and I went to
Stir Crazy in Boca Raton for dinner. And as per the name, they do nothing
but stir fry, either pre-selected dishes, or a “roll your own” buffet-type
deal where you select everything. The food is good, and as Spring would
attest, the Banana-Wanton Drink is to die for. But the decor—the decor
Years ago in college, I took a Chinese calligraphy class, and while I can
only “read” half a dozen Chinese characters, I do have an understanding of
how Chinese characters are written. The reason I bring this up is that the
interior of Stir Crazy is overwritten with that looks like Chinese
characters, but in reality is some Western artist's rendition of what
Chinese characters look like. No attempt was made to make acurate
Chinese idiographs at all (and of the few that are real, they are either the
simpler four stroke or fewer idiographs, or pure mistakes).
“Those characters,” I said, “are not real.”
“How do you know?” asked Rob.
“They're not real characters. They're nearly random strokes,” I said.
“But how can you tell?” asked Spring.
“By the way the characters are formed. That character there,” I said,
pointing to a character with a decidedly circular formation on the wall,
“the one with the circular oval about it. Chinese is written with straight
strokes, not cicrular ones.”
“So it's misspelled?”
“More like it's meaningless. It'd be as if you wrote words with both
random letters and shapes, like a triangle.”
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