It is a quiet day as usual, though it feels somewhat dull somber. I sense more thunder showers brewing. I did go out for a short while but I am back in my chamber now. After a nice spinach salad with smoked turkey and tomato, I am indulging in a little Merlot and watching a TV series weekend “marathon” on Sundance. I have not been very motivated to work, except that I did study Korean for an hour or so. Again, I have felt a bit dopey, even though I slept fairly well last night.
A meeting with the Seoul activists group had been scheduled for today but I canceled it early in the week. There were no objectors. I am getting silence from those people these days. Two are on vacation, one has withdrawn, another moved out of the country and one appears to be ignorant of the relevance of the group’s work. I feel it is not as much of a priority anymore, particularly because of the lack of communication about and direct interest in the upcoming peace mission.
Had the organizing been going optimally, there would have been a gathering with prospective candidates for the mission. Yet, despite the impressions about the mission that have formed in my mind, I am trying to be patient. For one thing, we can expect that electronic communications regarding political and controversial matters, especially those communicated on the part of known agitators, would be monitored. For that reason, I have neither been pressing for responses nor making numerous messages on the mission myself. A report of my allies and friends staging a street protest about the government of Japan’s defense policies perhaps two weeks ago assured me that no-one has abandoned the concept and purpose of the mission. Getting people is another story, though. The logistics and circumstances may be limiting for certain people who would consider entering into the mission. That is all right and I understand.
A hike was posted for tomorrow. It is the previously failed hike to some mountain cascades and a dam that I intended to go on with C two weeks ago. There was a foul-up so he canceled and changed the date to tomorrow. Since I have not seen any more responses to the posting, and the weather looks like it will be bad, I do not think I will go. It would probably be another goose chase and waste of time.