Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Funnies


Today it really looked and felt like rain.  This evening it got cold.  We’re hoping for an overnight rain for the usual reasons.  

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Politician” by Cream.  Now does it makes sense?  ‘Old School Friday’ is now:  “I don’t have plans and schemes, and I don’t have hopes and dreams, I don’t have anything, __ __ __ __ __.”  Clue:  Obviously regretting what has been lost.  The last word of the title was repeated many times at the end of this song.  1959.

Every day we get a little better at keeping the dogs separated when we have specific things to do, especially with Daku.  Chopper went to the kitchen door this morning, so Lisa took Daku to the back door.  Chopper will probably be waiting at the back door tomorrow.  He’s very smart.  Even though Chopper bugs Daku sometimes, he looks for him every time we go downstairs.  This morning Chopper was playing with his big ball and things didn’t go so well.

We traveled north this morning.  Our first stop was the Frame Factory to take two of Lisa’s cast acrylic prints.  The rice fields are bright green and mystical under the cloudy skies.  As we were leaving the factory I noticed some statues out of the corner of my eye.  I had to take a photo to share with you.  Cat told us they were at the flower festival.

After dropping off the print we went to Doi Din Dang, the ceramics studio a short distance away.  We ordered coffee and Lisa went searching for Tamako, wife of the artist Somluk.  Eventually, the four of us had some wonderful conversations and we plan to have dinner when we return from Australia.  One of the interesting things we heard this morning was during our discussion about burning.  Tamako told us that there is an ordinance in place until the 17th of next month, forbidding burning.  She said they would obey, even though the burning they do is to get ashes for use in coloring the ceramics.  They have a collection of leaves they burn for ashes to ‘paint’ designs before firing the pieces in the kiln (a very hot oven).  So for now, they will have to use the ashes they have on hand.  

This evening we had dinner at the Night Bazaar with Cat.  We talked about studying English and how practice is necessary.  We also had fun listening to her excitement about her trip to California in April.  This time it will only be for one week, but she’s already there in her mind.  Mid term exams are over and she was walking on air.  She still has her teaching job, so she’s not really on a total vacation, but there are no classes for awhile.

A big mystery was solved when Cat explained that the Thai spoken in villages, like her’s, is considered unacceptable by those in the city with formal education in Thai language.  Apparently it’s a combination of vocabulary and delivery.  For many, it is the wall that keeps some folks in the village.  Cat was fortunate that she had mentors and teachers who helped her learn past the boundaries of the village.

Tomorrow evening is the opening for the ‘Small Paintings’ exhibit at Art Bridge.  Sunday we’ll probably start packing for our trip to Oz.  

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.           Time for the ‘Funnies’.


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