Light mist teased Chiang Rai today. We came so close to having rain. Our travels took us north of town and to the heart of things at the post office. This afternoon we had a visit from Tatt's teacher.
This week's 'Zany Day' tune didn't stump everyone, but almost. Two people knew the group and 'Cool Points' to Eileen for knowing it was "The Crunge" by Led Zeppelin. The song makes references to the style of James Brown. Now you know. For 'Old School Friday' we travel back to 1969 and a hit by a group who might wear masks to hide their faces:
"If I were a rich man, I'd spend every dime just to prove to you that I want you to be mine. If I were a poet, I'd write lots of beautiful poems. The words would come from the depth of my heart, to express my love for you, darlin'. Oh, but __ __ __ __ __ and I don't know how to show you, that __ __ __ __ __ and I don't know how to tell you that I love you, oh I love you..." Hint: The singer is proclaiming that he's nobody special, but he's in love. Hmm
These days, going to Makro or anywhere north of the Super Highway bridge is an adventure. There is a repaving project going on which has taken one complete side of the Super Highway away. That means that north and southbound traffic is down to one lane each way and the two major intersections have blinking red lights as you enter the highway. I have learned enough of the territory to know how to work around all of this. This morning's trip to Makro went off without a hitch.
The main post office in Chiang Rai is right on the edge of the market district. It's a busy, two story building with about eight parking spaces for cars. We had mail that had to be sent 'Registered' which meant we had to go to the main branch. I dropped Lisa off and slowly crept through the lot and back onto the street just in time to get a parking place. Inside the P.O. there was lots of activity. They have a package window where you can buy a whole kit for mailing something bigger than a letter. They help you pick the right size and then sell you the box, string, tape and a label for a very small amount of money. Upstairs they have the windows for doing special postage. There is a machine for getting a number that is not expat friendly. It's all in Thai and one wouldn't even know what it's for without the help of a stranger. I also noticed a little amulet shop at the top of the stairs. Just another sign that you are not in Kansas anymore.
I mentioned earlier this week that there was a BMW display and showroom at Central Plaza. Seeing is believing so here a photo of portable plushness at it's best:
BMWs on sale at the mall. We liked the little brown number
This afternoon Boot informed us that Tatt had called to say that his teacher would be bringing him home so she could see where he lived. She also mentioned that there was a paper in his room from the school and it was something good. The teacher arrived with Tatt and a student teacher. Before they came into the house we posed for pictures on the front steps. Then we sat in the living room and she interviewed us with Boot's help. We learned from her that Tatt is a very special student with great opportunity and they hope he makes the school famous. We also found out that he wants to study logistics at the university so he can design medical devices. Didn't see that one coming. The whole visit was very cordial and we really liked his teacher. She is visiting all of her student's homes. That's pretty amazing. The paper that Tatt received was an award for a poem he wrote about the story of his school's symbol. After his teacher left he and Daku ran off to his room. Such buddies.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for more 'Funnies'.
More Hotel Notices:
On the menu of a Polish hotel:Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy
dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose;
beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
In a Bangkok dry cleaner's:
Drop your trousers here for best results.
Outside a Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.
In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute
customers in strict rotation.
In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the
opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby
be used for this purpose.