My cousin, Woo Young, got a new puppy over the weekend. His name is Happy, and he’s the cutest little, black poodle you ever saw.
Monthly Archives: August 2005
I spent some quality time with my family last weekend in Suji. It was nice and relaxing–we did very normal things like eating meals, watching movies (“School of Rock”–my uncle likes Jack Black), climbing a mountain, singing in a karaoke room (noraebang), and even going to Wal-Mart. My uncle is going to drive me to the airport next week. When I said goodbye to my 6th Aunt, she gave me a hug and said, “See you next summer.” It felt really good to be reassured that we’ll see each other again like any other family.
I never did find out any information about the man who jumped from his apartment building. It wasn’t in the news, and I don’t speak Korean well enough to ask the building doorman . . .
Last Thursday was my final day at JEL. In a way, it felt like any other day. We had a BBQ that evening to celebrate the end of summer intensive. Everything was a whirlwind, but most days at JEL are like that anyway. It won’t fully sink in that I’m gone until some more time has passed. There were many frustrating times, but there were also a lot of hilarious moments, and I got to teach cuties like this guy, Eric. Although I couldn’t do another year, I have no regrets about choosing JEL. Lots of fond memories and funny stories . . . like when my students giggled when I told them my age. They then made motions with their hands indicating a large tummy–they wanted to know if I had babies!
Today, while I was getting ready for work, I looked out my window to the apartment building down the hill, and I noticed a man on about the 20th floor sitting on his windowsill. To give you an idea of what our apartments are like (and how TALL they are), go here.
I wondered what he was doing. My first thought was that maybe he was trying to hang his bedding outside to dry (many people throw wet comforters over their balconies). Before I realized what was happening, however, this man climbed out of his window and let himself free-fall 20 stories. I could even hear the sickening sound of him hitting the ground below. However, I couldn’t see anything, because the trees obscured everything. I think if I had seen the result, I’d be even more disturbed than I am now.
I didn’t see any smoke coming out of his apartment, so I don’t think there was a fire. Besides, if there was, I think the firefighters would probably go up to a floor closer to his and have him jump a shorter distance. I kept waiting to hear if there was any yelling from witnesses, but although I think I heard someone shout something, afterwards it was eerily silent.
This was one of those surreal moments, like watching the Twin Towers collapse. It’s so terrible that you think to yourself, “This can’t be real; it must be a movie.” One of my other thoughts was, maybe they were actually filming a movie and this was a stunt. But that seems unlikely, because it was a very long fall, and Sanbon isn’t exactly a hotspot for movie shoots.
I had to go to work, and I told my co-workers about it. We’ll be watching the news tonight to see if there’s anything about the incident.