Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cultural Differences : Part 1

niteowl: sad but true
niteowl: slightly boring story
niteowl: when i was... 27.. or so
Cyrano: yup, already bored.
niteowl: went to a Traditional Chinese 1 Month Baby Dinner thing..
niteowl: yeah, i dunno wtf.
bigjimslade: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
bigjimslade: I mean, do go on
Cyrano: please do.
niteowl: anyhow, very traditional, everyone sitting in the expensive wood chairs, old mothers gossiping about who got into med school, who's maintaining a 4.0 at Stanford, same old shit
niteowl: there are.. lots of.. weird.. traditions going on. Coloured boiled eggs? something. something
niteowl: very formal and crap
Cyrano: you totally farted, didn't you?
niteowl: i'm at a table with buncha young folks like myself, all Chinese
niteowl: one of the mothers drops by and says, "and this is for.. oh, but you all know this already"
niteowl: i didn't have the heart to say
niteowl: END SCENE
Cyrano: so you didn't offend anyone?
niteowl: this is like bigjimslade going to NASCAR, i imagine
niteowl: sadly, no, or this story woulda gone somewhere
Cyrano: fitting in with rednecks is easy.
Cyrano: assuming you're white.
Cyrano: and can bite your tongue a lot.
jdharper: He learned his lesson that day. And now, he doesn't worry about offending anyone except people in the Southern US
greens: Needs more, "AND THEN I SAY TO MY BLACK DATE"
niteowl: i'm TERRIFIED about offending people in the south, jdharper
niteowl: i realize that's a bit of the snake eating it's own tail there

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