Monday, January 17, 2011


Well, I went for blood tests today - and I'll get the results two days later. By the way, today's my birthday! So far, I celebrated by teaching day 1 of the last week of Winter Camp, and by getting syringes put into my arm and then a cast applied to my left ankle. To tell you the truth, I'm looking forward to the test results, just so that my leg can stop swelling-up. I honestly look as though I have the left lower leg of an obese person. It's all a little bit grotesque. I've taken photos, but I much prefer these Struwwelpeter-esque renderings of Gout personified by demons of varying size. The above one is a visualization of how I might have contracted the condition had I been a chubby, alcoholic, 5-string cellist in the early 1800s who never left his house.

This coming weekend, my lovely rabbit, who has been so kind to me, and whom I would be in much trouble without, will kindly be taking me to a mountain resort called "Waterpia" which is supposed to have healing mineral waters, hopefully from a source other than what the name would suggest. In fact, the "(Uto)pia" suffix is a very common one here in Korea - much like "story". For example, if you want to get your nails done right, you can often find a shop named either "Nail Story", or "Nail Pia". The same goes for pretty much everything else: a music shop -"Musicpia!" A pet shop - "Petpia!" I don't know why they didn't just call it "Watertopia!" Shortening the suggestion makes me think of urine. It can't be helped.


Jen Davies, MA, CDP said...

So sorry that you're ill on your birthday! Hope it's a good one anyway.

Be careful, you're forgetting your English grammar - "I'll get the results two days later" is very Korean. ;)

George Bailey Sees The World! said...

Well... dammit!