Tuesday, June 5, 2018



Last night we learned that the big afternoon rain we had at our house, never showed up downtown.  Today an afternoon storm caught us downtown.  This time it arrived in our neighborhood a little later.

The ‘Easy Monday’ song is from 1971.  It has been covered by tons of artists from many different genres.  Here’s the second verse:  “See the paper layin’ in the sidewalk, a little music from the house next door.  So I walked up to the doorstep, through the screen and across the floor.  __ __, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.  __ __, makes me feel fine, blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind.”  Clue:  The subject of this song begins on June 21.  

The van left the station early this morning, heading for Wat Rong Khun.  On the way, we stopped at 2 7-11s but they were out of the little pocket morphs.  We got to the temple complex before the crowds, which made it easier to spend time at various points of interest.  Ajarn Chalermchai, the creator of Wat Rong Khun, was hanging out in front of a coffee shop and Ariel and Max got to meet him.  

This silly photo was taken at Wat Rong Khun.  

We had a fun lunch at Chivit Tamma Da.  Max had us cracking up when he got his drink.  It was a chocolate drink with a scoop of ice-cream and candy sprinkles around the rim.  He just sat there and stared at it for a long time.  Then he got started.  

To finish our little tour, we drove a few minutes north of our house to the giant Kuan Yin statue.  It boggles the mind, not only because it’s so large, but because you can go inside and view the landscape from the middle of her forehead.  We were fortunate to be able to ride up to the entrance in the ‘Hello Kitty’ tram, rather than the uphill walk.  The photo below, taken by Ariel, will give you an idea of how big Kuan Yin is, and the cute tram.

Tomorrow we fly to Bangkok in the late afternoon, sit around in the airport and then depart for the States a little after midnight.  I’ll be writing you from the airport.  I think the timing will work out that you might get the next message some time on the 7th.  See, we haven’t left yet and I’m already confused (555).  

Have a Happy Tuesday.


“How wonderful it would be if people 
did all they could for one another without
anything in return.  One should never remember
 kindness done, and never forget a kindness received."
~Kentetsu Takamori

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