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I had a last minute trip out of town in a rental car over the weekend. (an ant infested rental car which had no working radio)

In the news lately has been accidents related to the common practice of using any available pavement, or even not available pavement, to dry harvested rice on.
They lay down what looks like common blue tarps but I keep hearing them called 'mesh', on the pavement, INCLUDING public streets and roads, and pile freshly harvested rice on it, to dry in the sun.

I'm talking sometimes 100 yards of the pavement in one lane is covered with this stuff.

There have been some serious accidents due to drivers not paying attention, doing some last minute, inept lane changes or sliding on the rice.

I saw a lot of that this weekend on back roads, heading to Surin province. You really have to pay attention.

The police are supposed to crack down on this, but like any police effort in Thailand, it's mostly Talk, Talk a little more....and forget.

The rental car was dropped off at my apartment two hours late, which meant the last minute itinerary fell to pieces pretty fast.

We did get to attend one important cultural event.




I also maintained my patron of the arts status by purchasing a Painting, that was painted, live, as we watched, by a pregnant elephant. (Baby needs shoes...and BIG ones!)


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Made the 9 year old daughter of my friend very happy. I only thought of the happiness of a small child.

(OK, her mother is cute....and divorced...)


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I noticed a similar group near a large high school sports field 1 KM away, this is a group from a local College, junior college....something. Beauty Queens, no band, but a sound truck.

 
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OK, turns out to be a 'school' sports day, which explains why some of the ladies were dressed up in beauty pageant type clothing, and some wore thai traditional clothing?
:)

I think I see a group wearing witches hats, also.

Never was a sports fan.

:)
 

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I'm not much into sports either. I was never good at any of them in school and about all I watch on TV is an occasional baseball game if I'm really bored and the game is good. But even with that little interest, sometimes strange things happen...

Waaay back in the years I did industrial shut-down and factory building work. Not too many guys in that business around here at that time so after a few years you at least knew them all by sight. So I went onto a new job that was about halfway done and when I saw the toolroom clerk I knew I'd worked with him somewhere else. I asked him and he said "You've never worked with me." I said "I know you from somewhere" and he said "No you don't". I thought he was messing around with me, so I kept thinking about it every time I saw him. Like most crews we'd party together after work and sometimes it was at his place. I always said to him that I knew I knew him and I would remember oneday, and he always said I wouldn't. So one Wednesday morning I walk into the toolroom and said "I remember now". He said "BS, you've never seen me before this job". I said "Pirates. You pitched for the Pirates." (The Pittsburgh Pirates are a well-known USA baseball team). He said "Well you figured it out. Come by after work and I'll give you a beer for that". So I did...

Turned out that he had been a third-string Pitcher for the Pirates beginning a sports career about 5 years before this, and that he'd pitched just part of one inning before his shoulder blew out and ended his days of pitching. I happened to be bored and watched just a part of that inning on TV by chance, just a few minutes time. He said I was the first person outside of friends and family who had ever recognized him. I could see how the subject matter pained him, and he said it was his only dream in life and now it was impossible. He'd never learned any other work skills so he ended up as a toolroom clerk by chance- a simple job that anyone can do. Not wanting to extend his pain over the loss of his life's dream I never spoke of it again, and he moved away after the job was done.

Years later a subcontractor came to the Superintendent's office as we were starting one morning to let him know he'd be a couple days late starting his part of the job. He explained that a friend had died suddenly and that he needed to be at the funeral. After we all offered our condolences, he said his bags were packed and in his truck, and he was leaving for Dawsonville from here. Larry was a carpenter who worked with me said "Wait- Dawsonville, you mean..." and the guy cut him off and said "Yeah- Bill and me grew up together and we were close friends". I was trying to figure it out as the guy left when Larry said "Phil, I know you're not into NASCAR. He was talking about Bill Elliot". Then it clicked- Bill Elliot, a champion race car driver, had just been killed in a crash and everyone had been talking about it.

Strange who you run across in construction work sometimes which is a business totally unrelated to sports, but it winds up there anyway.

Phil
 
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My family was originally from Pittsburgh, and an Aunt was an executive secretary to one of the big shots at US Steel. I wasn't a sports fan, then, either, but as a kid you're happy to go anywhere somebody will buy you food you don't normally get at home,....and we got free tickets to the Pirates. :)
 
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I think they are putting some piping in, the other night this street was blocked off, today, open, with 3 foot trench they are excavating.....and 'other' obstacles.

 

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Fiber optic internet going in :eek:
 

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I guess they don't have to bury pipes very deep in Thailand to avoid freezing. I'm happy to be living in a similar easy-winter climate :cool: I'm no fan of snow and ice at all!

I spent Thanksgiving dog-sitting for a friend in the hills while they were away. It was only a few years ago that they got slow-speed DSL out where they live. Before then there was only dial-up available up there :p It was really nice to get away from the city life for awhile, and I may end up there myself when I'm no longer able to work.

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I would for sure prefer to live so remote that me having fun with all my guns ( assuming i am American ) all day, and not bother anyone, or tear around my property on a UTV or a 4X4
Just forwarded this to my friend, as it sure is something else than off-roading in Denmark.
But of course in the US my property, mean something else than in Denmark where my property really just mean the piece of land you are granted the right to pay tax on.


What a nice way to see the mountain :cool:
 
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The trenches are mostly left without any protective barriers on the narrow street. There are a few random stretches of plastic tape. There doesn't seem to be much work going on now, they dug the trenches....left to do something else.




Yesterday was a holiday, didn't notice much traffic on one side of town, thought I'd pop over to the supermarket I like for a few things. Parking lot so crowded....I just motored through and got the hell out of there.......and then dealt with traffic in town.

 
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Those trenches you refer to are monsoon drains and is left uncovered in most of S.E Asia. Monsoon season will hit Thailand soon and you will have have lots of celebrations, festivals and flooding. Incidentally, How are you adjusting to the weather? You should be adjusted to the heat and humidity of Thailand by now.
 

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