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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Time for More Thai Pics

A few more photos from my summer trip:

No, this is not the French countryside, but my friends' farm outside the village Fong in northern Thailand. Their house is in the background. According to my Thai host, the French copied the Thai style haystack.

The neighbor's rice paddy.

A ferris wheel - as seen through the window of my hotel room in Bangkok. I so wanted to ride on that ferris wheel! My hosts declined to ride - citing safety issues. I confess I turned chicken-shit as well. Heck - my friends are not curmudgeons or fuss-budgets; they know how to play. I figured it was probably better to take a picture of the wheel than ride it.

While visiting the major temple in Bangkok, the band of the school associated with the temple was practicing on temple grounds. Strange as it sounds, this young woman was marching up and down in the walkway, between the gate and the steps of a chedi, practicing her flute. The song she was playing: Battle Hymm of the Republic.

The reclining Buddha - at the same temple (nope - that isn't anyone I know standing near the Buddha).


Blogger Little Lamb said...

Nice pictures. I wonder if we have the same National Anthem as Bangkok? Or mahybe the girl was told to play that to make the Americans feel welcome. I wonder?

October 16, 2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

What marvelous photos.

Discretion is the better part of valor, and besides, who knows how far the ferris wheel would travel if it slipped its hub?

I wonder if the young flute player has heard Herbie Mann's rendition of that tune? I recently purchased that song from iTunes. For only 99 cents it is a bargain.

(Just a technical question, can you reduce the space between photos?)

October 16, 2006 9:09 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

boyed, i like this set the best. love the angle on the first buddha and the gleam on it, the color and composition. nice going birdie!! the countryside is so verdant and wet looking, i guess its what i expected. i want to go there just as long as i dont end up in a midnight express type scenario. (they dont eat dogs there do they???)


October 16, 2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Peaches said...

Hiya. Just to drop by.
Love the pics.
More poetry please.

October 16, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

You saw my post on Kitty didn't you? They don't eat dogs, but spoil 'em rotten. I imagine you would have a great time running about the countryside (though we would have to look out for you in Bangkok.

i appreaciate the comments on the "composition" of the photos. i am playing about you see. don't really know what the heck i'm doing, but try to get things at different angles with different lighting and different framing. what the heck did i just say?

i am plum outta poems right now peaches


she reaches
for peaches
to bake a pie
made one the day before
her boy was born
oh my.

nesting syndrome
that's what it was
she stayed home
just because
a baby was coming
she was humming as
she labored over a peach pie
oh my

oh my indeed. how horrible was that.

i'll work on some "real" poetry later.

October 16, 2006 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful pics
to make me wish
i was far away in
some exotic paradise

now i know for sure that none of these ones are birds eye views, as one might naturally expect on the blog of an arctic tern...

but that big buddha is pretty cool, so that makes up -- great pics!


October 17, 2006 11:45 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

you are correct. you cant post those photos! not every dog is as trustworthy as i, dear boyedie. and i could be run ragged protecting my wives. okay. send the pictures of whatever meats you have in the fridge.....

besides, this way you will stay as i have drawn you. they boydie up late writing.....


October 17, 2006 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whadya get
when you cross
a bird with exotic locales?

wings 'n thais, eh...


October 17, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Mmmm. What I wouldnt give to be a lounging buddha. :)

October 18, 2006 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Little Lamb


lambs, too, have a wild side...


October 19, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

Very nice pix, Bird.
And, very nice bird pic prior to the "nucular" question, too.

(actualy, that's what I call the box in m'kitchen....)

October 19, 2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

OK, just kept rollin' back and ponderin' yer place and read about yer "hard t'explain student"

Imagine the amazing coincidence, again, eh?

So, how about a completely different approach, if y'think he's worth it. It has t'be yer doin', though, as words left around the blogs are sometimes just that.
If he's serious about the importance of this class, maybe he just doesn't fit well with the overall stucture. The deal?
Tell him the reality....if it's a grade he wants, there has to be work involved. Y'ain't being cruel, fer cryin' out loud.
It took me four years t'get my two year degree fer just that kind of stupidity.
Oh, sure. I had excuses, alibis, absenses, whatever. But, it WAS important to me.
I kept coming back at it with even more vigor and gumption, though didn't always recognize my mistakes.
I would have failed in life just as miserably with an easy grade as with what I got in the end.
That, of course, is a different story.

If he wants the grade, do the work.
But, the different course I spoke of would be, IF it's the class that is important, getting him involved with where the class would lead him.
If it's writing, then get him involved with writing PROFESSIONALLY. OK, that may sound outlandish, but, there are "bottom" jobs in writing, too.
Somebody has to write the obituraries, eh?

Get him to "taste" the reality of what he wants. If he needs help in the areas, show him names of books to research and work on.
Heck. Maybe you have another Jack London on yer hands, eh?

'Course, then again, y'may have another George Bush jr, too.

October 19, 2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

thestudentis gone - withdrew from course upon my advice.

he missed 9of 12 classes and that's irreparable for the semester - too much learning goes on in class.

he may well be worth more effort at another point in his life though - the book is still open on him - he's only a kid.

thanks for stopping by - haven't seen you in awhile. on my way over to your place right now. wonder if there's some new paintings.

October 19, 2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

Anywhere to get some Thai food over there?

October 21, 2006 7:03 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

Yeah. I had even less excuse, m'self.

My first two years in college....the basic programs like english, literature, psych 101 and so on....I was 21 and 22.
Next time I was in from age 30 till 34.

And, it's still a question of just what am I proud of....
It took me six years total to get my two year degree.
.....but I like to think that the determined application is a course I passed with flying (ha! like you!) colors!

October 21, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird Beauty, per ya request, I done put somethin' on the BACK Porch that will ruffle ya feathers--a wee bit.

Fine fotos!

October 21, 2006 9:23 PM  

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