February 14th, 2006 – by: bede17
dinner sunday night
Sunday night was a lot of fun, all 9 of us had dinner in a private room all to ourselves and most people grilled their own food. Monday was a weird day. We knew it was a Buddhist holiday and that some things would be closed. On the Chinese New Year holiday we were told the yard would be shut down for three days to celebrate, so we didn't come in and it turned out they were working the whole time. We were told the yard would be closed Monday for the holiday, "like before." So we showed up ready to work to find the yard completely deserted! Five other guys were there besides us. And it was pouring rain, absolutely dumping it. So we spent the morning working on the masts and then called it quits around lunch time because we couldn't get anything else done.
Travis, Laura, and Boomer
My taxi (me, Winston, Eliot, and Jason) decided to stop at the three headed elephant museum on our way home, partly because we had the extra time and it looked cool and partly because it was Eliot's birthday and he'd been wanting to see it badly this whole time. It was so cool! It sounds weird to say from the outside it doesn't look like much, because it's a 15 story tall copper statue of a three headed elephant- it makes a very imposing presence.... but I didn't expect to find the inside to be so cool! The first floor was a little museum with some vases, furniture, and statues... interesting but not unusual. But the base of the elephant was this ornately decorated double twisting staircase several floors up, with pillars and statues and shrines everywhere and huge domed stained glass ceiling depicting the world and the signs of the zodiac.
problem solving on the booms
A long, twisting spiral wooden staircase up was a dark room that had a shrine in it and statues of Buddha hundreds and thousands of years old. The constellations were painted on the ceiling in vivid colors. The whole thing was visually stunning. I was surprised not to see any other tourists there. The guy at the museum gate askes us how we found out about it. We were caught offguard, because it's pretty much impossible not notice a 150 foot elephant on the side of the road, but we realized that not many tourists probably drive on that road every day, twice a day. Afterwards I did a little bit of shopping at Tesco's and had my favorite lunch there which made me very happy. Later we all went out to dinner at a really really nice Spanish place for Eliot's birthday.
feeding the dogs
Of course Eliot's birthday was great, but the highlight of my day was seeing the puppy at the yard when we left earlier that day. We had to wait quite a while for our taxi and I sat down near the three dogs by the gate and was eating my afternoon snack when I saw one of them eyeing me. So I spent the next ten minutes trying to break off even little pieces of my cornbread cake to give to them so they each got a piece. The little one was so cute! I know you're probably sick of hearing all about the dogs, and I apologize in advance for all the pictures, but this is my blog and I'll write about what I want to!!! The nicer looking of the two older ones was very curious and kept coming up to me and sniffing my camera and seemed very peaceful and nice.
the little puppy... i'm obsessed with his forehead
She even let me pet her head a little bit with my finger. The little puppy is super skittish and won't let anyone near him but he was so cute just to watch. Today we had a more normal day at the yard... more sanding and now rust busting because the rain created a lot of rust spots on the deck. I had dinner at Tesco's on the way home and now the ladies at the noodle stand recognize me and automatically give me a bowl of noodles and soup only! I think it's just about bed time now... hope everyone has a great valentines day!