March 14-21, 2006
Ana, same Hua Hin beach, different swimsuit:
It's really time for me to return to Bangkok when I am forced to post pictures of Leather's Law Chart of the English Legal System. Today, I but brush the canvas with the broadest of strokes. Unless something better comes down the road you'll be forced to endure the minutiae of such things as the Administration of Estates Act 1925.
Tell me to go to the beach!
It's overcast and it's a weekday (albeit a 'humpday'). Anyway, it is not a good day for the beach.
And today I received many emails pleading with me not to go into any more detail about the English legal system. Though I was tempted to list the 12 Maxims of Equity; such as "Equity acts IN PERSONEM" and "He who comes to equity, must come with clean hands", etc. But once started I could have easily rolled onto the Judicature Act of 1873, the Crown Proceedings Act of 1947 ... and so on. But I shall spare you this.
As Watcharee does not like to ride in our car with the top down (too windy for her hair) this afternoon I mounted the windscreen (*) that came with the car. It really works and it is amazingly opaque. When not needed it folds flat.
(*) Not to be confused with the 'windscreen' that the Brits use. For them a 'windscreen' is our windshield.
The Capital Grille: a very New York restaurant here in Fort Lauderdale.
Sorry, guys, it was another dim beach day. Also, gray settled in over the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court ... the Assize Court for London and the Quarter Sessional Court for the City of London).
So, it is back to food:
In Thailand these are called cat's eyes.
On a less bouncy note, these two black cats have been hanging around our house. Thank God that Thais do not attach anything 'evil' to black cats.
Meanwhile, the 1992 500SL has taken over the former garage space of the 1968 280SE. But, she too is about to find a new home.
PS. John at Firedog discovered a lost treasure:
There are even black cat corkscrews.
March 20, 1962: College students do the twist on a Fort Lauderdale beach.
The current generation goes elsewhere.
By BILL MARSH
Published: March 19, 2006
SPRING break now sprawls across international borders, with students either welcomed as free-spenders or shunned for being little more than drunken mobs.
It seems to have started out innocently enough. The Colgate University swim coach worried that his 1934-35 team might get out of shape during Christmas break. A student's father, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suggested the team train at a big new pool in the city.
So they did. As the first Northerners to swim there, the group was warmly welcomed. Word started to spread among college students that the city was great to visit in winter and, eventually, spring.
Decades of cultural upheaval later, with unruly hordes numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the popularity of "Fort Liquordale" had become a huge annual headache.
Robert O. Cox, a city commissioner in the 1980's, the years of greatest mayhem, recalled how jittery fellow commissioners once voted to purchase a riot tank with a water cannon to quell feared student rampages.
To his relief, the municipal tank "never went into active service," he said. Later, when Mr. Cox was mayor, military-style strategy gave way to city planning. Streets were reconfigured to discourage cruising, laws on public drinking were enforced, and icons of spring break bacchanalia were replaced with high-end hotels and restaurants. The effort worked; the crowds went elsewhere.
The American Medical Association has warned for years of dangers, particulary to women, of binge drinking and risky sex. How seriously students ponder that message is anyone's guess, but it hasn't stopped their travels: Panama City Beach, Fla., now a top destination, expects more than 400,000 to show up.
See also: Milestones in Spring Break History
No late 19th century man would enter a bar without having his own set of corkscrews. One would be attached to his match case. Another would be attached ... acting as a trigger ... to one firing mechanism of his double barreled 22 caliber pistol, the final screw serving as a back up shot from the second chamber and ... as a fillip ... with a further pull on this second trigger a stiletto knife would snap open if the bullets didn't kill the guy who cheated at cards.
Dinner at Ta's house:
Next: Part III