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Welcome aboard… February 23, 2009

Posted by jorkat in Toronto.

2001_a_space_odysseyFor those of you wondering what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, you might think this is it. Well you’re wrong. I bought the domain name and set up this wordpress blog in just a few hours and we’re very happy with result thus far.

The title is a tribute to my brother and his favourite director, Stanley Kubrick. Fraser always wanted to travel and see the world in his ongoing quest for knowledge and enlightenment, so I know he’d be proud of us for the adventure we’re about to embark upon. 

Despite being a diehard sci-fi scan, I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never actually seen 2001. Maybe I’ll check it out on the 14 hour flight from Chicago to Seoul which departs from O’Hare at 2am on Tuesday. We’re flying on Asiana Airlines which we’ve been told is one of the nicer Asian carriers and offers all the same amenities that North American passagers only get in first class. Apparently they have seatback TV’s with an impressive database of movies and TV shows. It’s still 14 hours on  a plane, but I’m sure the adrenaline, the amenities and free drinks/gravol will be more than enough to keep us comfortable aboard a Boeing 777 filled with Asians. Our flight from Toronto to Chicago departs at 7:15pm this this evening (Monday, February 23rd) with a 5-hour layover before the flight to Seoul. Fortunately we have plenty to read and the benefit of a Slingbox linked to our laptop so we’ll be just fine.

We’ll be touching down in Seoul on Wednesday at 6am which is actually Tuesday at 4pm EST, so as most of you are finishing up another work day, we’ll be attempting to navigate through Incheon airport and figure out how to get our bags. The only thing we know that’s planned for us on the other end is that a gentlemen by the name of Mr. Kang will be at the airport to pick us up and will be taking us to the school. We have absolutely no idea what else is in store for us that day, but I can’t wait to find out.


1. Jamie - February 24, 2009

I wish you two all the best on your worldly adventures. Be safe, good, and healthy. Will expect updates on things at least weekly! Love, MJA

Dad - February 24, 2009

It was great taking you to the airport. Too bad –but maybe a blessing in disguise– with the required new fifth piece of luggage –labelled CANADA !! Saved hundreds $$ !! You both look so confident and determined — we are very proud of you both, Missing you already.
love Dad

2. Erin - February 24, 2009

It begins….

3. Dyson - February 24, 2009

Nice job on the design of the blog. I look forward to reading this when you finally get to Asia.

Are you sure there isn’t another going away party squeezed in between now and your departure?

4. Sub - February 24, 2009

Is Mr.Kang going to bring any other Klingons to greet you?

5. Sub - February 24, 2009

No wait I got a better one, I got a better one!!! Is Kodos coming too!?!?

6. Sean - February 24, 2009

Remember when you get there dont poo in your hand and throw it at people. Its not culturally acceptable in Asia.

7. fink - February 24, 2009

I’m putting up $1000 to anyone who goes to Jordan’s parents place in Baie D’Urfe and resets Jordan’s slingbox.

8. Robertson - February 24, 2009

Tell the pilot to avoid flying over Buffalo.

Wang! Pay attention!

9. Jon Picken - February 24, 2009

행운과 안전 여행
Love, Uncle Jon

10. Lisa - February 24, 2009

I envy you guys and the adventure you’re about to begin. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead. What an amazing experience this is going to be for you both. Happy travels!! xox

11. Brent - February 24, 2009

Best of luck figuring out who Mr. Kang is at the airport! Hopefully he has a big sign with your names on it!

Have a great time!

12. Melissa - February 25, 2009

Wishing you the best of time and to build up a whole library of memories to tell us all about when you come back!


13. Mulqueen - February 25, 2009

It has been 20 hours since you departed… why have you not updated your blog? Readers are getting anxious to hear more details about this mysterious Mr. Kang.

p.s. Canada misses you.

pps. I hope you followed Sean’s advice, learned through an embarassing personal experience no doubt.

14. Chelsea - February 25, 2009

Fink, I’ll take that $1000 dollars.. I can see the slingbox as I type this 😀 Oh the power…

15. pcushing - February 25, 2009

Korea? Sounds like a blast.

If you talk to Colby, remind him that sometimes he is a dumbass because he told me you were going to Africa. Africa? Really? I said. Well, not quite. Certainly not from the same guy who’s worried about the Asians on the plane while he’s moving to Korea.

Enjoy being the world’s tallest person for a year.

16. Kelly Taylor - February 25, 2009

Glad to hear you guys arrived safely. Stay safe and we will be checking in with you later for more updates

17. Dyson - February 26, 2009

Where is my 24?

18. Danielle - February 26, 2009

Great website you created…I must admit I clicked on it a few times and exited thinking I was on the wrong site. I thought I was on a site for the movies. Glad to hear you have arrived safely and hope you are getting somewhat settled. You missed already, I can’t wait to see that next update. Stey safe and have a great time.


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