Bangkok page 2
May 1, 2010. A work in progress. The new 'digs'. After a horrible experience at the last apartment Ray found a lovely little hideaway, that looks like it will suffice quite nicely. Let us pray!
Regarding the three outside shots in the row above. The one on the left is what my view was from my 4th floor bedroom window of the last apartment. The picture to the right of it is the view from the bedroom window on the 26th floor. I like it better. The final pix is of the view from the balcony off the dining room as the sun sets over the yardarm and signifies that the cocktail flag will be flown.
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Late April, early May 2010. the 'redshits' have taken over many parts of Bangkok. What a mess.
New Years eve '09 at the house. I believe that this was the last New Years Party at Lynn's house.
On 23 May we celebrated Ray's birthday. Won't say which one. Sworn to secrecy. But we did have a good time. Of course being at Mike Gilmore's house, we had to play '99'. I've stopped by to use his bathroom and had to play a game of 99 before I could use it. By then it didn't matter. A bit extreme Mike!!
And then there was the day that Timmy 'Ice Man' took me flying! 28 Dec '08
Ah, the good old days. Iron men and wooden airplanes. Woodies we called 'em. And John, thanks for a wonderful time.
On 25 May, Buddy John took me on a great trip. We covered most all of North West Thailand. The 'Golden Triangle' and the Burma and Lao borders. Here is some of the documentation. It will be a work in progress for a few days. These are in a very loose order and one of the bike riders would immediately realize that I had taken some 'liberties'. Thanks to John also for enhancing many of the photos. Most of mine needed a lot of work. A great number of these are his pix. Ho For more information on Dave Early (top row below pix 7 from left) see his very well developed website. Loves motorcycles and cameras. http://www.daveearly.com/ You would also be remiss not to see how he turned a 'fixer upper' into a lovely estate. http://www.daveearly.smugmug.com/gallery/5421866_jY9Fm/1/331
July 11, 08 Lets just call this the 'Great American Cookout'. Long story behind it. The computer shop in the alley near Cheap Charlie's bar does a BBQ in the evening for the area. Mainly Kebobs. I convinced the owner to do 'burgers'. Showed her how and they were great. They 10 other folks added their 2 centavos in passing and they went seriously downhill. Anyway she and I have had a few words that turned into a running battle. Well she's gone for 3 weeks and Mr. Gilmore got the idea to 'stage' the big event. We're doing a poster of some of the pix and will have it in her shop when she returns, with the appropriate Thai and English wording. Oh what fun we do have. And it's all a SHAM!! Mike got the whole bar to come and stand in line with paper plates. Total 3 burgers which Mike, Sarah and I ate. Love it!! We think she'll get a bit of heartburn.
On 7 April Tim Whitney (Iceman) held a sort of a going away party for himself. A very lovely late afternoon cocktail party on the roof by the pool. A minor problem. Torrential rainstorm. That is with a capital T. By my count 18 thirsty souls. And we didn't run out of beer!
Ok, well on 27 Feb '09 there was this costume contest at 'The Quake'. The name should tell you most of it, and the costumes the rest of it. Well we sent 'Our Man Mike, and his faithful assistant Mak' to win this for us. Oh yea, Mak's name is Mark, but he's from Baastun (Boston for us others). And of course they took the First and Second prize. How could they NOT have. Oh yea, for those who couldn't identify it, Mak's costume was a condom. That's as far as I'm going with this.
Ron Sangster's visit to Thailand in Jan 2009. Good thing we have pix or I'd have to depend on 'flashbacks'. Seems like about a week since his last visit. Oh well, back on dialysis.
Dan and Deedee's reception at Cheap Charlie's, 26 December 2008.
On 13 December, in the year of our Lord 2008, we helped John Knight and his friend David (no, not that kind of friend) celebrate their birthdays. And a glorious event it was. Much fun (and alcohol) was had by all. Many more guys. I look forward to next years party!
Nov 08 Just some odds and ends. Looks like the 'Usual Suspects' gathering at Cheap Charlie's.
Typhoon 'Gilmore' Hits Cheap Charlie's. Mike's first trip back to his favorite haunt in about 3 years. This was Friday the 6th, followed by larger festivities on Sat eve. Lets see.
On about the 28th of December of 2006 Tim Whitney brought 2 (not old) long time friends over from the states with him. Tim has been coming for the past 5 years spending the winter here in Thailand and the surrounding areas. This time Richard and Carla Griswold will be traveling with us and enjoying the sights, sounds and foods of different countries.
In Bangkok this passes for "partly cloudy". This about 2 blocks from my house and about 2 from brother Mike's house.