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中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« on: 28 Sep 2012, 21:46 »

September 30th is Moon Festival (AKA Mid-Autumn Festival).

祝你和你的家人中秋快乐!

Best wishes to everyone! Don't eat too many mooncakes!
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #1 on: 29 Sep 2012, 02:20 »

I've never eaten any mooncakes :( Where would I procure such a thing?
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #2 on: 29 Sep 2012, 06:10 »

Well, I know where you can get some Moon Pies, but you'd have to ask Redball to ship 'em to you.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #3 on: 29 Sep 2012, 06:33 »

I looked at moonpies, and decided they would probably kill me.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #4 on: 29 Sep 2012, 07:22 »

It's more Tennessee than Michigan. Clara loved them as a child.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #5 on: 29 Sep 2012, 07:52 »

Do you have an Asian grocer near you? The one in Rochester used to carry them.

Also Felica Day tried to make them.  I would find better instructions though.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #6 on: 29 Sep 2012, 09:33 »

And it's also the Harvest Moon in the US. 

Which immediately brings this to mind;

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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #7 on: 30 Sep 2012, 15:25 »

Do you have an Asian grocer near you? The one in Rochester used to carry them.

I'm in Seattle. There's a place that serves phở on practically every corner.

So I can probably find some...
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #8 on: 30 Sep 2012, 15:59 »

Vietnamese mooncakes are usually square, but still good. Enjoy your Tết Trung Thu!
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #9 on: 30 Sep 2012, 17:44 »

How exactly does a mid-autumn festival mere days after autumn started?
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #10 on: 30 Sep 2012, 17:49 »

Do you have an Asian grocer near you? The one in Rochester used to carry them.
Wait, Rochester? As in Rochester Minnesota?

Oh, and happy lunar festival everybody~!
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #11 on: 30 Sep 2012, 17:59 »

She meant Rochester, NY.

There's also a Rochester not far from me in Washington, amusingly enough.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #12 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:04 »

There's Rochesters everywhere really, but I did indeed mean Rochester, NY (the biggest one I think).
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #13 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:05 »

Awwwww, we would have been neighbors if it had been Minnesota... oh well.

I just checked a map. Damn there are allot of Rochesters...
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #14 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:08 »

I've left Rochester anyways.  I live in Michigan now.
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« Reply #15 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:10 »

Oddly enough, there is a train that goes to the northern tip of Michigan all the way to Washington that has a stop on my college campus...
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #16 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:26 »

Well, there is a Rochester, MI as well. It's about 45 minutes or so from me.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #17 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:31 »

I could probably visit it if I wasn't so cheep... :-P Now I didn't check every state, but I think there is at least one Rochester in each and every one of the 50... with some states having up to three or four. It's like the "John Smith" of city names...
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #18 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:33 »

We also have a Hell, Michigan. It freezes over every year!
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #19 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:35 »

A lot of town names repeat.  I lived in NYS my whole live then moved to SE Michigan.  Place names here that ring weird to me because they are in my mind as places in NY: Livonia, Utica, Brighton, York and Dundee.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #20 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:37 »

There's also a ton of places named Akron or Medina.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #21 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:40 »

We also have a Hell, Michigan. It freezes over every year!
I've actually been there, I have a postcard. :-D I think there are a total of 13 "Hell"s in the US, on the map at least. I don't think any of them are too large though, and most of them are in the mid-west... aka the Godless North. :-P
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #22 on: 30 Sep 2012, 18:50 »

A lot of town names repeat.  I lived in NYS my whole live then moved to SE Michigan.  Place names here that ring weird to me because they are in my mind as places in NY: Livonia, Utica, Brighton, York and Dundee.

I had stores that I oversaw in Livonia and Utica  :-D
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #23 on: 30 Sep 2012, 19:34 »

There's a reason for duplicate naming: New Yorkers were the first to settle in many parts of the Northwest Territory, especially Michigan and Ohio.

And where are those moon pies?
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #24 on: 30 Sep 2012, 21:10 »

How exactly does a mid-autumn festival mere days after autumn started?
It's a lunar calendar thing, and originally a harvest festival. It makes even less sense here in Australia, where it is late spring/early summer...
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« Reply #25 on: 30 Sep 2012, 21:29 »

There are two versions of the naming of Hell MI, which consists of a restaurant, a couple of stores and a dam but in the early 19th century included a flour mill, distillery and tavern. One is the usual stuff, wives would say their husbands, down at the tavern, had "gone to hell," and the name stuck. The other version, I recall, attributes the name to a German visitor; hell apparently referring to "bright" or "lucid." A few weeks ago, I described in the Confessions thread how my wife and I led pre-Halloween trips to Hell, consisting of pizza and beer at the Dam Site Inn and a walk on a trail through a woods, sans lights.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #26 on: 30 Sep 2012, 21:41 »

How exactly does a mid-autumn festival mere days after autumn started?
It's a lunar calendar thing, and originally a harvest festival. It makes even less sense here in Australia, where it is late spring/early summer...

I think most of these types of holidays originated in the northern hemisphere, so it still makes sense I guess. Especially since a lot of other holidays rotate around the lunar holidays too.

I have never had a mooncake and I am intrigued. I'm intrigued by the whole festival, really, but there isn't one around here. :-(
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #27 on: 30 Sep 2012, 23:54 »

It's more Tennessee than Michigan. Clara loved them as a child.

They're definitely a Southern thing. Get you an RC Cola and a Moon Pie, that there's a good day. You can get em on this coast too though, the hot dog place down the street from my coffee shop always has em in stock.
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #28 on: 01 Oct 2012, 00:50 »

I think we have moonpies up here, too, just not as prevalent. Can't say I've ever had one, though.
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« Reply #29 on: 01 Oct 2012, 04:01 »

Now I didn't check every state, but I think there is at least one Rochester in each and every one of the 50... with some states having up to three or four. It's like the "John Smith" of city names...

Rochester was a small cathedral city in Kent in the UK long before any of those...
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« Reply #30 on: 01 Oct 2012, 04:05 »

A lot of town names repeat.  I lived in NYS my whole live then moved to SE Michigan.  Place names here that ring weird to me because they are in my mind as places in NY: Livonia, Utica, Brighton, York and Dundee.

Apparently there's a Phoenix, NY. So I've had to clarify when talking to people in Central NY that no, I am from Phoenix, AZ, not Phoenix, NY.
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« Reply #31 on: 01 Oct 2012, 04:17 »

There are two small towns in Pennsylvania with state names - one is Indiana, PA and the other is California, PA.  Each happens to have one of the state-run universities located there, leading to the head-scratching names, "Indiana University of Pennsylvania" and "California University of Pennsylvania". 

Even more confusing is that they have nothing to do with Indiana University, the California University system, nor University of Pennsylvania (aka "Penn"), which is not Penn State, either. 


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« Reply #32 on: 01 Oct 2012, 04:20 »

Rochester was a small cathedral city in Kent in the UK long before any of those...

I like to think Rochester, NY was named for the Earl of Rochester, Jon Wilmot.
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« Reply #33 on: 01 Oct 2012, 04:35 »

Here's an odd coincidence: my partner that I live with in Seattle went to school in Rochester, not far from where I was living there (in the suburb of Greece).
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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #34 on: 01 Oct 2012, 07:57 »

I think we have moonpies up here, too, just not as prevalent. Can't say I've ever had one, though.

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Re: 中秋节 Moon Festival 2012!
« Reply #35 on: 01 Oct 2012, 08:32 »

I have been to Rochester, England, actually.  However, Rochester, NY was named after its founder Nathaniel Rochester, and not after the previous county's Rochester. 
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« Reply #36 on: 02 Oct 2012, 03:06 »

Excellent idea:  Moon Pie and a sixpack.

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« Reply #37 on: 02 Oct 2012, 08:47 »

"Oh, Rochester!"


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