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Asian Subculture goes Mainstream - The Road
Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Juan
Date: 2003-05-12 13:17
Subject: Asian Subculture goes Mainstream
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So wandering around the Memorial City Mall yesterday I notice the food court got a new addition.
Fuji Teahouse and Sushi Bar.
Intersting. So now there is a place at the mall where kids can get bubbletea (drinks with little balls of tapioca in them) and sushi. Unfortunatly no Pocky was on sale.

The area of town I live in is very near Houston's own Asian district, so such things aren't news to me. The area I grew up in also had a large Vietnamese population. So I know Nyugen is pronounced 'When'. And Dat Nyugen was our star linebacker at Texas A&M. I love Pocky, and I've had bubble tea and other weird stuff.
Sinh Sinh is my favorite restaurant near where I live mainly for their hot fresh Imperial Rolls with fish sauce. Yummy. Although the roasted ducks with heads hanging from their takeout area gave a friend of mine's wife pause.

Of course not all my forays into new things have been successful.
I remember the time I bought a 'heart of coconut' at the asian supermarket.
It is this Saran wrapped hunk of white stuff about the size of a small box of Kleenex, which I took to be coconut meat.
I was very surprised at the low price for such a good haul.
Until I unwrapped it and tried to take a bite.
It was Wood .
Coconut wood. Very untasty stuff if you aren't a beaver.
It went bad before I was able to find out what you are suppossed to do with it.
I'm still not sure today. I think they cut it up and put in in soup for flavor or
something. Of course you'd need an axe or cleaver to cut it up. It wasn't exactly soft wood.

Insert Requisite Penny Arcade Here
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Bast's Warmth
User: shemem
Date: 2003-05-12 11:59 (UTC)
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Heheh, too funny. The cartoon's good, too.

When I was newspapering in Wichita Falls, the 'Boys had their training camp at my own alma mater, Midwestern State. Because in little ol' WF that was a huge deal, each day during camp our sports section had a full-page feature on it. One day the feature was about a high school football player, also surnamed Nyugen, who got to spend an afternoon with Dat. The headline, of course, was "Nyugen-Nyugen situation".
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Juan
User: mcclintock
Date: 2003-05-12 16:33 (UTC)
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You lived in Wichita Falls. I'm so sorry for you.

We visited Wichita Falls once. It was hot and dry and windy. And I'd like to say that the wind was nice, but it wasn't. It was hot and dry like a blow dryer too close to your skin. On top of that it was an ill wind, the kind that blows from the depths of hell and sucks the life right out of you. The kind of wind that is the exhalation of an angry malevolent elder god. The whole place gave me the heebie-geebies.
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Bast's Warmth
User: shemem
Date: 2003-05-12 21:28 (UTC)
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Yup, that's it all right.

And yet, I liked it better than here.

When I set my plot into motion and become Evil Queen, I shall find myself more acceptable environs.
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