Ancient Chinese Secret!

You know, I have always wondered why it’s so hard to tell how old most Oriental women are! Though I have to say, I was quite disappointed that there wasn’t a “GONG!” somewhere in this sales pitch, to really drive home the stereotypes authenticity of this fine product, made from genuine precious pearls pulverized into a lustrous powder.


Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include “Grant Ave.” from Flower Drum Song – which shuffled onto my iPod the other day and was what got me thinking about Nancy Kwan in the first place. I honestly love, love, love this number! Though do you think those two ancestors had to sit in those chairs facing away from the cameras for the whole routine?

Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley!

This is the new “How to Ride a Cable Car” sign here in SF. Though to my eye it looks more like the storyboard for a choreographed musical number taking place on the streets of the City. And frankly, judging from the highly theatrical moves of that red stick-figure, I think this whole routine was modeled on one of my elaborate and flamboyant journeys on the California Street cable car…

It reminds me of this glorious and vaguely racist old chestnut: