KT: So, in Korea man shave all day
Me: Wow, really? All day, where do they find the time to do that?
KT: Ohhhh, no I mean everyday.
Me: I know, I’m giving you a hard time.
KT: A hard time? My time is not hard.
Me: No, it means — I’m pulling your leg.
KT: You are not pulling my leg. Please don’t pull my leg.
Me: No, no…it’s an expression. I’m making a joke.
KT: I don’t understand. Why would you pull my leg for joke?
Me: Never mind. What were you going to tell me?..about shaving?
KT: Oh, would you shave your fur? Arm and chest?
Me: …ummm, no.
KT: Korean man have no fur. Americans do. yes?
Me: I’m Canadian.
One thing I really like(d) about the Korean school system was the leniency the vice principals have …almost to the point of encouraging you to nap and rest in your downtime. The Vice Principal that used to work at my school was really a chill dude. He always told me to have a rest after lunch because it’s important to be healthy and being healthy means getting enough sleep I’m told everyday. Unless I go to bed at 9 PM, which I haven’t done since I was 10, I don’t ever get enough sleep. I’m often told of how tired and rundown I look, no matter how much sleep I get so really it’s an impossible battle.
Anyway, I finished all my classes and debated whether or not to watch a movie or nap up until 3 PM. I decided on a nap. Now there were kids screaming in the hall and it was preventing me from falling into dreamland so I plugged my ears with the soothing sounds of Beirut as I drifted off.
I woke up 30 minutes later in the middle of one of the most soothing songs, Nantes, to a slap on the back. I opened my eyes with a jolt and was caught dead in the unforgiving gaze of the very new very angry Principal who I know affectionately refer to as Kim Jong-Il.
I felt my face turn red. Blood vessels were enlarging and jumping to the surface from my neck to my forehead. I couldn’t even think fast enough on my feet, my mouth was full of jumbled words and fractions of sentences. I couldn’t even focus well enough to muster up a decent excuse.