Monday, October 01, 2007

DINNER WITH GERMANS

On Friday night I went for Indian food with my new work friend, Franz the German exchange social worker, Bianca a German exchange worker in Franz’s program, Monica, and Tony. We had an awesome time. The food was delicious, Monica didn’t get an allergic reaction, and we had some excellent laughs.

During dinner Tony asked Franz and Bianca if the German exchange student he knew in High School was a typical guy. See Tony had these suspicions that this guy was a total nerd. He would say things like “I am a scooter boy and scooter boys are the coolest!” while dancing the “scooter dance” He also LOVED Boney M. As Tony had suspected, scooter boys are not cool at all, particularly if they are huge Boney M fans. They are kind of like a more pathetic version of emo kids. Tony felt much better because he was certain that this guy was a wiener but didn’t want to hold these suspicions if he truly was cool in Germany. Tony also had a great moment discussing scooters when he said, “you know, scooters, vroom vroom” and the Germans looked at him like, duh of course. Tony was confused because we were also talking about some German pop sensation named Scooter and he was just trying to be clear but, in actually, Tony was the only one who was confused.

After we left the restaurant we took a short walk down Devon Avenue because Franz wanted to see what was around. I explained that it would look something like this, sari store, restaurant, jewelry store, sari store, etc. I was actually wrong because the jewelry stores didn’t start for a few blocks and instead there were little convenience stores in their place. Regardless we got the picture and decided to wait for the bus.

I asked Monica if she had read the Hillbilly article I posted that day and we started laughing at how horrible it was. Franz asked, “What is a hillbilly?” so Monica, Tony, and I let the stereotypes fly. I have never claimed to be particularly politically correct. Sure racism makes me mad and I get a good laugh out of it but I’m not above the occasional stereotype. Hypocritical? Sure, but at least I’m honest. I will also admit that we were kind of explaining white trash or rednecks and not hillbillies but we did later correct ourselves while explaining that the terms were somewhat interchangeable but not entirely.

As Tony said, “it is always okay to make fun of white trash,” Monica and I agreed. It just is. You can argue but you will be wrong .We explained that you can spot one by their plaid shirts, mesh caps, wife-beaters (cause they like to beat their wives), cheap beer, (I also learned that beer is considered food in Germany) and eagerness to call you a faggot and kick your ass. I told Franz that this last thing would particularly apply to him being male and European. Monica added that they would also probably call him British because all Europeans are British to white trash. Tony told Bianca that, as a German woman, white trash would probably expect her to walk around carrying beer steins and wearing lederhosen at all times. People at the bus stop looked at us like we were insane and they had every right to do so. Franz saw a guy in a motorcycle and asked us what kind of person he was to which we replied, “he’s just a guy on a bike,” which he was. “VROOM VROOM” was all Franz had to say about that, which was incredibly hilarious. Monica made sure to let the Germans know that you can’t always tell white trash by looking at them but once they say “hey faggot I’m gonna kick you ass,” you would know. She is right.

When we got on the bus we had to be quiet in case there were any white trash types on the bus. It appeared to be safe so we kept talking. We learned that the German equivalent of white trash is loosely translated as “land egg” I would type the German word but I couldn’t even pronounce it and Franz is gone for the day. I like the term though, it makes sense.

Now I realize that we are probably horrible people for teaching the Germans this stuff. We felt kind of like the 8th graders telling the 2nd graders bad words but it was so incredibly funny that we couldn’t stop. ot that Franz and Bianca are like second graders but, you know what I mean. I’m sure that someone will call me a faggot and kick my ass any day now for payback. That will suck.

11 comments:

notfearingchange said...

yes i tried explaining the term white trash to euros before...didn't work really well.

Monica said...

Natalie! That is a mistake. When Tony said it''s always OK to make fun of white trash my jaw dropped in disbelief. I didn;t agree. (I'm not sure if I agree actually... well...maybe I do...) but that shit was so much fun. Oh man.

Mrs. Loquacious said...

I say it is always OK to make fun of people if they are in the majority ethnicity of the city/country. In Hong Kong I had no issue with making fun of the eccentric stinky Chinese people there :) In Canada, I make fun of trashy ignorant white folk. However, I would not make fun of the white minority in HK and I would also not (usually) make fun of Chinese people in Canada (I say usually because as a Chinese person, I can technically make fun of my own without being accused of racism).

Am I a racist? Maybe. But only towards the majority ethnicity, and among them only certain sub-populations of degenerates ;)

Mom said...

Hey... what happened to songs???

Natalie said...

Notfearing- I think we did an ok job. Franz now says he can spot white trash a mile away.

Monica- Tony said it was a mistake too. He said it is always ok to make fun of white trash unless they are around because if they are around they will call you a faggot and kick your ass. Sorry I misinterpreted your take on making fun on white trash but I know you and I have heard you make fun.

Mrs. L- That is a very interesting philosophy and I think may very well hold true. I also think you can make fun of any group you are a part of. If that makes me a racist so be it.

Mom- I forgot my iPod at home and I have been lazy. They will come back.

dmarks said...

The British love to complain about the CHAVs.

Evil Spock said...

White Trash really isn't an ethnicity, but a social class. So you're social elitist as opposed to racist.

Oh, and Hillbillies prefer being called Sons of the Soil . . .

Katrina said...

White trash - ha! You just have to be careful though, because not everyone who wears plaid is white trash. You know, it's like one of those i.q. questions - If all white trash people wear plaid then all people who wear plaid are white trash, true or false.

But seriously, it's pretty darn easy to spot 'em.

HDitty would have loved to hung out with ya'll. He took 3 years of german in high school and likes to practice it whenever he gets the chance.

Johnny Yen said...

Yeah, but it's so fun. It's like when I teach a Spanish-speaking co-worker some of their first English swear-words or slang (e.g. "Colder than a witches....")

Johnny Yen said...

P.S. I'm with Mom. Where are the songs?

Mom said...

Re: learning new languages...
I seem to remember my nephew coming home from elementary school one fine day with a new vocabulary of Hmong swear words...