We seem to be in a new weather pattern. Afternoon storms are becoming a regular thing. Today we had a strong downpour for about an hour.
The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” by The Kinks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA5gJ0hZpCc The time has come for ‘Old School Friday’. We all know this one: “The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees; now give me __, (that’s what I want) that’s what I want, (that’s what I want)…. Your lovin’ give me such a thrill, but your lovin’ don’t pay my bills. I need __ (that’s what I want) That’s what I want….” Hint: Often called the root of something.
While reading the morning email, I noticed something from the Chiang Rai Expat Club. It was announcing a visit from the U.S. Consulate office from Chiang Mai at Le Meridien Hotel today. Among the services being provided was the notarization of documents. We got dressed without exercising Daku since the start time was 8:30am. When we arrived at Le Meridien Hotel there were 12 people ahead of us. Apparently they started at 8am. We went to the coffee shop and multi-tasked. We watched tennis on the big screen while listening to Harry Potter through headphones, and discovered some of the tastiest cookies in town. Near the end of our ‘coffee’, we met the current manager of the hotel.
Back in the library, where the consulate was meeting people, we still had to wait, but it was shorter. Everything was going well until they informed us that they no longer take cash for services, only bank drafts. That meant a trip to our bank and then back to the hotel. We got it all done before lunch and now we don’t have to go to Chiang Mai next week. We can renew our visas on Monday. Yea.
The expat community in Chiang Rai is growing. One way I can tell is by the number of restaurants opening around town with a ‘western’ motif. Not western as in cowboy, but non-Asian, either American, English, or some Euro format. There is also a migration of expats from other parts of Thailand where the pace is faster. I have met several people in the last month who have stated that they'd had enough of the beach life. We also happen to be the only part of the country with a cool season. Everywhere else the seasons are just hot or hot and rainy. Chiang Rai rocks.
Today’s photo was taken in our front yard. Until recently, we didn’t realize that a tree Gong planted months ago is a Papaya tree. If you look closely, you can see two medium sized fruits along the trunk. There is also several more right below the branches.
We’ve been trying to keep up with the hurricane news as well as the various fires in the States. Not as much is being reported about the fires, but we know that Montana and California are having a very difficult time. We watch a bit at a time so as not to become overwhelmed.
This weekend is the finals of the U.S. Open (tennis) from New York. We’re pretty jazzed that the TV is fixed and that we can watch it, and that the Women’s Final is two Americans that we’ve been following for several years. Play on.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the ‘Funnies’.