July 28th, 2019

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July 28--Are you have disease? No! I am the Beatle!

beatles

The Beatles wave bye-bye to us at the San Francisco Airport last night.

We're now in Taiwan, at the "premium" lounge, which is an airport lounge service you can buy for $30 for three hours. We would not normally buy this, but after our next connecting flight, someone is picking us up in Bangkok, and we are going on a road trip, so no chance to rest and clean up after the flights. The main selling point for the "premium lounge" is clean showers and an espresso machine, both of which were welcome when we arrived at 5:30 am local time (mid afternoon yesterday, back home).

We've had our showers, and our espresso, and Malida had a bowl of noodles. Now we are waiting for our next flight.

The flight here was pretty uneventful, which is always what I hope for. It took about 12 1/2 hours. I slept about 3-4 hours, on and off. While not trying to sleep, I listened to music, and watched two really good movies--Bohemian Rhapsody and The newish A Star is Born, both of which I really enjoyed. Both were kind of sad stories about music people. I seem to recall someone here not really liking this version of A Star is Born,, but I am a fan of Lady Gaga, and thought she did a great job.

I had loaded up my book reader with all sorts of books, audio books, and podcasts, but didn't even take it out of my bag. I'm sure there will be time to read down the line.

I'm also keeping a paper trip journal so I can keep track of all the stuff I usually forget about, such as flight times, what time is a good time to get to the airport, what pants to wear on a long flight.

There is this pair of pants that are perfect for a long flight--soft, roomy, good pockets and so on, and I keep thinking I wore them "last time", and now can't find them. I looked everywhere for them. Malida finally dug out a pic from our flight last year, and was wearing my usual jeans, so I think those travel pants don't actually exist. But they should. So I am journaling to keep track of that kind of stuff.

I haven't kept a paper journal for about 12 years, so it was kind of nice to be able to write a bit. I bought a light blue Sarasa gel pen, which was always my choice for my paper journals. My handwriting hasn't improved over the years, but it really hasn't gotten much worse either, probably because I no longer have to hastily scribble nursing notes.

We are heading to an area called Amphawa today, which is outside of Bangkok--it is on a bunch of canals, and lots of good stuff to see and photograph. Last time we had a cabin right on the water, but they didn't want to stay there this time so we shall see.

amphora sunset

The sunset from our room 4 years ago. We shall see what this time around brings.

I miss my bed.