Silly, but strikes a memory

Just cuz I haven't been blogging, doesn't mean I haven't been reading...

DeeTooChee's blog on the t-shirt made me giggle. And made me think about how we refer (in my immediate family only), to the concept of a t-shirt you DO NOT EVER intend to wear. Its called a Siao Ding-Dong. (Sh-oooww ding dong; like you just hit your finger with a hammer.)

The story of the Siao Ding Dong shirt... My father-in-law builds water parks... big, big water parks. From time to time he returns from building a park with treasures or artifacts from his travels. The most memorable gift was from a water park he was building in Taiwan, I believe. The shirt (wish I could snap a picture, but many years have gone by, and cars needed to be waxed) was priceless: a wacky looking bright blue bear, on a surfboard, with a large camera around his neck. At the bottom of the bear was an inscription in Mandarin... and I was never sure what it meant. I believe it was my father-in-law who translated it to Siao Ding-Dong. Yeah, OK, I get it now! And, the best part was that the shirt was mostly polyester, with no stretch and had a bit of a waxy feel to it.

One time, upon returning from a 3-day weekend in Mexico, (rare occasion -- had left the husband and kids at home!) I decided that I had better bring back some t-shirts. So, I ended up doing some last minute shopping from the vendors along the way to the airport. Picked up a half-way decent shirt for my husband (yeah, ok, not that nice, they were 3 for 12 bucks), and brought it home. When I gave it to him, he says, "Hey thanks! Haven't had something like this since Siao Ding Dong!"

Here's a nice place to find a Siao Ding Dong of your own. (Man, I really hope that's not a swear word or something!)

Comments:

Hi, just randomly googled "water parks" and your site can up, I am actually looking for a company that constructs water parks. Is your father-in-law still working for that company? Do they work in smaller scales? I'd be interested in knowing the company's name and location, anything would be helpful.. Thanking you in advance... Pam P.S. Your blog looks cool - keep up the good work!

Posted by Pam Niell on August 01, 2007 at 01:05 PM PDT #

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