Dec 25, 2007
If You Can't Get Chinese Food and a Movie...
This year for Christmas dinner: hanging with the folks at their favorite Senior Center for leftover potluck, a white elephant gift exchange, karaoke and ping pong. My folks' Chinese neighbors joined us for dinner and everything was great -- especially when I finally beat the room's best ping pong player.
The paddle-master in question had won ~12 in a row (including 2 on me) before I took him out. As usual with my rare sports victories, I let out a whoop. Unfortunately, I wasn't on the beat and I trashed my dad's videoke score. Just kidding. I was on the beat.
In any case, dinner was great fun and for an evening snack at the telly I had some excellent fruitcake washed down with brandy over ice. Oh heck yes, this was a very good Christmas. Happy birthday, Jesus!
A mutual friend of yours and mine who is Chinese once said, while kicking butt in ping pong, "Never play a Chinese guy in ping pong."
You beat a Chinese guy in ping pong? Dawg!
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Dec 26, 2007 2:52:01 PM
Actually, Elrond, the paddle-master was the American (at left) who beat the Chinese guy (at right) and the Chinese wife (not pictured) ~6 times. Mind you, the wife was in high heels and a skirt. I think she might have been the best player out there, otherwise. I didn't get to play her, but I did beat her husband who would probably be better if he hadn't spent so much of his life as an ass-kicking student and eventual PhD scientist.
Related: my cousins and I rented "Balls of Fury" -- the ping-pong-martial-arts flick with Christopher Walken. It will win no awards, but it had plenty of funny moments. I liked the supporting characters best -- especially James Hong as the blind ping pong teacher Master Wong. The Minnesota-born Hong has made a career of playing Chinese/Asian characters in US movies and TV. If you're a Seinfeld fan, you'll remember him as the artfully exasperating host at the Chinese Restaurant that was taking its own sweet (and sour) time at finding a table for Jerry, Elaine, and George.
Posted by: Phil | Dec 26, 2007 3:43:30 PM
Your family is so cool!
Posted by: Valerie | Dec 27, 2007 1:51:58 PM