I ran out of things to write about this morning. Writer’s block. Frankly, I think that cranking out 200 posts (at least a quarter of them quality posts) is pretty impressive. Most people get through about ten before they give up. So I want to keep this thing rolling. But what the hell do I write about?
I guess I’ll start with an update on my search for new friends. It has taken me in some weird directions. As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my American friends downloaded an app onto my phone recently. This app is a social network that allows you to search for people by location, instead of social connections. I was a bit weary of it at first, because it felt a little too much like the whole thing was designed to help creepy losers troll for sex. But what the hell, you only live once. I gave it a shot.
I jumped in head-first. Because almost all of the people around me don’t speak English, I decided to take the shotgun approach. I sent messages to all of the non-weirdo-looking people within a few miles of me. As I expected, I didn’t get many responses immediately. But a day or two later, some replies started rolling in. To my utter surprise, most were nice people who were actually interested in making a friend.
It’s been about a week now, and I’ve kept up with three of the people. They are all professional women (employed individuals, not prostitutes) who live in Daegu. I really hit it off with two of them. One is a local police officer and the other is a professional musician who travels around the world playing with a classical music trio. The police officer is currently working her way through grad school while working full-time – just like I did. What an amazing coincidence.
After a few days, I asked both of them if they would like to meet in person – maybe grab a drink. They both said yes! Suddenly I’ve got game! I was double excited because they are both very cute. I didn’t have this kind of luck in the last few years in North Carolina.
Then it happened… I received this message from one of the women: “I am excited to meet with you! I told my husband about you, and he wants to meet you too.” After taking that one in, I decided to make sure I’m not making the same mistake twice. I asked the police officer if she was married. “Yes.” Damnit!
I should know by now that my luck would turn at the least opportune moment, but I didn’t see this one coming. I think Clark Griswold put it best: “If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.”
Although I got my hopes up for nothing, all is not lost. On the bright side, I have two new friends with whom I have already connected. On top of that, they are both Koreans who want to improve their English and have taken a serious interest in helping me learn Korean. Maybe they will even help me network with other English-speaking Koreans in the area. So, all is not lost – even if I managed to step on my nuts there.
Until next time.