Scoliosis settles into my spine in the wilted gaming chair, each thread stifled with the essence of Shin Ramyun and second hand smoke. Sometimes I wonder if spending any and all of my remaining hours away from school of hagwon or home in these types of places will result in lung damage. For roughly one thousand Korean won ($1.10 CAD) an hour you can smoke, drink, and binge eat cuttlefish chips in the comfort of a PC Room lit by the plasma television screens and gaming consoles. I’d bet everyone in here is near-sighted and that they were long before coming here, like I was. I squint at natural sunlight, and this is the only place I feel like a real person. I once saw a pro gamer have a more domineering man switch a catheter out during a League Championship he won after a nearly thirty hour match. I wonder if his transcendent focus is comparable to those who fast like Siddartha and most K pop stars. Continue reading