Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967.

1985: I took my first Tae Kwon Do class in South Central Los Angeles during a celebration that sought to promote appreciation for cultural diversity.

1988: My aunt, Florence Griffith Joyner, won three gold medals and one bronze medal at the Seoul, Korea Olympics.

1991: Dj Quik releases Quik is The Name, his debut album, and I am forever thereafter a fan.

1992: 1) Dj Quik releases his 2nd LP, Way 2 Fonky, and while shopping, I spot Tupac Shakur at the Beverly Center Mall. After tracking him down, my sister, cousin, and I ask for his autograph, which he gladly gives us. Although I kept the note in my wallet for a long time, I would late lose it. 2) I auditioned for Robert Townsend and was chosen to showcase my martial arts skills in his feature film, Meteor Man, which was about a black super hero.

1993: Meteor Man was released.

1994: I went to Alexander Hamilton High School where I was initially sent to the ‘Original’ school, but because my mother was with me, she demanded that I be enrolled into the ‘Humanities’ magnet program.

1996: I started my first business, Klee Klean Apartment Services. My work crew consisted of my sister’s classmates from Dorsey high school as well as my cousins.

1997: I graduated from Hamilton High School and enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona.

2004: I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Business Administration: Finance, Real Estate, & Law.

2005: I attended Digable Planets’ reunion concerts at the House of Blues on Sunset and HOB Anaheim as well as my first Dj Quik concert at the HOB Sunset.

2007: After two years of working as temp, and never finding a permanent position, I opted for moving to Asia where I was told I could easily find work as an English Teacher. I moved to Pohang, South Korea.

2014: I left Korea after a very successful seven-year run that included me becoming a university instructor within three years. However, without much luck of finding work in California, I again considered returning to Korea to work. In June, I interviewed for a professorship in Korea at a university in the city of Iksan, which is the sister city of Culver City, which is where the Google Starbucks is where I interviewed via SKYPE for the position in Iksan. While interviewing for the position in Iksan, I was not aware that Culver City was Iksan’s sister city.

2016: I decided to leave the university position in Iksan and moved to Saudi Arabia.

2017: I traveled to seventeen countries: USA, UK, Germany, Ethiopia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Panama, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.

2018: I still live in Saudi Arabia where I teach English.