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Open Thread #758

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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It's awfully quiet here today.

Hi. How've you all been?

I'm just impatiently waiting for the next meeting of the Liberation Club.

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I've got my seat, looking out the window with an iced tea from Starbucks.

No rain, tho....just sun streaming in

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No one at work has as yet pressured me to join the Liberation Club, but lately I’ve found myself turning into Mr. Gu.

My Gu-ness involves 3 things: 1. Maintaining a stoic silence 2. jumping over the crumbling sidewalk in front of my house to retrieve my wife’s baseball cap which the wind blows off while she’s gardening, and 3. drinking heavily. Okay, I admit I am not doing the first yet, but frequent jumps over the sidewalk will leave me out of breath enough that I will eventually be forced into it.

In any case, this week I made the mistake of watching back to back episodes of both Liberation Notes and Our Blues, and feeling that the life was being sliced out of me, in both existential and omnibus ways, it became necessary to pursue step 3 of becoming Gu. I recruited a neighborhood toddler to cross the interstate highway and buy me two bottles of beer, ala the Japanese series “Old Enough.” The toddler made it successfully, and the enthusiastic announcer and zany laugh track that accompanied him cheered me up a bit.

Unfortunately, the toddler made the brand-placement mistake of getting me tasteless Budweiser, rather than one of Southern California’s many excellent craft beers, and I couldn’t even bring myself to save the bottles. I now realize that if I’m going to be like Gu, I have to do it myself, and by myself alone.

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My Liberation Notes and Our Blues are slicing the life out of me as well. I've deemed "the jump" as the best recap to start a next episode ever. Gu and Mi-jeong don't seem mismatched to me at all. But my eyes are on Min-ki, you know, just because ~
I loved now very thin their liberation club journals are!

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I watched “Old Enough” too and was amazed by that toddler! But it made me nervous . . .

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I figure all of the toddlers on the show are accompanied by an entourage of staff and camera people, so I'm not to worried about them. But what if someone tries it at home?

Fortunately I don't think there are too many toddlers watching the show--they are all watching weekend kdramas.

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Struggling at work after having over a week off. Woe is me. At least it’s Friday.

Is it Saturday yet??

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The same thing on my mind.
Why isn't today Saturday?

Thinking about this question I'm also asking what'll happen when it is done airing.

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Hi!
I'm impatiently waiting for all my shows because everything I'm watching airs on the weekend. What's the point of watching 6 dramas, am I right?

See you in our club (I'm an invisible member of the Liberation Club)!

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I'm a Liberation Club of one. That's totally a thing, right?

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Absolutely

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I’m on holiday with the kids and I have to go back to real life today which makes me sad. We’ve had gorgeous weather and fun farm adventures and I haven’t had to cook for a week 😎

I haven’t tried Liberation yet, should I?

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Yes, you should definitely give it a try.

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Everyone should

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Travelling for work in NYC this week and Manhattan is way more aggravating when you're here for work and not on vacation mode cruising around and eating. I have a headache from the hustle and bustle.

Cannot wait to fly back home and veg on my couch and watch My Liberation Diary and then binge Monstrous.

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When we read about k-dramas, we often get literal translations of the title. Sometimes, things get lost in translation. But the series OUR BLUES is on point with its title.

The Blues is a unique genre of American music, born as field songs in the Deep South during slavery. After the Civil War, the music started to move with the freed slaves.

Delta blues is one of the earliest-known styles of blues. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, and is regarded as a regional variant of country blues. It was predominantly acoustic, often played in bottleneck guitar style. Guitar and harmonica are its dominant instruments; slide guitar is a hallmark of the style.

Chicago blues is an electric blues style of urban blues. Chicago blues is also known for its heavy rolling bass. Urban blues evolved from classic blues following the Great Migration of African Americans, which was both forced and voluntary at times, fleeing from poverty and oppression in the south to the industrial cities of the north.

I have been lucky to personally see and experience live well-known Chicago blues players including singer/songwriters such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Chicago Slim and Koko Taylor; Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, Eddy Clearwater, Mighty Joe Young, and Junior Wells. My friends and I used to go to the famous blues clubs like the Checkerboard Lounge to see the house band play on a small stage under a single bare light bulb. There was nothing like being at the Kingston Mines at 3 a.m. when other bluesmen would show up to jam until dawn.

Much of classic British rock n roll was based on Chicago blues. The Rolling Stones would come to Chicago before most of their tours to jam in blues clubs. Led Zeppelin said blues guitar playing was heavily part of their sound.

Blues songs are lyrical rather than narrative; blues singers are expressing feelings rather than telling stories. Blues music is focused around harsh realities of life: gritty hard work, injustice, sadness and loneliness. Love is also a central theme of passion, heart ache and heart break. Most of the time, there is no happy ending.

And I think that is what has been captured so far in OUR BLUES. It is unfolding like an album of individual blues songs.

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Most interesting, welh, thank you!

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Welh, I found it pretty amazing coincidence that you also lived in Chicago and attended blues clubs. In my brief time I lived there, I heard some of the same people at some of the same clubs. I wonder if we attended the same performances?

Anyway, although there is not as much a blues connection to k-pop as I would like—for example, the poignant sound track by BTS’s Jimin to Our Blues has no blues in it as far as I can tell, there are a lot of other African-American music connections. Rap and hip hop, of course, but also soul and rhythm and blues. My favorite in that regard is Mamamoo.

An interesting book drawing out these connections, although a bit too academic for my tastes, is Crystal Anderson, "Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-Pop,”

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Hi Beanies. Have you seen the first two episodes of the The Killer's Shopping List? Kwang-soo Oppa really pulled-off his role. He's perfect for such scene having a serious face but using a bubble gun on a gunpoint stunt. hahahaha. I hope the ratings is good.

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Yes, the first two episodes have been really good. LKS said he could not pass up this role; it was made for him.

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True. Like what In-sung oppa said to him in Unexpected Business, He's really the only one who's like a Hybrid Actor-Entertainer. Hence the role for a comedy-thriller is really perfect for him. So happy for Kwang-soo Oppa.

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hi all! I’ve been out of town and was finally able to satisfy my craving for missed K-dramas by marathoning galore this week (18 episodes to be exact)! Our Blues is totally my style; I blew through the six episodes so far in one very late night. You get solid mini stories within the larger story and the writer and the cast are out of this world. Jeju Island holds a mystique for me anyway, and this drama radiates Jeju charm and brusqueness and salty air and dying tradition.

My Liberation Notes – also intriguing. When the siblings return daily to Sanpo Village, it feels as if they enter a place and time set in the past. The evening air there feels heavy and has a stillness that could drive a person crazy. I find myself holding my breath waiting for something or someone to explode. I’m dying for Mi-jeong to break free~ Just watched "the jump" episode, it made me swoon!

I finished Business Proposal and liked fairly well, but the Netflix season approach is annoying.

Also finished Twenty-Five Twenty-One with a heart flutter. “We’re lovers only during the good times, and a burden to each other in the bad times” (ep 16). Does anyone else feel that couples can’t pursue their two career paths and stay together or marry easily in Korea? At least it seems that way in K-dramas.

From Now On Showtime – I’m excited for another ghosts-behind-the-scenes and not-so-behind-the-scenes antics (looking at and loving you, Ghost Doctor).

I can’t find where to watch Crazy Love and I’m looking forward to starting Shooting Stars. Watching 6-8 episodes this week is going to be a breeze compared to my catch-up week!

Loved this definition from I Am Solo 42: sigh – the sound of time passing sluggishly.

Happy weekend, Beanies! Peace owl

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"Does anyone else feel that couples can’t pursue their two career paths and stay together or marry easily in Korea? At least it seems that way in K-dramas." Who knows. I think the characters are always in the "let's not bother my lover" or "I'm not willing to sacrifice anything for anyone" mindset. They always seem to have good reasons so I normally don't care about that. But that's definitely not how couples around me do things tbh. I live on the other side of the world tho. Hehe.

Ps. In my humble opinion when it comes to 25-21 this trope doesn't makes sense at all because of that "we’re lovers only during the good times, and a burden to each other in the bad times" only applies if the first 12 episodes of the show didn't exist. Don't forget the rainbow (aka. scissors).

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For star couples, the parasocial fan and media attention is extreme. Usually, one (usually the wife for motherhood reasons) puts their career on hold but a new stress on how they live their marital life (and SNS sharing) can cause marital conflict. Being a public figure makes many think their private lives should also be public.

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There's this episode in Drink Now, Work Later with the girls getting sick because of their excessive consumption of alcohol. They thought something like that couldn't happen to them, but it did. And they felt old and sad.

Well, I had a similar experience this wednesday. Because of stress I don't get hungry, but I get anxious so I snack A LOT. And well I guess if the only thing you eat for a month are snacks your body can't handle it.
Tbh, I had no idea I was eating so much crap until that day. Everyone was like "did you eat something weird" and I was like "nah, I've been eating the same stuff for days. And then I was like 'ohhhh. Right. I've been eating trash for days'.

It was super weird since I'm used to treat my body like that (Oreos and milk can be lunch!)... I guess my body is done with me.
That day was horrible, I don't know what was worse. literally dying or not being with my mom. I guess both because I felt like I was dying and I was alone so it double sucked.

I'm eating sugar once a month, I don't want to get sick ever again. I never get sick so this experience was kind of traumatic tbh. People in kdramas that get sick so easily wow, like how can you survive all that? I experience this one time every 10 years and I'm already exhausted.

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Sigh.

I was planning to watch 4 hours of kdramas today in prep for What We're Watching tomorrow morning, and feeling lucky that I caught Pachinko last night...

... Then Monstrous decided to dump multiple episodes this morning and it looks like I'll have at least 6 hours.

I'm doomed. #firstworldproblems

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Today I exhausted my baking cells for another few weeks whipping up several chocolate cakes and cupcakes. Goals: feeding grandma's retirement home and stocking our freezer. Grandma complains quite a bit about the food she gets, so we bring along homemade cake every weekend, enough for residents and staff to get a piece too. This week was my turn to bake and I tried to be smart and up the quantities ("what difference does it make whether I'm baking 1 or 2 recipes?"). Famous last words.

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So sweet! No pun intended 👏🏼🧁👏🏼

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Like a number of beanies I am in catch up mode after having a house guest for almost a week and the day my guest left leaving myself for a three day mini-vacation. Is I have a bunch of episodes to watch.

However for those who still have room on their viewing card all 12 (30ish to 40ish minute) episodes of Wavve’s POLITICAL FEVER/GOING TO THE BLUE HOUSE LIKE THIS (2021) are now available on Viki US and Kocowa.
(Wavve is a joint venture between SK Telecom and (the big three) KBS, SBS, and MBC.)

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Also I am pleased to see on Viki US’s “Coming Soon” list a jdrama mystery: DON’T CALL IT MYSTERY (2022).
Here is the MDL entry:
https://mydramalist.com/702507-mystery-to-iunakare

I hope more jdramas in the cops/crime/mystery genre will become available on Viki.
Viki is owned by the Japanese company Rakuten.

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

Yesterday I had my obligatory medical check-up that was requested by my employer. I have been on sick leave for almost a year, so the need for a medical update is a normal and neutral thing. Unfortunately, it has been a struggle to keep that tidbit in mind this month. I have been stressing about this all month, and I do not quite yet feel relieved to be done with it. In fact, things are only starting now.

My therapist wrote a medical report that explains that I will be able to work again in the future, but that I should be transferred to another job in another department. This serves as a request to my employer to offer some assistance and guidance while finding a new job in their ranks and maybe some extra coaching while on the new job.

Fortunately, the medical examiners agreed with the medical report and will notify my employer accordingly. However, their hands are bound as to whether my employer will be able or willing to comply with that request. Chances are very likely they won’t, which means I will have to do all the transfer arrangements - or worse, job hunting elsewhere - all by myself again. I am grateful to have all these medical professionals rooting for my professional future, but after all the job hunt trauma I have collected over the years some assistance would be appreciated.

If only K-drama watching could count as a paid fulltime job!🙏🏻

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Job hunting trauma is very real. Hope things turn out well!

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Thank you!

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Wouldn’t that be the greatest? I will wish you a job that you love as much as kdrama 🧚🏻✨

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Thank you, that is sweet!

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With spring here I went looking for some new sleepwear and wound up buying a comfortable medium grey T-shirt that's three sizes too large for me. After I got it home I started thinking 'Where have I seen this before?' Then it dawned on my. 'My Liberation Diary!' Oversize grey T sleepwear! I was subconsciously affected by a bit of inadvertent PPL.

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PPL is maddeningly effective!

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😹 If I were affected by PPL, I'd be wearing fuzzy designer sweaters to bed. Or possibly Gucci dresses with weird text on the back.

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how many have bought those pink KAHI skin sticks - raise your hands...
*as i slowly raise mine*

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I'm genuinely curious, what does that stick do? I've never seen any change in the stars applying it on thier faces because they are already glowing. Does that function as a highliter or a concealer maybe?

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moisturizer, "wrinkle bounce balm". it's been nice during winter, when you can feel your face skin tighten with the dry air...

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Oh that's good to have a moisturizer in a balm stick form. Though I'm not sure if it will reduce any wrinkles.

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