March 1-12, 2007
My friend, Dan, sent some additional photographs of his visit to Hangzhou.
When Jean and I visited the city in 1983 there was no Hyatt hotel. The only accommodations were guest houses for overseas visitors. Mao styled blue clothes were the prescribed dress. Communal dishes at the table guaranteed the spread of head colds. Bikes outnumbered cars a thousand to one. Spittoons were everywhere.
Yes, a quarter of a century ago China was a sleeping giant. Now, when China sneezes the rest of the world gets pneumonia! [I am really mixing my metaphors here.] (*)
(*) Not really. The giant can wake up and then sneeze.
OK! When it stops hailing I'll get to the beach and film some bunnies!
Yes, I know. Yesterday I promised you bunnies but when I made that promise I didn't know that my favorite spot was under construction. There were very few bunnies to be seen ... but, there were a couple of elegant looking birds.
PS: Only in South Florida can you find stretch limos like this one. Hollywood would never stoop this low. This thing is positively weird looking.
Watcharee developed a hunger for Thai (----------------) [Guess]
Here is the Athenee Residence from a different angle.
PS: Spring Break starts this weekend whether the beach is ready or not.
What is the girl on the left thinking about the girl on the right? Check her eyes and her body language. Any captions? Or, do you think that the girl on the right might be saying something back?
My friend, K, used to own a bar on soi Cowboy in Bangkok (*). Now, he and his Thai wife live in the USA. He has just started his own blog. I hope you will visit it as it makes a good read.
(*) If you click here you can visit soi Cowboy and K's former bar.
Happy birthday, Watcharee.
We returned to Coco for the first time since we were in America last. The lamb is done in an Asian style. The salmon tartar is unique to Coco. The cuisine is Thai and Japanese with a fusion of other cuisines. I like the place very much.
Our first taste at PF Changs ... and it was a wonderful one.
This 1976 book, "Future Facts" was gathering dust on my bookshelf when I picked it up for want of anything better to do.
The book's index did not contain a reference to the Internet but it did have this little ditty.
PS: Ad for Bangkok Insurance:
PPS: More from Bangkok Insurance:
PPPS: Another creative ad:
About a mile and a half from our Florida house is a seldom visited park that is located on a bend in the New River. Being a Saturday it was not surprising that a wedding was taking place this afternoon. I walked through the park long before the majority of guests arrived. The bride and her bridesmaids were the only people in evidence ... well, aside from some other 'civilians'.
"Alf, you should have been at the beach instead ... taking pictures of bikini bunnies downing Buds on the beach. What is happening to you? And, is that a church in one of those photos? Next will you be showing us baptisms? Arrrgggg."
I suppose I should direct this question to Randy Cohen who is "The Ethicist" at The New York Times Magazine, but since he ignored my question concerning the ethics of reaching to the back of the shelf to get a quart of milk with a more distant expiration date I am directing it to you, dear readers.
Here it is. While taking photographs of these boats near the Bahia Mar Yacht Club I violated the law by parking illegally. Though I was not ticketed should I confess?
This is the local law on the point:
Valid defenses may include:
These excuses are not considered a valid defense:
Hail to the Chief!
PS: This afternoon while watching a Red Baron air display above our Florida house I noticed that the three palm trees in our back yard that were stripped bare by the winds of Katrina and Wilma (but were in stages of recovery during March and July) are almost full-figured again.
Next: Part II