Fort Lauderdale, March 2010
Part II

After Part I

March 11-20, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I miss my 7/11 (Seven/11) (7/Eleven) on Ruam Rudee.


I also miss Bacchus, a restaurant on Ruam Rudee.


PS: Last night Watcharee voted on American Idol. Tonight she will see if 'he' survived


Friday, March 12, 2010

Rain, rain go away.


One of South Florida's newest throw-away-rags, The City Link, eagerly competes with the more established The New Times for lusty and pain fearing readers. Usually its ads only run in one direction ... but, recently God has taken out a modest monochrome pitch for His services.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

We have been away from Thailand for exactly five weeks.

Here are five Thai dishes that I miss very much. Keen readers will notice that all of these dishes graced our dining table at River Garden ... not the one at the Athenee Residence. Because, when we lived at River Garden we frequently had Pom and Golf as guests for dinner and Golf would do a lot of the food shopping.


BUT, I love this Fort Lauderdale weather. For the most part it has been cool, sunny and fresh.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

It's been about 18 months since we last saw our friend, Cindy. Last night she invited us over to her newly redecorated townhouse for a stonecrab dinner. Out of one super kitchen came more than a dozen fresh stonecrab claws. Thank you, Cindy.


Monday, March 15, 2010

"Tri-Thai for Thai"

Watcharee, Kao and Dang sat around a round table and ate Thai food. The lunch and talk lasted from 12:30 until after 6:30. An large number of courses were consumed. A staggering number of words were broadcast.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"The Edge of Everything". That is the title of the small painting that I bought from artist Shane Weaver. Initially I planned to take it back to Bangkok ... (which I shall probably do in April) ... but, I sort of like it standing between my two Florida flapper girls. Positioned against the mirror his girl is getting the jealous eye from the flappers.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010 (St. Patrick's Day)

My minder writes:

March 17, 2010

This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that a gathering of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "red-shirts") protestors may demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy on Wireless Road sometime today, March 17, 2010. The protesters will likely arrive before 12 noon.

U.S. citizens should be aware that the UDD protesters may be in the possession of blood specimens. As a precautionary measure, the front entrances to the Embassy compounds may be forced to close to visitors during the demonstrations. This means that there is a possibility that American Citizen Services may be closed for part or all of the afternoon hours, even to those who already have an appointment. 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 and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website http://www.travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. 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 emergency after-hours telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010 (St. Patrick's Day): Volume II

Last night 12 singers performed on American Idol. Watcharee dialed 1 866 IDOLS 02*. Tonight only 11 will be left.


* AT&T, standard rates apply.


PS: The Vatican's exorcist claimed that the Devil was in the Vatican. Last night the Pope, the Exorcist** and the Devil apparently were competing against Fox for ratings.


** Why do priests like to be interviewed with statues of the Virgin Mary in the background?


PPS: Did you fill out your census form?


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale has many great places for lunch. But, Watcharee and I took Stephani to Trata, a Greek Taverna that we have never been to before*. I had seared tuna, Watcharee had salmon and Stephani had shrimp. OK, the menu descriptions were a bit more detailed than mine but, as they say "... a picture is worth a thousand words ..." or, something like that.


* Actually, we were aiming for the Tuscan Grill which is right next door ... but, it was closed for lunch. Lucky us!


Friday, March 19, 2010 (Pre-Journal)

Yes, father.

March 19, 2010

This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that it is anticipated that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "red-shirts") will embark on a procession throughout Bangkok tomorrow March 20, 2010 with the intention of disrupting traffic throughout the city. While it is expected that this procession will be carried out peacefully, the potential for violence and confrontations with security elements remains.

The UDD is expected to depart from their staging grounds in the Dusit district at approximately 10:00 a.m. and proceed towards Petchaburi Road. From there, the planned procession route is as follows:

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 and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website http://www.travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. 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 emergency after-hours telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


Friday, March 19, 2010

What are the oldest things that you still have in your refrigerator?

For me:

  1. A bottle of beer that I got in the then U.S.S.R in 1985.
  2. A can of 333 beer from Saigon that I bought in 1987.
  3. A bottle of beer that I got at a corkscrew meeting in Lambertville, PA in August 1994.
  4. A clear plastic can of pure glacier water that I picked up in Reykjavik, Iceland in who knows when.

I think that the water is still safe to drink.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's Spring Break! The Ivy League kids came down in their yachts.

Next: Part III

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