Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Chiang Rai is now in the rain-teasing phase right before winter.  What's weird is that our winter is dry.  Hmm.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song was “I’m Your Puppet” by James & Bobby Purify.  Time now for another ‘Zany Day’ song:
“Bought myself an __ __ __ __ __, put it on a shelf right above my bed.  Got down on my knees and began to pray.  I said, ‘__’, tell me where’s my Big Foot May.”  Clue:  There is a symbol of superstition involved.  It’s by a vocal group known for their zany, novelty hits.  You know who they are.  Something that rolls down a hill.

We can tell that winter is nearby because it’s dark when we get up at 6am.  What, why so early?  The van that takes Cat to school comes earlier than the last one, which means that breakfast has to come earlier, which means that our day begins earlier.  This morning it was dark with a slight sprinkle.  The other sign that winter is near was the fact that it was cold.  Later in the day it was hot, but the temps are definitely changing.  Swimming season is over.

Our morning was spent running errands ‘north of the river’.  I just realized that when we go into town, we travel south, over the Pink Bridge and all the major business stuff is on that side.  When we go north, it’s to places like Art Bridge, Makro, the Post office, and Maefahluang University.  So, today we started at Art Bridge to pick up the printed invitations for Lisa’s exhibit with her dad on November 29.  The place was buzzing with activity.  The construction continues on the upstairs gallery where the exhibit will be set.  The main lobby is filling up with paintings and sculptures for a December 27 opening of a tribute exhibit in honor of the late Tawan Duchanee, a local, National Artist.  

Today’s photo shows the sky in Chiang Rai as seen from the deck at Art Bridge.

The preparation for an art exhibit is a major production in itself.  We have done this before, and each time it seems to grow new facets of importance.  The posters and invitations are printed and now have to be distributed around town.  The catalogue for the exhibit is at the printer in Chiang Mai and will be done on Friday.  On Friday they will arrive in Chiang Rai on the Green Bus.  It’s amazing that they can take a package to the bus station and ship it here and get same day service.  The artwork that is still at the framer will be delivered to the gallery and the rest we will transport ourselves.  The actual hanging of the show will be done by Art Bridge, who will also take care of the refreshments and provide the sound system for the opening. The end result will be a presentation of the work of Lisa and her father using the same cast acrylic print technique.  The satisfaction of seeing the work on the walls will have us smiling for a long time.  

It feels like a Wacky Wednesday.


“The miracle is not to walk on water.
The miracle is to walk on the green earth,
dwelling deeply in the present moment and
feeling truly alive.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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