Did we all notice her in her new census-taking job? I thought this was so funny. The building she went to is, I swear, the same apartment building that Soonie and her in-laws live in in "My Rosy Life." Can you imagine trying to take the census there?
(in the grandmother's house) Q. OK, how many people live here? A. Well, there's Grandma, and Miss-a Bong . . . Q. Miss-a Bong? What relation is she? A. She's our father's other wife. Q. ? ! ? Q. OK, let's move on. Who else? A. There's a daughter, and her husband, and their baby, though he's hardly ever here [ ]. But sometimes our brother's mistress comes over, and she might move in with us and her son and my brother's children . . .
(next door at Soonie's, where the older daughter answers the door) Q. Hello, little girl. Is your mother or father home? A. No. Q. Well, when will they be home? I'm from the government and I need to ask some questions about who lives here. A. -- (younger sister takes over) A. Move over, onni! I'll answer the questions. Well, our mom lives here, and sometimes our dad, but hardly ever. But they leave us lots of food in the fridge. Put me down as Head of Household.
Minsook was excited to be wanted, I think. I wonder if she ever worked before. What will MIL think when she's gone all day, every day? How will Min-sook do all the cooking and laundry? Da-jung is too spoiled to wash her own slippers. fooey. Min-sook is going to need lots of help, but she won't get it if she doesn't tell anyone that she has a job.
Yes indeed, it is a temporary job. But didn't she look quite nice in her Nara hand-me-down, hairstyled and make up? She looked like she felt better too. I can relate to Minsook in this area. I work from home, and I know when I've hit ultimate "frumpdom" when I brush my hair and put on lipstick and the kids excitedly say, "Where we goin'?!"
Funny stuff, Lucy, even though I never saw "Rosy Life."
I'll have to compare the two buildings, but Seoul has like a zillion interchangeable apartment buildings. I saw a show a couple of months ago that said there is some concern that Seoul has so much more rental housing than owned homes.