Silly, but strikes a memory
By kristenh on Apr 25, 2005
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!)