Monday, August 11, 2008

Me and My Mallet

(Back and Blogging! After a lengthy hiatus from the “HA!”, I have decided it is high time to return!)
I will catch you all up on my new situation! I’m now teaching at a well accredited English institution which only requires me to work during the extremities of day. (So I have free time from to !) It’s a M-F gig (with the addition of two Saturdays each month) and it gives me time to practice both piano and flute and do other random things.

Today, I happened to run a few errands for some friends and myself, and once that was finished I decided to explore my neighborhood. Recently, I received a mirror from a neighbor and I’ve been meaning to get something to hang it up with. So I compulsively purchased a cheap mallet from a hardware store just down the road.
After showing the hardware store ajama (a Korean term used for any lady who is basically over 50) my mini mallet and holding a chopstick in the other hand, to resemble a hammer and nail scenario, she was able to conclude I needed nails. Under her cash box she pulled out a very large box with an assortment of nails, screws and enough nuts and bolts to build a small village and we finally settled on two nails that are perfect for the job.

We then siad our cheery good-bye and I turned to see a yoga mat planted outside her door... I picked that up as well and went along on my way! I walked for a while with my mallet, yoga mat and two nails exposed for all to see!

Later, I stopped at a chicken shop near my place and bought a small chicken for a tasty meal in the near future. This is a store that sells ONLY chickens and eggs and she cuts it up for you on a very large, circular tree stump. I noticed that the store also sells a few twigs and bark for those who wish to grill their chicken over a fire (remember... twigs and bark) for a unique taste and enchanting aroma. (It really does smell fragrant so I’d like to test it out someday!)

As I was walking up the hill to my home I chortled to myself and thought, "what a special combination of items I have in my hands."

So today was just me, a mallet, a yoga mat, two nails and a chicken...


wheynne said...

Sounds like the type of area you were hoping to find when you first came to Korea. I'm glad that your new job sounds better suited to your needs. Have fun with your chicken nailing yoga poses.

Betty said...

I finally checked out you blog and was surprise to find the addition (though it is Nov. now and perhaps you should write in it again Aunt Betty