Where in the World is Alf? (Part XXII)

Following Part XXI

July 1-11, 2003

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

For David's bithday we went to Galanga ("Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar") in Wilton Manors.

The large (Thai language) sign on the wall reads: "If you have no money your friends and relatives will treat you like a dog."

Everything else was in English.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Now for some 'shiny' examples of corkscrews:

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PS: From The Nation (Bangkok) ...

PPS: From The Nation (Bangkok) ...

Actually we are looking forward to going back home (BKK).

Armoured tuktuk
Policemen pose on a prototype 'armoured patrol tuktuk' yesterday. The vehicle is being developed for security personnel in the southern provinces.

Thursday, July 3, 2003

A scattering of corkscrews ... mostly from Bob Nugent's former collection.

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PS: Yikes, has America pushed Siam into the dirt?

Compare the original pair (from The Mütter Museum) ... and an Italian pair (from The Bonardo Collection).

Friday, July 4, 2003

Fear prophets ...
and those prepared to die for the truth,
for as a rule they make many others
die with them, often before them,
at times instead of them.

- Umberto Eco

If there's a supreme being, he's crazy.

- Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

Turning to brass ...

Saturday, July 5, 2003

Shifting from metal to not-really-wood:

Clowns ... 'Toppers' ... Monks ... Knights ... Indians ... Waiters ... and all from Syracuse, New York.

PS: This afternoon Watcharee's friend, Kig, came to our house for lunch ... for a Thai lunch, of course.

This picture was snapped shortly after lunch. Kig is nine months pregnant ... and she is expecting a boy. Though she is Thai, her husband is a 'farang' so the kid will have a real New York name: Anthony (Tony).

Sunday, July 6, 2003

This 'knife' presentation is for my good friend, Don Bull. Though he owns more quality corkscrews than anyone else in the world ... and has published more about them than anyone else in the world ... I think his heart lies with blades.

Yes, this is a really big 'Swiss Army' knife ... by leaps it dwarfs its neighbors. I tried to photograph it all by its lonesome, but without anything to compare it to it just looked like a long-of-tooth (*) forerunner to the contemporary red cross Swiss stuff. [By the way, I featured this beast in one of my "Best Sixes" almost a decade ago].

And then there is this drawer of knives that are ... well ... just in a drawer ... and will probably never move from that drawer.

* "Long-of-tooth" is an unflattering description of aging that has do with receding gums (and the consequent exposure of more dental enamel than is thought to be attractive.) Ralph Waldo Emerson put a painful spin on it (aging) with:

"Tis strange that it is not in vogue to commit hara-kari as the Japanese to at sixty. Nature is so insulting in her hints and notices, does not pull you by the sleeve, but pulls out your teeth, tears off your hair in patches, steals your eyesight, twists your face into an ugly mask, in short, puts all contumelies upon you, without in the least abating your zeal to make a good appearance, and all of this is at the same time that she is moulding the new figures around you into wonderful beauty which of course is only making your plight worse."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Monday, July 7, 2003

A question for my readers: do you know what this thing is?

No, this is not a silly test to which the 'teacher' already knows the answer and he is just trying to be a wise-ass. ... No, I do have an idea of what part of this machine does; but, I don't know the rest of it.

Part of it is a cork squeezer ... a fairly common device of the last century: a device that squished fresh corks so that they could be more easily jammed into new bottles: think homemade wine.

But, what about the orifice? What goes up there and what happens to it once it is there? And what is the purpose of the screw-off lip?

PS: Reader H.M. of Red Wing, Minnesota asks:

"In your opinion, what has your blog done that warrants reading?"

This, for sure (if 'looking' counts as 'reading'):

The Bunnies of February

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

For my fellow corkscrew addicts here are some assorted barscrews ... they are, of course, designed to be conspicuously surrounding some 'lesser' screws in my collection (Hey, but, can you see some of my 'majors', ones that I have tucked away in the 'shadows'?) ...

However, the big news for today is that the Screwless Tuskers will participate at this year's King's Cup Elephant Polo 2003 (the annual elephant polo championship competition that takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand). Last year, and the year before that, the Screwy Tuskers made fund raising appearances ... but this year (September 16 - 21) we shall field a full team on the field.

For those of you not familiar with the Screwless Tuskers of yore you can click right here to see what might have been (but, please scroll down the screen a little bit to capture the full flavor of the team).

For the 2003 event the Screwless Tusker team will be headed by Golf. The other three Screwless Tuskers team mates have been chosen by 'her'. I have not seen them yet. (*)

* Golf is seen here in several earlier episodes: Golf Last July | Golf Last November | One More

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Every corkscrew collector has a junk drawer....

..... or two .....

Thursday, July 10, 2003

This is the design for the Screwless Tuskers Team Shirt:

Friday, July 11, 2003

A drawer of 'bottle-screws' ... with the odd 'bullet-screw' or two lying about:

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