Saturday, June 22, 2013

Busan Giants Baseball Game

I went today and saw the Busan Giants play the SK Incheon Wyverns. The tickets were pretty good.  Top section of the bottom pavilion for $12.  A six pack of beer for $15.  That's how we enjoy a day!  Here's the website for the Busan Giants. They are actually the Lotte Giants who played the SK Wyverns.  Both SK and Lotte are corporate owners.  Unlike the US the city is not that important.

This picture is of the lead Cheerleader leading the fans in a cheer to start the game.  They did this A LOT!

Some more of the beginning.  The guy in the white shirt looking up at the bottom of the picture was our Tour Guide, Mr. You. 
Here's the stadium.
Here's the guy still leading the fans in cheers!
The Busan Giants waiting for the national anthem to end.
Here's the score board.  If you notice on the far right side you can see that after Runs, Hits and Errors there is a category called B.  That's actually for walks.  Haven't seen that before on a scoreboard. 
Here's the main outfield scoreboard.
Here's the cheerleader and his extra cheerleaders.  They had stages throughout the home team seats for the girls to dance on. 
Here's a video of the fans during some of the Cheers.

Here's a video from behind home plate of the fans cheering!

The only Giants store to buys stuff from. 
The intro for one of the Giants players.
If you look close the Giants team brought their cheerleader also.  He is on the stage leading the fans in cheers.
 Here's a video of the last at bat of the game.  You can hear the fans going freaking crazy rooting during the game.  It's actually pretty hard to stay up with the game with all of the chanting, yelling, standing, sitting and such.

Here's Chris and I after the game.  The Giants won 3-2.

Friday, November 30, 2012

SMSgt Promotion Ceremony

 We had my promotion ceremony at work.  So here are the pictures:
Here is Col Hogan talking about my career and not having my family with me.  He pointed out that next time I really need to be home with Aimée and the kids for the ceremony.
Here I am biting my lip.  I had told him that he had to keep his speech at 3 to 5 minutes.  I don't think he understood I really wanted this short.  He said some great stuff though.
Here are Chris and James tacking my stripe on.  This was the first time I had two enlisted (and Intel on top) tacking on my stripes.  Pretty cool.
Here is a poster I made for Aimée and the kids.  This was the second time in a row that they weren't with me at a promotion.  Really do miss them since without them I wouldn't be able to do this.  They are my inspiration.  
Can we eat the cake now?
 Here's Chris having my back when the AOC Chief shakes my hand.
Chris and James after tacking on my stripe!
Here is the cake I bought.  The commissary did a good job all things considered.  The blue icing really does leave a mark on folks though!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pyongtaek-City Tour

Saturday I went on a tour of Pyongteak-City.  That's the city that surrounds the base.  We have an Honorary Commander who is a business owner in town.  They organize things for us to do and we invite them onto base for certain functions.  It keeps the relations up between the US and RoK.  He organized this free tour for is and it was pretty fun. 

We are about 30 miles south of Seoul here and Pyongteak-City is the end of the solid urbanization.  We are at the northern edge of the farm land for rice and other crops.  Pyonteak-City according to our guide is the Rice and Korean Pear center for Korea.  He explained how Pyoongteak-City Rice is known throughout the country.

We started out at the based and here is a video of our Tour Guide explaining how he's family with President Obama!

Next we went Samulnori (A Korean Traditional Percussion Quarter).  The group will do their music and dance for a better harvest.  You can see the strings on their heads, they kept their heads spinning the entire time to keep the strings flying.
Here I am in front of one of two versions of Totem Polls.  They are both the same height but the female one (The one you can't see on the right) is buried in the ground a little bit.  She protects from evil spirits from below.  The Male one stands taller and protects from above.
This is a series of buildings built for "Sambong" which is the Pen Name for Jung, Do Jun who was a founding thinker for the Joseon Dynasty.  If you think of the Ming Dynasty in China, Same Same.  This guy invented Democracy in the East and wrote a lot of works and they are saved in this building and others on this site.  He was from the 1300s.
This is some of the writings from Sambong.  You can see the date of 1396. Didn't really understand when the guy wrote this stuff but it's at least that old. I tried reloading this picture a bunch of times and it keeps turning it on it's end.  Sorry.
This is the entrance at the Sambong gate to the shrine to him.  The Korean's do this three door entrance.  You enter on your right and exit on your right. The middle door is always locked and is for spirits to enter and exit.
After the Sambong History Tour we went to this Confucian Temple.  It was called Jinwi Hyanggyo.  It was a place for Confucian teachings.  You can see the three doors again. T he building above the door is for teaching.  There is dorm on each side one for younger kids and one for older kids.  Beyond that was the masters house and class room.  This was also from the Joseon Dynasty.  It was built on the edge of this mountain.  On our backs was a river.  It was pretty cold but while we were in the temple the mountains blocked the wind and it was really nice.
This is inside the Master's Classroom.  This painting on the wood was on all of the Joseon buildings here and at Sambong's shrine.
For lunch we had a traditional meal.  The rice and spicy pork is called Bulgogi (bo-go-ge).  The roles on the bottom right are eggs rolled out and stuffed.  Very similar to a plain omelet.  Then standard noodles with Chicken.  The two things on the bottom left are Kim-chi or pickled Cabbage.  The right one was HOT and the other was okay.  Then a bowl of cabbage soup.  It was pretty good. 
After lunch we went to the Culture Center and on the left you can see the petting zoo (Pigs, Goats, Rabbits, Turkey's).  In the center were families camping out.  They explained they will go there if they don't want to drive to a campground and since almost everyone lives in highrises, this is the only way for them to BBQ.  This thing in the front is a plant that in the spring/summer should actually look nice but here it was just creepy.
This is me getting ready to make Rice Cakes.  You beat the crap out of the rice and then it's rolled in some flavor and you eat it.  It's actually really warm from being beaten to crap by the wood mallets.
Here's (L-R) Chris, Dan and Danny Boy.  After we made the rice cakes we had to make our own totem poles.  It was cool playing in kindergarten again.  We had snacks (the rice cakes) and then craft time.  We got a little glue stuck to our fingers but we didn't eat it since it was crazy glue and not Elmers School Glue!
Here is my finished Totem in my window warding off evil spirits from the football field!
We also went to a goat farm and enjoyed goat milk, made goat butter and milked a goat.  However, I hadn't cleared the memory from the camera at the beginning of the day so I don't have any pictures.  Some others do and I will try and get those loaded up here!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A map of Korea

Here is a map of South Korea to help everyone know where I'm at.  I'm actually posting this as I talk to Mom and Grandma.  BTW, you all look great today.

As you can see I am on the western coast near the water.  I am about 30 to 40 miles from Seoul and about 50 to 60 from the border.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chusak Weekend

Headed up to Seoul to help a friend pick up his family from the Airport.  3 kids and 2 dogs equal's Aimée's car needed to get on the road.  The problem was that it was Chusak in Korea.  Chusak is sort of like a Christmas, Family recognition, Thanksgiving kind of thing.  They honor the dead ancestors by going to their graves.  They also make meals for their ancestors and when they get back from the graves the eat the meal.  You are "obligated" to go to the oldest living brother's house in your family.  So if your Uncle is the oldest living male, everyone goes to his house.   Where this gets difficult is that we had to drive on this weekend.  Think about driving into LAX on Black Friday after Thanksgiving.  Just bad business.  Turns out that the traffic was fine.  We made the trip and had 4 hours to spare in Seoul.  So here are some pictures to enjoy from that time:

This first one is for Jessica for introducing me to Jamba Juice so long ago.  We got this at the Incheon Airport.  I don't think these guys know what Coconut tastes like, but it was still good. This was taken on the subway headed into town.
This picture is of a 7-Eleven.  I thought I was back home in California.  There were 7-elevens on two corners of the same block.  I almost thought I could smell good Mexican food, that's how much I thought I was back in Southern California (god I could use some great Mexican Food).  After the 7-Eleven sign, we headed to a pool hall and played pool for about 2 hours.  Not a bad way to kill an afternoon.
As we were waiting for the plane to arrive back at the Airport, I saw this sign and just thought it was freaking funny.  I mean, DUH! and also what bad things would you do to a cactus?  Is this a PG sign or is it meant to cover folks who would do dirty/bad things?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I made it to Seoul and back to get Aimée's car.  I had to give it a fresh new battery but other than that, Sebastian (as she has named her car) did okay since I last saw it in mid-May.  A guy from work loaned me his GPS for me to get back and it's a DAMN GOOD THING!  There is no way I would have figured it out.  The bad part was the GPS had me take surface streets the entire way.  It was only 35 miles but that took almost 2 damn hours.  Oh well.  Here's some pictures I was able to take as I drove.  I didn't get any of downtown Seoul because i was busy trying to drive and didn't want to end up as an Air Force statistic and reason for more safety briefings!

This was taken from the bus ride to Seoul.  I just thought it was a very European looking Church.
This was me enjoying traffic after I crossed the bridge headed south. 
I thought these Apartments looked like they had flying saucers on their roofs.  On a side note, I have seen maybe 10 houses total.  EVERYONE lives in these skyscraper apartments.  The country is the size of Indiana and they make the most of their space!
Here is the GPS I borrowed.  The thing is HUGE and spoke English.  However, it told me about every damn little thing.  Speed limit changes, school zones, DANGER ZONES (watch an episode or two of Archer and you will know why that is funny as hell).  Aside from the fact it took me on surface streets the entire way back, the thing ROCKED.
 Korean Wal-Mart.  Just thought it was cool.
Here is Sebastian all safe and sound on base.  Notice the plywood license plate you get here for your first 10 days.  I thought it was funny.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Room is set up

I got my A/C fixed on Friday during in processing.  The damn thing was leaking and couldn't get the room cooler than about 75.  This picture shows the strings I attached to the vent to help direct the water to a tub.  The strings guided the water so it didn't splash from 7 feet up and the screw at the bottom of the strings kept the water falling right in the tub so I didn't have a big mess on the floor. 
I finally got my room all set up the way I like it today, I think.  I had to move the bed to the other wall because both the Kitchen and Bathroom have motion sensors for the lights so when you come in the lights automatically turn on.  The problem is that each time I rolled over in my bed the damn bathroom light would come on and wake me up.  That and the bed was pointed at the TV so that's not the best move when you need to get sleep!  The previous guy had the bed under the window and that is just not an option for me either.  So I pushed the room around and have a new layout and I think it's going to work. 

Here's from the bathroom at the desk and my dart board cabinet I picked up 6 months ago at the Services Sale at Offutt.  I like it because I can't really see anything from the desk which helps when I'm doing college work.  I also have enough room for the dart board from the doorway to the living room.  
Here is the view from the window back at the bathroom with Drew's old full sheets on the bed.  (Thanks buddy)
Here's from the doorway at the TV with my new fan which is a rockstar at keeping the rooms comfortable.  It pushes the air from the cooler room (living room) into the bedroom.  They both seem to be much more balanced with the fan and the A/C fixed.
Here's the Kitchen all cleaned up and set up for use.  The crock-pot even did it's part today with the Spaghetti.
 Here's from the Kitchen at the table.  The humidor is holding the table from floating away.  You can also see my classy reclining chair.  Right behind the chair is the full size fridge.  Nice spot for a fridge!