Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The old adage: “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” As we each expound the various subjective virtues of one tea over another .. It is exactly that; an individual subjective preference (or rejection) of said tea.
My two favorites are now in the land of Unobtainium (less stock on hand)…. So ..2 Days, about 10 hrs of tea tasting with a goal of finding a Pu-Erh tea. Near the end of day two (Sunday).. Mrs. Yang quietly made a pot and served it up, nothing said just filling the cups and moving on. it was love at first sip. I could not contain my excitement and declared an unsurpassed tea was being presented to us (8 folks in total) Needless to say we extended our say for a few more rounds.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Changes in the tea business .. Retail sales slump .. shop closures etc .. and the rise in prices with high end products being offed … a strange mix to ponder. Lee Hong a friend of 7+ years with her “boyfriend” He studied Tea in university and now works in the retail / teaching store in DongguanSaturday about noon and I am the only customer. This store is downsized by 75% from my last visit and has some of the highest price teas (Pu-erh Only) I’ve see. also a collection of very expensive Tea Pots.Some high price pots, prices are a function of being attributed to a master craftsman. (if you trust the printed cards) These two are 25,000 RMB eachThis one is “only” 13,500 RMBThis Pu-Erh cake not only comes in a very ornate box with lock, It has a zippered jacket, all for: 6,800RMB
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Re-Embanking on a previously abandoned dig of my youth … The Large Samoan construction mafia occupy my side-yard .. Archeology, the precursor to an anticipated construction project.Having dug for the day, they live to dig another day .. hopefully they will manage to lay as well as dig.
Now my Thanksgiving holiday plans are “set” .. off to the lumber yard. Time to erect a Folly
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
From my friend Rick in Thailand:
“Here in Chiang Mai there was some flooding around the town but I didn't have any trouble right at my house... (good thing) But it made travel to work adventurous a couple of days and one day I left early from work just to be sure I could get home. I live on the west side of a river that runs North and South through town and where I work is on the east side of the river. A couple of the major ways across the river were flooded and not passable for a couple of days but I was able to take alternate ways which unfortunately everyone else had to do the same so traffic, which is always pretty congested due to Thailand's poor infrastructure was even worse for those days. But all that happened a little over a few weeks ago and since then there hasn't been much rain in our part of the country. But around Bangkok and a few other Providences it's a different story as this has been some of the worst in recent history. “
“I just received these pics this morning. They are from the High Tech Industrial Park just north of BKK where I used to travel to Pemstar. These buildings shown are Hana Microelectronics, the CM my company uses today..... I'm at the Chiang Mai facility but they have a couple in and near the BKK area.”
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A full restoration is well underway on the 106 year old Sewing machine case work. As a centenarian, time and usage have left their mark. Disassembly to component parts, some judicial cleaning and repairs, should see us good for another hundred years.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Scientists are nibbling at our foundations, can we achieve speed in excess of: 299,792,458 m/s. I would say that its relatively easy, what is not, is to travel faster than an ever evolving list of “Things To Do”
Andrew stopped by for a few hours on Saturday. In town for a wedding (not his) then back to Texas on Monday .. major score for me .. Pair of Oakley Livestrong Jawbones .
Let’s see if the upcoming long weekend can make a dent in that list of projects. If you resonate to these terms you know the plan ahead: Threshold, Jamb, Head Jamb, Stop, Hanging and Casing.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Clue #1: Least said soonest mended.
Clue #2: It’s the Singer not the song.
Clue #3: A Greek Tragedy, Euripides Eumendides
Friday Sept. 23rd. Update:……..
All is now revealed … What is behind Door #3 …..
An 1899 Model 27 K / 28 K, cordless, wireless, HPTSM
Human Powered Treadle Sewing Machine. Manufactured by: Singer Manufacturing Company, between 1899 and 1913.The ultimate in “Going Green” and getting Off the Grid.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Red Birch, “heartwood” of the Yellow Birch tree. A visually pleasing hard wood, a little tricky to work, but with sharp tools and patience you can win the day. (patience is not my long suit) Surface finishing is the tedious part, but that’s a few days away.
A new load of lumber, filled with promise: You just cannot have enough clamps. (hint for Christmas booty) Many hands make light work, thx Sean. My favorite part of the project .. letting the glue dry .. Oh and look, its 5 past Tea-Time