27 September 2008

Korean/American Friendship Weekend

The main shopping area in town was decked out to celebrate the annual Korean/American Friendship weekend. We visited some of the shops and ate lunch downtown. Evan was quite delighted to find this plane in front of the baby clothes store- and luckily I had 500W to turn it on... what fun!

Getting ready for lunch... one stall had a pig on a spit, if that doesn't ruin your appetite, maybe the next picture will...

Ladies cleaning purple cabbage, lettuce, green onions... and in the red basin with the hose leading to it- she is rinsing squid and hacking out their eyes with a knife. You don't see that everyday!

We went to Thailand Restaurant for lunch. Evan's satay arrived with bear-shaped rice. He declared "After Hwa-jangseel (Korean word for restroom... yes, we're potty training him in Korean so he can communicate at school... but that's another story) I'm going to eat it's nose" So he went to the bathroom- came back and ate its nose. Then proceeded to declare that he was going to eat its leg- so he did.
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20 September 2008

POW Remembrance Day

A-10s lined up for take-off, getting ready for the fly-by. They fly a fourship formation with one ship missing- in remembrance of the men and women that are missing or lost their lives as a POW/MIA.

A group of people congregated at the chapel for the short service in honor of American POWs. The service started with a prayer, a gun salute, then the A-10s flew overhead.

A description of one of the most poignant things that I've seen during our years in the military:

Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony

In remembrance of those still missing and those who suffered capture, a small table is set in remembrance of POW/MIA at all formal military dining events.

This table set for one is small... It symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.

The tablecloth is white... It symbolizes the purity of their intentions responding to their country's call to arms.

The single rose displayed in a vase... It reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep faith awaiting their return.

The red ribbon... Tied on the vase, is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn by thousands who bear witness to their determination to demand proper accounting for our missing.

A slice of lemon... Is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.

There is salt... Upon the bread plate symbolic of family tears as they wait.

The glass is inverted... They cannot toast us today.

The chair is empty... They are not here.

Do not forsake them.

Pray for them and remember.

05 September 2008


Evan is very demurely standing on the carpet while Matt bowls- so as not to get "bumped by the ball".
He is informing me that "this is Satur-en" on the carpet square. Of course.... "and Neptune is blue. It is very cold. Merc-ry is very hot and has deserts, we will have to wear shoes."
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check out Evan's bowling skills! He's almost as good as the guy in the lane next to us!