Bangkok, November 2010
Part III

After Part II

November 13-18, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The iPad now sports a very clever GPS using Google satellite photography.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

How many of you remember this place?


And, what is this thing?


Monday, November 15, 2010 (Pre-journal)

Our friend, Dan, from Shanghai and Taipei sent this photo. This is Dan's company.

WORLD'S LARGEST SISTER SHIPS,
OASIS OF THE SEAS AND ALLURE OF THE SEAS, MEET FOR FIRST TIME

MIAMI, November 13, 2010 - Royal Caribbean International's newest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, received a warm welcome from more than 8,000 guests and crew members aboard sister-ship Oasis of the Seas on Saturday, Nov. 13. The world's two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships were together for the first time at sea. In a friendly case of sibling rivalry, Allure of the Seas' captain, Hernan Zini, confirms that his ship is five centimeters longer than Oasis of the Seas, allowing room for more exciting new dining, retail, and entertainment options, including the DreamWorks experience, and Royal Caribbean's signature Gold Anchor Service.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

A soi food dinner.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our friend, Stephani, sent this. "Stephani, I too remember these."


My entire childhood in one e-mail


45 rpm spindles

Green Stamps

Metal ice cube trays

Beanie and Cecil

Roller skate keys

Cork pop guns

Marlin Perkins

Drive-in movies

Drive-in restaurants

Car hops

Studebakers

Topo Gigio

Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

Sk King

Reel-to-reel tape recorders

Tinker Toys

Erector Sets

Lincoln Logs

15 cent hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards

Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

5 cent postage stamps

Gum wrapper chains

Chatty Cathy dolls

5 cent Cokes

Speedy Alka Seltzer

Cigarettes for Christmas

Burma Shave signs

Brownie cameras

Flash bulbs

TV test patterns

Old Yeller

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee

Fire escape tubes

Timmy and Lassie

Ding Dong, Avon calling

Brylcreem

Aluminum Christmas trees

A real Post Script:

Bangkok gets a proper toilet paper.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

While some computer problems complicate this day in 2010 and prevent a timely update, we invite you to visit this day in years gone by:


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Should be a lively weekend.

November 18, 2010

This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand to planned demonstrations in Bangkok on November 19, and to the possibility of political demonstrations and road closures in and around Chiang Mai city from November 19-22 (the final weekend of the Loy Krathong festival).

From 8:00 am until approximately 9:00 pm on Friday, November 19, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD-Red Shirts) plans to hold demonstrations in various areas of Bangkok, including the Rajaprasong area (around Central World), to mark the six- month anniversary of the incident during which 89 lives were lost when the UDD occupied parts of Bangkok's central commercial zone in April and May of 2010.

The streets in all directions around Rajaprasong are expected to be filled with 10,000 to 15,000 persons, and many vehicles will be parked along Rajadamri and Ploenchit roads, snarling traffic throughout the area. Although the gatherings around Rajaprasong are scheduled to peak in the evening, we suggest avoiding that area throughout the day and evening. It is possible that Siam Paragon will also be affected. A smaller demonstration is planned in the morning at Klong Prem Prison on Ngam Wong Wan Road. Also, media report that supporters of the UDD plan a rally November 20 near the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek site in Mae Hia, just south of Chiang Mai city. Demonstrations at other sites in and around Chiang Mai city are possible November 19-22. In addition, Loy Krathong celebrations in Chiang Mai regularly lead to road closures and traffic delays. In particular, expect heavy traffic in the Mae Jo area November 20 for the mass release of floating lanterns, and road closures in central Chiang Mai city November 22 for the Loy Krathong parade.

We are not aware of any general, specific, or implied threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests throughout this period. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. You should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations or large gatherings. You should monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information about demonstrations and areas to avoid. Although the level of violence in Bangkok and Chiang Mai subsided following the UDD protests in April and May 2010, the potential for random acts of politically-motivated violence remains. You should maintain a heightened sense of awareness, be cognizant of any unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places, and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in Thailand to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate General in Chiang Mai or through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). For information on general crime and security issues, U.S. citizens may also consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Thailand and the Worldwide Caution, located at the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website. U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from overseas.

The American Citizen Services Unit 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 acsbkk@state.gov. The emergency after-hours telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai is located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107-777 and by e-mail at acschn@state.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878.

This email is UNCLASSIFIED


PS: My trusty HP printer/fax died on Wednesday morning so I had to pick up a new one, this time an Epson.* I can use it to print from my PC but I still can't get it to print from my Mac.


* The price of printers has really fallen over the years. I remember when they ran into four figures.1

1 When I was in college, grad school, law school and post law-school school I think I went through two typewriters. In the last (comparable in time) 10 years I have gone through a few dozen computer/printer combinations. And, typewriters were made of degradable metal; the new things are made of stuff that will last until the end of time.

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