Thursday, January 4, 2018



Yesterday was warmer than the day before.  I’m liking this trend.  On Thursday in Thailand the high in Chiang Rai was 78F.  You know I like that.

This week’s ‘Zany Day’ song is by a group who started out doing surf music.  Only two readers got it so far:
“She was gonna be my wife and I was gonna be her man.  But she let another guy come between us and it shattered our plan.  Well, __ you caught my eye (caught my eye), and I can give you lotsa reasons why, you gotta __ __ __, help me get her out of my heart.  __ __ __, __ __ __ __, __ __ __, __ __ __ __….”  Clue:  They loved the beach and cars and girls.   

Our adventures on Wednesday took us back to Emerald Thai to have lunch with our friend Linda. She has been an important part of us having wheels when we come to visit.  Then we went ‘over the hill’ to Studio City where we spent the night with Valley Cousins Nowell and Jennifer.  By leaving at 2pm we avoided the main freeway rush-hour traffic.  When we arrived at their house, no one was there but the dogs, Tina and Lucy.  They gave us a warm greeting and it was like seeing old friends.  Since we had a couple of hours before they got home, we went exploring.  We found a mall and a Ross.  The mall was pretty cool with lots of shops we didn’t know about.  There is a store called ‘Cotton On’ that was fun to browse in, especially with the sale prices.  We are both fond of cotton clothing, so this place is a great find.  

Everywhere we go, we’re seeing more people with their dogs.  It first came to our attention when we were flying up north.  There were passengers on the plane with their little dogs in small carriers.  In the two malls we’ve visited there have been dogs with their owners, out shopping and enjoying the crowds.  In Chiang Rai there is one day a year when pets are invited to come to the mall with their owners.  That’s quite a scene.

Our hosts took us to dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant.  Lisa and I had the Pho Ga, think: chicken noodle soup.  It was a good dish on a chilly night.  Back at the house we looked at Lisa’s art, talked about Thailand, dogs and what it takes to watch current TV in Thailand.  We also learned about ‘Alexa’ by Amazon, with some practical demonstrations.  Pretty amazing.  Needless to say, I’m intrigued.

Today’s photo was taken in Palo Alto.  This is part of the garden of Jerry and Barbara, Joe’s friends.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.


“Everyone has a plan 'til
they get punched in the face.”
~Mike Tyson

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