Across the table from me was a South Korean guy who had watched videos of me eating KFC during his time serving for his home country's national military.
He had told me that watching my videos made him happy and miss America.
When I first saw her (and her smile), I was smitten.
And there was a comfort and an instant ease that I'd never experienced before.
Luckily, my motor skills were on fire and I didn't make a fool out of myself.
After that night his dad was actually super friendly and nice.
It was only after this that I saw him as a doctor who watched Fox News a lot and not as the cool, hip dad he came off as initially.
I can't say I'm sure it was just a race thing.
I had never in my life even come across these, but I knew that if I wanted the dad to approve of me I had to at least try.Actually, I stopped by their house before our second date and he thought I was just her friend and we had a blast, chatting and laughing and watching sports while she got ready.But the next time I stopped by to pick her up, after she had told him we were seeing each other, I felt the chill from him.He gave me polite answers and told me, a white boy from New York, that I should really make it over to Asia at some point."Do you speak Hebrew? I laughed at his question because I hadn't even said that I was Jewish yet, and I definitely didn't speak Hebrew.I'm one of those young chosen people who qualify as "Jew-ish" at best."Oh, I have a huge thing for Jewish guys.One time I memorized a whole Hebrew pop song just to impress this Israeli guy," he said to me with eyes the size of my grandma's matzoh balls.