I recently read Serenity Found, an enjoyable set of essays on on Joss Whedon’s Western sci-fi depicted in the TV series Firefly and the movie Serenity. Firefly is probably my second favorite TV series, next to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for the same reasons as as everyone else – the characters, the humor, the writing, the visual effects and colorful vision of the future. Continue reading
On a recent visit to Bend, Oregon, a resident there assumed I wasn’t from this country. I haven’t experienced much of that since I moved to California years ago, so, oh, that brought back some memories. Here’s a top 10 list, in no particular order.
- “Welcome to America!” From a heavily tattooed gentleman in Bend who then offered to sell me some weed.
- “Where are you from?” This is a classic.
- “Where are you really from?” Follow-on to number 2.
- “Are you from Japan?” An oddly-specific variation.
- Handing me an English-as-a-Second-Language flyer. On the main steps of MIT.
- “Do you speak English?” What if I said no?
- “How long have you lived in this country?” I usually give my age.
- “You people are very polite and hard-working.” Shut up, I’m napping.
- “You guys hate Koreans, right?” Whaaa?
- Gibberish apparently intended to resemble Chinese. Heard from children, punks in Boston, and an occasional NBA player.