마치 중심인물인 마스터가 음식을 만드는 것 같이 만들어진 영화. 간단한 메뉴에 모든 사람들이 모여 앉아 먹을 수 있는 이 식당은 밤 12시 열어 아침까지 열지만 의외로 많은 사람들이 방문한다. 続편에서는 크게 세 가지 이야기가 나온다. 사기꾼에게 속아 넘어간 후 승려와 결혼하게되는 여인. 10여년 연상의 여자와 결혼을 하기 원하는 청년. 보이스 피슁에 넘어가 아들에게 돈을 준다고 규슈에서 동경까지 홀몸으로 오게된 노모.
영화다운 영화답게 첫편에 이어지는 모티프들은 그대로 살아있다. 일본 경찰 홍보물 처럼 그려나온 인물인 순경과 그를 사모하는 배달부 처녀. 남여노소 상관없이 아무나 다 같이 앉을 수 있는 식당. 청렴결백하고 인간미 넘치는 식당주인 아저씨. 각각 인물마다 뚜렸하면서도 거슬리지 않는 특색과 성품을 보여주는 것이 이 영화의 특징이다.
내면과 외면의 두 세계가 있다는 일본인의 성품은 그 어디서도 찾아볼 수 없고 마치 서로 서로에게 마음을 열고 훈훈한 인간의 정을 보여주는 것이라고 할까. 추억속 안개뒤에 가려진 훈훈했던 인관 관계를 마음 아리게 그리워하게 한다. 서로 서로 다 이웃이지만 다 따로의 삶이 있고 서로 서로 걱정해 주고 관심을 보여 준다는 자체에서 이런 훈훈함이 엿보이는 영화이다. 보통 소리내어 말하지 않는 것들이 자연 스럽게 표현되어 나오고 그것에 자연 스럽게 행동하는 것들이 사실 우리의 일상과는 거리가 느껴지지만 그러한 마음들이 있다는 것과 그리고 우리가 타성에 젖어 행하는 것들 뒤에 그러한 미덕이 있다는 것을 다시 한번 확인 시켜주고 있다. 우리게에 잊혀진 것들. 같은 길이고 같은 음식이고 같은 사람들이지만 그곳에 촉촉한 오아시스가 있다는 것을.
이번에는 여러 사기꾼들이 두번이나 등장한다는 것이 특징이었다. 일본사회에 난무하기 시작한 것들일까? 그런 사건속에서도 담담하게 이겨나가고 회복되는 사람들. 이중잣대로 자신 스스로가 탄로가 나는 어느 청년의 어머니. 사실 우리의 모습이다. 끝까지 고집을 피우는 모습, 그러나 모두가 다 동의 할수 밖에 없는 상황이고 판단인 것. 아들을 위해 희생을 두려워하지 않는 노모. 노모는 아들의 사는 모습을 멀리서 바라보고 다시 만나는 것이 아니라 그냥 보기만 하고 조용히 떠난다. 택시의 창문이 닺히는 모습을 보면서 눈물이 핑 돌았다. 왜 이럴 수 밖에 없는 것인가. 유유히 돌아가는 택시 뒤에 노모를 도운 순경이 자전거를 열심히 타며 뒤를 따라가고 있다. 여기 미국과는 너무나 다른 경찰의 모습. 일본의 경찰은 시민들의 경찰로 영화에서 홍보된다. 이런 영화가 있어 사회를 잔잔한 사회로 조금 더 감수성이 풍요로운 사회로 이끌지 않나 하는 생각이 든다.
I know better than to accuse someone groundlessly, but having seen both the good and the ugly in my three decades inside the Korean American churches it is hard not to cling on my experience and intuition when I see a clergy openly hint at something.
The head of well-known North Korean ministry in South Korea was visiting Albuquerque not too long ago, and the main purpose of his visit was to gain support for his ministry of course. My pastor and the elders seemed to have agreed. I think that was his second visit. While eating with him, bunch of church members, and North Korean girls he had brought with him, I noticed that he was comfortably embracing one of the teen girls without hesitation. I understand that physical touch, and such embrace used to be something very common in Korean culture, and I’m sure all the other adults in the restaurant probably didn’t think much of it, but it really bothered me. He was sitting down, and one of his arm embraced the girl below the waist around her buttocks after he had called up the girl to introduce her to the group. The girl enthusiastically massaged his shoulders at one point, too. I had an internal knee-jerk reaction. Here’s a pastor who was traveling globally to gain support for this ministry, and yet his actions and how he embraces these girls doesn’t even come close to meeting any international standards on etiquette. Again, let me point out that many adults in his age group is more comfortable about physical touch than subsequent generations, and I even know how such things are rationalized–“oh, he’s treating her like his own daughter”–but enough with the bullshit.
Three decades in different churches, mostly as a youth pastor, taught me that pastors are human beings, with all of its glorious flaws. And many mega-churches have come to ruins because of the illicit conducts of its senior pastors. This is no news. And in light of such cultural failures, you can only expect dimwits to believe that this respectable(?) pastor from Korea is clean with his hands when it comes to dealing with these girls? If he’s not hesitant about such embraces of these girls in the open air, I don’t want to imagine what he could be capable of when he’s alone with these girls. Growing up hearing so much of sexual misconduct by pastors, I personally became hesitant to even shake hands with youth group girls, much less embrace them “in Christ.” I had created a big, internal monitor on self to check my thoughts and behaviors. Even with my own daughters, after reaching certain age, I’m more careful about how I embrace them.
Would you allow your own daughter to be handled that way by ANY ONE? Start there. I don’t know why these adults continue to allow these self-designated religious leaders to handle girls this way. Since he left, he’s requested to have various things translated–for free. After completing one of the translations, my heart turned weary… with the barrage of news coming from Korea about pastors who secretly raped teenage girls under their care (the latest is so-called the verified “x-file” of pastor Kim Gi-dong of Sungrak Church)… I really pray and hope this specific pastor would be pure in his life, but I’m not naive enough to have no serious doubts about it.
(Sorry, but the video is in Korean. The documentary clearly brings awareness to Koreans who have been fooled by believing that the beef quality increases with the fat content. The most expensive beef in Korea are the ones with the most fat content.)
When I was growing up in Korea back in early 1980s, eating meat was for special occasions. I’m not sure if that’s the real reason why there weren’t many fat people back then, but it’s a different landscape now. Although I have been living in the U.S. for over 30s year now, it seemed like a lot of Koreans ate meat on a daily basis starting at some point in recent past. I guess the price has gotten lower and people just oriented towards what tasted good for them. For a while, our own family didn’t eat that much meat, even though my wife is an ethnic Korean. She immigrated back in early 1990s. Anyway, after recently joining a local Korean American church what surprised me once again was how much Koreans liked sam-gyeop-sal (sliced fatty pork belly meat). It’s basically 90% fatty bacon. People usually consume it by frying it on a grill in front of them, and wrap it with a leaf of lettuce w/ chives and other side dishes with rice. Once or twice a year there would be sam-gyeop-sal party at the church. Koreans love meat.
The video on top is basically an exposé of how the Koreans value meat is strictly based on taste and not on the soundness of health. Basically, the beef certification system strictly based on how much fat beef contains. The higher fat content, the better beef, thus more expensive. The documentary points out that such rating system started in the U.S., and then moved to Japan, the home of Wagyu Kobe beef, and then popularized in South Korea. It also features how Argentinians prefer lean meat, and compares the Korean beef cert system to the U.S. one. It also shows how Australians, preferring lean meat themselves, intentionally fattens cows to sell to Korea, a large meat market now.
How did Korea become such a meat loving country? The answer lies in the not too distant past. Koreans were under dire poverty right after the war, and for many growing up during those years being able to eat meat was associated with well-being, and so that generation instilled in the next that eating meat, with little regard to health — which was taken for granted, thanks for their vegetable-based diet — is something that is promoted within families. In fact, it was only on special days that my father came home with cha-dol-bae-gi, thinly sliced beef, that was roasted on top of a frying pan. However, all such factors contributed to where Korea is today. A dumping ground for unhealthy meat. And paradoxically, it has also become a nation of health craze. Maybe, it was only a matter of time that this type of exposé comes to the general public.
This is yet another documentary that exposes the other meat — pork. Korea has been the dumping ground for the fatty pork belly meat.
Is this because Korean people in general are more gullible than other nations?
A post by Veronica Partridge (now deleted, but the old link was http://veronicapartridge.com/why-i-chose-to-no-longer-wear-leggings/)
For the past several months, I have been having a conviction weighing heavy on my heart. I tried ignoring it for as long as I could until one day a conversation came up amongst myself and a few others (both men and women). The conversation was about leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts. God really changed my heart in the midst of that conversation and instead of ignoring my convictions, I figured it was time I start listening to them and take action.
I went home later that day and shared the convictions I was having with my husband. Was it possible my wearing leggings could cause a man, other than my husband, to think lustfully about my body? I asked my husband his thoughts on the matter when he got home. I appreciated his honesty when he told me, “yeah, when I walk into a place and there are women wearing yoga pants everywhere, it’s hard to not look. I try not to, but it’s not easy.”
I instantly felt conviction come over me even stronger. Not that I wasn’t feeling it earlier, or else I wouldn’t have thought twice about the conversation, but after talking to Dale, it hit me a lot harder. If it is difficult for my husband who loves, honors, and respects me to keep his eyes focused ahead, then how much more difficult could it be for a man that may not have the same self-control? Sure, if a man wants to look, they are going to look, but why entice them? Is it possible that the thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings could make a married (or single) man look at a woman in a way he should only look at his wife?
And at that moment, I made a personal vow to myself and to my husband. I will no longer wear thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings in public. The only time I feel (for myself) it is acceptable to wear them, is if I am in the comfort of my own home. I also want to set the best example of how to dress for my daughter. I want her to know, her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her. I have been following the vow I made to myself for the past couple of weeks now and though it may be difficult to find an outfit at times, my conscience is clear and I feel I am honoring God and my husband in the way I dress.
Wetsanded the car with 1000 grit, and then tried polishing it using Ultimate Compound. I’m guessing the clear coat wasn’t sprayed well because even after polishing, the paint looked dull. The car looked rather shiny after the third coat of paint, but with the clear coat sprayed on it didn’t look so shiny anymore. I guess it may have something to do with my polishing. But anyhow, I’m glad it’s over, and the paint has a coat of protection on it. Since it’s white it doesn’t need to twinkle or anything. I’ll probably post the photo later, but IT’S DONE!
UPDATE: I may need to use a buffer to polish it up better. It’s still a blur. It’s going to be a long weekend, so I might as well take the time. ;-(
Finally. The last day painting or spraying is here. I’ve sprayed on the Rust-Oleum clear coat. Two layers of them. It’s lost some luster, but I guess it will be there with some polish later. I’ve been putting aside all the other evening routines for this darn project, and it’s nearly over. I’m happy, but tired. Tonight’s work took about 2 hours after another physically intensive keiko session of kendo this evening. I just want to take a shower and go to sleep, but I still have to wake up at 4 am tomorrow. Without daily morning swim sessions and kendo, I don’t think I could have continued finished this car paint project within 7 days while working full-time during weekdays and take on loads of ministry responsibilities during weekends. I’m just thankful. In spite of the good (paint) mask I was wearing my sensitive respiratory system reacted time to time. The fume just isn’t good for anything, so if you’re doing something similar, I HIGHLY recommend a well-ventilated area, and a GOOD painting mask. Don’t compromise on safety, else you may end up with some bad stuff in your system that may even cause permanent damages, so use your common sense and care. Here are some photos at the end of day 6. It’s nearly 12 am now.
I could have done a better job covering the windows, but no worries. I just a scraper to scrape off the paint from windows and it’s good as a new.
Tomorrow, I may polish up the car… using Ultimate Compound perhaps.
I took Monday off. I just didn’t feel like working on the car yesterday evening.
Before I log this day, let me note that it’s 12:30 am right now. I started the work at around 7:30 pm. So, it took me exactly 5 hours to finish. If I learned one thing today it is that painting with heavier paint takes longer time.
I thought I had bought 800 grit, but I found that I had 600 grit instead. I used it to makes scratches all over the car. It’s impossible to sand off the paint with it. Just rough up the car for easier reception of the third layer of paint. I prepared the paint by just pouring more paint into the 40/60 can I had prepared before. It’s probably more like 1:5 ratio, maybe little too thick.
The paint definitely felt different this time. I wouldn’t say that it was easier to paint than using 40/60 paint, because it wasn’t, but there are some differences that sometimes made it easier. You can paint the whole panel for example, and then come back to brush over it. If I understand it correctly, the paint is supposed to dry faster with more thinner, but I found that the heavier paint seemed to dry faster. Anyhow, I guess it depends. I’m glad this is going to be the final layer, even though I’ve read that some people would put even more layer of paint from here. I think three layers suffice for this type of work. Besides, I’ve gone farther than some of the write-ups I had read. Anyway, here are photos after the third layer of paint was put on the car. I like it. I’m going to be spraying with clear coat tomorrow after work.
Today I spent about 4 hours after church sanding and putting on the second layer of paint. This time, I took time to sand using 400 grit, having learned from putting on the first layer. What I’ve learned is that paint don’t really stick well without enough sanding, especially on vertical pieces like the doors. Even with a good scratches from sanding it can be little frustrating, but it may have something to do with the amount of thinner I’ve added to the paint. Mine was nearly 40 thinner/60 paint, which really isn’t according to many recommendations I had read, including the one on the paint can itself, which recommends little or none. Anyway, first two layers are supposed to be somewhat thin anyway, in order to speed the drying, and the last coat is supposed to be thicker. I normally don’t praise the my own work, but after putting on the second coat I had impressed myself. It started to look like a decent paint job! I’m now a firm believer in using Rust-Oleum. 😉 Of course, having done the work myself, I know all of the little inadequacies and places where there are too much paint or too little, but overall, it’s quite satisfying, albeit back-breaking. This ran into late evening hours, and I won’t get into details of little pesky bugs sticking on the paint and so on. Just use your common sense if you’re following a similar procedure.
For a better comparison I should have taken some photos before the job, but I was merely thinking of blogging this as a type of record or a log. Anyway, I had to rummage through my old photos to find this one (a stitched-up panoramic version) I had taken at Taos several years back. You can see how the paint was coming off.
It must’ve taken up a good half of Saturday for this. After taping and spraying the car with primer, and waiting for it to dry, I’ve applied the first layer of paint. I had no previous experience of painting using form brushes, so I was little frustrated with how things looked and I even had some places where I accidentally squeeze the form causing bubbles to appear and then even vertical drips. I’ve learned quite a bit on this first layer.
I don’t know where I had the energy, but I came home after 2 hours of kendo (tonight’s keiko intensity was similar to an hour of aerobic exercises) then I quickly jumped into my old jeans and then brought the car out of the garage to start sanding. It was already dark (8:30 pm?), so I had to put my head-mounted light on. The scratches on the car was surprisingly easier to see with the flashlight. I managed to sand down the entire car. Instead of a good clean wash with water, I just wiped down the car with a good dose of mineral spirit with rags. It’s good enough. It felt like two hours had passed by, but when I checked the time, it was more like an hour and a half. I stopped only because I felt physically exhausted and hungry. I don’t remember what I had for dinner, but the pang in the stomach was starting to creep into my focus. I just started taping the edges and then brought the car in. The air was cool and nice tonight.
I’m sure someone striving for a perfection would easily spend several more days sanding.