As some of you may know, I’m an American who has lived in Korea for the past 5 years… for the most part, I’m used to it and feel at home. However, occasionally I stumble across something that REALLY makes me feel like a foreigner! Earlier today this happened, and I MUST share this mundane and pointless experience:
Lately, “toy cranes” have become popular in Korea (if you don’t know what a “toy crane” is, look at this…), and I have had some success at winning small stuffed animals for Astrofiancee (she claims it’s just luck, but I know that she just doesn’t recognize true unadulterated skill when she sees it!). Toy cranes are everywhere! If you walk 500 meters down a sidewalk, you’re certain to pass 3 or 4 of them.
So, about a week ago, I noticed a new toy crane machine on the sidewalk in front of a bookstore near my dormitory. It was empty, and I just assumed that it was broken or something… earlier today, Astrofiancee and I were out looking for some dinner, and discussing whether to have Korean food, Chinese food, or Western food. As we walked down the sidewalk, I noticed the aforementioned toy crane was still empty. Or so it seemed! As we got closer, I noticed that the bottom 5 or 6 inches of the glassed-in enclosure was filled with water. “That’s odd” I thought… as we got a bit closer I noticed that in the water, at the bottom of the enclosure were 6 or 7 LOBSTERS!!
I collapsed on the sidewalk in laughter, while Astrofiancee talked to some women hanging around the area… after I recovered, I learned that for 500 won (about 45 cents or so) you get 2 chances to grab a lobster with the crane!
I’m not a big fan of seafood (hate it, as a matter of fact!), but Astrofiancee is; so we had to try!
I managed, on the first try, to snag a huge mutha of a lobster, but when he was pulled out of the water he began to flop around a bit, and worked his way out of the crane. He fell back in the water…
Astrofiancee stepped up for the second attempt… and got nowhere, as the machine ripped us off and didn’t give us a second chance! :mad:
Anyways, too friggin weird!!