ONE: In 1995, inspired by Gong Li in the film Shanghai Triad, I plucked my full eyebrows into thin lines. I felt satisfied at my handiwork. My grandma, meanwhile, warned me not to over pluck because my eyebrows may never grow back.
TWO: Kayle, a British colleague of mine boasted bushy, robust brows. They were, in my eyes, a wonderful blank pallet. One day in 2000, Kaye and I were at a salon in Seoul having our hair done. The salon owner styled both Kaye and me. At the end, she asked Kaye if she wanted her brows tweezed. Kaye said yes, and after a few seconds emerged looking straight up like Kate Winslet. The owner turned to me and asked if I wanted my brows trimmed. I said yes. IF I COULD STOP TIME AND REDO THAT MOMENT I MOST CERTAINLY WOULD! The salon owner, despite standing a foot from me, called across the room to an ajumma sweeping hair off the floors. She pointed for her to come and do my brows. The ajumma approached and with shaky hands took an electric shaver to my face. In one swoop, she cut a quarter of my left eyebrow off my face. Fourteen years later it has never grown back.
These days Gong Li is back to fuller brows, as am I, with my left brow limping along. Koreans recognized years ago that full brows vs. thin ones give a more youthful appearance. One can see tutorials all over the web how to create Korean-style eyebrows. Funny, but the site that tickles me the most is a site dedicated to K-pop idols sans brows.
I have to admit, I was pretty psyched to take the Who's Your '80s Movie Boyfriend? quiz. I hoped I'd be matched with Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles (1984). Hell, I would have been happy with Duckie from Pretty in Pink (1986).
Alas, I was matched with perma-stoned surfer, Jeff Spicoli, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Spicoli puts the "high" in...oh, never mind. My girlfriend took the quiz and she landed Jake Ryan. Argh!
In the summer of 1984, my family along with my favorite cousin and his parents embarked on a cross-country road trip from Minnesota to Arizona. Our paths mirrored that of the Griswolds on their infamous journey from Illinois to California in the 1983 movie, National Lampoon's Vacation. Packed into our station wagons, we saw corn fields! We saw The Rockies! We saw mesas! Fortunately we did not see anyone like Aunt Edna or Cousin Eddie. Unfortunately for my dad, he did not see anyone like Christie Brinkley.
As a tribute to the ultimate summer road trip movie, here are my favorite tunes from National Lampoon's Vacation: