Bangkok, July 2010
Part II

After Part I

July 9-15, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010 (Pre-journal)

From my friend Susan:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

Friday, July 9, 2010

Watcharee's aunt and two cousins on her father's side came by for lunch. I have not seen them in almost 10 years. The aunt is very sweet and is a very good cook.

The Bangkok press has been captivated by that German octopus (squid?)* who seems to have amazing powers of predictions when it comes to Germany's place in the World Cup games in South Africa. One of our local political cartoonists brings him closer to home.

* Named Paul, after the disciple ... not THOCBDC webmaster.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Paul, the octopus, predicts Germany over Uruguay in tonight's game for 3rd and 4th place in the World Cup. It also predicts that Spain will beat Holland in Sunday's final match. So far Paul's chances in predicting the first six of Germany's matches was 1 in 64. If Paul is right tonight he has beaten 1 in 128 odds. If it goes 8 for 8 Paul has made it 1 in 256.*

* But, if he loses he may really win; but if he 'wins' he may really loose ... at least here in Thailand.

Sunday, July 11, 2010 (Stephani Weaver's Birthday)

I did not eat at 7 Eleven even though today is 7/11. Instead: Bacchus, at the Ruam Rudee Shopping Mall. It is under new management ... but, sadly the pretty young bartender of yore has been replaced by some guy. However, the dishes remain the same; especially good is the Rocket Salad. And, the French Fries are the best in town.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Do you remember Tik from almost 9 years ago? If so, you previously caught her napping in the rear seat of a van while we were on our way to Hua Hin for a week of elephant polo. That was also the week that our friend Tom Claytor (a round the world solo pilot and, most recently, a climber of Mount Everest) brought his team a win. (There was also a brief incident with the Bangkok police.)

Anyway, Tik is Watcharee's cousin on Watcharee's father's side of the family. And, yesterday she and her mother (Watcharee's aunt) paid us a visit. She was a very pretty girl as a teenager when she visited Hua Hin; now she is a beautiful woman who has her own business.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Sala Thai restaurant and Reflexology salon is located adjacent to River City, that huge shopping complex that is connected to the Royal Sheraton Hotel by a walkover bridge. For the past year River City has been under the architect's knife. The exterior plastic surgery is almost complete: a mirror surface. But, through out this ordeal I have been able to avail myself in the services of Sala Thai.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 (Annie's Birthday ... and, Bastille Day; but I really only celebrate Annie's Day)

Feeling nostalgic ... (actually I just needed a haircut at The Best which is located there) ... I visited The Oriental. This was our home for 2 1/2 years so I was familiar with all the boats that played in our river. Even though I love where we live now I really still miss the river.

PS: Road traffic was hell.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Our Thai friend from Florida came for dinner. We ordered take-out from Curries & More.

PS: We now have a new TV channel to compete with EWTN (Eternal World Television Network)*. It's of the same ilk but based on a different book.

* It fills it 24 hour day with Catholic masses, rosaries, genuflections, nuns at prayer and other X rated stuff.

Next: Part III

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