Sunday, April 12, 2015

Peaceful Day in the Park

 I spent time at the Shinjuku National Garden.  It was serene and peaceful.
 The cherry blossoms have passed but the Japanese have many blooming trees.
Amazing to realize that there was this oasis in the middle of the city...
And even harder to take so many pictures without including my new 10,000 best friends who were also enjoying the perfect weather.
This is the same park, seen from above.  Right in the heart of Tokyo.
Japan is teaching me about perspective.  Where you start and end the story changes it from a comedy to a tragedy.  How you frame your picture, changes it from a peaceful garden to a busy city shot.   I am overwhelmed or adventurous... with only a tiny shift in perspective. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

 Spring has come and today was a blizzard of flower petals.  The wind blew, it gusted and the blossoms danced their way off the trees.  So many of life's joys are fleeting.  A moment of pleasure before the winds of time.
After trying and deleting a lot of pictures, I'll just show you the parking lot covered in petals.

Monday, September 9, 2013

South Korea and South Carolina are practically the same place

The more time that I spend in South Carolina the more I am amazed by the similarities with South Korea... and not just that they both start with South.

Similarities:
1. Barbecue: Korean restaurants barbecue the pork at your table to ensure that you get the fresh off the grill taste.  Carolinians spend hours marinating and smoking the ribs before they serve it.  
2. Family Ties: In both places, it all about where your people are from.  And how often you go back to visit.  And you had better respect your elders.
3. Fast Cars: What do Nascar and Seoul traffic have in common?  Fast cars going around in circles.
4. Street Signs: I find myself equally confused by the road signs in South Carolina as I was stumped by the signs in South Korea.  Both in the placement (or lack there off) and in the meaning. It seems that neither place speaks English as its first language.  And let's not mention the ridiculously low posted speed limit that no one follows.
5. War: Both locations fought a "War of Northern Aggression."  Just don't mention in South Carolina, that they were the ones that fired the first shots, started the war... and lost. And both places a littered with memorials to the soldiers of their civil war.
6. Christian Churches: There is a new one on every corner.  In South Korea they all have bright red neon crosses that light up the night.  Both locations enjoy the "mega church" experience.
7. Manners: You had better brush up on your manners because sometimes it seems that it is more important how you say something than what you say. 
8. Sports: The sports that they cheer for may be different (baseball vs. football) but the home crowd is always there with all their rituals and traditions to ensure a victory for the home team.  And heaven forbidden that you go to any stadium without a team jersey.
9. Weather: Hot humid summers? Check.  Melting if you step outside? Check.
10. Respect for Army: In South Korea the US Army provides the security that they need to live next to their crazy neighbor.  In Columbia, the US Army is one of the biggest employer and stabilizes the local economy.

Camera as Memory

I was looking through my photos from the last month, and they are all lame.  Let me explain  how wonderful that is.  My co-worker showed me how she just takes pictures of her receipts and then throws away the original.  I've started doing the same, and my purse has never been cleaner, my budget is reasonably up to date and all my pictures are lame.  I promise to take better pictures this month (but I will continue to use my phone as a personal scanner.)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Congaree National Park

Yesterday I went walking through the Congaree National Park.   I laughed at the Mosquito Meter at the Visitor Center, but I had to keep moving at a rapid clip to avoid being dinner for the hungry hoard.  Technically its a flood plain and not a swamp, but I was amazed at all the mud and standing water.    
I didn't take that many pictures, (see above about the mosquitoes)  but it was impressive.  Very shady, I was in direct sunlight rarely and the breeze was great.  The humidity... not so great.  The truly mind blowing thing was that most of the trail was on wooden walk ways, 8 feet above ground.  About every 4 years the walk ways are completely flood during the winter/early spring.  There is a lot of water here!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Slaw

I found this really delicious vinegar Slaw recipe at a local cafe.  If you serve it for your family... just make sure that you have enough breath mints for everyone. 

Zoe's Cafe: Feta Cole Slaw Recipe

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My fifth roommate

 This is Ellie.   She's my roommate's dog and one of my chief complaints about my apartment.  Ellie is a champion shedder.  Her white hair covers the apartment within minutes of us vacuuming, sweeping and mopping.
And to add insult to injury this week she has been wildly flatulent.  Gas masks were required to be in the same room as her.