Monday, September 20, 2010

Plum Deliciious!

I ate a plum today. (Actually I ate two). That may not seem like a big deal, but I haven't eaten a plum in probably five years. Plums don't grow here in Thailand, so it is hard to eat them. Well, they are occasionally available in the supermarket, but since they are imported they normally cost a king's ransom. So, I look at them with longing and then pass. But today they had some plums on sale, four for forty baht. Now, that is really cheap for fruit, even cheaper than an orange. Close examination showed why they were marked down. They were soft, very soft. Well past their prime, I decided to take a chance on them anyway. One wasn't very good, a kind of sickly sweet flavor, with no tartness at all and a pulpy consistency. They other however, was delicious, in spite of being soft. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I have two more to eat tomorrow!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

American Football

Living here in Thailand I don't get to see much American Football. You can buy expensive cable packages that show a lot of football, but my apartment does not offer that cable company. (And I would not pay extra for it anyway). You can also get a satellite dish and wash 10 million channels from around the world. That is even more expensive.

However, the cable package we have at Baan Thai does occasionally broadcast football games, although they don't provide an advanced viewing schedule so it is largely hit or miss trying to see a game. But in the fall if I get up early on a Sunday morning I can often find a game.

Today I was in luck, and saw the second half of an exciting game between Michigan and Notre Dame. I was a bit disappointed after Notre Dame came from behind to take a lead with three minutes left, only to allow a touchdown in the last 30 seconds of the game. But it was still a good game. Last year I saw several Big 12 games, and maybe I will get to see some U. of Texas games this year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Season Change

We have had a sudden change in our weather. This is still the rainy season, but for the last week the weather forgot that. It has been dry, sunny, and very, very hot. Then last night about nine o'clock the wind started gusting. I thought it was going to start raining, but it never did. Instead a norther blew through roaring down from China and the eastern flank of the Himalayas. This morning it was actually chilly, not something we expect here in September. It is cloudy, cool, and very pleasant right now. I'm loving it!