Sunday, November 13, 2011

Moishe Plotnik's Chinese Laundry - True Story and Vancouver downtown 111101

Ask What You Need to Know

If a person lacks money to support himself, he should be willing to do work that would normally be considered beneath his dignity. This is preferable to acting as if he has plenty of money, when actually he is in want of bread.

Similarly, when it comes to Torah and wisdom. A person should admit that he does not know, and be willing to ask others. Don't be embarrassed. Don't pretend you know what you do not really know. It will only cause you to remain ignorant.

Today, think of a question you would like to have answered, but have refrained from asking out of fear of embarrassment. Muster your courage and ask someone the question!

Love Yehuda

On the night of the 1st on our quick trip, we stayed in Downtown Vancouver--classy and fun

Speaking of classy downtown's here is a San Francisco story--there are a lot of Chinese in Vancouver as well

Moishe Plotnik's Laundry 
(a true story)

Walking through San Francisco's Chinatown, a tourist  from the Midwest was enjoying the artistry of all the  Chinese restaurants, shops, signs and banners......

 When he turned a corner and saw a building with the sign 'Moishe Plotnik's Laundry.'
'Moishe Plotnik?' he wondered. "How does
 that belong in Chinatown ?"

He walked into the shop and saw a fairly standard looking dry cleaner, although he could see that the proprietors were clearly aware of the uniqueness of the store name as there were baseball hats, T-shirts and coffee mugs emblazoned with the logo "Moishe Plotnik's Chinese Laundry."The tourist selected a coffee cup as a conversation piece to take back to his office Behind the counter was a smiling old Chinese gentleman who thanked him for his purchase. 

The tourist asked, "Can you explain how this place got a name like 'Moishe Plotnik's Laundry?'

 The old man answered, "Ah..Everybody ask me that. It name of owner."

Looking around, the tourist asked, "Is he here now?"

 "It's me, Me him!" replied the old man.

"Really? You're Chinese. How did you ever get a Jewish name like Moishe Plotnik?"
"Is simple," said the old man. "Many, many year
 ago I come to this country. I standing in line at 'Documentation Center of Immigration.' 
 in front of me was Jewish man from Poland."

"Lady at counter look at him and say to him, "What your name?"

He say to her, "Moishe Plotnik.."

Then she look at me and say, What's Your Name?

I say.............Sam Ting!

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