Wednesday, November 30, 2011



Today there were moments when it looked like it might rain. Then the moments passed. I got a massage and we socialized in the evening.

So, I tried to make Monday as easy as possible by giving you "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles, but only Lisa and Ricardo responded. Now you get to remember a 'Song of '91'. This one was a Country hit by the daughter of a famous singer. "People are talking, talking 'bout people. I hear them whisper, you won't believe it. They think we're lovers, kept under cover. I just ignore it, but they keep saying we laugh just a little too loud. We stand just a little too close. We stare just a little too long. Maybe they're seeing something we don't, darlin'. Let's give them __ __ __ __ (repeat 2x)" Hint: This one rates pretty high as a clever love song.

This morning I had my weekly massage. The rest of the day was spent at the house. Lisa worked on a new cast acrylic print and I learned more about some music programs I have on my iPad. Since we've run through the complete volumes of the entire Stargate franchise, we're now watching Star Trek The Next Generation for lunch. Nothing like lunch in another galaxy. Most of the episodes are vaguely familiar, but there are details that make it worth watching. It's also interesting to notice how production values and techniques have changed through the years.

The evening we went to the launch party for the Chiang Rai chapter of PATA, an international organization that promotes travel and tourism. There were many people there that we knew, and more that we didn't know. It was held at Rai Maefarluang in a very nice reception room. Just before we left, we had a conversation with the director of chapter development. She mentioned that tourism benefits everyone in a town like Chiang Rai due to the ripple effect. So many sectors of the community are linked in some way to money from outside the area that it benefits the whole to promote tourism. While the main industry is agriculture, there is a definite dependence on tourist dollars.

Tomorrow I get to go to the dentist. Oh joy. Dr. Oy is going to fill two tiny cavities on two upper front teeth. I always fret about going through these things and it's never as bad as I imagine. So, it will be a piece of cake and I will emerge with my bravery intact. (555) Seriously, how bad could it be?

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make our world."
~The Buddha

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



The weather is more of the same. In a way, there's something nice about the predictability. We spent time doing things in town today, and had time to plant a tree cutting.

I guess everyone is over at Facebook, or mobbing the sales. Lisa was the only one to respond to 'Easy Monday'.
"And when I touch you I feel happy inside. It's such a feeling that my love I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide. Yeah, you've got that something, I think you'll understand... __ __ __ __ __ __." Clue: The word hand is mentioned quite a bit in this song. That's all I'm sayin'. So easy.

We met our friend Jaffee at the bamboo store this morning to help us bring our table home in a truck. Once the table was delivered, we left the house and went back into town. This time we went to the bank and the fruit market. There are certain times in the morning when there's a lull, and places are not busy. I guess it's between the morning rush and the lunch time thing. As we were leaving the bank we spotted a chair by the curb. On the chair was a plastic wash basin and on top of that was a grill with parts of a cut up fish. I can only assume that they were drying the fish. OK, couldn't pass up the opportunity so I went back, looked around, and took a picture with my phone.

Today Boot's good friend La has been helping her with the various things she does around the house. Her plan is to have La take care of us when she goes on vacation to Rayong. La was the woman who came to interview with us back in October of 2007 when we moved into the rental house. Boot came with her because she spoke some English. Boot has been with us since that day. Funny how things work sometimes.

After lunch and a short nap we went to the nursery to get some dirt for a cutting of a flowering tree that Jaffee gave us. We have one in the back and wanted one for the front. While at the nursery we also got a poincettia to take to our friend Joyce. Lisa found a nice pot and then we went to the woman with the plants. I should tell you that the nursery is a big plot of land with many vendors. Some just sell pottery, others have exotic plants and arrangements, and some sell planting supplies. The woman with the poincettias planted ours in the pot we bought and then added wood chips and topped it off with white rocks. When we asked her what she wanted for the planting she said 'Nothing'. The whole visit was about $4.50 for everything. We took the plant to Joyce and she was very surprised. She set it by the front door of the guest house.

Back at the house, we got out all our planting tools and set the little tree in the ground. It seems that La knows a lot about plants and she gave us a tip about the depth that was important. Now it's just a matter of time. The tree in the back has been growing very fast and we're hoping the cutting in front will do the same.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"The more you teach positive ideas to others,
the better you learn them yourself."
~Brian Tracy

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, November 28, 2011



We're still wishing we could get a little rain here in Chiang Rai. The days are warm, and the nights are cool. So cool that the pool is at 68 degrees. Over the weekend we had dinner with friends, went to the mall, and strolled the Night Bazaar.

I'm a little disappointed that nobody knew the 'Old School Friday' song. It was "Only The Lonely" by Roy Orbison. I guess you really need an 'Easy Monday' song. Here's one that started an invasion. "Oh yeah, I'll tell you something, I think you'll understand. When I'll say that something, __ __ __ __ __ __ (repeat 2 times)." Hint: Four lads from Liverpool.

Saturday evening we had dinner with our friends Thomas and Joyce. They have a little guest house with three rooms that they rent out. It's a tiny place on Jet Yod Road, down a little alley. When we arrived, some of their guests were leaving for the evening. Thomas is from France and all their guests were too. We had dinner in the living room/lobby. It was fun hanging out with them, learning more about their lives. Joyce is from Bangkok and told us stories about how her family is having to cope with the floods. She has decorated the guest house so you really feel like you're visiting someone's home. There were lots of little touches that kept catching our eyes. After dinner they gave us a tour and then we relaxed on an upstairs open-air porch that felt like we were in the country. Lots of bamboo furniture and a hammock. They have a table that we really liked and yesterday we found the store and bought one. The top is made from spit bamboo and it will be perfect for parties on the patio. Late Saturday night we watched the qualifying for the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. It's the last race of the season and due to the time difference, it didn't start until almost 11pm. We managed to stay awake.

Sunday we did our usual Big C trip and in the afternoon we went to Central Plaza. While we were there, we saw our friends Sutheera and Nukoon. We had a nice visit and then went to Tops Market for the things we can't find at other stores. In the main part of the lobby there was a 'Barrista Competition' going on. Teams from different coffee shops were competing to see who made the best drinks. Hmm. As we were leaving we passed a girl carrying a violin. She smiled and wai'd. It was the daughter of a friend of ours who owns Aye's Restaurant. There is a new music school in the mall and it's interesting to see children walking around carrying their instruments. Not the usual accessory for cruising the mall. Because the Brazilian race began so late, I recorded it and we watched it today.

Today a worker came over to clean the awning over the patio, and also spray wash the terrazo. Over time, because it's made of tiny pebbles, it gets dark from dirt and soot. He worked hard for about 6 hours and did a good job, and it only cost $30. We'll have him back on a regular basis to keep it nice.

Have a Great Week.


"The Place to improve the world
is first through one's own heart and hands."
~Robert M. Persig

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Funnies


We had a cooler day today, though it felt hot in the sun. We put in some time on the highway and saw some amazing art work.

Our first 'Song of '91' was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Get your grunge on. 'Old School Friday is next:
"__ __ __ (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah), know the way I feel tonight (ooh-yay-yay-yeah) __ __ __ (repeat dums) know this feelin' ain't right... But __ __ __ know why I cry __ __ __" Hint: This '60s song is about a man who has been left all alone. He knows others know how he feels. Hmm, who are they?

This morning we took Lisa's latest cast acrylic print out to the frame factory. This piece will be donated to the exhibition at Chiang Rai Rachapat University in honor of the King's birthday and Chiang Rai's 750th Anniversary. On our drive in the country it was interesting to see the changes in the rice fields. We passed one field and Lisa counted 18 people standing in a row, cutting down the rice. The color scheme has gone from a rich green to an orangish yellow.

This afternoon we went to the opening of an exhibit that we knew nothing about. The invitation was through Facebook from one of Lisa's Thai artist friends and the whole thing was in Thai. When we arrived at Bann Si Dum there was a big crowd of people. We had to drive down a narrow street, and then a dirt road to get to a sloping meadow where we were told to park. They had a shuttle to take us back to the main area. Someone recognized us and directed us to a table where the book for the exhibit was being handed out. Inside the book we found all the info we needed. This was the culmination of the 33rd Art Competition and it's sponsored by Bangkok Bank. The show was originally mounted in Bangkok, but had to be moved because of the flooding. We saw many friends from the local art community, and after speeches by Tawan Duchanee, notables from the bank, and politicians, the doors were opened.

The building that houses the exhibition is a huge structure that Tawan built as an art piece. The art was in three categories and most of it dealt with subjects like the shortcomings of society, Buddhist mythology, or politics. One artist from the South, where rubber is grown, used the liquid form of rubber to encase leaves from the rubber tree and then paint on top of that. There were many mixed media works as well as some three dimensional pieces. An art teacher from Maefarluang University that we had met before hung out with us and explained a lot of the meaning behind some of the work. That made a big difference and broadened our understanding of the culture. We didn't get to see all of the exhibit, so we'll have to go back. Outside there were live performances by Thai dancers, drummers and various musicians. As we left they began serving food and we were told that later there would be a fireworks show.

It's been a busy week, and it's not over.

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


The Tooth Fairy

"Are you the tooth fairy?" my seven year old asked, after yet another tooth fell out. Very impressed that she picked up on this, I assured her that I am in fact the tooth fairy. My bubble burst a few minutes later, when after thinking for a few seconds she asked, "how do you get into the other kids' houses?"

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, November 24, 2011



The rain never came, but the clouds cooled the day. Our teeth cleaning was the big event of the day. Tonight, it's Turkey Time.

So far Bruce is the only reader to recognize the 'Song from '91'. It's a good thing he knew, or he'd be in trouble. (Ha) Maybe this verse will rattle your memory: "With the lights out, it's less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us. I feel stupid and contagious. Here we are now, entertain us..." Clue: A T-shirt, old jeans, and a flannel shirt and we're ready to Rock. The band name is the quest of many. A lot of hours were spent trying to decipher the lyrics to this song when it came out. What did you think it said?

This morning we went back to Overbrook Hospital to have our teeth cleaned. This time we got Dr. Oy, the dentist we wanted. She very nice and very thorough. I have to go back next week to have two tiny cavities filled. She also told me that one of my fillings had 'expired'. That's one I'd never heard before.

This evening we drove out to the country for Thanksgiving dinner. When I say country, I mean a 25 minute drive, mostly on a winding road through the hills and along the river. It was so dark in places that it looked like we were driving into nothingness. The house was beautiful. We got a tour before dinner and it's based on an old Thai house, with many modern touches added. There are also new things that were made to look old, which makes it very unique.
There were 15 of us for dinner, all sitting at a big long table. It really felt like a classic Thanksgiving dinner. There was turkey, two kinds of mashed potatoes, dressing, broccoli, rice, and macaroni and cheese. Oh, and biscuits and home-made dragon fruit jelly. Most of the dinner was made by a young man from the States. He really did a great job. Our friend Caty is house-sitting and set up the dinner. Most of the guests are teachers from America. It will be one of those experiences that will stay in the memory for a long time.

Have a Thrilling Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving (to those in America).


If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,
there will be Peace in the world.

(Chinese Proverb)

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



The day began like a fall day. Then it got warm and spring like, then clouds rolled in and the forecast calls for rain. Maybe. Rain would be good for the lawns and the crops. Today we went on a shopping tour for veggies and fruit.

That 'Easy Monday' song that kept you awake was "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills. It was from his first solo LP. I got mail from Bruce requesting the year 1991. It's time to give the youngsters some play. I'll expect some responses to these songs from you 'kids'. (555) We'll kick off 'Songs of '91' with a tune that no one understood. Here's your chance to show what you knew: "And I forget just why I taste. Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile. I found it hard, it's hard to find. Oh well, whatever, nevermind. Hello, hello, hello, how low?..." Clue: This was one of the records that helped create a new genre that evolved out of Seattle. Hmm, what's that aroma?

This morning we went to Makro for juice drink ingredients. They had celery, which saves us a trip to another store. Some things are coming back on the shelves. Where sugar had been scarce, we saw a big pallet full today. Still no regular potato chips though. We spotted 'Rock Spicy Chili' chips, 'Peking Duck' chips, and 'Seaweed' chips for a change of pace. We went over to the frozen meat section to see what their turkeys looked like. They were too big to take home, but I did stroll down the aisle to see what was available. Nothing we eat I assure you, but there was wild boar, black chicken, crocodile, and snapping turtle. I ran from the area.

At the vegetable/fruit market I got distracted when I noticed a true 'motorbike' in one of the aisles. Some of you may remember the Wizard from the '50s. It was basically a bicycle with a small one-cylinder engine. (wanted one so bad) The one I saw today was very slick and modern. It had a front disc brake, leather seat, white-walls, and the name 'Road Wing' on the black gas tank. It belongs to one of the women vendors and she's quite proud of her ride. It brought a smile.

We saw another first time sighting today. There is a woman driving a Samlor. This has been the domain of older men as long as we've been here. There has been lots of talk about whether the tradition of the Samlor, the three-wheeled, peddle driven taxi could survive if no young people got involved. Maybe things are changing.

While sitting in traffic this morning, I was a bit surprised when a motorbike with three young people on it made a U-turn within the lane and drove down the wrong side of the divided street. There's something about free-form driving that changes all perspective. Where am I, what just happened? Amazing.

Tomorrow we're going to Thanksgiving dinner so this message will arrive early in some locations. Friday we've been invited to an art exhibit at Baan Si Dum (The Black House). The adventure continues.

Time for Wacky Wednesday.


"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
~T. S. Eliot

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, November 22, 2011



Cold air blew in overnight and made for a chilly morning. It didn't take long for it to warm up though, and we had a pleasant day. Wind in the afternoon kept it from getting too hot. It was a basically mellow day.

A few of you were quick with the answer for the 'Easy Monday' song. There's still time to play, since I know you remember this: "Don't be angry, don't be sad. Don't sit crying talking good times you've had. Well there's a girl sitting right next to you, and she's just waiting for something to do. Well there's a rose in a fisted glove, and the eagle flies with the dove...." Hint: Seriously? You should know that we are done with 1981 songs and unless I get a new year by tomorrow (your today) it will once again be 'Dealer's Choice' and I'll pick crazy years. (555)

This morning we had to put on an extra layer of warmth. At 6:30 it's still pretty cold these days, and today was even colder. I'm not sure how cold it really was, but it's all relative. I had a massage today and it's good to be back on a schedule. Khun Joy is very conscientious about her work and I'm grateful for that, but sometimes it hurts. And, of course, the smiles and laughter don't help. We're doing better as far as our communication. I don't always have to say the word 'pain' for her to know. There are grunts and groans that just come out and she knows.

Lisa is going to be in an exhibit and workshop next month at Chiang Rai Rachapat University. She finished the cast acrylic print that she will donate to the university for the exhibit, and is now making a piece for the workshop. The exhibit will be at the university art gallery and then the works will be sold. Half of the proceeds will go to one of the foundations sponsored by the King. There will be many local artists involved, from what we've been told.

We've been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. Our friends from Praatap Jai will be there, along with turkey and trimmings. How amazing, two thanksgivings in one season. There's a lot to be thankful for.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being
can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."
~William James

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, November 21, 2011



Chiang Rai is still having great weather. The nights aren't as cold and that's a good thing. We had a busy weekend and an interesting Monday.

A few of you recognized the 'Old School Friday' song as "Get A Job" by The Silhouettes, 1957. 'Easy Monday' should be just that. "If you're down and confused, and you don't remember who you're talking to. Concentration slips away because your baby is so far away. Well there's a rose in a fisted glove, and the eagle flies with the dove, and if you can't be with the one you love, honey, __ __ __ __ __..." Hint: It's by an artist who became part of a trio, and then a quartet and it's suggesting that one take advantage of a situation. Hmm.

Friday evening we went to what can best be called a 'Semi-Surprise' birthday party. The honoree discovered that there was going to be a party, but she wasn't told who was coming, so it ended up having the element of surprise. We met some new people and had a lot of fun conversations along with some good food. They have five dogs and four of them were at the party. One of the guests takes care of a dog that is part wolf and very mean. At one point the dogs at the party gathered around him and began barking. They sensed the nature of the mean dog and didn't want the guest around. He spent the remainder of the party outside by himself. Animals are so interesting.

Saturday we went to a wedding reception dinner at the Wiang Inn Hotel. There were about 300 guests and we were the only non-Thais. It was a mixture of Thai tradition and Western fashion. Speaking of fashion, there was a range of 'evening wear' that went from T-shirts to fine Thai silk. The bride and groom never had a chance to sit during the whole evening. They were either standing on the stage while speeches were made, or they were walking around greeting all the guests. We heard from the mayor of Chiang Rai and Tawan Duchanee, the patriarch of the art community. The mayor remembered Lisa from when he opened her art exhibit and they had a little conversation. The time finally came when the stage was opened up for karaoke. Affairs like this always seem to end up like this. Some of the singing was pretty good. We stayed until we were told that it was basically over and we could leave. It was quite an evening.

Today the garden crew came to groom the yards. Lisa went with Khun Kek to look for some trees and ended up going on an unusual adventure. They drove north from our house and then he turned off the main road and proceeded to drive into the jungle on a dirt and grass road big enough for one vehicle. They ended up walking in the jungle looking at trees. He would make suggestions, pointing out that they could dig them up, but none of them looked very good. They ended up at the big nursery on the highway and they came home with three small trees and a bunch of plants. Now we have another evergreen, a tiny maple tree, and one that we've never seen before. Our little green space is growing.

Have a Great Week.


"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."
~Ivan Panin

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Funnies


After an overnight rain, we had another beautiful day. We did a morning shopping tour of our local haunts, and did some dog training at the open gate. Later tonight we're off to a party.

That song for '81 Wednesday' was "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police. 'Old School Friday' is:
"Sha na na na, sha na na na na (repeat 3 times), yip yip yip yip yip yip yip mum mum mum mum mum mum, __ __ __ Sha na na na, sha na na na na na. Every morning about this time she get me out of my bed a-crying __ __ __. After breakfast everyday, she throws the want ads right my way and never fails to say __ __ __" Hint: I couldn't resist putting in the backgrounds since they were a fun part of the song. There seem to be some employment issues here.

Our morning tour began at Big C. It's interesting to see which products are back on the shelves and which are not. One of the oddest things missing is regular, unflavored potato chips. Lots of flavored stuff, from spicy chili to fish and squid flavored. Hmm. From Big C we went to the veggie/fruit market for a big supply of stuff, and then some roasted chickens for tonight's party.

This afternoon we took the dogs for a walk around the grounds on their leashes, and then opened the gate and took them just over the threshold. BamBam did pretty well as long as she just sat, but the moment we started to walk she got frantic. Daku was a little scared because of the traffic and we think that's why he couldn't concentrate. We'll just keep doing this until they get used to it.

While driving around today I noticed that the canopy attachments on the motorbikes are getting more popular. I also spotted another form of 'taxi' that may be invading Chiang Rai. We first saw sidecar taxis in Krabi two years ago. They use them instead of Tuk-Tuks. It's a motorbike with a platform on the side, fitted with a bench seat and a roof. Some of them have sound systems and fancy lights. The one I saw was basic, but may start a trend. Time will tell.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. And now for the 'Funnies'.


The Border

A customs officer at the Mexican border noticed a man coming across
one day on a bicycle with two small sacks tied to the handlebars. He
naturally got suspicious and asked him to open the sacks, but when he
did he found nothing but sand.

This went on every day for the next month. Each time he'd stop the
bicycle and open the sacks, and he'd find only sand.

A few years later, he ran into the biker in a restaurant in Tijuana.
After some small talk he said, "Come on . I know you were smuggling
something all that time. I won't tell. I'm just curious. What was it?"

The other man said, "Bicycles."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, November 17, 2011



It was another very warm day here in Chiang Rai. That was nice after the temperature dropped to 58 last night. We took measures to avoid the flu, lunched with a friend, tried to walk the dogs, and filled our weekend calendar.

A lot of you knew this song. It was an easy one, and there's still time if you haven't figured it out. Here's more:
"Do I have to tell the story of a thousand rainy days, since we first met? It's a big enough umbrella, but it's always me that ends up getting wet. __ __ __ __ __ __ __, everything she do just turns me on. Even though my life before was tragic, now I know my love for her goes on." Hint: They had tea in the Sahara with Roxanne. There's a mention of prestidigitation in this one. Hmm, where's that dictionary?

This morning we went to Overbrook Hospital, which is a few minutes from our house. We wanted to get flu shots and make appointments for teeth cleaning. As we walked into the big room where everything happens we heard music. In the entrance area there were four local musicians playing traditional instruments, and a woman singing. It added a comforting vibe to the place. Inside, we went through the usual check-in which included a weigh-in, and blood pressure reading. Then it was time to wait. Just as we were moving to different chairs in hopes that they'd notice us, a nurse came and asked what we needed. She sent us to sit in front of a doctors office. Lisa decided to go see our friend Pai, who is a nurse that has helped us in the past. She sent us to the pharmacy to get the vaccine and had us come to the treatment room where she works. It saved a ton of time. While we were getting our shots she told us about her vacation in Europe. As we were leaving she gave Lisa a big hug. Now that's the way to practice medicine.

We had lunch at Doi Chaang with our friend Rachel, from The Sold Project. She's leaving tonight for the States and we wanted to spend some time with her. It was a great visit and we shared some ideas we had for promoting the project. We'll see her again when she returns in January.

This afternoon we were going to take the dogs for their first 'walk' outside the walls of the Big Brown House. We walked them around the yard for a bit and then approached the gate. As soon as it opened Daku started tugging on his leash. We got out onto the apron of the driveway and he got all excited. The black dog from next door, appropriately named 'Black', was out roaming around. Both of our dogs have a relationship with him based purely on sniffing under the gate. They've never met. Down the street there was another dog running around and they were getting a little crazy. In addition, the traffic was starting to build up so we decided to take them in and close the gate. We played with the ball and they got a good run and then a little more leash training. It was an experience for all of us.

Tomorrow we're going to a surprise birthday party for a friend of ours. On Saturday we will attend a wedding reception for our friend Sutheera's brother and his new bride. It should be interesting.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"It is one of the most beautiful compensations
of this life that no man can sincerely
try to help another without helping himself."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, November 16, 2011



Here in Chiang Rai, everyone's talking about the weather. The daytime highs are in the mid 80s, but the overnight lows are in the low 60s. That low temp is such a contrast to how it's been that it feels very cold.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers. '81 Wednesday' is next:
"Though I've tried before to tell her of the feelings I have for her in my heart. Every time that I come near her, I just lose my nerve as I've done from the start. __ __ __ __ __ __ __, everything she do just turns me on..." Clue: This is an easy one. If you miss this one, you're under arrest.

This morning I ran a few errands. There's something intriguing about going to a shopping center while it's just waking up. Big C had only been open for 30 minutes and workers were stocking shelves, checking prices, and doing their make-up. The make-up thing must be in the job requirement for many jobs because it's quite normal to see someone sitting behind a counter fixing this, or checking that. Early in the morning I got everything I needed.

While making my rounds this morning I noticed that Chiang Rai now has a woman Tuk-Tuk driver. We've seen a few women in Chiang Mai driving the three-wheeled 'taxis' around, but never here.

Today was Boot's lottery day so Lisa made lunch. We went to the Night Bazaar for dinner and shopping. When we arrived at the restaurant there was only one table open. They had several tour parties booked and were apologetic about us having to sit in a different area. No problem for us, we were happy to see them doing such good business. There seem to be a lot of 'visitors' in Chiang Rai, probably as a result of Bangkok not being very accessible these days. Whatever the reason, it's good for the local economy. Many of our vendor friends in the Night Bazaar were in better spirits, and the aisles were crowded with people carrying bags. The carrying of bags is a sign that they're shopping, not just looking. We've learned to watch for these things.

On our way home this evening we passed a 'restaurant' that sits on the corner of a hotel parking lot. There are many eateries that pop up when the sun goes down, but this one is special. Every afternoon they bring in tables, chairs, lighting, stoves, and atmosphere. When you pass this spot there are potted flowers and small trees lining the perimeter of this little restaurant. When the night is over they'll pack it all away and do it again tomorrow. The same process takes place at the Night Bazaar every day and for many, it's a second job. Amazing Thailand.

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"There is no exercise better for the heart than
reaching down and lifting people up."
~John Andrew Holmes

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



Today was another great weather day. We're still having cold (for Chiang Rai) overnight temps, but the days are pleasantly warm. This evening the sky was clear and we enjoyed the stars.

'Easy Monday' was very easy for a bunch of you. Lots of email with the song and artists. Here's another verse:
"There's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you. And you're starting to criticize little things I do. It makes me just feel like crying, (baby), 'cause baby, something beautiful's dying... __ __ __ __ __ ...." Hint: As my brother reminded me, think 'Blue-Eyed Soul'. This record had that Phil Spector 'Wall of Sound' that became very big in the 60's.

This morning I had a massage. After an hour and a half I was ready for a nap. Since it was too early for that, I toughed it out and stayed awake until the appointed time. I must say, this has been one of those mellow days.

Yesterday, while we were running the dogs, BamBam caught the ball and made a sharp turn and looked to the sky. We looked up and saw a huge crane flying north. It was all by itself and made a striking picture against the afternoon sky. Hmm, I wonder where the rest of the posse is? We also watched a little bird that chirps like a humming bird and almost flies like one. It doesn't hover, but it appears to bounce in the air. We miss humming birds.

The seasons are a bit mixed up this year, at least in Chiang Rai. Because of all the rain and the extended rainy season, things are still green. For some reason, it now appears to be the burning season. This usually happens after the rice harvest, when the farmers burn the waste from the plants. In our immediate area it's more like trash and yard waste. Our air machine and air/con keep our main living area pretty clean, but it's annoying to know that it's going on. This is one of many things that reminds us that we are in another part of the world, on a different 'progress track' than we're used to. One might say it's a downside of country living. Hmm.

Chiang Rai United has built a fan base very quickly in their home town. In a place this small, when a professional sports team comes into being, it's a big deal. Football (soccer) is a major past-time in Thailand. There are stickers for CRUTD all over everything in town. City vehicles, buses, and anything that rolls or has a flat surface. There is a big merchandise outlet in Central Plaza, and the home field is under construction near the airport. The last time I saw the standings the team was in the upper third of the league. We still haven't been to a match but that's on the agenda.

Tomorrow the yard crew is supposed to come and groom the place. There are errands to run, and things to do. More adventures for sure.

Have a Happy Tuesday. Thanks to Christopher for today's quote.


"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.

It is not a thing to be waited for,

it is a thing to be achieved."

~William Jennings Bryan

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, November 14, 2011



Chiang Rai had beautiful, mild weather over the weekend. Friday night was the last night of the party across the river so we had a quiet Saturday. We attended an art exhibit opening, lunched in town and watched Formula One on Sunday.

Our 'Old School Friday' song was "Who Wrote The Book of Love" by The Monotones. Time for 'Easy Monday':
"You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips. And there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips. You're trying hard not to show it, (baby). But baby, baby I know it... __ __ __ __ __..." Hint: Hit song by two brothers who weren't really brothers. It's Easy.

Although Thursday was the official day for Loy Krathong, the celebration continued on Friday. We stayed home with the dogs and at one point we looked out the window and saw bumper-to-bumper traffic on our little road. It's good we stayed at home. Boot went to the fairground with 10 of her friends. They parked their motorbikes at our house and walked over the bridge. They had a lot of fun.

Saturday was a fairly quiet day on the compound. Lisa is working on a new cast acrylic print and spent time in her studio. In the evening we went to Praatap Jai for the opening of the art exhibit that included three of Lisa's watercolor paintings. The show featured a variety of techniques that ranged from photography to acrylic on wood, to wooden assemblages. We saw lots of friends and met some new ones. The crew from The Sold Project was there and it was fun talking about the party we had with them.

Sunday we went into town for lunch. We ate at Connect Cafe and while we were eating we saw friends from the night before, and made some new ones as well. We went next door to Healthy Choice, the local health food store and while I was talking to one of the owners about the flood, I mentioned that we couldn't find celery. He told me about a vegetable stand in Central Plaza that is part of the Queen's project that promotes organic farming. He told me they had celery. We also asked them if they carried cod liver oil, which we want to give to the dogs. He told us they had it next door at the Thai pharmacy. He walked over with us and told the owner what we were looking for. It's nice when people go that extra mile. After we got the oil, we went directly to the mall and found the illusive celery.

In the evening Lisa made a wonderful dinner. We played with the dogs and then watched the Formula One race from Abu Dhabi. There is one more race in the 2011 season and then the long wait.

Have a Great Week.


"What looks like a loss may be the very event
which is subsequently responsible for helping to produce
the major achievement of your life."
~Srully D. Blotnick

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Funnies


We had another gorgeous day in Chiang Rai. The temps dropped into the mid-50s last night so the morning was chilly. Loy Krathong was celebrated by the masses at the local fairgrounds and we had a mixed evening. Tonight it all happens again.

The '81 Wednesday' song was "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. Nice to see so many right answers. Let's see how you do with 'Old School Friday'. We've 'sung' this song before so it should be familiar to some of you:
"Tell me, tell me, tell me, oh __ __ __ __ __ __. I've got to know the answer was it someone from above. Oh I wonder, wonder who, be-do-do-do who, __ __ __ __ __ __?" Clue: It's about the authorship of a piece of literature, by a vocal group with an unlikely name.

When we left our house last evening it was about 5:45. As we turned the corner onto the main road we were confronted with heavy traffic inching toward the bridge over the Mae Kok River. There were vendors on the side of the road and men directing traffic into makeshift parking lots. On the other side of the bridge we saw cars double-parked, tons of motorbikes, and throngs of people on foot, making their way onto the grounds where the music was blasting along with the fireworks.

The turnout for the party at Jaffee's was light, but the food was delicious. One of the guests brought a few home-made Krathongs and materials to make more. At one point in the evening she sat on the floor and constructed one using a slice from the stalk of a banana tree, banana leaves and a few flowers. It was interesting to see how it came together. After we ate we sent a few lanterns into the air and watched as hundreds went up in the distance from the fairgrounds. Then it was time to go to the river. The air was cold, but the wind made it colder. We pressed on and made it to the 'beach'. It's really just some rocks by the the river. What looked like steps to the water ended wtih a 6 foot drop. We moved up river a bit and it was suggested that we just climb over the rocks to the bank. Lisa and I chose not to do this since it was dark. Jaffee and two others went down and launched their Krathongs, which were immediately swept into the shore a few yards down river. We ended up launching more lanterns back at the house and came home with our Krathongs. When we got to the main road leading to the bridge the traffic had tripled, and there were many more people than last year. We found out this morning that many people came up from Bangkok so they could celebrate away from the flood. The music and fireworks continued until about 12:30, although some explosions were heard at 3am and even 5am.

Tonight we're staying in with the dogs so Boot can go out and celebrate with some of her friends. BamBam can't stand the sudden loud noise of the fireworks and the usually laid-back Daku is mildly upset by it all.

There was an article in the Bangkok Post yesterday stating that rumors of Green Mambas (a poisonous snake) in the flood waters were false. Then later in the same article it mentioned that a reward had been posted for their capture. Hmm.

Tomorrow night we're going to another art exhibit opening. This time it's at Praatap Jai and Lisa is one of the artists on exhibit. She's showing three of her watercolor paintings. There are six artists in the exhibit that will present a wide range of mediums from different cultures.

Earlier this week while we were in the big market we saw a very moving scene. There was a couple, both blind, slowly walking down the main aisle. He was holding his cane and a machine that played music tracks, with a speaker attached. She was walking behind him to one side. Her left hand was on his right shoulder while her right hand held a microphone. She had the most beautiful voice. Everyone around them paused to watch and listen. A woman approached, wai'd reverently and put money in their collection box. It was one of the most respectful gestures I could imagine. I hope I see them again.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. This week's 'Funnies' are from my good friend Brenda. Thanks!


5 pearls of Scottish wisdom to remember.

1. Money cannot buy happiness, but somehow, it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes Benz than it is on a bicycle.

2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard's name.

3. Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.
4. Many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them.

5. Alcohol does not solve any problem, but then neither does milk.

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Today was a day when you could feel the excitement in the air. Everyone's buzzing about celebrating Loy Krathong. We got an early start last night. Read on.

I'm impressed with the number of you who remembered this song. Here's a little more if you're uncertain:
"And she'll tease you, she'll unease you, all the better just to please you. She's precocious and she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush. She got Greta Garbo stand-off sighs, she's got __ __ __." Hint: The actress in the title is from an era when a look could say volumes.

The party last night was a huge success. There were about fifteen of us gathered on the patio for great food and lots of fun conversation. It was an international crowd with guests from America, Australia, Egypt and Thailand. Boot made Panang chicken curry, and guests brought lots of spicy food. We also had yummy desserts and fruit. The party migrated to the music room near the end of the evening and we sat around singing while Ghee played guitar. Nobody could remember the lyrics to the Eagles songs he knew so I looked them up on the iPad and we had a crazy, fun time. The finale was the launch of lanterns on the front lawn.

Today, while we were out, we picked up a couple of Krathongs at the fruit market. Tonight we're going to Jaffee's house, which is near what is called 'Chiang Rai Beach'. We'll set them in the river, launch some lanterns and then have dinner. The area around our house is bustling with activity. People started arriving this afternoon to set up little campsites. The city has set up giant lotus flowers made of material that allows them to glow from the lights set underneath. Music, food and a carnival atmosphere will make it a night to remember. Needless to say, by the time we return home the traffic will be chaotic, but we expect it.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about our river experience at the beach.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"Never believe that a few caring people can't change
the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
~Margaret Mead

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, November 9, 2011



Cloudy morning, sunny afternoon, cool evening equals Chiang Rai weather. We spent the morning running around town preparing for a party. The show just started across the river, and behind our house, loud explosions continue. Oh my.

The 'Easy Monday' song was "I Feel Good" by James Brown. For '81 Wednesday' here's a song you may remember:
"Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise. Her hands are never cold, she's got __ __ __." Clue: This song makes reference in the title to a special feature of a movie star as a way of describing someone. Hmm, who could it be? What could it be?

Some of our friends from The Sold Project are back in Thailand so we're having a little party at our house this evening. Our guest will arrive in about 45 minutes and that explains why you're getting this so early. It would be rude of me to duck out of the festivities to ponder my laptop. (555)

This morning we had a list and a plan. First stop was the vet's for a prescription refill for BamBam. Then it was off to the downtown market for dessert treats. On the way to the treats there was a shoe stop, and on the way out we bought two packs of balloon/lanterns. All along the main aisle of the market, vendors were selling fireworks along side their usual products. Some just make noise, many send colors into the air. The place where we bought our lanterns had over 50 different kinds of fireworks. The things we got are large paper tubes with something like Sterno at one end. The other end is closed. When the little ring of burnable material creates enough hot air inside, the whole thing lifts into the air and travels for as long as the fire burns. They usually will fly off until you can't see them anymore. It is an amazing sight to see hundreds of these glowing orange objects floating upward. Tomorrow night we will witness streams rising from various villages along the horizon. It never gets old.

We left the market and went to the pharmacy, the pet supply store, and then the fruit market. When we got back home we had our vegetable drink and went back out for more stuff. At Big C we had lunch and then shopped for a few more necessities. On the way home we stopped and got bread and hung out with Jonathan the dog. One more stop and I was ready for a nap.

We're expecting about 16 people for this little gathering. That means it will probably be an inside/outside thing. I won't put on any music because it will be booming from the fairgrounds. Time for food and fun conversation.

It's time for Wacky Wednesday.


"A wise person has something to say,
a fool has to say something."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Chiang Rai had another perfect 'vacation day'. The morning was cool, and then it warmed to a comfortable temperature. We had a successful trip to Mae Sai, and did more shopping for basic items we need. In the background I hear the thumping of a bass, and the booming of fireworks. The party has started.

Nice to see that some of you haven't lost your touch when it comes to creative answers to 'Easy Monday' songs. (Ha)
"...And I feel nice, like sugar and spice. I feel nice, like sugar and spice. So nice, so nice, I got you. Whoa! __ __ __, I knew that I would...." Hint: Seriously, if you need a hint, it won't make a difference. If you know, you know.

We left the house at 8am for our trip to immigration. There was morning traffic for about 10 minutes and then it was clear road to the first check point. The police have two checks going each way between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. I can understand the vehicle checks going south from the border with Burma, but going north is still a mystery. Anyway, we thought by leaving early that we'd breeze through immigration without a wait. Wrong. The room was full, but many of the people waiting were in a group. It wasn't bad, and while we waited we got some good news. On the first Saturday of each month, at Central Plaza, there will be an opportunity to do our check-in without leaving town.

Let me start this paragraph by saying that we have plenty to eat and drink, and our lives haven't really been interrupted by the flooding. The news from the Bangkok area is not good. It seems that things are going to be rough for at least a month. This means that many goods produced in Thailand are going to continue to be in short supply. We went to Tesco-Lotus and Makro on the way home. It's an eerie feeling to walk down the aisles and see empty shelves. We got more water and juice, and we'll get more things that may go away tomorrow. Meanwhile, the water just keeps moving around in Bangkok. Over 2,500 schools are flooded to some degree. People are doing what they can to help the refugees and donations are coming from many countries. It's going to be a long recovery and Thailand will lose a tourist season in the aftermath.

Around us you would never know there was a problem at all. The celebration has begun across the river, even though Loy Krathong doesn't actually take place until Thursday, which marks the 12th Full Moon of the Lunar Year. The traditional intention of the festival was to pay respects to the rivers, and to ask forgiveness for any harm done to the water. Today you will hear many reasons for the festival, including 'having fun'. At the core of it is the name: Loy means to float, and Krathong means Lotus shape. Banana leaves are the material of choice but in recent years bread dough has been used since it breaks down in the water more easily. Visit Mr. Google and you can see many photos of the various creations. We will be going to Jaffee's house to celebrate. He lives near the river so we'll all walk to the banks, float some Krathongs and then have dinner at his house. We're going to bring some balloon/lanterns to send up in the night sky. More on that tomorrow.

Tonight, after dinner, we made cookies. Actually, Lisa makes them, I just stir a lot. This makes me very happy.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively."
~Dalai Lama

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Monday, November 7, 2011



Chiang Rai, where the sky is clear and the streets are dry. Over the weekend we went to an art exhibit opening, experienced a mall full of children, and endured a ton of explosive fireworks. There's a holiday coming.

Our 'Old School Friday' song was "Poison Ivy" by The Coasters. A few of you remembered. Now it's time for 'Easy Monday. Let's see if this one rings a bell: "Whoa, __ __ __, I knew that I would now. __ __ __, I knew that I would, now. So good, so good, I got you (horns)." Clue: This one's by a man known as The Godfather of Soul, and he's telling us about his 'mood'.

Saturday afternoon I was to meet with our friend Khun Noy in order to give him some celery that we got in Chiang Mai. He and his wife Susan had not been able to find any in Chiang Rai and we all need it for our veggie drink. He called me to say he'd be a little late, due to the heavy traffic. He later explained that Prime Minister Yingluck was in town for a special ceremony in honor of Walking Street. It's been going for three years and that merits a special day. Noy also told me that he was glad he wasn't going to Central Plaza because there was a big Super Hero show for kids. Little did he know that it was also happening Sunday, the day he had to make a delivery of lettuce to Fuji restaurant. I haven't talked to him since then to find out how he did.

That evening we went to 9 Art Gallery for the opening of a show featuring six local artists. It was a wonderful show and you can see the paintings by going to this link: 2011.html

Sunday we went to Central Plaza for lunch. When we arrived the parking lot was chaotic. We ended up in the 'new' lot that had just been paved. When we entered the mall we realized that the 'Hero show' was happening again. There was an area in front of the escalators filled with children sitting at easels, painting on t-shirts that had drawings of Doraeman, a Japanese character who is big in Thailand. In the center of the main floor was a stage and around the stage there were hundreds of children and parents jockeying for position to see the show. We went upstairs to Fuji for lunch and managed to avoid the crowd. After we finished lunch it seemed as though the crowd had doubled. It was an ocean of kids waiting for the event to start. As we were leaving, the M.C. was working the kids into a frenzy. He said something and the crowd erupted and it was deafening. We got out just in time. From the posters we gathered that there were going to be costumed characters coming out and doing routines of some kind. Central Plaza will never be the same.

We went to the Night Bazaar for our usual Sunday dinner and a little shopping. Many of the vendors are still feeling the repercussions of the Bangkok flood. There are some tourists in town, but they didn't seem to be shopping. We just hope that tour agents and foreign governments will realize that there are places to go in Thailand that are safe.

Thursday of this week marks the celebration of Loy Krathong. This is the festival where small woven Krathongs, little baskets containing a candle, flowers and sometimes coins, are placed in the river. I'll be talking more about it as it gets closer. Needless to say, it's an occasion for fireworks of all descriptions.

Tomorrow we go on a road trip to Mae Sai for our visa check-in. What's a week without a road trip?

Have a Great Week.


"One determined person can make a significant difference; a
small group of determined people can change the course of
~Sonia Johnson

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Funnies


We're back in Chiang Rai after a morning of walking and shopping. But first I'll finish telling you about Thursday.

The song from '81 Wednesday' was "Hey Nineteen" by Steely Dan. A bunch of you knew this one. Time for 'Old School Friday' and it's real easy. "She comes on like a rose, but everybody knows. She'll get you in Dutch, now you can look but you better now touch. __ __, __ __ late at night while you're sleepin' __ __ comes a-creepin' around." Hint: Another novelty smash from one of my favorite groups. Many meet her while hiking and camping. Hmm.

After lunch by the river we were strolling towards the street when Lisa noticed a large art piece hanging in the window of what we thought was a restaurant. It was actually a three story house that has become a gallery. There were pieces by about five artists. We went all the way to the top and the range of work was wide. No frills, just lots of wall space. It's an interesting approach.

A phone call and a Tuk-Tuk ride later we were at the home of our friend Mark, who has been in Thailand for about six years. He had an exhibit we saw in Chiang Mai, and he came to Lisa's last show. He wanted us to see his latest work. Before we saw his paintings, he showed us all of the bird's nests around his apartment. It isn't very often that you see nests right by a window. They keep their windows open and there were even a couple inside. That's a lot of trust on the part of the birds. Inside Mark's studio we saw his new work. We both liked it a lot. He showed us other things he's done and also work by some of his heroes. We mentioned that our next stop was a print shop and it turned out he had worked with the printer who is also an artist.

Our next adventure was across town at Chiang Mai Art Print. It's a place where artists can go to have prints and etchings made, as well as collaborate and experiment. We spent about an hour with Kitikong, the owner and mastermind behind the place. He teaches at the university, works with up-and-coming artists, and still finds time to try new processes. It was a very inspiring visit.

By now it was getting to be dinner time. Jaffee took us to a Mediterranean restaurant that he found the night before. We met the owner and had more interesting conversations with him. Lots of Chiang Mai gallery talk. The food was very good. This trip we discovered some new places to eat. We had every intention of going to the Night Bazaar that evening, but the day caught up with us.

This morning we found a few things near the hotel that fit our list of things to take back to America. We caught a Tuk-Tuk to Thapae Rd. for more strolling and shopping. So many beautiful things that were not on the list. We worked hard at not being distracted. Once we found what we were looking for we headed back to the hotel.

On our way out of town we stopped at Rim Ping Market for supplies. They feature 'Western' food and it's always fun to see what's new. News flash: they had celery. We got some for ourselves and our friends. There's an S&P connected to the store so we ate lunch there and then hit the road. Three hours later we're home. Whew.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the 'Funnies'.


A Frog Story

A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and is told, "You are going to
meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about

The frog says, "This is great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?"

"No," says the psychic. "Next semester in her biology class."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Thursday, November 3, 2011



We decided to stay another day in Chiang Mai. We still hadn't done any shopping, or visited with friends. Today we rode all over town in Tuk-Tuks, went to a bookstore, two artists' studios, sat in traffic, and ate good food. The night is still young so we're headed for the Night Bazaar, if the drizzle has stopped.

I can't believe no one knows the '81' song. Maybe another verse will shake your memory. Maybe more hints.
"__ __, that's 'Retha Franklin. She don't remember The Queen of Soul. It's hard times befallen the sole survivors, she thinks I'm crazy, but I'm just growing old. __ __, no we got nothing in common. No we can't talk at all...." Hint: The group/duo that did this had dreams of being a gaucho until they hung out with the Babylon sisters and joined the glamor profession. Hmm. I guess this song is about what happens when 'older' men hang out with older teens.

This morning started with breakfast next door. Actually there's a little canal that separates our hotel and the little corner coffee shop where we always have breakfast. Today the coffee wasn't up to par and the orange juice was almost sour. Might be time to find a new morning spot. I must say that my whole-wheat French Toast was ultra delicious. Nothing like dessert for breakfast. A few months ago there was flooding in Chiang Mai. We asked the waitress about it and they didn't get water, but lots of people jammed into the place, since the Night Bazaar flooded. I guess that little canal saved them.

Jaffee wanted us to see a special hotel and meet the manager so we met at Wat Pra Sing. It's a very old temple with large grounds. After a very bumpy ride down a brick-paved street we entered the front gates. Inside was like a little city bustling with activity. The monks eat one meal a day and it must be taken before noon. Our 11 o'clock arrival meant we got to see some of the preparations. There were women dishing food into bowls, setting up trays, and getting ready to serve the monks. Inside the temple the young novices were sitting, waiting for their meal. A few senior monks were sitting near the altar, already eating. All of the energy that goes into taking care of the monks at meals is part of the practice of making merit. We'll look into this at a later date.

Our next stop was Rachamankha Hotel. It was located on a side street, a long walk from the temple. The owner is an architect and lives on the premises. His collection of antique wood, stone and metal artifacts from Loas, Burma and Thailand are featured though out the grounds. The reception area was once a Buddhist prayer hall that was going to be destroyed. He bought the whole thing, had it dismantled and then reassembled when the hotel was built. We learned a lot about various aspects of dying culture in the region, and gained new appreciation for the things we saw. Paul, our host, and manager of the hotel, took us on quite a tour of the facility and then we sat in the dining room and he looked at Lisa's art on my iPad. We had a great time there and will probably return for another visit in the future.

Another Tuk-Tuk ride transported us to Suvannabhumi Art Gallery on a narrow street near the Ping River. It turns out that we will not be showing Lisa's work since they mainly focuses on Burmese artists. The owner is from Burma and the connections and allegiances are understandable. It was then time for lunch. We stumbled upon a cool place that looked out on the river. It was the perfect spot to talk about the morning, enjoy good food and work on the plan for a show in Chiang Mai.

A lot more happened after lunch but I'll save that for tomorrow. Tune in to find out what the rest of the day had to offer.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


"The most important single ingredient in the formula of
success is knowing how to get along with people."
~Theodore Roosevelt

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



Today we had a beautiful drive from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. We learned an alternate route, and discovered things we didn't know about.

That pesky 'Easy Monday' song that you didn't know was "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele. Oh well, it's time for another one from '81 Wednesday'. This is a song about an older guy trying to relate to a younger woman. Hmm:
"Way back when in sixty-seven, I was the dandy of Gamma Chi. Sweet things from Boston so young and willing, moved down to Scarsdale, where the hell am I? __ __, now we can't dance together, no we can't talk at all. Please take me along when you slide on down." Hint: There's a number involved.

When we picked up Jaffee for our road trip, he took us a different way to the highway. We wound through some lush countryside over rolling hills and got to see lots of village life. We entered the main road a lot farther south than I expected. Along the way we stopped for a visit at the home of an artist who has been recognized by the Provincial government. There is an official sign in front of his house. He showed us his studio which was filled with his paintings of floral landscapes. We also enjoyed his orchid collection in a mini greenhouse.

At lunch time Jaffee directed us to a fairly new roadside stop that had the latest location for World Class Hamburgers. We enjoyed fish burgers on the patio of Amazon Coffee. The owner of the whole center is a good friend of Jaffee's and we had a great time hanging out with him.

As we rolled into Chiang Mai we drove by the gallery we will visit tomorrow, and then went to see the hotel where Jaffee would stay. The traffic was starting to build up as we finally made our way to our hotel. After a brief rest we took a Tuk-Tuk to Nim Center. The driver had just recently re-painted his ride so he was very careful, even though he did some fancy weaving through the heavy traffic. We met Jaffee and had a great dinner at an outside restaurant.

It's been a wild and crazy day and we're leaving the Night Bazaar to the tourists. It's time to relax. Tomorrow we will meet with the gallery owner and see about a February exhibit.

Time for Wacky Wednesday.


"As I watched the seagulls, I thought:
That's the road to take.
Find the absolute rhythm and follow it with absolute trust."
~Nikos Kazantzakis

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style

Tuesday, November 1, 2011



More wonderful weather was the order of the day. Chiang Rai is the place to be. No snow, no rain, just warm temps and blue skies. Today we lunched in town, had coffee by the river, and had a returning friend over for dinner.

It looks as though 'Easy Monday' wasn't so easy. Our friend Pam knows the song. Are you sure you don't know it?
"Baby, I have no story to be told, but I've heard one on you and I'm gonna make your head burn. Think of me in the depths of your despair, making a home down there, as mine sure won't be shared... We could have had it all, __ __ __ __, __ __ __ __, you had my heart inside your hands but you played it with a beat, __ __ __ __." Clue: The singer is fed up with her relationship, has finally opened her eyes. Hmm.

Today was a lottery day for Boot, which meant we had to feed ourselves. We went to Black Canyon in Central Plaza for lunch. Khun Mae, the manager was there and we had a nice visit. Lisa asked her about some items that were missing from the menu. One of them was an appetizer made of chicken wrapped in a leaf. Mae told us that they grow the leaves at her home and she would be happy to bring us some, then we can make it ourselves. (Ha) It was one of those kind gestures that makes us love this place.

This afternoon we met Jaffee at Chivit Thamma Da for a coffee/meeting. It's the place by the river that has become quite popular. We hadn't seen Jaffee since the cancellation of the Bangkok exhibit and we wanted to discuss the future events. He's been in China at a trade conference. Jaffee brought Lisa a copy of the Art & Culture section of the Bangkok Post from last week. It had a piece on Lisa's Bangkok exhibit with a photo of one of her works and a brief explanation of the process. Apparently it was too late to retract the piece before they went to press.
While we were talking he made a call to a gallery owner friend in Chiang Mai. She has agreed to a February exhibit and we'll meet her on Thursday while we're in town. Jaffee will ride down to Chiang Mai with us tomorrow.

Tonight our friend Deirdre came over for dinner. She's just returned to Thailand for a visit. We met her last year through The Sold Project. Lisa made a delicious spaghetti dinner and we did a lot of catching up. Deirdre is staying at the Resource Center which is a long motorbike ride after dark so she's spending the night at our house. BamBam remembered her and gave her one of her special greetings.

Now it's time to pack the overnight bag for the little trip tomorrow. I'll see you from Chiang Mai.

Have a Happy Tuesday.


"Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray."

Gettin' Funky, Thai Style