Last night I cheated. I’ve been so good these last 2 weeks but last night I had a lapse. Okay, maybe there was some peer pressure involved. I swear it was for a good cause though!
Let me back up a minute. I proclaimed December to be a special month, one that I dubbed “Don’t Drink December.” Feel free to read more about it on my previous post but basically instead of drinking I am collecting funds to donate to the Philippines Red Cross for Supertyphoon Haiyan relief. I’ve been going strong so far and raised $70!
Well anyway back to last night. I was supposed to get dinner with some Korean friends but plans changed after fencing practice and I found myself meeting Brian and Susan (2 coworkers) at a Makeoli and Pajeon restaurant down the road. I sat down and had a bite of the delicious Korean pancake ignoring the bowl of yellow rice wine in front of me.
Susan commented “Oh I totally forgot you aren’t drinking! Sorry I poured you a bowl.”
She grabbed the bowl and asked “What would it take for you to drink tonight?”
I laughed. We’ve been down this road a few times this month and I tell her I’m fine not drinking and the conversation goes back to how delicious the pajeon is and how excited we are at the new jobs & apartment. A few moments later Sara joins us as we pay and I’m struck by a brilliant idea.
“I tell you what. Since we are celebrating all four of us signing a new lease tonight I think I can make an exception. But there’s a catch. I will drink tonight if you donate to the Philippines Red Cross.”
I guess I must be a fun party-goer because I immediately was presented with $20 in donations as we walked into a Korean Barbeque. Sara had been here before with Sejun and we are assured they have excellent Samgyupsal (pork). I declare that I want to try a new cut of meat as we order Soju, Mekju and a thinkly sliced pile of pork.