Day 32 of the Nowhere To Be Project was all about bubbles. Bubble tea, or boba tea, that is. I was recently introduced to this yummy tea by my son. It is creamy, vegan and tasty. What more could anyone ask for? The tea I usually go with is called panda milk tea. It is made with three parts coconut milk and one part black tea. The two liquids are then shaken with ice until blended. Once blended and chilled, they are poured over tapioca balls. The experience is refreshing and surprising, all at once. Boba tea can also be quite filling. My newfound appreciation for boba tea reminded me of my first experience with tiny bubbles.
In 1976, at the age of five, I was selected from a studio audience to appear with Don Ho. Don Ho was an Hawaiian entertainer who went mainstream with his rendition of “Tiny Bubbles” on his very 1970’s variety show. I’m not sure how or why my family ended up in his audience, but I was familiar with him and his tune. Throughout the show I was seated on his lap. While this probably would not be deemed politically correct by today’s standards, I sang along to the infamous song and engaged with him throughout the show. Every time I spoke, his hula dancers brought me a bottle of champagne. By the end of the show, I had no fewer than ten bottles of champagne all in a line.
Me Being Rewarded with Champagne on The Don Ho Show
I liked bubbles then and I like them now. Bubbles are light, effervescent and uplifting. Who among us doesn’t need extra bubbles in life?
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