April 2006: Flight from Florida

After March

April 1-4, 2006

Saturday, April 1, 2006 (Pre-Journal)

At the Hua Hin polo field:

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Watcharee packed (tomorrow we return home to Bangkok).

Stephani took delivery of her 'new' car (we need more garage space).

We had our last stone crab meal (hopefully, not the ultimate 'last' meal).

I put our new Mercedes on 'life support' (yes, these new trickle chargers can keep the battery fresh for 4 years straight).

PS: Reader Firedog asked me to show him my oldest corkscrew. This corkscrew is almost 2,000 years old. I purchased it at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul about 20 years ago. The merchant who sold it to me was convinced that it was one of the corkscrews that Jesus Christ used when he opened all those bottles at that wedding (*) where the hosts were on a tight refreshment budget ... you know the one; where He turned bottled water into wine after the catered supply went dry. I am tempted to put this one on Ebay.

(*) Why was He at the wedding in the first place? On which side of the aisle did He sit? Did He bring a gift? It is all very murky in my mind.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

We started our 29 hour journey at MIA (not a particularly inviting tarmac ... though the Club America lounge was comfortable and exclusive).

Monday, April 3, 2006

The Lufthansa First Class lounge at Frankfurt appeared to have some long-staying guests. This particular one snored; but, it didn't make any difference because the all-news station was in German.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

As midnight passed, our Thai flight was still over the old Soviet Union. Thai Airways has upgraded the first class section on its 747s. It is leagues ahead of either BA or Lufthansa in comfort and space. Also, the new 'moving' maps have a clever zoom feature.

When I opened my emailbox here in Bangkok there was an email from reader George. He apparently was responding to THOCBDC's 'history' page for Monday, April 3, 2000.

Hi Alf,

Just in case you did not know already, Cleo died in March of 2001 in Goa, of a brain hemorrhage.

Cleo wrote a lot of that infamous Patpong book in my company's office, which was at that time located in Patpong, a few floors above the King's Corner Bar (the Patpong family office building).


Another email was from Sandra (the girl who has done her best to make my April Firsts a living hell). I seriously considered leaving for Bangkok a few days before April Fool's Day because Sandra long ago promised me that she would never pull pranks when I was out of the USA. See how close I came to having something horrible happen:


I didn't forget about you! I thought I had convinced a "friend" of yours to aid me in my scheme. Your "friend" backed out on Thursday, so I'll just wish you a happy April.

Any guesses as to who got cold feet?


Sandra, who was the "friend"? Was it Jeff? Betty? And, what was the "scheme"? Will you share it with our readers?

PS: Our Bangkok cars survived the hibernation.

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