Bangkok, September 2012
Part IV

After Part III

September 23-30, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Another one is coming.

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's getting closer.

PS: He is watching.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More about yesterday's PS.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (Pre-journal)

My minder writes:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned demonstration at Embassy on THURSDAY, September 27, 2012

The Royal Thai Police has informed the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, that a demonstration involving several hundred people is planned on Wireless Road in front of the Embassy beginning at 10 AM on Thursday, September 27. Although the demonstration is not expected to be violent, it may cause traffic disruptions in the area. The Embassy will remain open for consular service appointments.

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is not aware at this time of any specific threat to U.S. citizens in Thailand. As a general precaution, the U.S. Embassy advises you to exercise caution and to be aware of your surroundings, particularly around large crowds or gatherings. 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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the U.S. Embassy at (66-2) 205-4000 or visit the U.S. Citizens Service website at We will post the most updated information on the website.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the embassy or nearest consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Thailand. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad."

Contact the embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On the floor with big chicks.

Thursday, September, 27, 2012

The secretary to Sholban Kara-ool (Chairman of Tuva*) writes:

"I am Borlini Moonchump. My employer wants to know if you were able to photograph any small chickens when you visited the exhibit at River City?"

Yes! I hope the attached photos will please your leader.

* Tuva is a federal republic of Russia. It lies in the geographical center of Asia in southern Siberia.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Amy Bishop, the Harvard PhD who killed and wounded several fellow faculty members at a University of Alabama biology department meeting just because she was denied tenure, writes:

"Though I shall be a jail bird for the rest of my life could you post a photograph of some birds that are free? I have been following your recent River City bird posts with but sorrow as it appears that most of the birds are either caged or under human supervision. Please show me a free bird."

OK! Here are two.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, writes:

"Mitt is a family man ... so am I ... and so are my children. When you visited River City did you see any family friendly booths?"


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Here in Bangkok we ended the third quarter with a beautiful post-sunset evening sky. The dark clouds just added reflective color to the entire scene. All the views are variations on north, east and west. We are surrounded by hotels ... my favorite kind of building.

The photos are sequential so you can see how the sky becomes increasingly dark.

PS: Shit, I forgot that today was Blasphemy Day.


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