Tuesday, November 6, 2018



The local weather seems to be holding in it’s almost winter mode.  Cool mornings, warm days and very pleasant evenings.  Say, it’s a good time to visit.  Oh yeah, VOTE!

The ‘Easy Monday’ song is still in the minds of many.  “Nothing you can know that isn’t known.  Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.  Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be, it’s easy.  __ __ __ __ __, __ __ __ __ __, __ __ __ __ __, Love is all you need.”  Clue:

Today we put the finishing touches on our move.  The upstairs is all ready for Ellen’s visit and our new room is slowly filling up with the necessities of life.  Daku is getting used to a smaller room and doesn’t seem to mind when we make him move so Lisa can roll through.  Thursday we’ll have the TV back in the guest room so we can watch tennis and the end of the Formula 1 season.  Sometimes it’s the little things (555). 

The first night in a new location is always a little weird, in my experience.  Last night was no exception to that concept.  You know that feeling, when you wake up and don’t know where you are?  One thing that contributed to this feeling was the darkness.  Upstairs there are tiny lights on various things and they put the room in perspective, even in the dark.  Without those tiny beacons, it’s like a starless night on the ocean.  Tonight I’ll find something to give a little glow to the place.   
We went back to The Wanderer for coffee and our weekly call to Lisa’s Dad Joe, in Palo Alto.  There is something about the mid-morning light as it dances through the trees in the woods that is almost magical.  It struck me this morning that since we don’t really live in a neighborhood, we have constructed one within our morning circuit.  They are the people we see on a regular basis, who we share smiles with, who we laugh with, and seem to feel comfortable around.  

Since we have been living in Chiang Rai, we have seen a major increase in the number of airplane flights in and out of our little airport.  There used to be two morning flights and two evening flights.  Now there are carriers from many countries with multiple flights on any given day.  Tonight, when I went to pick up Ellen, the ‘Arrival’ board was in Thai, English and Chinese.  There were four or five different locations that were sending planes to Chiang Rai.  Amazing.  There is a major expansion being planned and it will be welcomed by many.  

As we move into the season of the big buses, the streets of Chiang Rai will begin to swell with tourists from the north (China, Japan, Korea) and from the north east (Europe).  All along Bus Station street, I’ve been noticing that shop owners have changed the look of their stores and in some cases, their products as well.  

There is serious construction going on in this photo.

Tomorrow we begin our travel around town with Ellen.  We’re still working out how to modify the list so Lisa can enjoy the sight-seeing.  It’s gonna be fun.

Have a Happy Tuesday and VOTE.


“There is a sufficiency in the 
world for man’s need, but not
for man’s greed.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

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