….no real inspiration today it seems.  Maybe next time you’ll help.

VCD: Or maybe not.  It’s not really me so I don’t really have much of a choice.

Me: Huh, I guess not.


Things you learn

Me: Hey Virtual Christian Dumais!  You there?

Virtual CD: Duh!  Always.

Me: Oh, right.

Virtual CD: What can I help you with?

Me:  I had quite an insight yesterday.

Virtual CD: Oh?

Me: I was thinking about all the things I read, especially on Twitter, and how much time I spend learning about the world.  For a long time I was trying to find a twitter app and/or client that would remember where I was/what was the last tweet I read so that when I came back to it, I could keep up and not miss anything.  I was simply overwhelmed with all the tweets, even more so when something major happened like anything significant around Wikileaks/Julian Assange.  If I missed a day, it felt like I’d never get caught up.  After a month or two I decided to only reading the last 12hrs of events.  Part of the problem was that I am on the other side of the world from where most of the tweets/events have happened, so I am always behind as far as tweets go.  I then started to try to pare down the number of people I was following.  This still wasn’t enough.  Upon reflection of this process as a whole I found a thought that struck me as being significant.  If you aren’t creating or adding to the world, you are simply part of the noise and not the source.  I have had enough of being just part of the background noise.

Virtual CD: <snoring>  Huh?  Oh….yeah…It is nice being part of the creative/active side rather than the passive/receptive side.  Good insight.

Me: Well, nice chatting with you.

Virtual CD:  You mean YOU right?

Me: uh, yeah…kinda, I guess.

The plan for this blog

In case you did read the about page, I’ll explain what I will try to do here.  Although this may change over the course of time but hey, that’s part of the fun :)

At this moment, I have two categories for my blog posts.  One is Content, which will contain the real story and adventures I have had in South Korea/my life, and the other is Context, the underlying structure of how things are going and general discussion of the more technical aspects of writing, and my discussions with Virtual Christian Dumais.  This blog is in no way endorsed by him at the time of creation, heck, I might even have to take him out all together once he finds out but for now, I’ll have some fun with it.  I’ve put his blog link on the site so you can read his stuff too.

I have been told many times that I “should write a book”.  I was being lazy by simply allowing my personal blog to track all my experiences and one day hopefully turn that into a book.  The problem is that since it is a personal blog, there is no real focus exact on ‘stuff I like’, which rarely coincides with anyone else.  In fact, I have zero followers on that blog and after  nearly 10 years and various incarnations, I still have zero followers, I think it’s time I tried something new.  I’ll still keep the blog but I don’t want that to be any focus to take away from this blog’s efforts.  In fact, I suspect that it’ll be nearly dead for 30 days of me focusing on this blog.  That is why you won’t see me referencing it or linking to it just right now.  Maybe in the future though.

So, this is really my attempt at organizing what I have here in a presentable format that might just amuse a few people.  If not, won’t change why I’m doing this any ways.  Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

Also, since it will take some time for me to get all my old posts here, it may seem odd that I will have current and past posts showing up in the pain page.  You will really need to go through the archives to follow along chronologically.  Archives are at the bottom of the page.

New Efforts

Decided to upgrade my blogging skills and asked for advice.  Sorta.  When I thought about who should be the best person to ask, i immediately thought of Christian Dumais (of twitter @DRUNKHULK fame).  I wonder what he’ll say?

Virtual CD: Write a post every day for two weeks.

Me: what?  Where did you come from?

Virtual CD: Your brain dummy.

Me: Oh.  This must be what Einstein felt liked when he was doing the same thing to guide him along.

Virtual CD: So, do as i say then. Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

Me:  Wow you actually used that….and can back it up too.  Ok Virtual CD, I’ll show you, I’ll do it for 4 weeks!

Virtual CD: and no social media…

Me:  What?!  How do I keep up with world events?  How do i share important and funny things I find?  Like Kitty pictures??

Virtual CD: You don’t.  I will allow the auto-posting connections you currently have. No other active attempts.  Just write.

Me:  But what shall i write about if I don’t have any new material?

Virtual CD:  You mean you don’t have enough already?

Me:  Got me there. I suppose i should write a separate blog and start from the beginning.

Virtual CD: Sure, sounds good.  Clear up the old before writing the new sounds good.

Me:  Well it looks like I got my first post. :) Think I should tell “you”?

Virtual CD:  After the first month is up.  Besides I am busy enough with the babies, I probably don’t want to be bothered unless i knew there was something worthy to be bothered about.  Otherwise you just wrote so.e words that are barely amusing.   Ha….I said muse.  Was waiting too get that in there.

Me: (shakes my head) I’ll only allows that if you live up to that term.