Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Funnies


The weather?  Hot with moments of Really Hot.  The smokey air didn’t come until after dinner, so we had a beautiful day.

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Maybellene” by Chuck Berry, 'The King of Rock & Roll’.  There, I said it.  ‘Old School Friday’ is up next:  “You know I can be found, sitting home all alone.  If you can’t come around, at least please telephone.  __ __ __ to a heart that’s true.”  Hint:  That should be enough to get this tune.

This morning, at 6:30am, the drumming started, announcing Chinese New Years.  I couldn’t tell which side of the river it was coming from, but it was a whole bunch of drummers.  There weren’t a lot of firecrackers during the day, which was a surprise.  We forgot to wear some red when we went out this morning.  My ancestors would be shocked (555).  At Big C the staff were all wearing some variation on the Chinese theme.  Some shops had matching red dresses for their employees.  

At the mall there was a lot of activity, we don’t know why except that it was a major holiday.  At Starbuck’s the power went out and we had to wait for it to reboot.  It came back on but the register wasn’t working so we just left the money.  Weird.  I am still getting used to seeing whole families hanging out at the mall.  It’s obviously not every family that follows the traditions of family unity and togetherness, but it seems to be very prevalent in regional cultures.  When I was a teenager, if we had malls back then, I wouldn’t have wanted to be seen with my parents.  

Downtown on Tanalai Rd. this afternoon, many shops closed early.  It was eerie to drive down the street and see so many store fronts completely closed off.  We went to The Wanderer for something cool to drink and saw families visiting.  This will be a big ‘dinner night out’ all over Thailand.  

Right around dinner time I heard Natcha call upstairs.  As I got to the landing I heard Neechanon’s little voice calling me.  Now she has my name down perfect.  Lisa said she was pointing upstairs and saying my name, and something else.  She’s also saying Lisa’s name.  We are both in the two syllable club (555).  No more Nee and Ca.  She was walking around with a phone that Natcha has loaded with songs for kids.  Neechanon knows how to scroll to her favorites and sing along.  I managed to catch a photo of her in action.  The second pic is her ‘Playhouse’ with some of her stuff inside.

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


Wednesday, February 14, 2018



The weather turned out to be hot today.  It also had that smokey haze that usually doesn’t come until later in the month.  At some point every day we have bad air.  Hmm.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King, then James Taylor, then everybody else (555).
That means there’s nothing left but to get crazy with a ‘Zany Day’ tune.  “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’s bumper to bumper, rollin’ side by side…”  Hint:  One word title is a name.

We set out on a different kind of adventure this morning.  After parking downtown near Tanalai Rd. (one of the busiest parts of the business district), we got coffee at Destiny Cafe, then walked up to the ‘Eye Guy’ on Tanalai.  We ordered reading glasses with the tint that filters out the blue light from computer screens.  The street was very busy and had the feel of a big city.  If all the streets were like that it would be cause for concern, but when only one is bustling, not so much.  Next stop was Teppawan art supply store.  We’re friends with the family and it always means starting in the rear of the store, greeting ‘Dad’ and pleasantries with Supalak, with whom Lisa exchanges photos and greetings every morning via ‘Line’.  When the items on the list were collected, we moved to the next stop.

Oh, what a busy place this is on Valentine’s Day.  We saw the build-up yesterday and this morning it was on full blast.  Down in the fruit market section we encountered a real traffic jam.  The street has fruit stalls on one side and stuffed animal shops on the other.  There is only room for one side to have parked cars, but today, there was double-parking on both sides.  That meant that the two-way traffic had to take turns, reluctantly.  It took awhile, but we managed to get our fruit and go.  

Monday, when we were at Big C, we spotted a Valentine’s Day photo background they had set up.  A selfie wouldn’t work so we ask a woman passing by and she took our picture.  Just two crazy kids running loose in the store.

This afternoon we were supposed to go to the DMV about our license renewals but we just couldn’t bear it so we stayed home.  Tomorrow!  

It’s gonna be a Wacky Wednesday.


“Treasure your relationships,
not your possessions.”
~Anthony J. D'Angelo

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Another carbon copy day in Chiang Rai.  Actually, it was a little different in that the morning was warmer.  

I was pretty sure this ‘Easy Monday’ tune was going to bring lots of answers.  I’ve heard from a few.  Here’s more:
“You just call out my name and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again.  Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there.  __ __ __ __.”  Clue:  This chorus from the song is the essence of the song.  The singer is declaring that they have your back.

This morning we returned to Melt In Your Mouth for coffee and a conversation with Joe.  While we were talking, the sound of ceremonial music came from the bridge.  Four silver vans preceded a pick-up truck carrying a large, white seated Buddha and the truck was playing the music.  It seemed so natural for that to happen.  We really have been here a long time (555).  Across a small channel off the Kok River we saw one man fishing with a crude spear gun, and another casting a net.  Morning life by the river is fascinating.

Today’s photos were taken at ‘Melt’.  The first was the view from our table.  The second photo is a garden next to Melt and related to the restaurant.

Part of getting a driver license is a certificate from a doctor.  In the past, we had gone to a doctor who gave a strange ‘test’ requiring us to hold our hands above our heads, wiggle our fingers, and a few other things.  We went in search of his office but he had moved on.  That meant an afternoon trip to Overbrook Hospital for the paper. 

The best time of day to visit institutions is in the early afternoon.  This seems to be a consistent rule of thumb for us.  Today at Overbrook was no exception.  After the usual check-in, there was a short wait to see the doctor.  This time we had a real exam.  The doctor asked us important questions about our health and made sure we were aware of the consequences of driving in poor health.  We are now cleared for take-off.  Tomorrow we’ll tackle the DMV in the early afternoon (555).

We had a visit from Neechanon after lunch.  She has been spending time with her aunts and we’ve missed her.  She immediately went to the bookcase and pulled out a book we brought back from the States.  On the ‘A’ page she spotted an apple and named it in a big confident voice.  What was significant is the fact that she has been taught to pronounce the ‘L’, rather than saying ‘appun’, as is often the case.  Brava to the aunts.  There was a little meltdown when it was time to go, but Natcha always distracts her so gently that it doesn’t last long.  

Have a Happy Tuesday.

“Clouds come floating into 
my life, no longer to carry rain
or usher storm, but to add color
to my sunset sky.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, February 12, 2018



The local weather has been close to ideal.  Cool evenings and warm days in the mid-80s.  Now all we need is a little rain to wash the sky and water the lawn.

I don’t think anybody remembered Little Richard singing “Send Me Some Lovin’”, but it was and still is a monster ballad.  Never mind, it’s time for ‘Easy Monday’, where we all know all the songs (555).  “When you’re down and troubled, and you need some love and care, and nothing, nothing is going right.  Close your eyes and think of me, and soon I will be there, to brighten up even your darkest night.  You just call out my name…”  Hint: I don’t know if we need hints today.  

Today in Thailand (Feb. 12) is my birthday.  Yesterday we had a party, since Monday really isn’t a party day (555).  There were 28 adults, 3 small children, and 1 very small visiting dog.  Everybody had a good time.  The Wanderer brought over another of their outrageous chocolate cakes, and friends brought orchids and fruit.  The weather was perfect, and nobody in the neighborhood burned any trash, meaning the air was pleasant.  We discovered that some of our friends were actually friends with each other and we didn’t know.  That made for some nice surprises.  Lisa choreographed the event and Natcha and Cat helped make sure everything ran smoothly.  When it was over, there was lots of stuff left over.  Most of it consisting of things we don’t eat, so we gave it away.  It was a good day.

Today’s photos are from the party.  

Since Natcha and Gong worked so hard all day, we went out for dinner.  The closest place was The Wanderer so that’s what we did.  When we returned home we didn’t realize how tired we were.  It actually carried over into today.  We had no shopping to do so we just went to Work@Home for coffee.  

After wearing black for the year of mourning, most of my T-shirts are black.  The weather in the mornings isn’t always warm enough for a loose fitting shirt so T-shirts work best.  Having said all that, we went to Big C so I could get a few shirts with color.  We finished our morning in the street with lunch at Melt In Your Mouth.  Sitting outside with the river in front of us was very relaxing.  

Tomorrow we go to the ‘DMV’ to renew our licenses.  Here’s hoping we don’t have to take a written test or watch the rumored 1 hour movie (555).

Have a Great Week.


“Common sense is not so common.”

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Funnies


The weather?  You know, cold this morning, hot the rest of the day.  Actually, it also depends on what part of town you’re in because that can change it all.  In our neighborhood, near the river, it’s cooler than down where the earth is covered by concrete and asphalt and the buildings block the breeze.  Weather zones.

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Hotel California” by The Eagles.  ‘Old School Friday’ jumped into my head and wouldn’t leave.  “__ __ __ __, oh send it I pray.  How can I love you, when you’re so far away?  Send me your picture, send it my dear, so I can hold it, pretend you are here.”  Clue: An R&B ballad hit, by a singer whose first name was ‘Little’ (555).  His second name was also a first name.  Confused?  It has been sung by many artists through the years.  Miss Molly and Lucille might get upset if you don’t know this one.

I guess we must be getting back to our regular state of ‘healthy’, judging from level of ‘busy’ we’ve been up to.  This morning we went to Chivit Tamma Da and sat by the river for our morning coffee.  From there, we went to the big nursery on the highway to get plants for the yard.  That filled the back of the van, but also left us confident that there was still room in the back seat for our next stop.

Big C, late on a Friday morning.  The idea of it sounded horrible, but it really wasn’t that bad, and besides, we were shopping for an event.  Monday is my natal birthday and we’re having a party on Sunday.  When we headed for the check-out, we had a cart full of chips, juices, veggies and fruit.  Fortunately, a new checker was just opening up so we didn’t have to wait.  There was a Big C Bear walking around as part of a promotion.  Little kids were having their picture taken with the bear.  

For the last few days I have been trying to find a way for us to be able to watch the Winter Olympics.  Here we have this major event being held in our part of the world, and it’s not being televised.  The owners of the rights for this region are not broadcasting the games.  The American network is keeping the whole thing close to home and other countries are also wanting subscriptions, etc.  Now I have Google breathing down my neck presumably because I turned off my ‘cookies’ and they can’t follow me around.  I don’t really know, it’s just annoying.  There are aspects of technology that I think are wonderful, but when it starts creeping into my ’stuff’, I have concerns.  Don’t get me started on the ‘Cloud’.  Rant over.  We’ll settle for Youtube presentations of various sports and be happy.

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


Thursday, February 8, 2018



The weather is definitely getting warmer.  We can tell because the evenings are not cooling off as fast and the mornings have lost their ‘bite’.  Short-sleeves in the evening was crazy talk a few weeks ago.

The ‘Zany Day’ song was remembered by a few readers.  The last verse let’s us know that this, as was pointed out, is a cautionary tale.  “Last thing I remember, I was running for the door.  I had to find the passage back to the place I was before.  ‘Relax’, said the night man, ‘We are programmed to receive.  You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!’  Welcome to the __ __.  Such a lovely place, such a lovely face….”  Hint:  It’s about a place to stay on the west coast of the US.  

This morning we went back to Suzuki for our new battery.  The installation was quick and we were off in search of a new place to have coffee.  We ended up at a little Korean dessert shop off the highway.  The coffee was OK, and the ginger-honey tea that Lisa ordered was a little heavy on the honey.  In a dessert shop, everything is probably a little heavy on sweet.  The menu was very different.  Nothing we would want to eat, but interesting.  The location was a little off the beaten path, so I’m not sure it will last.  The complex where it’s located has had many vendors come and go.  

Today’s photos were taken at the Jazz Festival.  This time, it’s odd vehicles.  The first pic looks like an airplane until the eyes focus and you realize it’s a burger truck.  The second photo is a mobile ATM.  Hmm.

This evening we had dinner at Sawadee Restaurant in the Night Bazaar with four people we had never met before.  They are friends with Bob and Joan, a couple we met years ago, visiting from Northern California.  The plan was to meet in the Night Bazaar and, as luck would have it, we found them at our favorite silver shop.  We all hit it off and had a great time.  

Every week it seems like we learn something new.  Natcha told Lisa about a fruit that can help stop coughs.  It’s called ‘ma cahm bahn’ and it’s very sour.  It’s small and almost looks like a berry.  You chew it slowly, spit out the seed, and when done, drink some water.  The taste in the mouth goes from sour to sweet with the introduction of the water.  It doesn’t zap a cough like medicine, but it helps and it’s a natural remedy.  Cat knew about it too.  She said her village has a tree and you just pick them when you have a cough.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Look at situations from all
angles, and you will become
more open.”
~The Dalai Lama

Wednesday, February 7, 2018



Fog was on the morning weather menu, but it didn’t change the rest of the day at all.  I must say, this is great weather for the travelers.  By Sunday it should be 80F.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “Biggest Part of Me” by Ambrosia.  I hope you all are utilizing the wonderfulness of Youtube when you don’t know a song.  You might find one you like.  Time for a ‘Zany Day’ tune to bring a smile to your face.  “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air.  Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light.  My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, I had to stop for the night….Welcome to the __ __.  Such a lovely place, such a lovely face….”  Clue:  The title is a place and there are a couple of them.  This one is zany in a weird kinda way.  Released in 1976 on an album of the same name.

This morning’s coffee was provided by Work@Home.  We got a chance to visit with our friend Katai, who is a very busy woman.  We learned that tractors are now being sold online so she has to change her way of selling in order to compete.  As she said, ‘The world is changing’.  She told us about a tiny restaurant under the new bridge that has two tables, that’s it.  The chef does all of the cooking and the food is good.  This is truly a case of someone doing what makes them happy, regardless of the compensation.  We’ll have to check it out.

We went from coffee to lunch at The Wanderer with Cat and our friend Lisa.  Sitting outside on a beautiful day seemed like a good idea until the attack of the giant moths.  When one came and landed on the table it was cute.  By the end of lunch it felt like a ‘B’ movie.  It didn’t stop us from having a fun time though.  Lisa is fluent in Thai since her mom is Thai and she grew up here.  She and Cat would drift off into little conversations and leave us trying to keep up.  Then, in order to have Cat practice her English, Lisa started using English as much as possible.  One of the Thai conversations that was interesting was hearing her explain to Cat the difference between a burrito and a taco, with appropriate hand gestures.  Good times. 

Today’s photo is one of the moths from lunch.

You may be getting a better look at Chiang Rai in the near future.  This evening on my way home from my meeting, I saw a Google Maps car, complete with the big camera on the roof.  It was all covered up, but there was no question that this little car will be riding around taking clips of our town.  

This could be a Wacky Wednesday.


“Hatred does not cease by 
hatred at any time; hatred ceases
by love.  This is an unalterable law.”