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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Movie time

     It's funny and gross.
If you check out Go Movies, I'd suggest you turn on an add blocker 
Seen Thursday The Brothers Grimsby
GO Movies series
   TV online
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hobnob at Ming Muang Grounds

Muang is easily translated to town
Ming on the other hand gets a bit more complicated.
It is doubtful that it has anything to do with a Chinese dynasty centuries ago. 
Google ming muang grounds and you find the name used all over Thailand.  has some interesting answers: "
to converse, mingle, mix, blend, combine, intermingle, interweave, join, merge, unite; associate, consort, fraternize, hang about or around, hobnob, rub shoulders (informal), socialize"

Google maps erroneously labels the area a stadium. I have frequently referred to the area as the Municipal grounds. The name is most appropriate. 
Government Office on the map is actually the Sakon Nakhon Immigration office. 
During the Wax Castle Festival there are a variety of contests, performances, displays, eateries, etc.  

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sakon Nakhon Emotion in Music and Pictures

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Norwegian Sensibility

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Sauerkraut und Bratwurst
Celebrating October around the world

Oh yea, I lived in Munich for a few years in the mid fifties, I had just become a teenager.  Of course I went to the Oktoberfest. Drank Kinderbier. There was this grassy hill. Drunks passed out.  Drunks were 'encouraged' to sleep it off before leaving.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wax Castle construction is underway

There appear to be no Royal Longboat Races this year. As the boat races are royally sponsored events, it would be inapropriate the have such events before the royal cremation
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Hold on, how much of a tax increase

The way I understand it, the tax increase was presented one day, rubberstamped the next.  Those days no one knew how much of an increase.  Of course that allowed media to start guessing and false rumors. 
For me it's been four days of trying to separate fiction from fact.  I had stocked up on a few days supply of beer and smokes.  Figured I'd wait till the dust settled.
Very obvious in this new tax law is protectionism. There will probably appear a few complaints from foreign companies, but little will change in the end

There's been a tobacco import argument going on for years.  Thailand ain't flinched.

There's some tax increases consumers won't notice at first, it will creep up on a later date
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Got plastered this morning

Started  to fill some holes with plaster.  Think I'll get some fabric plaster tape with the next bucket of plaster.  Almost everything is white, so I'm thinking Mount McKinley National park, or Zugspitze. Been to both in the winter.
Taking frequent photographs seems to aid in design.  Realized the third track was way too high.  Blocked my sitting view of the tracks at the other end of the table 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday Sunday open pool day

A couple days a week I open my pool to neighborhood kids. Some days it gets quite crowded.  Most times a parent comes along.  I prefer when parent come along, seems to keep the rowdiness in check with larger crowds

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I'm working on my rail road

Everything had been on hold for a while, awaiting a shipment of rail tracks and other building material.  This morning I put my new skill saw to use and cut out a bridge base which will accommodate two side by side tracks.  It's not the final bridge. It's a lumber test.  Thinking of making the bridge siding from bamboo. Using plumbing pipe as bridge piers
Had considered fabricating buildings from cardboard.  Changed my mind when I picked up a cardboard box and it collapsed from the humidity it had collected.
Next up, wrap some tracks in plastic and build plaster hills 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Alcohol prices doubled and more

NOTICE: Other websites are reporting smaller tax increases on alcohol, this could be false news, or not
photos by Hot News ประเทศไทย on facebook
Incentive to quit, or incentive for black market?Bars and restaurants will suffer, tourism will alsoand then there are those who will keep drinking and shortchange the food bill. These huge price increases will have a ripple effect on other cost of living
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Saturday is maintenance day

Water tank is getting a cleansing. 
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Gardening is healthy both physically and mentally

Covered walkways are a blessing during intense sun and rain

Must wait for those green berries, love em with curry

That hanging plant wasn't doing too well, now on the ground it's expanding into a green carpet and bugs don't seem to go near

These trees are a nuisance, reproduce like a weed.  Now I'm letting them grow to a certain size, dry out the stems and add them to my HO railroad.
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This storm is gone, but the rainy season is not

DOKSURI has move on and is now centered over Vientiane
Here at Sakon city some periods of heavy rain, a bit windy, but not as bad as forecast.  Not far from us Tao Ngoi experienced flooding, Nakhon Phanom seemed more in the path of the storm and experienced some damage.
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Reports from Nakhon Phanom indicate things got quite windy
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Wasn't all that bad at my house.  Made towels available to visitors

Locally this storm is done and gone, but the rainy season is not.  Feels like temperatures in the lower to mid forties (C)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Whatever makes you happy !!

I love a light rain, it cleanses the air

A large majority of home cooking is done be charcoal.  
Others do it over  a wood fire.   
Then there are the many farmers who revitalize their land for a new crop, by burning the field.
I love a light rain which limits the smoke blowing up my nose 

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TV Fall Season now under way

Sunday September 17 The Vietnam War
10 part, 18 hour, miniseries, airs nightly through Thursday

In this 40 minute video Nick Gillespie interviews Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their new documentary series:



Stay indoors after 3pm

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Making Landfall as a category 2
(numbers and direction seem to be changing)
Next update Friday

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TROPICAL STORM DOKSURI expected to increase to Category 2

UPDATED 14 sep: Direction of the storm has moved further south than previously expected.  Possibility of some high winds Friday night
Heavy rains especially Friday Saturday. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near far south of Hanoi Thai Meteorological Department Weather Alert Updates

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