전주에 다른 밤예요

Translation: Another Night in Jeonju.

Oi, I was stopped twice on my way to the store today. The first conversation was great, cuz it was a good 90% in Korean. And it didn’t veer into any weird directions, or earn me weird glances, meaning I was following along well enough. Until the end, when they wanted me to go take part in a Korean ancestral ceremony (again). I told them I had already did that song and dance (minus calling it a “song and dance”), cuz if Saturday’s teacher taught me anything, it’s that THAT would not have gone over well.

Then they wanted to know “with who?”

“Look honey, I barely can remember my students’ names once our classes rotate. Seriously there’s one shy girl who comes out of her shell to say ‘hi’ to me between classes, and I have no clue what her name is. I’m guessing her parents weren’t prescient enough to name her the Korean equivalent to ‘shy girl.’ There’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell I’ll remember random Korean cult dude’s name was.”

Luckily my Korean is now strong enough to explain why I a.) never have my cell phone with me, b.) have never even bothered to learn my phone number, and c.) didn’t learn the previous teacher’s name. [Full Disclosure: I believe I have that guy as a contact on KakaoTalk, but given I’ve never contacted him, he has no clue we’re quasi-connected.] After basking in their stares of abject horror (since not loving cell phones in Korea to akin to admitting to terrorism), I thanked them for boosting my confidence in my Korean, complimenting my blue eyes, and accepting my lie about having to run and meet with a Korean friend.

I did, however, find out why remembering the name is apparently so important. It seems I was supposed to keep in contact with him, and as we talked my good fortune would accrue. At first I thought that was a silly idea, but 5hen I thought about my own religious friends.

How many of us have religious friends who go to church( every Sunday, no matter what? How is that any different from their luck accrual belief? You ever wonder just what your religious friends are doing so much of that forces them to continuously atone for their sins? Or why they don’t select a spiritual system more in line with their own values?

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