Today was check-in day with immigration. While in the north we stopped at Tesco, and had coffee at the Teak House.
A carwash, Doi Chaang coffee, a wonderful lunch visit with friends, art errands, and a great dinner took up the second half of the day.
Our first 'Summer Song' was "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane. I think you like this format change. There was lots of mail. Now, settle down 'cause it's 'Old School Friday' time. If you know this one, tell me the title, the group, and a bit of the intro. (This should be good) "Every morning about this time, she get me out of bed a-cryin' __ __ __. After breakfast every day she throws the want ads right my way and never fails to say, __ __ __..."
Hint: Something a lot of people wish they could do these days. It's from '58 by a group of shadowy figures.
This morning we set out early for Mae Sai. We were on the road by 7:40am. It was interesting to be in the morning traffic on the Super Highway. It was a little busy just north of Chiang Rai, but after that it just rolled along. It took us the usual hour to reach our destination. The place was practically empty so as soon as we finished our one page form, the official stamping and folding was done and we were back on the road. Took about 10 minutes. Next time we're going to fill the forms out in advance and see if we can beat that time. (555)
About 3 kilometers south of the office is the big Tesco-Lotus store. I think we went there for pickles or relish, but we left with everything but that. Well, not everything. We're pretty good shoppers. Things like juice on sale are hard to pass up. They were having a sale on sugar which we watched with great interest, but didn't indulge. People were lined up at one counter looking like there was a run on gold. At the appointed time they started dispensing little white bags. At first we didn't know what it was. I finally cruised by a check-stand where a man had a cart full of these bags and recognized the logo. Another thing we bought was forks. Our forks disappear over time. Boot sometimes cleans off a plate over the trash and the fork becomes garbage. Not a big deal, but when you get down to three, it's time to restock. It was about mid-morning when we left Tesco, so after buying some pineapple from a roadside stand, we stopped for coffee at Teak House, which has a very nice ambience and lots of nice wood. The coffee wasn't as good as the first time, but it was a nice little rest.
At home we regrouped and headed to the carwash. It's one thing to have a dusty car, but after driving in the rain up north, it looked totally nasty. The carwash lady said it would be an hour, but Lisa told her we had a lunch date in an hour so she said 30 minutes. The sweet game of negotiation. We walked over to Doi Chaang for coffee and had a nice conversation with Kwan.
Lunch with Jimmy and Poui was delicious. We had a great time hearing about their adventures living in Alaska, Louisiana, and Australia. Poui has started painting and she showed us her work. There were some very special pieces in her original collection. I learned about wells and pumps and filters, and Jimmy gave us some material to put on our 'slippery when wet' back patio. He said 3M developed it for the boats in Alaska. Oh, and we learned a lot about sled dogs too. They'll be going back to Australia later next month and won't return until April. We hope to see them again before they go.
On the way home from lunch we picked up Lisa's polyethylene plates, and went by the art supply store. When we got home we collapsed. Too late for a nap, but just enough time to stare at the ceiling for a while. What a day!
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. The 'Funnies' are next, from my friend Shalini. This is part one.
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax.
* I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
* Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
* I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
* The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
* Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
* To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
* Some people are like Slinkies ... not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.
* I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
* Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
* A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Gettin' Funky, Thai Style