I’ll just end the week with another redundant weather forecast: Hot and smoggy. The possibility of rain has such small numbers that I don’t even think about it. This is what it is, ’til it’s wet.
The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Along Comes Mary” by The Association. I was a major fan, back in the day. Time for some ‘Old School Friday’ nostalgia: “Oh, __, Oh, __. Oh, __, Oh, __. I had a girl, __ was her name. Since she left me, I’ve never been the same. ‘Cause I love my girl, __ where can you be, where can you be?” Hint: Another song with a name in the title. Released in 1958.
Our outdoor journey began with a coffee stop at Chivit Tamma Da. The morning air was still tolerable and the view was nice. There’s something about coffee by a river in the morning that makes everything alright. From Chivit we drove north on the highway to ArtBridge. Lisa donated a collage to an auction that is raising money for children. Just as we arrived, 6 vans pulled in with a big tour that was having a luncheon in the restaurant. In the main lobby there was going to be an art workshop for young teens. It has really become a hub of activity.
Two minutes up the highway and we were in Ban Du, and the office of Dr. View. Yes, that’s really her name. I think ‘View’ is her play name so it works. Most Thais use their first name or their play name and dispense with their last name for everyday identification. Last names here can be long and complicated. We got her special hot spot medicine for Daku.
A little farther up the road and we were at the post office. We got a notice of an item that could not be left without a signature. After waiting in the usual room where one picks up such items, we were told that we had to go upstairs. The young woman pointed and said ‘three’. I didn’t realize there were three floors, but we soon found out. There, we were told to sit down and wait. We waited quite awhile, watching guys sort mail for the motorcycle postman. Finally, we got the envelope containing papers that were of no consequence. Hmm.
That reminds me of another ‘name’ story. Lisa was on the phone with a woman who was telling Lisa her name. She broke it down: “Tree, like the number”.
We bought a new frying pan and these days that requires reading the instructions. They started out rather routinely, curing the surface and all. Then it got interesting. “By following these care instructions you will prevent the emission of fumes which can be dangerous for the birds. Nevertheless, it is recommended to keep the birds out of the kitchen.” We will follow these instructions to the fullest (555).
Today’s first photo was taken at home. Neechanon is very happy to be eating peas from Lisa's plate, in her own bowl. The second photo is just a pretty picture of a rice field.
Neechanon’s talking has jumped to a new level. Now that her vocabulary has grown and she understands how to communicate, she goes on and on. She knows her parents names, which surprised them. Natcha was doing something and Neechanon just referred to her by name and caught her completely off guard. She talks about what we’re doing, what the dogs are doing, and watches everything to see how this world works.
Tomorrow evening we return to the temple for the final evening service, and then Sunday morning we will go to the cremation service. Life goes on and it’s good to be a part of it.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the ‘Funnies’.