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Open Thread #656

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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In her return to acting after a five-year hiatus, Kim Tae-hee chose a role she could not have imagined taking on before.
 
“Had I not had children of my own, I would not have been able to play the role at all,” Kim told Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, recently. “It was all about being a mother.”

What are your plans in the near future?

“When I was filming the series, my family had to step in to help take care of my children. I would like to go back to focusing on being a mother and a wife and live out that role to the fullest. While doing that, I will probably start dreaming of another role that I can be excited about again.” 

>>> Kim was honest about the problems with actresses who are married with children. Her answer showed guilt. Korean society pushes for them to be homemakers without outside careers. But she should not feel any remorse in returning to television in a wonderful role. But it seems like she is not ready to find another project.

This is an example of why many actresses in their 30s do not date or do not want to discuss their private lives because it still has deep career negative ramifications.

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K-dramas especially are absurdly demanding. I recall IU on the Hotel De Luna set talking about not having slept for days. Its not a 9-to-5 job where you're able to see your family at the end of the day. Its a job that you may need to be attached to an IV drip in order to continue without collapsing.

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I think a lot of this insanity is the idea that Kdramas have to be shot, to a certain extent, while they're airing.

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I turn 70 this month. There never was going to be much of a celebration - probably just a couple co-workers treating me to lunch, but now even that can't happen. I'll just sit at home and "celebrate" being another notch higher on the coronavirus risk scale. Sigh.

And the 40th anniversary of my start-date with my current employer is this summer. We'll see how that goes.

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woah.
If i ever reach 70 - I will just pack up and roam around the world as traveler. Sometimes i feel i'm the youngest here. Ppl married,divorced, have kids and here i'm like a baby duck.

This is why life of common man is useless. previous life spend to feed yourself and when time is ripe for some fun, your slow body starts to ring bells.

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Congrats on the upcoming milestone. Your dark good humor really resonated with me; I was thinking about my age bracket being a risk category smh. I suppose its giving me a new appreciation of my experiences and of life.

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Happy Birthday!
Around March 7 I was at a large gathering of people in the 65-yr-old age group. I pointed out that the medical experts would say we shouldn’t be there, all shaking hands and hugging and clustered together. They looked at me like I had two heads and said in some amazement, “no! Oh no! It’s the eighty year olds who have to be worried!” 😁

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Congratulations!

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Wow, congratulations! Digital air hugs!

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Happy 70th Birthday @lordcobol!!! 🎂

I will reach this milestone next week. I plan on doing the same, a quiet celebration at home. My original celebration was a trip to Japan, it has taken me years to finally decide to see my grandparents hometown as I do not speak Japanese. Oh well, maybe next year!

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Hope you have a lovely 🎉birthday🎉 and get to visit Japan next year!🤞🏼

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yes, go to nihon next year and enjoy the wonderful GOCHISOU (delicious food)!! we went 4.5 years ago and i want to go back -- next time will venture to the west coastal regions to see the crafts. i have relatives in tokyo, osaka and kyoto so our trip was wandering those urban areas and visiting my uncle, half brother and cousins.

next time, crafts!! and food, of course!!
*drools with the prospect of returning to japan*

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oh and a very HAPPY Septuagenerian BIRTHDAY to you, too!! Otanjoubi omedetou! (sp?)

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@spazmo - Thank you! Food, crafts, urban exploring sounds like a perfect itinerary for Japan.

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Happy birthday!!

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Happy Birthday KeikoAnn! :D

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Happy Birthday to you too!

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Great!!! Congratulations and happy birthday!!! I'm really amazed and imspired!!! Fighting 👍🤟

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Hope you still find a way to enjoy your birthday!! Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎉

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Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday!

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Happy Early Birthday!
Glad you are here lighting up this place with your witty comments <3.

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reaching 70 is an accomplishment!! stay indoor and healthy so you can reach 80 with ease!

happy birthday, lord septuagenerian cobol!

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@lordcobol Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! We can have creative ways to celebrate and be thankful for our blessings.

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Happy birthday!!!!

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Wow, happy 70th this month, low key as it may be. Life is interesting, we can say that!

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Wow, congratulations!

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Happy birthday! I cannot imagine, simply cannot imagine working at the same place for 40 years.

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Congratulations!

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Happy Early Birthday! I'm guessing since you say it's this month, it isn't here yet. I always look forward to your witty comments. Also I would like some tips on consistency, how do you work in the same place for 40 years? I have a hard time even staying a month 😂

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Happy Birthday and congratulations Lord Cobol! 😃

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Wow, congratulations! Happy birthday. 70 years and 40 with your employer. I reach 15 years with my employer in a month or so and I'm starting to think that's 5 years too long...

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Happy Birthday! May your wit continue to make Dramabeans a great place!

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I'm four years and two months behind you. I'm in my 13th year of working from home (I made the transition during the Bush recession) so the lockdown crisis to me is just another Tuesday... or is it Friday?

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Warm Welcome to the club! Goodness gracious, you have a lot of friends here, quite heart-warming.

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Happy seventieth!

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Happy Birthday!!! I hope you'll do something to celebrate - bake yourself your favorite treat or buy something you want. And congratulations on the almost 40 year anniversary!

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Happy Birthday!

Stay healthy.

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Happy birthday! "Celebrating" during this time may seem like a really hard task, but go and reward yourself even for the little things! Please stay happy and healthy!

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Congrats on turning 70. Such a great milestone!

Turning 20s excited me. Turning 30s freaked me out. Turning 40s made me grateful because I'm becoming more aware that every year you age and every wrinkle you gain are gifts not granted to all of us.

May your 70s be as much gift to you as your younger years.

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Happy Birthday and congratulations on the Anniversary! These are quite the milestones that deserve to be celebrated indeed and I sincerely hope that can happen in some way. Wishing you all the best!

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Happy weekend and keep Beaning On!

From last week Thursday up until Sunday the employment service had been pestering me about a job application that had to be submitted by Monday, with the implicit warning that things could change quickly (read: clear your schedule, because in a few days you’ll start work already🙄) and that weekend work and shifts would be included. I did not like the pushiness, but I could understand the urgency, since I am looking for specific Covid-19 related jobs.

Of course I did not sleep last Sunday night and the following nights, worrying about what Monday and the rest of the week and the weekend would bring. Despite accepting the offer initially because of the many perks in general and in the long run, I started to second-guess my decision because I do not like the main task and the daily commute and potential work hours do not mix as well as I would like. I admit that I was also finally catching up on Top Star Yoo Baek episodes, and I did not feel like pausing yet another K-drama until real life decided to give me another break.😟

I worried for nothing. I got ghosted. Again.🙄 I do not mind not getting the job, but I do mind not getting any respect from those who are paid to help me get a job. So my petty revenge included ignoring that dreadful feeling that glues you to your cellphone in vain, focusing on whatever I wanted done that day, and rewarding myself with a Top Star Yoo Baek episode in the evening.😤🤭

My mood certainly improved after finishing Top Star Yoo Baek, watching minidramas and starting Oh My Baby. This K-drama should be my first 2020 bean and I need light stuff at the moment. Live watching also means I only have a couple episodes a week to catch up on, should a potential job or real life obstacle appear out of the blue again. It seems superficial to care about this, but now that I found my way back to K-dramas after a disappointing start of 2020, I intend to stick around for at least a while.🤗

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That's awful. If the offer fell through, shouldn't they at least inform you?

What did you like about Top Star Yoo Baek and the Oh My Baby premiere?

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I am used to such awful treatment from recruiters and employers, but the unemployment service pulling this stunt after being a thorn in my side during my whole job hunt journey is simply the pot calling the kettle black. Oh Well.🙄

I am not sure if you have seen these K-dramas and are asking for a recommendation or a second opinion, but I hope I do not sound too simple or complicated.😆

Top Star Yoo Baek suffered from a one episode a week format in a forgotten time slot when it aired, it is more enjoyable as a binge-watch. Kim Ji-Suk as Yoo Baek is an unpleasant actor upon introduction, and gets exiled to an island for two weeks as punishment for a scandal he caused. We quickly find out that he is a deeply hurt and lonely man, thanks to the amazing cinematography and atmosphere on the island. Its scenery is breathtaking and calms both him and the viewers, the food porn is mouthwatering, and his love interest and the island habitants welcome both him and the viewers with open arms. It is not a perfect K-drama, but the island healed our protagonist and was a nice escape from the current pandemic life. Also Lee Sang-yeob as second lead Choi Ma-Dol had his hilarious moments.

Oh My Baby will probably end with marriage for Jang Na-Ra and I understand why this is a reason not to watch for many beanies. However, I came for the predictable fluff and if the show does surprise me, even better! My network is filled with female friends and relatives, all with very opposing views on womanhood, dating, marriage and parenthood. Somehow we all manage to follow our principles while living in harmony with and being respectful towards the women on the other end of the spectrum. I guess I am curious to see how these topics will be addressed.

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Wow, thank you for sharing your thoughts in such detail! I was considering adding them to my (already endless) watchlist. I've never come across Top Star Yoo Baek before, but I liked Kim Ji-seok in 20th Century Boy and Girl.

Looks like I'll have to check out Oh My Baby's premiere. I love Jang Nara, and I don't mind that she'll probably fall in love/ get married eventually, since the premise isn't that she doesn't want to get married, but rather that she hasn't found a suitable partner and more than wanting a husband, she wants children.

As long as the show takes us through the development convincingly, I think it could work well. I'm not too fond of the male lead's character based on the synopsis, but it is too early to judge just yet.

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It is hard to explain without spoiling!😅 I was not looking forward to the male lead either, but he surprised me and I see potential.😉

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Hi Turtually! When I see the OT, I definitely read your post if it's there. I understand jobs and stuff are quite hard in this time (if you remember I once told you, your job hunt journey is very similar to mine) but people giving extra hard time for nothing becomes painful. Hope you get one really good job soon.

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Thank you for your silent support @wapzy! I do remember you telling me that!

"people giving extra hard time for nothing becomes painful."
Like unnecessary angst in K-dramas. Maybe I am just a Candy dealing with my in-laws in disguise?😅

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I hope you get a really good job and people from the employment service will start showing some respect to people who paid them for their service.

I am sending you my virtual support. Good luck!

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Thank you for the virtual support! Sometimes a Beanie has to complain about the bad behavior of non-Beanies😎

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Hi beans!

Today is Eternal Monarch day~~~ hehehe

*runs*

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I am excited but also apprehensive at the same time about this...

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More Eunseob-Yeong shenanigans, yeeee!

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Yes, it has become one of the highlights of my week. And even more than the show, the comments by other beanies. ;)

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*runs* me too!

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Eternal PPL.

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Lmao

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Sorry It’s off-topic but I have always wanted to know who your avatar is🙊

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It's Ji Chang Wook but given how I feel about his latest drama choices, that might change.

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Oh! I thought of him several times because of the nose n lips but when I zoomed in his eye didn’t look familiar to me! Then I thought he may be one of the idols and I know nothing about kpop world! Thank you for saving me from the endless guesses!

Haha, I know the feeling but this pic is so damn beautiful.

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Happy Friday, Beanies! It's been a while since I came on OT, but I've been more actively watching dramas these days.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung: I'm near the end (ep. 17), and this show has all of my heart. I went in expecting a light-hearted rom-com with a spunky, intelligent female lead and a sheltered, hopeless romantic of a male lead.

It was that, but also so much more. I think the show is better billed as a story of growth: the young characters struggle to bridge their ideals with the political reality of living/ working in the royal palace. And somehow, the show also manages to weave in explorations of the role of history and historians.

One of the things I love the most is that the writing treats all its characters, major and minor, as indispensable to the story. There are no extraneous characters; even short subplots illustrate the overarching theme of ideals/ beliefs challenged by corruption/ social stratification. And the women in the story aren't pitted against each other in worn-out cliches; they lift each other up.

When the Camellia Blooms: Started this with my mum, and we just finished ep. 2. I love that Kang Haneul gets to shine here as a big dork, and I'm excited for Dongbaek's character growth. The last time I watched little Kanghoon in a drama was Pride and Prejudice; he grew so much! The thriller plot is a bit jarring, but I'll give the show a few more episodes to see if the thriller part gels with the rom-com plot.

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I have to say, this show just got better and better, imo.

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Rookie Historian and When the Camellia Blooms -- two of the better dramas I watched in the past year! Hope you stick with Camellia.

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I have only watched WTCB and I just loved it. I went it without any expectations and every second of it was worth it!!

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so busy that have no time to watch any tv show.
That's how much fun stock market can be. Reading same books too.

Little Boy is 300 - The only other significant event was tsunami 2004.

As for this week - i find these 2 thoughts annoying.

You can't sail 2 ships - y? who decides that? I would like to prove you wrong. The real test and fun is when you try to be omni -omnipresent.

You r d party - u r opposition
u r on hero's side - u r on villain side
u r protagonist - u r antagonist
u r democrat - u r republican
+ve - -ve
u speak truth - u lie

everything in balance - King gonna be happy with this.
Not easy to maintain. Real test of life.

You criticize the voter and voter chose you as their representative. That's where real fun is.

Others Know you better - how? who said so?

There are actions only you know about and maybe agencies.
There are thoughts, expressions and Karma that is defined by you.
Outsiders just analyse you using their senses. No way there exist any other who can know you better. Facemasks can fool themselves all the while but there is part of heart that knows the reality.
Facemasks can do makeup of their acts as much they like but all in all they are just mocking themselves.

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To be honest, I have really enjoyed covid life and am not looking forward to things going back to normal lol. Covid life gave me a great excuse to watch more kdramas and movies while having a great reason as to why I'm not working lol.

Shows I have watched this week:

Eternal Monarch: About to watch ep9, which just came out.

Extracurricular: Wow this show was good. One of those rare kdramas that gets better with each ep. The second half is better than the first half, a rare feat in kdramas. One of the reasons this show has a different feel to other kdramas is because the characters don't talk to themselves, so it's harder to read their thoughts.

Also, if Jisoo wasn't such an idiot, he would still have all the money, let alone get in trouble. Simple things like leaving your phone on silent, killing off the bad guys instead of running away or putting a lock on your backpack so Gyuri doesn't steal your phone and all things that if he did at least one of those things, none of his mess would have happened.

Inside Out: Why did it take me so long to watch this? Best animated movie I have seen. Some real hard-hitting themes and an accurate portrayal of depression.

Last month I also watched some of the best movies of 2019 such as Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out and 1917 and they were all excellent.

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Extracurricular: same happened to me... I dragged my feet a bit on the first half because I wasn't engaging with the characters, but binged the second half in a day. The pace gets faster and faster and everything falls into place. The actors are brilliant and, if you accept that Jisoo and Gyuri do reckless and stupid stuff because they are desperate kids and just roll with it, the whole story makes perfect sense. Really liked this one!

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Yeah Jisoo's a kid. It doesn't matter how smart he is, he is a child. So is Gyuri.

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Hello all:
Spring has arrived at last! Flowers everywhere. I planted some heirloom corn. Gem corn, and mexican black. Let's see how this turns out. Living beside the park, i will have to deal with possums, raccoons, woodchucks, squirrels, bunnies, and of course birds. If they leave something for me i will be grateful. I can't really bring myself to set out traps, use pepper spray, or stick forks in the ground to get them. We shall see. When we lived in our first house, i once looked out the window to see a squirrel balancing on the fence, two feet on the fence, the other two carrying my biggest flower head. I'm preparing for them nibbling at everything and a few weeks ago i looked out the window and saw a squirrel walking along my plant containers and raised bed like someone walking down a grocery aisle. It'll be interesting. But as long as it's hot, i'm happy.
Dramas:
Find Me in your memory -- good ending. The story could've been better off if they delved in to the whole ever-present memory thing. Would've/should've been more mind-trippy. But as a good sweet uncomplicated romance, it works.

Born Again -- seriously what is wrong with the older generation in this drama? And does anyone think that maybe that vindictive little brother is the actual murderer? Heck, could the mother have borne two nutty children?

Good Casting 5-6 -- Trying to like this but am losing interest fast.

I have to catch up on some of the other dramas.

Chinese dramas --
Ancient Detective. There's something very sweet and human about this drama. No big mega worldbuilding but the characters are memorable and they flip the tropes really well.

Not much else happening in the world. Keep safe everyone.

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Good luck with your garden! I gave up on trying to grow tomatoes, the squirrels ransacked everything 😕

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This is why I hate squirrels! Senseless destruction!

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They’re piglets with fur! 🐿 That’s actually a chipmunk but it’s as close an emoji as I can find.

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Love gardening! Just a thought to help with the critters - chili powder. Get some cheap ones at the dollar store then sprinkle it all over the place. It helped me when I had a problem with squirrels eating my early flowers.
And it isn't toxic to the plants and much better than traps or poison. But you do have to keep sprinkling it out.
Me? My problem is slugs and snails who are enjoying my poppy plants and justcomingup dahlias. argghghghghghghgh

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My sister tried that - she has a photo of a squirrel stealing chili peppers.

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she should have tried chili POWDER not the plant. lol
But that would have been a good photo!!!

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i waged a war on banana slugs (6"ers up here in the pacific NW) in my backyard garden 25 years ago... went out every night with chopsticks in hand and a cottage cheese tub of water and isopropyl alcohol and literally picked up around 50 slugs every night... that lasted a couple of weeks and then they were gone!

but the next summer, all of a sudden there were SNAILS, dammit... i pick these up (no need for the chopsticks) and toss them into the street...
grrrrr....

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Growing up in the PNW I thought all slugs were at least 6 inches long and at least an inch wide. I didn't know our banana slugs were so special.
This year I haven't seen any slugs but boy am I seeing snails! It is so satisfying to grab them and toss them out onto the street.
Have you tried beer to catch the slugs/snails? You can put some stale beer in a lid and place it just so the top edge of the lid is even to the ground.
I have yet to be successful at it - maybe because I can't let my beer go flat.....
**Off to the store to get some sluggo bait for the garden.**

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ohhh, that beer death bath is gross to deal with... i did that at first, but quit cuz it was soo gross... and i had to bury it and with all that beer it was messy... so i just used my little container to dump in the hole...

be careful with the Sluggo!! long ago my dog ate some that my mom put out around her tomatoes.... she couldn't be saved...
*waaaahhhh*

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Oh no!! I didn't know it was toxic for dogs. Well scratch that idea.
I don't know about you but when we were little kids we used to pour salt on the slugs.
As an adult I read it was a particularly horrible death for them and have never done it since. So I now throw them in my neighbor's garden.
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Oh, thank you! The squirrels wiped out all my crocuses -- many, many crocuses -- this spring, not for the first time. I will try the chili powder next year.

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Maybe i will have to give in and do something. Thanks for the suggestion

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Even your war against rodents sounds fun! I'd love to have a green finger, have fond memories of my grandad watering the garden every afternoon before dinner time. Tried to get some plants on my window sill during the lockdown, but failed miserably

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Near the kitchen or bathroom sink is good if you have room. My hibiscus survived wonderfully through the winter. Then i put it out a couple of weeks ago BUT nature tricked us all with that stupid polar vortex. The poor thing got quite the shock. Today i put out my chicago hardy fig, my pomegranate, my avocado, my pineapple, and the hibiscus. And what just happened? Mega thunderstorm. As long as the weather doesn't drop below 53 degrees they should be fine...if a little shellshocked.

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thunderstorms are GREAT for newly planted starts -- it invigorates their growth, they all boom after those thunder/lightening storms...

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Nitrogen.

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You need a cat.

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I do. To heal me of doggy on the other side of the rainbow bridge. But cats sometimes poop in gardens and that might be icky. And possums are just seriously vicious to cats ..generally.

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Free-roaming cats isn't the greatest idea. My two feral cats (now confined in the backyard, tame and semi-feral) brought back not only rodents, rabbits of various sizes (The cute little 2-3 week-old ones are their favorite!) but also various migratory birds. I learned to identify warblers, phoebes, cat birds and etc.

They did seem to get along with skunks, opossums and raccoons. Even now when an occasional one of the above takes up residence in the confinement, there is no conflict. I find out only because these creatures mess up the water bowl like they are taking a bath.

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yep, we always knew spring had arrived because some poor bird would be mauled outside our front door by a certain kitty

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I thought I could say "spring is here" but then it's been cold and rainy. And windy, blah. The leaves are out on the trees which is nice, and some irises are in bloom. I never plan to plant my pots until Memorial Day because of the mid-May cold blast. So far, a tomato and 2 peppers and 2 basil plants are sprouting from seeds. It's a tiny hobby, nothing I count on, haha. Have a safe week! masked owl

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Like an idiot, i put out some of my plants before the polar vortex and had to scurry to get them back into the greenhouse, shed, and under son's playpool. Never again. I'll wait til mid-may next year. Of course, not knowing how the "sun lockdown" is gonna affect things next year. But am hoping for the best.

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I love spring. We’re coming into winter here and it’s getting dark so early. My poor garden is bare of basically everything but weeds and silverbeet. I guess it’s planning time for when I can plant again.

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You can plant some overwintering veggies, maybe. Winter kale, carrots, onions, leeks. I'm not a fan of winter but having a greenhouse helps extend the garden a lot.

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I actually did sow some carrots the other day so waiting to see if they’ll come up - was impossible to get seeds while in lockdown so we tried whatever was in the back of the garden shed 😅 (some long expired!) that might have a hope at this time of year.

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We finally got some plot advancement last week on The King:Eternal Monarch, and news of a 3rd director coming in. Hopefully, the second half of the drama will be better than this first half which felt a little slow to me. Now that all our main characters know about the parallel worlds, I'm hoping for everyone to work together to take down Evil Uncle.
In the meantime, I've been watching light and fluffy CDrama "Girlfriend" and really enjoying it. It's being subbed at MGTV Drama YouTube Channel.
Another good news for me-Rom Com About Is Love is now available with English subs at Tencent Video YouTube Channel, so Rewatch time! This light, breezy watch was one of my favs for 2018. Loved how each roommate got her own lovline! I believe they are posting 2 episodes each day, starting today.
Link for anyone interested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMX26aiIvX5pUzBsDcXNKSmbGrRA4lMjW

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So, about 10 years ago I worked at a library that was across the street from a YMCA. There was a guy--a groundskeeper--who worked at that YMCA and he liked me. He would come in to the library on his lunch breaks, he would check out books just to have an excuse to bring them back and come and chat with me.
After like 6 months or so of this, he asked for my phone number (I had no idea that he had been coming in for the 6 months to see me. It wasnt until I gave him my number that every.single.person I worked with was all I KNEW HE LIKED YOU). He and I talked on the phone for a few months and we kept meaning to go on a date. But, he worked 3 jobs, and I worked 2 and it just wasn't happening. But, it was fine. We still chatted on the phone pretty regularly.
After a year or so, he stopped working at the Y and he stopped calling me. I shrugged it off. I liked talking to him but wasn't sure I liked him. And one of my coworkers told me that the Y only hired ex-cons to be groundskeepers. He and I didn't talk again for maybe a year. Right before I left that library he popped back up. He was mad that I hadn't called him at all during that year and that he had lost his phone and my number and that he was waiting for my call and he was upset that I hadnt called him. I gave him my number again and we agreed to go on a date.
He stood me up.
My thought was, when you first start dating someone you shouldn't stand them up. Like, this is the beginning--of anything thats going to come next. Start the way you mean to continue. You're starting by standing me up? No thank you. He called me like a week later, the night we were supposed to go on our date he had crashed as soon as he got home from work (oh, this guy was like 15 years older than me, I forgot to mention) and slept through the night and this was the first time he had to call me and blah. Blah. BLAH.
I didn't talk to him again.
Fast forward another 2 years or so. I was working at a different library, same system. My car was broken (I have bad luck with cars, yall) and guess who is the bus driver on my route? Same guy. We would chat on my way to work and sometimes he would come and pick me up and take me home. After all of this time he still liked me--it had been like 4 years or so, this was I think 2015. He asked for my number again, I gave it to him again. We chatted again. Finally, he asked me on a date. I said ok, but if he stood me up this time! Chiiiiild.
He picked me up from work. We went to dinner. The date was a DUD. We never spoke again. Like, I think he changed his bus route so he didnt see me again.
Now, I typically don't answer my phone. I dont like it. But, I had two missed calls from the same number and my dad lives alone and its a pandemic. I thought I should answer the next time this mysterious number called, just to make sure its not like a hospital or something.
ITS THAT GUY.
We chatted for like 15 minutes this morning. And he ends it with, "well,...

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"Well, I wasn't even sure this was still your number. I just wanted to call and see how you're doing. I still alone. If you ever get bored or just want someone to chat with give me a call."
Beanies
TF?

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I've known guys like that. They disappear and then show up again at their own pleasure. There's just one reason: They've got other fish on the hook. You're a backup, or a last resort when all else fails. He said it all. "I'm still alone." Otherwise he wouldn't have called. You're nice to talk to and all but most of the time there are more exciting options that keep him distracted. (Whether those options are realistic are another matter.) I've dropped acquaintance with a couple such men and refused to take their calls. Neither you nor I deserve that kind of disrespect.

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I totally get that. But its been 5 years! Dude. Go away. And then he acted all surprised when I said I wasnt in ky anymore. Like I was supposed to check in? Get outta here with your nonsense, sir.

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At some point I was going to say: "Oh, it's really like a kdra... no!"

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One thing i've learned from kdramas, when you're kind to the lonely weird guy, you end up with a stalker who becomes obsessed with you.

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....Ive had one of those too...
Im only going to tell stories that make me seem normal.
Im totally normal guys. Nothing to see here.

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please, please, please, write a book

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I second that.

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Third! I want this book so much!

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That “TF” explains everything!

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That guy sounds really weird to me.

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Same, man. Who calls someone out of the clear blue sky 5 years later?

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Please, I don't even call people that are currently in my life much less from five years ago.

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Meh. He's barely a 4 on the Isa scale. My favourite Isa weirdo story remains the homeless guy. That's my favourite WTF weird story.

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isa scale is now a thing

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I was about to say this whole thing makes me feel like im a weirdo! But i followed that thought up with ...which homeless guy story? And then that thought was followed up with was I homeless or was the fuy homeless? And then i decided not to think about it anymore.
Am I that much more of a chaos magnet than other people? Or are other people equally surrounded by chaos but they just dont talk about it as much?

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I’m curious about this story now.

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The story as I remember it is that a homeless guy came up to @isthatacorner on the street one day and said something like, "I am the best guy you'll ever meet. My only two flaws are that I'm homeless and unemployed. But if you take me home now one of those will be solved".

You are not a weirdo, Isa. You are the Queen of Weirdos and you now have a weirdo scale named after you. These should all be mentioned when you finally write your book.

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Oh! Him yeah. Yeah he wasnt great.

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Or, you could be like me. I lived in South Korea in 1978, and met a Korean who was a captain in the ROK air force. We had so much fun together for about three months, and then I had to go back to the states. I thought about him on and off throughout the years. Then in 2018 (40 years later), when Trump and Kim started their saber rattling, I really wondered how he was doing. I sent an email to the air force base where he was stationed in 1978 and asked if they might know how I could contact him. I figured nothing would come out of it, but in about a week I got an email back with his email address and phone number. Brave person that I am, I called him--to say the least he was shocked to hear from me, he said, "long time no hear." We emailed back and forth for almost a year, but then I started getting the feeling that he didn't want to hear from me anymore, so I quite emailing and only sent him an occasional text messages to check in on him, and then it all came to an end. I do miss our email conversations, but what do you do when you get the idea that you're bothering someone and they just don't know how to tell you to stop already?

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yep

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If he had lost his phone, how did he expect you to call him?

15 years is the kind of age gaps we talk about around here.

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Is it bad that I vote, talk when he calls? Like don't wait for his calls or work your life around them. But it's a quiet time so see where it goes.

Is friendship possible? I mean, it seems like you both get on. You're not even in the same state to get too caught up in feels.

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There arent any feels to get caught up in. Its just weird. I hadnt spoken to him in 5 years and hes going to call me up now? Really? Why? What were you expecting?

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Maybe he was going through his phone looking for a conversation. I've done that dozens of times. Especially with this pandemic.

But you know him better than I do 🤷🏽‍♀️

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For some reason, ended up watching some dark stuff this week... Binge-watched the second half of Extracurricular in a day. It's a fun dark ride! Liked the tight plot, the humour and the dream sequences. And Kim Donghee and Jung Dabin are ridiculously young and talented, can't wait to keep on watching them, I'm sure they will be doing interesting stuff for years to come.
Also, been watching Signal and developing a girl-crush on Cha Soohyeon that kind of ties in with my previous girlcrush on Jung Geumja. Kim Hyesoo really pulls off the character on both ends of a 20 year gap, no small feat! I'm also really liking Lee Jehoon, it's the first drama I watch him in, and today was pleasantly surprised to find him in the movie Time to hunt.

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If you in the mood for something dark, have you tried Children of Nobody and Mothers? Both are excellent and haunt me days after it end.

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Note taken! I'll proceed slowly. I like watching darker stuff - I like action and sword fights more than thrillers, to be honest -, but need to balance it out with fluff

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Oh, and finished reading Pachinko! Thanks to the Beanies who recommended it! And I learned a lot too! Agree with the opinion that the third book is somewhat less compelling than the others. In an interview, Minjin Lee tells that she worked on the drafts for years on end and rewrote the novel... This last part feels like it hasn't been so thoroughly written. Anyway, I'd totally recommend it, loved reading it!

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I read Pachinko a while ago. It really provides a sweeping family history (kind of wish the author would have spent a little more time on certain parts).

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I was listening to the audio version of this and found that I couldn't finish it about two thirds of the way through. Should I finish it?

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I think the first two thirds are clearly better than the last one... but this one kept me interested until the end. Wouldn't judge anybody who didn't feel like powering through, though, I'm a serial book-dropper anyway 😋

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Thanks a lot for mentioning the book. It's been on my to read list for a while and now I feel more inclined to finally read it :)

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I can't wait for the television adaptation of the book to come out!! The pedigree behind it (Author of Pachinko is involved) and The Expanse head-writer is writing it now. Could be a big breakthrough if done right. I believe Apple is giving the show The Crown type of budget (100 million plus :O )

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Wow, I'll definitely watch it!

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Yeah same here! I believe it's going to be a miniseries of 8 episodes. I'm just excited that it'll be given an actual blockbuster sized budget, and alongside a talented team behind it!

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I actually got sick at this time due to being careless. Good thing is I was able to handle it. I'm thankful I've got friends I can count on when in fact everyone is struggling in this time. Got beanies to discuss and do some monthly challenges to spend time with.

Thankful to each beanie~~ *hugs*

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Get well soon!

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Hope you're better now!

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Glad you're feeling better!

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Get well soon!!!

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*hugs* Get well soon!

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I haven't been active in the community since 2017, kpop, dramaland, and animation.

I had a suicide attempt Aril 9th. And when I woke up on the 15th I was angry. I was uninterested. But I couldn't sleep. So I watched an anime that always made me smile and just like that I was back.

I'm doing a East Asian challenge for my Instagram.
Japanese anime - Love Live Project
Korean drama - Unemployed Romance
Chinese movie - Somewhere only we know
Taiwanese drama - Romantic Princess

Now I'm searching for a short Chinese drama before I continue with Jdrama and Jmovie.

I'm struggling to catch up on the King. I loved the first two episodes but the comments were discouraging. I'm stalking the Oh My Baby recap page though I haven't been able to watch the drama yet.

I got back into EXO which defines me. I also discovered Korean animation does BL. What?!?!

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Sending hugs, and wishing you a happy life (and an enjoyable drama life to boot :D)

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Thank you 😘

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please stay well and do whatever makes you happy!!

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I will 😘

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*finger hearts*

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Dramas are a great distraction. So is kpop and animes. Please come here whenever you feel like, pick a show, spazz about it. Do what makes you happy, hope you have a healthy happy life and a very good day whenever you read this! Also Find yourself is a great Chinese drama but it's 41 episodes so I suggest Put your head on my shoulder which is good too and only 24 eps long.

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Thank for the well wishes. I love db.

I've seen Put Your Head on my Shoulder recced a couple times. Maybe it will be the one.

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Since you mentioned EXO, I wanted to add - if you're interested in exploring more kpop bands, BTS really helped me when I was going through a hard time. I know it sounds really cliche, but I honestly don't think I would have made it through without discovering them (and I will add, I was also working with a therapist on my depression, to whom which I will also be forever grateful).

Anyway, I went through hours of content in a matter of a few months and my mood went from "I don't want to wake up today" to "Alright, well I can get up brush my teeth, make some coffee and watch another episode of BTS run" - it wasn't much, but it was SOMETHING I had motivation for.

I honestly didn't care much for their music (I enjoy a lot of their older stuff musically anyway) but they are a hilarious bunch of guys who have worked through so many setbacks, slander and sadness to become the group they are. I recommend watching their BTS run episodes (almost all available with english subs online), also their Bon Voyage seasons and their Bangtan TV content on Youtube.

You'll be busy for hours and it's well worth it!

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I love BTS. Boy in Luv was one of my get up and move songs.

I'm glad they helped you. I'll definitely check out some of their reality show content. Whenever I get though EXO.

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Glad you're interested again.

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Hi, Carole!

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Please ignore those of us who aren't thrilled with The King. I'm there to root for Woo Do Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam. There are many people in the comments who love it and are coming up with interesting theories.

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I'm liking some of the theories.

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My roommate and I finished Shera season 5. It's amazing!
I'm glad I waited for Oh, My Baby to be subbed. I love it!

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Shera, yeah! Season 5 dropped yesterday in my region, we where excited here at home!

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Right! The relationship endgame was spectacular.

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*hugs* Don’t be in such a haste to get back to whatever is considered normal. Take it step by step.

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That's good advice. My med team says not to go back to work yet. Which is frustrating but step by step.

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