I fucking rule!! When I first hatched my plan in February this year to move back to Korea I started badgering Alaska Jae about his secret desire to do the same, and that badgering continued on and off all year. He didn’t know what I was up to but he suspected, and now 8 months later he’s onboard!

I spent last weekend in Vegas with Alaska, Lee, Nik, Jeremy, and Ashly… Nik, Ashly, and I jumped out of a plane (awesome, btw) while the pussies slept off their hangovers, but other than that it was your typical kickass Vegas weekend: food, booze, gambling, strippers, the usual. We were the last two to leave and it wasn’t until everyone split that I really started to work on Alaska to move to Korea; his situation in Phoenix is a lot like mine in Chicago meaning that he has no life and no friends and not much going on in general.

A couple days ago Alaska told me he was 70/30 on going back to Korea which actually came as kind of a surprise to me. Later that day he talked to his aunt and uncle about moving back in with them after his apartment lease ends in November and they said sure, so he was suddenly 80/20. Then I finally came clean about my master plan (still the same day!) and before you know it 80/20 becomes 90/10. Next morning I check my email and… duh! …Alaska says he’s 100% in. Not only is he fully committed, he’s excited about it! He even said “I’m glad you talked me into this”. To understand why this is such a big deal you’d have to know that this guy doesn’t get excited about shit, except maybe big stock market gains and going on vacation. Seriously, he was almost giddy!



I’d still be going even if Alaska said no, but I love the fact that he’s saying yes. Nik’s already planning to move out of that old shitty apartment he inherited from me in 2005 and the move will most likely be around February when Alaska and I will be landing, so we’re gonna try to get apartments within spitting distance of each other in the Hongdae/Sinchon/Chungjungro area.

More recent news isn’t all that juicy, but it’s worth noting that I’ve already knocked out three months in Dad’s basement and have about 4 1/2 more to go. I like it here… Jim and Judi more or less leave me alone as I quietly build my iPhone empire… but the countdown is definitely on.

posted by Michael in Preparing to Flee on 10/4/2009 | No Comments