As I mentioned yesterday, I had my physical examination done. It went much better than anticipated. The only problem I had was getting to pee on command. That was a bit tricky. So I had my tests and then Mr Lee asked me if I was interested in “going to soccer” and food/drinks with a bunch of other male teachers from Youngshin and another local high school in the afternoon. I figured it would be a good opportunity to bond and learn some foreign culture.
Mr Lee picked me up around 4 and we went “to soccer”. When we got there, I discovered that “going to soccer” meant play soccer. So here I am, surrounded by a bunch of Korean middle school teachers with mismatched gym garbs (I’m wearing my regular street clothes) about to face off against a team who practices every week (and sport matching uniforms). I was pretty pumped.
We played our first third pretty well; they just scored 3 times. Between periods, our team decided to boost moral by having some treats. Someone had brought some pork snacks, some sort of a bit-sized rice snack and some rice wine. That’s when I realized these guys were there to have a good time and were succeeding at doing it.
After the game (we lost something like 7 to 1), we went to a traditional Korean restaurant for food and drinks. You know the type of restaurant where you sit on the floor and eat from a bunch of plates on the table? That’s what it was. Anyway, this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m not a very flexible guy. I know, it’s hard to believe, but I’m not; so spending 2 hours sitting in “Indian” style on the floor isn’t the most comfortable thing for me. Also, tables aren’t exactly made for 6 foot some dudes who can’t fold properly to sit at. Anyway, meal was pleasant and after we had a few drinks. I think I even bonded a bit with some of the guys who likes “the sauce” over a few shots of soju (Korean alcohol). Good times.
This morning, when I turned on my computer, surprise surprise, it didn’t let me in. Some of you may recall that I tried to “hack” Windows XP 30 days ago. Well, it didn’t work. I got a message saying it was already registered, but it wouldn’t let me log on. I had to reinstall WinXP to buy me another 30 days. I think I may fold and just reinstall Vista or something. I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this. So moral of the story, you can’t crack Windows XP anymore. The software serial number is linked to your system configuration, so hacking it pretty much impossible.
BONUS STORY: One of the English teacher took me on the bus today to show me how it’s done. While we’re waiting at a red light, the driver actually got up and left the bus. I suspect he went for a smoke or to pee or something. It was the oddest thing. He eventually came back once the light turned green and cars behind us started honking.