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walking along chiang rai beach on a cool december morning watching the rice harvest in mid november from my deck watching the morning "rush hour" with Thais bundled up on their motorcys like they ar

OK i am sitting in USA and bored....so i find that i enjoy thinking of positive things about Chiang Rai...here's some more... hearing massage parlor girls ask "massage sir?" in a sing song voice sit

Here are some good things I am thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. Yesterday was Loy Krathong here in Thailand, a lovely holiday though our animals are not fond of the noise. Today is Thanksgivin

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Got stopped by cops on Mae Fah Luang Bridge. Felt like Obi Wan Kenobi when he said "These aren't the Droids your looking for"... Turns out the cop knows me. So when I asked him "do you need to check no anything?" He said "No, go along now..." Had a big smile on my face. ha ha...

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I went to MaeSai with an off duty police officer once and we got pulled up at one of the checkpoints.

We were very quickly waved through when he produced his ID and the mrs thought it was hilarious.

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After a lovely morning spent pond side watching my dog swimming with her fish, I decided to keep the good times rolling by going for a mountain bike ride. Unfortunately by the time we got our harry child clean enough to return indoors, it was nearly 2 o’clock.
This time of year, that is a little late to be starting out on a three hour ride but when I left there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. When I stopped to top up my bottle at 17 km, things were still good but starting to change.
Before long the sun was gone and my wife was calling to make sure I was being safe. I assured her I was moving away from the approaching storm and things still looked good where I was. There has been some hail recently along with strong winds so I understood her concern.
I picked up the pace but finally lost the race around the 35 km mark where the wind nearly knocked me off my bike. I probably could have made it a bit further but I knew I was about to enter open fields again very soon and there would be no shelter, so I pulled into a big sheltered storage area.
Before long the owner showed up, also getting out of the weather, and I apologized for encroaching on his space but he was very gracious, bringing out a couple of stools to sit on and some cold water to drink. We sat and talked while the rains came and went. We were speaking different regional dialects but I think we both found it interesting. The look on his face was priceless when he found out we were not the same age and I was a good ten years older than him.
It was a wet, dirty and chilly ride home from there as it was still raining a bit. Even with headwinds and sloppy conditions late in the ride, I still matched the 21.7 km/h pace of my ride a few days earlier. Not a bad day, all things considered.

I am not your child youngun....Cookie issmile.pngcheesy.gifcheesy.gif

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I went to MaeSai with an off duty police officer once and we got pulled up at one of the checkpoints.

We were very quickly waved through when he produced his ID and the mrs thought it was hilarious.

Was driving to Bangkok a few years ago at the time of the Red Shirt rallies....Stopped at a roadblock. Said I was going to Bangkok and was surprised with a full blown salute. It was only a little after we realised that the shirt I was wearing was, by accident, red.

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After a lovely morning spent pond side watching my dog swimming with her fish, I decided to keep the good times rolling by going for a mountain bike ride. Unfortunately by the time we got our harry child clean enough to return indoors, it was nearly 2 o’clock.
This time of year, that is a little late to be starting out on a three hour ride but when I left there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. When I stopped to top up my bottle at 17 km, things were still good but starting to change.
Before long the sun was gone and my wife was calling to make sure I was being safe. I assured her I was moving away from the approaching storm and things still looked good where I was. There has been some hail recently along with strong winds so I understood her concern.
I picked up the pace but finally lost the race around the 35 km mark where the wind nearly knocked me off my bike. I probably could have made it a bit further but I knew I was about to enter open fields again very soon and there would be no shelter, so I pulled into a big sheltered storage area.
Before long the owner showed up, also getting out of the weather, and I apologized for encroaching on his space but he was very gracious, bringing out a couple of stools to sit on and some cold water to drink. We sat and talked while the rains came and went. We were speaking different regional dialects but I think we both found it interesting. The look on his face was priceless when he found out we were not the same age and I was a good ten years older than him.
It was a wet, dirty and chilly ride home from there as it was still raining a bit. Even with headwinds and sloppy conditions late in the ride, I still matched the 21.7 km/h pace of my ride a few days earlier. Not a bad day, all things considered.

I am not your child youngun....Cookie issmile.pngcheesy.gifcheesy.gif

I was afraid you might call me on that one. I did spell it with two r's instead of three in an attempt to avoid confusion, however.tongue.png

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Our puppies and our white dog found some die for cement last night so we have two redshirt and footed puppies and one redcoat dog. Not sure if that is a good thing or not but at least the puppies are going to a new home tomorrow morning with someone who obviously cares for them very much and that has to be a good thing.

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Today was hands-down the most beautiful day I've seen in months so you can guess where I was this afternoon. Sure I was sweating buckets in the midday sun as I peddled my mt. bike but I was soaking up enough beauty to compensate. A brief shower late in the day delayed our evening walk but when we finally took Cookie for her walk the sky was absolutely amazing. There were storm clouds off in two different directions and the shapes and colors were breathtaking. Sorry no pictures today but maybe that is a good thing in some people's minds.

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Today was hands-down the most beautiful day I've seen in months so you can guess where I was this afternoon. Sure I was sweating buckets in the midday sun as I peddled my mt. bike but I was soaking up enough beauty to compensate. A brief shower late in the day delayed our evening walk but when we finally took Cookie for her walk the sky was absolutely amazing. There were storm clouds off in two different directions and the shapes and colors were breathtaking. Sorry no pictures today but maybe that is a good thing in some people's minds.

you are right

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So I was out on my mt. bike the other day, which is a good thing in its own right. It was very hot, which is not such a good things, but as long as you keep moving fast enough it is not too bad.


On the way back from the waterfall, with my water running low, I stopped at a shop to top-up. Anyway, I helped myself to a couple of bottles from the fridge and had a seat. When I asked the owner how much I owed him a conversation ensued and when I asked about a picture on the wall, he offhandedly mentioned he was the Village Headman. It was just a normal conversation where one thing lead to another.


I find it gets a little tedious answering the same questions thousands of times, so it was really nice that none of those annoying questions came up and there was no comment about my being able to speak Thai. I find it a very good things when people can get past the whole Thai/Farang thing and just talk about normal stuff.

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