Thursday, June 30, 2011



We started out with a 'Blue Sky' morning, but that didn't last long. Light rain in the afternoon, more this evening. The car got serviced, the water pressure increased, Lisa is once again painting on canvas, and Daku found a new toy.

Although this song was officially released in '66, it wasn't until the 'Summer of Love' that it was embraced.
"Well, I feel so good, everybody's getting higher. Better take it easy, 'cause the place is on fire. Been a hard day, nothing went too good, now I'm gonna relax, honey, everybody should. So glad we made it, so glad we made it. You got to __ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __ every day." Clue: The group is named for it's leader, but the song was sung by someone else. Three words that could be a plea or a command. It's up to the listener I suppose.

This morning I went over to the Toyota dealer to get an appointment for service. Doing it on the phone is a comedy of errors. On the way, at the Train Library, there was a major event going on, with lots of school kids and monks. When I got to the dealership they told me they could do it right away, and be done in two hours. It was 9:30 so I decided to walk down the highway to Central Plaza. When I got there I remembered that it didn't open until 10am. I did find the Starbucks open so I got some coffee and did some reading on my iPad. The department store opens at 10 but the rest of the mall doesn't open until 11. I went back to Toyota, to their wonderful waiting room. The car was done early, washed and ready. I really enjoy going there since the service is very efficient and the staff is very polite.

Even though there are men working in the street across the bridge from our house, doing something with pipes, our water pressure has gotten better. That's not to say the it won't just go away. I continue to have hope.

Today Lisa began a painting on canvas. This is a departure from the cast acrylic print medium that she's been doing. The piece is evolving into a beautiful still life. She's enjoying the challenge of returning to 'brush and canvas'.

This afternoon Boot was out in the yard with the dogs. We went out to check the temperature of the pool and BamBam came over, but we didn't see Daku. He was lying in one of the plant beds. When Lisa approached him, he got up and did his little teasing romp to another part of the yard. There was something in his mouth. On closer inspection Boot told us it was a baby coconut that had dropped from one of the trees. What a boy.

Tomorrow night we're going to an exhibit opening at 9 Art Gallery. They're having it on Friday since this weekend there will be no alcohol sales because of the election on Sunday. The government has also put a ban on any campaigning using 'Social Media' like Facebook and Twitter. Hmm. There has also been some strong criticism of posters that depict certain candidates with the heads of wild animals. This weekend should be very interesting.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose
sight of the shore for a very long time."
~André Gide

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, June 29, 2011



Chiang Rai had a day without rain. What? We spent the bulk of the day in Mae Sai. The water came back with extra power, and Daku is acting like a puppy.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "Stormy Weather", originally sung by Ethel Waters in 1933. It became a hit when Lena Horne sang it in the movie of the same name. There are many wonderful versions of this song, mostly by women. Now let's go to 1967, and the 'Summer of Love'. This song is by an organist from across the pond. Do you remember?
"Well, my temperature's rising and my feet hit the floor. Twenty people knocking 'cause they're wanting some more. Let me in baby, I don't know what you've got, but you'd better take it easy, 'cause this place is hot. So glad we made it, so glad we made it...." Hint: The title is three words. Singer is begging, and there seems to be a party going on.

With patches of blue sky here and there, we set out for the northern town of Mae Sai. Normally we go there for our immigration check-in. Today we went to shop, or at least make an attempt. The hillside maze of streets that makes up the main part of the shopping district has lots of duplication. One look at the front tables will tell you what will be in a shop. There are tons of handbag shops, all selling designer knock-offs. There are gadget shops selling a range of stuff from pocket knives to pellet guns to LED flashlights. It means that one has to play the odds and hope something unique will pop up every ten shops or so. We determined that part of the monotony is because it's the 'low season' and there aren't many shoppers. Hmm. I found a bag for my iPad, Lisa found some clothing, and we found a few things to bring back for family.

Finding food in Mae Sai has always been a problem for us. Today we ate in the depths of the shopping zone. It was a busy little place and we shared a table with three women. The whole experience was 'very Thai'. The noodles, chicken and broth were good at the time. After lunch we walked onto the main street and had some Doi Chaang Coffee. That was just what we needed. There was more looking, a little more shopping and we left for home.

There are several police check-points on the highway between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. Today we had the dubious honor of being pulled under the 'awning of scrutiny' on our way home. Usually, they just wave us through, or ask where we are going. Today we got 'the look'. After requesting our passports, a man at a table examined them, wrote something down, laughed with the others, and we were set free. While all this was going on, Lisa was getting her phone ready to call our high-level policeman friend. If they only knew. (555)

Daku is not feeling his shoulder so he really wants to run and act crazy. We take him out on a leash, which usually calms him down. This is a good thing because at 72 pounds, when he wants to run, he'll run.

Time for Wacky Wednesday.


"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,'
I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?"
~Sydney Harris

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, June 28, 2011



Another day of off-and-on rain, and though we have water from the sky, we have little in the pipes. Yes, the water gremlins are back. Daku is doing much better today and I'm slowly getting to know my new appendage. (555)

This 'Easy Monday' song could have been in the 'Old School' category, but it's so easy I had to use it. First sung in 1933, and made famous in 1943 when it was sung in a movie of the same name. Go ahead, take a guess.
"Can't go on, everything I had is gone, __ __, since my gal and I ain't together. Keeps rainin' all the time. Clue: It's something that happens here in Chiang Rai almost every day. Hmm.

This morning when we woke up Daku was hardly limping. Much of this is probably due to the medication and the fact that he hasn't been running around. When we went outside he really wanted to play, but the rain came just in time and he doesn't like too much water he can't control. A few more days of 'captivity' and maybe he can romp a little bit. Lisa took BamBam out with the ball so she could get her exercise. She loves to run like the wind.

Our water went from very slow to nothing at all right after lunch. Boot called the water department and they told her they were working on something. Yeah right, so where's the water? Tonight it's back to a trickle. I noticed a bunch of trucks and machines at the base of the bridge this evening so maybe they really are 'working on something'.

All of the recent heavy rain has put a damper on our daily swimming. We had a window of possibility this afternoon but the water temperature had fallen to a chilling 77 degrees. That's 10 degrees lower than the last time we swam. Brrr. Waiting for sunshine to warm it up again.

One of our latest projects is finding a new yard crew. It's been a good run with Khun Kek and his crew, but he has moved out of town and the workers he's been bringing aren't the same ones we started with, and not so good. We'll just keep asking around until we find the right combination.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, we're going to drive up to Mae Sai, on the border with Burma, and do some shopping. The countryside will be beautiful and it will be good to get out of the house.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think."
~Benjamin Disraeli

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, June 27, 2011



We've had a ton of rain here in Chiang Rai. Over the weekend we went to Big C, Central Plaza, Lisa had a massage experience, and I got an iPad.

That 'Old School Friday' classic was "Earth Angel" by The Penguins. The 'Easy Monday' song has definitely been on our minds. I think the same can be said for Southern California as well. This should be easy. "Don't know why, there's no sun up in the sky, __ __, since my gal and I ain't together. Keeps rainin' all the time. Hint: Although it's a love song of sorts, the theme should be obvious. This is a 'Standard' and has been done by everyone. Any artist will do. (How's that for easy?)

Saturday morning we decided to do our shopping during a break in the rain. By lunch time it had started again. At 1pm Atom and Khun Ann arrived to begin the massage therapy session. Atom stayed for the whole session, translating everything Ann was saying about what she was doing. When it was over, Lisa felt relaxed and encouraged about the process. Tuesday of next week we will both have a session with Ann, then another before we leave for our trip to the states.

By late afternoon it looked like we wouldn't be going to Walking Street, since the clouds were very dark and threatening. Sure enough, it rained all night. When we got up Sunday morning, the yards had more water than we've ever seen. The dogs loved it. I tried to keep them close to the back door, but they tore around the side of the house and had a quick romp through the water.

We went to Central Plaza a little early, before our lunch date with Atom, to do some shopping. My mission was to get an iPad. When I got to the iBeat Apple Store I was told that everyone was out of stock. The young man who helped me was not sure when they'd get any more. His English was very good and we talked about a possible arrival date. I mentioned that I wanted it before our trip and he just smiled. I gave him my number, and when I asked for his name and number he told me his name was Moses. What are the odds that his first name would be my last? We had a good laugh, and a little bonding. Lunch was fun, as usual, and afterwards we saw people we knew. This always happens on the weekend when 'browsing' through the Plaza. Later in the afternoon I got a call from Moses. He had an iPad for me. We went back to the store in the evening and he explained that he was holding one for someone else, but he knew how much I wanted it so he sold it to me. Now the learning curve begins.

While we watched the Grand Prix of Europe, my attention was split between watching the race and getting acquainted with my new device. I managed to enjoy both.

Today we had more rain for most of the day. We had to take Daku to the vet because he woke up with a limp. It appears to be a strain in his shoulder. He got an injection and some pills he has to take. He's already doing a little bit better. It's probably a good thing that it's raining so much. It's a great excuse when explaining to him why we can't play outside. (Ha)

Have a Great Week.


"A real friend is one who walks in
when the rest of the world walks out."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Funnies


This morning it felt like rain. A few hours later it was rain, for about five hours. It cleared, we cheered, and stepped into a cooler pool. There's a pretty full weekend ahead with tennis, massage, and Formula One.

That 'Summer of Love' song was "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave. It was covered successfully by The Blues Brothers many years later. Now it's time to roll back the clock. Even if you weren't a teen in 1954, I'm sure you know this one:
"__ __, __ __ will you be mine? My darling dear, love you all the time. I'm just a fool, a fool in love with you."
Hint: We've seen this song before. The title is about a celestial being that is terrestrially grounded. Hmm.

We spent another day hanging around the house. The morning dog play now has a few twists. BamBam will chase the ball as long as it's tossed. Daku will chase it for a bit, and then take a break, doing whatever he wants. Once his attention is refocused, he's back in the action again. They have two very distinct personalities and the contrast is sometimes very funny.

Not long after their run, a breeze came and that was a sign that the rain was soon to follow. It wasn't a hard rain, but a steady flow through lunch and beyond. We can usually expect that if the pool level has risen, chances are the temperature has fallen. That was the case today. There was a three degree drop but it was still quite nice for swimming.

This evening I went into town and on my way over the bridge I noticed two men standing waist deep in the river casting nets. It was a beautiful sight, like going back in time. Around the bend I was in the modern world again.

Our friend Atom told us about a non-traditional massage therapist. The woman, Ann, uses a combination of therapies and tomorrow Lisa is going to try it out. It should be an interesting experience since the session lasts three hours.

Saturday night we're going to 'Walking Street', and Sunday we'll go to lunch with Atom and then watch Formula One in the evening. I saw something in town this evening that probably had nothing to do with the auto race, but reminded me of an activity that is associated with such events. A bunch of guys were parked on a side street having a tailgate party at the back of a pick-up truck. Hmm.

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


The Other Side
A brunette is trying to get across a river and suddenly she spots a blonde on the other side. She yells over to the blonde "Hey, excuse me! How do I get over to the other side?" And after a quick survey of the river, the blonde calls back "You ARE on the other side!"

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, June 23, 2011



Chiang Rai had another sunny day, in the morning. The afternoon was the usual cloudy thing. Daku had his first 'Play Date', we watched tennis, and had a wonderful swim.

The 'Summer of Love' is still strong in the hearts of some of you. Although this song was covered by a couple of 'brothers', the original was by a duo that was far from related. "Grab a rope, and I'll pull you in. Give you hope, and be your only boyfriend, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah). I'm talkin' about a __ __ (horns) I'm a __ __ (horns)...." Hint: The title of this song contains a word that was part of the trademark of the late J.B. What?

This morning our friend Kay came over with two of her five dogs. She brought Ploy and Pet to visit with Daku. BamBam stayed in Boot's house for most of the time since she's more territorial. The dogs are the same age as Daku, and much smaller. It took them some time to warm up, but things got friendly. Daku really wanted to play. He'd jump around and bounce on his front paws trying to bait them into chasing him, but they wanted no part of it. Finally, he just went into the house through the kitchen door. Maybe next time they will understand what he wants to do.

While we were in the pool today we heard the call of a bird that is new to the neighborhood. The birds in our yard have become familiar to us not only by their size and coloring, but also their songs. There is one bird that sings everyday at about the same time. It's kind of a jungle sound and it's nice for about a minute, but then it keeps going and going. Then there are the Greater Cucaos that we usually hear but hardly see. They like to hang out in the corn field and 'hoot'. When they take flight it's a real treat. They're about the size of a large Raven, but they're brown with orange wings. Very dramatic. I came up with a name for the three palm trees that house the squawking birds: "Palmdeminium", since there seem to be several families in each tree. Life in the yard is always interesting.

The campaign sound trucks decided to drum up some votes on our road today. The first one came by playing some pretty cool music, but just as it passed our house a voice came blaring out. The second truck went by fast, probably realizing no one was listening anyway. (Ha)

It's too soon to take out the suitcases for our trip, but the list making has begun. In three weeks we'll be back in the U.S. for our Summer Visit.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"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

Wednesday, June 22, 2011



Chiang Rai has what I call 'predictable unpredictable weather'. Today it began all sunny and nice and by mid-afternoon we were in total cloud cover. We went into town, ran some errands and more.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, but you knew that. Time for a 'Summer of Love' oldie. Usually, when the summer of '67 is mentioned it brings memories of Monterey, psychedelic music, and boogie bands. There was also a lot of R&B going on and today we'll try and remember a song of the times: "Comin' to you, on a dusty road. Good lovin', I got a truckload. And when ya get it, ha, you got somethin'. So don't worry, cos I'm comin'. I'm a __ __ (horns) I'm a __ __ (horns)...." Hint: This tune was one of many hits by a duo that apparently didn't like each other. There was also a terrible movie of the same name but no connection.

This morning, when we took the dogs out, the sky was clear and the sun was blazing. Most of their running was in the shade, but that also means the distractions of the bushes. They got some good exercise, came in and crashed. They love the morning routine. I have a feeling Daku can tell time.

While the dogs slept, we slipped out of the house and drove into town. We had some things to drop off at Bliss Studio for the Sold Project. Khun Chalit graciously acts as a donation drop-off sight for people wanting to give books and art supplies for the kids.

When we walked into the pharmacy warehouse we noticed a big pile of products on the floor. It was a mixture of everything. Lisa jokingly asked the owner if they were taking inventory and she cracked up. She explained that a new store was opening in another town and they were preparing their initial stock. Somebody's going to have a lot of sorting to do.

The 'and more' of this trip to town involved me getting a haircut. Actually, a partial cut since I still have lots of hair on top of my head. A few months ago I cut the dreds from the side of my head. Mostly to stay cooler, but also for a bit of fashion. Keeping it short by myself was being problematic so we went to a shop that's run by young men. About 10 minutes and $3.30 later, I had that short and breezy look again. (Ha) Now I'll go to them on a regular basis.

My prediction about a full swim came to fruition. Under a canopy of gray clouds we swam and hung out in the warm water. Now we're watching an exciting tennis match between Venus Williams and Kimiko Date-Krum. Never thought I'd enjoy the sport so much. Hmm. Next month we'll be getting an introduction to 'Net Ball' when they show the championships on TV. While I'm on the topic of sports, we learned that the mascot for the Chiang Rai United Football Club is a Stag Beetle. Amazing Thailand.

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"We attract hearts by the qualities we display;
we retain them by the qualities we possess."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, June 21, 2011



Today was one of those picture perfect days. Some clouds, but mostly sunny, with a little five minute shower for lunch. Even though we stayed around the compound all day, there are still things to tell you about.

'Easy Monday' was pretty easy for some of you. If you still have questions, these lines should clear up all doubt:
"__ __ is not my lover. She's just a girl who claims that I am the one, but the kid is not my son. She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son." Clue: Paternity issues aside, this monster hit by a guy with a glove should be easy.

At the dinner Saturday night we were told that the new theater at Central Plaza is now showing Western films in English. At some point we'll have to go check it out. Up until now, the only place showing movies was the theater at Big C, but they were all in Thai. A recent article in the Bangkok Post noted that many times people will talk on their phones during movies with Thai subtitles, since they're reading what's going on and not listening. I hope that doesn't happen when we go to the show.

For two days straight, we've had to shorten our afternoon swim. Yesterday, just after we slipped into the water, the thunder began. Big, loud thunder rolling across the sky. Being the sensible people we are, we got out of the water. We waited a few minutes to see if it was over and it soon became quiet. We got back in the water, swam a few laps and the thunder returned. We got out and called it a day. Today, after a few laps in the pool we began to smell smoke. It was not the usual smell, but the gross smell of plastic burning. Again, we called it a day and hit the showers. I predict that tomorrow we will get a complete swimming session.

It goes without saying that with the start of The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, our evening viewing is focused on the grass courts. What's nice is that we can set the new recorder for the evening, and then start at the beginning whenever we want, and skip through the commercials. Of course, we'll be conferring with Watch Guy this weekend to see how he's enjoying it all.

Today, while we were in the pool, I spotted a large, black butterfly. We got out to see it as it darted around some bright flowers. It had a hint of orange underneath, and a deep blue coloring on part of it's wings. It appeared to have a wing-span of about four inches. In other nature news, there are some birds in the yard that have a wing pattern like a Mocking Bird, and the squawk of a Blue Jay. They have a nest in one of the palm trees and whenever the dogs are near the base of the tree, one of them will swoop down, and yell at the dogs. They don't seem to be too concerned since it's not really an attack. Life in the Wild Kingdom, Thai Style.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow
but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, June 20, 2011



We had a weekend full of activity. There were lots of rain storms, lakes in the yard, a special gathering, and an art exhibit opening.

Our 'Old School Friday' song was "Little Egypt" by The Coasters. For 'Easy Monday', let's see if you remember this one from the 80s (ouch). "She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene, I said, 'Don't mind but what do you mean, I am the one, who will dance on the floor in the round?'. She said, 'I am the one who will dance on the floor in the round." Hint: Someone's claiming something that isn't true. Hmm.

Friday night we went to the Night Bazaar and heard a cool trio playing on the main stage. Two guys and a woman, playing guitars and singing songs from The Beatles songbook as well as some other oldies, all in English. The two guys played and all three sang. We hope to see more of them.

Saturday evening we went to The Legend Hotel and Resort for a dinner sponsored by SKAL, the travel organization that hosted the elephant adventure we went on last year. This time there was a car show featuring some old European cars that 'live' in Chiang Rai. Very impressive. Then we had dinner in a new Italian restaurant that the hotel just finished. We had lots of interesting conversations with friends, and met some new people. Most of them are involved in travel or tourism in Thailand. As we sat down for dinner a big storm started and we were glad to be inside.

We left the dinner and went to 4 Cope Art Gallery for a very interesting exhibit. It was the collection of the artist who frames most of the local artist's work. He has work from most of them in his private collection because when they were starting out, he'd accept a piece of art as payment for framing. Khun Sompong took us through the gallery and explained most of the pieces and introduced us to the artist that painted them. We knew many of them, but hadn't seen their early work. It was a great experience, like having a docent escorting us.

Sunday morning was spent at Big C, of course, and then we had lunch at Central Plaza. In the main 'event area' on the first floor there was an art exhibit featuring people we knew. It was set up very nicely so shoppers could view the work almost as if they were in a gallery. After lunch we talked to Khun Songdeg, who is one of our favorites. There were four artists in the show and it's great exposure for the community. That evening we went back to the Night Bazaar for our regular dinner.

As I type, thunder is rolling around the sky and it's raining again. It's been a good weekend, and we're entering countdown mode for our trip to the States.

Have a Great Week.


"The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity is where you are."
~John Burroughs

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Funnies


The forecast called for rain. It always does, but today it actually happened big time. We stayed home all day and a project evolved. Tonight we're going to the Night Bazaar.

The 'Summer of Love' song was "To Sir, With Love" by Lulu, from the movie of the same name. Now you know. Hey, it's time for 'Old School Friday' and I'll bet you know this one: "I went and bought myself a ticket and I sat down in the very first row, wo wo. They pulled the curtain but then when they turned the spotlight way down low, wo, wo, __ __ came out stutting wearing nothing but a button and a bow, wo wo, singin', 'Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah..." Clue: The title is the name of a dancer and part of her name is also a country. The group had many comedic hits through the 50s. More hints later.

This morning the search for a yard stick in Lisa's studio turned into spring cleaning. We found the yard stick, along with lots of art supplies, early works by our resident artist, and things we didn't know were there. It was a good experience.

I found it interesting that the print edition of the Bangkok Post had an article on the passing of Carl Gardner, one of the founding members of The Coasters and the lead singer on many of their records. He was 83 years old.

The rain that came today was in two waves. Right before the first one hit, we were looking to the west, and the sky was gray all the way to the ground. Obviously it was raining. Then I looked out at the yard and it was on us. It grew in intensity and after a downpour it subsided. After lunch we got the second wave and it was heavier. We still managed to get in a nice swim late in the afternoon.

Our air/con did a weird thing that it's done before, dripping water. Not good when it's hot. There is some kind of mysterious blockage that occurs periodically, but they'll be out tomorrow to fix it. I'm just glad we have a good rapport with the store where we bought it and they're always willing to make things right.

We're off to the Night Bazaar for a little strolling and shopping. Friday night is a big night in Chiang Rai so it will be festive.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Enjoy the 'Funnies'.


An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution.
"You don't want to try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained.
"She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets,
often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying
several things at once?'"

"Did it save time?" the person in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast.
Now I do it in seven."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, June 16, 2011



Today was a beautiful day in Chiang Rai. We had the usual clouds that went from white to black, but no rain. We went to the 'little market' in the morning, and swam in the afternoon.

I'm a little surprised that more of you don't remember this 'Summer of Love' love song. Here's a bit more:
"...if you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters, that would soar a thousand feet high, __ __, __ __."
Hint: It's by a woman from across the pond, with one name with repeating syllables. The story is a tribute to a teacher. Hmm.

Going to the market is always an adventure. Today we found ourselves dodging motorbikes riding inside, some delivering vegetables, others making pick-ups. Many restaurants buy their produce at this market and they buy in quantity. We have several vendors that we usually go to, each having something a little different than the other. Everything is fresh from the farm and the cost is amazingly low. There are some guys who have a machine that breaks open coconuts and cleans them out. Fascinating to watch.

I've mentioned that we know most of the streets by landmark names we've given them. It turns out that lots of locals do the same. This is because they don't know the names of the streets. I have looked at some street signs and noticed that a street will be named one thing, and a few blocks later it's called something else. It can get rather confusing, so we just go by the landmarks. Bus Station Street, Clock Tower Street, Walking Street, and so on. Hey, it works.

When we began our swim this afternoon, the sun was shining brightly. There were clouds moving in the sky and by the time we were done, it was dark and windy. Nothing like the ever changing skies of Chiang Rai.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"To do the useful thing,
to say the courageous thing,
to contemplate the beautiful thing:
that is enough for one man's life."
~T.S. Eliot

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, June 15, 2011



This morning we got the water back. We also got our clothes back, and our friends have a new puppy. It was a good day in Chiang Rai.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "The Weight" by The Band. It's a good one you should know. One year earlier, during the 'Summer of Love' many were singing this song: "Those schoolgirl days, of telling tales and biting nails are gone. But in my mind, I know they will still live on and on. But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn't easy, but I'll try...." Hint: It's kind of a song of appreciation. There's a movie of the same name, and the title is four words. Tomorrow you'll get the hook.

The long water saga is over. Before I tell you how it ended, I must tell you about last night. We went for a swim. I wish I could say it was a moon-lit swim, but it was very cloudy. The frogs offered a concert from the waterfall jungle, and the vibe was mellow. After we got out of the pool we went to the side of the house where the big tub of water was waiting. With a plastic bowl, we had to scoop out water and pour it on ourselves. Keep in mind that this water is cold. Once it was done, water had to be hauled upstairs for the evening. Truly an experience.

This morning Boot was determined to get some satisfaction about this water thing. She went to the office when they opened and came back shortly with a guy who works for the department, and he fixed the problem. It seems that someone, probably kids walking by, had turned off our water at the controls on the road. The water people had nothing to do with it, yet they kept telling us when it would come back on. We just had to laugh. The water guy took me out front and removed the handles, and we'll keep them inside so it can't happen again. My head keeps playing with variations on Bob Dylan's line about the 'pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles'.

We had a water appreciation moment, washed things and went into town. Khun Orn, our new seamstress, did a great job on the alterations and it hardly cost anything. We picked up a fruit basket for our neighbors as a way of saying 'Thanks' for the water. The pet supply store is next to Sahapaiboon, where Atom and her sister and brother work. Their family runs the company and we figured they might have their new puppy with them. Atom wasn't in so we have to wait to see the newest addition to their family.

We did get to see a dog on our outing though. A stop at Work @ Home Bakery gave us a chance to visit with Jonathan, the English Golden. It was mid-morning and he was pretty laid back, but happy to see us.

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"Recognize joy when it arrives in the plain brown
wrappings of everyday life."
~Judith Viorst

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, June 14, 2011



Today has been a day of challenges. We had rain, but no water. We had to eat dinner away from home, and many reflexes were realized. Read on to find out.

It's nice to know that some of you remembered this song. The band backed up Bob Dylan before this adventure.
"I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide; when I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side. I said, 'Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown.' She said, 'I gotta go, but m'friend can stick around.' Take a load off Annie, take a load for free....." Hint: Whatever the song is about, it has to do with lifting something that's heavy.

In the middle of the night, Lisa noticed that the water was off. This is not unusual, since it happens from time to time. When we woke up this morning the water was still off. We decided that if it wasn't back by 9am, Boot and I would go to the water department down the road and inquire about the problem. A little after 9 we went to the office and were told that they were 'cleaning some pipes'. Oh. The woman told us it would be back by 2pm. Boot told her she needed to take a shower and the woman said maybe by mid-day.

Just as we set out to go to lunch it started raining. That's when Lisa remembered we had food that Khun Noot and her daughter Kwan had brought us yesterday. It was a surprise when they called and said they were on their way to our house. Kwan had made delicious Spring Rolls and they would make a nice, light lunch.

Well, mid-day passed, 2pm passed, and at 3pm Boot called them. Now they said 5pm, but that didn't happen. We asked Boot to get some water from Mr. Narong, our neighbor who has a well. We left and went to dinner at a place we've passed many times but never tried. It's a big place set back off the road to Ban Mai, about 3 minutes from our house. The service was excellent, the dish we had was OK, and we decided we'd try it again. When we got home Boot had filled a trash can with water, plus various empty gallon bottles. We had water, although it was not the way we wanted it. It's now a little after 8pm and the water is still off. I guess we'll just have to have a late swim before bed. What a shame. (555)

The reflexes that I spoke of have to do with the things we take for granted. We kept going to the sink to wash our hands, but no water. I went to use the hose this morning, but no water. It's like when the power is out and you keep hitting light switches. Oh well.

In some respects, today has been a little like camping out. It also made me realize how some people live all the time. Running water is one of those things we just expect to be there. For some it's a luxury. Gratitude comes to mind.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"There is no shame in not knowing;
the shame lies in not finding out."
~Russian Proverb

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Monday, June 13, 2011



The weekend was typical as far as the weather. There was sunshine, days with threatening clouds, and rain. We did our usual weekend things, and had fun splashing around in the pool.

'Old School Friday' had many of you "All Shook Up", as sung by Elvis Presley. Cousin Trudye pointed out that a singer by the name of David Hill recorded the song first with the title "I'm All Shook Up", and that Elvis covered it. Now you know. This week's 'Easy Monday' will be familiar to most of you if you remember music from 1968. "I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' 'bout half past dead; I just need some place where I can lay my head. 'Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?' He just grinned and shook my hand, and 'No', was all he said. Take a load off Annie, take a load for free. Take a load off Annie, and (and, and) you put the load right on me." Clue: The band that recorded this song had a long run that ended with a final waltz. It was recorded in a big house with an unusual color. The title is two words that are not mentioned in the lyrics.

Saturday was a simple day for us. We didn't do much, but it's a bit of a blur. We ran some errands, played with the dogs, and swam. Since the Formula One race was in North America it meant that 'live' broadcast times were late at night here in Thailand. We did manage to watch some practice, and it got me in the mood. Everything ended up being seen the day after it happened. That's one nice thing about living someplace where F1 is of major interest. There are lots of repeat broadcasts of the events.

Sunday morning we went to Big C and did our weekly shopping. Then we went across the highway to Central Plaza for lunch. We went to KFC to have some 'familiar food'. They serve a combo that includes little chicken wing drumsticks. It turns out they are extra spicy. I guess one has to expect some Thai variations on the theme. One of the things that still fascinates me is how many employees are present at the fast food places. They have crews that clear your table for you so when you're done, you just leave. Imagine that.

This weeks special event in the middle of the mall was an art and craft display. Lots of tables selling kits for needle work, and some artists copying photos. We ended up at Robinson department store for shoe shopping and 'looking'. While we were walking down the main corridor of the mall we heard a song coming out of a clothing store. We went in to find out who it was, but nobody in the store had a clue. This seems to happen a lot with the advent of satellite radio. Stores can put on a channel that plays cool music and let it play all day. We had a laugh thinking about going back every ten minutes to ask who was singing.

When it rains, motorbike riders stop and pull out their plastic coats for protection. I noticed a twist on this when I spotted a guy putting his coat on backwards. It made perfect sense since the rain would be hitting him in the chest, why not have a seamless cover? Hmm.

After we left Central Plaza we went to the downtown market to ask the fabric guy if he knew of a good seamstress. He took us to his wife who told us of a woman who did good work. Today we went to see Khun Orn and dropped off some clothes for alterations. Our usual person is busy at the pineapple fields and not answering her phone so now we have an alternative.

Sunday evening we had dinner at the Night Bazaar and then visited with some of our merchant friends. When we were going back to our car we passed the watch shop. Lisa mentioned 'Wimbledon atit na' (Wimbledon next week) and his face lit up and he repeated what she said. He and his wife will be watching and they had a laugh.

Have a Great Week.


"Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to
Your words are the greatest power you have.
The words you choose and the use establish the life you experience."
~Sonia Croquette

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Funnies


It was a day like so many others. Lots of clouds, moments of threatening rain, and high humidity. We stayed home all day, playing with the dogs, reading, and an afternoon swim. There was also a little dreaming about changes we'd like to make on the house.

The 'Summer of Love' song was "Lovely Rita" by The Beatles. Ah, now the hints make sense. Time for 'Old School Friday' and this one comes from 1957. It's by an artist with a massive list of hits, movies, and drama. You know this:
"Ah-well I bless my soul, what's wrong with me? I'm itchin' like a man on a fuzzy tree. My friends say I'm actin' wild as a bug. I'm in love, I'm __ __ __. Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah." Hint: The condition of the singer also happens during an earthquake. Hmm.

Today, for some reason, the dogs got two exercise sessions with the ball. They both have different patterns of play when it comes to chasing the ball. Daku will run after it with lots of energy at first, and then take a break and come back strong. BamBam feels the need to investigate the bushes after she catches the ball, if she's near one. If the ball should go into one of the hedges, Daku will make a mild attempt at finding it, but BamBam will jump right in and hunt it down. While her nose is buried in the bush her little tail is going like crazy. She is the 'Ball Finder'. They both had extra long naps this afternoon.

After three years in our house, we are beginning to realize that there are some things we'd like to change. There is an area beside the house that gets very little sunshine, but lots of water from the rain gutters. It stays damp and almost muddy. The solution is to put in 'paving stones', so the dogs won't track mud and it will look nice. There is a walk-way, but when the dogs round the corner on a run to the front, they can't help but make a wide turn into the bog.
There's a bunch more we're thinking about but I'll tell you when it happens. We're still quite happy with the Big Brown House as it is.

With the big election just weeks away, the intensity of the campaigning is evident. The speaker trucks are all over town. I don't think some of the candidates would be too happy if they knew that some of the trucks are just putting in time in an ineffective way. Sometimes we'll see two or three of them parading down a street, one behind the other. All of their speakers are blasting a message that can't be understood because the other trucks are doing the same. The other day we followed a truck that was going very slow, in an area with no people. When I passed the truck the driver was obviously under the influence, doing his best to steer the thing. Hmm. And then there are the posters. We saw one that had two candidates' photos. One of them was wearing dark glasses and they looked just a little suspicious. They may be very nice guys, but the photo looked like something from an old gangster movie.

This weekend we'll be watching the Formula One race from Canada. We'll also be gearing up for Wimbledon. Tonight Lisa is baking cookies. Yum

Have a Wonderful Weekend. It's time for the 'Funnies'.


This Is My First Golf Lesson

The school teacher was taking her first golfing lesson.

"Is the word spelled 'p-u-t or p-u-t-t?' she asked the instructor.

"P-u-t-t is correct," he replied.

"Put means to place a thing where you want it. Putt means merely a vain attempt to do the same thing."

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Thursday, June 9, 2011



We woke up to a sunny, dry day. As much as it tried, it never rained. There was more work on the awning, coffee with a friend, learned more about Thai culture, and an afternoon swim.

Many of you knew the 'Summer of Love' song right away. This next verse and chorus should give it away for sure:
"Took her out and tried to win her, had a laugh and over dinner, told her I would really like to see her again. Got the bill and __ paid it, took her home and nearly made it. Sitting on a sofa with a sister or two. Oh, __ __ meter maid, where would I be without you? Give us a wink and make me think of you." Hint: After all those lyrics do you seriously think I'd give you a hint?

The worker that was supposed to have patched the leak in the awning returned this morning. I expected him to approach the awning from the balcony off the bedroom. Instead, he climbed our tall ladder and pulled himself up from below, standing on the support beam and hanging on with one hand. I couldn't watch. He said he got it fixed, but we'll have to wait until the next rain to see for sure.

Mid-morning we met Atom at Doi Chaang for coffee and conversation. She's been going through a rough time dealing with the loss of her beloved dog. She's doing a lot better and told us about a blessing that she and her family did, to 'release' the spirit of 'Sam'. Two glasses are placed on a table. One of the glasses contains water and the other is empty. Over the water glass, they thanked Sam for all the joy he brought, and wished him well. There was more but I don't remember. Then the water is poured into the other glass and then poured on the base of a tree. The idea is that the water gives life to the tree, which gives life to all. This very gentle closure was quite moving.

It's hard to believe that in just five weeks we will be flying back to America for our summer visit. We have lots to do, mostly in the area of prep for Lisa's show in Bangkok. Oh yeah, and the making of the 'lists'.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"Be careful what you set your heart upon -
for it will surely be yours."
~James Baldwin

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011



Today in Chiang Rai the weather was hot and humid. We had no rain, which was a surprise. Our day was a simple one, with a little shopping trip in the morning and a nap and swim in the afternoon.

Our 'Easy Monday' song was "Addicted To Love" by the late Robert Palmer. Look up the video on Youtube. Time once again to visit the 'Summer Of Love'. We've been to the album this next song is from already. It was a monumental release that year, and it provided many memories. This one should be really easy. The title is in two words.
"Standing by a parking meter, when I caught a glimpse of __. Filling in the ticket in her little white book. In a cap she looked much older, and the bag across her shoulder, made her look a little like a military man. __ __... When are you free to take some tea with me?" Hint: The subject of this song is slowly being replaced by the digital print-out. Is this the price of progress? Seriously, you should know this.

This morning, after the dog adventures, the screen guy returned with his crew of trainees. The big sliding screen door in our bedroom just fell out of it's tracks last Friday. We missed that screen since the window is a big source of air when the temps are cool enough. They replaced a wheel, did some major adjustments and it's better than it's ever been.

We drove up to Makro after the screen guys left. They have frozen spinach that's very good, plus a few other things that we can't find in town. There are also lots of things that catch my eye, but I have no idea what they are. Have you ever had chocolate flavored corn chips? You get the idea. On our return from Makro we enjoyed a ride through the 'country' checking out the sugar fields, the corn, and fields of beautiful weeds. The road we live on has one section that is almost a canopy the way the trees grow over it. All this rain has it's benefits.

After lunch we hung out and then napped. Daku tried to get us up early but Lisa got him back to sleep. An hour later I took him downstairs for his roll in the grass, his ice-cube, and part two of his nap. After coffee, Lisa and I went into the pool. We haven't been able to swim for many days so it was great to get back in the water.

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought."
~Napoleon Hill

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011



Today Chiang Rai was hot and humid. We spent part of the morning returning items that helped make the party a success. The afternoon was full of heavy rain. The dogs got a late, muddy exercise session that they totally enjoyed.

The 'Easy Monday' song is really quite easy. A bunch of you knew this one, but here's more for those in doubt:
"You see the signs, but you can't read, you're runnin' at a different speed. Your heart beats in double time, another kiss, and you'll be mine.... Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah. It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're gonna have to face it, you're __ __ __." Hint: The singer's videos were well known for their depiction of a 'band' of models with heavy makeup pretending to play instruments. The singer was always dressed in a sharp suit and tie. He's no longer with us.

Under cloudy skies we went out this morning and returned chairs and flatware to Gary and Baan, and platters to Khun Nine. We also made a stop at Bliss Studio to drop off donations to The Sold Project. While we were there Chalit showed us some of the portraits he's been commissioned to take of prominent people in the history of Chiang Rai. It's part of the 750th anniversary of the city that will be celebrated next year. The photos are very creative and really capture the personalities of the subjects.

On our way home we drove through the village of Ban Mai. While sitting at a light we watched a woman wash her hair right by the side of the road, in front of her shop. We also noticed that most of the trailers that people tow behind their motorbikes are not securely attached. There is a bar that goes across the seat and they either tie it on or sit on the bar. Hmm. This evening I saw a young woman riding side-saddle on the back of a bike, holding two large triangular shaped boxes containing guitars. Another local observation was a Samlor driver pushing his vehicle on the uphill side of the bridge, with his passenger walking beside him. They were chatting away, and when they reached the top, she got in and they continued on their way. Amazing Thailand.

The storm this afternoon left the yard soaked, with a few little lakes. The dogs didn't get their usual run, but this evening Lisa took them out and they had big fun chasing the ball and running through puddles. Needless to say, she had a big clean-up job when it was over, but the dogs are very happy.

Yesterday I mentioned that I got an explanation as to why the river was being dredged, and the shoreline changed. It seems that the bend in the river, just east of the bridge, puts extra stress on the shore on the north side of the river. By widening the river on the south shore in the turn, the water will flow without rising and eroding the other side. That's life on the river. We still don't know if there will be much of a beach when they're done.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good
we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
~William Shakespeare

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Monday, June 6, 2011



The weekend in Chiang Rai was a combination of sunshine, rain, and lots of friends. The river is even wider but now there's an explanation.

That 'Old School Friday' song was "Charlie Brown" by The Coasters. For 'Easy Monday' see if you remember this one: "Your lights are on, but you're not home, your mind is not your own. Your heart sweats, you body shakes, another kiss is what it takes... You know you're gonna have to face it you're __ __ __." Clue: It's gonna take some serious rehab to get over this situation. (Ha)

Saturday morning it looked like any other cloudy day. Around 12:30pm we got yet another 'Storm of the Century' when a monsoonal type deluge hit. It rained so hard that the streets were flooding in some places within 15 minutes. We were out when it hit, but we didn't get wet. Things cleared a bit in the afternoon and by evening it was just cloudy.

We went to 9 Art Gallery for the opening of a very good exhibit of paintings depicting village life in Chiang Rai. The artist captured scenes of typical events with lots of detail. We met more interesting people and saw many friends from the art community.

Sunday was spent making preparations for our afternoon party. We went to the vegetable market in the morning. Back at the house we hung pictures, set up fans, and arranged the furniture and umbrellas on the patio so the afternoon sun would not be too much for our guests. Lisa made her 'famous' Thai style tuna salad, and Boot made coconut chicken, one of my favorite dishes. Even though we told our guests that they didn't have to bring anything, they brought food and drinks. We ended up with 17 people and lots of food. Khun Nine, from the gallery brought a large dessert platter that was a big hit. At one point there were light sprinkles for a few minutes, but it didn't stop anything. The dogs were 'invited' to join the party, on leashes. Daku hung out on the deck for a bit, and BamBam went for a walk with Chalit. They're becoming more social as they mature. The whole affair went on for about five hours and by the time the last guest left, we were beat, but happy. Then came the clean up, and more of the French Open. Our new recorder earned it's keep.

Today we took it easy. Our friend Chalit came over in the morning and we had a nice visit. This afternoon we went to Arisara for a much needed massage. There's nothing like a 90 minute oil massage to relax the body after an active weekend.

Have a Great Week.


"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."
~Chinese Proverb

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Funnies


Today was more of the same, weather wise. Chiang Rai is not getting the rain it needs, considering all the newly planted crops. Not to mention our lawns. We went out in the morning, and Lisa finished a new print in the afternoon.

That 'Summer of Love' song was "How Can I Be Sure" by The Young Rascals. 'Old School Friday' is next and I think you might know this one. "Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow? Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O? __ __, __ __, he's a clown, that __ __. He's gonna get caught, just you wait and see. (Why is everybody always pickin' on me?) Hint: It's a novelty song from '59 about a rascal at school. The group had a huge string of funny songs.

We have finally figured out the traffic patterns around town so we don't go out in the morning until about 10am. There has definitely been an increase over the time we've been here. Even with the traffic, the town is small enough that you don't need to pack a lunch in order to cross town during rush hour. Even at its worst, it's not Bangkok. (Ha)

As if on a schedule, the sky began to cloud up during lunch, and a few hours later the thunder concert began. Just as we were finishing our swim a large, dark cloud started moving in our direction and the thunder got more intense. All that came of it was a light sprinkle. Boot did some watering before dinner so the flowers were happy. The Gardenias are blooming in the back yard and the smell is delicious. In the course of watering, Boot sprayed the dogs to cool them off. Lisa went to the back door and they both came running up with big smiles on their faces.

There is a big park that used to be the grounds of a prison. Part of the wall still stands. It now serves as a recreation area for kids, with basketball nets, and an area for skateboarders. Tonight the whole thing was transformed into the Fruit Festival, with a large stage for musical presentations, and lots of booths serving food. It seems like there's always something to do in Chiang Rai.

Tomorrow night we'll go to the opening of a new exhibition at 9 Art Gallery, and Sunday we'll have the party. Oh yeah, there's also the French Open finals. Good times ahead.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Now it's time for the 'Funnies'.


The Clever Reporter

A car was involved in an accident in a street. As expected a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story could not get near the car.

Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, "Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim."

The crowd made way for him.

Lying in front of the car was a donkey.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011



We had another one of those hot, muggy Chiang Rai days. The afternoon brought lots of booming thunder, but no rain. We did some party shopping in the morning and had a nice visit with our friend Gary in the afternoon.

Well, the 'Summer of Love' sure holds memories for some of you. Here's more of the song: "How do I know? Maybe you're trying to use me, flying too high can confuse me. Touch me but don't bring me down. Whenever I am away from you, my alibi is tellin' people I don't care for you... __ __ __ __ __, I really, really, really wanna know"
Clue: The group started out 'young' but soon grew up. (Ha)

At 9am the temperature at the airport was reported as 86 degrees but it felt hotter. We took the dogs out early for some ball play. Daku's leg is doing fine and he loves to chase the ball, but BamBam is the real athlete. She runs like the wind and makes incredible leaps to catch the ball in the air.

We went down to Big C to pick up a few things for the party and got a big surprise. The whole store has been rearranged, which means it's hard to find things. Most stores do this at least once a year so you'll see more things to buy. What? It will take a few more visits to get used to this 'new' store.

On the way home we passed a shop that has become part of our driving routine. It's called "Happy Sister" and we made lots of jokes about it before it was completed. We're still not sure exactly what goes on, but we know there's food involved in part of the complex. I can't resist saying things like, "Where's Sister?" or "Are ya Happy today?". Today we realized that it's hard to resist. One of these days we'll stop and check it out.

When we invited our friends Gary and Baan to the party, Gary offered to help with any supplies we might need. Today he brought by some chairs and we sat and had a nice chat. He's from England and has sailed around the world. He has lots of interesting stories to tell.

Later in the afternoon we took delivery of a cabinet we bought for the bathroom. The guys who brought it spent a lot of time making sure it was level so the doors wouldn't swing open. We've been frequent patrons of this furniture store and they always give us excellent service.

Time to get back to the French Open. I'm still amazed that we're so into tennis these days. Our friend the 'Watch Guy' and his family are also fans and every time we go by the shop during tennis season, we talk about it. They don't speak much English, but we'll mention a recent match and they are up on all the players names. It's a fun thing to have common interest.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
~Franz Kafka

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011



Today we had two distinct weather systems. The morning was sunny and hot, the afternoon was filled with dark clouds, thunder, and light rain. We managed to be out during the pleasant part, and swim between the showers.

The 'Easy' song was "School Boy Crush" by Average White Band (AWB). You knew that all the time. 'Summer of Love' brought lots of different kinds of music to our ears. This next one is still one of my favorites:
"__ __ __ __ __, in a world that's constantly changing? __ __ __ __ __ where I stand with you? Whenever I, whenever I am away from you, I wanna die 'cause you know I wanna stay with you..." Hint: Back in the day I was really groovin' on this tune. It spoke to the doubts about love. Just couldn't be certain, or could I?

The morning was full of yard activity. The crew returned to finish their work, and the pool guy came for the weekly service. By mid-morning they were all gone. We went down to Sinthanee to pick up a hard disc recorder for the TV. While we were waiting we watched a couple of music videos by a Korean 'Girl Group' named Rainbow. Very slick production, though we couldn't hear the music. Hmm.

As lunch time approached, and Boot was in Ban Du, we opted to eat at Central Plaza. Today we dined at S&P, where the menu has lots to offer, but the place is cold and drafty. We managed to get a table that was somewhat comfortable, and had a nice lunch.

It occurred to me, while watching various motorbikes on the main road, that the light weight and step-through configuration are the reason so many women ride them. That and the fact that they are much more affordable than a car. For many families, the motorbike is the 'family vehicle'. The rest of my thought was that if traffic in the U.S. would accommodate these small machines, more people could move about, and have more independence, for less gas. It could happen is some small towns I suppose.

With the election a month away, the streets are getting filled with 'speaker trucks'. These are pick-up trucks that have either loudspeaker horns on the roof, or P.A. speakers in the bed of the truck. They drive very slowly through the streets playing music, and then a recorded message/promotion from the candidate that hired them. The may also have a large poster with the candidates photo and ballot number. It's so odd to be in traffic, hear a voice, and not know where it's coming from or what it's saying. These trucks are also used to sell products and services, but I think they're all booked up during the campaign. Hmm, can you imagine?

I think it's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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