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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know tineybeanie

What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?

Stairway to Heaven.

Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?

Seeing my crush walk through the doors by coincidence at a Panera’s we both usually never go to. I swear there was a halo of light shining behind him, and I thought I heard strains of “Almost paradise…” playing in the background.

What’s your favorite drama that you’ve recapped?

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim (granted, I’ve recapped exactly two and a half dramas so far…).

What drama genres do you especially like?

I used to love bubbly straightforward rom-coms and coming-of-age stories, but now that I’m older, I tend to check out dramas with more nuanced, complex-sounding plots.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Political. Which is kind of weird, given how I love ranting about American politics in real life. Perhaps it’s all the Korean lingo I’m unfamiliar with, or the fact that there’s usually no movement at all in political dramas, just a lot of intense staring and sitting in chairs.

What drama character would you want to be?

(Weightlifting Fairy) Kim Bok-ju. Because Joon-young is love.

What’s a random skill you have?

My skill-in-training: driving stick shift. It’s difficult, but mightily satisfying. Especially when you can hear the engine humming after you shift the gears into placeβ€”it’s a feeling I can’t describe with words.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

The good thing about American TV shows is that they last for more than two months. The bad thing about American TV shows is that they last for more than two months. Sometimes, there are TOO many seasons, and all the story arcs have been beat to death. But before that point occurs, I usually enjoy them a whole bunch. Among my all-time favorites are: House and Parks and Rec.

Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?

Sung Hoon? TOP? Song Jae-rim? Lee Jun-ki? Yoon Kyun-sang? Gah I can’t choose just one!

Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)

Gluttony. Eating a triple fudge brownie as I type. I consume vast (and probably unhealthy) amounts of food porn. Meokbang was made for people like myself.

Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.

This is so hard because the reason I hate my most hated dramas (Playful Kiss and Heirs) is because they had so much potential in their premise and quickly killed all of it in their execution. One of my favorite dramas (Hwang Jin-yi) is set in a completely different era, with a polar opposite plot, where female empowerment is key. So if they had a mutant baby, I think it would kind of end up like New Tales of Gisaeng except set in high school with the male protagonist wearing many ugly sweaters and the heroine choosing her career in dance over him in the end.

 
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That ugly sweaters were everyone's nightmare lol ?
Nice to know you, tineybeanie!

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I think I'm the only one who loved the sweaters ??? *slowly walking away

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You're Oppar's fan too? ?

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You don't walk around with two of the most dazzling sets of cheeks in the world without acquiring a good number of fans. XD

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Not ??

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Finally there is someone who loves House like me!!!!!! :) As a hospital patient (for some time), I loved House's humour and some of the events alluded to actual events that could have happened in a hospital which made the show relatable at times. It's also the reason why I dislike any other medical drama. It's not that they're bad, but the majority of them (*glares at Doctors*) are filled with unrealistic cases/choices and loads of hospital politics which is obviously not everything that happens in a hospital (I'm glad that wasn't the main theme in Romantic Doctor).

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I loved House too! :D

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House is the only medical drama I've seen from episode one. I miss the opening theme, "Teardrop"...

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Seems like a lot of beanies love "House." I'm still rewatching the episodes except season 8 because I'm (still) bitter that Lisa Edelstein had to leave the show.

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While my friends are into "Grey's Anatomy," I'm the only who's into "House," not because it's medical drama, but because he's a vicodin-addict, egotistical Sherlock Holmes lol. I even became a fan of Hugh Laurie's blues album after the series. Hehe

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You may be the contributor I've had the most in common with so far. :)
I too love rom-coms, hate political dramas, love House MD, love TOP, and also love food/food porn!

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Of course if this real life scenario is taken place in a drama, instead of Panera’s it would be in a Subway.

Subway: Eat Fresh Because Everything Happens Here.

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Isn't it normal to drive in gear stick? I'm confused?

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Not all knows how to drive with manual transmission. I wish I can too.

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Nowadays most cars are automatic. I leant to drive a manual car at driving school and then promptly forgot it all once I started driving in real life in an automatic.
I'm sure I'd stall if I ever had to drive again. My left foot wouldn't know what to do anymore.

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Remember Nine? ? He went back 20 years and had to drive a manual car in an emergency ? That scene felt soooo real!

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The little red car in "The Best Hit" that was Hyun Jae's back in the '90's has a manual transmission. The first one I've seen in a Kdrama. (excluding a truck or bus)
I love my stick shift car--the dealer thought I had lost my mind when I ordered it that way!

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In North America even the base models for most cars are equipped with automatic transmission which may not be the case in other parts of the world.

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In the UK and much of Europe it is, but not in the US.

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I only drive automatic. Most cars in the US are automatic. Everyone I know drives an automatic. I would be at a loss driving stick.

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Everyone I know drives a manual lol. Europe still haven't really made the shift (hehe). I don't think you can even get a driver's license without learning to drive with manual.

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I wish it were like that in NZ. Manual drivers I find learn to read road conditions a lot better than auto drivers, thus well, making them more likely to be better drivers over all, imo.

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I know driving a manual transmission car makes me focus more on the car and the road. Not as easily tempted by distractions there. Also, I like the idea of choosing when the car changes gears.

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@rentenmann Oh absolutely, to both those things.

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Not to mention you're not as limited. You never know if you'll one day find yourself in desperate need of transportation, but the only available car has a manuel gear lol :b

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It's interesting how Europe sticks by their sticks (HA) and the US just goes full automatic.
In my (European) country we can get an automatic car driver's license, but everyone goes for stick-shift anyway.
I drove my first automatic car when I travelled to the USA and it was actually really relaxing! So much easier to drive long distances without getting worn out.
It might also be because in Europe I drive a tiny three cylinder car which starts to hum and shake nervously the moment I drive faster than 100km/hr .

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Hi hi to some one who dislikes politics in dramas as much as me!
Though I hate them I real life even more.

And chocolate is life. The End. ?❀️

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im so happy to see so many beanie writers love parks and rec cause thats like my fav american shows ever! its the only series i completed tbh lol

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"Behind the White Tower" with Kim Myung-min was the only medical drama that I was really into until "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" came along.
(Thank you again for the wonderful recaps).
If "House" ever gets a Korean remake, Han Suk-kyu or Kim Myung-min would be perfect.

As I got older my preference changes too. I'd love to see more older actors headline more dramas. They are much more believable from years of refining their skills.
I've never been a Straight up rom.com kind of girl but I do enjoy it when it's mixed in with other genres.

Hwang Jin-yi <3 Missing that young and ridiculously talented Shim Eun-kyung.

Love having you here @tineybeanie! Looking forward to more recaps from you.

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1. House is your favorite show too?! Yay!
2. I'm so glad you're the first person to be conflicted over which hallyu celebrity to meet because honestly rest of the db staff name their hallyu celebrity so confidently while I sit & contemplate that I can't even make a top 10 list. Glad to know I'm not alone.
3. Mutant baby drama, those ugly sweaters of heirs will always make me cry for wasting LMH's looks.
4. There's no explanation of your profile pic although there's no need.
All in all, nice to know you, tinybeanie :-)

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Glad we have same favorite drama tineybeanie :v RDTK was one of the best drama i've ever watched and became one of my favorite drama..it only takes 3/4 days to finish it because it just too addictive :v.
I want to rewatch it again but my heart can't take it..im just sooooo sad because i know it's ended ): gosh I can't get over it until now eventhough i'm already finish it 1 week ago.to move on..Im watching RDTk bts in youtube and watching that remind me this is only a fake television drama so why i must be sad?...but i CAN'T lol.. their character feel so real in my heart and i dont want to be sad anymore but typing this make me sad and remind me of RDTK again.....surely one of the best drama i've ever watched with character that really flawed and endearing..i hope there is season 2 with the same actor again because there is something that i believe still missing in this drama and season 2 will be great addition xD (my poor heart seems cant let this drama go)

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The length of American dramas issue is something I definitely relate to. Being over two months is great but also tedious. Now that I've been introduced to 16 episodes of Kdrama I'm not sure I can turn back?

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YAS for stick-shift. There is something satisfying in listening to the car. On the other side though, the grinding when you hit the wrong gear is nerve-wracking.

For minute, I thought you meant TOP as in top-of-the-world and I was puzzled. It then clicked that you meant the fellow from Big Bang. I too would love to see Lee Jun Ki. I would probably spend the entire hour staring however because that face is TOO pretty!

Omg, a triple fudge brownie sounds like heaven right about now.

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Oooof yeah gear-crunching. So bad for the gear box. I wince every time I do it cos I can see my dad scowling at me haha

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Same! Except it's my driving teacher who's scowling at me here. :D

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I think Playful Kiss is one of my worst dramas also! I can't believe I actually watched all of it.

Seems most of the staff's favorite show is Parks and Recs! Not that I blame them as it's one of my favorites also.

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Three words: "Treat Yo Self!" ?

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Oh my goodness, driving a stick shift car ..... your post reminded me that I was supposed to learn how to do that ..... but I never really got around to it.

Thanks for sharing some details about yourself tineybeanie!

By the way, there's something about a fabulously styled food shot, right?

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Hi tineybeanie! Nice to meet you.
I love House. I would watch reruns and find joy in his acerbic humor.
I cried buckets for Stairway. I dont know if I can watch that show again. Well maybe the happy parts.

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Omg yes I find it so hard to watch political dramas,but, talk about American politics and I wont shut up

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Loved your Panera's halo moment... :P Good to read more about you, cos I've come to expect your daily articles---feels like we all should know you already!

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Yay for House and female empowerme, that is in Hwang Jin Yi!

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim was(is) one of the few medical dramas i enjoyed recaps about.

Hi, nice to meet you.

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Pleased to "meet" you, tineybeanie! And thanks so much for recapping ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM.

LOL at your Hallyu Moment at Panera. I've had a couple of "heavenly light" episodes myself in which the clouds parted and golden rays streamed down. You can't make this stuff up. ;-)

You are a person after my own heart. I've been driving manual transmissions for more years than I care to admit (but will cop to having learned to shift three-on-the-tree!), and wouldn't have it any other way. I always disliked the feeling of the car driving me, instead of the other way around. I grew up in a hilly area, and learned early on that by staying in a lower gear, you spare your brakes -- and have a lot more control, particularly in snow and rain.

Plus it's just plain fun to tool around with five-on-the-floor -- especially with a short-throw shifter. I had one retrofitted a couple of years ago in my '97 Subaru Outback wagon after finally getting fed up with smacking my knuckles on the cup holder, and it's been a blast. Why keep driving a museum piece? She's smaller and more agile than the bloated SUVs on the road nowadays, and has superior visibility to boot. I nearly replaced her with a 6-speed manual Forester, and then realized I'm perfectly happy with 5 speeds. It isn't just the sound of the engine when upshifting. It's the feel of that forward leap up into the next gear, especially while climbing hills on the highway. There's nothing like cranking up Deep Purple's "Highway Star" and bopping 5 hours up the interstate to grandma's house. ;-)

PS: If you've never listened to "Car Talk" on National Public Radio, you owe it to yourself to tune in on the web to this classic call-in program. Hosted by mechanic brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi of East Cambridge, Mass., you'll ROFLYAO over real-life automotive shenanigans -- many of which sound like something out of a Kdrama. Overseas listeners can perfect their American satoori listening comprehension with callers from all over the USA. ;-)

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1- Constantly amazes me that so many people in the US don't know how to drive manuals. I guess there are still people like that in NZ but significantly less, because most of our cars are second, third or fourth hand, and especially student ones, are generally manual.
When I was in Pittsburgh, I was staying with a friend, we went to get caramel m&ms with her boyfriend and a mate, and the fact that there were three out of four of us in that car who could drive a manual was apparently an extremely low statistic! Manual drivers ftw!
And I agree, there is something sublimely satisfying about a well timed gear change.
2- I see a common theme among non-Korean shows and our writers. That theme being Parks and Rec. :P
3- I appreciate your drama-mutant-baby to no end, because ever since this Extra came out I've been trying to think about how I'd mash my most hated and loved, and time and era jump between the two, not to mention in the dramas themselves is stumping me haha

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I have never in my (short) life driven manual and don't know a single person with a manual car. Honestly, until recently I had no clue what made a manual different from automatic and I still can't really wrap my head around it or imagine what it's like to drive one. It just seems unnecessarily complicated to me! But again, I've never even seen one in real life (just in pictures lol) and don't anticipate ever being behind the wheel of one. I know they use less gas, but aside from that there is nothing that would compel me to learn.

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I'm American, BTW, as you could probably guess lol.

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They're just... idk...
You have so much more control of the car, and cornering is so fun, and it's much safer in the wet, the snow or the gravel, because you shouldn't break hard (slash ever at times) for those, so you can engine break instead with a manual. A lot of people prefer autos for city driving, as the constant changing at lights can be a hassle (and also stalling haha) but for technical driving they're much better.
I sound like I'm trying to sell them to you or something haha

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I like the idea of extra control, but as a clumsy person with no hand-eye coordination, driving a manual just means I have more ways to mess things up and die a horrible death.
I've gotten used to it now, but I still have a fear of car congestion in hilly areas, where a carcrash can happen any moment if my foot decides to spazz...

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I learned to drive stick in a Yugo. That you had to get out and push start if you killed it. After that car, nothing will phase me.

Although my current car is automatic (it's really hard to find a manual car), I really like driving stick. Except when I am hungry. Very hard to eat and drive stick and keep your clothes clean at the same time. I wonder if that is the root of America's preference for automatics? Our love of drive-throughs.

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Hahaha nice. I learnt in an 89 Toyota Hiace van with a manual column shift. Don't see many of those around any more. My dad used to say if we could drive the van we could drive anything (since it's basically a mini truck). 6 years later and I still prefer driving it over anything else haha.

(It is hard right? they're often more expensive too!) Have to say I have managed to eat carrots dipped in hummus whilst driving stick, although I probably wouldn't recommend... haha

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@Amilia:

You have my undying admiration for driving a Yugo, much less learning to shift in one. ;-)

I remember when they debuted in the US, and their less-than-stellar reputation.

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@sicarius,

The least fun I ever had while driving stick was in Ireland during college. It entailed the trauma of trying to figure out how to wrestle a Simca hatchback into reverse. We couldn't back it out of the rental space -- and had to ask the agent to demonstrate. Very embarrassing. You had to push down on the stick as if trying to spear the floorboards, IIRC. Dangedest thing I've ever encountered. Oh, and it was right-hand drive, so shifting was left-handed. I prefer not to recall negotiating roundabouts. ;-)

I totally agree about the fun factor of driving a standard transmission. My first brand-new car was an '87 Chevy Nova sedan (Toyota Corolla made in California) with 5 on the floor, power steering, and air conditioning -- woo hoo! After my 4th-hand 1973 AMC Hornet hatchback bit the dust, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The Hornet had 3 on the floor, and without power steering, handled like a Sherman tank. But with her six-cylinder engine, I was comforted by the thought that she had a lot more mass than smaller foreign cars, so I stood a chance of surviving if a Cadillac ever plowed into us.

The Novarolla was a total blast to drive. Compared to the Hornet, she shifted as smoothly as silk. One of the high points was driving her up Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The road had to be negotiated in lower gears both ways, and was nerve-wracking. I didn't have to worry about burning out the brakes, however. And the view from the summit was worth it. ;-)

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I'm from New Zealand so changing with my left is normal hahaha. And roundabouts can be fun too... if everyone knows how to use them. Which generally they don't haha.
The hiace was interesting too because 1st was where 5th usually is and R was where 2 is in the average car. You had to pull right in and up to get into the insanely low 1st. I swear the thing can take off in neutral its 1st is so low.

Wooow. 3 on the floor... the Nova would've been like heaven!
Yasss! Sounds awesome. Hill driving is great, and engine breaking is such a good skill to learn.

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All the love for Parcs and Rec!
Leslie Knope for president!

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I loved House too. Although it brought out my hypochondriac tendencies. Nothing a good triple fudge brownie can't fix. ?

Thanks for recapping Circle!

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I love your drama moment, hee hee hee! Awesome about driving stick; I prefer it to an auto transmission. House was a great show! Nice to meet you!!!

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"just a lot of intense staring and sitting in chairs."

Lol the same reason why I don't like dramas with heavy chaebol arc. Business meeting here, business meeting there. And also with medical drama--except they're standing.

And, "House"? I always knew you're my soul sista lol.

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Hello tineybeanie. Pleased to 'know' you. Well done, you had us reminiscing manual driving. A distant time for me; though i drove for possibly nearly 20 years on stick. The last time i tried within this past five years, i kept stalling at intersections. My son who had around 2.5 years driving experience on manual just took over. Adult kids felt so embarrassed. Hope to read you more in DB.

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"Kim Bok-ju. Because Joon-young is love." oh yes!

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Hi tineybeanie~ thanks for sharing about yourself. Ever since I first saw it, I've been curious about your username because of the spelling-- I even googled "tiney" to see if there was some meaning I wasn't aware of (lol). Anyway, I heard JB say your name in a podcast, and realized that I'd been pronouncing it wrong (in my head)-- sorry! Now I now that it's pronounced like "teeny"-- it's cute that it rhymes with "beanie".

Thanks for all of your well-written news articles!

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Nothing helps better for typing reports than a triple fudge brownie! And coffee, of course!

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I agree with the bad thing about American TV! I can never see a show til the end! Another reason I love kdramas!

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