Arai Wa! – means “What the hell!” in Thai and as you can se by my vague date specification of this entry “What The Hell? It’s a bout time, buster!” is what you may think, since I have not posted a new entry in weeks. Not that nothing has happened here, the opposite is really true. I have had work out the whazzooo. Work plus training pretty much kept me occupied more than I liked. But I also spent a lot of time playing guitar, since I can relax nicely when I simply can’t train stress off anymore. I have immersed myself into Open G tuning – and boy it’s a revelation. Everything blues based sounds so much better. I can see why Keith Richards went down that road and never looked back. But my musical exploits are not the topic of the day. I want to post a few images from the last few weeks. There is no theme to it, just whatever I came across. The first image is of a modern retro-style motorbike – a Ducati 1000 Sport. The bike reminded me of my neighbor and friend Heinz, who had a big impact in my life. Firstly because he fostered my first steps into becoming an engineer and secondly, because he instilled a passion and love for motorbikes in me when I was about 8. While I have never seen Heinz ride, I think he must have been a hardcore biker – not one with fringes and tattoos, but one with a loud, obnoxious, bad-ass thumper cafe racer Ducati and Honda back in the late 60’s and early 70’s – Black Leathers, Cromwell helmet and a pair of black Sidi boots size 45, that had the outside of the sole nicely chamfered away – why, I asked “That’s what happens when you ride hard and you lean into each turn” he said. So here’s to Heinz, his influence on me and our shared love for motorbikes.
In my opinion a great fusion of early 70’s look with the spoked wheels, steel swing arm, steel trellis frame, the half shell faring and of course the tank mixed and modern technology like 300mm double front disks, the use of titanium to reduce weight (and cool looks) and wider wheels for added grip zooming through turns – wait this is Bangkok…
Next, I have to share two images that I have debated with myself whether I should show them or not. But I feel adventurous today so here goes nothing – you’ll see. The Thais have this knack for great architectural design and small details, that usually bring a smile to my face. The image I had to take because of the repetitiveness, the clean lines and the perceived symmetry:
The second one I took this last weekend – and if nothing else, you can see that I must have been very relaxed; firstly because I saw the scene and secondly, because I had the guts to take my camera out in the mens room without getting caught, because that would have been a lot to explain…..
Moving on, since, in my mind’s eye I can see some readers cringing. Last weekend we had a holiday and went to Rayong for some urgently required R&R. Rayong is about 45 minutes east of Pattaya and a lot quieter with a beautiful beach and good wind.
And, yes we had a full moon. When the moon had set and the sun was king the day shift, we had a perfectly empty beach and this beach toy salesman came by on his moped which he had nicely converted to a mobile shop.
Looking at the image at this size, I guess, I need to explain a little more. The guy sold inflatables, like 5ft cellphones, crocodiles, bananas, stuff to blow up and use for flotation to enhance ones fun level in the ocean and of course footballs. Me personally, as long as there are waver, I can body surf until I look like a raisin – no toys required. Of course, I am not saying NO! to a surfboard or a kite with board, either.
And this concludes our little photographic summary. Take care and take her easy.