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[明報5月26日] 前日大鬧跑馬地天主教墳場的失常老婦「地球主人」,昨日再闖墳場,發現前日張貼的大字報被白紙遮掩後激動拍打辦事處大門發泄,警方到場後又要「諗計」勸她送院,一名醒目警長靈機一觸說︰「我知你係地球主人,但我係宇宙保衛者,我會幫你,信我啦! 」成功將老婦勸服送院檢驗。

讓我想起這節經文:
「不要照愚昧人的愚妄話回答他,恐怕你與他一樣。要照愚昧人的愚妄話回答他,免得他自以為有智慧。」(箴廿六4-5)

「不要照愚昧人的愚妄話回答他,恐怕你與他一樣。」就如不要跟廿蚊張辯證二十元時薪不能餬口,不要跟黃永說林彬被燒死的歷史,到最後只會把自己都弄蠢了。

「要照愚昧人的愚妄話回答他,免得他自以為有智慧。」要是跟地球主人說自己是警察,搞不好她以為警察是她的僕人,來聽她指令的。跟她說「宇宙保衛者」,聽起來好強啊!也虧那警長想得出來。(雖然我腦海裡浮現的,是IQ博士裡頭的宇宙大王…)

「要照愚昧人的愚妄話回答他」,因為愚昧人只聽得懂蠢話。跟他說聰明話,要不他呆呆的看著你,一點也聽不懂;要不他自以為懂了,其實還是一點都不懂,那就是自以為有智慧,也就死得人多!

Must have got a bad flu – lost my voice since early Sunday morning (or late Saturday night?) and still haven’t recovered. Well, recovered a bit, not my voice, but sore throat is mostly gone and don’t feel dizzy anymore. I should be glad that I didn’t lose my voice during my long teaching day on Saturday. Thank God!

But I do have to teach today. How?

A marker and a whiteboard.

One good thing for teaching violin is I get to use a big room in the studio, which also means I can use the whiteboard. So the first thing I did today after arriving at the studio was grab two markers and wrote on the whiteboard:

“I’ve lost my voice. I’ll write instead."

The first student was brought in by her mom. Her mom saw it immediately and told her daughter to behave herself. The mom also told me that the 10-year-old girl was really too busy with school work this week and so she didn’t practise as much. Throughout the 45 minutes, I basically done all my “talking" with the marker and the whiteboard. The girl didn’t give me any trouble. I usually had to yell a couple times in her lesson.

The second student … got a fever and so was absent. Really appreciate the 30-minute break. The third one never gave me any trouble – he’s a 15-year-old (14? 15? 16?) boy not going for any exam but playing the piano as… just playing. The easiest 30 minutes of the day.

Then came a 10-11-year-old girl who never practice much. She, too, was coughing and was even coughing worse than me. She could be quite  a headache to any teacher who takes teaching seriously. And I am this kind of teacher. She’s not without talent but she’s pretty lazy. I need to kick her at least trice to make her play one scale normally. Today? I just wrote “A major, slurred bow" on the whiteboard. And there was A major, slurred bow. Not without mistake but she played it almost immediately and corrected her mistakes very quickly!

The Primary 1 young boy is a very nice boy. Never gave me headache except his little fingers being a bit too soft and wriggly or completely flat like sausages on the piano. His lesson ran fast like usual. I always have fun in teaching him.

The last one is always a headache. In fact, he wasn’t my student but my colleague’s. He got transferred to me partly because his mom and my colleague couldn’t get along (they’re like Martian VS Human, simply can’t communicate), and partly because my colleague thought this boy was really too much a headache for him. So, when the mom asked if her son could get another teacher, my colleague enthusiastically passed him over. The boy isn’t too naughty. He’s just like a normal 7 to 8-year-old boy: he likes exploring the room; he likes poking around with his bow; he likes talking about the silly things happened in school… so on and so forth. If his mom doesn’t mind her son spending half the lesson on doing non-violin stuff, that’s fine. But his mom does mind it… a lot. So, it’s the teacher’s job to discipline this young boy. But then, this young boy gets really negative if you get tough on him. He’d simply retreat to the corner of the room and refuse to come out. My colleague would get really aggravated but for me, it’s time for my “a spoon of sugar, a spoon of poo" practice (alright, this is purely Cantonese 一啖砂糖一啖屎). This didn’t happen today. Since I couldn’t talk, I used the whiteboard and body language in his lesson. He couldn’t play the G# on D string right? I drew diagrams on the white board explaining the difference between G and G#, and the relationship between G# and A. He played something wrong? I raise up my hand to stop him. If I did this on any normal day, he’d just ignore me. He wanted to talk back? I coughed… very hard. (Hmm… I wasn’t pretending but the timing was just right LOL.) After playing for 40 minutes and there were only 5 minutes left, he said,

“I am very tired!"

This actually happens quite often. Usually, he wouldn’t pick up the violin again before I win the fight of staring. (Right, he stares at me, I stare at him. Whoever relents first is the loser. He’s ALWAYS the loser, of course.) Today? With my really really broken voice, I said,

‘I’m sick; I’ve been teaching for hours; and I haven’t said “I’m tired" yet. So, you are tired?’

His response? He immediately picked up his violin and played that Gavotte by Lully one more time. LOL

This only works on the days when I’m sick.

And this only works if the teacher has a good relationship with the students.

Maybe I should intentionally lose my voice every now and then LOL

The second commandment: Love your neighbors as yourself.

May 17, 2010 (Monday)

Around 1:30am

I heard people talking in the corridor. Not really that loud but loud enough that I could pick up some words like “Oh, no!", “It’s not any better over here", “Luckily it’s fresh water"…

“Fresh water"! So I opened the door. The hallway was completely flooded with water, fresh water. It was first discovered by the daughter of the family that lives on the other end of the hallway who has just back home.  Her whole family woke up and soon guards came up with buckets, mops and dust pans. It’s not an easy task to sweep away the water as there’s no outlet in the hallway. They could sweep the water into the trash room and the staircases but these are all blocked by doorsills.

Where does the water come from? The house right on my left! An old lady lives there alone while her son lives in anther block in the same housing estate. Guards banged  on her door to wake her up. She got up from her bed and saw her slippers were floating on water like little boats. Totally scared, she opened the door and didn’t quite know what to do. She called her son but no one answered the call. She kept calling … but in vain. No, not in vain. Her son didn’t pick up the phone but just came over within like 10 minutes. Turned out that a plastic hose in the kitchen broke. Somehow there’s no outlet in the kitchen, water ran through the house, then the hallway, then the other family on the other end. The doorsill of my flat is high enough that no water came into my place, though.

That’s why I heard the noise.

So my mom and I took a bucket, a mop, a sweeper and a dust pan from our house to join them in the “water fight". Well, a fight against water. It took the other family more than half an hour to clear the water from their house and most of the water in the hallway. Then they went back to sleep. Tomorrow is Monday. Guards kept on clearing the rest of the hallway (especially the part closer to our ends) and also the water in the old lady’s house. The flood in the lady’s house was at least 3 inches deep. But since she lives alone, there aren’t much furnitures in the place. There’s a digital piano but that’s way better than my Pleyel 131. Digital piano got all the parts up on the keyboard, not the legs. One DVD player was half immersed in water. The refrigerator got high legs and thus should be safe.

It took us nearly two hours to clear the water. Completely exhausted. The old lady kept blaming herself and felt she owed us. We told her to count God’s blessings. It’s a bad situation in the best scenario: 1)It’s Sunday late night. Otherwise, everyone is either home already or won’t be home until 4am. No one would have discovered this early enough; 2)It’s fresh water; 3)Her place has tile floor, not wooden floor (or it’d be totaled).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31

沈默的大多數,以為沈默是表態的一種方式,卻沒看清這只是讓別人 – 甚至不只是在上位者 – 強姦其意見的機會!
若說今次的投票(或稱公投)太兒戲,或說今次的補選根本不應存在,事實是:
最不應兒戲的特首選舉,十分兒戲;最應該存在的普選,並不存在!

I used to use Safari on Mac. Occasionally I’d use Firefox but since it isn’t any faster than Safari and its latest version doesn’t work with HKToolbar, Firefox is mostly idle on my Mac.

I used read news on Mingpao.com. I’d been a subscriber for years – probably among the first subscribers as Mingpao launched its online service. However, Mingpao is getting more and more  disappointing in both its contents and its reporting approach. I finally did not renew my subscription this year.

Then Chrome came along. After beta1, 2, 3… I eventually got beta 4 which was pretty neat. Now using beta 5, I have to say it’s way better than Safari. (Though individual experience does vary. I’ve got friends who find Safari running smoother on their Macs.)

How about reading news online then? There’s this extension called “Feedly" that I find extremely handy and beautiful as well:

And I find myself spending hours on reading various kinds of news… Sometimes I wonder why I’m reading that many news but I’m having fun in it.

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