This week there was a speech contest this week on Friday, wherein lots of students who aren’t me show off their hard-earned Korean speaking skills in order to compete for a top prize of 300,000 won (three hundred bucks) a certificate from the school that says something, and huge respect from the world, THE WORLD! Actually, all you get is the cash.
In between the speeches there were dance numbers and songs to keep things rolling. Also, I am told, it is the Korean custom to never actually plan things out and just wing it. As such, our super awesome dance number, which was supposed to kick off the speeches instead got moved to the very end of the speech contest. So much for my afternoon of getting stuff done. It’s also Korean custom to stretch forty-five minutes worth of actual content, like a speech or a meeting, into six and a half hours. I’m not kidding. But come on now, being laid back can go too far. I had plans for that one-third of my waking hours for that day.
On the bright side, our dance routine was pretty fun. Our number was “Sorry, Sorry” by SuperJunior, and I am told it was quite the hot ticket about two years ago. It’s still comparatively cool now though, so that’s good.
Now for the important part at the end, here is the grainy, low-res cell phone video William took of the dance routine. We are all supposed to introduce ourselves in our mother tongues, so I chimed in with “Hi! How’re you?” in a cheesy John Wayne kinda accent. You probably can’t tell, but I’m in the back on the left to start with, I do the big jump in the middle of the song, and then I screw up the Moonwalk at the end. The big finish works, though.
(NOTE: I can’t get the video to actually load on my blog unless I “update to” the enhanced version of WordPress (read – give WordPress more dough) so I’m just going to link to it on my Facebook and hope everyone can find it. Realistically, any of the six people who read this blog probably also have my on FaceBook. Toodle-loo!
EDIT: The gasping, out-of-breath laughter you hear is very, very amateur cameraman William.