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The Re-Erection

As a prelude to our theatergoing experience last night, my sis and I had a little dinner at Ping, a new Chinese-fusion place in what was once Portland's thriving Chinatown, but from which almost all the Chinese restaurants and businesses have, sadly, fled.

One of the waiters at Ping wore an eyecatching T-shirt with a vertical...something on it and the prominent phrase "RE-ERECT".

Turns out that there's a campaign to restore and re-install the colorful and utterly tee-hee inducing, 40-foot high sign from one of the old-style Chinese restaurants that, honest-to-god, was a fixture in the Chinatown of my youth:

HFL Sign
I wish they wouldn't undo that black spraypaint fillip there at the bottom, but I suppose they'll have to.

I don't know for sure, but it probably doesn't hurt that Old Town/Chinatown is, to some degree, Gay Entertainment Town these days. But anyway, the campaign to restore the sign seems to be succeeding.

And that is a very good thing.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Awesome! Somewhere way back before we knew one another, I posted about a dive bar in the Idaho town I used to live in. Its neon sign was selectively broken, so COCKTAIL LOUNGE had become COCK LUNGE.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
LOL! That's awesome! Cock Lunge. Hah.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I'd be leery of eating in a restaurant called Ping--would I have to dispatch packets to find out where the hell my order was?
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Actually, it did come in packets--it was dim sum-like, but with skewers and these really interesting sauces. It was really great!
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
*gigglesnort* Good one. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I can't find that "ping" in any intonation means anything in Mandarin that might relate to food or a good meal, so I guess the name is just...cute.

But the food really was quite good.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's probably a family name, (she says, guessing wildly!) I loved the sign, btw. It reminds me of the similarly exuberant one outside Las Vegas, that kind of cheerful eyesore. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
"Cheerful eyesore" is a great way to put it. I'm all for elegant good taste, but you can't have a whole city like that. It would be boring.
Jan. 24th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I remember eating at Hung Far Low's. It was one of the best Chinese places down there, when that was THE place to have Chinese food. Hilarious that they are working to bring back the sign, a landmark much more eye catching than the leaping reindeer, in my opinion.
Jan. 24th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! And likely to attract a very different kind of tourism.

As someone else here commented, that sign has a kind of cheerful bad taste. It will offset the unbearably gentrified air of the Pearl quite nicely, I think.
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
You may have missed the movie, but in Sixteen Candles there was a character names Hung Far Low. He was hilarious! Obviously using the name for not-so subtle humor.
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm not absolutely sure I ever saw that movie. I loved John Hughes's other movies--I should add that one to my NFQ.
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