Boomer and Travis working on a winch
Friday and saturday were fairly normal days at work if I can remember correctly. I did some sanding on deck, some whipping, some sewing of leather, gathered some data for our inspection paperwork.... I think that about sums it up. The good news is that our masts are pretty much done, just a few slight details here and there to be finished. The not so good news is that our launch has to be delayed until after the upcoming holiday, as the yard is going to completely shut down during those four days. The holiday is called Songkram (sp) and is basically like a water festival. It's supposed to be known that if you go anywhere near celebrators during this time you can and will be subject to un-announced attacks by bucket, hose, water gun, water balloon, or any other means necessary to get you soaking wet.
But the upside for us with the yard being closed is we get 4 whole days off! We're all in the middle of making plans and I'm not sure where I'm going yet, but I'm excited to get out of the city and see some cool stuff. Last night we had dinner on Kao San Rd. at a restaurant with a live Thai band playing American songs. They were actually really impressive. When I walked in the room they were singing Michael Jackson and I thought a CD player was on somewhere and the band was taking a break. They covered all types of music and really did an excellent job. I love live music, so it was really really fun!! Today I had determined was going to be my last trip to the weekend market to get all the little things I had wanted this whole time, and get some things that others had asked for, presents, etc.
... When I left the Emporium this morning after breakfast (more on that later) it was a typical sunny, hot, Bangkokian day. But when I arrived at the market by skytrain there was a huge thunderstorm! It was pouring outside and the tin roofs over the stalls were leaking so some of the stores were closed, and I'd like to think it was only us hardcore shoppers out and about. At many points I was wading through ankle deep water to get around. I didn't have a plan for the market, it's almost impossible to figure out where you are and where you want to go, as even though the wares are grouped generally into categories, the aisles and streets make absolutely no sense and you should just plan on getting lost. So that's what I tried to do, and thought I had been successful except that after an hour I realized I was right back where I started.
Jay and Boomer in the engine room
The two other times I've been exploring I stumbled upon this one area fairly quickly, so I figured that I'd stumble upon it again today somewhere in my wanderings. WRONG. I don't know if I've been this frustrated in a while. I must have circled around for about two hours, looking for a group of stores that I had wanted to go back to, and no luck! I even saw a store that sold the same thing as one I was looking for, so I tried asking the owner if there were any other stores in the market like this, thinking he'd point the way to me. But all I got was a blank look and the question "toilet?" because I'd been pointing at some signs that said toilet (I wanted another sign store). And the thunderstorm didn't help, some of the stores had closed or put big plastic tarps over the front so I couldn't use the same visual references as last time.
wood paneling around the portholes
Oh well, I guess I just wasn't meant to buy those things! I did find my way into the pet section though, and allowed myself to look at the puppies even though it like physically hurts to see them cooped up in little cages with probably little or no hope of ever getting out. But they were so cute! I didn't get a good picture of it, but there was a mini-mini pug there, at least half the size of every other puppy. It was so funny! By the time I left it had become hot and sunny again and I didn't have the physical or emotional energy to continue my shopping excursion at Kao San Rd, which is where I'd planned to go next. So instead I ended up back at the apartment and now we're waiting on a few people to go out to dinner again.
pretty on the outside...
I think we're going to the Emporium food court again, so that's cool. I had been in our very first week and not found it very impressive so I haven't been back until today. But the guys are obsessed and go there all the time, and this morning I finally found out why. At normal food courts here, you get paper coupons or a plastic scan card with the amount of money you hand over at the counter, and then you go get your food like a food court at home and pay with the coupons. It's a lot faster that way. But at this other section of the food court at Emporium, you get your card first, before you pay. It has a code on it for the table that you've been seated at. You wander around the area, a pretty huge room with full restaurants and stands of all types, order your food, hand over your card to be scanned, and then you go sit down.
crazy on the inside
Your food is then brought straight to your table by the waiters when it's ready, and sometimes it's there before you even sit back down again! It's a really neat system, lets you order whatever you want from any restaurant, without the hastle of waiting around with your food or dealing with trays. I think I still prefer my little restaurants, but it's a fun thing to do every now and then (or twice in one day, as it turns out). Tomorrow it's back to work bright and early, but only until wednesday!