April 10, 2005
Brought my shirts to this laundry on Saturday. Instead of taking them, as he had for many years, Mr. Cheung smiled, shook my hand, and told me he was retiring. I'm glad he gets to retire, but am sorry to see him leave. Over time, there will be fewer and fewer of these " Chinese laundries " ( his tickets said that: Cheung's Chinese Laundry ) since the kids never want to go into this business, and even new immigrants want to do something else, anything else. It was a hot, boring, grueling grind , but it was honest work too, and it fed a whole lot of immigrant families. Mr. Cheung, you're a good man, and I wish you well.