Fort Lauderdale, April 2010

After March

April 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010 (Pre-Journal)


Thursday, April 1, 2010 (April Fool's Day)

This is not a joke.

This is an actual barbershop in Poland.
And they say women are not smarter than men?
They know how to attract customers.


Thursday, April 1, 2010 (April Fool's Day)

Bangkok and The Oriental Hotel 28 years ago (1982).


PS: My friend Susan sent this (Yes, she is Jewish).

JEOPARDY -- THE CATEGORY IS "BEING JEWISH"

Q: What is a Jewish ménage-a-trois?
A: Two headaches and an erection.

Q: Why did Adam and Eve have a perfect marriage?
A: He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked

Q: What business is a yenta in?
A: Yours.

Q: How do Jewish wives get their children ready for supper?
A: They put them in the car.

Q: What is the technical term for a divorced Jewish woman?
A: Plaintiff.

Q: What does a Jewish woman do to keep her hands soft and her nails long?
A: Nothing at all.

Q: Define "genius".
A: An average student with a Jewish mother.

Q: If Tarzan and Jane were Jewish, what would Cheetah be?
A: A fur coat.

Q: What do you call the nipple on a Jewish wife's breast?
A: The tip of the iceberg.

Q: What mechanical device causes the most arousal in a Jewish woman?
A: A Mercedes Benz 560SL convertible.

Jewish proverb: "A Jewish wife will forgive and forget, but she'll never forget what she forgave..."

One of life's mysteries - how a 2 lb box of chocolates can make a Jewish woman gain 5 lbs.

The trouble with some Jewish women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

A Bar mitzvah is defined as the day when a Jewish boy comes to realize that he is more likely to own a professional sports team than he is to play for one.

A pill was developed to increase the sexual desire of Jewish women. There is only one side effect. A headache.


Friday, April 2, 2010 (Tack...tack...tack...)

Ohhhhhh.....

April 2, 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, April 2, 2010. The protesters will likely arrive around 1:00pm.

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.

It is also anticipated that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "red-shirts") will embark on a procession throughout Bangkok today. They will likely march to Chulalongkorn University, then to Lumpini Park, before arriving at the U.S. Embassy, although plans may change at the last minute. While it is expected that this procession will be carried out peacefully, the potential for violence and confrontations with security elements remains. Political demonstrations by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "red-shirts") are expected to continue in Bangkok throughout the weekend. Media reports that there may also be counter-demonstrations by "pink" shirts or other groups during this same period. As a result, traffic congestion and difficulty of movement is possible throughout Bangkok. U.S. citizens should be alert to the possibility of demonstrations or gatherings elsewhere in Thailand as well.

While demonstrations may intend to be peaceful, the possibility of violence cannot be ruled out and the government has extended the Internal Security Act (ISA), which gives the police and military expanded powers to maintain security, through April 7th. U.S. citizens are reminded of the small bombs which exploded (or were detected) and several isolated grenade attacks in Bangkok over the past two months. Thai authorities are closely monitoring the possibility of similar occurrences.

Therefore, U.S. citizens should pay close attention to public sources of information concerning events on the streets of Bangkok and should be aware of their surroundings at all times. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements around Bangkok or 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, April 2, 2010, Part II (Still tacking....)

What is all this about ...


Saturday, April 3, 2010

We are just now starting our own celebration ... according to Christian superstitions ... of the creepy Christ ... (now thoroughly dead, but while he was playing in hell with his Father's uncle Mister Satan)... Here are the indoor bits of us poking about at this silliness with real food.


Sunday, April 4, 2010 (Up, Up and Away Day)

After yesterday's Thai/Sushi indoor feast the all female group moved outdoors for some serious pool reflections. But, Ta was the only one willing to brave the chilly water*. All the others (being Thai) sheltered themselves from the unwanted sun by hiding under a tree.

Fueled by Fortune cookies, grapes and mixed nuts the four girls then talked and talked and talked until ... continued tomorrow, folks.


* For less than a minute; after which she joined the others in the shade.


Monday, April 5, 2010

The Saturday afternoon pool party continued with the arrival of Jon and Bingo. Watcharee won eight dollars and change.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010 (Pre-Journal)

Getting closer.

April 6, 2010

This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that security forces have started to move in around protest sites at Ratchaprasong intersection as well as Central World, Rajdamri, and Ploenchit Roads.

While demonstrations may intend to be peaceful, the possibility of violence cannot be ruled out and the government has extended the Internal Security Act (ISA), which gives the police and military expanded powers to maintain security, through April 7th. U.S. citizens are reminded of the small bombs which exploded (or were detected) and several isolated grenade attacks in Bangkok over the past two months. Thai authorities are closely monitoring the possibility of similar occurrences.

Therefore, U.S. citizens should pay close attention to public sources of information concerning events on the streets of Bangkok and should be aware of their surroundings at all times. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements around Bangkok or 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.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Saturday afternoon ended with Papa John's and red wine.


PS: Last night after having dinner at Chima's we drove up Las Olas Boulevard to the beach.


PPS: When we reached the beach we headed north on A1A.

Next: Part II

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