I needed to pick up my cousin's car for my trip to my Grandma's house a few hours away. Scott, my cuz, works as a firefighter in LA, so he left his keys with a friend at the fire station. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl was going to start in 12 hours or so, and Scott needed to do his job as a life saver. Thus, I needed to find my way to his car. I saw his ride and breathed some relief that it wasn't anything big like the giant minivan my mom made me drive. Read More »
Korean kids nickname just about every teacher. Like most nicknames, they just pop up. Maybe your nose is big, your hair is yellow, or you talk with a stutter. In Korea, as a sign of respect, instead of calling you Mr./Mrs./Ms. Smith, they call you Smith Sun-sang-nim, which means "Smith Teacher." Read More »
This may surprise you, but I actually changed my relationship status on Facebook. I am currently dating a real live girl who is intelligent, beautiful, funny, and fun. However, this wonderful woman doesn't necessarily care for my fashion sense. For Christmas, I allowed her to throw out three pieces of my clothes—and I only allowed myself one veto. Read More »
I asked my university students, "What are you doing for Christmas?" and the most common response my kids grumbled was, "Hmmph. Stay at home with Kevin."
"What does that mean?" I asked in my sort-of high-pitched teacher's voice.
"I don't want to talk about it," was the next most popular answer. Read More »
As a foreigner in Korea, while I'm walking sometimes a little boy or girl will run up to me, wave, say "Hi!" and quickly dart away. Even after two years of this, I still think it's really cute and charming. Read More »
Here's an old story about when I worked in the NYU weight room. Yes, I worked in a weight room. Times were tough. Read More »
Since I'm on the other side of the world in Korea (that's in Asia in case you failed geography) I'm a little behind on the news. Also, I'm not cool or up-to-date with anything, so that's my excuse.
So Daniel Tosh is all over the news, Facebook newsfeeds and whatever.
It always seems rare to find somebody who doesn’t drink. Even more, a young person. Even more so, a bouncer. And again even more so, a bouncer at my old bar. Then I met Mick. Read More »
(My students taking tests and hiding tears)
I haven't written jack dick in the past few weeks, mostly because of grading stuff, writing midterms, and now grading midterms. I guess I'm making up for the two-month vacation I took at the beginning of the year. Read More »
A million or so years ago when I sat in my first class as a college freshman, some old guy with a big crusty-yellowed beard, crazy hair, a flannel shirt tucked into his Wranglers, and thick glasses walked up to the podium and tapped it a few times. I thought, "What is this janitor doing?" Read More »
I used to live with a roommate who never cleaned anything. Actually, I’ve lived with a lot of men AND women like this, but this particular guy still wouldn’t wash his dishes, wipe up his kitchen mess, or take out the trash... even though I’d torn my knee apart (aka: temporarily crippling myself) while wrestling. Read More »
(The booze. Not these guys, but they were pretty cool in the 90s.) Read More »
(I came to America)
Don't get me wrong, Korea has a lot of awesome stuff, but there are just some things the USA does great. Hamburgers, pizza, bagels, Mexican food, Mexican pizza, pizza bagels and so on. Here are some other things... Read More »