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Friday, February 03, 2006

renovation

Mr Pak renovated his rice mill over one weekend back in 1999.
Photographs (c)AL 1999

The keeper of a heating equipment shop is drilling old dilapidated concrete. The fauna that had been living in the cracks was interesting. Mr Pak the mill proprietor is standing next to him, while the chimulpo keeper from across the street and the neighboring gas boiler shop keeper make the audience.


The only person who was paid for his work, but he wasn't Mr Pak's acquaintance. Mr Pak got the tiles for free from a kind of a business partner or a regular customer.

Of course I participated in the work like any fieldworking anthro would do. I said something about we also having this kind of a system in Finland where friends come around to contribute work for drinks and a meal. "But here you don't get even a meal." Ok, here this doesn't sound as witty as from Mr Pak back then. He was brilliant in keeping up the good spirits during the work with his humor and wit, of which a good deal was about me.
- We have a construction inspector from abroad.
- Are you sure painting is not your original job and research just a side job?
- I measured my height at home and got 179, but now that Antti is around nobody believes that any more. (Mr Pak was barely 160 cm tall.)


Finished.


Will spend the next week vacationing in Rome.
로마에 여행가는 관계로 <훈장의 가르침>은 열흘동안 쉬겠습니다.

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