|Janet in Phuket, June 2011|
Yep, Janet's here! She looks pretty darn good. Billy Clyde Puckett would approve, I believe. A great compliment lost on Janet because she never read "Semi Tough" and doesn't even know that Billy Clyde was my fictional football hero back in the day when I still had fantasies. It's very nice to have my sweet, long and leggy wife around again. Having been together for about twenty five years, not seeing her for nearly three months has been very strange.
|New teak on a sunny afternoon, lovely!|
The boat is about done. All the teak is down, caulked and sanded. All the deck hardware has been re-installed. Most of the peripheral jobs have been done or are well under way. The only real set back has been the galley counter tops which were installed last week. It was a sloppy job and I thought the installers were to return the next day and clean up the installation. Wrong, they went back to Bangkok.
|Sloppy work from the counter top crew.|
It's a long boring story but the owner of the company agreed after one look that this was not acceptable and a different install crew will be here tomorrow with new material and this time it WILL be done right. Right now the decks are being gone over inch by inch and minor flaws in the caulk or wood work are being corrected. It is a beautiful job of decking.
|Every phase creates it's own mess.|
|Choi spent days sanding....|
|...and searching for and repairing flaws in the caulk.|
|Straight grooves get the router.|
|Everything else gets the hammer and wood chisel.|
|The completed anchor locker hatch.|
Janet and I have been doing a little exploring. I've shown her a few little haunts. My Thai motorcycle survival techniques have become a little more refined. Since it's impossible to predict what may happen next I've just adopted a few basic tenants and identified some constants in their behavior. First tenant, defend yourself at all times. They really are trying to kill you. Second, remember the first tenant. Third, don't try to get even. Get mad and then forget about it. It'll all happen again very soon. Most frustrating and dangerous Thai traffic behavior? Slowly, with infinite slowness, pulling out directly in front of you in heavy traffic. The flip side is slowly, with infinite slowness, slowing in traffic to nearly a complete stop before turning across two lanes of traffic into a side street. Signal, Ha, ha ha! Most dangerous adversary? Anybody in a new pickup or RV, or the old Thai buses, or the three wheelers, or, or, or.....
|A quiet country road but it could be in eight lanes of heavy traffic.|
|A really big Buddha|
|What do it mean?|
Love to all,
Bill & Janet