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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mr. Miyagi Cursed Me

I wonder how many cats were served on this platter.

Blogs are coming at a slower pace these days. And they're about to get slower. It's true that Suz and I are both working longer days, and we're spending more of our spare time doing fun stuff - like shopping for neat-o Chinese antiques like this painted wooden platter which was stolen from Mr. Miyagi's family 6 generations ago. But the main reason blogs are on a decline is that my doctor has ordered me off the keyboard due to severe carpal tunnel.

As I await my surgical consult, I am still finding a few happy things in life. On the weekend Suz and I traversed miles of heat-stroked asphalt to pay Kuda Furniture another visit.

Although it was still nifty, our first time was far more impressive. There were more antiques available, and when we couldn't find exactly what we wanted, they gave us a tour of their freshly filled warehouse where we found our Chinese Buddha cabinet.

Wow.... stuff I can't read!On this particular visit, with a 25%-off invitation clutched in my sweaty hand, we excitedly toured the newer, smaller, better-located, less warty store. We were nearly out the door when one piece caught our collective eye.

The antique platter had a really great scene painted on it, although a key area in the centre was damaged. On the reverse side was a surprising message, painted 120 years ago. What is says is unknown to me.

Could anyone tell me what the reverse of our platter says? Before you fill my comments with things like "That's Chinese for 'Wal-mart, fake Chinese antique'" jokes, think how you might break this news to me in a more gentle way.

Although there are unscrupulous business people everywhere, I have no reason to believe this isn't real. But I suppose it's possible that it says "Thanks for your money you English-reading sucker." or maybe, "This platter has been stolen from Qwan-Lo's Fish & Chips." But I think "the curse of Mr. Miyagi will befall anyone caught with this beloved family heirloom soaked in the blood of a thousand kittens" is as logical as any.

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Blogger Arlene said...

I love asian stuff. It's how my room is decorated :-) You've got amazing pieces there!!

10:57:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

It says "Chinese Platter" :)

1:56:00 AM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Sorry you won't be able to blog as much but glad you got something cool (Chinese Wal Mart - you kill me!)

9:08:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Thanks Arlene.

SJ - I should have expected as much from you.

9:27:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

Thanks SJ, I thought it said "I went to Beijing and all I got was this lousy tray!:.

That's dedication my friend.....you've blogged so much you've gone and given yourself crappy tunnel syndrome!!

12:53:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

p.s. Arlene - I'd love to leave comments on your new blog, but Wordpress doesn't allow me to leave comments. Never has, never will. I don't know why.

Pete - crappy tunnel syndrome affects your anus, doesn't it?

7:06:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

yes, martini, bummer about about your carpet tunnels. did they first appear in the 70s? shag? orange?

har har

seriously, that is a bummer as i, like many, enjoy your writings...

and i was feeling bad about my broken tooth from biting a frozen babe ruth candy bar... now i need an implant. your carpet tunnel is far worse. thanks for brightening my day and if you need a special vacuum, i'll see if i can find something good in the good ol' USA.

2:10:00 AM

Blogger Katie said...

Take care of yourself. Carpal Tunnel is nothing to mess around with.

11:33:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Thanks everybody. I will do my best to update, because I love writing and keeping my very distant relatives in the loop. Plus you guys are neat.

8:28:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Just a suggestion - most word processors come with voice recognition software they are not great but can save typing - but if I were you I would just take a blog break.

1:57:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

You had better watch the wrist, there are other things more important than typing that can be effected by it. ;)

8:54:00 AM


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