We had another cloudy, sun-spattered day in Chiang Rai. We’ll probably miss two events in the night sky because of the clouds. The Space Station is going to fly over Thailand tonight, and the much talked about ‘Blue Moon’ will also be out of view. Oh well, there will be lots of pics on the internet.
This week’s ‘Zany Day’ song was “One Night In Bangkok” by Murray Head. It’s about a chess tournament. And now, ‘Old School Friday’. You don’t have to be old to recognise this one. I’ll bet Art Laboe’s radio show plays it.
“Oh-oh, yes I’m __ __ __, pretending that I’m going well. My need is such I pretend too much. I’m lonely but no one can tell. Oh-oh, yes I’m __ __ __, adrift in a world of my own. I’ve played the game, but to my real shame, you’ve left me to grieve all alone.” Clue: Although it’s a hit from 1956, the ‘group’ performed in Chiang Rai recently. A key word is mentioned in the first verse.
A news item in The Nation (a Thai newspaper), caught my eye today. There will be an International Music and Arts Festival in Bangkok and ‘Old School Friday’ will be in the house. They have three tribute acts performing. One of them, Lady Gaga, really isn’t old enough to have a ‘tribute’, but The Blues Brothers and Elvis certainly are. ‘Old’ American music is quite popular in many parts of the world. Many people learn English by listening to old R&B and Rock tunes. Oh, now that’s something to think about (555).
Today is the first day of Buddhist Lent. It is a time when all of the monks spend their nights in the temples instead of staying in their home villages. They will perform their daily tasks as usual, but at night they will sleep behind the temple walls for three months. Your photo for today was taken by Blue at a small temple here in Chiang Rai. It sits inside a larger complex of buildings on the grounds of a Chinese-Thai temple that has been built around it.
All day today, it has felt like Saturday. We figured it out and it’s because Cat has a 4-day weekend. The rhythm of the week is off a few beats.
Around Chiang Rai there are many vacant lots. Many used to be rice fields and have been filled in with dirt in the hope that they could be sold for construction projects. They start out looking like beautiful, red dirt palates, just waiting for a builder. Over time, they have become ‘urban jungles’, especially with all the rain. They add to the tropical feeling that sometimes goes away with all the condos and shop houses. I hope some of them stay the way the are.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the ‘Funnies’.