Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dominic: a street encounter

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Their Noonday Demons, and Ours

Procrastination? Don’t we all procrastinate? Things are often being delayed. Someone said it cutely: I have so many unfinished stuff that I’ll never die. ha ha ha .. By some miracle, you set aside a day to tackle that project … Continue reading

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FRPSL in China

From David Lu: The front row from left are Cecilia K.P. Vong (Hong Kong), Jeffrey S. Schneider (USA), LIN Heng-Fu,FRPSL, TANG Wuji, FRPSL and May X. Xu (USA); The second row from left are ZHANG Xiong, SHI Yi-Ping, DING Jing-Song, … Continue reading

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Popo’s fingers

One of rare photos, of me with my Mom and her Mom, my Popo together, circa Jan or Feb, 1967. Nainai had me as her own, Popo never had a chance to connect with me. Popo wasn’t exactly fashionable; her … Continue reading

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Tianyuan Pickle shop 天源酱菜

Tianyuan Jiangcai 天源酱菜 is or was an institution in Beijing: no one can live without it in the morning with 稀饭 xifan (rice or millet gruel; porridge). Beijingers eat porridge plain, just the water and rice. The shop used to … Continue reading

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The Grim Good Cheer of the Irish

Mrs. Thomas McKessy, of Limerick, Ireland, upon her arrival in New York with 10 of her 21 children in March 1926 (Bettmann/CORBIS) By John Banville Dublin IN an early memory of mine, if it is a real memory, I was … Continue reading

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How to be an artist

In April 25, l2013 Without any disrespect to any artist .. it seems easy -:) at the corp tennis party

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Spittoon 痰盂

From L to R: Li Xiannian (李先念; 1909.1992)、Deng Xiaoping (邓小平; 1904-1997)、Chen Yu (陈云; 1905-1995) were having a meeting. The two small cuspidor, or spittoon or tányú at their feet were widely seen and used, at private homes and in public. Were they … Continue reading

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刘亚洲 的 父丧日记

I’m shocked by 爸爸怕他为自己花钱。就这样捱到深夜,爸爸感到实在撑不下去了,才对妈妈说:“对不起,可能我要先走了。” _______________________ 追忆父亲刘建德将军  2000年12月13日  下*午,李永金司令员来政治部听取汇报。快结束时,突然接到七军副政委李金榜从南宁打来的电话:“你爸爸在南宁心脏病突发,正在抢救,你赶紧来。”这是平静而平庸的一日,没有任何迹象表示要发生什么惊天动地的事情。我的心情也平静得像一潭死水。李金榜的话并未使我失色,因为我一点感觉也没有。我说:“情况怎么样?”李答:“比较危急。”我问:“非要我去吗?”李道:“你还是赶快来吧。”于是立即决定带小何赴南宁。很快得知,南宁方面也通知小五了,正从营里往机场赶。事至此,我仍平静。说是平静,不如说抱一丝侥幸。爸爸心胸宽阔,慈祥善良。身体除心脏外无任何毛病。老天不佑这种人佑谁?在机场与小五见面,问他:“你认为如何?”小五答:“我感觉没事。”他的情绪也感染了我。在飞机上我居然还看了一场电影。飞机于晚上九点钟降落广州,刚刚停稳,李献忠的电话就打到小何手机上,可见这一段时间他在不停地拨号。话筒里传来献忠的哽咽声:“老爷子不行了。”这一霎我不相信自己的耳朵。我边打电话边向舱门走去,刚出门,只见三辆广州军区空军的车停在舷梯下,警灯闪烁。广空政治部主任刘振来神色肃穆地伫立在晚风中。直到此时我明白大事不好。我的脑子登时一片空白。振来说:“你如连夜赴南宁,就用这三辆车,但明天中午前肯定到不了。不如坐明天早上的飞机,一个小时就到。”查明次日赴南宁最早的航班从深圳出发,连夜赶住深圳。一切安妥停当后,已是深夜十二点了。小五、小何离去。我颓然倒在沙发上。突然我再也不能控制自己,痛哭失声。  12月14日11时  上午十点半抵南宁。空七军政治部主任刘展志接机。在车上,他对我说:“亚洲,你一定要挺住。”我把眼睛转向窗外。我紧紧地咬住牙关才没有使自己哭出声来,但热泪长流。究竟是怎样进的广西医科大学附属医院,我一无所知。只记得急救室是一间大屋子,杂乱无章,人头攒动。在墙角有屏风,拉开屏风是一张床。我亲爱的爸爸一个人静静地、孤独地躺在那儿,盖着一张皱巴巴的白单子。爸爸脸部表情十分安详,宛如睡着熟了一般。脸色有点发青。但奇怪的是,在后来的几天内他的脸色越变越好,在火化那天,几乎到了红润的地步。殡仪馆的人说了两句话。第一句:“很少见到面色这么好的人。”第二句:“这种脸色根本不用化妆。”当我来到爸爸身边的瞬间,这个世界不存在了。在我四十八年的生命中,脑海中从未出现过此种情景。爸爸是不死的。1939年爸爸参加八路军,宝光寺一起到部队的还有另外五人。那五人在孟良崮战役中全部战死,只有爸爸一个人坚强地活着。1970年爸爸视察六盘山阵地时汽车翻进山沟,不过把眼睛戳伤。大难不死。印象中爸爸从未生过病。自95年在美国犯过一回心脏病外,也一直风平浪静。我有时甚至感到爸爸白发人可能还会走在我们这些黑发人后面。不料晴天霹雳,爸爸竟真的走了。恍如梦境。我用双手捂住面孔。泪水顺着指缝朝外流。  预感  我是聪慧之人。凡事多有预感。70年代在部队当战士,我就把小妹的一切几乎准确无误地说出来。在武汉大学遇见她时,我已明白,这桩天定的婚姻是躲不掉的了。记得是74年的一个深夜,我被爱情折磨着,一个人在宿舍的平台上徘徊。忽然我预感到小妹就在附近,就在那簇黑黝黝的树丛里,于是我就走了过去。里面果然有个人,但模糊一团。我连半点也没有犹豫就把那个人拉过来。咦,果然是小妹!我被自己精确不差分毫的预感弄得害怕起来。在漫漫生涯中,无论对政治、对军事、对爱情、对人,我都有预感,多不爽。然而爸爸去世,这本是我最应该能预感的了,却无。我是怎么啦?我与爸爸一脉相连。爸爸的血流在我身上。他有一点风吹草动,我都应知道。这一日竟懵懂得要命。爸爸是12月13日下午4时10分去世的,而那时我正对着李司令侃侃而谈。纵使万里,我也应当有所感应呵。我应当心绞痛,或坐卧不宁,或肌肉抽搐。没有,就是没有。我平静如死。我甚至比死了还可耻。丁悦时赴南宁,我对他讲了我的感受,他说:“我觉得你有预感。你忘了中午的事了?”13日中午,我与丁悦时、许东生在中国大饭店日本餐厅吃饭。一个很熟稔的小姐在我未到时为他们点了大量菜肴,多而贵。我到后,大怒,斥责小姐,退了许多菜。丁悦时说:“我从未见过你这么失态过。”这能算预感吗?我以为否。亚苏后来说马欣在前一晚辗转不能入睡;亚伟说潺潺也睡不好;亚军说瀛瀛梦到了爷爷,均是事后语,做不得数的。细细思量,倒是爸爸可能有预感。我在医院急救室见爸爸第一眼时就发现他的胡子刮得十分干净。妈妈后来告我:爸爸在中午睡觉起来后刮了胡子,而他从无中午刮胡子的习惯。我的心战栗了。我打开爸爸的电动剃须刀,发现里面的胡碴子被清扫得干干净净。必是爸爸所为。为什么?我泣问苍天。我又想起一件事:爸爸离开北京赴广西的前一个星期,妈妈打电话给我:“爸爸说他想胖胖了,你若有空把胖胖带过来玩玩。”我答应了,可因为忙,竟未实现。我悔到了极致。第二天,小妹带胖胖来南宁奔丧,我把胖胖带到爸爸遗体前,说:“爸爸,你说你想胖胖,现在胖胖看你来了,可你再也见不到他了。 作者: 汉江听风 2006-6-25 02:50   回复此发言 ——————————————————————————– 2 刘亚洲:追忆父亲刘建德将军 ”  “天塌了”  12月13日,爸爸妈妈在李献忠的陪同下乘汽车从柳州赴南宁,下榻空七军南鹰宾馆,受到李金榜副政委、刘展志主任的热情接待。中午宴请,南宁最好的东西都上了桌。爸爸高兴,还喝了一点酒。中午,爸爸午睡,妈妈没睡,打麻将。下午三点多钟,爸爸起床,踱过来看妈妈方城大战。妈妈手气差,连输,对爸爸说:“我不成啦,你来替我摸几把。”爸爸就坐在麻将桌前。爸爸一上来就不同凡响,要什么有什么,连和几把,将其它人打得唏哩哗啦。陪打的人说:“老爷子你手气真好。”爸爸高兴得容光焕发。就在这当儿,突然爸爸哼了两声,眼睛一闭向后倒去,李献忠手快,赶忙扶住他说:“怎么啦?怎么啦?”爸爸无回答。慌忙打电话召医生。妈妈也从隔壁闻讯赶来,把硝酸甘油往爸爸嘴里塞,可爸爸牙关已咬紧了。使劲撬开,将药送下,仍无反映。医生赶到,立即抢救,剪开爸爸的衣服做人工呼吸。一切能使用的手段都使用了,爸爸终于没能醒来。妈妈悲怆地哭了一句:“天塌了呀。”被人搀扶到隔壁。而那个疼我爱我的爸爸永远离我而去了。事后探讨,爸爸去世由三个因素造成:①南宁地区虽不高,但气压低,并不适于老年人冬季前往。②爸爸一路心情甚好,至南宁更好,打麻将更是达到一个小高潮。有心脏病的人情绪波动如此,出事率极大。但爸爸走得毫无痛苦。几秒钟内就一切结束了,所以他面容如生,毫无半点痛楚神色。有人讲:“你爸爸是积了八辈子德才能如此呢。”也只有这一点尚能抚慰我破碎的心灵于万一。将来如果我也是爸爸这个死法,我必祈祷。③爸爸累了。长途旅行,鞍马劳顿,爸爸已近八十,如何能象我们那样疯狂?我相信他的心脏必有不适反应,但他不说。爸爸一生不愿意麻烦别人,什么话都深埋心底。他是忍辱负重惯了。第一次犯心脏病是在美国,在亚伟家里。爸爸心绞痛已许久,但强忍不言。亚伟刚到美国不久,家境吃紧。爸爸怕他为自己花钱。就这样捱到深夜,爸爸感到实在撑不下去了,才对妈妈说:“对不起,可能我要先走了。”妈妈一听这话就哭了,这才惊动亚伟,立即报警,救护车呼啸而来。经抢救,爸爸才转无恙。  12月14日16时  亚苏在武汉出差,于下午4时左右赶到。我们为爸爸稍事整容,缀上红领章。李献忠在南宁为爸爸买了一块三万块钱的手表,还未来得及戴爸爸就走了。现在我和亚苏商定为爸爸戴上这块表。爸爸一生只喜爱三样东西:手表、收音机、剃须刀。这很象李先念。李先念去世后,唯一高级的东西就是那个永远摆着床头的收音机。以前我常常买这几样东西送爸爸,近些年我忽略了。我还不如李献忠。献忠能帮爸爸洗脚,我做儿子还没这么干过。我柜子里有数块好表,均是港台朋友送的,我扔在那儿一直没动,可为什么竟想不起送一块给爸爸?我痛悔至极。我拿起爸爸冰凉的手,把表戴在他手腕上,眼泪哗哗地掉。爸爸一生简朴。他的品德比我高尚得太多。他是高山,我只是一粒尘土。爸爸妈妈有泡澡的习惯。但他们为着节约,从来是两人共享一盆水。妈妈先泡,不打肥皂,尔后爸爸再泡。这事是爸爸去世后妈妈才告我的。我愧得恨不得钻进地下。我在京广健身,因为凉水池的水不能流动,一天即脏,我投诉了一次,现在健康中心每天都为我换一次清水。我未拒绝。与爸爸相比,我算什么东西?  14日18时  我一直坐在爸爸身边,凝视着爸爸花白的头颅。在记忆中我从未与爸爸挨得这么近,也从未这么远。我对爸爸的印象最深的就是他的头发。打我记事起就看着他的白发,一直看了四十八年。亚军说他小时候常去抚摸爸爸光亮的脑门。我没有抚摸过。我直到今天才去抚摸爸爸的头。我替爸爸整理好稀疏的白发。爸爸三岁时,得了重病,满头生癞疮。他的头发就是那个时候被毁灭的。他只剩下一口气。家穷,爷爷、奶奶根本请不起医生。奶奶说:“这孩子不行了。”把爸爸扔到堆放柴禾的小屋里,听其死去。夜深了,北风肆虐。奶奶在炕上翻来覆去睡不着。孩子毕竟是自己身上掉下的肉,如何割舍得下?奶奶哭了,突然从炕上跳下来,疯一般地跑进柴屋,抱起爸爸,说:“孩子,妈舍不得你呀。”爸爸的生命力也真顽强。在奶奶温暖的怀抱里,他渐渐醒了过来,后来竟奇迹般地痊愈了,只有在头上仍留着那场大病的痕迹。 … Continue reading

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How to deal with mom 斗妈大全

Dealing with Mom Tactics Collection, by two Beijing 4th grade girls. more pictures here. Introduction: This is a book made especially for 6-12 year old children who are yelled at by their parents every day. A long time ago, when … Continue reading

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The Consultant Nation

FOR decades before Mitt Romney arrived at Harvard Business School in the fall of 1972, the traditional path for Harvard M.B.A.’s had been a straight one: join a major company right out of school and climb the ranks. .. .. … Continue reading

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China’s Spies Are Catching Up

IN 1995, a middle-aged Chinese man walked into a C.I.A. station in Southeast Asia and offered up a trove of secret Chinese documents. Among them was a file containing the top-secret design of the American W-88 nuclear warhead that sits … Continue reading

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Life Without Earplugs

Finding a place to living in New York isn’t easy. A young couple is hunting for a place to live in the Big Apple. He’s from Boston and she from Berlin. “I am German and used to a lot more … Continue reading

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My new toy

Surprisingly I got my Canon Rebel T2i camera this afternoon via UPS. Dec 7, 9:37pm – I placed the order from Sears. The estimated arrival is Dec 14-16 .. not too happy. Dec 8 – waking up seeing an email, … Continue reading

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Travelogue – Return to Beijing

Some notes after the 2003 trip in 2004. . Beijing is my hometown. When I left it for Hong Kong in 1979 as a teenager, it’s very much a dirt-poor communist capital. One thousand yuan was a pure astronomical figure … Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

A gripping new account of the deadly drama that shaped relations between China and the West 100 years ago, and still has echoes today. The arrogance, ignorance, and ‘yellow peril’ fears that marked Western attitudes during the Boxer Rebellion still … Continue reading

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