I think you're both right, Soju and Lucy. I had a couple of loaches that looked like the one Soju shows in a tropical fish tank when I was a child; it was called a clown loach and was quite tiny. I wonder how related the two types of loaches are.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."
That day when Jongnam went to Minsook's house to learn to make loach soup, she brought a baggie of dark eel-type things, very slippery and wet. Minsook said they were very fresh. They looked as if they could have been alive, even. Speaking of differences in taste: Remember when Kiwoong said they'd make a squid snack for kids, because kids don't like shrimp. Yay! for peanut butter!
Last night's episode was all chopped up and had several moments of screen lock where the image just froze right in the middle of someone's dialog. Very hard to follow, and they haven't shown what episode we're watching so I've lost track. Apparently everyone expects Grandma to fork over large amounts of cash… 3 or 4 of them think they should be entitled to "half".
Sukhyun still won't accept the transplant, but he hopes for a "lot" of the money? Yeah right. And Haein's mom is true to her character… can't stand the family before, but now suddenly her daughter deserves half of Grandma's loot. LOL
I guess it's human nature, but I was pretty surprised how greedy everyone got. And just out of curiosity, doesn't $10,000 per lot sound low for land? I have no idea how large the lots are, but I would expect them to be twice that amount. And they keep saying dollars when I thought it was supposed to be yen. Maybe the price will keep escalating until Grandma's as rich as Nara. That would be interesting.
Korean money is won, but one won is worth some US coins, I don't remember how much, a quarter? a nickel? so I'm glad they do the conversion for us.
Isn't Grandma's manner different now? She came to breakfast late, sailed into the room and sat at the head of the table. Did she always sit there? Even steady Minsook is rattled by the promise of money.
I enjoyed Jaeman's fantasy-pink jacket and lavender pashmina? aigu! ;D And a Nara with a desire to please-whew
Korean money is won, but one won is worth some US coins . . .
Most recent quote I've seen: one US Dollar = 959 Korean Won. This seems huge, but earlier this year I recall the exchange rate being somewhere in the $1 = 1300 Won area.
Thus (though its scarcely reported here in America) the value of the US Dollar has been taking a pretty big dump in recent months. It's one of the reasons the price of crude oil seems to be skyrocketing - if you were paying for that same crude with Wons or Euros, the price increases wouldn't be nearly as dramatic. That's NOT good news for the US Economy, and I worry about what's ahead for us in the next few years.
As for loaches, I used to be a tropical fish fancier a while back. The "Clown Loach" is indeed just as the picture shows: a catfish-like little fishy with bright salmon-and-black markings. Very pretty, but not so hardy: the couple I had never seemed to last beyond a few weeks. The "Coolie Loach," on the other hand, has the very same colors, but is otherwise completely different, and looks eel-like. One of those little Coolies happily lived for years in my tropical fish tank.
As for Loach Soup, yes, I also recall somebody showing up with plastic bag full of brown, slimy, disgusting looking creatures in one of the BB episodes. I assumed they were little eels, but even now I'm not completely sure.
Lucy's link on page 3 has a somewhat better, color photo (the one named "Japanese Weatherfish").
Actually, I guess they're not to be quite as disgusting as they might seem. It turns out that "Loaches" are close cousins to the familiar Carp family of fishes (which include the beautiful Japanese Koi fish).
Can't exactly say that these Loaches are particularly beautiful, though.
Ahh, so you are at the bickering-over-the-money episodes. I loved Jaemin's rich man fantasy -- that outfit (money cannot buy good taste), with an over-the-top submissive Nara. I bet the actor and actress had a lot of fun playing that.
We've had halting transmission problems in Philly too. It's usually right in the middle of dialogue, and the actor is frozen in an unflattering, mouth opened, eye lids mid blink frame. It would last so long I could get up and pour myself some water and feed the cat. I wonder, since PBS stations have no commericials, if they intentionally do this so the show ends at a certain time? Does that theory hold water?