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Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

And some, it appears, put in a written request. :)

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Tessaban 5 School, Denha have an open day tomorrow 19th Jan. At it's best from 9am to 11am so get on over there, plenty of good grub so maybe get your breakfast there.

The kids have worked hard all week to make it a success.

Added attraction: Lannaman will be found lurking around near Big Ben closeby the coffee shop!

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The Tessaban 5 School thing sounds good. I think I will see what’s for breakfast there. (I’m trying to stay “on topic” here.)

Just a quick “Expat Club” update here guys. Made the trip to CM and checked in with the CM Annex of the CR Expats Club. The brief meeting went pretty much as anticipated.. Started off bad and went downhill from there.

The initial greeting offered the perfect example of just how out of control the CM Annex of the CR Expats Clubs has become. I’m sure all of us here in CR know the secret handshake and how to greet fellow expats with the secret handshake. We all know the importance of the proper execution of the secret handshake and that the purpose of the secret handshake is to insure that we are indeed greeting a GENUINE CR Expat club member. There are lots of wannabes out there and it is our duty to ferret out the fakes and to exclude them from our exclusive club. Of course, at the initial greeting, the CM member seemed to first recall that the secret handshake involved extending only one upright finger. After my quick rebuke, the CM member tried again and was fairly certain that it involved the words “pull my finger”. Neither version is right of course and only caused offense with the visiting VIP from CR, especially when the VIP actually did pull the finger, thinking maybe he had forgotten the original secret handshake and never expecting a fellow expat could be so crude. My embarrassment and humiliation was only heightened by the gales of laughter and thigh-slapping of the CM member.

Putting that behind us, we moved on to addressing some of the concerns of the CM group. The first concern was the naming of the CM Annex. Issue was taken with the word “Annex” and it was explained to me that “Annex” had connotations of being “taken over” by a higher power. I quickly offered a change and suggested “sub group” but that was explained as being inferior to “Annex“ , as “sub” is short for subordinate and the CM bunch doesn’t really want to be seen as subordinate to anyone. I quickly pointed out the obvious, which led immediately to name calling and then a few punches being thrown.

The meeting was adjourned and I retreated to my hotel room to plan my next move in this monumental power clash with our ANNEXED and SUBORDINATE CM bunch.

An additional note here on the behavior of this rogue outfit in CM: Apparently, the member in CM has been going behind my back and making phone calls to other expats in the CR area, trying to convince them that they should join his ANNEXED and SUBORDINATE group in CM. I’m told that he sees that group as superior to the CR group and that this belief is based solely on the fact that CM offers about thirty different places where pizza can be purchased. Personally, I don’t think the number of available pizza joints is that much of an indicator of how superior one group is over another but apparently the CM member puts a lot of stock in that. I’ll have to sit down over a good pizza tonight and try to come up with some arguments to dispel this myth so that we don’t lose any CR members to the CM crowd.

Okay. That’s the report from CM at this moment. I know you guys have my back on this thing and I appreciate that so much. Don’t worry. You know you can count on me to protect your interests. That deadbeat bunch down south isn’t going to get the best of us. But just so you know, when I get back to CR, we are going to have a meeting and try to figure out who’s bright idea it was to ever get the CM crowd involved in THE Chiang Rai Expats club. We’ll get the answers and there will be consequences. I suspect we may lose at least one member over this folly.

In other news, many of you have been posting here with your interest in becoming full-fledged members of THE Chiang Rai Expats Club. I‘m really overwhelmed at the moment with trying to salvage this disaster down south but when I get them back on track, we will try to have a get-together and show the CM bunch how it is done. In the meantime, I have been besieged with PM”s from MANY interested expats and as they are most persuasive and emotional in their offline and very private pleas to become members, and officers, I will probably try to expedite their claims to membership first, before I can give any attention to the “general” requests that I am seeing posted here. With that in mind, please know I’ll be unavailable to the general public while I conduct the interviews of the entire PM group. My favorite local coffee shop has a great little corner table that I like and both of us will enjoy our time there. But for those of you posting your requests publicly here, know that we are saving the choicest officer positions for folks like you. We’re certainly not going to be giving those positions away to the needy and selfish crowd that feel compelled to PM their vain requests for attention, trying to get a leg up on better people.

Oops! Another PM coming in right now! Man, I just have too much going on right now. I gotta go! I’ll keep you guys posted.

P.S. I’m also starting to get requests from people in Bangkok. They are wanting to be a part of this successful organization that we have here. Does anybody know where Bangkok is? Maybe a small place close to Mae Sai? Or perhaps a ruse from someone in a little burg near CM? I smell a rat. If any of you know anything about this, let me know.

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Chiang Rai members have proved notoriously difficult to organise. All attempts to set up a ThaiVisa BBQ, or even travel as a group the Chiang Mai event have been met with total indifference.

Why don't you set up a dozen or so new member names and use them to start a club? This would also enable you to shout down other members in discussions by sheer weight of numbers and dominate polls with your opinions.

Actually that's brilliant.... now what's some good names that don't sound like sceadugenga.......

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sceadugenga, great idea! Of course, your name is at the top of the list, occupying the same space as the other two "first names at the top of the list", Dingdong and Limbo. I'm assuming I can delegate this first task to you and whoever else shares that coveted "first name at the top of the list" spot? Let me know the who, where, when and how much of the very first BBQ. We all know the why. I am VERY busy but the wife and I will find time to contribute and partake. And thank you so much for stepping up like this. We're in business now! CR needs more folks like you and your cohorts.

Man, you just freed me up to do so many other things. Things like attending BBQ's with good folks. Thank you. I am so relieved.

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This just in!!!

Looks like my workload at home is going to be increasing, according to my wife. Any of the duties I have had in the past concerning the CR Expats club are going to have to be handed off to different people. I'm sure you guys can work this out at the next meeting (the first BBQ). My wife says I will still be available to attend the BBQ's and social events. That is good news.

I guess this is as good a time as any to nominate VF as the "recorder" for this outfit. His writing skills will lend themselves well to the narrative needed to publicize the official upcoming happenings of the group here on the CR Events forum and will come in handy on reports afterwards ( the aftermath).

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This just in!!!

I guess this is as good a time as any to nominate VF as the "recorder" for this outfit. His writing skills will lend themselves well to the narrative needed to publicize the official upcoming happenings of the group here on the CR Events forum and will come in handy on reports afterwards ( the aftermath).

I'm not sure whether to be pleased or perturbed by this nomination, as I am not sure that my "writing skills" are suited to recording gossip, data, historical or organizational events. I'm more inclined to report on the beauty of the colors in the evening sky or the fullness of the rising moon, just moments ago.

Besides I am somewhat preoccupied with my own self indulgences and producing my own Google Map for my loyal readers. Surely there are others better suited. :)

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VF, why not share the position with Limbo :D . I get the impression you two hit it off :)

Now PLEASE answer the question :D

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I'm not sure whether to be pleased or perturbed by this nomination, as I am not sure that my "writing skills" are suited to recording gossip, data, historical or organizational events. I'm more inclined to report on the beauty of the colors in the evening sky or the fullness of the rising moon, just moments ago.

Besides I am somewhat preoccupied with my own self indulgences and producing my own Google Map for my loyal readers. Surely there are others better suited. :)

Dear VF,

I just can't think of anyone better suited. In fact, I'm pretty sure you own several suits. But clothing isn't the issue here. Shorts will be okay.

I'm thinking that we will have some beautiful sunsets on BBQ/meeting days/afternoons and some full moons if the thing goes into the later evening. There will surely be much gossip exchanged during the BBQ's/meetings, data will be abundant and surely a little history will be made. "Organizational" or organized, I'm not sure about. I think that if you view the "colorfulness" of the gossip and the data (true or otherwise), the words to describe it and to relate to the unfortunate few that couldn't attend will come easily enough. It appears that a fairly colorful group will make up the majority of the attendees. Easy pickings as I see it and an opportunity to cast your own light on the events/personalities.

Now, I have read a fair bit of your writing and a majority of it is historical (after the fact, event, or motorcycle trip), so don't fret on that. You have a good memory when you finally sit down to the keyboard. I'm sure your narrative would do the group justice. And having your own Google map to pinpoint the place where the carnage occurred would only be a plus. Good way to promote your map while promoting the group. (By the way, please PM me with the link when you get the map up and running. I'm interested.)

However, if you resist this offer with a fair bit of enthusiasm, then I will stay quiet about it long enough to do a Google search to find the opposite of impeach and see if there is another way to bestow you upon the literary throne that awaits a man such as you. I know the opposite of explode is implode. Based on that logic, perhaps we can "expeach" you??? I dunno. We'll see what Google says and we'll see if another person out there is just imploding to be the literary representative of the fine group to come. I doubt that. But truly, you write well. We would be lucky to have you post a paragraph or two after an event, even if you couldn't make all of them. I believe even if you missed one, you could probably hammer out a paragraph describing the outcome just because you have a feel for the personalities involved.

I can't be that person that will record these things. I don't have the words in my vocabulary to do the group justice. I'm just not very good at writing. Here I am without automated grammar correction and spell-check- "sicks munce ago, i wanned to bee a righter an now i ar won" And I often have a lot of trouble with this computer. SometimesthespacebarsticksandIcan'tfigureouthowtofixit.Surelyyouunderstandmypredicament.

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VF, why not share the position with Limbo :D . I get the impression you two hit it off :)

Now PLEASE answer the question :D

Ah, yes. The very thing I was talking about. Colorful, one and all. jubby shines the light on a very good point. VF, how could you want for more than to have such an ideal antagonist vs, the ideal protagonist for the little short stories that would present our deeds to the interested public and to be able to present them with your take on the subjects? And, you could always leave us with a question, just for fun and the joy of role reversal.

( My thanks to Microsoft Word and Spell-check for help with the above.)

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CM Expat Club- geriatric, with the palsy, takes 2 hours to get a meeting started due to short-term memory loss.

CR Expat Club- Hash Hound Harriers, adventurers, ex soldiers of fortune, miscellaneous brigands and miscreants.

When you get it up and running, will attend with gusto. :)

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The Mekong Festival was as good as it always was after the first time when a complete Chinese

opera was part of the performances at good old Pattaya Noi.

Thanks to the people who organized it the first time it became an enormous succes.

Though at that time, I guess almost ten years ago, they were already surprised about the height

of the amounts that were necessary to please the local 'popes'.

More than halve of the budget ...

Since then they refused to organize it again, so it became what it is now.

I still think it's worth a visit, especially concerning the Lao weavings.

It gives you a good idea about the richness of the northern thai traditions (Thai Lue)

before they were commercialized at this side of the Mekong by the people in charge

on the lower and middle levels of the administrative machinery of the north.

The Por Khun Festival, opened just a few days after the tents of the 'Quadrangle' festival were

removed, lost some of its charm after it moved from the Sanaam Kila. Now it is all built on the airport strip (of the old

airport) and the gardening companies that turned the festival into a great experience, didn't show up or

restricted themselves to a smaller presentation. Also here I hear prices being mentioned of two thousand Baht for a

square meter and that takes of course away the cosy 'flee market' aspect.

The concerts however, wow!

Last weekend (Tata Young performed) it would have taken you more than one hour to arrive there and

this week, with Sek Loso (Wednesday?) and Ad Carabou (Thursday?) on the programm I even strongly

would suggest to wear a helmet, as at the last concert in Udon the enthousiasm was that big that suddenly bottles

started to fly through the air.

Or just bring your water-buffalo horns, because then you get a place on the first row and they are protective as well.

Great atmosphere!

Limbo :)

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Mae Chan bicycle King Cup race

6 - 7 februari 2010

big event : downhill , Xcountry and road race , location start on rd1089 , about 5km from Mae Chan highway 1

downhill race saturday morning

Xcountry saturday 1 pm : 2 hours race , 4 laps , beautifull track with spectacular downhill also

Road race on sunday

it is a interesting stop if you passing by in the area , coming from Tha Ton or Mae Salong or going to Mae Sai

always many good riders at every king cup event

some of the professional japanese and korean teams who prepare temselves here in north thailand biking paradise for next season will join also

i will join xc myself

cheers

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Mae Chan bicycle King Cup race

6 - 7 februari 2010

i will join xc myself

cheers

How did it go Flupke?

Sorry I wasn't there.

This weekend it is time for the twelfth International Mountainbike Challenge again.

I remember doing the first five. Great experience.

Too lazy now...

Looking forward to Allen Bates' go for the worldchampionship around the world.

The first of April is coming closer and at the first bang of the Big Ben he will start midnight in London.

29000 Kilometers and he tries to do it in less than 175 days (the present world record).

Chiang Khong is bicycle town number one in Chiang Rai province and Allen trained

a lot of talents, with special successes with the ladies (2nd in Thailand and now in the Northern Bike Team).

It was or is the lady that broke her arm two years ago, but she is up on the bike again and how...

When in Chiang Khong, visit his bicycle museum (soi 2 I think, otherwise ask anywhere

as everybody knows him)!

Limbo :)

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