After years of alternating between its Fort Lauderdale and Bangkok offices, THOCBDC kept gradually forcing its thumb down on the Bangkok side of the scale. It's now official: Bangkok's Athenee Residence has become the permanent home.
Latest update (December 18): the last month of the year.
On December 19 in bygone years:
- In 1997, Elisabeth visited Bangkok.
- In 1998, Alf left London for Paris, where Le Parc Hotel would be his venue for the remainder of the year.
- In 1999, Bangkok's Oriental Hotel provided its recipe for Traditional Coconut Ice Cream.
- In 2000, a fire drill in The Oriental Hotel was mild compared to the regular murder and mayhem reported in the Bangkok Daily News.
- In 2001, the story of Don Bull's journey from Virginia to Bangkok finally reached its end.
- In 2002, THOCBDC spent the day reading a John Grisham novel.
- In 2003, the Thai dailies covered a slow news day.
- In 2004, we reviewed additional tips intended for the extra-cautious traveler.
- In 2005, after a visit to Phoa Pathom Chedi, it was time for latté.
- In 2006: images of breakfast and dinner.
- In 2007, a lazy afternoon and evening was followed by a room service breakfast.
- In 2008, in hard times, companies designed new logos.
- In 2009, Bangkok had changed over one hundred years.
- In 2010, it was the 7-month anniversary of the Bangkok 'troubles'.
- In 2011, the floodwaters had pretty well receded.
- In 2013, Thailand was suffering through a chilly spell.
From our archives ...
Over the years, corkscrew-balloon.com has visited The Medieval Torture Museum in San Gimignano, Italy, several times. Links to various travel journals and photos from those visits can be found in our miscellaneous pages.
Due to popular demand, we added a whole new section featuring this Tuscan institution! Included are illustrations and descriptions of several devices on display at the museum. Those who are interested in this field of endeavor will definitely want to take a virtual tour through these pages.
There are now four Corkscrew Balloons! You can see the development of this new balloon though the photo shoot with balloon model Jan and Sian's subsequent masterful design work ... as all is revealed in Alf's February 2002 Journal, in Part III and Part IV. Also available: construction photos and pix of the balloon's first inflation.
Cleverly disguised under the cover of RUDIMENTARY ECONOMICS is hidden a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the late 1800s. 1885 to be exact. The first clipping apparently is from April, the last from January 26, 1886. A few are out of chronological order.
It is a scrapbook of sadness, gore, tragedy, woe, wasted lives, bloodlettings, shootings, live burials and fatal fogs. Little things that will make your own life a little peppier ... perhaps, perhaps not.
Part I of my "re-clippings" includes seventy-three stories I clipped in June and July of 2001; Part II contains several additional entries from August.
See also The Latin Reader ... another textbook pasted over with gory news stories from long ago.
Hundreds of photos created by Annie Erickson are available throughout this corkscrew-balloon site. A few select ones are presented at anniephotos.com. Anyone who is missing Thailand might want to review a portfolio of digital photos Annie shot in Bangkok a few years ago.
You might also want to check out Annie's North Korea portfolio.
The Annual General Meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts for 2003 took place in Roanoke, Virginia.
(Since September 2, 2009)
The Athenee Residence is the new Asian Headquarters for The House of Corkscrew-Balloon Dot Com. As the building went from breaking ground to final touches, we monitored its construction progress and provided updates.
The old journals become more fun to revisit with each passing year, as we look back on them with some perspective. Years from now, these will be the primary resources of historians.
We recently took a look back at 2007. There are lots of travels, lots of dinners, trips back and forth between Bangkok and Fort Lauderdale ... and more.
And you can revisit the following years, too. We invite you to live in the past!
Or ... take a look at a travel journal, from sometime in the past several years, that we've selected just for you:
Your random journal was written by Alf, and it's ... Visiting Paris, November 1997!
In the summer of 2003, Alf and Watcharee, along with Pom and Golf, went to Hong Kong to do some shopping for Screwless Tuskers apparel.
During the first few weeks of May 2002, Alf and Paul counted down the days leading up to the Northern European Ballooning and Zeppelining Adventure. First, logging in from Thailand, Alf created another Bangkok Journal. Then, on May 17, Alf passed the journal pen to Paul in the United States, for a short Silverdale Journal.
The amazing Northern European Ballooning and Zeppelining Adventure included visits to Berlin, Sweden, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg! Paul's Journal tells the story, with selections from two thousand digital photos snapped during the trip. There was so much to report, updates are still being added to this day.
Most recent addition: entries for June 10 and 11, including Alf's sudden change in plans.
After Russia: Alf's Journal covers the spontaneous post-Russia trip to France for a week of ballooning, and it concludes with an Air France flight to Bangkok, and dinner back home at the Oriental Hotel.
The Screwy Tuskers elephant polo team competed in numerous World Cup matches over the years. In 2003, the world of competitive elephant polo saw the introduction of a "sister" team, the Screwless Tuskers.
Details of both teams' exciting matches, along with their tasteful fashions, can be found at our main polo page.
Join The House of Corkscrew Balloon as it presents a rare glimpse into Thailand's Corrections Museum ... one of the least-visited tourist attractions in Bangkok.