It has been a good one. I got exercise and studied Korean. I called people in North America.
I went for a two-hour climb in the vicinity of my neighbourhood and workplace, up on Geumjeong Mountain. The weather was partly sunny, and not too hot, so it was a fine day for a vigorous hike. I donned my hiking boots and left in the morning when it was fairly quiet and very few hikers were around. This particular trail is never very busy. It is the one that goes by the campus and follows a stream up past a small temple. It was very peaceful at the temple, where a monk was saying his prayer while a bell chimed in the breeze. Then I climbed up around the bluff under which the temple sits, where it was very still. I disturbed chipmunks and a couple of pheasants. It was the first time I have ever actually seen pheasants, though I often hear them in the woods. Feeling good, I went all the way up to the main ridged that forms the spine of the back of the “golden fish” that is Geumjeong Mountain. That’s where the ancient fortress wall follows the long ridge. By then, some groups of middle aged and elderly hikers were about, so I decided to go back down the same way I came up to enjoy more tranquility.
I called a brother. He and his wife just had a big dental job done. They are on disability and welfare, and the services never kept up their dental care for a long time because they did not want the expense. They must have been in pain. I think they could have had a dental check-up before. The sister-in-law has been missing a front tooth for ages, yet she preferred to spend what extra money she ever had on other things. I think their new doctor must have ordered the work done at long last. She has to get dentures, and he has to have fillings and a couple of extractions. Geez. Anyway, they were happy this weekend because the bro from Alberta paid them visits and hung out with them for a couple of days. He is also a financial agent for them, so I am confident he is overseeing stuff.
I also called “uncle”. He seems happy. He also enjoyed family visits recently. His brother and other family members saw him over a period of a couple of weeks.
I sent the man I met last week photos from today’s hike with a little note of explanation. Let’s see if he replies.
I studied Korean for over an hour. It is an easy lesson this week, for I am familiar with the topic of the week, which is the weather.
In my free time, I found new games to stand in for the ones that have been blocked lately. I got hooked on “plants vs. Zombies” for a while and now I am trying out a new word puzzle. Neither are challenging enough, but they are new and diverting. The Zombies game is about defending a house from a Zombie invasion by various techniques. They are both the kind of games that require click-click-clicking a lot rather than building a setting with characters like the village and dragons games, or the cooking and farming games.
Just for fun, have a look at “Toto”. I found him on the trail today. I saved him from hungry pickers busy collecting nuts for a special traditional dish. He is a “totori”.