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How to Get a Screaming Deal on a Baby Jogging Stroller

Devina in her first race, an 8k, with dad and uncle Sam!

As I've mentioned before on this blog, Sue and I are not planning on buying a stroller because we want to carry Devina close to us as much as possible, to maximize our 'skin-to-skin' contact time. So to that extent, I did a pretty in-depth review of baby carriers, and the Baby Bjorn ONE took the prize in a last-minute upset.

However, I've always wanted to take Devina on races with me, and so I went on the hunt for a great jogging stroller. After doing a bunch of research, I found the Chariot line of strollers, which Thule picked up awhile back, so now they're branded as 'Thule Chariot.' Their top of the line jogging stroller is the CX-1, which MSRPs at $1,049.95. Yikes.

But here's a pro-tip: If you are willing to pick up one of the CX-1 strollers just branded as "Chariot" and not as "Thule Chariot," you can get one of those for $697 on Amazon -- and that's with the jogging attachment, which usually runs an additional $75. But there are only four left on Amazon, so they won't last forever. The differences between the old model and the new Thule model are very minor; the biggest one being disc brakes vs. drum brakes.

한국어 Pt. 2

On The Very First EFL Teacher Blog Ever

As a follow-up to my last post, I'd like to talk about my personal experience learning Korean so far and my take on the language. Last post I briefly mentioned that Korean can be seen as harder than it is. I can especially imagine this being the case among long-term foreigners who have been here long enough to have Korean-speaking family (even children!). It is also the case among many Koreans. While most would agree that foreigners should try to learn Korean, few seem to believe that foreigners can. Speaking Korean as a non-Korean is seen as this Sisyphean task, which must be undertaken, but can never be accomplished, unless you are a member of Non-Summit:

"Korean culture, through the eyes of a foreigner." It's a delightful comedy/variety show set around a board-room table, where non-Korean men inexplicably speak in Korean. I don't especially like Non-Summit, but if I were a Korean man, I would resent this show's extremely high popularity among Korean women. Sort of like a goofy "Foreigner Eye for the Korean Guy," where your average Korean (and person) is a ways less telegenic, clever, and wealthy than the cast.

On Non-Summit, Koreans are first amazed by the fact that foreigners are speaking Korean. Most amazing is that a few, including the Turk and the American, practically speak without an accent. Considering the shock with which some Koreans, especially those less accustomed to foreigners, regard any sort of foreign normalcy here (tolerance of spicy foods, toddler-level chopstick abilities, etc.), this isn't too surprising. But let's be clear: there is nothing so damn special about Korean culture, or any culture, that it can't be learned. Being Korean is not a prerequisite to learning Korean. Being Korean is a prerequisite to being Korean.

Korean is especially easy to jump into. You, random foreigner, what sort of writing system do you think of when you think of Korean?

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