Thursday, July 29, 2010
I had bubble tea for the first time on Monday. Mine was blueberry flavored. At the bottom of the cup are "bubbles," made from tapioca. You can't help but smile when you drink it, especially when a bubble passes through the giant straw into your mouth. I love to try new food and drinks, especially ethnic ones. It is interesting to see how food and culture go together. Bubble Tea originated in the 80's in Taiwan. A lot originated in the 80's - MTV, Nintendo, the Apple Macintosh, Prozac. It's amazing how much has evolved in the last 30 years. There is an "app" and a pill for everything now. I tried to avoid technology - I'm still avoiding it somewhat actually. I didn't have an email address until 2005. I still believe in sending cards through the mail and I hand write all of my cards, even the 50+ cards I send during the holidays. I purchased my first computer in 2009 - yes, last year (and it's a net book). I don't have cable. I admit I quickly embraced some aspects of technology - social networking, cellular telephones, the ipod, and Google. The ipod allowed me to eliminate bulky stereo equipment, novels of CDs and the towers that just take up space. Plus I can hook it up to my car. Facebook provides an easy way to keep in touch with everyone I know. This is priceless since I now live away from most of my friends and family. Who could live without Google? With the ability to use it on the Blackberry, it is like Encyclopedia Britannica in the palm of your hand. The Blackberry might be my favorite invention ever - well maybe I should say my favorite technological advancement. My favorite inventions have to do with fashion and makeup, also influenced by culture. I think my favorite semester in college was when I took Critical Theory, World History, Art Appreciation, and Literature. The historical timelines for each course moved in the same direction, allowing me to discover each cultural movement critically, historically, artistically, and poetically. Postmodernism and Modernism proved to be my favorites. Postmodernism was a break from 19th century realism. Modernism gave us Hemingway. The Sun also Rises is still one of my favorite books. I'm going to start reading more again. First on the list - eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I can't wait. I think I'll begin chapter one while drinking a Blueberry Bubble tea.