dan’s moment of awkward silence
i laughed to myself in the car on the way to ys this morning, remembering dan’s first awkward moment up front. this is the exact “transcript”…
Dan: so… if you’re from the states, you greet someone with “hello”, so, say “hello”… (marko comment: i’m thinking to myself, um, that’s how you greet someone in singapore also)
Crowd, compliantly: hello
Dan: and… if you’re from Minnesota, like tony, you say “howdy”. everyone say “howdy”… (marko comment: at this point I’m thinking, what the heck, no one in minnesota says “howdy”)
Crowd, compliantly and awkwardly: howdy
Dan: and if you’re a fan of the Ramones, you say “hey, ho, let’s go”, so say that…
Crowd, compliantly, awkwardly and reservedly: hey, ho, let’s go
Dan and crowd: awkward silence, crickets chirp
the new colonialism
very interesting comments from sivin and danny here, about the importation of american churchianity, what tony called “the new colonialism”. i’d love to hear more thoughts on this from asians (living in asia, not just asian-americans). or, frankly, from anyone in a non-caucasian-dominant country. i’ll be in guatemala later this week, and will bring this up with lucas leys (our ys spanish director), and junior zapata, the emergent-savvy local host of our event.
i guess i’m “the ho”
margaret cho, the korean commedianne, has a very funny bit proposing that anytime you see a trio of girlfriends, they fall into the same three roles — one is the smart one, one is the sweet one, “and then there’s the ho” (she goes on to say that if your last name happens to be ‘ho’, this doesn’t mean you fill that role). cho talks through a few famous female trios to show us how this works, like charlie’s angels and such. so, i was talking to my wife and her friends mindi and beth (the three of whom just wrote an article in youthworker journal about community) about this sometime ago, and they loved it, agreeing that beth is the smart one, jeannie is the sweet one, and mindi is the ho (which really isn’t true at all — it’s only funny because mindi is the single friend).
last night, in my kitchen, i was telling beth, jeannie and lilly lewin about a post i read by a guy who was at the event in singapore (the friday, july 8, post, if you look at the link), who spent a good deal of the post writing his impressions of “the three speakers”. but really, since dan and tony were the primary speakers thursday and friday (i spoke all-day saturday), and all i did was intros, Q&A, and lead games, he didn’t have anything to say about me. so, there’s a LONG description of tony as “the intellectual one”, and a pretty long description of dan as “shy” and “humble”. and, at the end of the post, he says “more on marko — the ‘funny’ one — tomorrow”. beth and jeannie started laughing, and both said, “you’re the ho!” i was confused. they clarified: tony’s the smart one, dan’s the sweet one… and then there’s the ho.
dan kimball w/o ‘the hair’
sunday afternoon, after all our duties were wrapped up, the three of us tried to get in a little shopping. but, for the first time all week, it was pouring rain. to be honest, this added to the experience. but we all got drenched. and as hard as dan tried to protect his hair, it was not fully possible. and by the time we were in cab on the way back to our hotel, he had limp-locks. it was wonderful! tony laid down the gauntlet and suggested dan wear it that way to dinner at morton’s later that evening. dan was reluctant. tony countered, “dan, you’re in singapore — where else could you wear your hair down if you can’t do it here?”
dan relented, and came to dinner with a neat little part-on-the-side comb-over style. it actually looked good on him; but it certainly made him look like a different person. unfortunately, dan is the only one who had a camera that night (and he DID take a pic of the three of us). but i doubt he’ll let that photo see the light of day, or the light of your computer monitor!