Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Eve at Wrong Way Cafe — I Survived

Arriving back in Ubon about 5:00 p.m. on the 23rd, my first step in getting prepared for the Christmas Eve buffet was to mix myself a strong Sangsom & Red Bull. I followed this with another strong one because, well, … Continue reading

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Moments of Clarity, Part II — Rainbow Trout

One of the main reasons I ventured up onto the Bolaven Plateau was to check if the water temperature and volume were sufficient to farm rainbow trout. The King of Thailand has a Royal Project at Doi Inthanon in Chiang … Continue reading

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Moments of Clarity, Part I — Back to the Irish Bridge

Fire is a tool here. A child learns how to build and control a fire by about the age of 7. It is an important but mundane facet of daily life, very much as it would have been for ancestral … Continue reading

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My Luxury Retirment Home

I sometimes wonder if there is a Lao word for “progress.” It seems to be a concept quite beyond them. But, to be fair, even if they don’t have a word for “progress,” they probably don’t have one for “depression,” … Continue reading

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5th Annual Christmas Eve at Wrong Way Cafe

With 6 or so days to go until Christmas Eve, it’s decision making time. The most important ingredient is, of course, all of you. Especially the girls and not-quite girls who dressed up so finely for us last year. Everyone … Continue reading

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Stream Crossing Proposal

This is just a proposal, but I’m fairly comfortable with it. There may be an easier way, of course, so, as the Japanese say, if the door won’t open by pushing it, then I may have to try pulling it. … Continue reading

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Contemplating an Irish Bridge II

Judging from the comments I’ve been receiving, I guess a little more explanation, in the form of illustrations, is needed. The illustration to the left shows, crudely, sort of what the stream looks like when all the boards are in … Continue reading

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Contemplating an Irish Bridge

I have a problem. Some of the locals pass through my land to get to their coffee plantations. There are other ways for them to get to their properties, so I’m discouraging this, to a certain extent, but not denying … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

I’ve had tremendous trouble with compost worms. They are nature’s lesser known escape artists. I’m still in partial denial about my first failure. After smuggling them across the border and into Vientiane, those misguided fellows decided I wasn’t fit to … Continue reading

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The Bomb-Proof Crapper

There are always problems associated with access. I don’t mind Billy’s cousin and other assorted people passing through my land, especially since I’ll be passing through the cousin’s land to get to my other 2+ hectares, but to get across … Continue reading

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