Fort Lauderdale, March 2010
Part III

After Part II

March 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The world famous Elbo Room in March 2006 and now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thai food calls again.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

OK, Thai food is my first choice ... but, if pressed for a favorite local 'farang' restaurant I am very partial to Capital Grill* in the Galleria Mall. There I usually spring for a half dozen fresh oysters and a steak.

Today we had a special meal with our friend Ta**.

* I am only mildly irked that the wall clocks do not accurately reflect the proper hour time in Asia1.

** And, another.

1 Well, at least during US Standard time.

PS: "This is Vatican Idol."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 (Pre-Journal)

Sigh ....

March 24, 2010

This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that it is anticipated that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "red-shirts") will embark on motorcycle road rallys around Bangkok for the next several days. While it is expected that this procession will be carried out peacefully, the potential for violence and confrontations with security elements remains.

In addition, the following roads specifically around Parliament have been closed off to ensure security for Parliamentary meetings:

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at The emergency after-hours telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How close can you get to a bird before it flies? This particular bird (a white heron?) was perched on our dock when Watcharee first saw him from our kitchen window. After taking one photo of the bird from our window I opened the back door and approached the heron step by step*. When I was about 2 meters (@ 6 feet) away the bird took flight.

* At first the heron appeared to be asleep (resting on one foot); as I approached he awoke but he didn't flee.

PS: Yes, he might have been a she.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Florida also can be cute.

Friday, March 26, 2010

After having stone crabs at Cindy's last week our urge for them was reawakened when we visited Whole Foods yesterday morning. But, at $49.99 a pound this stuff must rank right up there with truffles and Kobe beef, especially when you consider that 75% of their weight is made up of inedible shell.

Leaving Whole Foods with the legs wrapped in bags of ice it felt like we were transporting limbs for a transplant.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Can you spot the cache?

Sunday, March 28, 2010 (Palm Sunday)*

In just under three weeks we'll be eating these.

And, this.

* Which of these would make a good CEO for a world wide child care operation.

Monday, March 29, 2010 (Ellie's 16th Birthday)

Today South Florida was lashed with heavy rains pretty much from early morning until the cocktail hour. The storm was so fierce that a small critter took refuge in our porch room.

PS: Today's blog was admittedly way too wet. Let me make amends with these girls.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tamarind in Deerfield Beach seems to be our favorite Thai restaurant in South Florida ... well, I mean we have hit the place more times than we have visited any other restaurant on this trip. And, as it is more than a 20k drive from our house this is further evidence of our love for its food.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tonight Cindy and her nephew, Ryan, came over for one of Watcharee's signature meals.

Next: April

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