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.

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


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. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Color & Homework

 Christa is taking a photography class this semester and needed more color for her final project.   She had three bags of colored chalk left over from the Festival of Colors.   Laura and I agreed to help her out. 
 My main job was to throw the chalk onto Laura.   But I'm a bad enough throw, that I got both Christa and myself.   Christa was not pleased.   Maybe I should have meant it, when I said sorry?
The pictures turned out great and it was fun to spend some time with my sisters as we colored outside the lines... in the middle of the street.   Everything that you learn not to do in Kindergarten.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saying Goodbye

"Now, if it had not been for the plan of redemption, which was laid from the foundation of the world, there could have been no resurrection of the dead; but there was a plan of redemption laid, which shall bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, of which has been spoken."
I went home last weekend for my uncle's funeral.  It was a time of tears, laughter and sharing stories.  And lets not even mention the food, I said goodbye to my diet too.  It was blessing to have the funeral so close to Easter, as the reminder of the Atonement and Resurrection was fresh in our minds.

My sister Christa gets the credit for both taking this picture and editing it.  I'm going to have to take lessons from her.