감사합니다 el Jefe!

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Last week I made a big deal about eating better. “Better” as in both healthier and economically sound. And I succeeded! Managing to spend only 1/9th of the cash normally spent on dinner, all while increasing the sheer amount of vegetables twofold. Times were good.

Then Sunday reared its ugly head…

For reasons unknown to me, my stove stopped working. Thus eliminating my ability to cook my beloved “vegetables.” (Actually just a lot of broccoli and cauliflower; the only two vegetables one could ever need.) Leaving me alone with dishes consisting of local (Jeonju) pork and kimchi. A lot of kimchi.

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So last night I had my boss come over to look at the stove. (He also owns the building where I live.) Apparently the battery under the stove that sparks the gas became loose, causing the lighting mechanism to fail.

(The only reason I hadn’t pried the stove apart looking for the problem was because, as I mentioned a line ago, my boss owns this building. The last thing I want to do is break something that the man I work for owns. And I would break it. Many times over.)

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So broccoli is now back on the menu! But that’s not the only piece of amazing news. As my boss was leaving, he said: “Your apartment is so clean.”

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At first I just stared at him, trying to figure out whether he was cracking a joke or not. I haven’t swept or mopped in around a week, and from what I’ve seen, most Koreans clean their floors everyday. So I naturally felt that I wasn’t holding up my end of the cultural norm. As the pictures populating this blog can attest, I’d hardly call my apartment “neat” or “clean.” A “mess with great intentions” maybe, but in no way “clean.”

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Sure, at first glance it looks fine. But under that cheap facade lies a lot of moldy oranges and bags of compost waiting to be recycled.

Which makes me wonder what’s happening in my peers’ apartments. If this counts as clean, I’m not sure I want to see what passes for dirty.

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