I'll take the #8 please.
The other day Sage made the call to get Chinese food. We don't do it a lot but when we do we make a big deal about it, because we love food.
So Sage is all gassed up about "chicken fried rice". He is a hard read. I am not sure this stuff exists. He insists that is was "Fried Rice fried in chicken fat". That makes no sense to me. He then said
Well you have heard of Pork Fried Rice?
me - well yes of course
Sage - well that's fried with the fat of pork.
Not sure where Sage gets his food but the last I knew it was white rice colored w/soy sauce and "fried" with and egg etc.
All during this discussion I was looking at the menu..since lunch was 18+ hrs away I needed to decide.
Then I saw it...its on EVERY menu. Chop Suey. People must order it because its on EVERY Chinese menu. The thing is I know nobody that has eaten it or able to even describe, when in a pinch if I ask what is in it. (I know look it up...but you get my drift)
I run in to the same issue when someone says "I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy" so in a pinch (again no web access) I always say "Which one was the first since I have seen none I want to run in order". 95% of the responses I get are "ummm ahhh I think its XXXXXX well look it up by year and you'll get the right info".
Back to Sage....
So I ask Have you tried it. (re: Chop Suey)
His response - have you never seen a picture of it in a Chinese restaurant menu?
me - nope.
Sage - ummm how about looking it up on line?
Chop Suey to me growing up was cooked hamburger mixed with spaghetti sauce and noodles. (that I did look up and there are about 100000 variations on it so why set up a link). Chinese have noodles but no spag sauce, or even hamburger last I checked.
So its time to try out this "world wide web" all these kids at work are talking about and get me some answers.
After I find out I may (or may not) become the only living American person who has eaten/purchased and liked/disliked it.
To sum things up..and I'll quote George Carlin "It is thinking of meaningless crap like this that kept me out of the really good schools".