If you miss a train, you don't need to take a $700 cab ride!
Henry and I had a chatty conversation in the car about how his mom just got back from Italy, and wanted them to eat dinner at the new Yung Kee - hey, we both had mutual dinners tonight! Talked about kitchens, girlfriends, rice, Ada being not able to make it out, tidying stuff up, crème brulée, egg whites, meringue, video filming for a coffeehouse, recipes, Chevron, PetroCan, the gas price going up to 119.0 today, Esso being bad for your engine, SUVs soon being a thing of the past, octane (he uses 87 since 91 is so expensive), and how he should get a Japanese car next time! When I got to church, I dumped last week's dues on Auntie Vivian's stuff, and gave the containers back to Golden / Andrew for this week's dues money. (I thought of the perfect change jar for K, too!) There was a schedule change today which left the secretaries with little time to do awards - we'll revise it! The guys tried playing cards, but were kept busy - phew! (Awana Choir - yay!) Amos and I watched the Cubbies play games downstairs - Eric W. didn't do anything! Rachel seemed like she was hyperventilating, and Benjamin / Thomas / Eddy / Amanda seemed to have fun with Zoe's ball. Auntie Kam laughed a lot, especially when Amanda called Eddy "it" - the kids were supposed to pass the ball to each other, but say their name first. (they did warm-ups before playing games - very nice way to get physical exercise in!)
After that, Henry dropped me off at Sun Sui Wah - but not before we saw police tape on Victoria, near Nancy's Wonton House. Must be a murder or a gangland shooting! Haha, I'm not surprised. Got there two minutes before Jon did with his violin - the manager and hostess were having trouble finding the reservation, but they found it in good time with the phone number. Jon actually managed to order tea, which shows his Chinese has improved in the past couple of years! Said hi to Auntie Kwai and Aaron when they showed up, and then spent most of the meal talking to my sibs. Our cousin Wilson is now a bus driver in Toronto, which makes Jon hope it's not for the Toronto Transit Commission! Talked about our cousin Anna and her husband Mike, too. Auntie Kwai says Brigitte (their daughter) will be ten in October - WHAT?! Kids grow up so fast, so her brother Ethan will be older too! We made mental notes to NOT discuss the last time we saw Aaron, since that was his wedding - or maybe Wails' wedding. Saw this MONSTER king crab - wow! Steph found she couldn't get wireless to access the hockey score, but it didn't matter if she knew about it then or in an hour or so. Had shark's fin soup, veggies, free range chicken, a cake roll that Auntie Kwai had brought along (we laughed!), scallops with tofu, rice, and other things - of course we didn't have noodles since that's not a dinner item. *rolleyes*
Asked Steph whether she'd returned the wedding MC library book: nope, so I renewed it when I got home. She asked in turn whether I'd thought about dinner options tomorrow - no, but I had an idea a while later of going to Paesano's. That was definitely cool with her as a change from White Spot or Milestones - we went there back in October 2005, and we had an excellent dinner courtesy of a three-course special for $15 or so: calamari pesto, New York steak with mushrooms, tomato rice soup, roasted leg of lamb, house salad, white chocolate ice cream with a butterscotch centre / whipped cream / raspberry coulis, tiramisu with ladyfingers, and good coffee! Discussed jury duty and hardship (conflict of interest / $20 a day increasing to $50 a day increasing to $100 a day), Jon's haircut, Raymond's age (33), the irony of International Womens Day when Grandma was going on and on about the ugfart, Mr. Tee overworking himself by shovelling snow (alpha male!), Harmony disliking facial hair, dim sum lunch at Gala restaurant (Steph treating Grandma), Jon's teaching, a new "$36 for 10-course meal" place which was featured on the front page of the VANCOUVER SUN, Regina training, and insane expense accounts.
If you miss a train, you don't need to take a $700 cab ride ($600 fare / $100 tip) from Kingston to Toronto when you can wait a couple hours for VIA Rail! Also talked about the time change, Gilbert's wedding, Melia's wedding and her parents wanting to move to a condo, Derek's health, babysitting drunk people, Olivia contributing to Bible Study, the 30-Hour Famine, Vivian's new boxer Churro, what I did in Chilliwack / making myself useful / tidying up the garbage and recycling even though it wasn't my house, the past, transit, gross rice (I might email that picture to everyone!), and age. Steph mentioned that Hien and Mary were being quiet, which led to a discussion on people KNOWING the answer but not saying much, and Stanley saying something inappropriate about a sticker saying "I'm turning a kid's AK-47 into a school!" (he wanted to turn it around) Then she noticed that we were being Chinese by letting the last bit of everything just stay on its respective plate since we were HAK-HAI around our elders... she put the quail out of its misery, and I did the same with the lamb and tofu / scallops!
Auntie Kwai wanted to know when Jon planned on getting married - 2009 is the earliest, for sure! Steph looked up dates like 9/11 (a Wednesday) on her cellphone calendar - no need to "save the date" there! I almost wanted her to look up June 2009 dates, but didn't ask. Took pictures with Grandma, who seemed very happy about it! The extent of my conversation with Aaron was various "thank-yous" and table-taps for tea and forks and such. While the parents were discussing their May cruise / Zion outing, Steph told me and Jon that Mom had been on the phone with Auntie Wing Yee (Harmony's mom) discussing cruises in general. When Mom mentioned going to Brazil with them, Dad just didn't like the idea! He would DIE there because of the heat! He said something about how he'd have to wear a bikini there, so the three of us exchanged a horrified look. This grew worse when Dad added in something about how he or Mom could just go topless - and on that very dubious note, we left! o_O