If it’s Mariah Carey, it Must be Christmas!

Christmas too early

I’m hardly the only one who’s pointed this out, but every year, it seems like Christmas arrives earlier and earlier. I remember a time not too long ago, when I was a young lad, when the Christmas season didn’t really kick off until after Thanksgiving. This year, a department store that I occasionally frequent had their Christmas decorations out in the dead of summer.

To drive home the point, in recent years, we have witnessed the trend of certain radio stations playing all holiday music around Christmastime. Again, when this practice gained traction around a decade ago, most stations wouldn’t go full Christmas until after the Thanksgiving turkey had been properly digested. But the popularity of this format has led stations to pull out the musical holly and mistletoe earlier and earlier.

I learned this the other day as I was driving home from work and as I channel surfed on XM Radio found that the 24 hour holiday music has already started—thank you, Mariah Carey for reminding me for the 988,764th time that all you want for Christmas is me.

The Short List: ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

 This week, we ask 5 questions to director Sarah Kim about her film, ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.
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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

An Open Letter to Couples Thinking of a Holiday Wedding

Dear About To Be Married Couple:

I bring up the following issue because this past weekend was the Memorial Day holiday and it seemed like there were a more-than-usual number of weddings that took place (though I should point out that I, myself, did not attend any weddings this past weekend). Now, I understand why a three-day holiday seems like the perfect time to hold your wedding—your guests will most likely have that extra day off from work so it seems like the most convenient time for your special day.

But if you’re thinking of scheduling your wedding on an upcoming holiday, I implore you to stop and think about what you’re doing. Because if you truly did, you would understand that holidays—and especially long holiday weekends–are the worst time to schedule your special day.

What I Learned on YOMYOMF This Week – December 26, 2010 – January 1, 2011

Shit, that’s momentous if I may say so myself.  We’ve had editions that crossed over between months before, but never one that crossed over between YEARS.  I think it’s pretty impressive.

But you probably don’t care.  In fact, you probably just scrolled right past this block of text while you were looking for an article with a sexy picture.  Actually, I’m nearly 100% certain that I could type whatever I want here and it would go right over your head, yeah?

We had otter for our Christmas dinner last week.  It was pretty adorable before my uncle started prepping for the meal.  It was one of those smooth-coated types.  I mean, it feels all gross and slippery in your hands and you’d think that it would have a texture that’s all rubbery-like in your mouth, but if you fry it, it actually provides a great contrast to the crunchiness.

Yummers.  So this last week of 2010, the best writers on the Internet (that’s not up for discussion) are penning pieces about the dynamics of school reunions; the function of girl-on-girl scenes in particular genres of film; and the one must-have piece of bling-bling for this season.

You honestly can’t miss it.

Surviving the Holidays (Literally)

My thoughts turned morbid over the weekend as I contemplated death.  No, not mine in particular, but just in general. I was guessing that more people die around the holidays than other days, and it turns out I was correct.  Researchers have found that Americans are more likely to die on Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, and on New Year’s Day than at any other time of the year.  But before you read the rest of this blog, take a stab at why you think that is.  The reason makes total sense, but it may not be what you first guessed.

Double Happiness: How to Survive the Holidays Chinese American Style

We all love our families, but spending over 24 hours with them in close proximity during a time when joy and good vibes are mandatory can be a mental hazard.  Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to adapt-

1. Submit to the dress code: My brother used to make fun of me when I’d come home dressed up like a flight attendant – pants or skirt suit, sensible heels, pearls and a silk scarf for a touch of color.  Looking like my mother’s “mini me” was an easy way to preempt any clothing critiques.

What I Learned on YOMYOMF This Week – November 28 – December 4, 2010

My culinary adventures as of late had become anything but.  My weekly cuisine was a rotation between the local Chick-Fil-A, Lee’s Sandwiches, and Honey Nut Cheerios.  So when the chance arose to trek to a Yakitori joint this past week, I immediately jumped at the chance.

nOOb as I was to the whole Yakitori scene, I did know that the titular dish was grilled chicken on a skewer, which someone with even the most pedestrian tastes would find fairly acceptable.  What none of the anime I had watched ever told me was that these establishments also served all manner of other chicken and beef parts.

I mean, I’m a believer that animals are very tasty – a belief I firmly stand by – but I often want my knowledge of my meat’s origins to be rather vague and nebulous.  This is, in fact, the only way I am able to consume hot dog and spam: by clearing my mind absolutely and chewing and swallowing as quickly as possible.  Long story short, I asked my companion to order while I put my hands over my ears, saying “LALALALALALA.”

The food was extremely delicious and all I asked was that I never be told if I did, in fact, eat an animal’s testicles.

As we transitioned into December this week, your favorite ragtag group of bloggers (and we’d better be your favorite) waxed philosophical about the McRib; intergalactic mice; and decapitated heads.  That warm feeling you just felt?  That’s the holidays, baby.

Well, that or you just pissed yourself from fear, buddy.

Six More Things Asians Love That White People Hate

Here’s more shit that Asians love and white folks hate.

1) EATING THINGS THAT MOVE

White people may claim to like their food, including their meat, fresh, but in reality, they wouldn’t be able to handle “real” freshness. White people still freak out when they see a whole duck hanging from the window of a Chinatown restaurant and some of them still think swallowing raw fish is a cruel fraternity initiation. But Asians…we know freshness and what’s fresher than eating something that’s still alive and/or moving. I have to admit that when I first went to the Pusan Film Fest a few years ago and was presented with a plate of still squirming octopus, I hesitated for a second. But when I took that first bite, it was fucking awesome! And guess what? The white people in our party (who were even more disgusted) ended up loving it too. So don’t knock it until you try it: