6 Facts About Korean Elections, + 1 Mom of the Year Award

Hello, my precious.

Creeped out yet?  Sorry.  Thanks to Kevin reading The Hobbit aloud, Gabe has been calling every last thing his “precious” today, so it’s seeped into my subconscious   If I was really ambitious, I would have asked Gollum to write today’s post.  But I’m not.  So I didn’t. (You’re welcome.)


The day before yesterday was Korean election day!  It’s a national holiday in Korea.  Seems like an amazing idea: everyone gets the day off of work (or at least a significant amount of time off of work) so virtually everyone has the opportunity to vote.  Dare I hope for a new U.S. holiday to be declared before November 8, 2016?

Don’t you love Google doodles?


You don’t think the national holiday had anything to do with the whopping 76% voter turn-out, do you?  Nah, me neither.  Coincidence, I’m sure.


Koreans elected their first female president, Park Geun-hye (박근혜).  She won by a very narrow margin over Moon Jae-in.  Park is a conservative and daughter of former dictator Park Cheong-hi.  But don’t hold that against her, ok?
Hillary: take it from me.  It can be done.
You may have to switch parties though.


When I Googled the election results, the top news report was from Latin Times.  Just goes to show, you can take the wanna-be chicana out of California, pero no importa porque Google ya sabe todo.


The only item on the ballot was the presidential election.  Back in April, Koreans elected their legislative representatives.  Seems to me that having a dedicated presidential election (no senate or congressional seats, no state propositions or bills) might go a long way towards making life simpler at the polling booth.  What do you think?


One of my favorite things about Korean culture is the way they use funny graphics to illustrate serious ideas.  Often you will see a caution sign with a silly smiling cartoon image depicting imminent danger/death.  The election results are no exception.
Thanks to Jason Hiltz for allowing me to use this awesome graphic.
Just in case you’re confused: that’s Park and Moon with their heads-on-cartoon-bodies, fencing during the election results.  


My sister in law Vanessa and I have a running joke about Mom of the Year Award.  On St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6) I earned one in spades.  
The kids received candy in their shoes and a note from St. Nicholas.  We also were rewarded with a snow day.  Thanks, St. Nick!
The kids, Kevin and I headed out to play with my niece and get coffee.  Ezekiel, whose Robeez moccasins have seen better days, was walking kind of funny.  “Huh,” I thought.  “I guess he’s outgrowing them.”
Ya think?
Nevertheless, out we went for an hour or two.  When we returned home, I pulled off his shoes in the foyer (Koreans don’t wear shoes in the house) and out flung not one, not two, not even three, but FIVE pieces of St. Nicholas candy.


Due to peer pressure and a mad case of the FOMS (Fear of Missing Something), I signed up for a Twitter account last week.  So far it seems fun but very very strange.  I like this comparison I saw a couple years ago.
Can I get an “Amen?”
I’m a little conflicted about being on there, so if you want to convince me to stay on, follow me at @MicaelaDarr.
Head on over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes.


  1. Elections cost so much to put on, I get annoyed when there isn’t much on the ballot. This last one was a very long one…but I figure they’re getting their money’s worth!