If I had a minute to spare I would probably say something like this…
That’s the name of this blog. When I first started out I picked this name because I figured I wouldn’t have many minutes to spare and I wouldn’t really update it that much. That was back in early 2010. Since then If I Had A Minute To Spare, if you judge it by the title, has been a testament to my own procrastination, and concrete proof that I really do have too much time on my hands!
At least I’ve made the most of this abundance of time, right?
So what about me? For a while there I was chairman of the Irish Association of Korea, and in the past I was one of the original organisers of the HBC Fest in Seoul. I’m happily married to a wonderful woman who I kindly refer to in the anonymous form, ‘Herself’ not in person of course, only here. She is an insightful individual who encourages me to be the best I can, on condition that the final result is the Nobel Prize. All I can say to that is that at least I’ve made a start. Up until recently it was just the two of us, but now we have our wonderful +1 to keep us busy.
Up until the summer of 2014 we shared an existence of married bliss on the twentieth floor of an apartment building in Yeongtong-dong, Suwon. This blog contained instances where I described my life in Yeongtong, but at no time did I attempt to create the impression that Yeongtong is the centre of the universe. Since July of 2014, myself, Herself, and +1 have been living Blanchardstown in Dublin. That’s the real Dublin, as in the capital of Ireland. Slowly we have been settling into life in Ireland, and I’ve been trying to find my Irish blogging voice, and to establish myself in a completely new blogosphere.
When I first went to Korea I wasn’t very proud of my nationality, and then I began to meet people from other countries and realised that Ireland is far from the fucked up place I had imagined it to be. Sure, it’s inundated with its own problems and feckin’ eejits attempting to run and ruin things, but these days those feckin’ eejits seem to have been outshone by the stronger Irish people who have refused to allow Ireland regress from the prominent position so many people worked hard to help it reach. People have realised the importance of their voices for keeping the country on its feet, and they listen more than ever. Ireland is a fucked up place for certain, and full of fucked up people, but to be honest, I’d rather be from Ireland than from any other country! Even Herself thinks so, too.
Over the past few years this personal journal of my own experiences, thoughts, and opinions on life, being Irish, being in Korea, being Irish in Korea, and things that just happen, has attracted close to 100,000 visitors. I have made over 300 posts and written an amount of words I couldn’t even imagine counting. This blog has inspired me to write more and more, but at the same time I could blame it for not writing enough.
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