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Little Known/Little cared about facts about me

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I found this today. and I thought it was funny (def. shows how my mind works) This is from 2008 so some of it is outdated.

some little known and also who cares facts about me. (Ok my family will know most of these things, but again who cares)

  • I have never believed in Santa claus. But as a little kid, I wasn’t quite sure that he didn’t exist and I remember asking Dad to make the wood stove very hot on Christmas Eve – Just in Case. He was creepy.
  • I never dressed up for Halloween until I was an adult.
  • I wear skirts/dresses 95% of the time (in public -what i wear (or don’t wear) in the privacy of my home is my business.) I even bike in dresses – although, I sometimes wear leggings under to prevent blinding anyone.
  • I have a white and Orange bike with an automatic transmission that I rarely ride.
  • I have a blaze orange dress.
  • I never liked the color orange until I got said blaze orange dress. Now it’s a fav. color.
  • I think Audrey Hepburn has the best clothes; well her and Kes from Star Trek Voyager.
  • I have designed dresses since I was a kid – but not sewing means they don’t get made. and the fact I never could draw hampers things too.
  • I am extremely good with complicated programs and procedures in Office (and computers in general), but I didn’t know some of the most basic functions of Word. That F4 sure is handy. So is the ctrl-drag and drop. But I have written a program to create a proposal (minus pricing) just by filling out a form and clicking a few boxes, go Figure
  • I was forced to attend Dale Carnegie Training and was told “it’s not personal; it’s your personality.” If I recall, I had to go because people didn’t like me or something, I honestly can’t remember the exact reason why, nor do I care, but it makes a great story.
  • The only thing I learned in DCT was how to make a fool of yourself. i could do that without training. (Ok, I may have been able to learn something if I hadn’t had such a rotten attitude.)
  • I have been called intimidating and told that people are afraid of me because I was well-educated and intelligent. And that was after attending DCT. (sorry, if my being smart offends you – look up this word – “IDONTCARE” (didn’t feel like checking Roget’s for a real word)
  • My favorite word is defenestrate. It means to throw out a window. I have yet to be able to use it in real life.
  • My brothers and I used to practice tying each other up and freeing ourselves – to this day, I have a teeny tiny touch of Houdini.
  • I think Dentists are the creepiest people around 2nd to Santa and next is Dental Hygienists.
  • I have a healthy distrust of the medical profession as a whole.
  • I distrust doctors; I fear dentists.
  • I make Bento Lunches now some times.
  • I am trying to teach myself to cook because of my problem with Sodium and needing to lose weight. (Yeah that didn’t happen)
  • I met my best friend thru a mutual friend who we lost contact with at the end of that semester.
  • My best friend used to make me go on dates with her and her boyfriend – until I made her stop.
  • I know how to spell antidisestablishmentarianism and I know what it means.
  • I know that there are two words for Chicken in Portuguese, and one means dead chicken and the other means live chicken. I don’t what the words are tho. that is the extent of my Portuguese.
  • I was in Pensacola FL for 4 years and only went to the beach once.
  • My bathing suit covers more then the outfit I wore yesterday yard saling.
  • I bought my house based on how many books I could fit into it. the problem now is the bookcases.
  • I watch most all of my TV shows online.
  • I used to be painfully shy and would never talk to anyone. Now I don’t shut up – ever.
  • My life isn’t as completely an open book as my babbling would lead people to think.

Anyway,I thought this was funny, and it shows a little of how my brain works even now. Just without the Kdrama obsession

Sub Rating: Running Man

My new favorite Korean show is Running Man. It isn’t a kdrama – it is a variety show. It is just hilarious. With variety shows, the important part of subs is how the onscreen text is subbed because sometimes (alot of times) crucial bits of information are only text – not audio. I’ve used 3 different subbing sites/groups and here is my review.

Dramafever.com

Pro: Authorized site so I would assume that eventually someone in power will know that people outside Korea love/watch Running Man.
Also, fast subs for new eps.

Con: Only some onscreen text is subbed. Pain in the …neck to find the episode you want because Dramafever numbers eps completely wrong (they don’t have the 1st 2 years or so, so they start with 1). The air date & guests are listed is in the show description, but the new Dramafever UI (hate it) only allows the Dramafever ep number to be shown in the episode picker, so having the date is pointless. It took me at least 5 times to find ep. 118. I’ve suggested that they put the # in the description, but I don’t think they did it.

iSubs-squad.com

Pro: Excellent subs. Not only is onscreen text subbed, but it is formatted to match the Korean text. even the background music is identified. Available on DailyMotion, FaceBook and for download.

Con: Good subs & type setting takes time so it isn’t exactly a simulcast. Also, sometimes they overwrite the Korean text with the English text, so if you want to read the Korean you can’t, probably not a big deal. Unauthorized fan-subs so at any moment a meanie could issue a take down notice.

K-ShowNow

Pro: It is a knockoff of iSubs.

Con: It is a poor knockoff of iSubs. Not all the onscreen text is subbed, and the subs aren’t very good. And when I say it is a knock-off of iSubs, I’ve started watching a episode and thought that iSubs had an off day and then noticed the different logo. Complete plagiarism of iSubs’ typesetting style.

Recommendation

iSubs all the way. Best subs out there. If you have to watch a new ep right away, then use dramafever, but go back later and see what you missed.

If you don’t use the links from iSubs-squad.com (sign up to get access), then google carefully for the ep you want. DailyMotion has a neat thing where you can see what playlists the video you are watching is in so you can watch all the parts one after the other. I’ve done that, and then seen what other playlists that person created. It works well for me.

Be careful on DailyMotion that you don’t get a K-showNow video accidentally. You’ll know in a few minutes. And don’t use unauthorized sites that make money off of iSubs.

Oh warning on DailyMotion, it has started putting ads in the middle of a video and not just between. I’ve had a problem with the picture not coming back afterwards, so I decided to watch on Firefox with a video ad blocker. I’ve no problems with watching ads between videos, but not in the middle where it causes the video to fail.

Why I am what I am.

This may go a little ways to explain why Kaekae is so weird.  Or if not explain, make you realize it isn’t a new phenomenon.  The song lyrics I’m about to post are from my family’s “Theme Song.”

We didn’t write it; we just appropriated it.  It is from an old TV show (PS I Luv U) that didn’t even last 13 eps.  

Here’s a commercial for the show.

A few years ago, I was able to salvage part of the song from a video tape and share it with my family (I also made it my ringtone for when one of my unnies calls me). At some point, I managed to find the lyrics below on a forum somewhere.  

I later found the missing audio bit on YouTube (here) 

UPDATE: There is a new & improved version that includes the instrumental opening credits (which personally, I don’t care for). (the missing piece  starts at 1.00)

This is a Duet. Underlined is the man; italics the woman. I wish i knew how to do columns or a table. (Bold lines are my favs.)

PS I Luv You

I wish that I could write you a letter,
’cause sometimes I don’t know what to say
I wish that you could write me a letter,
’cause that would mean that you’re far away
Let’s try to work together,
’cause it looks like we’re stuck
I’d rather lick the oil off an old diesel truck
I’d sign it sincerely
I’d hate it severely
I know that’s just your way to say
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)

I think that I will write you a letter
And maybe I will read it someday
I think that we’re gonna be good, good friends
And friends is just what we’re gonna stay
We’re stranded on this desert isle
There’s nowhere to run
We might as well get closer
Someone bring me a gun
We’re powerless to stop it
I wish you’d just drop it
There’s only one thing left to say
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)

Now it’s my turn to write you a letter
Misusing the mail is a crime
The things that you said are spinnin’ round in my head
A letter bomb will earn you hard time
To face the unknown, we’ll be stronger as two
That’s what I’ve been tryin’ to tell you
I’ll be right next to you      (I’m not certain of this line) 
Even if it is you. (a commentator told me the correct line)
There’s no use denying
We’ve got to keep trying
We’re left with just one thing to say
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)
P.S. I Luv U (I love you)

I think it obvious that I am abnormal because I come from an abnormal family. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My use of oppa & Unnie

This entry is a bit weird. I’ve just read a blog that associates nonKoreans using Oppa/Unnie/Hyung etc w/ “yellow fever.” I don’t want to be tagged with that hideous title, so here is a few things on my use of Oppa/Unnie.

Be Warned: This list is in a KaeKae stream of consciousness order:

  • I don’t have a thing for Korean men; I have a thing for Korean dramas, and I find certain actors or singers attractive. Being attracted to someone simply because of their people group/nationality is kinda weird (Ok, a lot weird).
  • I have 3 older sisters and 2 older brothers. I will not refer to them by name online for various reasons. Oppa just takes up a lot fewer characters then “my older brother” and is still respectful
    Side Note: I told my little brother once, “I have 3 unnies, 2 oppas and a damn-dongsaeng.” I don’t think he noticed. 😀 (normally, I say darn, but I couldn’t resist, and I used bad language (I’ve used worse – just trying to break the bad habit))
  • I occasionally call my older brother Oppa and then wait for a reaction – last time it was from my Mom, “Karen, no Korean at the table.”
  • I think English could use Oppa, Unnie, Sunbae type words. There are some ladies I work with that are either unnies or sunbaes, and I actually do find myself thinking of them in that way. I’m pretty good friends with my former boss who has moved up in the world (or the company). She is both an unnie and a sunbae (more sunbae then unnie) to me with the respect that entails, and I think she if she knew the term she would see me as a hoobae. My best friend is older than I am, and I could totally see calling her Unnie. Heck, I had to add her to my FB family as a sister so she could see my ultra private posts. If English had terms like unnie and Sunbae, I wouldn’t have to say “my former boss” or “my friend who is like a sister to me;” I could just say they are my Unnie or Sunbae. Everyone would understand the relationship then.
  • I don’t refer to Korean idols/kdrama stars as oppa for several reasons, not the least of which is that I’m older then them by a lot. Even psy_oppa is really psy_dongsaeng. And the ones who are older than I am, I just don’t have that urge. I don’t see Kim JongKook and want to call him JongKook Oppa; (edit: ok, now I do, a tiny bit) I think I had the feeling once for Lee MinHo (at the end of Faith when he looks so good), but then I remembered he was easily 10 years younger than I. Yeah, that just made me feel old, and wiped away any remaining oppa urges.
  • I don’t have a Korean boyfriend or any boyfriend, but if I did, I can’t imagine calling him Oppa. I’m just too old. If you’re 29 and holding, I think an OPW (which I could never ever do) goes from cute to “ewww gross, cooties.”
  • However, if I did have a Korean boyfriend who wanted me to call him oppa or a Korean friend who wanted me to call her unnie, then I would be happy to because I always like to call people by their preferred name/nickname. But I will not be doing any OPW unless it is in parody or I’ve been abducted by aliens.

Anyway, I thought I had more, but I don’t. So I like Korean relationship terms and plan to continue to use them online to refer to refer to people in my real life and in real life to annoy my siblings simply because my study of Korean sometimes annoys them.