It’s just too hot, bring on fan death

Weather30-july-2012

Sweltering. It’s stinkingly hot where I live. Korea is under a high pressure anti-cyclone at the moment. This might have something to do with what’s known as ‘the rainy season’ here in Korea. If it’s not hot and humid, it’s raining and humid. Fun times. Sadly my landlord refuses to install an air conditioner. This means I have to resort to using a conventional fan on myself during the times I’m at home.

IMG_20120804_132959Never was relief felt more than when I step onto the bus from running down to the bus stop. Torrents of icy, chilly air seem to flow out of the door of the bus and onto the place where I alight.

I’ve also noted that if it wasn’t for the humidity levels it would be much more comfortable. At night I leave the fan on. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve had to direct the wave of air from the fan over my head and upper body. Bucking local superstition while keeping cool. Yay.

Today’s weather in Asan, South Korea.

Phonemic alphabet, dyslexic graffiti

Graffiti in a form that might befit an Oxford university professor, or an English teacher on his day off. Hanging out at my wife’s university, with no other reason than to soak up the air conditioned air. Talk about a rarefied environment. The English teachers at Hoseo university also have an English camp too, teaching Elementary grade kids. I’ll have my second installment next week, this time at Sunmoon university. I spied on the stairwell walls maxims to encourage the students; poignant reminders that you’re at English camp. As if they’d forget. Still, I felt the need for some harmless graffiti. First of all in phonemic script, and then a slight on the Latin translation, Carpe diem, “Seize the carp.” For so much fish, it could lead to a lot of confusion, but perhaps none on the students part. Do they really read the signs anyhow?

Just an ode, more of a tip of the hat to ‘camps’. I’ve always taken the alternative meaning to the word ‘camp’ just to entertain myself even for just a moment. This is not what flashes through my mind, but more of an extension really.