Wednesday, September 30, 2009


from - ask a scientist:

"When you hear crickets chirping at night, that is the sound of males trying to attract females. A female cricket may fly over great distances as she homes in on the calling song of a male. The journey can be risky, because it exposes her to predators, but it is necessary if she is to mate and lay eggs to produce the next generation of crickets."

Tonight I was smoking a cigarette next to a sewer drain. After the last drag I tossed the butt into the drain and stood there as the symphony of Indiana crickets washed over me.

Suddenly I realized something. I bent over to hear better. Sure enough, there was a cricket, somewhere under the drain, chirping his fucking heart out.

Talk about the WORST situation for a cricket to be in to attract a mate - this guy was 10 feet down, in the sewer, with NO chance of meeting a mate. Yet there he was, hollering for the world to hear.

I can picture him falling down, thinking FUCK. I'm soooo fucked. He must have gathered himself together, said something like 'fuck it, I only get one shot at this shit', and started chirping.

Chirp away buddy, I'm on your side.

-flirting in korean

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Korean Census Data

43% of the Koreans in the US are either in New York or California,

with >345,000 in California,

>120,000 in New York

44% of Koreans are
located in the West, 23% in the Northeast, 12% in the Midwest, and 21% in the South

Looks like I need to head out West

Thursday, September 24, 2009

If you only read 1 book this year

make it Flirting in Korean.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Too much boxed wine, not enough Sojun

Awoke with a hangover from hell,

faced it directly by drinking a couple glasses of water, going on a 20 minute run, and writing this blog.

Today at work I am going to learn how to do this:

[in English] Your eyes.....

[in Korean] they're full of passion

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Nu moonjae-ya

(You're trouble.)

Learned this phrase today from a guy in drive thru. Immediately started putting it to work, with (Borat voice) Great Success!! Turns out that Nu is formal for "You are", while Niga is informal.

I prefer Niga. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Why I love my job

I've worked at Starbucks for a year now. They pay me virtually nothing, and I have nobody working under me. I work there full time and can barely cover my bills.

I shouldn't be having this much fun.

Yesterday at work I pulled 2 phone numbers, had a beautiful Korean girl asking me question after question about myself, and tomorrow I have a date with a girl I talked to for 3 minutes at the Drive-thru.

A couple weeks ago I had 3 cars in a row in drive thru of girls either giving me their phone number or asking me for mine - unsolicited.

A middle-aged couple who come in every night (for a decaf venti nonfat no whip raspberry mocha and a venti 8-splenda passion iced tea), just gave me a book they thought I would enjoy. (Psychology, nonfiction.)

This week alone I got invited to Korean barbeques, house parties, asked on dates, italian dinner parties, a concert, got asked to pose nude for a photography book, and probably more that I'm forgetting about.

What's going on here? How can I have such a social lifestyle when on the surface of things, I shouldn't have this much going for me???

The answer: I live my life, and I live my job, as though everything were perfect just the way it is. I aim for nonresistance, as Tyler Durden would say.

As always,

Flirting in Korean