A DOG’s Day at the Beach!

A DOG's Day at the Beach

A DOG’s Day at the Beach

We are at Jomtien Beach in Pattaya Thailand.  We take the Baht Bus and stop off at a section of the beach that looks inviting.  Pubs, Restaurants, Markets nearby and nice umbrella’s on the beach if you need some shade from the sun and hot temperatures here.

The vendor approaches us and informs us that a chair on the beach nearest the water is $40 Baht each or $80 Baht each for the nice comfy padded lounger chairs.  We decide, that seeing as how we don’t know how long we are staying at the beach today, that we will pay for the smaller folding chairs that are very common here.  They are comfortable but very low to the ground and getting out of them is sometimes comical.

The beaches are quite nice here, the sun is always out, they serve beverages and there are many types of vendors selling souveniers, food, ice-cream etc.  As we sit in our $40 baht chairs this scroungiest of scroungy dogs approaches the $80 baht chairs which are unoccupied, looks at it approvingly and then pounces up into it, lays his head on the arm of the chair, scootches his butt into a comfy position and then promptly falls asleep and drifts of into doggy dream heaven… No one makes him move, or asks him for his $$ to stay there.  We $40 baht tourists are left to stare at this dog and laugh at the Thai way and a dogs luck for this day!!

Are you comfy there?

Are you comfy there?

I’m in the Jan / Feb issue of RV West Magazine!!

I'm in RV West Magazine Jan/ Feb issue page 30

I’m in RV West Magazine Jan/ Feb issue page 30

Originally I thought that only one of my photos was used and I wrote:

well ok, maybe I am a teensy wheensy bit disappointed that they only chose to use 1 of my photos after asking me to submit up to 10, and it is a free magazine, but I AM STILL TOTALLY EXCITED AND PROUD to be in here,  it feels kind of awesome actually!  This photo is one of my definite favourites and is at my favorite place to photograph. You can check out the rest of the magazine at RV West Magazine online edition or pick up a paper copy at RV locations near you, I assume.

But, now I find out that if you go on-line and click on the arrow beside the picture that you get to see my other 8 photos!!!, well now, that makes me tickled pink, and I’m even more excited, and more proud of this accomplishment. Thanks everyone for so much support and encouragement. I say it and i mean it! Thank-you, thank-you thanks!!

No RESERVATIONS needed

We made it To Pattaya!! Came by Taxi from Bangkok, (90 mins ride here for $50). The taxi randomly drops us off on a street beside a bar for me to sit at while Randy went searching for a room. He was gone for over an hour, comes back to find me after being unable to find a room anywhere, only to discover that the Englishman who owns the pub has a room upstairs lol. So I found a room while sitting at the bar. No beers in the bar or anywhere until midnight ’cause it’s a pre-election weekend and there’s no alcohol allowed. But, in typical Thai fashion, you can see everyone drinking out of tea cups, mugs, etc.
Today (Monday) we hopped on the local Transportation that costs a dime called the “baht bus” and it’s a pick up truck with benches and a railing and a cover over it, you can go for miles along the main beach road and there are hundreds of baht trucks driving around. They are numbered for license purposes,we assume, and we spent a half hour sitting at a street restaurant watching them go by and the lowest number we saw was a 2 and the largest number was 667. Somehow the beer tastes better and the ocean looks better, and the grass is greener on the other side teehee.

Body Scanned, Patted Down, and minus a Pair of Scissors!

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Well folks, the Thailand Travel Adventure of 2014 begins!

the first security checkpoint at Campbell River – no problems!

the second checkpoint in Vancouver…

them: ‘Ma’am, you’ve been randomly chosen for a body scan, please step over here.  Take your jacket off, here, let me fluff your collar,  are you wearing jewellry?’

me: ‘um no, no jewellry, but I have a watch’

them: ‘no, a watch is ok’

me thinking: there’s a difference between a watch and jewellery? 😳

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

them: ‘wait a minute, step out, I need to calibrate, the machine’

me: do exactly as told 😳

me: back to the scanner

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

the machine does it’s thing, and as I’m standing there I realize…

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Body Scanned, Patted Down, and minus a Pair of Scissors!

Well folks, the Thailand Travel Adventure of 2014 begins!

the first security checkpoint at Campbell River – no problems!

the second checkpoint in Vancouver…

them: ‘Ma’am, you’ve been randomly chosen for a body scan, please step over here.  Take your jacket off, here, let me fluff your collar,  are you wearing jewellry?’

me: ‘um no, no jewellry, but I have a watch’

them: ‘no, a watch is ok’

me thinking: there’s a difference between a watch and jewellery? 😳

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

them: ‘wait a minute, step out, I need to calibrate, the machine’

me: do exactly as told 😳

me: back to the scanner

them: ‘place your feet on these marks, raise your hands, DONT MOVE!!’

me: do exactly as told 😳

the machine does it’s thing, and as I’m standing there I realize my zipper is down, but I can’t move to fix it.. 😳 The scan is complete in a few seconds, I step out and can see that the scan is showing two highlighted areas on each side of my legs! O o ..

them: ‘step over here, we need to pat you down’

them: pat pat pat and of course there’s nothing there and I’m free to go.

me: off I go

11 hours later we arrive in Taiwan and proceed directly thru another checkpoint. A nice young lad pulls me aside and in some dialect that vaguely sounds like English is speaking to me and pointing at my backpack.

me: ‘pardon me?’

young man vaguely speaking English: ‘&$€>£’

me: ‘pardon me?’

As we obviously can not, at this point, converse in English, we revert to the international language of sign, i realize he feels the need to search my bag for some reason.

me: gesture ok 👍

him: poke, move some clothes, (but not socks or underwear), as they are on the very bottom of the bag, and VOILA, there is the pointy sharp culprit… the scissor component of my new manicure set that I got at Christmas is just not going to survive this trip, as sharp pointy objects are not allowed in Taiwan!  I know this, because he has removed them from the container and is gently pointing at the tip of the very teeny weenie point and pantomiming a sharp dangerous object.

Me: waive my hands in acknowledgement that, yes indeed, they are very pointy and must be confiscated!!😳

me: then proceed to sign a form which I can only assume was the great SCISSOR release of 2014 and now we continue on our way to Bangkok.

One more checkpoint to go!  I hope my socks make it thru ok!!