Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Boat

Hi,

It felt like summer today.  The day got warmer a little earlier, and stayed that way a lot later.  This is unusual weather for this time of the year.  It’s usually much cooler.  Me, I’m not complaining one bit.

I’m surprised that only a couple of you remembered the ‘Easy Monday’ song.  Think, lush harmonies and sharp suits.
“What makes you think love will end, when you know that my whole life depends on you (on you)? __ __ __, __ __ __.  You say you fear I’ll change my mind and I won’t require you.  __ __ __, __ __ __.”  Clue:  Something is not going to happen.

Mr. Lag has a new trick this time around:  Make him sleepy way before bedtime.  I’m not falling for it, though my head nods from time to time (555).  The days have been very productive, even with the waning symptoms.  

This morning we went to Art Bridge so Lisa could submit a ‘small painting’ for the next exhibition.  We also got to see the annual ‘Artist Exhibition’ with the late King as the focus.  There was a wide range of experience and skill represented.  Some of the artists have been painting the King since they were small children.  Others have studied photo realism, and some of those pieces were stunning.  Lisa’s work in the exhibition was sold before it was hung.  

We made our first stop at Makro since our return to Thailand.  Now we’ve been to all of our regular stores.  In the course of our travels around town, we’re seeing changes and progress on structures that seemed to have stalled.  The little ‘motel’ down the road is open for business and has banners along the road.  Work has restarted on the lot next to us.  I guess they were waiting for the dirt to settle a bit and the rain to finish.  The parade of dump trucks was constant today.  There is a big metal fence around the corner where Doi Chaang Coffee and the car wash once lived.  It continues to be a sad sight.  

The Wanderer was the lunch location today.  We met our friends Sandy and Ady for a major ‘catch up’ session.  We talked about so many things, it was like a blur.  

This evening I had yet another new experience.  Going to a new doctor at his evening clinic.  I have an infection of some kind in my eye-lid and it wasn’t getting better.  Our friend, Nurse Pay told us about this doctor so we went to see him.  His clinic is near the location of the small flower show, which is still open.  We were tempted to check it out, but the flowers look so much better in the daylight.  You will get a photo update when we do visit.

Tomorrow morning we head down to Chiang Mai.  We’ll pack up ‘Timeless Harmony II’ and bring it home.  When we took the exhibit to Chiang Mai, we did it in two trips.  It will be interesting to see just how many art pieces we can fit in the little van.  We’ll have some relaxing time before we leave on Thursday.  
 
Today’s photo was taken by Lisa in our front yard.  This is one from the current bloom of orchids.


Have a Happy Tuesday.

                  Peace,
                            Danny

“We may have all come on different ships,
but we’re in the same boat now.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Afraid

Hi,

It’s good to be back in weather that agrees with me.  The nights and mornings are cool, and the days are warm, but not hot.  No rain in sight.  Interestingly, it rained most of the time we were gone.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.  The ‘Easy Monday’ song came out in 1967 and should be one you know.  “You ask me if there’ll come a time when I grow tired of you.  __ __ __, __ __ __.  You wonder if this heart of mine will lose it’s desire for you.  __ __ __, __ __ __.”  Hint:  A beautiful declaration of love from a very large vocal group.

I was so frazzled and desperate to stay on schedule that I didn’t tell you about our homecoming.  Gong met us at the airport, and when we got inside the van, there was his sister Gope holding Neetchanon.  She immediately reached for Lisa to hold her.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  

Our little friend stowed away in our bags again.  Mr. Lag never seems to get spotted by Customs.  This trip seems to have given him new inspiration to reek havoc. There’s also a mental thing going on that makes you feel like, well, stupid.  I keep forgetting things, drifting off in distant thought, etc.  The sleep pattern is off, but that is to be expected.  Ain’t travel fun?

Saturday morning we went to The Wanderer for coffee and a little 'Forest First-Aid’.  What a nice reminder of why we live here.  Natcha informed us that it was ‘Children’s Day’ and a vague memory of this came back.  All over the Kingdom there were special events, programs, and outings paying tribute to the children.  At our house, Natcha’s sister Fone came over with her two kids, Shampoo and Gop, and brought Neetchanon a little traditional Chinese outfit.  We all sat on the patio and watched her practice walking, clapping and waving.  


Today we got crazy/brave and went out twice.  Big C in the morning and Central Plaza Mall in the afternoon.  We actually got things accomplished.  The mall looked like it was a Saturday morning with super sales or something. 

It always takes a few days to get used to the volume of motorcycles here, as compared to the L.A. area.  It adds to the need for heightened awareness.  It gets easier after Mr. You-Know-Who goes to sleep.

Have a Great Week.      The Australian Open (Tennis) began today.  We’re happy.
 
                Peace,
                          Danny

“We can easily forgive a child
who is afraid of the dark; the real 
tragedy of life is when men are 
afraid of the light.”
~Plato

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Funnies


Hi,

I have to make this quick.  Mr. Lag has me in his grips and it is difficult to force my eyes to stay open.  What you’re getting here is the bare bones of ‘adventure’ (555).

The ‘Zany Day’ song was The Coasters singing “Idol With The Golden Head”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvB4Ul58pQ  For ‘Old School Friday’, here’s something that maybe more people know.   “I know you wanna leave me, but I refuse to let you go.  If I have to beg, plead for  your sympathy, I don’t mind ‘cause you mean that much to me.  __ __ __ __ __, sweet darlin’….”  Hint:  I’m tempted to give you easy clues for this song by a motortown quintet.

Today’s photo is an orchid garden at the airport in Bangkok.  They were also working on a ‘wall garden’ in the arrivals section.


In this year of change we also noticed things gone or different when we returned.  It’s safe to say that everything is still changing in the world.  My job is to get over it.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.   And now, the ‘Funnies’.

              Peace,
                        Danny            


Life

Hi,

Well, the best laid plans, blah, blah, blah.  Our long flight from L.A. to Taipei didn’t begin for a long time.  The airport was jammed up with planes and we had to wait.  By the time we got to Taipei, there was no time to go to the lounge and write my daily message.  Now we’re in Bangkok with a little breathing room, so I’m writing this brief message.

The ‘Zany Day’ song had a couple of correct ‘bites’.  Here’s more of the story:  “The __ eye’s began to wink and blink (great big __ __ __ __ __), he said, ‘Hold on, give me time to think (great big __ __ __ __ __).  The lightning flashed and the __ did speak (great big __ __ __ __ __).  He said, 'you big foot May, she’s down at Catfish Creek, rockin’ ’n’ a-rolling…..”  Hint:  Very superstitious; could this be magic?

The first thing we wanted to do after the 18+ hours in the air was get a massage.  Our long-time friendly massage spot was gone.  We were told there was another one in the basement we searched and found it.  An hour later we were better.

At the check-in counter for Bangkok Airways, we saw our friend Pete, who was also returning to Chiang Rai after he and his family got visas for a trip to Switzerland in the spring.  

Today’s photo was taken at a new place for us in the Marina called Wahoo’s.  This skateboard art of Jimi Hendrix knocked me out.


So it’s about 12:30am in America, on Friday.  There will be a special edition coming later, with the ‘Funnies’ and the weekend song.

Have a Thrilling Thursday on Friday.

                Peace,
                          Danny

“Life is what happens while
you’re busy making plans.”
~John Lennon


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Task

Hi,

This is it.  This is the day we return to Thailand.  Actually, it’s tonight, but it’s still today (555).  A lot has happened over the last three weeks.  Now we must return to our home.  If you’re in the U.S., I bid you farewell.  If you’re in Thailand, see you soon.  If you’re in another part of the world, why not come and visit (555). 

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles.  This week’s ‘Zany Day’ song is a ‘golden oldie’.
“Bought myself an __ __ __ __ __ (great big __ __ __ __ __).  Put it on a shelf right above my bed (great big __ __ __ __ __).  Got down on my knees and began to pray, I said, __, tell me where’s my big foot May (great big __ __ __ __ __).”  Hint:  Mystical things are about to happen.  There’s a hint in my intro.  Title is 5 words.

Yesterday turned out to be another five event day.  Our final outing was dinner with ‘The Boys’ at Mitsuwa for Japanese food.  

This visit has provided us with new adventures, old friends, and a bit of culture shock for good measure.  Imagine my surprise when we drove to the location of a gas station we always used, only to find that it’s gone.  So many things are different this time.  I’m still getting used to pumping my own gas when we’re here.  Returning every six months or so, we can see the constant rise in the number of homeless people on the streets.  Sometimes, when things are seen every day, the changes aren’t as obvious.  Traffic is different, there are trains crossing streets, and it seems like it’s always rush-hour.  We love L.A.

We talked to Natcha this evening and she told us it’s been raining every day in Chiang Rai.  What?  Everybody’s fine, but it’s been raining every day (555).  Daku and Neetchanon are doing good and tonight, through the wonders of the digital age, we got to watch her take her first steps.  This is new territory and it’s exciting.  It’s been a while since I’m posted a ‘baby pic’, so here’s the most recent photo of Neetchanon.


Now you see one of the reasons we can’t wait to get back home.  I’m not so happy about returning to rain, but it will be a good excuse to just stay inside and relax.  This is not a vacation when we come to the States.  It’s like a working trip.  It takes a lot of energy and commitment to maintain relationships, even in close proximity.  Long distance stuff takes effort.  If we missed seeing you this trip, we’ll be back this summer.  Raise your hand if you want to hang out (555)?

As usual, I’ll be sending you a little something from Taipei.  I don’t know what time it will be (too lazy to figure it out), but it should be your Thursday in the U.S.  Cousin Eunice, in Oakland, asked how many miles we travel each way.  I finally got the numbers: 8,805 air miles from Los Angeles to Chiang Rai, Thailand.  

Feels like a Wacky Wednesday.

                Peace,
                          Danny

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have
built against it.”
~Rumi

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Individual

Hi,

The big rain came and went.  The area where we are seemed to come through it without problems.  More is predicted, but I hope we’ll be on our way back to Thailand.

A lot of you know the ‘Easy Monday’ song.  If you’re in doubt, it’s from across the pond by those Liverpool lads.
“__ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __.  We take a walk, the sun in shining down, burns my feet as they touch the ground.  __ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __.”  Clue:  A phrase one might say after a big storm has passed.

Monday morning we drove out to Playa Vista and I got a chance to see what the fuss in all about.  Oh my, it’s a little city.  It was almost like a movie set, so neat and tidy.  Maybe on our next visit we’ll actually get out of the car and walk around.  The drive through was enough for now.

During this visit we’ve had several meals at Emerald Thai on Venice Bl. in the Culver City area.  Our last time there was unique in that we had back-to-back visits with friends.  Nid, the owner, found this to be very amusing when he realized what was happening.  We had lunch with Kathie, and coffee with Alan while Nid fed our parking meter.  

After our Emerald marathon we met Cousin Wendy at Dinah’s for coffee, tea and lots of family talk.  It was a special visit as we remembered Jean. 

In the late afternoon, we braved the post-office and mailed several boxes, one of them going to Thailand.  The clerk was a little surprised when he realized that we were sending it to ourselves.  Our latest practice is to send clothes we won’t need when we arrive back in Thailand, and use the suitcase space for vitamins.  

Today’s photo was sent to us by Cat.  It’s from the flower show in Chiang Rai.  You know, the one we never get to see because we’re here in the U.S.  The statues of two Hill Tribe women look at their new crop, while in the background we see giant opium poppies.  Not sure what the message was.  


Have a Happy Tuesday.

           Peace,
                     Danny

“Remember always, that you 
not only have the right to be an
individual, you have an obligation
to be one.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, January 9, 2017

Appreciation

Hi,

By the time you read this, Southern California will either be on the brink of washing away, bright and sunny, or somewhere in between.  Between Max Doppler, and Super Duper Doppler 10 Thousand (555), the major storm has probably passed by and wet things up.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops.  ‘Easy Monday’ should be just that, with this oldie but goodie:  “__ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __ __.  I need to laugh, and when the sun is out, I’ve got something I can laugh about.  I feel good in a special way.  I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.  __ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __.”  Hint:  I can see clearly now.  Big warm thing.  Works best when it's not raining.

Our Friday was a full day, which included a breakfast, a lunch, and a meeting.  Saturday was equally busy.  It was what I call a ‘travel day’.  I went to a meeting in Culver City, we had lunch in Pasadena, a visit in Alhambra, and a dinner in Mar Vista.  Another meeting in Culver City completed the day.  Whew.  Sunday was easy, a meeting in the morning and a dinner in the evening.  Going back to Chiang Rai will be like going on vacation.

In Thailand news, there has been flooding in provinces south of Bangkok.  The Navy is distributing ‘water-propelling’ boats to help displace some of the water.  I’m not sure what kind of boat they’re talking about, but they unloaded 50 of them from a ship, then loaded them onto trucks for delivery to the various villages.  In Chiang Rai there is no rain in sight and the temps are in the high 70s to 80s.  That will do just fine.

You’ve probably guessed that the anticipation is starting to build.  Two more ‘sleepings’ as August used to call them, and we’ll be headed home.  

Traveling to Pasadena over the weekend, this photo of downtown LA was taken by Lisa, in between bounces on the freeway.  


Have a Great Week.

                 Peace,
                           Danny

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing:
It makes what is excellent in others
belong to us as well.”
~Voltaire