Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Funnies


There was some serious ground-wetting last night.  We had a little light rain this afternoon, but nothing to hamper daytime activities.   Hmm, now it’s night time and it’s raining again. 

The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Beatles.  ‘Old School Friday’ is next and you know this one:  “__, ah just a little bit longer.  Please, please, please, please, tell me that you’re going to.  Now your daddy don’t mind, and your mommy don’t mind, if we have another dance, yeah, one more, one more time.  Oh won’t you __, just a little bit longer…”  Hint:  The one word title should be pretty obvious.  Opposite of ‘Go’.

This morning we drove up to Doy Din Dang, the ceramics studio of Somluk Pantiboon for coffee and some light shopping.  He wasn’t there, but his wife Tamako sat with us and we had a wonderful time talking about the state of art in Chiang Rai, and recent dental experiences.  We learned that she is recycling plastics and paper by using them in the freight packing of the ceramics that they ship in Thailand and abroad.  We also spent a little time walking through the compound, enjoying the trees and plants that have filled out during the rainy season.

We were ‘on our own’ for lunch today, since Natcha, Gong and Nitchanan went to the school for the Mother’s Day program.  Our usual order was placed at The Wanderer and we had a quiet, relaxing lunch.  During the course of our stay we saw Khun Noot and both of her daughters.  

A few weeks ago I mentioned the plight of the stateless people here in Thailand.  Four of the Wild Boars football team were told that they would receive citizenship.  Then they were told that they would have to wait like everyone else.  Now we learn that they have become Thai citizens, even a team member who was not in the cave with them.  Some numbers were released and, according to one source, there are 488,105 registered stateless people living in Thailand.  This status means that they are unable to vote, buy land, seek legal employment, work in certain occupations or travel freely.  There are some international organizations that estimate the number is much higher.  I think the conversation about change has begun. 

Our new pool thermometer told us that the water was 88 degrees.  That’s 2 degrees above our minimum swimming temperature, so we had a brief swim.  There is an interesting psychological connection between knowing the temperature and believing that it’s warm enough.  When we were guessing, there was uncertainty.  Is it really warm enough?  Now, doubt is removed by just looking at the numbers.  There will probably be more swimming now.

Have a Wonderful WeekEnd.         Now it’s time for the ‘Funnies’.


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