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What a night it’s been…
I was planning on staying up late, but wasn’t sure if I would be pulling another all nighter so soon after the last one on the 21st. Actually, the one 10 days ago was the first one I did successfully in years. It was sort of weird because I expected it to be a bit rougher at work towards the end of the day, but I actually pulled through like a trooper. Tonight though wasn’t planned at all.
Short of 2am, I ran to Homeplus to get some juice, bannanas and other groceries for the weekend. I barely made it before they closed. However, I didn’t take my keys which would normally not be a problem since I have one of those electronic door openers where you just have to enter a code. Lately though, the reliability of the “new fangled technology” has let me down. I think it’s the batteries and coincidentally, I bought batteries tonight, but to no avail since I couldn’t get into my place to replace the them in the lock. I visited the security officer on the first floor and he called some other service guy who came to my place 15 minutes later. One thing I’m incredibly proud of or thankful here in Korea is the speed in which you get service. In the states, I think I would of been waiting at least a few hours before someone would of came to try and help me out. The guy who tried to open my door gave it a really strong effort and even encouraged me to let him try a few more times before I told him to give up. He, along with most service professionals are always very friendly as well. However, he wasn’t able to get me back in my unit tonight.
So, what are my options (I thought)? I didn’t want to go into some less than pleasant motel nearby. Plus, it wouldn’t be cheap either. So…
I ended up going to a PC room. Thankfully, these places are open 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, they are usually quite smokey though. This place isn’t that bad, but the keyboard has been a pain though. These places usually cater to younger Gen Y’ers who play computer games and other activities I can barely relate with these days which require less of the keyboard, I believe. As a result, this keyboard barely needs to be functional. Let’s see how long I last here.
The other natural option here in Korea is to find a Jimjil-bang and sleep there. These are also open 24 hours a day usually. However, they are typically filled with loud snoring guys who also don’t refrain from farting all night long. I also don’t know of one near me. I’d like to find a relatively clean one, but it’s also cold out tonight. I live by one of the biggest saunas in the country, but it closes at 10p. It has a jimjilbang, but not one that lets people stay overnight.
I could possibly wake up my neighbors, but I left my phone in my place as well. If I had it, I don’t know if I’d want to call them up at 4a anyway to ask if I could crash on their couch. Maybe if I’m more desperate next time.
So, it wasn’t a pleasant night to say the least. On top of being locked out of my place, the service guy who helped me out said that there’s a chance the company that made the locks may not have an “after service” or “A/S” guy as they call it in Korea since it’s Sunday. I may be up “sh*t creek” if they don’t. I may be staying out late again. And to top it off and make it even worse, there’s a chance that my email account was hacked and I can’t get into that either. I’m going to hope it’s a matter of an IP address conflict trying to access it here at the PC room, but I do know I’ve been typing the password in exactly as it is, but it wasn’t registering. I may lose the email account I’ve been using for the past few years due to this unfortunate problem.
At least I’m reminded to NEVER rest on your laurels and assume all will be o.k. with things like your email account or the locks on your house. You need to keep up your guard. It’s also wise to have a “back up” plan as well for situations like this. I just wish both things didn’t happen in the same night. It makes it a bit harder to handle…
Oh, the guy also told me that I couldn’t replace the electronic door lock with the cheaper batteries and I MUST replace them with Energizer or Duracell. Otherwise, he said I would be running into problems again. I don’t know if I should trust him on it.