Saturday, November 27, 2004

Korean Girl

The thought of a relationship with the perfect girl sifts into my mind from time to time, but of course that's not reality. There is an ideal girl I dream about who's white, blonde/brunette, and blue eyed. I used to think this way for a very long time, but I believe times have changed. I told my friends and family I would never date an Asian girl. I actually don't know the real reason why. As a young lad, I grew up in a Korean church thinking these girls are so annoying. They were judgemental, stuck up, selfish, and made fun of others all the time. Maybe it was one memory that stuck with me or perhaps a stereotype I've kept with me for a very long time. Although, I do run into those stereotypes, I've met some cool Asian girls along the way.

I grew up with western thought and its way of life. I could only get that understanding from my non-Asian friends throughout my elementary and secondary school years. However, I did meet some of my closest friends in university who are Asian and do understand that way of life. That's been a total blessing.

After dating a couple of white girls, I've learned a lot about how culturally different we can be. I never thought it would be different, but it was. It was just there waiting to be exposed. I can see how dating a Korean girl would be beneficial in terms of understanding one another, but it would have to be a second-gen though. The very thought of a first-gen Korean girl laughing at everything I say is disturbing and would definitely not help the situation out. I'm making a stereotype here, but some are true.

I haven't ruled out dating non-Asians, but dating a second-gen Korean girl who enjoys the outdoors, is a follower of Christ, and a definite hottie would be great. I can see how a bond could form on a level that a non-Asian would not understand. My parents would definitely like it. It does sound nice, but a girl like that is a rare find.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Brain Meltdown

How much can the brain handle and what is its attention span? This has been a very important question for the 21st century mind (maybe my mind). I've pondered this for a very long time and wonder how I can exercise my mind to be more active rather than passive. Throughout my university education, I don't think there has been one lecture that I've stayed awake in. Every lecture I've been in, I've at least nodded off. Is the material boring or do I have a short attention span? It could be a combination of both. But even for the most interesting lectures, I would still zone out and go to la la land.

This week I had FedEx training as a Shipping Specialist. On the second day, we went through customs forms all day. There were like 20 different forms with so many instructions that my brain began a meltdown. Towards the last couple of hours, I pretty much gave up concentrating. My head proceeded to contact the pages.

After getting home, I decided to play a new video game called Half-Life 2. I was wide awake for hours as I became a part of its world. With my crowbar in hand, I found myself on an alien-infested Earth. Aliens have taken control over the planet's resources and have brainwashed many humans. I must save the planet from further destruction. My people need me. It's this adventure that stimulates my mind and keeps my brain active. TV also serves it purpose to entertain me.

It's too bad that I can't pick up a book and be all excited about it. I guess if it relates to video games or relationships, I will turn the pages. Right now I'm reading Starship Troopers. But there are those rare intellectual books that I couldn't put down, like when I read Mere Christianity and The Jesus I Never Knew. Those were good.

In church, sermons have become more pop-culture oriented. I believe its because our attention spans are too short to handle an indepth study on a particular passage that requires thought processes. I think a thorough study would be more interesting to me than "How should I manage my money?" and throw in a scriptural verse to make it a sermon. But I understand the reasons for sermons like these. We live in a world that demands instant gratification hence why many people have short attention spans. Either case, I would probably fall asleep. I don't know why, maybe one day they will discover there is a dysfunction with my brain and name a disease after me. Any suggestions?


Thursday, November 11, 2004

Rants From The Paint Can

Over the past 5 months, my dad and I have been doing renovations to the house. We've been installing new wood laminate flooring and painting the walls. It's taken this long because my dad has only one day off a week. At first painting was fun. Then it got really unfun. The prep work takes the longest. You have to tape the door and window frame, window sill, and electrical outlets. I'd have to say painting the ceiling sucks. When using white paint, it's difficult to tell what's being painted and you have to go over the same area numerous times. Your neck just kills from constantly looking up.

Painting is very messy and it's amazing how paint just appears on you out of nowhere. Paint sprayed into the eyes is annoying. Sometimes I forget I have wet paint on my feet and I start tracking it onto the new wood laminate flooring. Frustrated, I have to get a wet paper towel to clean up the footprints before they dry. Painting corners and edges are awful especially when you have to go around the room twice. All this takes like a few hours whereas the walls take like twenty minutes with a roller. The roller is helpful but sometimes I get carried away and go too fast. Then, I end up painting the window or the closet door. This is another frustrating experience, and I have to get another wet paper towel to clean that up.

I wish I could buy a paint can bomb. All I would do is place the paint can in the middle of the room and set the timer for it to explode. After it explodes the paint would dry smooth and even all over the room. This would eliminate all the headaches I've been through.