Good morning! Here is a sunrise from Bangkok. (*)
(*) Yes, I had an uneventful day!
As Don Bull 'said': "Using a billion dollar satellite network ... and armed with a GPS ... my big hobby is creating and finding caches in Tupperware dishes and magnetic key holders in places where people would never normally look." Today I am looking NESW (**) at N13 43.876, E100 30.826. This is my latest cache creation.
(*) Do you remember where you were on this date in 1963?
(**) The photos are not necessarily in NESW order. I think they are more WESN order.
It's 'spirit' season again.
PS: Perspective changes everything. Both photos were taken minutes apart.
A couple of weeks ago the Bangkok Post published a thick ... (444 pages, 29cm X 26.5cm or 11in X 10.5in) ... book titled "Chronicle of Thailand - Headline News Since 1946". It is a fascinating read. At the end of the book in a page entitled "Bangkok 2079" the newspaper looks 70 years into the future.
Here at THOCBDC you can look at what happened here 50 years ago today (Bangkok and Thonburi became one city = Bangkok). Fifty-three years ago Thailand had a rough time on the basketball court. Sixty-three years ago the Bangkok Post was born.
As to the future ... which headlines do you think will be in our eyes?
The near deserted walking street where I hid my cache last Sunday is swarming with hungry people every other day.
PS: Things are heating up in Bangkok, according to the two BKK dailies. But, I bet things will stay quiet until after the King's birthday on December 5.
PPS: Back to the funnies.
November 25, 2009
This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that media reports indicate that supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or red-shirts) may gather this weekend in Bangkok. The Royal Thai Government has invoked the Internal Security Act (ISA) for Bangkok through mid-December; UDD leaders sent out signals November 25 that the protests previously announced for November 28 would likely be postponed in recognition of the upcoming birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol.
Media reports also indicate that the red-shirts may demonstrate this weekend in Chiang Mai in opposition to a visit by PM Abhisit Vejjajiva. For more information, please see the warden message issued by the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai.
We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are urged to avoid the areas of the demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.
No turkey here.
I could say that I was just exploring the 'night time' features of my cameras or I could admit that I didn't leave the house today.
OK, here are a series of views covering about 250 degrees from our north face. They range from west to southeast. They were taken at 6:15 PM. In Part B I'll post vaguely similar shots taken at 8:00 PM.
Again, covering about 250 degrees here are 'night' photos taken at about 8:00PM. Yes, from west to southeast.
I am just as guilty.
Yes, I got out of the house today: checking on cache sites, having lunch and getting a foot massage. Hey, I am retired.
Also, I am a sap for dog photos ... these two were sadly separated.
The morning at the BMW dealership began with cranberry juice cocktail (no alcohol); followed by a presentation to the both of us of a personalized mini Z4; a bit more paper-work; it continued with a verbal walk ... (parked?) ... thorough demonstration of all the dials and buttons; almost ending with a prayer; but, really only ending finally with a "drive away" at exactly 11:09 AM. (*)
(*) Monk chosen time.