A fortune was lost after this wheel stop operation at an old Iron Works factory. A quintessential tool for providing energy, keeping factories of yesteryear productive and prosperous. This particular wheel dates as far back to the mid 1700's and now hasn't moved in well over a century.
You have seen me feature both these vehicles in the past, but what you haven't seen is a snapshot in time. A Buddy of mine who comes exploring with me has the knack of taking candid photographs of those who are taking the photographs.
I kind of like this one as my Buddy says: "We seldom see what we are doing and that's where I come in taking candid photographs. Then I can share them with my friends." Pretty cool idea!
Our family had a long discussion around the Supper Table on how to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese. We concluded with: "No, it said this way..." & "I always heard as..." and so on. Like any language, there are many different ways to say the same thing. There are Mandarin & Cantonese versions with variations on how to say it properly.
Below are a few popular and correct ways of saying "Happy Chinese New Year":
1. 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè)
"New Year Happiness!"
~ In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/
~ In Cantonese: /sen-nin feye-lor/
2.新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo)
"New Year Goodness!" ("Good day.")
~ In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen haoww/
~ In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/
3.过年好 / 過年好 (Guònián hǎo)
"Pass the New Year Well!"
~ In Mandarin: /gwor-nyen haoww/
~ In Cantonese: /gwor-nin haow/
4. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)
"Happiness and Prosperity!"
~ In Mandarin: /gong-sshee faa-tseye/
~ In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/
5.步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng)
"Step-by-Step High Promotion"
A steady rise to high places! ~ "On the Up and Up"
~ In Mandarin: /boo-boo gaoww-shnng /
~ In Cantonese: /boh-boh goh-sshin /
I hope that this will solve the debate your family and friends may have on ways to say "Happy Chinese new Year" during this wonderful time!
My fortune today was: "When you speak honestly and openly, other truly listen to you." I was certainly doing this today! The image is of a beautiful Money Sack straight out of China Town, NYC!
When the sun sets low in the outer reaches of the city, what has been sitting lifeless all day will now begin to emerge from underneath the ruins. The ruins that man created which makes ideal abodes for those who dwell. Snakes, Rats and Spiders crawl and slither into the night with eyes wide open. For this is now their time to do whatever it is they do to survive and carry on for future days.
The hunt begins and wars will break out between species. Casualties will be had and little is spared. But, the strong will sustain oneself to see another night and venture through uncharted territories.
When the sun rises dissipating the morning's mist that hovers over the town, what has been active all night now will crawl and slither back into their dwellings that man created to sleep it off. Dreaming of how they survived and what will become the next time the sun disappears behind the tall brick structures that fade into the dark night.
Going My Way addresses the Pakistani and Muslim immigrant narratives (or lack thereof) in the U.S. The project unfolds in multiple parts: via a transformed box truck, an entrepreneurial service and a mobile road show. Each part addresses the ambiguities of this condition: externalized conflict vs. internalized uncertainty, fabricated realities vs. constructed mythologies, East vs. West, that all vie for a renegotiation of this fractured identity.
What is that one wish, that one dream you never achieved in life and have possibly have regrets for not fulfilling today? We all have one or two... I'v been told numinous times that: "It's never Too Late!"
Find a way to change today and don't wait until then.
Your home town. The place they as members of this community call home, and from time to time, leave it for elsewhere. But, this is Home, Sweet, Home to you.
They say that every town has it's main street. Well this is yours. It was built with civic pride and remain proud of it's dignity with friendly, tolerable character.
The Fathers and Mothers in your home town are just plain, nice living folks. The kind you read about in story books. You know, main street folks who say: "Hello." and "Nice Morning." Even when it rains on Mondays.
Many civic minded familiar faces we all know in your home town think their town is something to shout about. Don't you?! Let's call on some of our young Women and Men of tomorrow.
We're having a party and you're all invited. All the food and fixing will be provided along with whatever you choose to wash it all down with. Just bring your own chair!
But here we're not trying to rescue a band of Feral Orphans. We're trying to refrain those who treat us with little respect and the others who feel they have reign to say what they please without consequence. This is the age where we treat those who treat us like shit and throw them into a cage were they have to battle their way out. If you are so bold and strong to say as you wish, you certainly have the strength to put your money where your mouth is and fight your way out of this cage.
Yes, this is wrong, but admit it... You thought of your own ways to punish the evil doers even though you'd never go through with it. It's a fun and exciting scenario, none the less. Treat those how you you want to be treated. A simple behavior that most these days don't understand or just want to.
"We don't need another Hero," just people who treat others with a little Dignity and Respect! Not much to ask...
OK I'm off my Soap Box and now we continue with a regularly scheduled post!
The Myths and Legends of the Full Moon collide with the Superstition of Friday the 13th. This happens today, though you will not become mad, nor will it not strengthen the minds of Criminals, or even induce birth if you are expecting making your child become the Devil. If it does, it would have happened regardless. Stranger things have happened!
Although, Christians do predict that an Apocalypse will occur as the planet Venus lines up with the Wolf Moon. Are you preparing?! What they believe with all the Astronomical phenomenon that's been happening the end of the World will happen this week. Again, superstition takes the upper hand for it all will happen when? You guessed it, Friday the 13th. One person actually quoted on Social Media: "Please, we need to be ready at all times, because we are practically close to the end of the World." This must be true if it was written on Social Media, for it never lies!
Some are referring to the Bible's Luke 21:25 which states: "And there shall be signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and in the Stars; and upon the Earth distress of Nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring." Hmmm, powerful and almost believable. If you do believe, I hate to brake it to you... Superstition corrupting the minds that are vulnerable again.
So, I'm going out to seek Black Cats, step on a fe cracks, brake a couple of mirrors and walk under ladders as I go about my business as usual. For today is like any other. Well let's keep our Fingers Crossed and Knock on Wood, shall we?!
As you seek without finding and all the doors that you have entered close behind you. Never fret that there aren't ways out. Another door will open and you will find yourself... And if there aren't any other doors, there are always windows. Open them and set yourself free. Then at last you might find what you are searching for.
The narrow lane is lined with structures similar to one another like cookie cutter shapes. Almost identical, yet with slight variations to give it their own idiosyncratic artistic look. One by one Souls exit their abode. Without a single window or door moving or opening they are out and about walking to the cracked pavement of the narrow lane.
Why is it that they all awaken and to come out at once? What is it that they are seeking? It is they that exit from where they rest as they approach one who has just entered into the after life. As the time is now for he to be be welcomed by those who have already been spending their time in eternal peace.
There have been times I have literally fallen through the cracks and at times large holes. Stunned in disbelief, I sit in a daze as if I never saw it coming. Yet, something was foretelling me the entire time without me realizing what the outcome would be.
It is I that has made risky choices in the past and has paid the consequence. I have learned to accept those choices and grow from them without regrets. A risk is encouraged to leap without falling, and if I do fall and plunge to my ultimate fate... I won't die wondering!