friday night (december 14th), david had made some reservations downtown at the first alleyway, so that we could ring in my birthday surrounded by friends and greasy western food after my full week gone at eic camp. i was amazed when i walked in the door – the long table held about two dozen of my gwangju chingus! i was so grateful to everyone who came out. we enjoyed good pizzas and burgers, and the strawberry cake was one of the best i’ve had (korea knows how to do cakes right, that’s for sure).
after dinner, we decided to grab some drinks in a bag (another korean novelty) before heading into a noraebang. we ended up doing a marathon session in that singing room; i think all said and done it was about 3 1/2 hours of belting out any english song we could find. it was such a blast, i love seeing how everyone’s personalities come out when you put a microphone in their hand. one of my favorite nights in korea, for sure.
and, yes, there was that historic moment when adam sang “born in the usa” – sleeves rolled up and as springsteen as he could get. he’s done it before, but every time is better than the last. david even captured some rare footage of the event… so view it at your own risk.