I was bored so I Googled myself…


You can thank Sheila Squillante at We Who Are About To Die for the inspiration behind this post

So, I was bored. I was sitting around thinking how the internet consumes me daily – here, twitter, newspapers, videos, information, contact with friends and family. I thought to myself, surely I have some sort of an online profile or presence. I write a lot and most of it goes on the internet, so why not? I don’t mean like a falsified facebook page or fancified linkedin account for work. I mean something like a digital footprint of my own actions on the internet.

So, I googled myself.

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Under Close Examination


I thought I’d try this:

From Expathell.com

I have this Japanese magazine where the editors walked around different cities in Japan and stopped random people on the street.  Instead of asking them questions, they simply asked them to empty out and organize the contents of their wallets or purses for a photo.  They list only the owner’s name and city, with all other information omitted.

By looking at the contents of my wallet…well you can tell that I have absolutely no personality:

My wallet includes:

1 x Samsung card with homeplus membership card barcode sticker.

1 x KB Cashcard with, em, no money in the account.

1 x Woori Cashcard with, em, no money in the account.

(this is true, I’m broke and live off my credit cards – herself has the rest)

1 x Alien Registration Card

1 x Korean driving lisence

1 x Staff card the doubles as a Visa platinum card (how handy)

1 x GS Point card

1 x Shinsegae point card

1 x Bandi and Luni’s membership card

1 x discount card for Dublin Terrace in Gangnam

1 x Korean Teachers Credit Union membership card

1 x business card for a (apparently) very famous Haegum musician.

1 x business card for a travel agent that said he can help me get discounts for large groups that want to travel to Ireland…I never called.

An assortment of stamp cards for various restaurants and coffee shops around Suwon and Seoul

– A Touch of Spice, Jongno

– Kassam, Suwon

– Hollys Coffee

– The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

– Dunkin Donuts

– Angel-in-Us

– Platanus

Incidentaly, none of these have been used more than three times. Does that make me a better or worse person?

In anticipation of this happening to me again, I will carry a personal memoir, a well thumbed tourist map of the Medina in Fes, a collection of my poetry, and an old, frail and unused condom (still in wrapper) – that might give a better idea about who I am.

*Wouldn’t it be interesting if every scribbler in Korea stopped what they were doing right now and photographed the contents of their wallets, then posted it online?*