Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Alaskan fairytales

I took this pic during the trip this past August in Skagway, the last of the three port of calls. People or media are predicting that Sarah Palin will soon run for higher office, president of the United States of … Continue reading

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My ghost story

One spring morning in 1986, I woke up feeling weary. The tropical sun was already up high. For a good sleeper, I always couldn’t wait to get up, full of energy, ready to head off to the Hong Kong’s Repulse … Continue reading

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The 6th Ave .. Ave of the Americas

  Back of the New York Library @ Bryant Park

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Happy Halloween!

  I can’t believe such store still exist, M & J Trimming is a throwback but has a very fresh feel to it, on 6th Avenue. It’s lively too – the night before Halloween. Laces, trims, fringe, jacquards, neiheads, ribbons, … Continue reading

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It has to come from within

  School at dawn. Monday Pumpkin needed to go to school early. After the drop off, as I was leaving, I saw this lovely scenes. My photographic description is incompetent but hope you get the picture. Golfer graduated from this … Continue reading

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Long Island Writers’ Guild

I went to LIWG‘s free workshop this afternoon, my second time. Last week I went with Elise. Two published ladies (Beverly poetry and Florence memoir) moderate the gathering. Each of us gets to read our piece, almost identical to what … Continue reading

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再现黑暗社会压迫 民国妓女执照申请书现身

“这些文书真实地再现了民国时期贫弱女性在黑暗社会下受到的压迫。”昨日,记者在福田区香蜜湖社区居民周焕斌家发现了一件特殊藏品―――民国时期长春市一个妓女办理许可执照的申请书,该申请书还配有一份保证书。 通过这张普通书本大小且泛黄的申请书可以看到:民国35年,籍贯山东的25岁长春姑娘张桂莲沦为娼妓,申请书“为娼原因”一栏写着“被贫所迫”;在“有无本夫及亲族”一栏填了“家有幼弟”,其从业地点为长春市桃源路26号怡春堂;在申请书左上侧,写有“谨呈长春警察局转呈长春市政府”字样,下方则贴有张桂莲的黑白登记照片并按有其手印―――照片中的人看起来眉清目秀,齐耳卷发还算得上时髦。 据酷爱收藏证书的周焕斌介绍,民国时期的从业妓女都要经过政府许可,腐败的民国政府要从中牟利。张桂莲应该是由于家贫且有幼小弟弟需要抚养才被逼走上卖身之路的。 在另一份保证书上,有铺保、铺保经理、乐户、乐户经理等机构和个人的担保,也有张桂莲本人的署名。保证书的大概内容是:“保证书人保得妓女张桂莲愿在本市乐户怡春堂从业,在从业期间绝对服从政府命令及一切规章。如有违反命令和一切不法行为时,由保证人负全部责任。”周焕斌说,乐户是民国时期对妓院的别称,妓女从业时需有第三方保证人和作保的商铺,妓女也有较严格的从业规则,不过这都是在黑暗旧社会里女性受到的压迫和摧残。 来源:南方都市报

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Our county at work

My super diligent attorney Perry has referred my case to another law office that specialize in debt collection: I owe him $384. I think the collection agency sounds better when it looks like a normal office .. Law Office of … Continue reading

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Hostages killed when kidnappers panicked, Sudan says

Please forgive me if I sound small minded and ignorant .. that China took so much heat for being associated with Sudan over Darfur, yet Sudan could not return the 9 Chinese hostages, and three are confirmed dead. Would I … Continue reading

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Interracial liaison or marriage

I was updating the Block of Four stamp and came to face MD Chow’s acquisition of it again. I had written about his throny pass to the ultimate prize, the BoF that had elevated him to be the King of … Continue reading

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NFL’s Steelers, Packers ..

Last year Giants played Miami Dolphins, and yesterday the New Orleans Saints played the San Diego Chargers at London’s Wembley Stadium again. The names for the pro teams are sometimes baffling. Chargers? How about letting the Steelers play the Packers … Continue reading

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I want ..

I use oil every day but don’t understand it: how can the producers say how much they wanted to be paid? Doesn’t the market dictate the price? “Iran, which has aggressively used oil revenue to pay for expensive social programs, … Continue reading

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Fashionistas or recessionista ..

  Giants is playing the Steelers .. both are first place team, both are 5:1. So it’s an important game. What a gorgeous autumn day!! If any of you haven’t gone out, you’re missing a lot. Quick, head over to … Continue reading

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Ben Stein the saver

Benny is a lawyer, writer, actor and economist, and pretty funny. But do people really take him seriously? Every time I see some one with a long running titles, I pause. His young make up artist has no savings. “What if … Continue reading

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What a lucky day ..

I just had a very eventful day. I thought of taking the highway to NJ for a meeting. But opted for the local to drop off Pumpkin’s racket for restring. 11:30am. Sunny, pleasant, a typical autumn day. I was driving … Continue reading

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The Prince of the ..

Two stories in the Times: Council Backs Bloomberg Bid to Run Again and the only editorial of the day Barack Obama for President. I never doubt that Bloomberg will get his third term, easily. The guy is doing a good … Continue reading

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The hairy crab 大閘蟹

When the western journalists starting writing about certain Chinese delicacy, I don’t think it has arrived, but rather over cooked. Just another day, someone sent those e-mail stuff, one was warning about – Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis, also known … Continue reading

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$7.00 Sex

A Florida couple, both well into their 80s go to a sex therapist’s office. The doctor asks, “What can I do for you?” The man says, “Will you watch us have sexual intercourse?” The doctor raises both eyebrows, but he … Continue reading

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