No, it's not my IQ as measured once per decade of my life. Well, maybe. Another guess?
That's right! It's the count of my blog entries from year to year! (The 82 is from the just final four months of 2008, so that prorates out to 246 for the year.)
I only created 29 posts in 2012, and if it weren't for running and hashing, there would be a whole lot fewer. The entries have been thinner and thinner on the ground as I've found my environment (outer, and frankly, inner) less fascinating as the years go by. What was fresh and exciting in '08 and '09 is now just a given. But 2012 shouldn't escape without a few more mentions of things that happened.
Probably the most Korean thing that I took part in last year was the wedding of Mr. Blister. (Actually, his name is Dewey, but only a few hashers knew that before the invitations went out.) Blister was one of the great hashers in Korea, famous for running in too-small, olive-green shorts in any weather. He represented the very best in the military half of the hash. (Teachers make up the other half.) His patch was the one I received on my very first hash, 25 months and roughly 140 runs ago.
In midsummer, for Blister's final hash in Korea before being sent to Afghanistan, and then to the States, we had a joint event between Yongsan Kimchi (my group) and the Seoul (men's) Hash. We ran in the morning, hit the sauna at noontime, and took part in Blister and Sujin's wedding in the afternoon. Sujin is a very sweet young Korean woman who often joined Blister at YK. (Mystifyingly, they decided to tie the knot under the names Dewey and Sujin, rather than Mr. Blister and Dead Porno Society. Go figure.)
I hurried to be first from the sauna to the minor palace where the wedding was held, as the early birds got to actually help out. Eight of us carried the happy couple (the groom on a throne, the bride in a box) to their traditional ceremony in the palace courtyard: