Friday, March 21, 2008

Take My Husband. Please.

Vacay! Road Trip!
We're headed to North Carolina for a few days at the beach; I hope that you'll enjoy your vacations if you're taking a spring break. My husband is going to spend 5 days cracking wise about his status as the Only Korean In The Outer Banks. "Look! Blue eyes everywhere, you fit right in, hon! Let's find a drycleaner so I can see my people!" He cracks himself up. I think it's the only reason why we go to North Carolina in the first place, so he can do his Seoul Man Stranger in a Strange Land schtick.

Last year, we made the mistake of telling the little one that we were going to the beach, and he spent a week asking "NOW can we go to beach? OK, NOW? OK, how 'bout NOW? Let's go to beach now!" This was at about the same time that my older son hated to be caught taking a nap. He'd fall asleep on the couch or in the car, and would afterward steadfastly refuse to admit to having fallen asleep. "I was NOT ASLEEP! My EYES were TIRED!" My husband, who lives to tease him, would call his naps "Pixieland", as in "you were in Pixieland, weren't you?" Accompanied by goofy magic-conjuring hand gestures; it infuriated the boy. He'd wake up, and my husband would wave his fingers, make tinkling little sounds and say "Pixieland!"

"AHPAAAAAA!!!"

The day before our beach trip last spring, the little one was angry and was poised to fling one of his toys at me; I drew myself up to my full height and said sternly "you know where you'll go if you throw that?" (meaning timeout, not hell or anything)
"To beach?" he said brightly
"I think he should go to Pixieland", said his older brother, shaking his head disgustedly.

So now, we're off "to beach". And I plan to spend some time in Pixieland, too.

34 comments:

Suze's Sass said...

Have a great time at the beach. I will be visiting Pixieland myself several times over the course of this weekend.

FranIAm said...

Yay! Have fun.

You know CDP, I personally enjoyed that dry cleaner part of the schtick more than I should have.

CDP said...

Suze--Thanks!

Fran--Tee hee! Maybe I should bring a Rosary?

Spartacus said...

Enjoy the road trip to Pixieland and the Beach. Send us a postcard if you can.

dguzman said...

I feel your hubby's pain--I'm the only hispanic person in Central PA. And since there are NO Mexican food restaurants in our area, I can't even go there to see my people!

Wish I could go to the beach with ya! Your husband and I could have an "Other-off"

CDP said...

D--I have a feeling that if I was with you and him both in some all-white enclave, you'd be insufferable (but you'd crack each other up)

CDP said...

Spartacus--didn't see you in there! Yes, we intend to enjoy both, and I'll post a picture or two.

Sauntering Soul said...

Have I told you about my Korean friend who was maid of honor in my wedding when I was young and foolish enough to marry my ex?

She's about 5'10" tall and loves NASCAR races (in fact, her job involves traveling to NASCAR races all over the country). We would tell people to look for us at races when I used to go with her and they'd ask where we would be. We would always say "look for the only tall Korean girl in the in-field". Really? I think we could have left off the "tall" part.

Spartacus said...

Beautiful. I'm looking forward to it.

CDP said...

SS--That's hysterical! Yes, I'm sure you could have omitted the "tall" part. I'm going to tell my husband about that.

BeckEye said...

NOW can I go to the beach??

Actually I'm going to NC later this summer with the whole fam. That should be fun. Or hell. Hard to say.

Distributorcap said...

NC beach in march
isnt it still kind of cold... or the water is anyway

have fun at pixieland

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Have a good time. I hope you all don't freeze your you know whats off.

CDP said...

BeckEye--we usually go to the NJ shore with my whole family during the summer. It's a little of both.

Dcap--Yes, the water will be too cold, but we like the beach any time of the year

Dr. M--me too! Last year we went in April, and it was in the 80s (water was still cold, but the beach was warm). We're not getting that lucky this year.

pistols at dawn said...

I've often wished that I were an ethnic minority so that I could do exactly that kind of stand-up routine. Also, so that girls who wanted to teach their parents a lesson could bring me home.

Whiskeymarie said...

Hope your beach mini-vacation is going fabulously. I wouldn't mind a little time on the beach (slathered with spf 100) myself.

Italian Bird said...

hope you are having lots of fun!

The Guv'ner said...

Hahaha! Pixieland. I am so stealing that. I went to the Outer Banks a few years ago for a week to relax and ended up so damn sunburned I couldn't wear shoes for five days. I had to traipse around WalMart and various food places barefoot and wear goddamn socks on the beach. :( Come to think of it, is is very WHITE down there...

Your husband is a nut.

Anonymous said...

Stop by Mama Kwan's and say hello to Kwan, the man himself. We do have Koreans...OK, Korean, here! They also have terrific food.

Worker Mommy said...

Oh yes, it is Spring Break for some isn't it.

I wondered where half the blogosphere was.

Have a great time!

Wyldth1ng said...

Hope your time is being well spent in the outer banks, today has been so cold.

At least it hasn't rained real bad lately.

CDP said...

PaD--Yes, it was rough for him in the 70s when everyone thought he was Vietnamese, but he's more than made up for lost time. (and my mother needed a lesson, dammit)

WM--I use the SPF 50 (I'm almost as white as you are)

Wyld--It was RIDICULOUSLY cold the day we arrived (Monday) but yesterday, we were on the beach in our bathing suits. Schnazzy!

IB--Thanks!

Guv'ner--the very same thing happened to my soon-to-be brother-in-law last summer at the Jersey shore. He's an engineer, so he doesn't get out much and his feet were burned so badly his first day on the beach that he had to stay inside for the next 2 days.

WM (Seattle)--yes, I'm about to catch up with everyone now!

Anon--Thanks! A friend of mine told me about a Korean-owned bakery in Duck that offers Korean barbecue on request.

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