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Month: August 2011

Thailand Day 5

Thailand Day 5

On our first morning in Phuket our driver picked us up and we drove about half an hour to a Rassada Harbor. We had purchased the 3 in 1 Phi Phi Islands tour. We boarded the boat quickly but then had to wait another hour for some other tour members who showed up late.  The sky was overcast and we were worried that our “island paradise” would not be so picture perfect.  About twenty minutes out on the water our…

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Thailand Day 4

Thailand Day 4

Day 4 started off like day 3, with pastries from the nearby Japanese market. After that Sam and I walked over to the nearby large public park.  Below are two shots of the new condos/hotels that are going up all over Bangkok.  The architecture is an interesting mix of modern contemporary and traditional Thai. Like I said – construction everywhere… The next batch of photos is from Benjasiri Park. The game above looks like a more fun version of hackeysack – with…

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Thailand Day 3

Thailand Day 3

On Monday we ate more of the pastries we purchased the day before for breakfast. Sam’s sister and brother-in-law then picked us up for lunch at their favorite family restaurant. I drank a pineapple drink. We shared a lot of food.  The above crab nuggets were probably the best dish served. The restaurant is famous in Bangkok for their BBQ chicken.  Their chicken is fine, but my mom’s home-made sweet BBQ sauce over chicken on the backyard grill is still…

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Thailand Vacation first 2 days

Thailand Vacation first 2 days

On Thursday the 25th I woke up at 6am and went to work.  After work I took a quick shower and packed a few last items before Victor picked me up to take me to Sam’s apartment.  That week was a particularly hot week in Los Angeles.  That means that in the SFV it is even hotter.  As we rolled down Sherman Way I saw that the temperature at nearly 6pm was still 98 degrees.  Victor had borrowed an old Accord as…

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Griffith Park + LLL

Griffith Park + LLL

On Saturday afternoon Sam and I filled our stomachs with food from Whole Foods’ salad bar and headed to Griffith Park to burn it off before watching the Independent Shakespeare Company’s performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost.  I thought we’d just wander up and down a few familiar trails and then pick our place on the lawn for the show.  The performers are very clear about there being no photography allowed.  I’d already taken photos of the set-up last time we went, so…

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Art Walk August

Art Walk August

One of my coworkers has been bragging all week about how he is going to get everyone at the office sick, because he is sick.  By Thursday night I was starting to feel his prediction come true.  My throat was starting to feel funny – and by midnight I would have a beginner’s grade sore throat. This, however, cannot be the entire cause of the August art walk being a downer.  As we’ve known for some time, the actual quality…

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one fishy corny dry weekend

one fishy corny dry weekend

One of the more difficult parts of preparing for going to Thailand later this month was figuring out how to get rid of my goldfish.  I didn’t want to ask anyone to feed it because I’d really been meaning to get rid of it anyway; I just don’t have the time to take care of it and I’m gone too much to feed it with regularity. As anyone who has visited my home knows, I have a 25 gallon (or…

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One Hell of a Month

One Hell of a Month

Anyone who calculates buying vs. renting knows that it is necessary to include maintenance costs into the expense of buying.  What one can’t account for is the “gotcha!” nature of the pratfalls of ownership.  You never know what might be hidden in the walls of your home.  If you’re a renter, you don’t care; that’s someone else’s problem. Often these problems start as a trickle and end up a river.  I’ve dealt with problems like this in the past.  It…

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Copro Nason and the USS Abraham Lincoln

Copro Nason and the USS Abraham Lincoln

After having a lengthy conversation of commiseration about our HOA with my next-door neighbor I found out that they had been the ones that turned off my cold water (by accident) the night before.  I found the valve (no thanks to the HOA, which refuses to divulge this information to owners even though we’re expected to pay for the repairs), turned my water back on, took a shower and headed south to Bergamot Station.  Bergamot was surprisingly empty. Usually when…

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