Saturday, December 31, 2005
We don't have much else planned for to celebrate New Years. We wil just stay at home and listen to the neighbors shooting off fireworks.
Anyway, you all have a safe and happy New Year!
Friday, December 30, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, do lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge the Lord, and He will make your paths straight."
Sounds easy, huh?
Well, yesterday, I didn't do that. I trusted in my own efforts (made a conscious decision to do so) and today, I paid for it. Turns out, I worked all day long yesterday on a project. And I mean worked hard on it! Well, since I had decided that it was a "no brainer" and I didn't need God's help, I totally messed it up. Wasted the entire day yesterday, which affected two other entities in the work that they have to do to clean it all up.
But, God is good; all the time. All the time, God is good.
It wasn't as bad as it could have been and the one for whom it meant the most work turned out to be a gracious woman of God who has forgiven and already fixed the problem that it present to her. I contacted the other entitiy and they hadn't completed the task on their end and was able to stop her staff from entering any more data, which would have ended up being double work for them.
Thank you God for looking out for me. You are such an awesome God!
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Are you "playing" Christian today? Quit playing and start living. The best Gift has already been given. Just accept it. Take the Gift into your heart and truly live.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
It is Christmas Eve in
Merry Christmas to you and yours. In the words of a friend of mine, “may you have a Christ-centered, non-politically correct Christmas!”
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The Reason for the Season
Here in Thailand, people are beginning to put up Christmas trees, holiday music is played in the stores and folks are starting to celebrate Christmas. However, if you ask any of them what is the reason for the season, they will say things like "to show love" "to give gifts" "to have a party". They do not know that the reason for the celebration is the birth of the King of Kings. Jesus was born 2005 (more or less) years ago. It is for THIS REASON that we celebrate; not to simply give gifts. We give gifts because of the gift that God gave us in Jesus. We also follow the tradition of the wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus, so many years ago. And, of course, that gift now gives us the free gift of eternal life and forgiveness for sins, if we ask Jesus to save us and believe in Him.
This Christmas, instead of just tearing into the presents and stuffing yourself silly, how about a true reflection on the real meaning of Christmas. If you have a Bible, turn to Luke chapter 2 and read the story. If you don't have a Bible, go to this web site and read the section online.
Have yourself a very Merry, blessed, Christmas and may the real joy and peace that comes only from the Creator God reign in your life in the new year.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
This is a short list of things I saw this morning on my drive to work:
- a foreign man out jogging in shorts and muscle shirt;
- a Thai guard bundled up in winter hat, coat, and gloves; huddled over a fire trying to get warm;
- two stray(?) dogs sitting directly across the road from each other, seemingly guarding the road like two statues in front of a bank;
- a large dump truck completely full of people (all bundled with warm clothes) on the way to a work site;
- a newly painted bridge, even though they painted over the bare re-bar exposed from vehicle damage;
- motor cyclist driving down the wrong side of the road;
- a car driving down the wrong side of the road;
- a man leading two very large white Asian cows down the road;
- a woman taking her kids to school; (big deal you say? well, there were four of them on the little motor cycle!)
- a tree of beautiful orange flowers;
- a woman walking down the street in her pajamas; (no, she wasn't an insane person!)
- a 300 year old woman peddling her way on a bike; (well, she looked that old!)
- a bunch of chickens will little chicks spilling out into the roadway;
and more, just on the way to work this morning.
Ain't Thailand great?!?
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
There was a news report of a death attibuted to the cold(!) weather!
I didn't realize it was THAT cold. It wasn't quite "crisp", but I thought it is very, very nice.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Christmas House. Wow.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
We are going to miss living in Chiang Mai. We love it here and will miss our friends a bunch.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I never thought that a little "exterior illumination" would be so difficult to maintain! First, on Monday, my little "gazebo" lighting display decides to have some sort of short, triggering the GFI for the entire house. No matter which cord I unplug, it flips the breaker. I still haven't gotten that taken care of. Then, last evening, it started raining and it flipped the GFI AGAIN!!! Bummer.
Just call me Clark W. Griswold.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sally and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by dining at the "Le Coq d'Or" (the Golden Rooster) this evening. It was quite possibly the nicest restaurant I have ever had the opportunity to dine in. It was beautiful, elegant, romantic, delicious, and quite expensive. But worth it once a year! I had french onion soup, Sally had Shitake mushroom soup; I had Caesar salad. Sally had a very nice steak Dianne; I had pan fried snow fish. We then finished with a spectacular crepes suzette, with coffee (for me) and tea. What a wonderful evening!
I love you, Sally.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
It was a 4.1 on the Richter Scale with an epicenter in Hang Dong, about 19 miles from my house!
I called a friend up in extreme northern Thailand, to see if he felt it, too, but he had been driving on a bumpy mountain road at the time and didn't feel anything. I tried to call a friend in Bangkok, but her phone was on "voice mail".
At this point, I can't find any "real" information about it; scale, epicenter, damage, etc. As soon as I find out something, I'll let you know.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
I thought this was pretty funny and something that parent's in the States don't have to say. It is an "overseas parenting problem". You see, the kids know what is here, what is at Toys R Us in Hong Kong and Singapore, and what is back at Wal-Mart! The problem is, there is no Wal-Mart or Toys R Us in Chiang Mai, so, some of the things that they may ask for would be IMPOSSIBLE for "Santa" to bring! Egads!
Friday, December 02, 2005
(now I think I might need a few more lights in my trees.)
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Wouldn't you know that they aren't interested in developing customer contact/participation overseas. And, in fact, have it appears that I am just a number to them. I am surprised it did say: "Dear 1229587."
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Well, they aren't the greatest pictures I've ever taken, but I can't find my tripods to get some proper night pictures, but, it gives you an idea of the Christmas lights that we have set up in our yard. I was excited to see people slowing down to take a look, and, at one point, some folks on a motorcycle actually turned around and came back to look!
Friday, November 25, 2005
Now, being from Oklahoma and living overseas, I will ALWAYS pull for OSU, except for one game: this one. During this one, I'll bring out all the old jokes and start dissing. I think my favorite one is: OU and OSU were playing. The score was so lopsided in favor of OU that they decided to call the game. Three downs later, OSU made their first touchdown!
Boomer Sooner! (forever)
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
(no offense to my friends who bike; just felt like saying what was on my mind)
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Each country's dove has its own different song. Even in West Africa, where the countries were only several hundred miles from each other, the dove songs were different. As I sat at home this morning, listening to the Thai dove song, I smiled. There were two doves sitting in a tree right out our front door. I could see them. And I could hear them singing to the birds across the street. "My" birds would sing a verse; then the birds across the street would sing a verse. It was very, very pleasant.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
OU 36 Aggies 30
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The Night Safari, mentioned here, is about 1/2 mile from my house in Chiang Mai. We were kind of hoping to be able to hear the lions roar.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I did run across something that I found hysterically funny! Check out this link: http://www.goingjesus.com/cavalcade.shtml It is a three pager of some of the tackiest Nativity sets you will EVER see in your WHOLE LIFE! Talk about trivializing the coming of the King! I think my least favorites are the one of Santa bowing at the manger and the one with the Snowpeople Holy Family. Egads!
I knew things were bad here (in that regard) in Thailand, but I didn't think the phone company would actually sponsor something like that! I guess the guy that put the flyer together had his mind on something else that day.
Monday, November 07, 2005
No matter how you look at this, this just isn't "happy". If you don't want to click on the link, the story is about how the Thai government is preparing to deal with what they call a "possible health catastrophe". They have proposed plans for "possible sites for field hospitals, temporary shelters and helipads to treat and transfer large numbers of patients in case a pandemic strikes."
"So far, Thailand has confirmed 20 cases of H5N1 infection, 13 of whom died. Last year, the Public Health Ministry reported a case of suspected human-to-human transmission in Kamphaeng Phet province, where the virus was suspected to have passed from an infected girl to her mother, who had no record of contact with chickens but became sick and died after nursing her daughter."
Let's pray that this one passes by.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
OK, this is just getting ridiculous! We are now expecting ANOTHER flood! This makes the 5th flood preparation we will have had this year! I am getting really tired of this. It is taxing on the body and stressful on the mind.
Flood stage is at 3.70 meters and it is currently 3.48 meters. It is rising at a rate of 5-7 cm per hour. It will enter our building at 4.5 meters, so, while we still have a meter to go, we just don’t know for sure whether or not we will actually get that much flood waters. The really scary thing is that they aren’t even announcing it in public and the public hasn’t started sandbagging yet. At about 3:30 pm, we will secure the first floor and will sandbag after we leave tonight.
Monday, October 31, 2005
There are kiosks at the shopping centers selling gloves, mittens, scarves, and knit caps. My daughters are begging for gloves "because it's winter!" I have been in Bangkok and mentioned that I live in Chiang Mai and everyone, without exception says, "Ooh, it is cold in Chiang Mai!".
I will admit it is nice and cool at night. We are able to sleep quite comfortable with just a fan in the window. It got all the way down to 73 F in our house this morning. Yes, indeed, winter has come. Break out the hot chocolate and ear muffs.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I will confess that I knew Nipsey Russell mainly from Matchgame, but I really liked him. As I read his biography, I was impressed with the fact that he had a bachellor's degree in literature and "was a lifelong student of literature and foreign languages."
Thanks for all the rhymes.
It makes me remember the times;
when I was young and life was fun.
But now, the church bell chimes.
F – Failing to meet the expectation of others
R – Really tired
U – Underestimating how other’s words affect me
S – Stuck
T – Trying to do the best I can
R – Ready for a break
A – Attitude needs adjusting
T – Taking it one day at a time, just to get through
I – I need a back rub
O – or a nice vacation at the beach
N – Never give up; never surrender.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
We took the kids to the Chiang Mai Zoo last Saturday and had a lot of fun. It is a HUGE park with over 200 acres. You can't really walk between all the exhibits; you need to ride or drive. The zoo has two pandas from China. They have a really nice exhibit, but tend to be a bit anal-retentive about the pandas, for instance, they held up a sign that said "Quiet Please!" when everyone laughed when one of the pandas took a poop. You have to pay extra to get into the panda house. The price for foreigners was $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for kids. They also had the price in Thai, so I whipped out my Thai driver's license and informed the woman that I live here. We paid about $2.75 for the whole family to enter. (It is very common to charge two different prices; one for locals and one for foreigners.) I am really glad I didn't pay $7.50 to see the pandas poop; I would have been less than happy.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
When I was young, I dreamed of a life filled with fancy and elegant things. Nowadays, I don't have the means to have many things like that. My life, however, is rather exciting and full of exotic travel destinations. Fancy things are few and far in between. Tonight, however, I got a taste (literally) of the good life. I got to go to Bruno's in Pattaya. I had a 600 gram Austrailian T-Bone steak. I had escargo. I had freshly baked bread. And I had my own little waiter guy to make me cherries jubliee. This was the first time I have ever had cherries jubilee. I have always heard about them, but never tried em. I must say they were fancy! It wasn't the best tasting dessert I have ever had, but it was FANCY. The T-Bone, however, was incredible. I was able to cut it with my fork.
I might not be able to eat like this on a regular basis, but I am grateful for tonight's meal!
Monday, October 10, 2005
I’m going to be doing a little traveling this week. I’m headed down to Pattaya, which I like to refer to as the “Gomorra” of
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Let's just look at this season as a training year for next year's team.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Blogcritics.org: Belated Note On Bob Denver
Did you know that Bob Denver died? I sure didn't. He died on September 6 at age 70 from cancer. Coverage of Katrina buried (no pun intended) this story.
I remember racing home from school in the third grade so that I could watch my beloved Gilligan. I remember being so upset at Watergate because they played those proceedings instead of him and the Skipper.
Thanks, Bob, for years of fun and laughter!
Thanks for asking; sorry I didn't report it earlier.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
A friend just brought me back a 25 Srang note from Tibet! It looks a lot like the one above. This note was printed in 1941-1947, although there is no date on the bill itself. It has three layers of paper, with the center layer having a "security code" of Tibetan printing. If you hold it up to the light, you can see it.
If any of you come across examples of exciting paper currency and would like to donate them to my collection, just contact me for a mailing address!!
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
The article says anywhere from 5,000,000 to 150,000,000 people may die from the bird flu. That is quite a wide margin of error!
I've heard that they think that a more realistic number might be 7,400,000 people. In any case, it is a horrible pandemic. Something like out of Revelations?
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
My, my, my! The 9:00 am report shows the water level at 4.24 meters, with the water rising 10 cm per hour. There is still a huge amount of water upstream and that reporting station is still rising, too. They are now predicting that it will peak at over 5 meters around 2 pm today. They have already closed the main bridge across the river, although the highway bridges remain open. Water should enter my office neighborhood at 4.2 meters and flood inside the building at somewhere around 4.5-4.7. I sure hope the sandbags work this time.
Sally and I are getting to go for a drive. I’ll post some pictures, if I find anything worth taking a picture of at this point.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Someone pointed out in a comment below, that Damrey was going to miss us. That is true! However the rain from a tropical storm probably won't. It started raining today as a result of this weather system. We never thought that we would actually have a typhoon here. We were concerned with the heavy rains and flooding that comes with it.
This whole flood thing has me puzzled. The authorities said they were going to release water from the dam last night at midnight, but they didn’t. The Army is out en masse placing sandbags all along the Ping River and along a brand new earth dike that has been placed along a low point on the river bank. According to the flood monitoring website, the river level has been dropping for two days. Why didn’t they release water? Are they gambling that Typhoon Damrey will go outside our rain basin? What is the deal? Are they going to inundate the city with flood water after they see the rain starting to fall? In my opinion, this is very bad flood management. Actually, it isn’t management at all. Wassup with that? Don’t get me wrong. I would rather it NOT flood. But we are ready for it if it does. (I hope)
I realize that I am often guilty of complaining. However, I hope I never get accused of complaining even if I were hung with a new rope! There are some people like that who would complain if they didn’t have something to complain about!
Now, they’ve got me complaining about the complainers.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Well, I just sent an email out to the entire office telling everyone to stay at home tomorrow until they hear differently. We just got word that the authorities are going to be releasing water from the dam at midnight tonight. We are sandbagging again!
When will this end?????
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Well, with the advent of Tropical Storm (Typhoon) Damrey, the Bangkok Post is reporting that we need to be ready for additional flooding this week. On Thai radio, the authorities are warning people that we will likely have more flooding on Wednesday. After all this is over, I am going to need a day off!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
It is amazing how big something like this seems at the time, then pales in comparison to a real crisis like Katrina or Rita.