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A Long Time in the Making

Uh, this journal started out being mostly public, and then with a few friends-only posts, but it's now mostly Friends Only, with the occasional public post. There will be a banner here soon enough.
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Yay, Letters from Korea

Okay, so I turned in my resignation later, which was mostly professional, with only a tiny snipe at the end, and I'm kinda glad I did it that way, because my boss was equally professional about the whole thing. Resigning is always awkward, in my opinion. It's only not awkward when you storm out in an angry huff, yelling about how things are gonna burn.

So. I got my notice of appointment, have sent my passport to the consulate to be visa-fied, have my ticket, most of the clothes I ordered offline, MY NEW SONY READER, which is so sweet I could cry. A separate review on that later.

Okay, so go over to lettrsfromkorea and friend me there, and I'll friend you back. I will still be maintaining this lj, but most of these things will continue to be the personal observations/random thoughts/occasional pieces of art/writing/what-have-you and will continue to be a majority of friends-only posts.

For my new Letters From Korea blog, I'm going to try to do that blog-every-day thing, and there will be a lot of pictures to accompany my life in Korea (and hopefully travels to other nearby countries like Japaaaaaaan). So go there, do that. :*
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Literary Shoptalk

So, I've been reading rather sporadically lately (remember that plan to graduate from college and spend a month reading all the books I never got the chance to read? Remember how that DIDN'T happen?) Anyway, NaNo obviously sapped my free time, but now that I've got loads to spare, I find I have a reading list to match!

Anyway, I've been pondering buying a reader. The Amazon Kindle looks sort of spiffy--especially with the addition of being connected to Amazon. However, whenever I go into Border's, I see the Sony Reader. Of course, the Sony reader is cheaper, but the Kindle seems to have more to offer, at least in America, where you can connect to the Amazon wireless network. However, it seems rather advantageous if I go to Korea (still in the interview process, but I have high hopes) for one thing, I can't take loads of books, and although I know there're a couple of English bookstores in Seoul, I don't know:
a) how close they'll be to my residence and
b) how much more I'll have to pay because they'll be imported (probably a lot more?)

Also, I can apparently hook my Kindle up to my computer and download books from Amazon that way, so it doesn't matter too much if my Kindle can't connect wirelessly (unless I get stuck on a metro for four hours and suffer a literary emergency, but that's only happened once... uh, twice... uhm, okay, maybe I should download a couple of books at a time...)

What would really be hot was if Kindle could connect to any old wifi. Hm.

Yeah, I think I've kind of sold myself on the Kindle. IF I buy a reader. Should I buy a reader? :/
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Why the Black People Cried

Yesterday, the United States of America elected it's first black president in a landslide victory. Today, it was what everyone was talking about at work. One of my coworkers, a white, registered Republican, has been an Obama supporter for a long time now and I enjoy talking politics with him because he's got an outrageous sense of humour. Today we took a moment to talk gleefully about how glorious last night's victory was. He talked about how, when it was announced, he flipped from channel to channel, watching the coverage. "One thing I noticed though," he told me. "On almost all of the channels, they had lots of footage of black people, and they were all crying."
I laughed a little. "I cried too," I admitted. "A little."
"Really?" he asked me, apparently surprised--I guess I don't look like the crying type (I hope I don't). "I don't get it," he said. "I mean, I know it's a historic moment and all but why was everybody crying?"

He wasn't the only one to say something like that throughout the day. So I guess I'll try to put it words, although I don't know that it will be adequate:

We never thought this would happen.

When you are a little kid, still learning the names of all of the presidents and your multiplication tables, your teachers are quick to tell you that if you study hard and memorize this and learn that, that you can go to college and be anything that you want to be, like a firefighter, or an astronaut! It was pretty much the standard response for one or more black students to murmur quietly (or not so quietly) "Not president" And of course, if the teacher heard, she would say "Well of course you can be president! Why not?" Why not, indeed. Let's start with the fact that in two hundred and fifty years, there had never BEEN a black president. Not once, in all of the history of the United States of America. How can you believe in something that's never happened before? Sure, it was a POSSIBILITY--there are black people, and they are citiziens, and they're over 35, and therefore physically capable of becoming president, but that didn't really help any of us to believe it was actually going to HAPPEN.
Imagine that a leading scientist announces to the world that he has found in the human genes the capability for flight. Every human can fly, he says. Okay, so, let's say that he's not crazy. Now everyone knows that it's a POSSIBILITY that one day you might step off your front porch and start flying, but it doesn't happen. Ten, twenty years go by--everyone knows that humans are technically capable of flight, but no one's ever done it, ever seen it done. Imagine what would happen a hundred, two hundred years from then? Human flight would be this 'technical possibility'; something that COULD happen, but no one really believes will EVER happen. Imagine what would happen if one day, someone just started flying? No wings, no jetpacks, just flight. They have taken what is 'TECHNICALLY' POSSIBLE and turned it into REALITY.

And that's what Obama did for black people.
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