Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Funnies


It was a warm, drizzley day in Chiang Rai. We revisited the lighting store, swam, and planned a real vacation.

The song was "Me & Bobby McGee" as sung by Janis Joplin. The song was written and recorded by Kris Kristopherson. Janis had the big recording on this one. For the weekend, see if you remember this one:
"__ __ __ __, it's gone away from me. (repeat). Although I'll still live on, but so lonely I'll be." Hint: It's obviously a blues. The singer's guitar has a name. Extra points for that name.

Between the baby storms yesterday and the drizzle today we should be set for at least a week. Not that it's over by a long shot. We're still in the rainy season for a little while longer. This time of year all the plant life is lush and green. One of the things that makes it so wonderful is the random tropical foliage that's everywhere. The backyard is really starting to fill in and some of the corner trees and bushes are looking like they've been there for years. I'll take some pics this weekend and post them on the Flickr site.

The lamp we bought yesterday just didn't fit our style, the room, or the lighting requirements. After trying to make it work, we took it back this afternoon. The woman at the store tried to get all weird on us but Lisa wasn't having any of it. We got our money back. The switch I was going to install didn't work either. I cut the proper part of the cord, opened the switch and found that the wire wouldn't fit inside the switch. While we were at the store I got a bigger switch but it's also a mystery. Tomorrow we'll go to a different lighting store.

We've been living in Thailand for almost two years and we've never ventured south, to the beaches on the east coast of the country. That's all about to change. Today we made reservations for a three day holiday in the coastal city of Krabi. We found a resort hotel that's across the road from the beach. There are boats that we can take to some of the islands on a half-day excursion. This is the part of Thailand where the water is that crystal clear travelogue blue. Snorkeling is definitely on the agenda also. We'll be going next month after the art show gets going. More on all this later.

Boot told us that Daku hid one of his bones from BamBam by putting it in his water bowl. Clever dog. BamBam does this thing, when they're playing outside, where she jumps straight up into the air. It's the weirdest, most amazing thing to watch. Kinda like a flea. Don't tell her I said that.

It's time for the 'Funnies'. Have a Wonderfilled WeekEnd.


An 8-year-old girl went to her dad, who was working in the yard. She
asked him, "Daddy, what is sex?" The father was surprised that she
would ask such a question, but decides that if she is old enough to
ask the question, then she is old enough to get a straight answer. He
proceeded to tell her all about the "birds and the bees." When he
finished explaining, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth
hanging open. The father asked her, "Why did you ask this question?"
The little girl replied, "Mom told me to tell you that dinner would be
ready in just a couple of secs."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, July 30, 2009



Today was 'Lamp Day'. No, it's not a Thai holiday, it was a day of trying to fix a lamp. It was also a day with two bits of rain and lots of sunshine. Hmm.

A few of you met the challenge and knew the song. It dates back to the '60's so maybe you have an excuse.
"...And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues. You know feeling good was good enough for me.
Good enough for __ __ __ __." Clue: The title includes a person's name. It's kind of a folky blues thing.

We have a lamp that we brought from America when we moved. It has some sentimental value and we like the light. The knob on the switch broke off and it requires a pair of pliers to turn it on and off. It's also made to work on 110v and not the 220v that is the system here. My plan was to find someone to replace the socket and switch and then we'd have a 'local' current lamp that worked. While Lisa was getting her hair done I made the rounds of all the shops and came up empty. Finally, at the last stop the owner offered a solution. She sold us an inline switch so we could still use it with the power converter we have. Nice. Now I just have to install it and hope I don't blow the place up. (Ha)

During lunch it started to sprinkle. We figured it would be another light rain. A few minutes into the shower it turned into a downpour that lasted about 15 minutes. That's good for the lawns and the new trees. Later in the afternoon we were about to go for a swim and it started doing the same thing. Another 15 minute downpour. Now we don't have to water. We never did get our swim.

All of the motorbikes have a basket on the front. It sits in front of the headlight and usually blocks the beam if there are packages in the basket. Hmm. Tonight I was pulling out of a parking lot and I heard a dog barking. I looked around and the sound was moving towards me. It was a little dog riding in the basket of a motorbike, back-lit by the headlight, happily barking it's head off. Eerie but cute.

If Daku could talk he'd probably tell us that he may be Golden but he's not a Retriever. He doesn't like to bring balls back when you throw them. He'll run after the ball but he won't bring it back. He won't even pick it up. It's not in his job description or something. I think he's a Golden Sleeper.

Have a Great Thursday.


"Make the solution so big, the problem does not exist."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, July 29, 2009



I really do know the days of the week. Today is Wednesday and yesterday was Tuesday, not Monday. And you thought you were confused. (Ha)

The Easy song was "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by The Temptations. Now it's time to tax your brain:
"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for the train and I's feelin' nearly as faded as my jeans..." Clue: Big hit by a gravely-voiced singer who gave away too many pieces of her heart. Song is a road trip.

Today was a light day in terms of running around. There was, of course, my morning visit to CAT to badger them about their internet service. It turns out that my visit was a good thing because they didn't know that their system speed had dropped. Khun Nucha looked up at me with great concern after running a test on his laptop. I managed to leave feeling like I'd accomplished something. (Ha)

We found a minor problem in one of Lisa's framed pieces and took it back to Khun Noy and they're going to fix it. It's the last of the framing issues. Now all we have to do is locate some bubble wrap for transporting the works to the gallery. There will be about 21 pieces that we'll load on the truck so we definitely need to pad them.

This evening we went into town to mail an invitation to some friends who live north of us. For the second time in a week the clerk has been a little confused about us sending mail to someone so close. I guess it's not done that often.

From the Top's mail desk we strolled south to the 7-11 on the main drag to pay our water bill. Along the way we noticed all the tourists out on the street. It struck me that Swenson's Ice Cream always has a young woman standing out in front with a menu, calling out to the foot traffic. In the evening, like tonight, most of that traffic does not speak Thai, and yet they smile and call out in Thai. Hmm.

When we finally arrived at 7-11 there was something wrong with the computer and after everyone in the store tried to enter our bill, they told us they couldn't do it. They really tried, but it was hopeless. It was quite a scene behind the counter. Four clerks trying to get the thing to work. Each took a turn, with the manager taking two or three tries. In the end, everyone smiled and we understood that some things are not in our control.

Are you ready for Wacky Wednesday?


"To resist the influence of others
requires a knowledge of self."
~Jaffa Wisdom from Teal'c

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, July 28, 2009



We had a busy Monday here in The Rai. There was an unscheduled visit, a trip to the vet, a package retrieval, and a three-store 'browsing' excursion. The adventures continue.

I got a little mail on the 'Easy Monday' song. All is not lost though. You still might get it if you sing along.
"Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to and I can tell __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __." Hint: This Motown group scored a ton of hits and no, it's not 'My Girl'.

This morning the doorbell rang and Boot immediately asked, "Who come?" We did not know. The gate opened and as soon as I saw the orange truck I knew it was someone from the internet company. I'd been there again this morning complaining about our connection speed not being correct. Two guys came in and Boot knew one of them from her days selling sea food in the market. They changed the modem, got a faster speed and acted as if everything was settled. Not. It's a hair better but still not what was guaranteed. Ugh.

Daku has developed what looks like a rash and we thought we should have Dr. Arnon check him out. As soon as we got there we put him on the scales. He turned six months on the 24th and now weighs 51 pounds. He has a small infection that should not be a problem but we have to take him back next week. His trip in the truck was a little uncomfortable for him since he's too big to sit on the back seat. He had to arrange himself on the floor.
The question is, do we get a bigger truck? (Ha)

We went downtown to the package pick-up shop to get the proof sheet on the catalog for the art show. It was a little store front that was filled with all sizes of packages that had been shipped by bus. It cost $1.42 to send our piece on the bus. Something to remember. The printing looked incredible and we're very happy with the result. Considering that our friend Blue did the layout in America after receiving emails of all the parts and then had to send it back to Thailand via email to the printer it's amazing.

This afternoon we went on a search for a toaster oven. We found several things that were called that, but they didn't quite have the configuration we were looking for and were not like what we have in America. Three stops and we came up empty but there are more places to check out. Grilled chicken sounds like a nice change. Yum.

With all the little trips outside the compound it struck me again today that our house is a bit of a curiosity to the many passers by. Every time I open the gate and wait for the traffic to clear I notice people slowing down to get a peak inside. I'd probably do the same if I passed the Big Brown House every day. It's interesting how easily we take some things for granted.

It's time for Happy Tuesday. It's also time for an evening swim, if the water is warm enough.


"The game of life is a game of boomerangs.
Our thoughts, deeds and words return
to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy."
~Florence Scovel Shinn

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, July 27, 2009



We had a hot weekend here in Chiang Rai. It threatened rain but nothing appeared. We enjoyed the pool and discovered the new bus station. (it's not in the pool) Ha!

The song for the weekend was "Night Moves" by Bob Seger. Now you knew that. 'Easy Monday' means you really should know this one. "You got a smile so bright, you know you could have been a candle. I'm holding you so tight, you know you could have been a handle..." Clue: Might be one of the longer titles in this genre. It's Easy Monday so that's all you get.

During the course of the weekend running around I think I figured out this 'perpetual motion' thing with the motorbikes. Many streets have a narrow lane for the cycles to drive in. At the corners, this lane curves around the curb without a 'limit line' as is the case in the West. So, if I'm riding in that lane and it goes around the corner (to the left) there is no reason to stop. Oh well, in theory this might be true but in practice there are still way too many near misses for it to hold up. That's how I think the law of perpetual motion evolved.

Sunday we did our Big C adventure and passed out a few more invites to the art show to friends we've made. We also did something new. We bought dinner to go right after lunch so we could stay at home and watch the Formula One race. We always have a dilemma on race weekends when it comes to Sunday dinner. There's the feeding of the dogs at six, the race at seven and the question of eating. It's the one day of the week that we have to feed ourselves and we do a pretty good job of it, usually. Anyway, that's how we solved it this time.

Today I did some wood 'crafting' for the bag project. All I'll say is, 'Back to the drawing board'. This afternoon we got massages that were very intense. I think I'm still getting over the three weeks with no swimming and the two long plane rides. Khun Ploy hit a bunch of painful spots but worked things out as I bit down on a silver bullet. (Ha) Seriously, some of it really hurt but the results are worth it.

We were expecting a 'proof' from the printers in Chiang Mai to see how the catalog would look before they begin their run. After many phone calls and and intervention from our friend Ten, who lives in Chiang Mai, we were told that it would arrive on the 7:30 bus this evening. That's the simple story. There is now more than one bus station here and unless you know exactly what kind of bus, you may end up at the wrong one. Tonight we got to the downtown station and it was almost empty. All the offices were closed and that's when we learned that we needed to go the new station. Boot went with us and people told her things in Thai and I was told to go 'that way'. We went that way and still didn't see anything. After a phone call to a friend, we got our bearings and found two new stations. We'll pick up the package in the morning. The big surprise of the evening was running into Khun Singh at the new station. He was our Tuk-Tuk driver for many months until we got our truck. One of the kindest gentlemen you'd ever want to know. We had a warm reunion with lots of smiling and laughing.

Have the Greatest Week.


PS If you've been reading this daily, please let me know with an email or a comment. It's hard to know who's out there in the ether.

"The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing.
They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability
to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself."
~Wang Yang-Ming

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Funnies


Today we had more fun with language, and rush hour traffic. Friends got invitations to the opening of the art show and we want to swim really bad.

Our Wednesday song was a bit of a challenge for some. It was "Nightshift" by The Commodores and it was a lyrical tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson. If you don't know those names, you need to Google and then write me. (Ha)

For the weekend: "...workin' on our __ __, tryin' to make some front page drive-in news. Workin' on our __ __, in the summertime." Hint: Title has something in common with the previous song. This is a song of reflection in a different vein.

Doing business on the phone can be taxing even if both parties are speaking the same language. If you factor in two different languages it becomes a nightmare/comedy of errors. We have come to understand that it helps to see the other person, and to be able to use whatever visual tools that might help. Yesterday we got the impression, from the words spoken, that one of Lisa's paintings was at a wedding photo shop around the corner from the frame shop. We were even given the number of the owner. We just wanted to take a picture before it was framed. Today we discover that the painting is at the frame shop and was never at the wedding place. What? One word can take a conversation miles off course. The fact that someone has a little vocabulary doesn't necessarily mean they 'speak' the language.

Four o'clock in the afternoon is when a lot of schools end their day and it begins what I call the traffic window. If you're on the street after four, just be aware. Today we were right in the middle of it on the Highway. It took a few light sequences to get to our turn and then it was an obstacle course through town. One thing's for sure, it sharpens your driving skills, perks up your attention, and quickens your wits. Oh yeah, it can also piss you off.

Our new internet package is not as fast as it's supposed to be but it's much better than before. We've made a couple of Skype calls without it sounding like talking underwater or full of static. Now I'm going to finish watching the Friday practice for the Formula One race in Hungary on Sunday. Will you be there? (Ha)

Have a Cool WeekEnd. Enjoy the 'Funnies'.


Summer Exercise Routine

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.) After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good Enough


The day began with a clear blue sky. That meant another hot one in Chiang Rai. Not much to do about it except to deal with it. Oh my.

Looks like another set of memories got sparked with the current song. Not a flood of responses though.
"Gonna be some sweet sounds comin' down on the's gonna be alright on the __ __" Hint: The group sang a song about a house made of bricks but this one is about a couple of singers.

It turned out that the battery in the truck was done. No good. Mai dee. I went out early and went to an auto center for a new one. That did the trick. When I finally got it home and installed it fired right up. Yeh.

With the art exhibit drawing near we have been doing lots of preparation. We went back to the frame shop today with the last batch of paintings. The discussion about matt color and size, frame width and color should have been captured on film for posterity. The shop owner, Khun Noy, speaks some English (really fast) and sometimes he's at a loss for words. Just like us. We finally got things settled and as we left we realized that this could not have been done so inexpensively in the U.S. Amazing Thailand.

We went from the framer to the 9 Art Gallery down the street, where the show will be. Khun Nai and her husband are really nice people and make us feel very comfortable. We had questions and she answered most of them. The one she really couldn't answer was the one about pricing. We got the usual Thai answer: 'Up to you'. OK then. The opening sounds like it's going to be quite an affair. More on that later.

BamBam is now 15 months old and it was time for another vaccination. In the past she's been wild and crazy every time we take her to the vet. Part of it is due to the time when she had to stay overnight with an I.V. The training we've been doing since our return paid off big time today. She was much calmer and responded to commands and it made the whole thing much easier for all of us.

Speaking of dogs, they have really established their routines and their personalities are quite different. BamBam sleeps at Boot's place and Daku stays with us. During the day Daku likes to take his afternoon nap at Boot's and BamBam comes upstairs with us. Daku likes to sleep in the shower in the evening and I have to drag him out in order to take a shower. Before we call it a night I literally have to prop him up to get him to go outside for the last time. Then he sleeps until about 5:45. A couple of times during the night he'll go to Lisa's side of the bed and just rest his chin on the bed. She pats his head and he plops down and goes back to sleep right beside her. When he wakes up he's full of energy. We can usually get him to chill for about 15 minutes and then he gets one of the stuffed animals and goes to both sides of the bed making a low moaning sound and we know it's time to get up. What an alarm clock.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"Never think that you're not good enough yourself.
A man should never think that.
People will take you very much at your own reckoning."
~Anthony Trollope

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, July 22, 2009



Hot and humid is the continuing forecast here. It's nothing new but I just thought I'd mention it since there seems to be a heat wave in Southern California. I did my running around early and spent the better part of the day in the comfort of the 'air'.

The 'Classic' that so many of you enjoyed was "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. 'Easy' is gone. Try this one:
"Marvin, he was a friend of mine, and he could sing a song, his heart in every line." Hint: Their name is from the sea but they came from the Motor City. This is a tribute tune. Hmm.

This morning I started my circle of errands at CAT (our internet provider). I wanted to cancel the service on the device that gave us so much trouble. I had heard that they had a buy-back program and I asked. One of the women in the office has a friend that might be interested so she made a call and I sold it right away. Now all they need to do is increase the speed to match the claims and we'll be happy. As it is, it's nice to have a steady stream instead of losing the connection at random times.

Yesterday I bought a bunch of wire for the internet installation because I was told that the technician would only install the box on the outside of the house. Well, they didn't need a bit of the roll I bought so this morning I returned it. I thought it might be hard to communicate since we were in different languages, but it was actually quite easy. I think the clerk knew just enough and the fact that nothing had been used may have helped.

Today was the first day of the Buddhist Lent and the temple in our village was broadcasting into the neighborhood. We heard chanting, a teaching and some interesting music. This is a time when monks stay over night in the temples. Apparently some monks sleep in the homes of their families and spend the days in the temple. The tradition of staying in the temple for this period of time was so the monks wouldn't trample the rice fields as they went to collect alms from villagers. This, of course, was a long time ago but it has turned into something else. This is a time for Thai Buddhists to make merit by taking food the to monks and doing things for them. There is also a tradition of offering candles and candle art. We saw some candle art at the airport and the carvings were very detailed.

This evening we had a training session with both dogs. We got a program while we were in America that looks very promising. Both dogs are responding to the concept and so are we. Hey, before long they'll do what we ask them to do. What a concept.

Have a Wacky Wednesday.


"Cherish your vision; Cherish your ideals;
Cherish the music that stirs in your heart,
the beauty that forms in your mind,
the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts.
If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built."
~James Allen

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, July 21, 2009



Today was a day that should have been caught on film. It was a day to baffle and confound, annoy and bring joy. Just another day in Thailand.

The song we're working on is considered a classic by some. Many of you knew it at once. Here's a little more:
"Do you remember when we used to sing 'Sha la la la la la...La dee dah'" Clue: It's actually a song about memories of the good old days.

Adventure number one today was to find a set of 'jumper cables' (make that cabun) so I could start the truck that's been sitting for three weeks. Since we got the new car the hoopty hasn't seen much action. I started my quest on an access road to the Super Highway where I'd noticed some garages. My first stop gave me directions I didn't want to believe. He told me they sold them at 711. What? Down the Highway to the first of two gas stations with their very own 711s. The first yielded nothing. At the second I walked around a bit since it had some repair shops in the rear. By this time I had drawn one of my famous pictures. As I headed to a shop in the back I saw Khun Kek, our landscape guy. Now there were two of us looking. On our third shop we found them. Kek only knows a few words in English but communicates very well anyway. We had a fun few minutes on our quest. Oh, I took the cables home, applied them to the batteries and they burned up. Back to the Highway.

We had just begun lunch when Boot got a call and informed us that the 'man for internet' was at the gate.
This was the designated day for the CAT people (sounds funny) to come and install our ADSL line. They actually showed up. All eleven of them. Since we knew they were coming it wasn't such a surprise, except that Nina, back at the office, kept referring to 'the technician' which sounded like one guy to me. Anyway, I think about four or five of the eleven did most of the work. There was much discussion in English and Thai as to where to put the cable, the box and the holes in the walls. We finally got what we wanted: Internet in the bedroom, upstairs. Just before the guys left I had them give me a push down the driveway and I started the truck. I let it run and charge the battery, and tomorrow I'll take it out for a spin while I do errands.

After wrestling with Airport for a bit, I got it working and we now have a steady signal that isn't dropping if I look at it too hard. I can even get a signal downstairs in the music room. That means we're done. No more wires, no extra boxes or devices. We still want more speed, but doesn't everybody?

This evening we went down to the Night Bazaar to show Paladorn and Mau the mock-up of the catalog for the art show. They had been by the 9 Gallery today and brought back a stack of invitations for us to hand out. The excitement is building. As soon as the printer is done with the 'book', we'll motor down to Chiang Mai and look at a proof. If it meets our satisfaction then they will print them and send them to us on the bus. That's right. Many items are 'shipped' on the VIP bus and sometimes the local routes. That means you can get same-day delivery. Really, it's three hours from point to point. Amazing.

Time now for another Happy Tuesday.


"Most people never run far enough on their first wind,
to find out if they've got a second.
Give your dreams all you've got and
you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."
~William James

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, July 20, 2009



Today we'll spend a minute in the Taipei airport and then make our way to Bangkok. Every trip is the same but different. It's always an adventure no matter what happens.

The weekend song was "Break On Through" by The Doors. Cindi wrote with a description of seeing them in a club in N.Y. when they were just 'a band' playing for dancers. She danced. I remember seeing them at the merry-go-round at Griffith Park during a 'Love In'. Those were the days.

Since it's 'Easy Monday' here's an oldie that may also spark some memories. It's by a guy from across the water: "Hey, where did we go, days when the rains came? Down in the hollow, playin' a new game..." Hint: Something about eyes in there. (Ha) Have fun.

I mentioned that I was going to tell you about the EVA lounge in Taipei but we actually never got there. When we got off the plane we were sent to the 'transfer gate' where we went through another inspection. Unlike the past, it was the middle of the night and things were laid back. Seemed to be a theme on this trip. We didn't have as much time as we thought until our flight to Bangkok so I sat by a WiFi station and sent my message. We walked a bit and then went to our gate for check-in. I did notice that the Hello Kitty fun zone had been expanded. Now there's a complete gift shop. Oh joy. Taipei has one of the most beautiful airports I've ever been in. It's like going to a mall. Nice if you've got the money. Most of the shopping is rather high end but fun to look at.

Our flight to Taipei was actually shorter than usual because we flew straight across the Pacific instead of going north up the west coast of the US and over the Bering Straights. I think it had something to do with the Jet Stream being farther north. Just a guess. At any rate, it was quicker.

We arrived in Bangkok around 1:30am with our connecting flight to Chiang Rai leaving at 6:35am. What to do to fill the time? First we checked our bags at a place that lets you leave them for 24 hours. It was too early to check them with Air Asia. With just our carry-ons we made our way to the foot massage parlor and got a little relief. After that we hit Starbucks and then decided to go to the level where our gate was located. There's a food court with various fast food joints and we got a snack. By then it was nearing time to board. The time really did go by pretty quick.

Flying over Chiang Rai in the early morning, with the sun shining, was a real treat. Our friend Tye was waiting when we landed. Our plane was due at 8am and she'd been there since 7am. She laughed and told us she had breakfast in the airport. She handed me the keys to our car and I was immediately sent into shock, driving on the other side of the car and the road. I did the usual thing with the wipers and the turn signals.

Have a Great Week.


"He that gives should never remember,
he that receives should never forget."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, July 17, 2009


Coming to you from Chiang Rai, Thailand with today's message. We had a beautiful trip back. I'll try to fill you in if I can keep my eyes open. Having a sleep attack.

Supertramp was the group that brought us "The Logical Song". It featured 'tackled' sound from the Mattel digital football game. How's that for trivia? For the weekend you might be singing this tune by an L.A. band:
"You know the day destroys the night. Night divides the day. Tried to run, tried to hide, __ __ __..." Hint: If I finished that line it would be too obvious. By a group named after something you walk through. Hmm.

When we returned our rental car on Wednesday, one of the things I was not looking forward to was lifting the heavy bags out of the trunk. Just as I was about to do just that, a young man came up and asked where we were going. When I told him LAX he said not to worry about the bags, he'd take us in the car we just turned in. Out of the blue, we were driven to the terminal, and he took the bags out of the car. We avoided the wait for the shuttle, the bus ride and lugging the bags around. That was just the beginning.

Our arrival at EVA Airlines was a little tense because we knew our baggage was overweight. The gentlemen checking us in was very diplomatic in explaining the limits but didn't charge us for the overage. Now it's getting good.

Next stop was everybody's favorite part of flying: The TSA inspection. Something must have been in the water because everyone there was smiling and in a good mood. Lisa and I got separated in the line and she mentioned to a woman that I was her husband. The man inspecting my ticket and passport said: 'You couldn't lose him if you wanted to.' He was right, of course. Everyone cracked up as they continued with their scrutiny.

This is a good place to end part one of the journey. Monday we'll visit the EVA Lounge and take off for China.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd and enjoy the 'Funnies'. These were sent by my dear friend Lois.



I have kleptomania but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

My short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be. Also my short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be.

I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

I am Nobody. Nobody is Perfect. Therefore, I am Perfect.

Corduroy pillow are making headlines!

When you work here you can name your own salary. I named mine 'Fred'.

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, July 16, 2009



I'm writing to you from 38000 feet above sea level, over the Pacific Ocean. We'll be passing the south side of Tokyo in a while as we make our approach to Taipei. Still have about three hours to go on the first part of the trip.

Bravo to those of you who got the song on the first day. "But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, __, responsible, practical. And they showed me a world where I could be clinical, intellectual, cynical."
Clue: When you think about it, the answer is quite logical.

Wednesday morning was very mellow. We went to the book store for some inflight reading and I dashed over to the sports store for one of those super absorbent towels like the divers use. After all, pool time is near.

We spent some time with my Aunt Sara and that was really nice. Lisa has some video clips of the house and the dogs as well as her art work. Sara and Ruthie, her caregiver, got to tour the house and yard. It was fun to share it all with them.

Back at the house, as we finished the final packing (make that stuffing), C-Bass hung out with us. Jeff and August left earlier in the day. We said our good-byes when August left for movie camp. Once the bags were done we sat out in the yard with Anna, C-Bass and the dogs, Peaches and Lola.

Parting seemed easier this time, at least on the outside. As I write this I'm already missing C-Bass and August. It's been said that when one becomes an expat, one misses the place they are not.

Time to watch another movie and doze until we land. Just noticed that we're going 887 kph. At that rate we should be there in no time. (Ha)

Have a Great Thursday.


PS On a technical note, I'm having trouble making the so-called hyperlinks at the bottom 'hyper'. They are not clickable. If you copy and paste them into your browser's address window, you can visit them. All the sites are active.

"In seeking wisdom,
the first step is silence,
the second listening,
the third remembering,
the fourth practicing,
the fifth teaching others."
~Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher (ca. 1022-1058)

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, July 15, 2009



Well, today's the day we fly back to Chiang Rai. In some ways it seems like we just got here. In other ways it's like we've been here a long time. I think it's called dazed and confused.

A bunch of you finally got the Glen Campbell song. It was "Wichita Lineman". It was written by Jimmy Webb who also wrote Campbell's hit "By the Time I Get To Phoenix". I think this next one will pose more of a challenge.
"When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical." Clue: This 1979 song is still being played. It's a song about innocence lost.

This morning we got a lot accomplished. That is, if you consider two art supply stores, a dance supply store, and a visit to the accountant, doing a lot. There was also a lunch date in there, and then more errands. We spent the afternoon and evening with the boys and had a great time.

August had found an album that we got about 34 years ago. It was a staple in our house when little ones visited. We played it for both boys when they were young. He pulled out his record player and played both sides and we all remembered the times.

Later in the evening Lisa and both boys made things with Playdough and there was lots of laughter. There wasn't too much talk about our leaving, we just stayed close. C-Bass brought it up after August had gone to bed, but it wasn't like it's been in the past. He's growing up.

Speaking of growing up, last night we were just about packed and ready to go. That's pretty amazing in itself. It will make today a more relaxed day instead of having to rush at the last minute.

There are so many people that we didn't get to see this time, but it's almost impossible to see everyone in our lives on every trip. If we didn't see you this trip, there's always December. My next message will be from the airport in Taipei.

Now it's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"If you want your life to be a magnificent story,
then begin by realizing that you are the author;
and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page."
~Mark Houlahan

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009



It appears that the 'busy' is winding down. Not over, just winding down. Yesterday we went from the Marina to Altadena.

Our 'Easy' song brought in lots of mail so it must have been familiar. It's nice to hear from some of you quiet ones. If you're still pondering the song, here's more: "I hear you singing in the wire. I can hear you in the whine. And the __ __, is still on the line." Hint: He's a country singer who had a few 'Pop' hits in the early 70's. The first word is a city in Kansas. You gotta know.

We hit the street yesterday morning with our list in hand in an effort to tie up loose ends. We got metal name tags for the dogs and a sensor for Slingbox. We met our friend Richard for lunch in the Marina. It's one of our regular things each trip. We always have a great time talking about many different things.

After lunch we jumped on the freeway and got right off. It wasn't that it was too crowded, we needed coffee. A pit-stop at Tanner's and we were back on the road. It didn't take long since it was early afternoon.

The new TV looks great in my mom's living room. She already has an appointment for the cable people to come and add a line so she can watch the Dodgers, Lakers, and Trojans from her couch. (Ha) I installed new ink in her printer and set up a DVD player in her bedroom. Lisa gave her some pointers on Apple mail and helped her consolidate her mail. She gets an amazing amount of email. I think getting her into the computer era suits her just fine.

Blue and Ming came over to Altadena while we were there. Blue brought a sample of what the art show brochure will look like, and he and Lisa discussed the layout and possible changes. He's done a beautiful job of putting together all the pieces that have been flying in over the internet from Thailand. Now the whole thing will go back to Thailand as a three page book and we'll go back to Chiang Mai to see the 'proof' at the printers. If it all looks good they will print them and that part of the show prep will be done. Stay tuned.

We left Altadena around dinner time so we stopped for a bite to eat. Since we got here we've been wanting some KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and when we spotted one, well, we just had to stop. Here's the funny part: We have one in Chiang Rai at Big C, but we've never eaten there. It's probably not the same recipe, but it just struck me funny that we'd come half-way around the world and want the taste of something we have at home and haven't tried. Hmm.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"With imagination we can capture infinity.
With love we can make infinity worth imagining."
~Brian Henke

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Monday, July 13, 2009



With two full days in L.A. remaining, a low-level anxiety is creeping in and it's all about the hours in a day. There just don't seem to be enough of them.

Your weekend assignment was to sing The Beatles "Day Tripper" at the top of your voice. (Ha) Now it's time for 'Easy Monday'. This one may take a little thought: "I am a lineman for the county, and I drive the main road..." Clue: The singer drove to Phoenix once. Now he's looking for Dorothy. Hmm.

The weekend was a full one that will provide many wonderful memories. Friday we had lunch with our friends Kerrina and Michael and their three kids. You may remember her as 'The Krusher', our physical therapist. They drive in from beyond Magic Mountain to visit every time we're in town and it's always a treat.

Saturday was Anna's birthday and she had a giant party. On Friday the yard was decorated with lights, lanterns and visual accents. Saturday morning the stage was set for DJ August to do his thing. He set up in front of the garage, leaving the whole driveway as a dance floor. The backyard had tables and chairs for dining and conversation. By early evening the yard was buzzing with guests. Many of them knew each other but many new friends were made. August was in charge of the popcorn machine since he had one at his party and knew how to work it. As parties go, this one was a trip because everyone who was invited showed up. It was a very special day.

Sunday we drove out to Sherman Oaks and had lunch with the Valley Cousins. Nowell and Jennifer's house has gone through some remodeling and it was fun to see the results. They also have been doing some elevated gardening in their front yard and we got to sample some of their veggies during lunch. Then there was Tina, a beautiful, sweet chocolate Labrador Retriever. She calmly made sure everybody got her loving attention.

I went to dinner with eight old friends at a Thai restaurant and it was one of the best reunions ever. We talked about the times, past and present and laughed a lot. There is a bond between us that will last forever.

We're off to find some of the items that are not available in Chiang Rai. Have a Magnificent Monday.


"Friendship consists of only one soul;
inhabiting two bodies."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Funnies


Yesterday's adventure was a big success. All of our visits were great, and we only got lost once.

Those of you who have been humming "Killer Queen" by Queen were right on track. For the weekend try this:
"Got a good reason, for taking the easy way out (repeat). She was a __ __, one way ticket, yeah. I took me so long to find out. And I found out." Clues: More from across the pond. It's an easy one but if you get stumped, keep reading. Hmm.

Up before dawn is not my idea of how to start a day. We took a cab to LAX and I must say, the streets are very different at 5am. The flight north was quick. After flying for a day to get to the states, 50 minutes feels quick. The air was cold when we arrived in San Jose. They have this 'Welcome to SJ' torture test if you rent a car. You have to walk through an open garage and then sit on a cold bus stop and wait for the shuttle to the rental car lot. I figured out a solution but no one was listening. (Ha)

It was very nice to be able to get off the shuttle, look at the 'Gold' board and go right to our car. This time we got a Mazda 5. I don't think I've ever seen one before. (there are a lot of cars I've never seen) It's kind of a station wagon. After a few adjustments and a quick check-out, we headed north to Palo Alto.

Every time we visit Joe we go to this really nice, quiet restaurant for breakfast. This time things were different. They were closed. There was a sign with new hours and it appears that breakfast was something they could do without. That put us in search mode. We cruised the main drag until we finally found someplace to eat and visit.

After a delicious breakfast we returned to the house for a visit to Joe's art studio. We never know what to expect when we enter the studio. Joe is constantly trying new things and experimenting. This visit was no exception. The whole thing is quite stimulating to the senses and imagination. While Lisa and Joe discussed technical aspects of the art process, I had some interesting conversations with Joe's wife Eva. I also searched Mapquest and got directions to our next two visits. This time we'd do it right.

We arrived at the border of Oakland and Berkeley a little early so we settled in the local library and read our mail. We were only a block from Soi 4, our lunch destination. When we finally walked in to the restaurant, Trudye and Skip were already there. It turns out they got to the area early and were also 'killing time', like us. We had good conversations while waiting for a table. This trip we had our camera and a laptop so we could share photos of Lisa's art and the doggies. Eunice and a friend, Dee Dee, join us and we hung out until it was time to head south. We had one of the best Thai meals we've had during this entire trip. If you're ever in Oakland, and you want a nice Thai meal look up Soi 4. Yum.

Our directions took us to Peet's Coffee in San Jose without a problem. The timing of arrivals was perfect and even though it was brief, we had a wonderful little visit with the Athas family. Cordelia (aka Coco) was on her way to swim class, but was very happy with her 'grown up' Thai purse. We have to have a longer visit next time. Two coffee shop drive-bys don't leave enough time to really share what's been happening.

We should have printed driving instructions from Peet's to the airport. We went around and around, but finally found the right access road and got checked in with time to spare. San Jose airport is what I call a commuter airport. There are a lot of business travelers who are 'Day Trippers', coming in for a day, and then leaving on the late flight. We kept hearing snippets of phone calls relating to the job of the day or when they'd be home. It became a little joke for us. When someone would say 'Hi baby', we'd look at one another and respond. What a way to pass the time.

Anna picked us up at LAX and we got an update of her day in LA. There was still time to hang out with the boys for awhile. C-Bass beat Lisa in a game of Chess and then we hit the wall. Lack of sleep can attack like a monster.

I'm awake now and it's time for the 'Funnies'. Thank you to our friend Alan for the laughs. Have a Sunny WeekEnd.


The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it
by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone
layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit).

Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And
then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

Decafalon (n): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good
for you.

Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, July 9, 2009



 We just left for the airport. We're taking the first flight of the day on our way to San Jose.  (sound familiar?)

A few of you got the song right away.  Maybe the chorus will help jar your memory.  Maybe not.  Give it a try:
"She's a __ __, gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam, guaranteed to blow your mind.  Anytime"  Hint: It's about a 'she' (obviously) who has assumed a state of royalty with her presence and behavior.  Hmm.  
This morning we went out and picked up a few items for one of our friends back home.  Then we went to Chinatown again, this time with Anna and the boys.  We had Dim Sum for lunch and then wandered through some shops and stores.  One of the big laughs of the afternoon was a bottle of ice tea that I bought.  The label read: Iced Ted.  OK.  C-Bass told us about a web site he found where people post misspelled English words.  He's going to post a picture of the label.  We have many good examples we'll be sending him from LOS.
The August Chronicles:  After dinner Lisa got another tattoo from Mr. August.  This time he made a house call.  He has a sign on his door with all his services listed.  He goes through an elaborate prep on the skin and then breaks out the marking pens to work his magic.  When we were downtown he got very excited when he spotted a glass elevator shaft.  He could see the whole workings and the inside of the safety doors.  He could have stayed there for hours watching that thing.  It was pretty cool.
This evening there was ping-pong of course.  C-Bass is the reigning champion.  Everybody plays everybody at one time or another and the table is a big hit.  (Ha)
Have a Groovy Thursday.

"Write injuries in sand,
kindnesses in marble."
~French Proverb

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, July 8, 2009



A week from today we will be flying across the water to Thailand. The 16 of July will disappear for us. Hmm. The mystery continues.

Easy Monday was a breeze. The song was "My Girl" by The Temptations. Here's a mid-week challenge for you:
"She keeps her Moet et Chandon in her pretty cabinet. 'Let them eat cake' she says just like Marie Antoinette..." Clue: This is by a group that came from across the water. Their name is in the title of the song. Hmm.

I just realized that sports have a season here and we just have football all year. Of course we don't really look for anything else, except for Formula One racing. It would be nice if we could watch World Cup Ski racing but I don't think there would be much interest in LOS. (Ha)

Yesterday was busy. Eastside, Westside, all around the town (to quote a song older than all of you). We went from the USC area to the Marina and then to Westwood. My this is a big place. You can tell that you've been away when you start to forget the order of streets in parts of town you thought you remembered.

Meanwhile, back in Thailand, work continues on the translations for the catalog for Lisa's art show. Of course the whole thing is complicated when you add more than 8,400 miles between us and the translator, not to mention words we can't read. It's actually going to be just fine, but the process does have it's moments.

Tomorrow we fly up to Palo Alto for a visit with Joe (Lisa's Dad) and lunch with the Oakland Cousins. On the way to the airport and the flight home we'll have coffee the the Athas family. It's a whirlwind day but worth it.

Time for Wacky Wednesday.



"To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe."
~Anatole France

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, July 6, 2009



How was your weekend? Mine was busy dining with friends, getting to know a high tech ping-pong table, and hanging out with old friends.

The weekend song was supposed to be easy but I guess most of you were starting your holiday early. The song was "Thousand Miles Away" by The Heartbeats. It was actually a hit in 1957. Now you get a really easy one:
"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day" Clue: If you need one, then we have a problem. This is 'Easy Monday'.

The weekend is over and so are the fireworks. I couldn't help thinking that things would be a bit different in Thailand. Over there, major holidays bring out fireworks of every size and description. They usually begin going off a week before the actual day being celebrated, and continue for several days after. Everything from small popping sounds to explosions that make the neighborhood sound like a war zone. Not for the faint of heart.
What we heard this weekend has been very 'polite'.

Saturday Jeff and August started work on assembling a new ping-pong table. This table is made of aluminum, has wheels, a permanent net and folds up with a cover. The table was a two day project that had us all pulling our hair on several occasions. Trying to make sense of plans was an ongoing challenge. Yesterday, as Jeff and I got to the final phase of putting up the net, we opened the bag and found wrenches that would have been very helpful from the beginning. Ugh. Anyway, there's ping-pong in the driveway and all is well.

We've been in touch with the folks back home and Boot says that the dogs are just fine. Daku is getting fatter and we hope she means bigger. We kinda figured that would happen. It's been raining a lot and there hasn't been much sunshine. That makes whatever sun we get here feel real good.

Today we're going down to China Town and then to Altadena to have a 'Tech Day' with my Mom.

Have a Fantastic Week.


"Though we travel the world to find the beautiful,
we must carry it within us or we will find it not."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Funnies


This is one of those mornings where everything is getting condensed. If you stay up late, and get up late, there's less time to play. Hmm, why didn't I know this sooner. (Ha)

You seem to be getting better at this song thing. Yes, it was Billy Joel and "Just The Way You Are". For the weekend we're going easy again, I think. "You're a __ __ __ but I still have your love to remember you by..." Hint: This is a classic ballad from '60s R&B. It even had an answer song. If you're old you'll remember. (Ha) If you're young, you should know this.

Yesterday morning we went to 'Kids' Day' at the institute where Jeff works. DJ August was pumping out the music when we arrived. There were lots of different activities going on in the same room, plus a movie theater and a 'Be a Rock Star' room where they could record vocals to their favorite song. August is very business like when he's 'working'. He has a knack for keeping the beat going and always puts his discs away after they play. So neat. Hmm. On one song where the singer called out dance instructions, they requested that he play it over so they could learn the steps. The DJ complied and the party was rockin'.

I had lunch with my dear friend Seth (Godfather Workout) and among the things we talked about was the possible renewal of the show. Lisa and I were genuine groupies and followed his one-man show all the way to New York. Now we'll have to figure out how to get from Thailand to Vegas. (Just thinkin' ahead)

We have a breakfast, and a lunch today. Maybe there will be time for a nap this afternoon. As it is, I have to run but I'll be posting some new photos over the weekend so stay tuned.

It's time for the 'Funnies'. It's a repeat, but it still makes me laugh. You must laugh too. (Ha)

Have a 'Safe and Sane' holiday and try not to blow anything up.


A contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had reached the final
plateau. If she answered the next question correctly, she would win
the $1,000,000. If she answered incorrectly, she would pocket only
the $32,000 milestone money.

As she suspected it would be, the million dollar question was no
pushover. It was, "Which of the following species of birds does not
build its own nest, but instead lays its eggs in the nests of other

Is it:
A) the condor
the buzzard
C) the cuckoo
D) the vulture

The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer. And she was
doubly on the spot because she had used up her 50/50 Lifeline and her
Audience Poll Lifeline. All that remained was her Phone-a-Friend
Lifeline. The woman hoped she would not have to use it because her
friend was, well… blonde.

She had no alternative. She called her friend and gave her the
question and the four choices. The blonde responded unhesitatingly:
"That's easy. The answer is C: the cuckoo."

The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast. She considered
employing a reverse strategy and giving Regis any answer except the
one that her friend had given her. And considering that her friend was
a blonde, that would seem to be the logical thing to do. But her
friend had responded with such confidence, such certitude, that the
contestant could not help but be persuaded.

"I need an answer," said Regis.

Crossing her fingers, the contestant said, "C: The cuckoo."

"Is that your final answer?"

"Yes, that is my final answer."

Two minutes later, Regis said, "That answer is… Absolutely correct!!
You are now a millionaire!"

Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her family and
friends, including the blonde who had helped her win the million
"Jeni, I just do not know how to thank you," said the contestant. "How
did you happen to know the right answer?"

"Oh, come on," said the blonde. "Everybody knows cuckoos don't build
nests. They live in clocks."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, July 2, 2009



Yesterday we went to the beach. I went to swim class and Lisa hit the gym. It was a semi busy day in L.A.

I guess I'll have to dig deeper if I want to challenge you all with a tough song. So many of you knew what it was.
"I said I love you and that's forever, and this I promise from the heart. I could not love you any better, I love you __ __ __ __ __." Hint: This is the last verse. I'm out of hints. Looks like you really don't need any.

So the big plan was to hit the beach. Looking west, I had my doubts about the weather. We packed up the van anyway. There was Anna and Lisa in the front, August and I were in the second row and C-Bass had the very back seat. Behind him was all the gear for a day in the sand. When we arrived at Santa Monica beach, it was overcast, windy and cold. With hope for a change we stayed low. August went to work on his famous beach drain. This requires him to dig a hole (what else?), insert a small bucket, run down to the surf and fill a second bucket, fill the buried bucket and I think you get the picture. Around 1pm the clouds left and the warmth of the sun was our new best friend. The wind didn't stop so there was still that cool blast, but the sun felt great. We'll be back.

Back in town, there were things to be done. August had a swimming class in the afternoon. Anna and Lisa wanted to go to Curves so I took Mr. August to the pool. I'd been there before, a long time ago. Each child gets a half hour private lesson. There must have been seven or eight private lessons going on at the same time. It was quite a sight. On top of all that, there was a tiny new 'swimmer' getting her first taste of the pool and all she could do was scream. August made sure I was watching when he jumped off the diving board and went down the slide. It all made me a little homesick for the pool.

This morning we're going to watch DJ August work a gig he has at Jeff's work. Last night he worked for about an hour getting all his gear together. He focuses in and knows exactly what he's doing. When he came to visit last night he let me know that he had all his machines and music together and he was ready to go. It's so interesting to watch him go from this little kid watching Sponge Bob to the professional DJ techno wizard.

On with the show. Have a Cool Day.


"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
~Joseph Campbell

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, July 1, 2009



It's been a week since we landed here. (that sounds funny) A lot has been accomplished and there is more to be done. Silly me, I had this misconception that this was a vacation. (Ha)

If you were humming The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself" then you were right on track. Now for a challenge:
"Don't go tryin', some new fashion. Don't change the color of your hair..." Clue: Major hit by a piano man. Lots of covers to this one. He's happy with what is. Hmm.

The August Chronicles: Time once again to look in on the creative activities of our resident prodigy. Mr. August is now nine. Even though he's been on vacation with the family, when they arrived Monday night he hit the ground running. Connections were checked, batteries changed and I was given a brief description of a machine he would soon dismantle. 'Dance, Dance Revolution' was a big array of speakers, screens and controllers. It's parts have now become a special place to play 'Wii' games. August loves Wii and he now has a two person attraction, like a carnival game. We were given tickets to play any game we like. Last night Lisa took the plunge and played several games. It's not just playing a Wii game, but a sensory experience. The sound from the TV goes through a bunch of speakers August set up on the floor. There are spotlights and effects and he has a mic to welcome you to the games. He also assembles what he calls the 'world's biggest remote'. He took a shoe box and put all the remotes inside and labeled them. You simply pick up the box and activate whichever device you want to use. I think there are about six of them. Now there's no problem finding a remote. (at least for the time being) Who knows what today will bring? Stay tuned for another episode next week.

Coming to America, part 2: When we left Thailand we were having internet problems. I just knew that all our troubles would be over for the time we were here. High speed broadband heaven was what I envisioned. (Ha) The service provider for the area we're in is having problems and hopes to have them cleared up in a few days. That just sounds way too familiar. When it works, it really works so I'm waiting patiently for the return. As it is, it's just like home. Signal, no signal. Not the most important thing in life. What?

Today the plan is to go to the beach. Hmm, right now it's not looking like a beach day but that's how it always looks in the morning. It could burn off and be beautiful at the shore. We haven't been to the beach since last summer. I saw the ocean yesterday when we were in the Marina. The beach is so different. Feeling the sand between your toes, the smell of the ocean air... Can you tell I miss it?

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard

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