We are back in Ching Rai. The whole trip, from door to door, took 26 hours. Right now it's all I can do to keep my eyes open.
Since the week was inside out and nobody, except Lisa, sent in an answer to the song, I'm going to let it ride for the weekend. (Get it? 'Dealer's Choice - Let it ride?) "...But __ __ __ __, he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away what seems to be. It's always better than nothing, and nothing at all keeps sending him somewhere back in her long ago where he can still believe there's a place in her life. Someday, somewhere, she will return..." Hint: I gave you some pretty good ones yesterday. Don't be fooled into believing it's a love song.
This is the first time we have landed in Taipei when the airport was in it's active morning state. It was interesting to see how busy the place becomes on a weekday. We had a two hour layover and when we left, around 8am, it looked like a Saturday afternoon at a mall. There is a long corridor of shops and all of them were humming with activity. There is a very strong devotion to Hello Kitty at this airport. There's a play area for kids on one of the busy aisles, and special baby changing room with a custom pay-phone on another. The photo below was taken from our plane, showing a plane-towing vehicle also paying tribute to the cat with no mouth.
Hello Kitty Rocks the Airport
We went through a progression of airplane seats on our journey. On the first flight we sat in the 'big chairs', as I like to call them. From Taipei we sat in comfortable, medium size seats. On the last leg of the trip, from Bangkok to Chiang Rai we experienced what it must have been like for Goldie Locks when she sat in the baby bear's chair. It's all a matter of perspective. Before we sat in the 'big chairs', we didn't know so we just accepted that airline seats are cozy. The more you know, the more you know.
Our welcome home was complete with hot and humid weather, dogs that almost went crazy, and one of our favorite meals for dinner. We were met at the airport by our dear friend Tye (pronounced Dye, spelled many ways). At the house, the dogs were in the pen, which gives us control over the hysteria that ensues. Daku has really been learning not to jump up and behaved like an overexcited gentleman. BamBam acted like we'd been gone for a year. Boot and Taht carried our heavy bags upstairs for us. Taht has been staying in the guest room and we encouraged him to stay there so he can study in a quiet setting. He likes his new school and that's important.
Mr. Lag just introduced himself and now we're faced with the question of whether to go to sleep at 9pm or force ourselves to stay awake and try to adjust to Thai time. The head will drop when it has no choice. Hmm.
Have a Wonderful Weekend. Here's some 'Funnies' from the archives.
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