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Tragic Korean Ferry Crash

16 Apr

I’m sure most of you already heard about this, but there was a huge ferry crash off the coast of Seoul.  Almost 300 people are missing, including many high school students. They were on a field trip to Jeju Island. Jeju is not just the #1 most popular destination for South Koreans, it is one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. As far as it’s role as a travel destination, it rivals Hawaii for Asian tourists.  So basically, this happened on a dream-trip to the ultimate vacation spot. What makes it worse is that it didn’t sink quickly.  Students had enough time to start sending messages to their parents, sending farewell messages and reminding them of their love.  The devastation here is just unspeakable.  

I know that nothing we say can help any of the families right now, but I wanted all of them to know that they have our prayers and thoughts right now.  We will be waiting for the news right alongside you, and we are sending you as much love and long-distant hugs as we can.  God bless you, and know that you and your family members are being prayed or as we speak.

“Nine Dead, 287 Missing in Ferry Sinking Off Southwestern Coast”

“At least Nine people were killed, with the fate of 287 others unknown, in the Sinking of a South Korean Ferry off the country’s Southwestern Coast, officials said Early Thursday. As Military Divers and other Rescuers Resumed a Desperate search for survivors Shortly after noon, Recovered Two More bodies were, the Coast Guard announced.The death toll is feared to Soar, as search-and-rescue Efforts have been hampered by swift currents, low temperature and low Visibility.Sewol The 6,825-ton, heading to the Jeju Island with 475 people on board, capsized after sending a distress call at around 8:58 am Wednesday (Korea time). Two hours and 20 minutes Completely SANK it later. Passengers include Ansan Danwon 375 students and 14 Teachers from High School, who were on a Four-Day Field trip to the Island. Among them, 179 have been rescued. Remains The exact reason for the Sinking Reports Suggest UNCONFIRMED but that it might have an Underwater Hit rock.Rescuers say many of the passengers and crew seem to have been trapped in the vessel.Authorities plan to START Working to Recover the Sunken vessel as Early as Friday. Sent by Some text messages were students at the time of Sinking Public MADE. “Mom, I am sending this as I may have no chance to say. I love you!” Read a message. teary Families of the missing have been restlessly waiting for follow-up at the Paengmok Port Reports in Jindo, South Jeolla Province, the Nearest port from the Ship SANK WHERE. Immediately after Receiving a BRIEFING on the incident, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye ordered all-out search-and-rescue Efforts by relevant authorities, According to her Office. Park was quoted as saying her heart is Breaking What could be One of the Worst over in South Korea during peacetime tragedies.Prime Minister Chung Hong-won hurried to Jindo to meet the families of the passengers. He faced a Barrage of Fierce Protests from many Families Upset About a delay in rescue Efforts. The USNAVY’s Seventh Fleet also has Sent a Ship with helicopters on board to join the Operation. Meanwhile, the U.S. government offered its condolences.”We extend Our deepest condolences to the loved Ones of those who Lost their lives on board the South Korea Ferry, the Sewol, “Marie Harf, the State Department’s deputy spokeswoman, said at the Beginning of her Daily Press BRIEFING in Washington DC The U.S. is ready to Provide any Necessary Assistance, she Added. She also noted the U.S. 7th Fleet has Joined the Operation. “The USS Bonhomme Richard has Moved to the Area to Assist the government of South Korea with the search and rescue operations … We are ready to Help in any Way we can, “Harf said. . . . .”

Adulthood Lesson #1: Maintain a Personal Information Worksheet

5 Apr

To a child, every event, every move seems unforgettable.  And Teens can’t imagine every forgetting the name of that annoying boss at the deli who makes them work on Friday’s date night.  But eventually you grow up and life moves on, taking you with it.  

By the time you’ve gone to college, started a family, worked 5+ jobs, and have a home phone, family phone, cell phone, and skype phone, you’ll start realizing that keeping all that old information separate in your brain gets more and more difficult.  

However, eventually you’re probably going to find that  as you start looking for work, taking important tests, filing taxes, getting licenses, etc. that you will often need on hand a lot of that information from your past.  Some forms may ask you for the name and address of every company you’ve ever worked for (i.e. Certification Exams).  Maybe they need a list of all your home addresses for a background check (Law School).  Maybe you need to have on hand your ex-husband’s SSN# for a government form (i.e. if you’re audited).  

It’s a lot easier to keep track of all that information if you do it as you go along.  So for simplicity’s sake: 

Keep a Record Of All Your Important Work/Personal Info

Maintain an Excel or Word spreadsheet that has all of your important work, education, and personal information.  Keep it up to date; as soon as you marry add the date and county where it was registered into the form.  When you get divorced, go stick the date and presiding county name in your worksheet.  When you start a job add the date; when you quit, add that too.  A good list of things you might need to have on hand includes:

  • Your Personal Information
    • SSN#
    • Passport #
    • Home Addresses (for everywhere you’ve ever lived including dorms).
    • Dates of Residence
    • List of Information relating to any legal trouble you’ve had (including arrests, tickets, citations, etc.)
  • Family’s Personal Information
    • Spouse/Ex
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
      • Date Married/Location of Certificate
      • Date Divorced / Location of Decree
    • Children
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
    • Parents
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
  • Educational Information
    • Name & Address of your High School/ Graduation month and year)
    • Name & Address of any Community Colleges or other such schools/ Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • Name & Address of any Undergraduate Colleges You attended / Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • Name & Address of any Graduate Colleges you Attended / Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • List information relating to any academic problems you’ve had (Probation/Expulsion/Discipline)
    • Important Test (ACT/SAT/GRE/GED) Scores / Dates Taken
  • Employment Information
    • Name of Employer
    • Name of Supervisor
    • Job Title
    • Description of Job Position
    • Address of Employer
    • Dates Employed
    • Name / Address / Contact Information for Potential Recommendations
  • Additional Information
    • Clubs, Organizations, etc. That You Are A Member Of / Dates of Membership
    • Honor’s Awarded 

I’ve drawn up a sample of the Word worksheet I use and uploaded it to Dropbox.  You can find it here.  

While it’s a good idea to have this saved in writing or on your computer, remember that it is all confidential information (and likely the answer to many security questions for online accounts) so don’t share it with other people.  Keep it in a very safe place!

Finally, A Toast To Making Life Easier!

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