Monday, March 30, 2015
2007 was my first year here, Steve was driving 4 hours to Kansas City. He was trying to pass some other cars, and I said to his car, "Fei Ma (Flying Horse), faster, faster." So, it got a name - Fei Ma.
For the last two years, Fei Ma had a problem sometimes - it wouldn't start. Steve said it is became Lao Ma (Old Horse), and thinking to trade it. However, Steve always delays things.
Lao Ma died peacefully last Sunday night in the garage at home. The cause - anti freeze in the oil and no compression in the cylinders.
Steve decided to donate Lao Ma to PBS. It will likely become a parts donor, extending the lives of many other cars.
So, today I passed the key to the tow truck driver, and said to Lao Ma; "Goodbye!"
I felt sad when I saw it was gone.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
第一次我帶 Steve 到檳城某俱樂部的餐廳用餐，帳單RM30左右，他用RM50付，服務員找回錢，他拿完所有的錢，然後抽出RM10放在桌上當小費，我看到年輕的服務員對另一位中年的服務員張開'哇'的口。
我來到美國，才知道上餐館都要給小費，一般15%，若你滿意服務員，就多給。有些帳單上還印有算好15%，18%，20%的小費錢額，以方便客人。我們兩人用餐大多不超過$25，有時少過$20，Steve 多數都是給$5或$6，約20%以上的小費，若遇到很好的服務員，如 refill 免費的麵包(圖片)，再送多兩次的麵包。他給的小費更多，如$8，就是30%以上了。餐費是可以加小費一起用信用卡付款。是的，有些餐館有送免費的麵包，吃不完，打包，我們很喜歡這類餐館。
開始時，我說為何給這麼多小費？他說以前他每次看他父親都給小費很多(good tip)。我看他對父親的讚言，一定是父親的慷慨影響了他。我也漸漸欣賞 Steve 的慷慨了。
我們去旅遊住旅館，每天 Steve 都放$2給清理房間小費。雖然不是很多錢，但我想他是要那清理員拿到時至少心情會好一點。
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I signed up for a 6 class pottery session.
First, we made pottery by hand, then put them in the 'Greenware' area to dry. They need to dry for at least a week, then they go for firing.
After fired, they are ready to glaze.
The teacher advised me not to put on too much paint, or it would cover the lines of the design.
Then they go for firing again.
The third class, we used the wheel.
Let them dry for a week.
I made one bowl each for 2 classes.
After they dried, then trim and shape the bottom of the bowl, and let them dry again for a week before firing.
We learn to carve a stamp in the last class.
This little plate, made by hand, was glazed with two colors. There are different types of glazes if the potteries are for food.
It ready for firing, but it was the end of the session, so I need to wait until the next session to see the plate and bowls again.
So far, the two vases are done.
It's supposed to be green, but looks like it a little blue was mixed in.
I painted too thin; it didn't have enough green glaze.
I made the hanging vase on the left, inspired by this heart shaped vase I bought several years ago. I drew the outline and center heart line on paper. The teacher wanted us to search a design to do in the second class, so I took the paper to the class.
When I showed the design to the teacher, and described the center hole, she said I didn't have the skill to do it yet.
I came up with this design instead. That's fine.
Every pottery piece will have the artist's signature.
I am not an artist, yet. Haha.. I think the signature does not have value, yet.