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Open Thread #552

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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I am so upset. I have loved Lee Seo Won since Uncontrollably Fond, and defended him his character in The Liar and His Lover to hell and back. I wanted him to be the Next Big Thing after Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Gum, and to be in the Premier '97 Line with Nation's Little Brother Yeo Jin Gu.

Now his career is over (as it should be), and he is dead to me (as he should be), and Blossom has to drop him (as they should). Now every one of his dramas is tainted for me, and I can't listen to any of Crude Play's OSTs ever again.

I obviously have more puppies where he came from, but he was always my favorite. I was rooting for you!

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I can relate to your dilemma @panshel. I've been grappling with news about my favorite authors and filmmakers.

It's one thing to choose not to engage with an artist you don't know. But it's heartbreaking when someone—who's work you've admired—turns out to be an abuser or a predator. How do we support victims while reconciling the love we have for that artist's work?

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I've been grappling with news about my favorite authors and filmmakers.

As a student and teacher of literature and writing this has been a tough tough year. Thinking long term though, I hope and believe that in the end the arts will benefit from the truth coming out and a more diverse field artists will finally be given a chance to shine.

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He was pretty good in Hospital Ship too... Such as shame. I can still listen to Crude Play for the other guys, and because it's a fictional band.

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I never even watched Hospital Ship, and now I never can. Such a shame. What the hell was he thinking?!

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Career Over - Look at the no. of scandals and half of them involve abuse against opposite gender. Its like the norm of media world. There is a good possibility it all will be forgotten in few months and he might become popular in future.

2nd - People should read some articles about why Drinking makes men more aggressive, violent and intolerant.

I've seen cult of fans defending their oppas indefensible acts so i don't think the guy will loose everything.

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Even Frank Sinatra was really violent and sexualy abusive and he've had problems with alcohol but people are still listening to him and admire him... Last week we were talking with one of my good friend about famous guys and their strange behaviour accepted or on purpose not seen things happening and she mentioned when there was a music festival in her town, her friend was working with sounds, so they went behind the scene when was the son of Bob Marley there and he was high and asking for girls to go with him to a hotel to have a "good fun". Nothing other interested him. So he isn't the only one..

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depends on business interests entirely I am afraid. companies make and break people. If he is valuable to them, they´ll push his career up again. if they don´t see moneymaking potential, then no. somae artist make money despite. even the ones in the world who currently have some scandal. they are still making money. and some aren´t even when they have no scandal. It is only about business, absolutely nothing else (I am being cynical here, but....)
a little example: Israel killing people literally WHILE Netta was winning Eurovision. should be scandal too. Victory should be taken away, at least the right to organize next competition but ohhhhh nooooo. and she sang about the very thing that can bring another artist down. but she is on charts and making money so Israel can continue killing, nobody will care. Except the irish, they are petitioning.

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I totally agree with you. It’s a money-making business to them - scandal or no scandal. It’s why vicious predators are being shielded. The outing of them would not do the predators bad but also the people protecting them.
I’m just largely uncomfortable with the way the media keeps reporting the Lee-so-Won incident. Everywhere I read it, they keep enunciating that he was drunk. Which, in k-entertainment world, means it won’t be long till he resumes his activity after claiming to have been repenting. Basically, they’re going to blame it on the alcohol. I just hope the identity of the actress is never revealed. The media won’t take her side either. I can already see it ‘she has a boyfriend... why was she drinking with someone else?’

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I feel you. I really liked him in both Liar & Hospital Ship, and thought he had a bright future ahead of him.

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Lot of Netflix Uk series additions in the last couple of days - Producers, Hwarang, Uncomfortably Fond, Love in the Moonlight. I think there are quite a few more coming before the end of the month.

Hopefully slightly better ones..... (soz!)

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Question to beanies I'm curious about : Who is Your favorite Kdrama Female Lead ??

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🎶Nae ireumeul Cheon Song Yi
Uri unni Man Song Yi
Nae dongsaeng Baek Song Yi🎶

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WBY in APAD hehe.
Also jang nara in I remember you.
Jiho would've been on the list if not for the last two episodes of BTIOFL.

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The one that comes immediately to my mind is Song Ji Won from Age of Youth! She is just the right kind of crazy for me and I cannot get enough of her *coughs, 3, coughs*

In addition, Song Ji-won and Im Sung-min is by far my favorite non-OTP which WILL soon become the OTruestP *violent coughs, 3, coughs blood"

p.s. I am not the right kind of crazy, as you see.

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Problem is, now I also kind of ship doo shik and soo ah.
Please just let them be twins so both the ships sail.

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Haha I totally get it. This may sound ridiculous (because it is) -the biggest reason why I dropped Waikiki midway is because I don't think emotionally I can handle seeing Son Seung-won courting another person since my OTruestP hasn't yet actualized. See what I meant by not the right kind of crazy? 😭

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*high fives* I was going to write the same! ^^

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Lee Ji an from My Ajusshi. No doubt about it. 😍 IU is amazing!

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I second this times 100

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Lee Ji-an from My Ajusshi blew me away...
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I second Lee Ji An from My Ajusshi.

Also on my list are :
Choi Yeon Kyung from Live Up To Your Name
Mishil from Queen Seondeok

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Yay, you're a Mishil fan! Mishil was truly diabolical but I'm strangely attracted to her genius and ambition.

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Ji An has no competition. Hands down the best k-drama heroine I’ve ever watched.

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Can't I have 2. Lee ji an and woo bo young....

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Current fave off the top of my head:
Woo Bo Young from You Who Forgot Poetry
♥♥♥

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This is harder than choosing a favorite Oppa :(((

(In no particular order)

Chun-hyang from Delightful Girl Chun-hyang
Go Hye-ran from Misty
Lee Ji-an from My Ajusshi
Song Ji-won from Age of Youth
Chae Young-shin from Healer (also Park Min-young in SKKS)
Woo Bo-young from You Who Forgot Poetry
Kim So-yeon's NK agent from IRIS
Jang Hye-sung from I Hear Your Voice
Lee Jin-sook (the bar unni) from Heartless City

I probably forgot a lot of unnis now T____T

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Historical dramas: a very hard question, there are so many.

Modern dramas: Go Dok Mi (Flower Boy Next Door)

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One of the reasons I love Flower Boy Next Door is that it gives us such unusual leads. I love Go Dok Mi and her introversion, but Enrique is immortalized in my book as one of my favorite heroes. Not just because Yoon Shi-yoon is able makes this hyperactive character so vulnerable and lovable, I can also relate to his story of encountering racism growing up as an immigrant who had to navigate a foreign culture whilst in her teens.

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Song Ji Won from Age Of Youth,
Kim Bok Joo from WFKBJ, and
Go Dok Mi from Flower Boy Next Door.

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Lee Ji-an from My Ajusshi is exceptional in every way.
Han Yeo-jin from Secret Forest because she's just great.

Not a lead, but also bad ass is Woo So-ji from Because This is My First Life. Ji-ho would have gotten a nod here, and even though I defended her actions somewhat, but by causing Se-hee so much pain she pushed herself from favorite heroine territory.

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It is funny that I watched so many dramas, yet I can't think of my favorite female lead. My favorite male lead to this date is Jang-geum's hubby (Ji Jin-hee) in Dae Jang-geum tho.

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btw that was character-wise talking. For an actor, no one can beat Kim Myung-min in Immortal Yi Soon-shin (for me at least, NO ONE).

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Oh hell to the Yes! I watched the whole 100+ eps in that on aznv.tv. It was freaking hard to get a membership but when I finally got one "Immortal Yi" was my first and it took me a long time to finish it but it was worth it.

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Park Shin-hye for the win!

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Yoo Eun Soo from Faith

Kim Soon Jung from Falling For Innocence

Choi In Ha from Pinocchio

Yoon Seo from The Three Musketeers

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*melts* I'm just so happy to see Go Dok Mi from Flower Boy Next Door getting the love she deserves...

I also need to give a shout out to uri favorite supernatural girl, Mi Ho from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Seol from the first half of Cheese in the Trap, Song Ji Won from Age of Youth, gosh I'm sure I'm forgetting many...

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For a single show: Jeon Ji-hyun in You From Another Star.
For career so far: Kim So-Hyun.

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Hands Down- Kim Sam Soon

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I want to also shout out Miho from MGIAG.
I also loved Ji-an from Ahjussi of course...
And Ji-ah from INAR.
Hye-sung from I can hear your Voice
Song Ji Won from AOY!!
And so many more...

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Soo-Ji in LOOKOUT.

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Jian (my ahjussi), hong seol (cheese in the trap) despite the second half of the series of cheese in the trap, her character is so real and so close to me i cant not love her

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This is unfair. Making us choose 1? I can't choose just 1.

My Top 10

1. Deokman (Lee Yo Won) from Queen Seondeok
2. Dong Yi (Han Hyo Joo) from Dong Yi
3. Jang Geum (Lee Young Ae) from Jewel in the Palace. I'm only on episode 12 now but I can tell Jang Geum will be one of my all-time faves
4. Possessed Bong Sun/Shin Sun Ae (Park Bo Young) from Oh My Ghostess
5. Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
6. Yoo Rin (Lee Da Hae) from My Girl
7. Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) from Coffee Prince
8. Ok Da Jung (Lee Yo Won) from Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Gi
9. Yi Deum (Jung Ryeo Won) from Witch's Court
10. Deok Sun (Hyeri) from Reply 1988

Honourable Mentions (cause I can't stop myself from cheating):

1. Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) from Oh Hae Young Again
2. Hwang Jin Yi (Ha Ji Won) from Hwang Jini

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Your top six basically in my top 30 too. Lol.

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@soohyang Really? Who are the rest? Tell, tell!

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Well I'm not sure about the rank, I've already wrote my top 5 in my comment here so the rest are:
6. Lee Bo-Young in IHYV
7. Ko Hyun-Jung in QSD and Queen's Classroom
8. Bae Doo-Na in Secret Forest
9. Lee Ha-Nui in Shine or Go Crazy and Rebel
10. Oh Yeon-Soo in Come Back Ajushi
9. Baek Jin-Hee in Empress Ki
10. Claudya Kim in Monster
11. Shin Hye-Sun in MGL
12. Ryu Hyun-Kyung in 20th Century Boy and Girl
13. Im Soo-Hyang in Inspiring Generation
14. Lee Si-Young in Becoming a Billionaire and Lookout
15. Lee Da-Hae in My Girl and The Good Witch
Lol I only could think about those girls atm

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I'm sorry for the slow response! Have been stuck on Jewel in the Palace all day long. I just cannot turn away from this show.

Mishil is a complex character, perhaps not the most lovable which is why I didn't include her in my list, but she's definitely one of the most fascinating K-drama characters of all time.

I haven't watched a lot of the dramas in your comments so I can't say much about all those characters but yea, Mishil is definitely one of the most memorable characters.

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I'm happy for you that you still have a lot of Jewel in the Palace goodness ahead of you. I can still hear the theme song, Onara, in my head (and heart) even though I watched it years ago.

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Let me help you reminisce:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDj-xWOkWRU

I have to stay away from fanmade videos or I'll spoil the plot for myself. =(

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Hahaha-- I listened to it again right after I replied to you! :)

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THE LEGENDARY Chun Song Yi of You From Another Star.

Honorable mentions:

Sung Shi Won of Reply 1997
Jang Hye Sung from I Hear Your Voice
Seo Bom from Heard It Through the Grapevine
Choi Ae Ra from Fight My Way
Tak Ye Jin and Cindy (yes, both are female leads) from Producer
Jo Ji Ah from I'm Not A Robot

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Chae YoungShin-Healer
Lee JiAn-My Ahjussi
Ha MoonSoo-JBL

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There are so many talented actresses in dramas and films.
(In no particular order)

Moon Geun-young: Empress Myeongseong, Painter of the Wind....
Park Eun-bin: Secret Door, Age of Youth...
Seo Ji-hye: Shin Don,Hyangdan, Punch...
Lee Hye-young: No Blood No Tears (film), Mother...
Kim Ok-bin: The Villainess (film), Thirst (film), Yoona's Street, Children of the Lesser God...
Park Bo-young: Scandal Makers (film), A werewolf Boy (film), King and I, Ghostess....
Go Hyun-jung: Sandglass, Queen Seon Deok, Daemul, Dear my Friends....
Kim Hyang-gi: Queen's Classroom, Snowy Road...
Kim Sae-ron: Man from nowhere (film), Heaven's Garden, Snowy Road...
Kim Yoo-jung: Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho, Dirge Singer, Flame of Desire...
Kim So-hyun: We All Cry Differently,Page Turner...
Moon Chae-won: War of the Arrows (film), Princess Man...
Han Ye-ri: As one (film) Commitment( film), Haemoo(film), Age of Youth....
Shim Eun-kyung: Sunny (film), Ms Granny (film),Hwang Jini...
Kim Go-eun: Yeonga (film),Monster (film), Coin Locker(film), A Muse(film), Cheese in the trap...
Son Ye-jin: The Classic (film), The Truth Beneath (film), The Last Princess (film), White Night (film), Pretty Noona...
Jung Yumi: Family Ties (film), The Crucible(film), Oki's Movie (film), The Table (film), Live....
Bae Doona: The Host (film), Cloud Atlas (film), A girl at my door (film), Sense8, Forest of Secrets...
Gong Hyo-jin:M (film), Crush and Blush (film), Missing (film), Wonderful Days, The producers...
Jeon Do-yeon: Secret Sunshine (film), The Contact (film),Shameless (film),The Good Wife...
Honey Lee: I am the king (film), The Bros (film), Shine or Go Crazy, Rebel...
Nam Ji-hyun: Hwayi: A Monster Boy (film), The Great King Sejong, Queen Seon Deok, Angel Eyes...
Kim So-eun: Iron Empress,He Who Can't Marry, Horse Doctor...

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Cha Hong Do from Heart to Heart. She's awesome.

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Maybe I should re-watch that. I remember how charmed I was by her...
You have such good taste, @cloggie! ^^

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I like to think so :P

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Is it too late for me to comment here? I just wrote my top 5 tho.
1. Kong Hyo-Jin in everything
2. Park Bo-Young in everything
3. Kim Hyun-Joo in everything
4. Lee Yo-Won in everything
4. Jung Ryeo-Won in Bubblegum
5. Park So-Dam in Beautiful Man

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Mine would be

Jang Hyesung - I Hear Your Voice
Cheon Songyi - You Who Came From the Star
Oh Jiyoung - Miss Korea
Cindy - The Producers

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Seo Hyun-jin as Seolnan in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG.

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That was such a wonderful drama!!
❤️

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It's definitely IU as Lee Ji An in My Ajusshi. She nailed that role perfectly. 😍

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Let's see...
1. Kim Hangha (Ha Jiwon in King2Hearts)
2. Seol (Kim Goeun in Cheese in the Trap (RIP))
3. Park Gaein (Son Yejin in Personal Taste)
4. Sung Shiwon (Jung Eunji in Answer Me 1997)
5. Jang Hyesong (Lee Boyoung in I Hear Your Voice)
6. Seo Bom (Go Ahsung in Heard it Through the Grapevines]
7. Han Yeojin (Bae Doona in Stranger/Forest of Secrets)
8. Kang Yeondoo (Jung Eunji in Cheer Up/Sassy Go Go)
9. Jo Kangja/Jo Bangwool (Kim Heesun in Angry Mom)

and I don't know if she counts as a lead but:
10. Kwon Boyoung (BoA in My Wife is Having an Affair this Week)

Honorable Mentions
Sung Deoksun (Hyeri in Answer Me 1988)
Go Dokmi (Park Shinhye in Flower Boy Next Door)

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[b]My Ahjussi[/b] what a lovely drama. I really enjoyed the story development all the way to the end. The way tiny Lee Ji An was able to take down CEO in the face to face encounter had me howling "You don't have the mental capacity to think of this..." "You are petty when you like someone..." All true. All exposed a tiny man with tiny mentality and a huge chip on his shoulder. Anytime CEO would get agitated, his voice would get screechy an I felt a little country accent would pop up every now and again. The relationship with Lee Ji An and our Manager Park was beautiful , even if it was a 1-sided crush. They understood and accepted each other in a way that is rarely found today. I found the quirks of his brothers and neighborhood ahjussis to be good for comedic relief. What a bunch of grown a$$ dorks (I mean that in the most endearing way possible). When you have friends since childhood, you never fully see each other as adults. Playground fights childhood memories are present in everyday life, as mush as divorces, heartbreak and job woes. I enjoyed this drama a lot.

[b] Wok of Love [/b] I find the story line funny thus far. The one thing that truly bothered me was watching our chef's body get tattooed with that awful angel wings. I'm not against tattoos at all. Just forcibly placing a permanent mark on someones body without their consent. That was hard to watch and made me seethe more than I though reasonable for a person watching a drama. HAHAHA

[b] Rich Man, Poor Woman [/b] I watched the japanese version and understand the plot . However, the CEO is a just damn cruel to this girl. I'm sorry, you can't keep calling someone stupid in business settings, in front of coworkers, etc. That's just wrong. I don't know how that toxic language can turn into a 'ship' later on.

Happy Friday ALL!!!

btw, i don't know how to bold text, hope it works out ok.

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Almost right—the pointy brackets next time. ;)

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Thank you!

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https://www.w3schools.com/html/html_formatting.asp
You can find all the tricks here :)

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Yes, that "You don't have the mental capacity" line was great.

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I only watched the first ep of Greasy Melo but looked at the recaps. The tattoo part made me so angry to just read.

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I will miss "A Poem A Day" which wrapped up this week. It's hard to find dramas where neither the hero or heroine suffers from a bad case of noble idiocy, so that aspect of the drama was much appreciated. I was extremely happy that Bo Young ended up with Dr. Ye as I found them to be an adorable couple. Overall, a sweet fun drama.

Unfortunately, I continue to struggle to find anything enjoyable with "Something in the Rain". While crazy mom antics have fallen off, I'm finding it hard to like the heroine due to her continual lying and "I know best" attitude.

I am enjoying "Wok of Love" but just not loving it as much as I hoped I would. But I do like the main leads in this drama more than in the writer's previous dramas. The hero/heroine never clicked for me in Jealousy Incarnate and I disliked the hero in Miss Korea so much that I didn't want the heroine to end up with him.

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I also can't determine what benefits COFFEEBAY is reaping by sponsoring "Something in the Rain". Ah yes, COFFEEBAY the company where male managers sexually harass female employees. Ah yes, COFFEEBAY, where the CEO approves the creation of fake documents to attack the credibility of it's the sexual harassment victims. Ah yes, COFFEEBAY a proud supporter of the "anti-Me Too" movement. Hmmm, so far can't think of one reason I would ever buy coffee from COFFEEBAY.

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I honestly thought I was the only one who didn't like the otp in Jealousy Incarnate. You just made my day.

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I just finished My Mister and I loved the ending. I thought it tied up all the loose ends and provided hope.

Now, if I could only quit rewatching Untouchable Lovers, maybe I could be productive in my real life.

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I initialy disliked the ending (watching raw with live recap) but after a second watch (with proper english sub), having better understanding on the story for the last 2 hours, I totally love the ending. It's BITTERSWEET at its best. The way DH's smile when JA said she wants to treat him for a meal says everything - that shy smile is the same smile when she said that he is a very good person in episode 12. That smile is the smile of a man in love. I love My Ajusshi and seriously, perfection till the very end.

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I've been reading wonders, but normally "I cried a lot" is not a selling point with me :-)) . Is it as bleak as it looks? I am dying for a good drama (snoozing through Queen of Mystery 2 right now), but I can't handle dark and depressing...

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Same.

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Its not a bleak drama at all, its dark and at the end of the episode extremely uplifting.
Its about when you think you are at your worst phase what wonders can another person do in your life, what does a beautiful relationship mean, and as in the end what does it mean to payback for a wonderful relationship you share with some one. And what it means to love and what is your most wonderful moment in life?
Watch it slowly and you see its magical series.

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Hahaha tearing up just reading that description <3 . But "slowly" makes me worried about binging. I'll wait to be in a good mood and steel myself for it... thanks :-)

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Let me add one line, a perfect drama is the one which you can watch in every mood and it puts you in a good mood.
My comment on slow was because there is so much to absorb that you may feel overwhelmed. But then it depends upon tastes. :)
Happy watching!

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@rket593 I understood your advice to mean that the show was heavy (a la first five episodes of Rescue Me), but if it is just dense, and rather uplifting than draining, I will definitely give it a try :-)

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Yes, you got it: My Ajusshi is heavy and intense, but not draining and depressing. I almost didn't watch it because it came on the heels of Mother, which was stellar, but it was draining. My Ajusshi starts off bleakly, but gets lighter as it goes on. And don't be put off by all the reports of viewers crying-- most of the tears were shed because the drama is incredibly touching. I hope you end up loving it as much as we do.

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So DramaFever finally managed to get a few more primo dramas. Four, iirc including the new one with Rain, and they've announced they're going to get Pretty Noona/Something in the Rain but it's going to drop all at once, for instance. (I thought Netflix US had that? I wonder if they both will get it at once?) I was just about to cancel my sub there, but I've been watching a few classics they have (Goong most recently).

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Let's hope Cinderella Chef is one them as there are still no subs after episode 12. =(

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YouTube has added subs for episodes 14-19, but not ep. 13. But you can still watch 13, if you change the captions to auto translate from the Chinese. So happy to find another fan. Cinderella Chef is such a cute drama.

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My Ahjusshi

This drama is soo good and realistic. I cried soo much while watching the last episode. Most especially when Ji an's computer friend came to her grandmothers funeral, I cried soo much. I don't know why I did but when he said thank you to PDH, I cried more.

I also understood Jang ki young's character. As Ji an said he was a nice person. He is just a product of bad parenting. As we all know, environment and society in which we find our selves have a significant impact on what or who we become

2 hours after watching it, I am still in tears.

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I watched it 14 hours ago and I'm still drowning in a pool of feels.

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My Ajusshi... 😶😶😶😶😶😶😶
It is like: no words. I will watch it over again.
And again...
And again...

And maybe again again

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Everyone, My Ajusshi stayed excellent through the very end. And more amazingly, there is NOT a single weak episode. Those who were on the fence, please give it a try. It's truly one of the best dramas out there. Period.

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Same. I have no word to describe how amazing this drama is. I cried watching the raw version, and cried harder and more watching the subbed version. The love between Dong Hoon and Ji An is the most beautiful I ever encountered in a K-drama.

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I wrote quite a huge comment on that, but I will post it when the weecap comes out... just for you to know I second you in that sentence: it is the most beautiful kind of love I have ever encountered in a k drama and maybe in my whole life, except for the love God has for us, of course... But beautiful, simply amazing. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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I agree. I will treasure this show like a favorite book or a wonderful memory.
I have already watched each episode numerous times. It is so much more than the sum of its parts. This is perfection and art.
The story is so heart warming. I love it beyond words.

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I havent! I will re-watch it after a month, maybe, so that i can enjoy it like brand new.
It will be good for me, because I am not interested in any of the airing shows now.
I am even finishing Just between lovers for the second time... very slow, and it is also amazing!
My Ajusshi is somehow better than JBL??? I don´t know... it is just, wow... so good. I have to repeat.

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Well, I'm packing up my Subaru and heading out for tomorrow's mountain wedding with the Our Husband Oh Jak Doo fan club. It's a long drive so we'll need to sort out water, snacks, music, podcasts, neck pillows and the driving rotation. @egads—can you take the first driving shift? What are your essential road trip snacks?

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I saw a tweet this week (last week?) that said something like "snacks for a road trip should look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100" <3 yum!

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I can definitely take the first driving shift. As far as snacks, licorice (red), chocolate, and potato chips or pretzels will keep me fed and happy. I also need a steady supply of coffee. Should I bring the really big thermos to share?

I've packed my dress hiking boots, and good wool vest for the occasion.

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I love it. And your outfit sounds perfect.

So, back in the day, I had a serious addiction to Red Vines. During a lunch break, my colleague saw me eating red licorice and noted that I seemed to eat a lot of it. I told him, "Red Vines. Be careful though. Don't buy a big bag." A couple weeks later, he said, "Oh my god. You're right about Red Vines. I can't stop!"

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We are true kindred spirits. Red Vines are the best. I bought a tub from the wholesale store for the drive.

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Woot?? There will be wedding in the mountain? Whose wedding?

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Our beloved OTP! This is an educated guess based on these two instagram posts shared on the s**mpi MHOJD thread:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiyoQroBdaJ/ (see Uee in the background wearing a certain type of dress)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi0a8EWBAop/ (KKW in a wingtip collar shirt)

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EEK THIS HAS ME EVEN MORE PUMPED FOR TOMORROW

On a side not, I think my head cold and scratchy voice is making me want to compensate by yelling replies in caps lock.

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Yasssssssss, I hope it will give us satisfying ending

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Well, episode 22 did end with a marriage proposal...

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Yes it was...

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Is there a theme for the wedding? Anything I should avoid wearing? I was thinking of wearing pink to match uri "Baby" ahjumma.

My vote is we listen to B1A4 during the drive, they are on my favorite chill driving playlist.

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Ha! I can't wait to see what the halmoni trio will wear.

Everyone gets to contribute to the playlist. For at least one song, I want all our heads bopping in unison.

*Adding B1A4 to my YouTube playlist to check them out ;)*

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Oh, and I'll bring chamomile tea? Since uri husband loves it ~

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B1A4 is my bias of kpop boys, I hope you enjoy them

A serious song of theirs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x67c_lYqTQ8

A silly song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwD3tLH3hg

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Obviously we cannot forget Kim Kang Woo's own music from his Guardian days.

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Yessss that is a must!

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@hotcocoagirl @tsutsuloo Perhaps we can get a flash mob together to do the dance?

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*goes to practice the dance moves* just tell me when and where to be!

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Not watching the show but just wanted to say that Subarus are the best outdoors especially for this mountain wedding. 😀

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Subarus are a favorite in my part of the States. Every Subaru driver in my friendship circle has had at least one embarrassing incident because they mistook someone else's car for their own.

Just a couple weeks ago, my husband was on our block when he saw our Crosstrek coming down our street. He was expecting me back from our kid's taekwondo class and greeted me with silly gestures and funny faces. But the car continued to drive past our house, revealing a pair of puzzled passengers who were definitely not me.

My friend Susan (who's in her late 30's) did the same thing when she spotted her parents' orange Crosstrek. The orange ones are a rarer sight so she knew it was them. She sauntered towards the car, doing her best Monty Python silly walk ... until she was close enough to see that the couple in the front seat were NOT her parents. :D

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You have great taste in friends (IMO, anyone who would do her best Monty Python silly walk to put a smile on her parents' faces is a gem). Just thinking about the Ministry of Silly walks has put a smile on my face. :)

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We're a Subaru family, too. I have a black Outback...yes black like everyone else. My husband has a unicorn. We used to get letters from the dealers asking him to sell his car. Recently a neighbor left a note asking if he would like to sell his car. And my MIL has a yellow Baja, which is rare sighting these days.

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OT week 67! Another beautiful day here, or maybe it was because I finished A Love So Beautiful that I’m in such a good mood! Or maybe because I’ve leaving for vacation tomorrow for 9 days! I don’t know, but it’s a beautiful day anyway!

I finally wrote the blog entry for my last Free the Kimchi meeting found here: http://www.freethekimchi.com but I forgot to mention what happened after the meeting, which was me dying in a fit of giggles from some silicone lips that one of the ladies saw on YouTube and got for all of us as a gag. We give each other beauty-related gifts and she was feeling left out because she hadn’t bought us anything (I’m the face mask queen) and we all tried it, and we looked like clowns! It’s one of those, “You had to be there” type moments. The premise of the lips is to be able to exercise those muscles to prevent wrinkles. Well, we had other reasons to exercise those muscles too, and it just got worse and worse from there! ROTCL (where C=couch) was literally what I was doing!

On the Asian drama front, finishing the web C-drama A Love So Beautiful was oh-so-satisfying. The ending with Jiang Chen’s thoughts and reactions was what I needed to have closure, but it’s just the beginning for those two, so I’m writing an essay with my thoughts about how things may (or may not) end up for them. I know several physician colleagues (all surgeons) that are divorced because neglecting their spouses, and this couple could see the same result if some very specific things are not fostered in their relationship. There were several things I saw in their relationship which will be huge hurdles in the future, so I guess my essay will be marriage advice from someone who has been there and done that for Jiang Chen and Xiaoxi going forward. Coming soon—or after vacation, depending on how much time I have today!

And LIVE is FINALLY ON NETFLIX! I watched eps 9- part of 10; It was easy to get back into these people’s lives and I’m still so engrossed in their flaws and how real this show is. And the music too; does anyone have a good link for all of it? I’ve downloaded the rest of the season to watch while on vacation with Prison Playbook and the last 4 eps of A Poem a Day, and maybe an episode of Busted, and also Come Here and Hug Me at some point.

I was asked last week to write another chapter of My Daughter and the Math Genius. I think because she knows I’m interested, she tells me stuff about him, so she’s been more forward in telling be things. (I hope this continues throughout her teenage years too—I want to know about all her crushes!)

Chapter 4:

Daughter: Math Genius got first place at our class math competition. (Doesn’t he sound like Jiang Chen already, @modernflapper?)

Me: What did you get?

Daughter: Second! And B (a Chinese boy that is in their little math club whose dad is SO HARD ON HIM) didn’t even place!

Husband: I feel sorry for B.

Me: I have...

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...to talk to Math Genius’ mom so you guys can get together this summer.

Husband: Stop it!

Me: No, really, Daughter wants to do well next year in the math league and obviously they’ve figured out what they’re doing. We don’t do anything (like, really, next to nothing). Would you be up for that?

Daughter: Sure, I DO want to do good next year.

Me: *And I just want pretty genius grandbabies in 20 years.*

Moral of the Story: I’m not a tiger parent, I’m just thinking about my daughter’s future (said every tiger parent ever).

2nd Moral: I feel really sorry for B too. I hope he doesn’t burn out by middle school. There are tiger parents, and then there is B's dad.

3rd Moral: Summer vacay, here I come!

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I love how Husband gave a thought to B (a secondary character) while you were focused on Math Genius (lead).
Enjoy your vacay!!! :D

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A Math League Romance. I love this.

Way way way back, I was an alternate for my high school math league team, and this was also when I was in my punk phase. First meet I went to I walked into the room, and not only was I the only girl, but my black clad, thick black eyeliner self contrasted so much with the sea of nerdy boys the whole bunch of them literally stared at me like I was an alien. It was like a scene from a John Hughes film.

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I'd watch that John Hughes film! My daughter is the only girl too. But the 3rd place girl is not in math league yet, so maybe she will be next year. The kids in my daughter's class are all overachievers. That girl is an amazing dancer/ballerina as well. I guess you could say she's under the radar smart, but not anymore!

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That sounds like a fantastic movie by the by ;)

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The reality even included such tropes as a pair of glasses held together by tape, and short sleeved button up shirts accessorized with pocket protectors.

If I ever write a novel about a high school punk, it's definitely a scene to be included.

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@egads May 18, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Be sure to include at least one pizza-stained t-shirt to complete the techie nerd look. It it's set BPC (Before Pocket Calculators), slide rules are a must. ;-)

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@pakalanapikake Of course, I wouldn't dare forget the pizza stained t-shirt worn with slightly high water jeans. I once tried explaining slide rules to my kids...

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I like this little updates on your daughter and Math Genius, it's a mini kdrama.and no,you are not a tiger parent 😉

Enjoy your vacation Ally!

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Thanks! I know I’m really not, because I allowed my kids go to the end of year swim party, while B’s dad wouldn’t, because B has a swimming competition tomorrow and he needs to ‘rest.’ 🙄

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Finished Poetry
Finished My Ajusshi
Finished J drama Petero no Soretsu

Watching : Wok, Secret of Three Kingdoms, Noona, Moonshine & Valentine

Will try Come and Hug Me.

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How's Secret of Three Kingdoms? I finished Nirvana in Fire 2 and am looking around for another Chinese historical drama. I like politics and battles, but don't want so much romance (hence dropped General and I).

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You would probably like So3K then, not much romance, certainly politics and plotting though. Some small skirmishes here and there, talks about battles stuff but light on war scenes .

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Thanks!

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In honor of the ending of the fabulous My Ahjussi and one of my all time favorite OST songs, here is a "translation" of Vincent Blue's There's A Rainbow. Besides being ear candy, the lyrics to this song are depressingly gorgeous and have some great imagery and metaphors that I think got lost in the translations I saw. Just a note of caution, I use some interpretive freedom when coming up with translations since the ambiguity of the song ends up making it nonsensical if you just do word-for-word translations like most sites do. Here's the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqmLKC_w5KQ

Without even opening my eyes I greet this morning
And send up a prayer for my worn-down self
The yesterday I had divested myself of, I put back on
Struggle through another day and comfort myself

Never-changing, everyone moves towards the same place
Without making a sound and like clockwork
On that endless road way off in the distance
A single speck must struggle across the great space
For the sun to set on my days

My sense of trust that, like a habit, I lay to rest
The excuses that are apathetically piling up
I carve myself out to resemble the world
And bury all that I am deep within my heart

The red stained glow of the horizon of a setting sun somewhere
Hardens my shadow into start solidity
As if doing so can extinguish that light, if I endure it day after day
Will it bring me closer to my dream that was like wishful thinking?

Has this exhausting night come to an end?
A rainbow appears again

Never-changing, everyone moves towards the same place
Without making a sound and like clockwork
On that endless road way off in the distance
A single speck must struggle across the great space
For the sun to set on my days

I'm chasing after rainbows again today

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Thank you for this!!! I will buy myself the OST this week. I don't want to let this show go. I want it to seep into my life. It will always be a special memory...

P.S. I LOVED the message at the end. Actually, My Ajusshi is perfection.

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perfection :)

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Thank you for this! Your translation makes the way the song was used so much more meaningful. Awesome job!

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Thank you! I have loved this song just for the music and emotion, and having the lyrics makes it 1000x more powerful. It's probably my favorite OST song ever, especially my favorite without any English lyrics.

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Happy Friday!
I finished My Ajusshi. It is now my favorite all-time drama and Misaeng is in second place...
I am enjoying Wok of Love. It is so wacky and playful!

On a personal level, I have been called back for a third interview for the job of my dreams. Could you please send positive thoughts and or prayers my way?

Finally, I'm watching North and South (2004 BBC historical drama) and am enjoying it immensely.

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good luck with your interview. Fighting!!

I love North and South. I loved the drama so much that I bought the book by Gaskell to read. It does explain how the South and North are so different in many ways in UK.
Mr. Thornton is rough on surface and sometimes he is portrayed rather cruel but boy! Richard Armitage is brilliant in it. He became one of my favorite British actors after this drama. Enjoy the jewel.

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I was going to watch the second episode today, but after the phone call asking me to come for another interview I'm jello...
Thank you for your good wishes!!

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I agree with all your thoughts on North and South, and Richard Armitage becoming a favorite actor after ~ ^_^

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*fans herself even more... *
💗

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Ah, gifs don't like me today. Just pretend you saw me fanning myself along with you ~

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Understood! ^^ *fans herself some more*
*fans @hotcocoagirl*

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Praying for your interview, @rukia!

And yay, North And South! So good!

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Thank you, @bammsie!!

I guess I'll be able to continue watching when I've calmed down a bit. I have a fan for when Mr Thornton gets too exciting to watch...
*thinks about it, fans herself furiously...*

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😂😂 *fans you as well*

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*sending all the positive energy I can* Good luck!

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Thank you, @greenfields!!
I really appreciate it... *fans self some more...*

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Good luck with your interview!!

North and South is one of my all time favorites. Mr Thornton is so misunderstood.

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Thank you for your good wishes!!
Having read the book, I know that I just need to wait a bit...
Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe are both very well cast for this.

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Good luck with your interview!
I want to mention something happened to me. I got a job one time after being interviewed by three people, and later they told me they chose me over the other more experienced person, because I wrote the Thank you letter to them after the interview. What's irony is that I work with that the other guy who didn't get the job that time in current job. LOL so life is like that...

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Thank you for your good wishes, fan!

Yes, it's funny how things work out sometimes, isn't it?
*makes note to write thank you letter...*

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Good luck with the interview!
I just finished ep. 2 of North & South. I've seen this many times but I was still moved and appropriately horrified by certain scenes.

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Thank you, @wishfultoki!!

I will have a soothing cup of herbal tea ready for when I watch episode 2. *keeps fanning herself*

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