This past weekend, Greg and I walked over to the local bar, The Big Bamboo to watch the Duck game. Nothing like Saturday morning, 9am, in a sports bar.
The bar stools were still up on the tables and the staff was just arriving. We approached someone and asked which screen would be showing the Duck game. “Duck?” Oh right. Sorry. I forgot where I was. “Which TV will be showing the Pac12 Championship game?” Nothing. Okay. Let’s take it up another level. “A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L.” With a smile, he nodded and pointed to the main screen on the first floor of the bar.
We took the stools off the table and positioned ourselves at the prime viewing location. I glanced around and saw only 2 other “westerners” at the bar and they were both watching a hockey game. Must be Canadian, I thought to myself
The staff was busy taking out Xmas decorations to put up for the season. Side note. Attending Catholic School in my youth, we were never allowed to use Xmas in any format. I was taught that it was taking the “Christ” out of Christmas. The word Xmas is used everywhere in Shanghai and I get a little nervous every time I see it and look over my shoulder for Sister Rose Delores and a ruler.
As the game started, a couple more groups of people came in to the bar. The first two guys asked where they could watch the Arizona game. I directed them to the back room.
One guy from the next group that came in asked about the Duck game so Greg threw up an “O” and I yelled out, “Scooo Ducks.” He and his friends moved around us and grabbed 3 chairs from the bar. His buddy, shared with me that he was from USC and his other friend was from UCLA to which I said “I’m sorry.”
I was excited about the game so I sent out a picture on Facebook and started a banter with my family on Group Me. I included the Chinese phrase 去鴨
Qù yā, from Google Translate meaning “Go Ducks.”
We were having so much fun. Great coverage. No broken up plays due to the lack of broadband we often experience back at the apartment when watching from Slingbox, Xfinitity or ESPN to go. The guys from Arizona took to playing billiards. The staff continued to decorate and I could over hear Mr. USC talking about how they almost beat Utah.
I chased this guy down right away as he entered the bar with this killer, UofO blazer.
Turns out he’s the son of a ex-NIKE employee, an employee who worked for NIKE for 30+ years. I found out he lives in Shanghai working for Apple. His friend makes this fan wear suit for any team, any league, any program. As I’ve worked in the licensing business for years, I could have got all “legal” on him but didn’t. I did find out the location of the “tailor” so let me know your size and team and we’ll see what we can do!
We ordered up more drinks and closer to halftime we ordered up some appetizers. Note to self, or anyone else planning to go to The Big Bamboo, stick with the sliders and fries. Not sure what part of the chicken is used when making the “chicken tenders.” Another note to self. Go easy on the Bloody Mary’s when starting at 10 in the morning. I went home and slept all afternoon.
Great Saturday morning out on the town. Great win for the Ducks. Great fun trash talking the USC guy. By the way, the Arizona guys left the bar early, as did their team. Boom.
When I got in the office on Monday morning, one of my Chinese co-workers who is also one of my Facebook friends, asked me where I got the Chinese characters for “Go Ducks.” I very proudly said “I typed it into Google Translate” He laughed and said it says “Go to hell. There is no translation for Go Ducks.” I sheepishly went back to my office to delete my post on Facebook. Clearly the programmer for Google Translate is a USC grad.
That is so classic, Rosemary. I am laughing my @$$ off. ‘Sko DUCKS!!
Love it! Too funny. Perhaps your tailor can incorporate the chinese symbols on the jacket for certain occasions. Like, when we play USC…
Now that is a full day (except for the sleeping) of hillariousness!!
Go Ducks!! I laughed at the real translation. Daughter Terry and son-in-law Bob are going to the Rose Bowl for the semi-final championship game. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for that game. Hopefully, Mariota will get the Heisman. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lani
Great post…Even better Duck win! I want/need one of those suits…Go Ducks!
My first time to read your blog Rosemary. It is super fun! I will come by from time to time. “go” does have a translation – which is “jia you” as you are aware… not sure whether “duck” has their Chinese name sorted out though.
This might be my favorite post yet. Go Ducks!!
I look forward to reading your post!
I am so glad you are having a great experience in China……
This will be a big weekend for the U of O, Oregon and Nike. Glad you will be able to share in that even from afar.
Have a wonderful Holiday!
I also really enjoyed this post. Too funny. Can’t imagine what it would be like living in Asia now. We lived overseas way before internet, satellite television and face time! Dave and I are on our way – actually sitting in my motorhome typing this – to the Rose Bowl as well. PS: I am so curious about the identity of the young man in the blazer.