June 2006 in Bangkok, Part IV

After Part III

June 24-30, 2006

Saturday, June 24, 2006 (Pre-journal)

Andy Page sent this amazing 'paper chase' article. I wonder when GPSs will be small enough to implant in currency.

Bank notes pass anonymously back and forth, of interest only while they're in our hands. Or maybe not. Steven Boggan trails one £10 note and ends up on a journey through modern British society ...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

A rainy afternoon in Bangkok.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Tourists when they come to Thailand love to buy souvenirs of their trip. This is very understandable. Over the last several decades of travel I have managed to 'fill' my house with things that I bought abroad. Some are actually useful and pleasing to the eye; others are ... well ... now left lost on a back shelf or in a deep drawer. But, all of them were capable of fitting into my suitcase.

This is why I am amazed at some of the cast bronze work that is for sale near our home in Bangkok. This is not the work of one crazy merchant who really got it all wrong. There are four or five of these places within a 15 minute walk from River Garden that offer similar lines of truly heavy and hard to haul art work. And I am not talking about stuff that would just dwarf a steamer trunk; no, these pieces weigh more than most automobiles.

And what do you do with it when you get it home? A 2,000 pound gorilla? A 8 foot high Indian on horseback? A life size alligator?

PS: Even my car once used these things for wallpaper.

Monday, June 26, 2006 (Pre-Journal)

My good friend Dan (from Shanghai and Taipei) sent me these photographs of strange buildings. Interestingly, the original source of these photos is Chad Blair. He is also the Bangkok photographer who has chronicled the construction of the Athenee Residence.

Monday, June 26, 2006

They are now working on the 25th floor. Only one more to go ... well, that's when they start putting up our window frames. After, that there are 14 more floors before they "tree top".

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What a coincidence! We'll be away from Bangkok for just about the same amount of time that it will take them to get our pool area renovated. We'll arrive in Florida on July 3rd; returning to Bangkok about October 1.

These are photos of the pool area pre-renovated. I can't imagine what they are going to do to it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Last night we drove (*) into Chinatown and to the Grand Palace. For the whole month of June the area has been especially lit in celebration of the King's 60th year on the throne.

I used a wide angle lens in order to keep the motion blur as little as possible. But even with the camera braced against the roof (the car was slowly moving) it was hard to to get a crisp shot.

(*) Watcharee was at the wheel ... I was in the rear passenger seat.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

What is the refrigerator doing in the guest bedroom?

While we are in Florida River Garden is going to completely redo our kitchen. This means that we pretty much have to park all the stuff that we normally keep in the kitchen somewhere else.

This also means that for the next few days (until we leave for Florida) we have to eat out. Of course, that is not an unwelcome thing in Bangkok. Our first forced-out meal was at Prime in the Millennium Hilton ... yes, I know that we have been eating there a lot and that you have had to suffer through endless photos of raw oysters, steaks, faces of people you don't know (*) and smiles from pretty waitresses. So, after the more riveting snaps of my displaced kitchen I'll limit the restaurant shots to non food items.

(*) Aside from Watcharee, Rung and Tium were at the table.

PS: I lied: I could not resist one more oyster picture.

Thursday, June 30, 2006 (David's Birthday)

Here are some unusual shots (*) from our Bangkok home.

(*) Shot from windows which have never been shot from before ... or just from weird angles.

PS: Can AOL members be so dumb? The following question accompanied today's AOL news coverage of some Christian archeologist's 'discovery' in Iran of some old wood on the top of a mountain. That is fucking scary! Two thirds of AOLers believe that shit in Genesis. OK, maybe it was only 2/3rds of the people who clicked on the article ... but, still!

What do you think about the story of Noah's Ark?
It's fact67%
It's fiction33%
Total Votes:22,647

Next: July

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