Caveat: Tree #1792 “Christmas Adam”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I do these guest tree pictures when I’m too busy to have taken a picture in a given day.

I took this picture in February, 2010, at 금산사 [Geumsan-sa = Geumsan Temple], in Jeollabuk Province, South Korea. I was doing a “templestay” – where you live for a very short time (a long weekend) at a Buddhist monastery, doing the monk lifestyle thing.

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We had a record sales day at the gift store – based on my and Jan’s memories of working with Wayne and Donna when they ran the store, combined with more accurate records over the last few years, our gross sales today were the highest ever. It’s actually typical that it’s December 23rd – that’s the “last minute shopping” day for Christmas. I think we combined that with doing well with stocking good inventory, and the fact that today was the day that Santa visited the store (a tradition at Alaska Gifts for a given Saturday before Christmas).

Here is a picture of Santa with some elves he met at the store (i.e. store staff: Kim, Jan, myself):

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We also had one of those typical “gale force” rainstorms in Craig today. So as I went to head home from work, a tree (two trees) had blown down on Port Saint Nicholas Road, meaning that work crews had to get out there and clear the tree – so I was delayed getting home until almost 8. And I got home to darkness, because the power was out. That’s been a quite frequent occurrence this damp Fall.

I learned recently that today is called “Christmas Adam” (meaning, December 23rd). The reasoning: “Christmas Eve” is December 24th. We all know that Adam came before Eve, so… December 23rd is “Christmas Adam.” Call it Patriarchy Remembrance Day.

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Caveat: Tree #1773 “강선로”

This tree is another guest-tree from my past. I took this picture on New Year’s Eve, 2011, a block north of my apartment, on 강선로 [gangseon-no], a major road in Ilsan, South Korea.

A silhouette close-up of a twisted, bare tree trunk, with the sun's disk directly centered and some vague apartment buildings on the right

Quote of the day: “Earth is literally the worst planet I’ve ever lived on” – a meme on the internet. I don’t mean this in a bad way. Earth is also the best planet so far.

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Caveat: Tree #1750 “NASA휴먼어드벤처展”

This tree is another guest tree from my past – I traveled all day and was offline. I took this picture in December, 2014, while walking to work one day in Ilsan (Goyang), South Korea. I wanted to show the banner on the footbridge, advertising a NASA exhibition at the local convention center, but the tree bore witness.

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Caveat: Tree #1709 “Moments past”

This tree is yet another guest tree from my past (can you tell I’ve been really busy, and not taking pictures of photogenic trees around me, lately?). I took this picture in November, 2017, from my apartment window in Goyang City, South Korea. I guess I mean the tree that is down in the sidewalk in front of the building opposite on the right, the building with all the advertising on it. It was a tree I walked by frequently, in many years in that neighborhood.

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I had weird, intense dreams of my job at Aramark, last night. I was reviewing complex data structures and dissecting very baroque invoices which the company sent to customers, looking for errors.

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Caveat: Tree #1690 “메타세쿼이아”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in October, 2011, while walking around the neighborhood where my work was in Goyang City, South Korea (경기도 고양시 일산서구). It is a metasequoia (Chinese dawn redwood), which abounded as planted ornamentals in my area in Korea.

A dawn redwood tree (metasequoia) in a park in suburban South Korea, with its striking red bark and some of the deciduous needles already changing to brown

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Caveat: Tree #1627 “한국의 봄”

#Photography #Korea

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in April, 2013, along my walk from my apartment to where I worked, in the Ilsan district in Goyang City (경기도 고양시 일산서구).

A picture along an avenue with some trees in front of a high-rise apartment building to the left, one of which is in full, pink-colored bloom

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Caveat: Tree #1612 “보문사”

This tree is yet another guest tree from my past. It’s in the courtyard of a Buddhist temple called Bomunsa (보문사) which is on an island west of Seoul. I visited the temple during an excursion in August, 2013.

A large, twisted tree in a Buddhist temple courtyard, seen from higher vantage point, on the right, with people (tourists) standing around and several temple buildings nearby, the largest cut by the frame on the left

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Caveat: Tree #1601 “광주 무등산”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture of a tree just outside of Gwangju, South Korea, in June of 2010, on the flank of Mudeung Mountain (광주 무등산). I had gone there on a day-hiking trip with some colleagues from work. I believe the reservoir is this one (map link).

An old, thick tree branch with lots of greenery, overhanging still green water, the top edge of a concrete wall in the foreground

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Caveat: Tree #1594 금산사에 갔던 기억이 나요

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in February, 2010, at the Geumsan Temple in South Korea (금산사), where I was staying for a 5-day “templestay” – a kind of intensive lay Buddhist monk experience. It’s the entrance area. The temple is one of the more famous ones in the peninsula.

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Caveat: Tree #1578 “전라남 영광군”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture from the window of my bus on my morning commute in Yeonggwang County, South Korea, in November, 2010. 이 사진은 2010년 11월 전라남 영광군에서 촬영했습니다.

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Caveat: Tree #1467 “The past is a beach on a distant sea”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. It’s a tree among others on a rocky beach on 무의도 (Muui Island), which is an island off the west coast of South Korea southwest of the Incheon Airport (I believe it’s here on the map). I visited this tree in August, 2015, with my friend Peter (who subsequently has visited me here in Southeast Alaska.

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I had a very unhappy day at work – one of those days when I am reminded that I never had any actual training to be a “matting and framing guy”, but rather, I’ve always been in a kind of “fake it till you make it” mode with this job. I made many mistakes, working on challenging projects. I made mistakes with cutting mat board, which I corrected but always is wasteful of mat board, I made mistakes with cutting glass, including an oversize piece that had high visibility since I needed help from my boss Chad to make it happen. I’ll have to go in tomorrow and try to cut the oversize piece again. Anyway, I felt incompetent all day. Such a salient feeling.

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Caveat: Tree #1453 “A new spring”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in May, 2011, near my apartment in Ilsan (Goyang City), South Korea. I had just moved to my new neighborhood to start my new job at Karma Academy, where I stayed working for 7 years – the longest I’ve ever had one job.

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Caveat: Tree #1440 “A view toward Bukhansan”

This tree is a guest from my past. It’s alongside some metro rail tracks between downtown Seoul and Ilsan, where I used to live. I took this picture in January, 2009.

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The mountain in the background is the prominent Bukhansan. The large, highly-visible sign on the roof says “Dream Tree Daycare”.

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Caveat: Tree: 1426 “Snowy day along Ilsan-ro”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. 10 years ago, next week, on December 28, 2012, I took this picture in my neighborhood in Goyang City, South Korea. It was snowing.

A picture taken in 2012 along a city street called Ilsan-ro in Goyang City, South Korea. Snow, some urban trees without leaves, lots of buildings along each side.

Art and I went to town today for our shopping day, and spent some time at the Veterans center, too – longer than usual. Art normally just drops in there if he chooses to go there at all (it’s open every Thursday), but today he seemed inclined to hang out for a while.

The road to town continues to be horrible. It’s like doing a bobsled course in the car, between about 6 mile and 8 mile – pure ice.

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Caveat: 쌀떡볶이

The gift store owner, Chad, is aware of my background as a former resident of Korea. He and his wife apparently have membership in some kind of international junk food subscription service. It’s kinda of eccentric and cool.

So they bring in to me, the other day, this box full of Korean junk food – the kind you’d see at any 7-11 in South Korea. There were these one snacks in that box that I remember buying quite regularly in the store in the first floor of my apartment building: 쌀떡볶이 [ssaltteokbokki]. It was quite amazing, to get a package of these in Craig, Alaska.

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So I got them and ate them, and it made me nostalgic.

Chad and Kristin are very cool bosses.

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Caveat: Tree #1419 “Somewhere in Glory County”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture on December 16, 2010, when I was living down in Yeonggwang, Jeolla, South Korea. It’s in front of a building where a coworker lived – we were carpooling to work and had stopped there to pick him up.

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I don’t mind driving in snow. But this ice-with-rain-on-top that we get here is terrifying. So Art and I didn’t go to town shopping today. We stayed home. We have plenty of food. It was so slippery on the road, I didn’t even walk the dog.

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Caveat: Tree #1410 “The Korean redwood is an urban dweller”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. It’s in front of my place of employment in Ilsan (Goyang), Korea (marked by the long vertical orange sign with blue lettering). I took this picture in March, 2015. I believe it’s one of the dawn redwoods (metasequoia) that are so ubiquitous in newly urbanized parts of South Korea.

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I went back to my job at the gift shop, today. I was deeply anxious that I’d forgotten how to do my job, given I’ve been away for a month. But it came back easily enough, as these things do. Perhaps being around Arthur all the time, I’ve developed an anxiety around my own forgetfulness, seeing more danger and decline there than is warranted.

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Caveat: Tree #1382 “A tree or three, and me”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. And really it’s not so much a tree, as me – although there are undeniable trees present. Standing along pedestrian street in Ilsan, near my home, in November, 2011. My friend Peter (who’s visited me here in Alaska) took this picture.

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Caveat: Tree #1369 “Sedes koreanis”

This tree is a guest tree from my past. It was a tree (among other trees) I saw in the forest on the north side Gobong mountain, in my home in Korea, in October, 2014. I saw semi-abandoned chairs there, which are ubiquitous in rural South Korea.

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Caveat: Tree #1300

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture of a sunset looking west on Teheran-no, a major thoroughfare in the trendy Gangnam district in Seoul, in December, 2008.
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Caveat: Tree #1238

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture while walking to work in April, 2017. I thought the ball looked forlorn and sad, so I took a picture – but the trees are interesting, too. I remember the exact spot where this ball was, along Juyeop plaza about half a block south of work.
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Caveat: Tree #1225

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I took this picture in early June, 2015, standing in front of my place of work. I was noting the “gentrification” of my neighborhood in Ilsan, Korea, via the opening of a new Starbucks location.
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Caveat: Tree #1207

This tree is a guest tree from my past. The tree is guarding an entrance to the Samgakji subway station in central Seoul – just southwest of the former Yongsan US military base. The base is “former”, now, but when I took this picture in April, 2008, it was still active. In the haze in the upper background you can see the Namsan Tower.
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I went to work today – not a normal thing for a Monday, but I have a somewhat rearranged schedule this week.

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Caveat: Tree #1196

This tree is a guest tree from my past. I don’t even know what year I took it – maybe 2012. But clearly it’s from the time around Buddha’s birthday holiday: the lanterns and temporary statuary in the river (which is the small book that bisects downtown Seoul, 청계천 [cheong-gye-cheon]) give it away.
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This year, Buddha’s birthday will be celebrated this coming Sunday, May 8th. It moves around (like Easter), due to the Korean lunar calendar. It used to be annoying when Buddhamas fell on a Sunday, because it would mean no extra day off from work.

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