Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Afternoon with Simon & Garfunkel

I don't really watch a whole lot of Korean TV. Sure if I turned on the TV in my officetel I could find programs with a lot of variety from comedies to dramas. As I haven't "done the right thing" and studied Korean enough to understand it all I kind of get bored of it pretty fast. However, I am still getting my fill of "TV watching" done. It just comes in through my computer.

Lately, I have been watching the series Mad Men. Several months ago I started with the first season so that I could catch up to the fourth. My mom has been watching the latest season and she said it was good. You know what? It is good. Really good. The first season is by far the best and really captures the social climate of the late 1950's. The characters in the show are well rounded and the actors do a great job across the board.

The best part about the show is that it makes me contemplate the issues at that time, and gives me great stuff to talk about with my Mom. Another benefit of the show are the songs they play when the credits roll. On the episode I watched today, Season 4 episode 7, they played Simon & Garfunkel's "Bleecker Street". Silly me thought it was a modern folk song but found it was played by this classic group. I immediately got the album "Wednesday Morning 3AM" to listen to. The whole thing put me in a mood to paint and so from 2 pm to 5pm I found myself stuffed inside my office-tel painting away.

I took inspiration from my recent mountain climbing trip with my fellow teachers. Let's see if you recognize the imagery.
It's not finished but I figure I'd better stop before getting through it too fast. Today I could have taken the bus to Myeongdong for their "nude" drawing class or gone off to a festival somewhere. But after doing some housekeeping / packing I decided to stay in. However, the weather was lovely and we should appreciate it since the forecast says it will dip down into the 40's - 50's Monday.

Last night I couldn't help but think, although in a sleepy daze, that soon I will be without a home again. Sure I will call the guest bed at my friend's house in Bundang home for a while, yet not till next year will I get to settle into a place again. The prospect of this cast a dim light over my mind as I fell asleep. But I woke up from several dreams ready to hit the day.

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
"I will," said the Earth,
"For all I've created returns unto me,
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be.
From S&G's "Sparrow"


  1. "Mad Men" is great. While "Breaking Bad" is beyond awesome and truly mindblowing...what would "you" do to ensure your family's survival if you didn't have long to live? Another good one is "Dexter," but it is a bit gory.

  2. I haven't heard of Breaking Bad. I tried watching Dexter once but the morals on that show bothered me more than the gore. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. The two male leads of "Breaking Bad" both won Emmys this year in the Lead and Supporting actor categories, while the lead, Bryan Cranston, has now won the Lead acting Emmy for three years in a row thanks to "Breaking Bad." It also has a very unique set of "family morals," but every person in the world has their own that are different in many ways from everyone else's. And, like the likes of "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," "Sons of Anarchy," and others like them demonstrate, morals and beliefs are in a constant state of evolution and revision.

    Also, when I taught in public schools in the U.S., I had more children living with backgrounds along these lines than those living in perfect white picket-fenced houses with both a mother and father. "Winter's Bone" is a great movie about a situation in which about half of my students in one small Texas border town had to deal with. Either one or both their parents where in jail or their parents were involved in illegal activities just hadn't been caught yet (mosty drugs or alien smuggling, but one was a multiple murderer).

  4. I was going to tell you to check out Breaking Bad as well!!! (I'm totally the same when it comes to studying vs. downloading tv) Just finished the last of Breaking Bad and now I'm so mad at the writers for being so good making me wait for the next one!


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