October 10, 2001

Helpful Hints for waiting in long lines...

So we're still bombing. No new news there and I'm sure that ya'll have either seen it on TV or read it in the paper or the net, so I don't need to go over details and whatnot. Bombing + Terrorist Threats = Michelle wants to go home. I believe we've covered this equation in the past. I've decided that we'll cover something new today. Like this: Things you can do in your car while you wait to get on base.
You can read. I know this is the default choice of something to do, but really, it's not like I was carrying the books with me all the time. Normally I'm driving, which tends to preclude any reading. So far I've read a few of the Don't Sweat The Small Stuff books, as well as Remembering Blue, Heavier Than Heaven and The Red Tent (note to Mon: Read this book, you'll LOVE it!). I'm beginning to worry though. It is starting to get light later and later here. Korea doesn't do the whole Daylight Savings thing, so I drive to work in the dark. I'll feel really weird sitting in my car with the inside light on so that I can read. I wonder if I can find one of those nifty little book lights...


You can become your own personal traffic cop. This is especially fun if you can team up with someone else who knows what you are doing. John and I have had hours of fun watching little Korean men get all red in the face when they realize that they aren't going to be able to get by us and cut up to the front of the line. The game works like this: The leading car drives down the road in the center of two lanes. The following car stays in the far left lane to make sure that nobody passes on the left. This also makes sure that the person being the active "cop" doesn't lose their spot in line. It may not be a nice game but hot damn if we don't have fun playing it!


You could compose journal entries to post later in the day. I could do this. I choose to do other things...like...


Composing angry Letters To The Editor that you'll never send. I'm quite good at making these up, especially on the mornings when I don't have someone to play Traffic Bitch with. I know some of you will find this hard to believe, but I just can't bring myself to drive over in the right lane and cut to the front of the line. I just can't think that two wrongs will make any kind of right in this matter. I know what evil thoughts I think for the people doing it, and honestly, I don't want karma coming back to kick my ass all over the road. I stay in line and write long letters about how fucking rude people are and what makes them think THEIR time is more important than MY time and I should write down that asshole's license plate number and then.....shit, we're off base, it's not like anyone can do anything about this. Yeah, think those thoughts for an hour and see what kind of mood you're in when you get to work.


If you are really good, you can give yourself a pretty good manicure. This morning I was able to neatly file all my nails and then do a few coats of clear polish. I think the only requirement for this is that you have all the polish off before you leave the house. I can't see a good way of removing polish while in the car, but if you think of one, let me know!


You can call your husband and flirt like you're 21 again. He likes it when I call him, if for nothing more than he doesn't always feel like I'm wasting my phone cards. I always forget to recharge my phone, so I lose the money left on the card. I never ever ever ever spend the full amount on the cards that he buys for me. Lately, I've been getting close what with all the flirty phone calls in the early morning.


I would love to put "nap" right here, but that would mean you are carpooling with someone else. And before anyone gives me a hard time about NOT carpooling with my husband, please know that I don't have an alternative. No buses that early in the morning, and no busses at the time I need to leave in the afternoon to come home and teach classes. Well that, and I John can't leave at 3pm when I get off work. Someday I'll have a job with normal hours....
So, that's about it for now. It's almost time for me to leave for class. I want to try and get into more of a habit of writing. I'd like to someday even be funny again. I want life to be normal again, or at least be something that I can think of as normal.

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