January 1-10, 2006
THOCBDC interrupts its coverage of "New Year's Eve at The Oriental" with this "we got there first" story:
More than 15 months before the SI calendar went current our very own in-house paparazzi captured Sports Illustrated's pick for January 2006.
Yesterday, dear reader, you were spared exposure to our family photo album. Sports Illustrated's January 2006 swimsuit calendar definitely trumped 'us' in bringing in the new year.
But now it is time to go back-to-the-photos-with-the-little-black-corner-stickers-on-them.
Since most of the 'family' are female the first shot is in the make-up room. Bo is getting a helping hand from Pom. Others look on.
The formal pose? Aunt Patchara, her husband and her two children (Bo and Beam) along with Watcharee.
The remaining shots were all fired around table 162.
A good time was had by all ... except for me; I had another birthday that night (though the alternative of not having one is worse).
Reader P. Morton Shand of Houston, Texas writes: "Last year my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Thailand. We passed the entire 16 days and nights in Bangkok and we never left our hotel complex even once. And we ate every single meal at the Texas Suki restaurant which is located in the hotel's Royal Garden Plaza. Help us remember those wonderful meals; please post a photograph of our beloved Texas Suki restaurant."
Reader Shand, you and your gourmet wife are in luck. THOCBDC's archive does have a photograph of the Royal Garden Plaza. However, it is a panorama shot of the entire breadth of the 'plaza' ... as seen through five eyes of my ancient Canon Elph (*). Whatever, on the far left of the wide photo the colorful logo of Texas Suki can be just barely made out. But, aided with some powerful darkroom techniques these two additional photographic enhancements should bring you closer to your favorite table.
(*) Though the Canon Elph is one of the earliest 'stitch' cameras, its seams are almost impossible to find. It actually stitched its way through one of the Texas Suki signs.
My Mercedes SLK200k has only got 4 cylinders so I should be really saving on my fuel bills, right? Maybe if I was driving in Wyoming. But, here in Bangkok for the last 1,489k (925m) I have averaged 14.9 liters of gas for each 100 kilometers (@62 miles) of driving. In miles per gallon that is 15.78. I get better gas mileage than that driving my SL55AMG in South Florida.
PS: Don Bull (a proud PCC founding member) has captured his state's treasured vanity plate. BTW, Don, what is your gas mileage in Virginia? Can you send us a digital of your in dash menu?
PPS: Don also captured the front page of the Raleigh Blat and Bugle with this spectacular sunset shot of Smith Lake and his dock. Readers will remember that the ICCA had its AGM in his back yard just a couple of years ago.
In reply reader Bull writes:
This morning we drove to Roanoke for supplies. Our first stop was 34 miles from home and our elapsed driving time was 47 minutes. We had an average speed of 44 mph and fuel economy of 26.3 mpg.
With all the stops in town our average speed went down and our fuel consumption went up. By the time we got home (4:51PM), we had clocked 93 miles in 2 hours and 35 minutes. Our average speed for the day was 36 mph and fuel economy was 26 mpg.
It was 3 degrees F warmer!
Somewhere in Virginia
This afternoon my gas mileage really went to hell. It took me 59 minutes to make an eleven kilometer round-trip. The motorcycles had me circled.
I didn't even get out of the garage today.
Riddle: What is this?
Answer: Click here.
Would you eat that?
Funny, this retirement thing!: "What should I do today?" ... "Hey, I'll go to the car wash. I haven't done that for a week."
But there was an unexpected fillip to be seen: Paris' Bangkok Hilton sign is a little more exposed than it was last weekend.
Two Pens! One new; one changing fonts.
Next: Part II