Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Up the street from our hotel. Luxury next to hovel. Monks next to businessmen.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

One night in Bangkok

Our hotel has a little restaurant and bar next door. Pretty much the only respite from the smells of fish sauce, beggers, people selling and tuktuks in the area. In the distance are the skyscrapers reminding us that we are in a world class city. I think we found the "other".

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Thailand day 10

Yesterday we basically sat on a covered couch at the beach all day. Greg and I went out on a sea kayak for a while, and we were entertained by the swimsuit catalog photo shoot in the swimming pool for a while.

Today, it is raining as if it won't stop, which is fitting because it is the day of family separation. Greg and I are at the Phuket waiting for the flight that will take us on the final leg of our adventure - Bangkok.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thailand Day 8

After a tourist day of speedboating to Phi Phi and being tourists numbered 408,635 through 408,642, enjoyed a Thai sampler menu at the Sala restaurant with the lovely entertainment from all over Thailand.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thailand Day 7

Moved to this crazy incredible resort on day 7.
Mary's friend's huband is the exec chef and told us we need to make the move.

It was an overwhelming experience to walk around this place. Will share more photos on return. Or look up Sala Phuket online.

And that's where we are at...

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Thailand day 6

Left rainy dismal Patong.
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Thailand day 5

Was pretty dismal and I chose not to record its existence.
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Thailand day 4

Left Samui for Phuket. Had to check out pretty early and hung around the rest of the day waiting for flight. Here are the brothers waiting at the hotel for the ride to the airport.

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Thailand Day 3

Greg and I went kayaking and I did a good job with the sunblock on my back and upper arms, but not my legs and lower arms!

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Thailand day 2

The beach on Samui.

Its been very muggy and humid while we've been here. Some days it rains and that helps. We got caught in the rain during our scooter ride around the island. Have not spent much time on the beach.

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Thailand day 1

Resort 1 had all these lilyponds with streams leading between them. Here is one of the fish fountains swimming towards a pond.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Breakfast in Thailand...

Sushi - 2 days in a row!!
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Thailand Day 1

Took a scooter ride around Samui.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008


Last weekend, Greg and I went to see the Parsons Dance Company at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

We see a lot of shows at SCA, and every now and again, they are noteworthy.

We realized a while ago that the people who put the program together select artists that are unique, innovative, often well-known, but always interesting. We get to pay between $30 and $40 to see shows that probably cost over $100 in their resident locations. The amphitheater honestly has no bad seat. And our experience is always enjoyable.
We mostly go to the jazz, latin music and dance shows. The organization allows you to pay a "series" price when you purchase 4 or more shows from the whole program, so you are not restricted in your selection. We started out going to only 4, and as our salaries have increased, we have purchased more and more tickets; to the point where we are close to seeing every show in the program that interests us. I say all this because I think it exemplifies exactly how much we appreciate SCA (and if anyone lands here because they Googled it, I want to make sure that's understood).

Anyway... we see a lot of dance shows. They are always interesting and entertaining; and we are always impressed by the skills of the dancers. But last weekend, was a show that was remarkable. The only other choreographer that has made me speechless is Ohad Naharin, whose pieces we have seen performed by the Hubbard Street and Le Grande Ballet de Montreal.

Last week, it was David Parsons.
Every piece was energetic and fun and happy and positive. There wasn't even one solo/duet that had a little dramatic for the reason of being dramatic moment. The dancers were having so much incredible fun you could see it on their faces. They weren't just smiling, they were laughing, and ooh'ing, and connecting with each other in the exuberance of the choreography. The movement was creative and different, there wasn't any running in circles, or just running around to "use the whole stage". And specifically, here are the pieces of note:

Caught: who would ever thought that this was possible! a pairing between a dancer and a lighting person to truly take advantage of the strobe. You have to watch to believe!

Shining Star: Homage to the 70's.

Sleep Study: dancers in pajamas, sleeping on the floor - seriously, the whole piece was on the floor, moving around as you would in sleep! how come noone has ever thought of anything like that before?!

In the End: dancers in jeans! and T-shirts dancing to a medley of Dave Matthews Band music. Unbelievable! Its been a long time since I've seen music expressed by dance so effectively. If Dave Matthews has ever seen this piece, I'd love to know what he thinks because if I were him, I'd make it my music video!
If you watch the video for Satellite, you'll see that he finds patterns beneath the music that he brings to the foreground through the choreography... amazing! you'll never hear that song the same again!

Oftentimes you want to get up and dance in your spot when you see a show at SCA, but this time, I wanted to get up and run on stage to be with these people in this piece! I wanted to quit my job and start training all day so that I could be part of the Parsons Dance Company, and you know what... that's the first thing Greg said too when we walked out!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I live with 2 (old) men

I was going to do Dishwasher Watch this week... since I loaded and ran the dishwasher on Friday night and as of Monday morning when I left for work, it was still loaded with clean dishes... and the sink was FULL of dirty ones (I was trying very hard to not be the one who did it, again!).
But I had a helper during dinner time who did the honors of moving dishes around.
There are many inconveniences when you live with two old men. They talk about nothing for hours while you are looking for some peace and quiet. They are stubborn. They are set in their ways. They tell you that you are always wrong... when all it is, is that they don't understand what you just described because they still use 8-tracks. They watch annoying television. But the most annoying part of all, is that neither of them will do anything that is constued as house-maintenance.
Maybe, just maybe, if you put some stinky fish remains in the trash, they will take it out.
But that's it.
and my dishwasher watch was going to document their incredible ability to ignore filth.