Loose Ends From The Road

I was north of San Francisco for a few days on business. Work, work, work, toil, toil, toil.

But, I was still able to keep eyes and ears open and thus took a few pictures that are disjointed, but nonetheless, I want to share them with you.

My flight passed right over San Francisco giving me this beautiful view of San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The above two images I took during my lunch break, when the sun crated and the guard rails on our outside patio at work, created these stark contrast shadows.

And that’s really that. Stay sharp and take some time to look around you.

Cheers Markus \m/


The Big Ocean

I love water – in any condition, as long as it is clean. Last weekend we drove down the coast and the Pacific and I we got re-acquainted. Many years ago, the Pacific and I were great friends. We’d see each other everyday at least once, sometimes more than that. Some days we’d spent all day together and we wouldn’t get tired of one another – man we had fun. Then I had to move away and we saw each other less frequently. Now, I will make an effort to see my old friend more often – to spend more time together.In Carlsbad when I got my feet wet, the ocean came hurtling at me like a big puppy. It came so fast and so strong and then it slobbered all over me.We played together, it tossed me around, held me under. It flooded my ears and my nose and just like during my university days, it came our of my nose and my ears much later at the most inopportune of times – like when I was driving. Before I went back that day to my place, i took this picture with te Pacific in all its beauty and calm might.Alright, stay sharp gang and keep it real.

Cheers Markus \m/

Amped Up Abstract Colorful

I walked around Bangkok yesterday, after I had visited a photo expo documenting climate change at the BACC. And what did my inspired eyes see?

Patterns that are reminiscent of Lotus leaves or Japanese Rising Suns. But that was only part of it. Look at the colors – all amped up. Hies if screaming light blues, turquoises and green are drilling their way through your retina straight into your brain.

There you have it. Stay sharp gang and vigilant.

Cheers Markus \m/

Natural Law

I am an engineer with a passion. You see as an engineer you don’t deal with bendable and changeable, arbitrarily man-made laws. Nature is your master and that’s that. No discussion, no negotiation. You can complain all you want, but nature will not yield. That definite level of constancy gives me great pleasure and security, because the rules will not change in my lifetime and they have been the same for Euclid, Archimedes, Newton, Einstein, the Ferrari Brothers and the Porsche boys. And while we have made great strides in the last 5000 years in our understanding of nature and our ability to copy nature. Nature itself still is the kingpin. And to drive that point home – at least to me – nature woke me up with a breathtaking sunrise this morning. Nature apparently knows that I dabble in sketching and photography and so this is what I woke to.

I am not kidding.

Now stay sharp and have a good day.

Cheers Markus \m/

Enjoy The View

I am picking up here on my earlier post. Why? – Because I was very lucky and got access to an apartment where the building cleaners were hard at work and thus you – my dear readership – get to enjoy a few more up close and personal shots of these courageous workers.They use a suction cup to position themselves on the smooth facade. Then it is sponging, cleaning, squeegeeing, repeat…at an adjacent location. Some guys are still way up high.

While others are way down low already. There did not appear to be a pattern. One would think that they should move down as a team, as to avoid drops from higher up reaching lower parts that have already been cleaned. This was not the case here….think more like freestyle, like the jazz players among the building exterior cleaners.

Some worked in small clusters, minding their own business.  Others enjoyed the solitude and quiet a job like that affords.

Cool, exterior building cleaner, also a career path – definitely a unique one and an ice breaker for any cocktail party conversations.

Stay sharp and try to be good to a total stranger, regardless of his/her provenance…that’ll be a challenge for some.

Cheers Markus \m/



A Vertical Career

Whoohoo, it is Spring Cleaning in Bangkok. The tall buildings are being washed in the outside….by hand….by people….in climbing gear….suspended on loooooong ropes….from the roof way up above.

It is quite spectacular watching these guys gong about their work in lofty altitude. Part of me envies them. But cleaning the Sides that face between South and West in Bangkok has got to he a nightmare.

They are exposed most of the day to the sun and they get the light and heat reflected off the glass and aluminum facade. I imagine it to be incredibly hot.

I can imagine that this would likely a lot more fun in Frankfurt or Manhattan at this time of year.

Stay sharp and keep your eyes open for the extraordinary.

Cheers Markus \m/

Brian, Meet Gear-Wheel Alley

Another friend of mine is in Bangkok for work. He hasn’t been to the kingdom in close to 20 years, but he is an avid reader of this blog. Since he is also a motorhead, he picked up on my recurring entries on visits to Gear-Wheel Alley. Thusly, he asked me for a tour, since this neighborhood is something very unique to Bangkok. Of course I took him, it is probably my favorite place in Bangkok, if not Thailand.

We started with the Fiat, that brave little car….with as I found out now, a 2 cylinder Subaru engine in the back. Why? I have no idea. I opened the door and found besides a colony of ants another current resident, can you spot him?

Then we moved on to the transmission shops.

Brian, asked how people keep track of everything. They keep order and the sort according to whatever. I do now, that these shops can hook anybody up with any spare-part one might ever need. I also know that the work carried put on Gear-Wheel Alley is pretty hard labor, so hard that i am not sure many people would want to volunteer for it in the West. I freely admit, that I love going there, because I can decide to go there as an observer, I do not have to go there in order to make a living.

This shop is recycling metal parts. You can see these people there uncoiling generator and electric motor rotors. They fully disassembly transmission housings into all the different materials and then they throw each individual piece on the correct material pile.

Then of course, you also have shops that specialize in the disassembly, sorting and the refurbishing of transmissions. A few sois further down, the flicker of welding torches casts its shadows against narrow back alley walls.As we leave this back alley, we walk past scooters waiting for the shift end of their drivers – it is Saturday, everyone wants to go home, shower and relax.

I will close today’s entry with a young woman who – in a Dorian Gray-esque way – was very occupied with taking a selfie. After I took this photos, I offered to take a picture of her as well, which she gladly accepted. To me, a selfie is the perfect manifestation of either boundless self-centeredness or simply sad loneliness. I have hard time watching someone not being able to ask a fellow citizen to take a picture.Okeydokey, that is that. Stay sharp and be good to your fellow planet-dwellers, the vast majority of them are very decent.

Cheers Markus \m/