A bunch of us had lunch at Din Ho, the Chinese BBQ place, this afternoon. It was more interesting than usual. Choo munched on tongues, guts, and ears. Dan had a really tasty chicken hot pot that required the very cautious extraction of tiny, sharp bones. I just had boring old orange chicken.
Then, as we were leaving, some of the staff carried out a whole roast pig.
I asked the woman who was picking it up how much the pig cost. She looked at me like I was an impertinent servant who should have her ears boxed, then allowed that it wasn't cheap--about $200. Was that a rude question? I mean, it's not every day you see someone loading a whole pig into the back of an SUV.
Then she thawed a little and told me it was for her son's 30th birthday party. They were having a luau, and she wanted to get him something "a little different." Yeah, I think an intact cooked animal corpse would just about do it. Actually, it looked really good, and the crinkly wrap and red bow were both ridiculous and festive. I kind of wanted one. Maybe if everyone chipped in?