Jiujiu: Dad, visit LA …

 

Dear:
The text and image chat history between “Laolv” and “[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker]” is as follows.

————— 2016-12-24 —————

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 2:15 PM
舅舅 祝你们[Sticker]快乐[Sticker]㊗️福.

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 2:17 PM
我们明年三月底来洛杉矶 不知道您还在?妹妹在UCLA 四月10号开始上班

————— 2016-12-25 —————

Laolv 10:53 AM
我在3月18–25去旅游,去旧金山你可以把你爸的电话地址给我,我有时间会去看看他的。

————— 2017-1-3 —————

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 2:34 PM
新年快乐 舅. 差点忘记:老爸脾气不好 说不要把他的☎️号码给别人. 对不起. 尊重他的意思. 玩的开心. 谢谢您的好意.

————— 2017-1-4 —————

Laolv 4:30 PM
如果是这样不同人情就无話可说,你可以去问他就说我去旧金山旅游要去看他,我要地址,电话,如果他觉得不要也好,我就没有这个亲戚,以后也不要再告诉他的消息。

Laolv 7:23 PM
你去告诉他,我是他老婆的哥哥,我去看他是给他面子,如果是不懂道理,就无话可说,你去问他吧,

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 10:32 PM
[Chuckle] 老舅消气:老爸不食人间烟火. 有一次俺找警察叔叔 去敲门 – 因为他不接电话一个多月,不知道什么事 [Awkward]

————— 2017-1-5 —————

Laolv 2:19 AM
我不生气反正有时间你可以去对他说,并把他的地址给我,我们从79年以来将没有见过面,以后更是来日不多了,很难说还能见上几次,如果不是旅游路过我也不会专程去的,你不能用你的观点代表他做决定,请你把我的意思告诉他,由他决定吧!我接触的两个张家人看来都有点精神不正常。

————— 2017-1-29 —————

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 6:46 PM
给您和家人拜个年 [Shake][Sticker]

————— 2017-1-31 —————

Laolv 1:34 AM
谢谢你了!我也给你们全家人拜年!请你代我问候你爸好,并请将他的地址给我,这也很困难吗?!

————— 2017-2-26 —————

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 11:45 AM
舅, 您有刘喜曾和刘重光的联系方式吗? 微信,电话 或者电子邮箱? 谢谢

Laolv 2:46 PM
重光是一个只让识钱,六亲不让对人,早拿着他爷爷在遗产跑到美国来了,他连姑姑都不让,你中他做什么。

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 2:51 PM
听说他爸爸有些旧照片,不知道他有没有, 或者喜曾有?

Laolv 7:31 PM
这和你有什么关系,少管点刘家的事吧。

Laolv 7:40 PM
我请你联系你爸的情况如何?我在3月25日到旧金山,还是有时间的,当然不去也没有什么关系,不让就不让不过是过河拆桥吧了,他的诺言还欠我东西呢,说话不算数什么东西你去问他去吧。

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 9:16 PM
您要拿什么东西 我可以问他. 目前他还是没有同意和您见面.

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 9:17 PM
我妈妈的死 对他是个极大的打击… 其实对我也一样

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 9:17 PM
他变得越来越古怪

Laolv 11:45 PM
他欠我什么你你去问他去吧,那是他走之前对我的诚诺,怎么忘了不承让啦!?你说古怪我看不是,你们3月去中国多风光啊!在北京见了所有的吕亲戚,怎么在美国就是不见我,我亲自去都不见,好大的架子!我看是怕我没有看到他的风光的劲头,而看到他那穷酸倒霉像吧?你妈死对你打击很大我承认,对他不要怪你老舅说狗屁,你小姨早就说他,在你妈死了不到10年他就结婚,结果地震人财两空,你可以去问你小姨,最后一句话吕家人都见了就是不见我,别忘了你们张家四口是怎么出来的,你受苦是因为你妈死,那也是他做的,我去中关村看你你不会没有印象吧。

————— 2017-2-27 —————

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 8:41 PM
我不觉得我爸爸有什么光鲜还是穷酸的顾虑,他连自己的哥哥都不想见. 这二天打电话没有找到他. 您说起帮助我们出来,我也一直奇怪那时你们为什么那么热情帮助.

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 8:42 PM
我们送小妹 三月15-22 在洛杉矶.

[Sticker] Irene 凝 [Sticker] 10:02 PM
我问过我爸爸,他说他不记得欠您什么.

Laolv 11:23 PM
贵人多忘事吧!由他去说吧,他不见亲哥哥那他哥哥有对不起他的地方,我没有什么地方对不起他,就叫他自己去想吧!

My 55 birthday

小凝:你好!我的信箱是lvyr33@163.com ,另一个是lv.youren@aliyun.com 前一个163信箱使用的
比较多后一个使用的比较少,两个你都可以使用的,新的一年到了,我首先祝贺你的生日快乐!
再祝贺你们全家新年快乐!全家幸福!
光阴过得真是太快了,不觉之间你都是55岁人了,我们怎么能不老呢?!送你50岁的礼品太晚了,真
抱歉了,当你60岁大寿时如果我还能等到时一定按时送你一份大礼,(笑谈笑谈)到时再说!
老舅12/29-15

water delivering 电话 phone in Beijing

writing
water

  • every day or every other day, 从水厂买水,
  • by a single wheel push cart, wooden barrel on either side; 一挑, 一 担
  • containers were 瓦罐, 1.2/1.3 m deep that could hide: 沙家浜  胡司令told his chief of staff 参谋长: 遇皇军 Jap Imperial Army 她(阿庆嫂)叫我水缸里面把身藏 @ 1:55
    • 日本人前脚走 胡后脚就来;阿庆嫂生活在 三种势力之中
    • 四派:1 敌人 日本; 2 汪精卫 (南京政府); 3 顽固派; 4 国民党
  • 北京:山东人送水;  河北人澡堂子; 承德张家口人 窑煤
  • the deliver carried two buckets into the house and rest it on the rim and poured the water into the crock. Each bucket weighted about 25 斤 (?)
  • 水窝子
  • 自来水
  • 井 浅 水 就涩 (苦,矿物质多) 井 深水 就甜
  • 机井:压水井  压水机
  • 糖房胡同 有自来水,西式马桶 。。 但是曾祖 还是 打了井
    • 花园用水
    • 万一自来水 遇 火灾没水
  • Not every siheyuan had piped in water. So there were retailers in hutong 胡同水站. The Water Works install a meter and collect money accordingly. The retailer sold water to nearby families
  • Xiao Da, Er Gu Po’s old house had the kitchen to the right hand from the entrance, southeast corner
  • Zhou family: sons 2-4 房 qixin cement, BJ Water to 9 房, 九老太爷 his 2nd son Minghe 周二爷 was the manager of the Water Works. When Jap came, they took it over, Minghe became the assistant manager, Minghe (介然)was Youren’s 干爸爸, Weizeng’s dad
  • 传呼电话: once liberated in 1949, fee for telephone increased tremendously, “Lily left, Lucy soon left too. No one to call, so we all cancelled our service, use the public 传呼电话 instead.”
    • before 1949, 西城是 2 局, 东城 5局, 4 个号码;
    • after 1976, 6 局 became 66, then 603 .. more digits for the phone number
  • xx

Sichuan fandian and liquor

sichuan fandian in kibbitzer

There was no licensing issue to sell liquor since the government owned everything, with unified price. I remembered to buy liquor with Nainai. We had to have our own bottle because the majority was sold loose instead in a bottle. Every store sold Erguotou but Wuliangye had to be in a selected few. Maotai that was contained in the specially kiln bottle wasn’t available in stores, had to be procured through special connection. Nainai would ask by the price instead of the brand. We lived in Xidan so were always had access to Wuliangye.

Started from 5分钱, 7分, to 15分= 一毛五

 

Lucy’s jewelry

When Lucy left from Guangzhou for Macau, the customer won’t let her leave with the jewelry. So Lucy left it with mom’s friend Dong Qingxun 董庆珣. Dong’s husband liked to gamble and showed it to others to prove that he indeed had money to pay his debt. When Dong became ill she asked mom to take it away because she couldn’t guarantee it from her two sons and lurking husband. “Her husband was decent, he only bragged and maybe shown but he never took a piece.

Mom reported it to her danwei organization 向组织汇报, they let her going to Guangzhou as a conference to retrieve it.

Jiujiu thinks that I took it for about two years ..

Zoology eventually paid them back 3,000+. “Lucy divided it into three portions, me, Xiaoyi and Yeye. And used the remaining portion to repair the grave.”

A few years later, Xiaoyi persuaded Lucy to ask for more from Zoology. Zoology paid the second time, over 2,000.

Lucy told her son Jimmy, these jewelry were worth far more than two Qianbaihu siheyuan.

I felt shitty after learning this from Jiujiu. Why did Lucy exclude me? For Pete’s sake, my mom died for it.

Xisi, 小旃檀寺 Xiao zhantan si;

2015.04.14, Jiujiu said: 小旃檀寺’s house has a long long story. It’s a dead end street, (now called 西四北大街 149 or 194 号 Xisi Bei Dajie) Will tell me when see me. This siheyuan was grand, (purchased it after they sold the one by Forbidden City .. even bigger ..) It had huge 枣树 梨树 .. Ergu Nainai would let the dates dry .. cousins would go there and eat ..

This house has few families who live in the built-out from the veranda 长廊. They refuse to move unless being paid big.

Ergu Nainai died in Anhui. No cremation because the countryside had no crematorium. She was buried. When Ergu Yeye died, Wu Yi insisted to bring him to Anhui, next to her mom. But when Wu Yi died, no one brought her to Anhui.

This Xisi house was divided by the children … Grace’s mom got the southern wing. Chongwen who had since died initially said he didn’t want any but his children went to Beijing and put their names on the deed (?). All the wings are empty or but when 西城区交通警察支队 occupied it during the Cultural Revolution, they used it as their headquarter, then as 宿舍 dome room for their employees. Wu Yi opened the rooms that belonged to Chong Bin and Chong Wu and rented them out, collecting rent for herself.

北京旃檀寺 2013-07-1从北海后门往西一站路南,有一个警备森严的大门,门牌是旃檀寺甲一号。里面就是国防部三总部大楼。那是北京五十年代中期梁思成设计的建筑风格,绿琉璃瓦伞型宫殿顶。那一批建筑有,友谊宾馆,三里河国家经委,一机部,北兵马司老交通部,安定门外老对外经济联络部,和景山后街总参宿舍。现在这批建筑还都在继续使用。最近在网上看1955年老电影《祖国的花朵》,在北海划船的镜头里面已经有了国防部大楼的琉璃顶。

旃檀寺原名弘仁寺,康熙五年(1666)在明朝清馥殿旧基改建。“寺前树二坊,东曰广恩敷化,西曰普度能仁。入寺数武,白石方池,上跨三梁,绿荷出水,朱鱼吹藻。其西作龙首,自墙外汲太液水贯注之。池北天王殿,殿东西分峙两楼以悬钟鼓。再进为慈仁宝殿,左曰弼教,右曰翊化。又进为大雄宝殿,左曰觉德,右曰普慧。”供养旃檀佛像于寺之正殿,寺于是以此像为名。旃檀佛像据说雕刻于元,相传为旃檀香木,其色近于沉碧,明万历中“慈圣太后始傅以金”。在北京的佛像中,名气很大,记载颇多。光绪二十六年庚子拳乱,寺毁于八国联军,旃檀佛像亦不知去向。清末,寺址成为禁卫军营地,民国后又作为模范团驻地。

北京人知道旃檀寺的已经不多了,但老人还有知道的,因为这里曾是香火很盛的一座寺庙,不亚于广济寺。1955年,彭德怀决定在此建国防部,其实就是总政,总参,总后三总部各建一座楼。因旃檀寺面积不够大,又拆了教场胡同一大部分,原旃檀寺大街改为爱民街。去年我到北海玩,看见小西天后面有不断的人流,就跟了过去。原来国防部有个门直通北海,门口是军人站岗。国防部的人可以随意免费进北海,但北海游人不能进里面。

唐僧西天取经回来封旃檀公德佛,故旃檀寺内供有唐僧师徒四人的塑像,并塑有取经路上所经历八十一难的塑像群。孙悟空封为斗战胜佛,猪八戒封净坛使者。猪八戒不满意师傅师兄成佛,他只是个使者。如来佛说,你食肠大,但有供上坛来的瓜果斋饭,皆由你净坛享用。八戒也曾封过天蓬元帅,细细排起来,和彭德怀元帅也是平级哩。彭元帅拆了旃檀寺,毁了八戒悟净的享殿庙宇,坏了天蓬元帅的金身塑像,断了净坛使者的香火供品。那呆子最好吃喝,依他的脾气,定不会善罢甘休。彭总未能善终,不知道是不是和拆旃檀寺有关,我瞎猜。

Jiujiu came looking for me at Jennie house

The afternoons we usually spent at the playgrounds which were the spaces between the apartment buildings. The maids would watch us play while gossiping. We seldom used the high bars and parallel bars that scattered around but to jump rope [that was made of rubber band rope 跳皮筋], marbles, animal elbow bones and cat cradle.

One afternoon, I was playing in the yard and Jiujiu and his brother-in-law came. Upon spotting me, he happily called out,

“Xiao Ning, you’re here!”

I looked up and frozen. I was not totally surprised. I spent my first seven years with them and missed them terribly ever since, especially Nainai. He dismount from his bicycle, and continued,

”We’re looking for you for so long. Naiani, Yeye and Popo all miss you very much.” He walked over.

“Did you see the Eighth Granduncle? We sent him looking for you in Tianjin too.” He asked.

Yes I did see him, Popo’s kid brother. When he came knocking, the Second Auntie hid me in the closet and received him coldly. When he was about to leave, she did not forget to borrow money from him.

I was about to run to him but the warnings flashed through my head.

Under NO circumstance would I have any contact with them.

Dad and Auntie Jennie had repeatedly warned me. Instead, I turned away from him and ran up to the apartment. Auntie Jennis was home practicing. She went down and chased them away. I hid in the balcony watched the encounter.

“If you want to see her, write to her father in Kunming.” Auntie Jennie told them firmly. I was not privy to my mom’s will, and could not imagine what was on her mind when she wrote that will that forbid me to her family, the only family I knew and had.

This incident had bothered Jiujiu over the decades who would bring up the same question again and again,

“Why did you run away from me?”

I never give him an answer because it always brought broke me down just to think about it. Also I was ashamed of my cowardness. It pained me to tell him that I wanted to please Auntie Jennie, in exchange for a better treatment [苟且偷生 dragging out an ignoble existence.]

My decision was simple: I knew my Jiujiu would not have take me away. So I chose to kiss up, to show Auntie Jennie how obedient and honest kid I was, not a liar.

I was not praised for my heroic deed. Instead, she complained with her brow furrowed,

“You always create trouble. Never stops.”

The unexpected visit from Jiujiu and my [大义凛然] inspiring awe by upholding the pact failed to win any sympathy. Instead Auntie Jennie packed me up and shipped me back to Tianjin.

 

Lucy house

on kibitzer  It was demolished in 1997. JimmyWu

  • 婆婆搬到前百户胡同 1963 (是现在的建设银行的后边 长椿街
  • 拆迁公司权利大;一个拆迁经理建议舅舅 3个有利条件:
    • 舅舅不是代理人
    • 外国人的财产
    • 独门独院 (不能分化: i.e. if it was owned by three people, the demolishing company could sway one owner, paid him off and demolish his part of the house. So the siheyuan would be incomplete to stand on its own.)
  • 子美做代理 = 中国对外国人
  • 1997 骆家辉来中国访问,子美舅舅通行,来处理 百户胡同的房子
  • 张健民 (?北京市政府对外?)晚宴,子美给张信,答应处理
  • 市政府 -> 西城区 -> 拆迁
  • 前百户的面积:房屋 140 平方米,院子 ?现在换的 房屋多了 20 平方米,院子 60 平方米
  • 北京市政府房屋管理科长 康玮(?) 炜(?) (女)不学无术,拍马屁 .. 说他们在法制日报登广告,30天没有回音 不来就要被政府接管. 她慌称 说 法制日报有英文版和海外版. Jiujiu felt vindicated. He said the they played hard ball before, the manager and Kang Wei but after Jiu pointed out that the newspaper had no oversea edition .. they deflected
  • 舅舅看了很多四合院,从后海 30万元看起,东交民巷… 最后选中 华池子
  • 14 个月丁字户:1997 七月三号开始拆,1998 九月 28号 搬家
  • 子美 买了西四的四合院,是拆迁公司给他用 拆迁的名义,开了介绍信 才能买
  • 拆迁公司 压力大,因为他们搞不定,北京市政府会找其它的公司来办理。当时是50年大庆 1949-1999,(舅舅 1998.09.28 才搬家)
  • 以前是尊重使用权,
  • 子美 1997 在北京 见到政府部门的负责人,他们说“土地是国家的,现在国家需要,就应该听从国家的 ….” 舅舅告诉子美 不要听信他们
  • 舅舅自 1957 替姑婆看房子;一直有交产税 each quarter was a few yuan. (back then, 带鱼 ¥0.48 一斤; )  改革开放以后房产税. 土地需要开发了 政府才没有征收税
  • 有房产权但是没有使用权利
  • 漫天要价,就地还价
  • 子美舅舅的四合院 目前有 500-600万人民币
  • 中国那时对外国人的资产还是很重视
  • 地基下沉,门不正 关不了门
  • 1998,西四的四合院 ¥3m, 400 sqm (yard + house) the exchanged siheyuan is 480 sqm

东富西贵北贫南贱

东富西贵北贫南贱 in Beijing, 东 = 王府井 (东城, 现代化;洋人); 西 = 西单,西城; 贵=official, 富=$$ :

  • Wealth in the East: many rich merchants chose to live in the area to Chaoyangmen (朝阳门, the Gate Facing the Sun) and Dongzhimen (东直门, East Straight Gate).
  • Nobility in the West: the nobles and officials lived in Shichahai (什刹海) and Western District
  • Destitute 贫困 in the North: improvise clustered near Xizhimen (西直门, Western Straight Gate), Deshengmen (德胜门, Gate of Virtuous Triumph) and Andingmen (安定门, Gate of Stability), north of Tiananmen to the city limit.
  • Cheap 贱 in the South: referred to south of Qianmen, out side of the old city wall for the low-downs.

bro

bathhouse according to Jiujiu

解放前 … 吆喝 Crying?  announcing ?:来一位堂客 (大池子里) 或者池客 (二人一个房间,二个澡盆)
理发
蹑脚 Foot chase? = 修脚下的脚垫 指甲。修脚灯,小刀 和镊子 Tweezers
搓澡 Cuozao 粗布, 拧干, 适当的力量搓, 从后背,胳膊,胸,腿。不干净搓下的泥是黑的,稍微干净点的搓下的泥是灰的,

八个民主党派排序的由来

八个民主党派排序的由来 cpc 我国八个民主党派习惯的排列顺序是: (Jiujiu: 民联)

  1. 中国国民党革命委员会(简称民革)、
  2. 中国民主同盟(简称民盟)、
  3. 中国民主建国会(简称民建)、
  4. 中国民主促进会(简称民进)、
  5. 中国农工民主党(简称农工党)、
  6. 中国致公党(简称致公党)、
  7. 九三学社、xx
  8. 台湾民主自治同盟(简称台盟)。

民主建国会/民建 – where Yeye worked; Donald’s grandpa referred him.  Lily’s house was empty (title was under Lily not her husband) 四姑 房 爷爷 做 …  民建 used it for a while. Then since the owner was not around, they let 房管局 代 管理.

三姑婆’s best friend was Wang Youjia (王右家) 是 Luo LongJi  罗隆基‘s girl friend (Lucy wrote about them (台湾传记文学杂志 139-140) 美南 是他的 干女儿 1958 But Milan had left for Macau

章诒和 : (为章伯钧二女) 往事并不如烟.pdf, pdf here

 

储文平 达成 右派 就死了,没有平反 崇文门外 铁绿绿扒 住 爸爸 妈妈

姓 饶, 哥哥是 国民党军官 带 妈妈 跑沈阳

Mom was in baseball team, a match in the night, rest, … Went to shopping, the lost, coach asking why did you lose? Car accident … Mom join  army in 1950 16 years old 官镣地主.. 胡启立妹妹胡启恒 (曾任中国科学院副院长) 介绍 妈妈 – 阶级敌人,反动 no place to have meeting, use Xidan 果小 … 11 am 实验中学 – 师大女附中 邮电医院

西屋 有 老牛妈 住那里

Hu Qili 胡启立

 

妈 管镣地主

舅高级 职员

姨 职员

Jiujiu 粮票

  • Popo’s mom RuiDian had same mother as 7th son
  • Jiujiu is close with Weizeng (from 9th son) is because when Madam Zhou was dying, she asked Weizeng’s dad 周明和 to treat Popo and her brother like his own.  明和 would become Jiujiu’s godfather.
  • Li Xian was in trouble in 1957 became 打成右派.  She was a model singer, 李㭠路线, 音乐学院 学院派+ 民歌. 李㭠 got in trouble because she posted a Big Letter Post with a signature of 宗 外人 = meaning not 民主人士 nor 共产党. Her husband Duan Pingtai didn’t treat her well after 1957.  He lives at the same building with Jiumu Wu Qingshu’s 2nd sister. So they know his news.

Rations – Coupon 粮票

  • food: hard labor 38 jin 斤; me most likely 26 jin;
  • oil: .05 斤  monthly (one coupon)
  • meat: .05 斤  monthly (one coupon)
  • sugar: .05 斤  monthly (one coupon)
  • fabric: 15-18 chi 尺 annually
  • eggs: no coupon, like 1 斤 per family (often no supply)
  • during Chinese new year, an additional 2 两 sesame paste, 3 两 peanut and 5 两 sunflor seeds or watermellon seeds
  • bike and sewing machine: each work unit would get one or two and if more than the demand, drew from the hat
  • new mom: additional brown sugar 2-3 斤, eggs 3斤, you could purchase in small quantity – hence the stamps on the certificate