It appears that Sanbon (Gunpo-si) will be getting its first department store (Lotte) sometime next year.
Work on the site has been progressing for a year and a half, about 8 months of which was spent digging (and blowing up rocks) for 3 basement levels (probably parking).
(The site is across from the train tracks, on the western side of Sanbon station; as the train leaves Sanbon station, headed toward Surisan, you can look out the right side windows and see it (for a second or two)).
This week the workers started attaching siding to the top floor (presumably a cinema).
I have been sick for about a week--sneezing, a runny nose, a bit of sinus stuffiness, etc.
Usually, especially when the seasons change, I get a mix of allergies that inevitably lead to a sinus infection.
That time seemed to have come, especially since I had an additional sore throat Sunday night.
So I went to see the doctor.
The ear, nose, and throat guy (E.N.T.).
His office is in my building, as is a pharmacy, and, since with South Korea's good health care I don't have to pay more than $5 for a visit to the doctor or $5 for medicine, it is a good opportunity to heal.
However, and I think that I have written about this before, there is the issue of the nasal camera.
This doctor has a slender metal stick, atop which is a camera.
While you sit in the (fortunately high-topped) chair, he brings out this little wand and says, "Don't move or you might have some discomfort."
Based on past experience I freeze.
I tense my body ad my head.
He says, "Relax," but I can't, because I know that one little movement will hurt.
The metal stick-camera is about 3 inches in length, and it always surprises me how far he can move it up my nasal cavity.
There is a video camera next to my head and I can see into my nose and view my mucus membranes--it isn't a pretty picture, especially when you are sick.
The doctor prescribes 3 days worth of antibiotics, which sets off another round of foreboding, as I know the camera will be used again.
"Come back again in 3 days," he says.
I am thinking about appealing to him on my next visit:
"Doctor, I am still sick. I know it. Please give me 4 more days of medicine and no camera this time. OK?"