I was born in December some 57 years ago, on this very day -- December 3 -- in fact. If I had to pick a favorite month, it would probably be this one. In Thailand, it is a month of holidays -- National Day on the 5th, Constitution Day on the 10th, and three days … Continue reading December 2022
August 2021: Living in the Twilight Zone
I honestly thought the month would never end. Every day brought a new level of craziness to the point that I felt I was trapped in an episode of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone". I do not even know where to begin as my mind has truly blocked out the worst of it, so I … Continue reading August 2021: Living in the Twilight Zone
July 2021: Another Crazy Month in Thailand
As we reach the end of the scariest month in memory, let me try to summarize where we are now. It has, indeed, been a frightening couple of weeks as the national numbers continue to rise to astronomical levels and I do my best to try and avoid contracting the virus myself. Let me tell … Continue reading July 2021: Another Crazy Month in Thailand
June 2021: Ending the Month on High Notes
Whew! I am glad June is coming to an end. Although it didn't seem like the month dragged on and on as much as other recent months. Now that it is coming to an end, I feel like there are a million and one things I need to accomplish in the next day. As mentioned … Continue reading June 2021: Ending the Month on High Notes
May 2021: Everything is Broken
As I typed the title, my somewhat flawed memory was telling me that was the title of a Bob Dylan song a long time ago1. I am too lazy now to pull up MusicBee and confirm but it describes my current state accurately. My job is broken and I have an increasing number of broken … Continue reading May 2021: Everything is Broken
April 2021: It Just Flew By!
All things considered, the month of April went by extremely quickly. It was nothing like the same month last year with its endless uncertainties and constant contradictory tightening of restrictions. A year later, we are experiencing much the same restrictions with this wave of the pandemic giving us higher statistics than the entire previous year … Continue reading April 2021: It Just Flew By!
February 2021: The Endless Short Month
February, despite being just 28 days in length, seemed especially lengthy this time around. At least we stopped working on Saturdays early in the month or it would have been worse. We had a myriad of class cancellations for such things as giving alms to the monks, Scouting (which was just the students cleaning the … Continue reading February 2021: The Endless Short Month
At long last…The Year That Would Not End, is Ending!!
As I write this, Thailand is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases that has been declared "worse than the first wave". All group gatherings have been banned, forcing schools here in Phuket and elsewhere to close until at least just after the New Year and the cancellation of all holiday-related activities. We are not in … Continue reading At long last…The Year That Would Not End, is Ending!!
Wow! It's only the 14th of the month and here I am sitting at the laptop, contemplating a rare update to this blog. December is a month full of holidays here in Thailand but today is the last of those as far as I am concerned. But let's back up two weeks and see what … Continue reading Mid-Month Meandering
A Whirlwind Month (Plus Big Changes On the Horizon)
November whipped right by with nary a blink. I stayed busy throughout the month although the actual work load has been extremely light. Most of my "downtime" in the office was spent working on the Philatelic Pursuits website. As of this writing, I have published just over 170 articles to the site this month beating … Continue reading A Whirlwind Month (Plus Big Changes On the Horizon)