Daily Archives: 10/22/2005

Spam, The Gift Of Kings

SPAM©, the king of tinned meats
I meant to mention this a couple days ago, when the story ran in the PDN. Seems Guam is not alone in its adoration of the gelatinous, pink, canned meat. Spam is a popular item in South Korea, in fact 40% of the canned meat is given as gifts. Can’t say I’m really surprised, especially after reading that they use it like we do here on Guam, tossed in with fried rice or in soups. Most Spam gets consumed that way here on Guam too, I reckon. But what gets me is the cachet associated with the giggly meat.

“Spam really is a luxury item,” said Han Geun Rae, 43, a fashion buyer, as she loaded gift boxes of Spam into her cart at a department store before the recent Chusok holiday.

An estimated 8 million cans of Spam change hands on Chusok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving.

Han was buying Spam for her employees, and expected to get some herself during the Chusok season, the country’s biggest gift-giving occasion of the year.

Now this has me thinking about paying a visit to Seoul with about 20 cases of Spam tucked into my luggage. If it sells as a luxury item, I suspect I could make a killing, especially pushing that Tabasco Spam we sell here on the island. I know that goes good with kim chee, I eat that myself sometimes.

Perhaps it is best to remember:

SPAM is not a gift.
When you eat, just remember:
It’s only a loan.
–Martin Booda, from the SPAM-ku Archive

Serenity

Just got back from watching Serenity for the second time. Just as good the second time around, maybe better. Hell it’s a damn good movie, much better than any of those Star Wars movies Lucas has been churning out lately. I’ve taken to watching Firefly on Friday nights now, seems like the SciFi Channel is promoting the series and the movie heavily. I must admit, it is a particularly fetching bit of entertainment. I never watched any of Joss Whedon’s other shows, like Buffy or Angel, but Firefly has definitely grown on me. And the movie certainly makes a great deal more sense after catching a few week’s worth of episodes from the ill fated show. I’m able to figure out who’s who and what’s going on now that I have a bit more of their backstory filled in.

I’m watching the series now with a bit of poignancy, since so few episodes were actually made. It is amazing that this discarded television idea was transformed into a big budget motion picture, mostly because of fan worship and word of mouth. Based on the movie’s performance however, I doubt there will be a sequel. While it is a rousing adventure, I am certain this is the show’s swan song. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Lost Monk Recording

John Coltrane plays with Thelonious Monk at the Five Spot Café in 1957Here’s a nice little flash player featuring three tracks from Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, that great album I bought last month. Listen to a few tracks, then buy the album!

It is a great album with an incredible backstory. Early this year, an archivist at the Library of Congress was sorting through some old Voice of America audiotapes when he came across a box of tapes labeled “Carnegie Hall Jazz 1957” and a handwritten note “T. Monk” along with some song titles. The jazz specialist had stumbled upon a lost recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane from a Thanksgiving 1957 concert at Carnegie Hall, recorded by the Voice of America but never broadcast.