Sunday, 3 February 2013

(Day 197) Seoul Nambu Correctional Facility-day 102 D-54


Breakfast bread & jam, flavoured milk, coffee
Lunch kimchi
sausage & carrots in sweet sauce
bean sprouts in hot water

I don't see the point of bean sprouts in tea. I already have coffee & tea. It’s not a meal, it’s a beverage. So really, today’s lunch was a few slices of sausage and some kimchi. Bread & water is preferable.
Dinner kimchi
chicken soup
sesame leaf kimchi
cooked zucchini & carrot

The chicken soup is good, but after the last 3 meals, it’s not that hard to improve. Dirt is an improvement over shit. The rest is a bare minimum to survive.

Yesterday was really warm outside, but it rained all day. Today is sunny, but really cold. As a result, I opted to remain inside during the exercise period today. I won't be out of my room until Monday-- unless it rains then, too. That's 4 days (or 96 hours for the math impaired) in the same 1 m x 2 m cell. At least now, I have plenty to read. I just finished a biography of Stephen Hawking. My 1 m x 2 m cell seems quaint and hardly comparable to the prison he has been in for most of his life and yet it never stopped him from changing our view of the universe. If anything, it sort of helped him along. He says he had a lot more time to think. I can totally relate to that.

The movie tonight was called My Way -- a "true" story about a Korean marathon runner who lived through the Japanese occupation of Korea, as a forced soldier against the Chinese, a Soviet POW, then a Soviet army recruit at the Battle of Stalingrad, then a German soldier during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, through the Korean war and finally the surprise underdog at Korea's first appearance in the Olympics. There's a twist at the end, but that's pretty minor compared to how over-the-top the rest of the movie is-- it birders on satire. It was so ludicrous, it made the emotional impact laughable instead of empathetic. The only thing commendable was the production. It was on par with any Hollywood blockbuster. Just the plot sucked, or was so ridiculous to be in anyway believable. But, apparently, it really is a true story...