Don't Stop the Music, by Jamie Cullum
cross-posted at Nanoomi.net
The weekend before last was an interesting one for me. Great, but also full of surprises. Giving blood, a concert, and a flower boy, coming up...
First of all, after a bit of build-up, the 2S2 Meeting I wrote about earlier, met on Saturday afternoon at 2Pm, near Anguk Station. We were planning to go down to the blood clinic in Shinchon.
Though there are now 350 or so people on the facebook page, only two people came to the 2S2 Meetup where we planned to give blood.
Maybe that was because all the talk of who can and who can't give blood... maybe it's because a Facebook promise means less than a pinky-swear, and maybe it's because everybody'd already given blood elsewhere. I'll assume it's the third choice.
So those of us who were eligible to give blood headed to the clinic in Shinchon. We were told several times that it would be very difficult to take foreigners' blood, for a few different reasons. The biggest one was the requirement that foreigners have lived in Korea for the last year (continuously, according to some interviewers); secondly, we were quite clearly told that if I didn't speak Korean well enough to answer the questions in a Korean-only interview, without an interpreter, I couldn't give blood. Now, blood doesn't have a language, so even though it seems to me that it wouldn't be hard to find a way to work around language gaps, for people who are willing to give blood, the clinic people were fairly emphatic about the language issue. However, when we actually went to the clinic, they allowed the lovely Ms. Hwang (see the photo above) to help me out with the interview after all. I had a translation of the interview questions in front of me, and we could have probably done the interview on our own, with a little pointing and nodding, and my limited Korean, but it worked out well with Ms. Hwang's help as well. Once we figured out that I COULD give blood, the process was almost too easy.
I gave blood. The needle hurt, but I didn't cry. Because I'm brave.
I'm AB+ - a somewhat rare type, but unfortunately not the type that YooWoon Jeon needs; however, it felt good to give blood, and I'll do it again in two months, when I'm once again eligible.
That night I saw a concert by Jamie Cullum, a British pop/jazz artist whom Girlfriendoseyo adores. Before the show, we got some free coffee from this table:
It was free, so we got what we paid for... but it was so weak we couldn't even tell whether it was supposed to be coffee or tea, and we left it on top of the trash can, where everybody else left their sad, abandoned cups. The bathroom sink counter was also littered with cups, where people had poured out their swamp-water.
As for the Jamie Cullum concert, he was awesome: his singing voice is beautiful, cool and smooth but also youthful and energetic (if you played the soundtrack at the top of the post, you're listening to him now). All through the show, it was obvious that he was having more fun than anybody else in the building, and he not only performed a fantastic live set, but he entertained the heck out of every audience member.
We weren't actually supposed to take pictures, but during the second encore ("High and Dry") everyone else had their cameras out, so I didn't see the harm in getting out mine. Maybe later I'll put up video of the audience singing along on Youtube. It was a sweet moment.
Jamie Cullum in Concert
On Sunday, I met some friends at Yeouido park to see the cherry blossoms that hadn't quite come out yet.
Yeouido Park was packed with people.[/caption]
The picnic was good, though I was a bit late; however, the highlight of my day was this guy, who was prancing around dressed in pink, plastic flowers, motioning or asking for people to take their pictures with him. I'm not sure whether he was doing it because he lost a bet, or was being initiated into a super-cool club (and he'd better be on the fast-track for president, if that's the case) or if he's just naturally like this, but this kid, who might have been fifteen, was the unexpected highlight of the Sunday.
This funny kid was posing for pictures
More later, readers!