Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Funnies


The forecast should now read: Hot and Smoggy.  The bad air has finally become the talk of the town.  

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Maybelline” by Chuck Berry  As many of you figured out, this has been Chuck Berry Week, in memory of the amazing artist who inspired a whole genre of music and musicians.  ‘Old School Friday’ is also by The Master.  This one came out in 1957.  “Just let me hear some of that __ __ __ __, any old way you choose it; it’s got a back beat you can’t lose it, any old time you use it.  It’s gotta be __ __ __ __, if you want to dance with me.  I’ve got no kick against modern jazz, unless they try to play it too darn fast, and change the beauty of the melody, until it sounds just like a symphony.  That’s why I go for that __ __ __ __…..”  Hint: The title is what this man was all about.  

The last two trucks of water came today and the pool is taking shape.  The water is not ready, but it’s getting better.  The cruel irony is that just as the water will be perfect, the air will keep us inside.  Now is the time to invent a mini-scuba arrangement so we could swim in bad air and not be affected.  Hmm.

This morning we had coffee and cookies with our friend Lisa.  She came to pick-up three of Lisa’s cast acrylic prints to hang in one of the houses she is decorating.  She brought chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour.  We sat there and pigged out.  She’s sending the recipe (555).  We also got the number of a man here in Chiang Rai that does a kind of healing adjustment to the body.  He lived in Japan for 30 years and is building quite a following.  May have to give it a try.  

This evening we went to the opening of an art exhibit at 9 Art Gallery.  We saw many of our friends and it was an hour well spent.  We left a little early since standing on the highway with the bad air is not such a good idea.  Besides, I wanted to get home and write to you (555).

Today’s photo was taken by Natcha, showing us how Neetchanon looks in her new motorbike helmet.  

This is the first weekend of the new Formula One season.  The cars are different this year so you’d better tune in and check out the action from Melbourne, Australia.  Zoom.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.           Time for the ‘Funnies’.


Thursday, March 23, 2017



We officially decreed today a bad air day.  When you can see the haze, and distant objects are a different color because of it, it’s just wrong.  We closed up the house and ran various machines.  Hmm, and we were doing so well.

Congrats to those who recognized the ‘Zany Day’ song right away.  I’ll just jump to the last verse so you can see how this all turns out:  “The motor cooled down, the heat went down, and that’s when I heard that highway sound.  The Cadillac a-sittin’ like a ton of lead a hundred and ten, half a mile ahead.  Cadillac lookin’ like it’s sittin’ still and I caught __ at the top of the hill.  __, why can’t you be true?  Oh __, why can’t you be true?  You done started back doin’ the things you used to do.”  Hint:  The name in the title is the same as a brand of make-up.  

Some of you miss episodes of our life here, so I’m going to fill in an important bit of information.  Neetchanon is the daughter of Natcha and Gong, our house/yard keepers.  She is 14 months old and she has stolen our hearts.  The three of them live in the apartment at the back of our house.  

This morning, after exercising Daku, we took Laurel to the airport for her flight to Bangkok and then America.  We ran some errands and got home in time to see the water truck make it’s 10am delivery.  I’m not sure just how many trips it made, but the pool is still not full.  I was told that two more tanks tomorrow should to it.  Meanwhile, the work is basically done.  

My photo account of our island trip would not be complete without showing you some food.  Today’s photo is the sandwich that was served on our Thai Smile flight back to Chiang Rai.  There is charcoal in the bread.  I didn’t eat it, but had to show you.  (555)

We had lunch today at The Wanderer with our friends Sandy, Ady, and their daughter Dylan.  They are about to take a trip to South Africa to visit family.  Ady told us about a prescription he was given for a cough that blew his mind.  The medicine was called ‘The Brown Mixture’.  It was a liquid containing, among other things, tincture of opium.  The instructions were to take up to four ‘glugs’.  And just what is a glug?  He said he didn’t cough and he felt pretty good.  We all laughed.  Of course he did.  The liquid mixture has been banned in many parts of the world for obvious reasons.  

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Prejudices are what fools 
use for reason.”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017



Introducing today’s weather:  Hot.  The sky showed signs of burning, but it didn’t smell bad.  That doesn’t necessarily mean anything, just wishful thinking.  

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “Johnny B. Goode” by the late Chuck Berry.  It was recorded in 1958.  Time to head out on the highway for a ‘Zany Day’ song.  “__, why can’t you be true?  Oh __, why can’t you be true?  You done started doin’ the things you used to do.  As I was motorvatin’ over the hill, I saw __ in a Coupe de Ville.  A Cadillac a-rollin’ on the open road, nothin’ will outrun my V8 Ford.  The Cadillac doin’ about ninety-five.  She’d bumper to bumper, rollin’ side by side.  __, why can’t you be true?  Oh, __, why can’t you be true?…..”  Hint:  We obviously have another song with a name as the title.  It’s from 1955 and was inspired/adapted from a Western swing fiddle tune.  It’s been called one of the first R&R songs.

Today we have been in the streets almost all day.  I’ll just tell you where we went and you’ll see why this message will be brief:  Picked up Laurel at the airport and went to Wat Rong Khun for tour of grounds and galleries.  Drove to our house for brief stop, then to The Wanderer for lunch.  One hour rest, then off to Art Bridge.  Drove to Doy Din Dang to see ceramics, then the post office and home.  Cat joined us for a trip to the Night Bazaar for dinner and shopping, stopped at the Clock Tower for the light show and then home.  Whew!

Even though the tile on the pool deck is not finished, the water is coming tomorrow.  It will be cold for awhile, but if things keep going on the hot side, it will warm up soon.  I still have to get my materials for the solar heater project.  That will speed things up.

Today’s photo was taken yesterday, here at the house.  Neetchanon is wearing the little dress Lisa spotted at Big C.  

It’s gonna be a Wacky Wednesday.


“Nothing strengthens authority
so much as silence.”
~Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Chiang Rai weather in a word: Hot.  The famous ‘They’ say it’s going to get hotter and then cool off a bit.  We’ll be over 100F before the cool down.  Today the sky was not pretty.  It wasn’t a total smoke-out, but it wasn’t clean air.

Many of you knew this ‘Easy Monday’ song on the first pass.  I’m sure more will get it today.  It’s a classic.
“He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack, or sit beneath the tree by the railroad track.  Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade, strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made.  The people passing by, they would stop and say, ‘Oh, my, but that little country boy could play!”  Go go, go __ go….”  Clue:  Title is first name, middle initial, and last name of a guitar player not much different than the singer.  Hmm.

We got word today that the pool would be ready for water on Thursday.  Hmm, now we just have to find out where to get the water.  Someone helped us with a phone call the last time we needed water, but I’m not sure who.  I suppose we could go to the water department and ask about a water contractor.  I know that the ‘Dirt Lady’ also sells water.  With a little detective work we’ll get the water.  Once it’s filled, it will have to be conditioned.  Possible swimming over the weekend?  It would be right on time with the temps we’ve been promised.

This morning we passed a coffee shop with one of the best names yet:  "Captain Coffee."  I love the possibilities.  The caped coffee crusader flies in to ‘perk’ you up, blah blah blah.  I could have so much fun with that.

After two attempts to find parking at our local post office, we gave up.  We have a wonderful, remodeled post office with fast service and not much waiting, yet we can’t use it.  I guess it’s all those things because not many people are ever inside (555). 

Daku got a bath today and of course, he didn’t like it.  He doesn’t moan anymore, just gives the most pitiful looks.  It’s the time of year when he does his major shedding.  We stopped by Work@Home and had a nice visit with Katai and told her about Daku’s bath.  She shared stories about their English Golden, Jonathan.  He didn’t like the hair dryer so Thovan would put him in the back of their pick-up and drive him around town until he was dry.  They both had a lot of fun doing that.  

Today’s photos are from Koh Lanta.  The first is from the hillside restaurant at Pimilai Resort.  The second is a coastal village seen from the boat.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


“Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.”
~Lao Tzu

Monday, March 20, 2017



The weather has been mostly the same.  The days are hot and the nights cool down.  Today the sky showed evidence of burning somewhere.  There is a distinct yellow/pink cast in the air.  

The ‘Old School Friday’ song was “Venus” by Frankie Avalon.  Can you say early ‘Bubble Gum’?  ‘Easy Monday’ is here and it’s time to tickle your brain.  “Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans, way back up in the woods among the evergreens.  There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood, where lived a country boy named __ __ __, who never learned to read or write too well, but he could play a guitar just like a-ringin’ a bell…”  Hint:  The title is a name, and it’s by one of the legends of R&R.

Even though Songkran doesn’t begin for 3 weeks, the little ‘village’ has already been erected on the other side of the river.  The thatch-roofed shelters are ready to house vendors and it looks like people are camping already.  The government extended the period of mourning for The King to one year, but we have seen a gradual return to normal.  There may not be fireworks this year, but I suspect there will be the usual music concerts and carnival atmosphere.  A few weeks ago there was a concert downtown that was billed as ’Stress Free Music Festival’ and featured Smooth Jazz type acts.  We are waiting for the water (555).

While on the topic of water, today’s photos are from Pimilai Resort.  The first photo is the ‘Dock’ from the beach to the boat.  This handy invention keeps the feet dry.  It was, however, challenging to stay upright and make it to the boat, especially when the waves caused it to ripple.  The second pic is one of two speedboats used to ferry guests. 

More progress has been made on the pool.  They’re almost finished with the tile inside the pool.  The lights are in, and the plumbing is invisible.  We may be putting water in this thing next week.  

Natcha took Neetchanon to the zoo in Mae Lao, about 30 minutes from here.  Unfortunately, the day was too hot for it be fun.  Meanwhile, Gong has been busy planting seedlings of herbs around the yard.  

Wednesday Cousin Laurel of the New Hampshire Cousins will fly in for a quick visit.  We’re looking forward to showing her the sights and catching up on life things.

Have a Great Week.  


“The universe is wider than
our views of it.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Funnies


I’m back in Chiang Rai.  Don’t need to tell you that it’s hot.  Apparently it’s cooling off, but still in the 90s.  Is the pool ready yet?

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Rubberband Man” by The Spinners.  Some fans felt this group ‘sold out’ with this novelty departure.  Now it’s time for ‘Old School Friday’.  This record was released in 1959 and became a big hit.  
“Hey, __, oh, __.  __ if you will, please send a little girl for me to thrill.  A girl who wants my kisses and my arms, a girl with all the charms of you… __, Goddess of love that you are.  Surely the things I ask can’t be too great a task…”  Hint:  This one should be easy.  

Our last morning on the island was interesting.  We got up at our usual Chiang Rai/Daku time of 6am.  When we got to ‘Thai Spice’, the restaurant where breakfast is served, there were no other guests there and all of the food wasn’t out.  That’s early.  It was nice to see the grounds without any activity, and take in the morning sounds.  

We had one last stroll on the beach in order to get to the speed boat.  There was another couple leaving but we didn’t get to meet them until we reached the end of our ride.  The boat was very windy and it made conversing difficult.  The ride ended at the same spot where we got on the ferry a few nights earlier.  The four of us got in a big van that drove us to Krabi Airport.  The young couple is from London and had one last day in Bangkok before going home.  We talked about travel, places they’d been, and why we were here.  It really made the time go quickly.  Maybe we’ll hear from them in the future.

Most of our flights on this adventure were pretty painless.  All were on time or early, and the landings were great.  The flight from Krabi to Bangkok had one snag:  The three folks behind us couldn’t stop talking.  That wouldn’t be so bad if it was not so loud, with outburst of laughter and all in French.  The occasional kick in the seat didn’t help.

A day in Suvarnabhumi Airport is always the same, but different.  There is one big level where all of the domestic and international carriers have their check-in windows.  That information alone gives you an idea of it’s size.  The mass of humanity that passes through this place daily just boggles my mind.  

We arrived in Chiang Rai to the sound of a traditional orchestra.  This time, instead of children, it was senior musicians.  It was heart-warming to watch how freely people put money in their donation box.  I stood and watched them, waiting for our bags.  They all had very warm smiles and I guess my bobbing head helped seal the connection.

Gong, Gop and another nephew met us with the van.  Gong has three sisters and I think he really enjoys the company of this little crew.  It’s so good to be home.  Even the thought of climbing the stairs didn’t dull the excitement.

Today’s photos from Pimilai Resort are the beach level pool and us at dinner on the beach.  

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.         Time for the ‘Funnies’.


Thursday, March 16, 2017



This morning we woke up to a cloudy sky.  Oh no, what?  It didn’t take long for the clouds to burn off, leaving the island hot, sunny and very humid.  

A couple of you responded to the ‘Zany Day’ song right away.  This R&B tune came out in 1976 and was a hit.
“Once I went to hear them play at a club outside of town.  I was so surprised, I was hypnotized by the sound this cat put down.  When I saw this short fat guy stretch a band between his toes, hey, I laughed so hard ‘cause the man got down when he finally reached his goal… Got that rubber band up on his toes, and then he wriggled it up all around his nose.  Hey, y’all prepare yourself for the __ __…”  Clue:  Half of the title is in the lyrics.  Silly, zany stuff for sure.

When we woke up this morning the conversation was about whether to swim in the pool or the ocean.  After breakfast the sight of the concrete staircase we had to climb was depressing.  When we left our room to go to the water, we walked along a different road.  I figured there had to be another way to the beach besides the giant, leg-eating staircase.  Sure enough, the alternate road took us to the reception area.  That led us to the forest walkway which took us to the ocean.  The water felt great and we bobbed around, swam a little, and had a fun time.  

Going back to our room would be the real test as to whether the new route would work.  There was no question that we would have to go up.  An elevation change was a scientific fact.  Whether it would leave us exhausted and in pain was going to be the question.  The plan worked perfectly.  We managed to eliminate considerable stress.  This made us very happy.

With the back and forth being what is was, we ate lunch in the room again today.  We were ‘saving’ ourselves for dinner on the hill.  Our little place is at the top of the beach area.  The hillside area is a tram ride up a winding road.  There are a bunch of living spaces, another pool, and the Seven Seas restaurant.  That’s where we dined tonight.  We didn’t realize that this was ‘Mama Mia’ night.  An Italian buffet was the menu and it had things I can eat.  I enjoyed watching the rapport between some of the guests and the staff.

Since I went on about the stairs, here are a couple of photos from two directions, just to give you perspective.

Tomorrow morning we leave this special place and head back to another special place.  We will travel by speed boat to the ferry dock, ride across to the mainland, and then drive to the Krabi Airport for our flight to Bangkok.  Then it’s an airport day until the late afternoon flight to Chiang Rai.  

Time to pack.  They want to pick up the bags at 7:15am.  Hmm.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Sometimes one creates a dynamic
impression by saying something, and
sometimes one creates as significant an
impression by remaining silent.”
~Dalai Lama