A Commuters Dilemma

Posted by Stephanie on July 27, 2016



For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast…but why wouldn’t you? You missed some very important information. I got a new job! Yep, I have left the confines of my work from home job, and now join the people, out in the world with an office job. This, of course, changes my commute from–roll out of bed, turn on computer to a bus, a train, another train, then a walk to work. All in all, on a good day it’s about an hour and 15 minute trek. (Jami says this is my punishment for working at home for so many years.) Sooo what does this mean? Having to entertain myself of course!

Cherry talked me into getting a sweet little tablet to put that time to good use. I can write posts (as I am doing now) or I can watch some videos. This struck a chord as, for someone who spends a good portion of her time talking about Korean entertainment, I watch very little of it. So I happily stocked up my tablet with train goodies.

And here’s where we hit the problem… One packed train means that everybody is in everybody else’s business. Great time to share the word then, you say? Sure, there’s that, but then there is that look you get, or that squidgy feeling when you look at content. Not sure if I’m explaining this right, let’s look at some examples that I have tried…bangbangbang

BigBang, Bang Bang Bang. Sure this a great song and video, but remember that part when a beglittered GDragon has a lady of color on a dog chain? Awkward. See, regular passerby may not notice his matching collar or know that the woman was actually the choreographer. Scratch that off the list.bts boy in luv

BTS, Boy In Luv. This video is allover trouble. Just the boys prowling, ¬†fine. Add the girl on the screen? They all turn into grabby, pushy jerkballs. Sure, at the end they redeem themselves, but is random person looking over my shoulder going to know that? No. (And when you think about it, they don’t really redeem themselves that much. You like the girl, so you get all threaten-y and manhandling? Uncool guys, uncool. Maybe you should try, I don’t know, talking to her first? It’s her first day of school, be nice. Although, she loses major points when she forgives them as soon as they give her a flower? Have some self respect girl, they may be cute, but there are other non-asshole fish in the sea.)

after school

After School. This show is flat out ridiculous. First episode flower boy graphics, hijinks (was that the episode they lit farts on fire?) and one guy dressed up in a dog outfit. Any time you look at the screen there was something potentially embarrassing going down.

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I found what seems like a really good LGBT drama, however, I’m sitting there on the PATH watching and one of the guys is sexually assaulted. How fast can I switch to the episode of BTS’s Bon Voyage? Turns out pretty effing fast.

So, you see my dilemma. Watch variety all the time? Watch stuff I’ve seen? Then, though, it kind of defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to do here. Obviously, the answer is to turn on my don’t-give-a-shit button, but for me? That particular button has always been a little wonky.

So blogging it is! (Unless I can score the rest of Bon Voyage… outside of music videos, BTS is everything that is wonderful and would make any commute just that much easier.)


  • Reply DBChen August 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    How about historicals? Either a fusion sageuk or straight sageuk. I find that there’s fewer things to side-eye because the costumes make people think it’s classy and anything problematic or weird can be attributed to “well, that’s what things were like back then over there.” Not a complete excuse, but one that people looking over your shoulder will probably make.

    Scarlet Heart: Goryeo should be perfect for this. Think of all the hours of eye candy!

  • Reply humbledaisy1 August 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I agree with the saeguks. Try Empress Ki or King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang. Long, lots of episodes, colorful and still full of good looking men who (occasionally) shed their clothes. If you are looking elsewhere, Singing all the way (being subbed on Viki) or Princess Jieyou both feature the wild sexy Yuan Hong. He doesn’t have to take his clothes off to be hot!

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