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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.

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executrix
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?
emeraldsedai
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!
tehomet
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
*gigglesnort* Good one. :)
emeraldsedai
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.
tehomet
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. :)
emeraldsedai
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.

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