Monday, June 11, 2018



The weekend weather in Southern California was beautiful.  This time we packed the right clothes.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, rain has been forecast for Chiang Rai all week.  Nice to be here.

The ‘Old School Friday’ tune was “Not Fade Away” by Buddy Holly.  It was later a hit by the Rolling Stones.  ‘Easy Monday’ may be familiar, it’s from the 60s English invasion.  “It’s getting near dawn, when lights close their tired eyes.  I’ll soon be with you my love, to give you my dawn surprise.  I’ll be with you darling soon, I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.  I’ve been waiting so long, to be where I’m going, in the __ __ __ __.”  Hint:  It’s by the first ‘Power Trio’ named for something that rises to the top.  The sun is involved.

The presence of Mr. Lag has not kept us from doing what we do on these visits.  Saturday there was a lunch date, a celebration dinner for August with his parents, an aunt and a cousin, a trip to the mall, and a Valley Cousins dinner.  Now, in between all of that there were several mandatory naps and some staring into space.  The graduation dinner was fun, eating at a place we’d never been to in downtown Culver City.  After Mexican food, we went back to the house for chocolate cake and lots of photos.  We tripped down memory lane with Jeff and Anna, recalling the days when we used to be ‘roadies’ for Mr. August and his DJ gear.  In the fall he’ll be going to the University of Hartford, studying Audio Engineering.  

One cool thing about all this new phone technology is the ability to make video calls.  We have been able to talk to Natcha and Cat on a regular basis.  Saturday night we talked to Cat while she was spending the night with Daku.  When he heard Lisa’s voice he got up and came over to the sound, and saw her face.  His tail started wagging and he started pawing the air.  Needless to say, we’re missing each other.  

Here is Mr. Daku making one of his stylish catches.

Sunday I went to a favorite meeting and then we went to the mall.  Culture shock at it’s finest.  Lunch and a little shopping and it was time for ’The nap’.  In the evening we had dinner with Cousin Martha and two of her daughters, Sophia and Emmaline.  Catching up each visit keeps us in touch and a part of their lives.  Staying connected seems like an easy thing to do, but it takes effort, even with all the communication tech at our disposal.

Tomorrow morning we fly up to Northern California to have lunch with the Oakland Cousins and spend a few days with Joe.  

Have a Great Week.


“The aim of education is the
knowledge, not of facts, but
of values.”
~William S. Burroughs

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