I was thinking of him today, because our mom's birthday was this week, and he's taking her to dinner tonight at a restaurant where we had one of our silliest laughing fits, a long time ago. It's a Polynesian restaurant in south Florida, where it's dinner and a show: fire-eaters, dancers, loud drums, drinks in mugs that look like totem poles, the whole thing. There's even a big tropical garden to walk around in after dinner.
But, for some reason, you can order chopsticks to eat with, when you eat there. Which he did, last time we went.
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Maybe it was the drinks in the totem pole thing, but we got to looking at the Chinese lettering on his chopsticks while watching the island dancers and fire eaters stomping around. It started with him wondering, "Do you ever wonder what this writing actually says?"
Suddenly, we both had lots of ideas for loose translations. Here are a few I remember:
Use other end.
Good luck finishing dinner.
You ordered rice, didn't you?
Do not use around eye area.
We know you can't read this.
Hope you didn't order soup.
Haven't you ever heard of a spoon?
We don't even use these in China any more. These are so 1800's.
We only make these to send to American restaurants. Because FORKS.
It kind of spiraled into this uncontrollable fit of giggling that we couldn't stop, and my mom had to pretend like she wasn't with us, or even related to us...which made it even funnier. You know the kind. Like when you spill Skittles on the hard-wood floor in the middle of a church service...but somehow it's the funniest thing that ever happened, and you can't stop trying not to giggle? (well, maybe not that funny, but still). not that that's ever happened to me...
It also morphed into a conversation about his various tattoos, most of which are cool-looking groups of Asian script. He swears that the one down the back of his calf is the word for "courage", but I like to tell him, come on, it probably just says "broom" or something. Because, who would know? And if they did, who's going to say anything? Like, sir, excuse me, but why do you have the word 'frying pan' on your leg? And do you know it says "kick me" on your shoulder?
I always warn him that, maybe the tattoo guy has no idea, or those were just the prettiest script letters that day, and he was like, oooh, I want to do that one! Next guy that comes in...I'm doing that. I don't care if it means "shovel"--it looks AWEsome.
His next tattoo is going to be a totem pole, though, so maybe there's some weird connection there that I'm not getting.
Ahh, good times. I miss him. *sniff*
Ever find yourself in those situations where you're laughing at something at an inappropriate time, when you know you shouldn't, and it just gets worse?