Pets say the darndest things

I had this realization the other day. My cat is the one thing that teaches me love everyday. Oh sure I love my family and friends but that feeling is clearly no where near as intense as I feel for the ‘immedieate’ family in my vicinity. She gets her ‘big hugs’ (I literally just surround her while she’s sitting on the chair, she then gets all comofrtable by laying down) and is entirely content with the attention.

Tasha’s Big Hugs

I even setup her own Instragram account. She literally tells me when I need to stop and go to sleep. I suspect evil plans are afoot though, and I’m keeping her from an important meeting.

She doens’t post much but when she does, it’s usually profound. :D

The fond farewell

Being in Korea for nearly 10% of my life has been one hell of an experience.  It has given me a perspective on life and the world that could not be had any other way.  Having visited Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, the United Kingdom and obviously South Korea, I learned that it had always been the people you meet that makes the journey memorable.  Oh sure, petting a live tiger in Thailand is pretty freaking awesome, and a tough act to follow, but reality, he never answered his emails or wished me happy birthday…. So, he gets second place to the people I have met.

Saturday night we had our one last blast at a meat buffet place in Jinju called SelfBar.  Basically you grab a plate, pick your own meat, cook it yourself…. no limits. All for a whopping 11,000 won(about $10).  We had a few friends come down from Seoul and it was great.

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With 17 people there, we pretty much dominated the place.

Then we went to Starbucks and owned that place too!  Must have been quite a sight for the local Koreans with so many of us all on one place.

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Everyone signed a book for us too.

Well, I am writing this from our hotel room by the airport. Tomorrow afternoon we fly back to Canada. Thank you Korea, it has been an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives! Hopefully you won’t make the mistake of ” I didn’t realize how powerful the stove is in the place. I put the kettle on it and… ” “Dude, it’s an electric kettle…”

In any case, our sun sets this land….. I’m sure I’ll always more to write about in my “story” here.

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My Virtual Girlfriend

How many of you ever considered how connections/relations are made, changed and broken in our modern world and the age of the Internet.  I hope to express some of those ideas with this poem.  Having read many stories about such things, I felt it was time for such a writing.

My Virtual Girlfriend

We met by chance
Or perhaps it was fate?
There was no such thing as a date.

Innocent were the words that started
Any guy would give a happy twirl
To talk to a pretty girl.

From nothing it started
Words of fun and play were wrote
Even in this digital world you can emote.

A sudden impulse was felt
Then the bandwidth grew
A picture was sent of you.

Stunned by the image
Something new took place
A mind was blown as the heart did race.

Thoughts were exchanged
An increase in tension was felt
The barriers of awkwardness began to melt.

A new stage has begun
Daring statements were made
Equally bold replies spoken never to fade.

A leap in trust was achieved
Now imagery was unbound
New energy was found.

A change in the digital vibe
Suddenly the future was in mind
Plans were made in the more traditional kind.

New ground has been met
The virtual world was forming real
From casual words to energetic zeal.

A dark cloud soon arose
The surety of faith and soul
Was let down by fear of a dark hole.

Electrons froze
The etheric networks became still
What once was passion was now a nil.

Separation of bodies
Meaningless online
But not the virtual divide.

What once started slowly
Counted in bits and bytes
Ended in a crash of electrolytes.

There are no sensations now
In this virtual world
That is how I feel about that virtual girl.

What to make of this all?
The story is not yet done
The tale not yet spun.

Stuck in the endless loop
Life has ways of such things
Repeat is inevitable for us in the Samsara Rings.

Live, Love & Laugh

My mind screams out
At words to be said
Questions to be asked
But I’ll have the patience
That I need to see me through

You have given me things
Things that not everybody has
You showed me friendship
You showed me love
Those I’ll NEVER forget

I’ll fight my damnedest
To win your heart
To take you away
From all your pain
And make you live, love
And laugh once again

S.A.
’88

These Words

*This particular poem stands out like few others.  I wrote this with a very specific purpose and read it to the person I intended it for over the phone.  Quite an emotional moment for me back then.

 

These words come straight from my heart
I try as hard as I can
But I know they tear you apart

I never wanted to hurt you or cause you pain
But sitting here watching you
Is like being alone in the rain.

I cannot sit back and see you cry
You are more than a friend
And inside I just die

Your 21st year shall pass in sorrow
I need to tell you this before the morrow

Your friendship is special and it means a lot to me
For you my love is like the sea

It is vast and deep
Something inside I cannot keep

I hope our friendship will not end
But I need to know, will you be my girlfriend?

Love

S.A.
’89

You are to me

Your smile is brighter
Than the brightest of stars

You filled me with hopes
and dreams

You touched my life in a way
that no one else could have done

No matter what happens
I could never forget you

Anything I do for you
I have been paid
A thousands times over

I thank God for Him putting you
Into my life

Words cannot fully explain
The feelings that I feel
But they are the best things
That have ever happened to me.

Happy Twenty-First

Love,
S.A.
’89