Eugene Cho

dear bono: i admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife

Minhee and I – representing One Day’s Wages – made our way to Vancouver, BC to soak in the U2 concert. We were there as guests of ONE and have very much enjoyed learning from them when we visited ONE’s headquarters over the summer in Washington DC and are excited about some possibilities of collaboration in the future.  For those that are don’t know much about ONE:

ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists.

Minhee’s never been to a stadium sized concert and I’ve only been to two in my life and the 2nd was couple months ago in Chicago when U2 kicked off their tour (nosebleed seats).

But wow. I don’t know if we’ll ever get these kind of backstage seats again in our lifetime. Hey, fighting extreme global poverty has some perks!

I really enjoy u2’s music and have even hosted a debate on this blog if they are the greatest band ever. I’m also a huge fan of BONO for the way he leverages his fame to be a voice for the voiceless but:

Dear Bono: I admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife.

Minhee was screaming like a little teenager in my ear. But then again, maybe he was blowing kisses at me. Or maybe he saw our One Day’s Wages shirts and was simply, extending blessings and support.

Here are some pics:

And this video clip of Bono singing Amazing Grace…

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29 Responses

  1. Steven Harris says:

    Dear Bono I used to admire your work but your political views have recently taken a huge nose-dive. Can we have the old Bono back, please, the one who doesn’t vote with his wallet?
    http://doctorbeatnik.wordpress.com/

  2. Missa says:

    Dang, PE.. You’ve got some competition there.

  3. […] out Eugene Cho’s U2 concert coverage, including a little clip of Bono singing "Amazing Grace." It was […]

  4. Michael says:

    I am suprised he was blowing kisses at your wife, I thought he was in love with himself.

  5. Erick says:

    Where/when can I get a ODW t-shirt???

  6. Kacie says:

    I feel like everyone in the US has recently attended one of these concert. ‘cept me. Boooo.😉

  7. cleo.szafir says:

    wow, so funny!!! but you have the reason ! (Y)

  8. donna says:

    I was at the Rose Bowl Concert and it was amazing. I think my favorite part of the whole concert was him singing Amazing Grace.

  9. Kyle Reed says:

    That was one of the best shows I have ever seen and I watched it on youtube. The moment when they sang One into Amazing Grace into Where the Streets Have No Name was bone chilling.
    “Luckily we do not believe in Luck, Grace Abounds”

  10. That’s the greatest blog title I’ve ever seen! Fantastic😉

  11. alece says:

    that video was awesome!

    i got to see U2 in atlanta… with some friends who have some great connections. got to stand on stage prior to the show, sit on one of the band’s tour buses, and eat bono’s poptarts. booyah!

  12. bren says:

    Thank you for all you do. The energy must of been aaamazing!
    I got to see them in 3D movie theater concert and that rocked my world:)
    Praying for you and all our brother and sisters in need!

    Nehemiah 3

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  14. Eugene,
    Thank you for what you and Minhee and all at One Days Wages are doing (Smart concept for a donation). As you say on your ODW site what you are doing is not unique but once we all get together be it by joining an organization or creating one or bringing food to someone in need a huge bite can be taken out of poverty and more people will enjoy the healthy and happy lives we are blessed with.

    David
    http://www.TheWonderTechnique.com

    p.s. I enjoyed the U2 concert in France this year Spectacular.

  15. danderson says:

    I think about Rich Mullins — my favorite Christian artist — and how he would have firmly rejected the idolatry that so many people seem to express toward Bono. I think it’s a product of our culture how even Christians can put certain people up on pedestals. I

  16. Pat says:

    GREAT video and pics, Eugene!

    It was fun running into you last night. It looks like you enjoyed the show as much as we did.

  17. Leah says:

    Wow…if you took those videos yourself I am SO JEALOUS of your seats!

  18. Oliver says:

    Holy canole, I❤ irony; its so hard to come by…

    TY, danderson!🙂

  19. […] guest of the band, like some people… check out the amazing pictures and videos that my pastor took when he and his wife went to the concert in Vancouver a few days ago…  I can’t […]

  20. paulettejackson says:

    “Magnificent” !

    Paulette Jackson
    facetsofcounseling.wordpress.com

  21. […] video posted above was taken by Eugene Cho, who was sitting a lot closer than I was, but it is a good “inside” view of what I […]

  22. Aaron says:

    Eugene,
    it was amazing huh? I got to go last weekend when they came to Pasadena at the Rose Bowl…absolutely insane. I would love to talk and look into the possibility of bringing ODW to Fuller’s missions fair in the spring.

  23. […] this past week. I’ve always enjoyed their music but I became a fan this week – even despite Bono blowing kisses at my wife. […]

  24. […] dear bono: i admire your work but please stop blowing kisses at my wife // Minhee and I got to go to the U2 concert in Vancouver, BC and found out when we got there that we had some of the greatest seats – close enough that Bono the Jerk blew a kiss at my wife. I have video proof. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Top 10 Posts of 2009: Wilderside New Year’s CountdownReaders’ Top ChoicesThe Top 25 Posts at Borderstan in 2009 […]

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  26. jeff e. says:

    eugene-glad you got to the “circle of trust” – its a whole different experience in there…

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love.  No...you don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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