September 1-9, 2007
This display of special shape balloons is brought to you courtesy of my friend Dan from Shanghai and Taipei. Some of these you will recall seeing at Chateau d'Oex in past winters.
The pitifully repetitious food shots are mine. I can't imagine how many times I have posted Watcharee's signature dish on these pages. But, it is SO good.
Today I was chauffeured. My first time in the back seat. I LIKE it!
PS: from All Seasons Place:
Bennigans and Bikinis. What else on Labor Day?
This morning we drove to Lion Country Safari. It is one of the largest "cageless zoos" that allows its visitors to drive their own cars throughout. It is divided into seven parks that house compatible animals; the parks themselves are separated by fences and drive-through non-walkable entrances and exits that keep the animals in but allow vehicles to pass freely.
PS: My friend Dan from Shanghai and Taipei sent these two funny clips: Chairman and Gorilla.
PPS: Also, Watcharee and I may meet Dan at this new Shanghai hotel later in the year. Years ago I stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai. Now there is an even bigger Shanghai Hyatt.
For six years (1995-2001) the Screwy Tuskers flew in and out of the Kathmandu airport on our way to and from Tiger Tops, the place where we played elephant polo. In 2002 we moved our elephant polo team to Thailand.
At Tiger Tops it was common to stake goats in the jungle in order to bring tigers out of hiding. If the goat survived 24 hours it was given a pardon and allowed to die a natural death.
I guess these airport goats were not so lucky. I wonder what would have happened had the Boeing 757 gone down in a ball of flame AFTER the slaughter. Perhaps the Hindus would have discovered a goat god.
KATHMANDU (Sept. 4) – Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due to the problem.
The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.
"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.
Local media last week blamed the company's woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.
It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities.
My friend, Arthur, one of the greatest ultra-marathoners in the world, completed a triple marathon (3 times 26.2 miles) in one run in one day. And, he set a world record. WOW!
Yesterday we had a nice lunch with Bill and his wife, Khaw, at Trina.
Today we drove to Bal Harbor in Miami Beach for lunch: at Capriccio's.
Next: Part II