Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Budweiser tales

I bought a six-pack of Bud yesterday, because, why not. Here are two stories:

1. My grandparents raised me in Taiwan in the late 1970s/early 1980s. They did not drink. But they did keep cans of Bud in the spare room where they had a shrine for (and the ashes of) my great-grandfather.* On special occasions, they would open ONE can, at room temperature, and drink it. My grandmother would take a few sips and burp.

2. My friend was in the army and took a boat to Vietnam. On the boat were over 1,000 GIs. They shipped out from Oakland. Somewhere in the Pacific, a passenger died of a heart attack. They had to make an unscheduled stop in the Philippines to dispose of the body. So they unloaded all of the soldiers and kept them on a baseball field like zoo animals. Each GI was given one hot dog and one can of Bud. Horse trading and fist fights ensued.

*That story is very Cold War and nationalistic. They all fled to Taiwan after the civil war. My great-grandfather's dying wish was to be buried in his homeland of China once the Communist dogs were defeated. His ashes are still in Taiwan.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love Bourdain. I've read all his boks, except for the fiction stuff, I've even seen him live twice.

David Choe is a delightful nutbag. Did you see his Thumbs Up hitchhiking series on Vice? In one he travels with a friend from Tijuana to the Pacific border with Canada by freight train hopping, the other he begs for rides across a large swatch of China--great stuff.