Wednesday, December 8, 2010



Today was another beautiful day, and we enjoyed it. Morning errands and browsing, massage in the afternoon, and the Night Bazaar this evening. You also might be interested in yet another festival.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Sly and the Family Stone. Clever, huh? Now it's time to visit the 'Summer of Love', a summer of very diverse musical expression. This one proves that:
"Who's peakin' out from under a stairway, calling a name that's lighter than air? Who's bending down to give me a rainbow? Everyone knows it's __." Clue: A big hit for a big group. They were associated with lush harmonies.

This morning we went to Bliss Photo Studio to pick up all the versions of all the photos of Lisa and her art work taken by Chalit. After a nice visit we strolled up the street to a traditional clothing store that we pass all the time. Today was the day we went inside. The selection was really wonderful. Many different styles that we'd never seen, and some modern versions of older styles. The store is part of a complex that includes a photo studio for taking pictures in traditional Thai clothing from earlier times. The final photos look like portraits of royalty. Hmm, sounds like fun.

Following a quick stop at the local pet supply (who can resist) we headed downtown. One of our stops was at the watch guy's shop. His place is open on two sides, on a street corner. Today the city had done the mosquito fogging and watch guy wasn't too happy about it. He smiled as he told us how bad it was. We're just glad it had dissipated by the time we arrived.

Our massage sessions have turned into physical therapy, which is fine with us. Today's session left both of us feeling relaxed, and it fit the mood of the day. We'll get one more session before going to America. We're going to miss our special massages. Maybe we'll have to investigate and see what's available when we get there. One our way home we encountered a real traffic jam. I had a suspicion it was some kind of parade since they seem to find me. (Ha) Sure enough, as we approached one of the major temples in Chiang Rai, I spotted banner carriers, and a large group of monks walking in the street. That called for a U turn. Just as we turned the corner to go over the bridge, they took down the barricades. Oh well, we enjoyed the ride over the bridge and through Ban Mai village.

The Night Bazaar gets pretty crowded these days. We got there fairly early, while some vendors were still setting up, but there was a crowd building. We basically finished our holiday shopping. There was so much to see, it was hard to stay focused. While we were in the 9 Shop, the music had me bobbing my head. We asked the guy who it was, but at first it was not real clear what he was saying. He said a name several times and just as he turned to write it down I figured it out. It was Linkin Park. It didn't sound like that when he said it. American music is alive and well in Thailand. The store guy loves it.

The quiet spell across the river was short lived. There is another festival happening now. Tye referred to it as the 'Fish Eating Festival'. We have no idea what this means, except there will be a lot of fish over there, and a lot of live music.

Have a Wacky Wednesday.


"We don't receive wisdom;
we must discover it for ourselves after a journey
that no one can take for us or spare us."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

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