Kirkland, WA - Still recovering from the news that a Microsoft employee
has moved to their block, the residents of Boulder Creek subdivision
are faced with even more surprising news: Gerald Kwon, Microsoft
employee, is actually a nice guy.
There was a concerted effort to prevent Mr. Kwon from moving into
the neighborhood. After losing the battle some residents are thinking
of reconciliation. Others are still seething. "Just because
I led the campaign to prevent Microsoft employees from moving into
the neighborhood, doesn't mean that I have a problem with them. Some
of my best friends are Microsoft employees," said block captain
Fred Cho. "I just think that certain standards need to
be upheld within the neighborhood, and those people [Microsoft employees]
have a habit of ignoring standards."
Kwon has been very happy with his new neighbors despite some unsettling
incidents. "I've had a couple of burning penguins left
in my front yard, and someone keeps distributing pamphlets that say
'Do you know there's a Microsoft employee in your neighborhood? Watch
out!' Other than that it's been pretty nice."
Some locals are a little disturbed by some of Mr. Kwon's habits. "I
went over to borrow some sugar and he made
me sign this "yoo-lah" before he let me have it. I
thought it was just a Jewish thing, and didn't want to offend, so
I didn't really read it. He told me not to share
any of the cookies I made with the sugar. It sorta creeped
"We were a little fearful when he moved in next door," said
Doris Willingham, "but so far he's been a very good neighbor. We
are still a little leery though. We've heard stories of them
embracing neighborhoods before, only to extinguish them months later. "
Most of the reaction centered on Mr. Kwon's outward appearance. Kristin
Graziano who lives down the street from him had a typical reaction. "I
was surprised. I thought he would be all green and scaly, but he
looks normal on the outside. We had him over for drinks one
night and he's actually pretty nice."
While Microsoft employees make up
only .01% of the US population, their numbers are highly concentrated
in the Seattle area.
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