I can't believe how uptight and self-righteous some of you are. Seriously… maybe we should burn Andrew at the stake because he made some smartass comment about weed in some magazine that probably less than a thousand people read. Seriously, would you rather the English magazines here were government controlled and free of anything that might be considered risqué by those Hakwon owners you're so sadly terrified of? Maybe you guys should move to China.
I guess I can't speak for everybody, but personally I can't recall running into one Korean person who seemed to openly disrespect me or look down on me because he/she was suspicious of or paranoid about the drug culture in the west. The author made some crack about grass trying to get a couple of laughs. Lighten up. Enough with the persecution complex already. We're treated very well here, Koreans are not out to get us, and this line in the Gwangju News doesn’t affect any of you even slightly. Have a chuckle or roll your eyes and move on. Some of you are so frigging paranoid.
He's also the author of what might be the Dave's Thread of the Month for March, about getting fired after two weeks on the job. Why was he fired?
Okay... my job... the head of English was a really anal, uptight Jesus freak who had it out for me right off the bat, and she's buddies with the principal. We kind of skipped that polite phase upon meeting and immediately started butting heads. I don't think she was crazy about my teaching, but it was other stuff I was told were the reasons for being fired, most of them lies, probably all by her. Everyone else seemed to like me fine.
Yeah, we've all been there. Seems once the office gossip machine gets going, it takes a long time to slow down. Okay, so there was the crazy boss, and this other thing:
The main reason, though, was not that I failed a drug test, but that I was worried I'd fail a drug test. My co-teacher, who was totally cool and who I am convinced had nothing to do with this, told me I had to take a medical exam the first week of school. I read I had ninety days to take the test, and she seemed cool so I told her I was worried that I would fail the drug test, because I smoked a little grass in Thailand a few weeks back. Stupidly, she asked (hypothetically) the administrative peeps if a failed drug test would result in a teacher being fired. I passed the drug test, but the administrative people put two and two together and realized that if I was worried about failing a drug test, I obviously did drugs.
Nice going, shithead.