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What A Good Friend Will Do

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

My extraordinary friend Lyn Horine put flowers on my parents’ graves for Memorial Day because I wasn’t there! And she didn’t even know them!


Back Home in Oaxaca

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Whew!  What a ride! A week in Vegas, a month in Salem Oregon, a week in Hong Kong, 5 months in Thailand (4 in Bangkok and a month on Koh Samui) a week in Hong Kong again, 2 weeks in Salem, 10 days in Vegas and now back home in Oaxaca. Right now, I don’t care if I see another airport again!

Oaxaca is in the middle of an historical heat wave. Am I still in Thailand? Three fans on in my bedroom at night. Oh where is that Thai A/C?! Too hot to go grocery shopping!  (Maybe I’ll lose some weight.) Tomorrow I’ll just water my plants and drink what’s left of my Arizona Iced Green Tea.  And then take a nap.

Last Day In Vegas

Friday, May 28th, 2010
Yesterday got my glasses replaced that son Greg's new yellow labrador puppy ate. Puppy? At 16 weeks he's huge...but oh so loving! And he's so cute when he carries his own leish in his mouth when we go for walks. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Video Skype Mishap

Monday, May 24th, 2010
You can just imagine the look on my son Josh's face in Hong Kong today as my chair collapsed out from under me in Las Vegas as I disappeared from view in his skype video frame! He he. Fell on ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why We Don’t Like Some Places We Travel

Monday, May 24th, 2010
On there is a thread on a forum with people talking about places they didn't like and why.  After reading a few posts, a very funny couchsurfing friend who I shall call the "Green Lady of England" finally let ... [Continue reading this entry]

1964 LBJ Daisy TV AD

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Embedding is disabled but remember this LBJ election TV ad when Johnson ran against Barry Goldwater in 1964?  It ran only once and then was banned.

Normal In Las Vegas

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Had an outside lunch with son Greg, his Punjabi surgeon friend, Jody, and his wife Heather, and Greg Smith who was a classmate of Greg's in high school. Playing with Val, Greg's 16 month old yellow lab who is constantly underfoot.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Big Cleanup Day In Bangkok

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

About 10,000 Bangkok residents, including teenagers and foreigners have joined hands to help the (BMA) clean Ratchaprasong Intersection and surrounding areas in the ‘Big Cleaning Day’ activity. Said that they must help clean Bangkok together because it is their home. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Recap on Thailand

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
The current situation in Thailand is not necessarily due directly just to the political history,  but indirectly because of all the long-standing alliances and divisions between parties, the military and the privy council members who are all trying to position ... [Continue reading this entry]

Political Options For Thailand?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Simon Montlake has an article in the Christian Science Monitor speculating on the political future now that the rally is over. It doesn't bode well for Thailand because neither the the Yellows (PAD Party) or the Reds (Thaksin) ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok Calming

Friday, May 21st, 2010
 Well, the most you could say about this recent conflict in Thailand is that even if the rancor remains for decades, there is a whole generation that is now politicized.  The Reds from up-country have undergone a process known here ... [Continue reading this entry]

Me In Las Vegas

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
After a week in Hong Kong,  just in time to avoid the worst of the burning of Bangkok just up the road from Sukhumvit 20 where I was staying, I flew to Portland Oregon with a transfer in San Francisco ... [Continue reading this entry]

Big Picture Bangkok Crackdown

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Boston Globe Incredibly good photos of Bangkok during Red Shirt Crackdown Photos and narrative explaining the political situation in Thailand

Burning Of Bangkok

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Just about eight minutes after the Red Shirt leaders gave their last speech on the main rally stage to jeers and tears, just before they gave themselves up to police who were closing in, flames and black smoke from burning ... [Continue reading this entry]

Red Shirt Leaders Surrender

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, May 19, 2010; 2:06 PM

BANGKOK -- Thai soldiers launched an assault Wednesday against "red shirt" protesters in a military operation that forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender but left parts ... [Continue reading this entry]

Two Faces Of The Thai Uprising

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Thaksin's vendetta is wrecking the country By Sopon Onkgara The Nation
BANGKOK: -- After a few days of armed skirmishes between rioters, terrorists and government troops in areas around Rajprasong, an end to the trouble remains elusive, despite the deadline given for the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Pongpat’s Tear-jerking Speech at Thai TV-Radio Awards

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Hong Kong! Relief from Heat And Chaos of Bangkok

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
So the Reds are keeping up the pressure in Bangkok. My yellow shirt friend didn't want me to take a taxi to the airport yesterday for a flight to Hong Kong (taxis being almost all Red because most ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Yellow (now Multi-Color) Side

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
The "Royalists" (PAD Party), also called the "Yellow Shirts," supports the King of Thailand and is in opposition to the mostly up-country "Red Shirt" farmers who support ex-prime minister Thaksin who has been indicted for corruption and is in exile. ... [Continue reading this entry]