Yesterday was Korean SAT day. It’s the day where all the graduating high-school kids take a test that will determine their future. Korean SAT day is what kids go to high-school to prepare for (unless you go to a technical high-school). This day is so important in Korea that cars apparently stop to let buses pass them so the kids aren’t late (I didn’t witness this, I just read about it in the Internet). So it’s a pretty big deal.
What does this day mean to me? No school. That’s right! Since many teachers at my school invigilate the SAT, school was cancelled. Awesome deal for me, not so great for them. My co-teacher told me that she had to be where ever the exams took place from 7am to 6pm. All in the name of post-secondary education…
Since I had the day off, I figured I would sleep in. Wrong. I may have mentioned this before, but where I live is right below the jet flyby zone of the Osan air base. That means that jets will routinely fly above my apartment at “air show” altitudes many times per day on any given day. Yesterday, that started at 9am. My school is also under that flyby zone. It’s so loud that if I’m teaching during a flyby, I need to stop talking until the jets have passed. On Tuesday, my friend who lives in my neighborhood counted 16 flybys. It can get a bit annoying.
Not only were there flybys to prevent me from sleeping, but there was also noise coming from the hallway. I tried to sleep through it and figured it was just people installing windows in the hallway since it just lasted about 30 minutes. Wrong. When I left the apartment, I was shocked to discover that they took off my hallway roof. Again.
I really have no idea what the deal with that roof is, but it’s getting annoying. Sure, it’s still around 15c here so it’s not too cold yet (and it doesn’t rain too often), but I figure the colder days are coming, and having a hallway roof will no doubt makes things a bit warmer in my apartment. I’ll be so pissed if I need to shovel snow from my 3rd storey hallway to get to my room during winter.