getting ready to put the rudder in
Ahhh I love the weekends... well, mostly sunday. We had full days of work on friday and saturday, finishing up random stuff on friday and then we all spent the day sanding the foremast on saturday. It was ridiculously hot in the sun and the glare on the metal was pretty bright, but we got most of it done and it looks pretty good. I spent most of the day on my back under the mast, hand sanding around each individual screw. There are over 300 screws.... yeahhhh. Saturday night we had "family style" dinner out at Senor Pico's, our favorite Mexican restaurant. The guys had to get up at 6 for their visa run to Cambodia (same one I did a couple weeks ago) so there were no evening festivities, just a generally early night in bed.
I slept in til 9 this morning, puttered around the apartment doing random things, and then headed out explore. My smart move of the day was getting a one- day skytrain pass, so I had unlimited rides wherever I wanted to go. My first stop was near one of my favorite malls, and as I was walking down the raised walkway I saw a bunch of people crowded by the side. As I kept walking I saw more and more people and started to hear some noise, so I stopped and looked over the side of the rail onto the street. Below me one whole side of Sukhumvit (the main road) was blocked off by several hundred people chanting and waving flags. It took me a while to figure out was going on. They were yelling "Taksin get out," Taksin being the old prime minister who resigned but maybe wants to run again (??).
dinner out friday night
But they weren't necessarily angry, they were smiling and laughing and playing music and seemed to be having a great time. I walked down to the street level and was confronted by several more hundred people on the street holding signs, waving more flags, etc. One woman was chanting away and when she walked by me looked at me and pointed when she yelled "get out!" For a second I was like uhhh what did I do, but she was smiling and laughing, and I realized she was just emphasizing her point to someone who was watching. I got caught up in the festive atmosphere and felt a little bad going into the mall, but duty called. Well, I didn't have anything I neeeeeeded necessarily, but it was fun to look around. I did find the purse that I had been eyeing about a month ago on sale for 50% off! I spent a couple more hours wandering around the city, walking to various places and skytrain hopping around.
mmm shrimp eyeballs
I got a few more random things and some books to read, so that was cool. After a pit stop at the apartment I went back out to Tesco's and got the pictures from the keel ceremony developed and had some noodles. When I walked back into our building I looked over into the hair salon (it's windows line our hallway) and did a double take at the guy getting his hair washed- it was Boomer. He and Kevin and Jay got identical haircuts that apparently were very thorough (2 hair washes!). They all had a good time on the bus and now we're figuring out dinner plans.
p.s. one of my errands today was to the computer store, where I got a headseat with a microphone for my computer. I downloaded a program called Skype (www.
skype.com) that lets you talk online computer-to- computer for free. So if anyone wants to talk to me, download the program for free and get a headset (mine was less than $5 and sometimes your computer is already capable of doing it). While I'm sitting around on the computer I will have the program on, so you can tell if I am there or not (this will all make sense if you download the program), or I can arrange a time to meet and chat. And if anyone elses families are reading this, I can put anyone else here on the "phone" to talk, just tell them to expect your "call" and I will give them the headset. So someone call me so I can test this out!!
mmm whole raw fish