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I was very lazy today. I was going to go to convocation, but when my alarm clock went off I hit snooze and slept through it. Oh well. I've gone faithfully for many years now. I like the free continental breakfast, and going up to my superiors and saying "look at me, I showed up at convocation!". OK, I don't put it quite that way. Generally I use words like "Good morning, Chancellor Poindexter", which conveys the same meaning.

After I finally woke up, I hung around the house and watched The Jetsons And The Flintstones on the Boomerang channel. On one of the Jetson's episodes, Elroy had made a video that he took to school. Interestingly, the medium it was on was a small disk, like a DVD.  It's interesting how much technology the Jetsons predicted.

I walked down to the coffee shop after a couple of hours of TV. My dear friend Rachel came in shortly after I did. She has been living in South Korea for about a year now,so it was quite a treat to see her. I sat with her and her (I'm guessing) boyfriend and we talked about Korea. Well, she did most of the talking, since my knowledge of Korea is that there are lots of people named Kim or Park there.

I asked about kim-chee, because I've wondered where the term "in deep kim-chee" came from. Apparently it is a dish made of fermented cabbage. And apparently it stinks up your refrigerator if  you don't store it properly. I've always suspected there must be something gross about it, since it appears to be a fill-in for the word "shit" in the previously mentioned catch phrase.

We talked more about the cuisine and the people. I learned that my understanding of Korean last names is quite limited. In addition to Park and Kim, there are also people named Yung,Lee, and Shin. I gather from Rachel that's about it.  I also learned that people in Korea have two birthdays (one for the Western calender and one for the lunar calender) and that if they are walking down the street and need to reverse direction, they don't turn around. They just  walk backwards.

Fried chicken is apparently popular there. I was given the impression that there are lots of KFC's in Korea. This makes me want to go there. Yes, fried chicken is served in America, but it is increasingly supplanted by  chicken "fingers". The impression I got from Rachel is that Koreans prefer the real thing. Good for them!

Rachel told me about another dish that is made from rice, dried vegetables, and red pepper sauce that's popular there. Rachel said she had some that gave her food poisoning once. If I ever go to Korea, I think I'll just concentrate on the KFC's, with maybe some occasional kim-chee for a balanced diet.

I don't travel much, and I mostly don't feel like I'm missing out on much. But I learned something important from talking with Rachel today. If I have friends that travel, I can enjoy all the good stories without getting food poisoning or jet lag! I am sure glad I saw Rachel.