I watched The Hobbit on the morning of December 16th (and then a second time in January) and Les Misérables on the evening of December 23rd. I enjoyed both movies! However, there were aspects of each that I did not like. This is by no means to say I hated the movies for what they did to stories I care about. I understand that in adapting a story from one medium to another it is necessary to make changes. Ever since I watched The Fellowship of the Ring and realized that Tom Bombadil wasn’t included my need for adaptations to be true to what they adapt has diminished. (But how could they do that! He’s such an awesome character and the scene with the barrow wights explains why Merry’s sword is so deadly to the Witch King—the sword was forged by men who fought against the Witch King—not to mention his songs and the fact the One Ring doesn’t affect him.) So rather than being in a rage, I enjoyed both of these films as adaptations.
As you have probably figured by now, there will be spoilers. Hopefully my vulpine helpers have edited away any big ones. If you haven’t readThe Hobbit, then do so—it’s short and I recommend it—and if you haven’t seen Les Misérables, then I encourage you to see it. Because from here on out it will be hard not to reveal info about them. I may be able to hide major plot points, but aside from putting all of what follows in a spoiler box, there isn’t much I can do to hide all the details.
Yesterday I went on quite the adventure. I visited two art supply stores, found a museum for Catholic martyrs, saw the outside of Seoul’s World Cup stadium, and romped through several parks. I’m going to break up this adventure into two parts, with lunch being the dividing line. So today you’ll get up through lunch and my tomorrow you’ll get to find out what happened after lunch.
My adventure into Seoul started with me failing to get an early start. I wanted to take our video camera with me, but it needed to be charged. I also wanted to empty out one of my memory cards and charge a spare battery for my DSLR, just in case I took a lot of pictures. I brushed my tail. And I had dishes to wash from breakfast. So it was that I didn’t get out the door until around 9:30 am.
The walk to the subway station was pleasant. I didn’t even have trouble crossing the street at one particularly busy intersection that is lacking in walk signals. Though I did regret forgetting my Irish whistle. By the time I got on the subway heading north, it was 10 am.
Ever since the 신분당 (Sinbundang, but ‘sin’ is pronounced like ‘shin’) line opened, travel time to certain subway lines and stops decreased. For instance, I no longer have to take the 1005-1 bus to get to 양재 (Yangjae), which is where Costco is located. I can also get to Seoul subway line 2 much quicker, which makes travel to and from StarCraft 2 matches that much faster (not that I’ve been to any in a long while…). The current northern terminus of the Sinbundang line is Gangnam Station. Yes, it is located in the district that lends its name to the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. No, I haven’t seen anyone dancing like that while walking through Gangnam. Though perhaps that will change if I wander through Gangnam next week…