October 1-7, 2004
Fifty-four hours away from Bangkok and what did we have a craving for ......
The 'bow' is married with a printer's block of the same.
Disaster strikes Watcharee's home town:
14 dead in Thailand fireworks fire
Sunday, October 3, 2004 Posted: 11:22 AM EDT (1522 GMT)
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- A massive explosion at a fireworks factory in central Thailand has killed 14 people, including a 4-year-old boy, and injured two others, a police official said.
About 20 workers were at the Boonlue fireworks factory in the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthaya when the blast occurred Sunday afternoon, causing the building's roof to collapse, police Maj. Gen. Wanchai Thanakit said. The two injured workers were hospitalized.
The factory was operating illegally after having had its license revoked last year following an earlier explosion, he told reporters.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident, Wanchai said.
Further details were not immediately available, including the identity of the 4-year-old boy.
Ayuthaya is about 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of Bangkok.
Route AIA ... the main drag along the beach ... seems to have escaped any damage from the hurricanes ... though it does appear that a couple of letters in the Elbo Room's sign got partially blown away.
When advertising links are counter-productive:
Hot-air balloon crash-lands, hits power lines
Monday, October 4, 2004 Posted: 10:32 AM EDT (1432 GMT)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A hot-air balloon slammed into the ground during a landing attempt in gusty wind, throwing out its pilot and a passenger, then became entangled in power lines with a second passenger still on board.
Two of the balloon's occupants were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries after the accident Sunday.
About 1,500 customers lost power when the balloon struck the lines, utility officials said.
The balloon had taken off in nearby Round Rock, said passenger Bryan Miller. It was about 10 feet above the ground at an Austin athletic field when the wind pushed it down, throwing Miller and the pilot out of the basket, fire department spokesman Palmer Buck said.
If the basket had not snagged the power line, the balloon could have flown away with the woman who was still in the basket.
"That would have been very interesting," Buck said. "She was getting ready to take off."
Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the woman from the basket.
Today was not a beach bunny day! The bunnies were either in school or it was still too early in the day (for the post-school girls) when I snapped these pictures.
Watcharee got her Green Card today!!!!!!!
PS. We celebrated Watcharee's Green Card baptism by having dinner at California Pizza.
It's a bit rainy today so the beach bunnies played inside.
Just kidding, folks! It really wasn't all that rainy this morning. There were a few birds at the beach.
Our neighborhood ...
Hmmm ... Florida isn't all that bad.
Hooters of Florida: Built to withstand mighty winds
Next: Part II