Doing Incredibly Silly Things For No Reason At All

Doing Incredibly Silly Things For No Reason At All
Greetings all, Steve here to make your weekend a little weirder. Ya know, I realize I'm sort of the Odd Man Out on this site. I have a really different approach than the majority. I see my work on DIYPlanner.com as being sort of an antidote to all the hyper organization that goes on here. Certainly there's nothing wrong with being organized – lord knows, I could use more of it myself – but I still think that it's important sometimes to break out and just be silly. In this world of insurmountable problems and increasing tension, just occasionally attacking some totally pointless task has a certain cathartic effect. That's why today's topic is: Doing Incredibly Silly Things For No Reason.

But before we get to that, I have an apology to make on behalf of the team. There have been a few comments recently on the site that, because of our overactive, super-duper, white blood cell, Arnold-Schwarzenegger-going-to-find-his-daughter-style spam filters, were wrongly marked as spam. We try to catch all of them, but sometimes we miss one. I tried to comment on one of these recently and it said that the comment didn’t exist. My heartfelt apologies if this caused anyone existential angst or precipitated or worsened a personal crisis of purpose.

But back to the topic at hand. Doing Incredibly Silly Things For No Reason, it goes without saying, is always perpetrated by men. Always. Considering the sort of stuff I normally write on this site, this topic seems like a natural and I'm surprised it didn't occur to me before. Actually, maybe it has. Somebody go through the archives and check that out and get back to us.

While we're waiting, I'll tell you about this week's silly thing, Gung Haggis Fat Choy, an annual event here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is multi-cultural the same way that Indian food is spicy, that is to say, so much so, it's marginally insane. Vancouver is known for it's liberal social policies, as well as for being near many other places, such as Asia. This brings many people of different ethnicities and languages to live in Vancouver, where people from all over the world talk very loudly to each other and gestures wildly with their hands, trying to get their points across. Marijuana is very popular here.

But so is being Chinese, which is one characteristic of Todd Wong, the founder of Gung Haggis Fat Choy. Many years ago when he was attending university, Mr. Wong realized, in a puff of inspiration, that Chinese New Year, or Gung Haggis Fat Choy, is only a couple of days away from the Scottish holiday of Robbie Burns Day. This inspired Todd Wong to transform himself into Toddish McWong and to create Gung Haggis Fat Choy, a combination of (ready?) Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Day. Really. I swear. I so could not make this up.

Over time, this has evolved into a yearly festival attracting hundreds of people, with the catchy name Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner Event. At this event they have bagpipes, traditional Chinese and Scottish dancing and then things get weird. They eat delicacies such as sweet and sour haggis won ton, with chop sticks, and sing songs such as When Asian Eyes Are Smiling. This actually happens people.

I would like to state for the record that I think this is awesome. I applaud Toddish McWong for bravely forging ahead with the creation of a totally unnecessary, totally random, totally silly and, let me be clear about my feelings here, totally flipping awesome holiday. I didn't hear about Gung Haggis Fat Choy this year until it was over, but I will certainly be there next year and you can be too, as Toddish McWong wants to take Gung Haggis Fat Choy across Canada.

Now, when anyone asks me if I think a multi-cultural society is really a good idea…I just smile.

So until next time, keep your pen on the page and your Asian eyes smiling.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

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love it!

I like being wierd... I love snickering when a serious, tight laced person notices the monkey sticker on my collar or the odd "OX" uglydoll key chain hanging from my purse.

Only thing I don't like is getting busted by a customer for dancing around like an idiot. I usually reserve that for entertaining my coworkers... :D

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I agree

My girlfriend and I have a motto: "Normal people suck" :)

Pyramidiology: What you get when you mix pyramids and idiots.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Wrong!

"Doing Incredibly Silly Things For No Reason, it goes without saying, is always perpetrated by men. Always."

Dude, you are so wrong. You've never met me and my family -- Mom and Sis and I are queens of doing incredibly silly things for no reason! :)

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Steff
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woot

Silly gals of the world unite! :snicker snort: Mum and I together can be a dangerous combination too :D

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I stand corrected

I stand very much corrected. It's certainly true that women do their share of silly things. I'm not sure if men do more silly things, or simply do silly things on a larger scale. Women seem to get together in small groups, such as families, to perpetrate their silliness, whereas men tend to form clubs or other organizations and do their silliness on a large scale, such as pro football, or Donald Trump's entire lifestyle. Perhaps silliness can be legitimized with business cards:P

Pyramidiology: What you get when you mix pyramids and idiots.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Silly clubs

The Junior League is pretty silly. At least as silly as football. And Paris Hilton's lifestyle is extremely silly. But neither of these are silly in the GOOD way, of course.

Men do tend to be a bit... louder... about their silly things, though...

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Steff
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I think she's crossed the line

Men are louder about almost everything they do. And I have the feeling that Paris Hilton has officially crossed the line from silly to dangerous and stupid. Last time i checked they don't put you in jail for excessive silliness...thank God:P

Pyramidiology: What you get when you mix pyramids and idiots.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Men and Women

Could it be that women are equally capable of being silly but that men sometime drift past silly to foolish. Just a thought...

Gung Haggis Fat Choy fights racism with humour

Hi everybody,

Gung Haggis Fat Choy began as a Silly Thing at a private dinner when we served the haggis with sweet & sour sauce, and plum sauce.

Growing up in Vancouver with friends of many different ethnicities, it is very natural to combine different cultural traditions at the same event.

But creating cultural fusion is different. By juxtaposing the images of a Chinese-Canadian in a kilt, or having an Asian person play bagpipes creates a dichotomy in a field of racial stereotypes. But it is a Canadian reality. There are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Canadians born of shared Chinese and Scottish ancestry. Or mixed Japanese, Irish, First Nations, German, French, Indian or African ethnicity.

By flipping racial stereotypes, Gung Haggis Fat Choy helps to combat racism. We create a fun event where everybody can be part Chinese and part Scottish, and declare every dinner attendee a member of Clan Gung Haggis Fat Choy.

If every family had a Chinese and a Scottish as a valued family member in 1885, would we have had the Chinese head tax in Canada? Would we have sent "Born in Canada" Japanese-Canadians to internment camps in 1942, if every family had somebody of Japanese ancestry as a valued family member?

By creating laughter, and new ways of seeing cultural traditions - Gung Haggis Fat Choy helps our audience see past racism, re-visit Canadian history with an inclusive outlook, and embrace new members of our All-Canadian family.

check out:
http://www.outtosee.ca/clips/index.php
to see excerpts of the CBC television performance special "Gung Haggis Fat Choy"

check out:
www.cbc.ca/documentaries/generations/
to see the CBC Newsworld documentary about Rev. Chan Yu Tan's 7 generational Canadian family including a feature story about Todd Wong and Gung Haggis Fat Choy

check out:
www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com
to learn more about the GHFC Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner and the GHFC dragon boat team

Absolutely right

Absolutely. Let me restate for the record that I believe this event to be awesome:) Anything silly (and being from New Scotland, I've always felt that kilts and bagpipes are a wee bit silly by nature) that can break down cultural barriers and increase understanding is, in my book, fully excellent and what Vancouver's about. I can't wait to try some sweet and sour haggis next year:) Thanks for all your hard work and silliness!

Pyramidiology: What you get when you mix pyramids and idiots.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

As a Chinese/Northwester am close but still not close enough to attend this awesome event. I could not stop smiling and laughing inside!
Thanks for your writing and interview:
An interview with Stephen Sharam
Duc Ly

Shameless self-promotion

Let me state for the record that I believe this to be the most excellent interview that I have ever done this week:)

Pyramidiology: What you get when you mix pyramids and idiots.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

comedy and a light view of life...

Given my job is writing comedy; I need to be silly, take a new view of things and break out often -- so Yes, I approve of being silly and having fun. And yes, I am a guy...

Comedy Writer*

(* Its a nice gig.)