Bangkok, October 2008
Part III

After Part II

October 17-24, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Any guesses about this photo?


PS: My minder writes:

October 17, 2008

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has planned a demonstration in front of the King Rama 6 Monument near Lumpini Park in Bangkok sometime today, October 17, 2008. Reports indicate that demonstrators are already in that area with the likelihood that more will come. The Lumpini Police have advised that the protesters will likely proceed towards Silom Road. We ask Americans to avoid this area and to exercise caution if you are going to be in this vicinity or in the area of any demonstrations.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


PPS: His last attempt to lick Obama.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

The International Herald Tribune today carried a snippet that augurs for the worst and the best: will this hunger spill over into the rest of the Middle East ... and, what exactly was in that sandwich (pork?)? But, most important, is Guinness planing to market its world famous Stout to Muslims?


While reading that snippet I had my Thai egg and sliced onion breakfast. It is really quite yummy. It would probably go best with a Bloody Mary.


Hey, did the authors of The Peninsula's new Event's Calendar shoot their picture from our porch at River Garden?


PS: No! it is not an albino cunt with too much celluite!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

The stainmasters are almost done.


Monday, October 20, 2008 (Pre-journal)

Getting close to home. We could see it from our condo.

My minder warns:

October 20, 2008

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has planned a walking demonstration commencing at Central World and progressing to the intersection of Ploenchit and Wireless roads in Bangkok starting at 10:00am today, October 20, 2008. We ask Americans to exercise caution if you are going to be in this vicinity or in the area of any demonstrations.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


Monday, October 20, 2008

We went over to our condo to get a glimpse of the corner of Wireless and Phloenchit. By the time we got there the protesters had left (or, never arrived). The shop-houses on that corner are being torn down to make way for a new shopping mall.


A holy surprise greeted me at lunch today. A slice of my TGM brand imported (from Germany) pork was blessed with the face of Jesus on it. This is the second time that my food has carried a Christian imprint; several months ago a micro-mini wheel of Bonbel brand imported (from France) cheese came in the shape of the Virgin Mary having a bloody time coming up with a live Jesus.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Which magazine would you read today?

I chose Vanity Fair.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How about a Spanish Omelet at Sala Thip at River City.


Thursday, October 23, 2008 (Chulalongkorn Day)

Being a National holiday, nobody in Thailand lifted a finger today; so I was able to take some fresh photos of our condo without getting under the feet of our carpenters and electricians. As you can see, much has been accomplished since the last time you looked (as if you really care).


Friday, October 24, 2008

Holy Fuck! (*)

This The New Yorker cover (dated October 20) went on sale about October 14 (**). And the artist undoubtedly penned this piece a day or so before the stuff went to the printers. Can you imagine what next week's cover will look like? And, there is no telling what The Economist will look like.


OK, that's enough ... the market will open in about three hours ... keep a bottle of Scotch within your reach.


(*) This is in anticipation of this morning's opening market.

(**) Though my copy was delivered to me in Bangkok just today.

Next: Part IV

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