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A Tale of Two Buddhas
You really need the patience of the Buddha when it comes to your mother. I'm glad I have 3 other siblings to handle any clock repairs.
By: PT Dilloway on March 5, 2014
Ohhhh, your mom! Her quotes would make a fine comic strip, in the style of Maxine.
By: Shelly on March 5, 2014
Just love reading about your holiday and what amazing images.
By: John on March 5, 2014
I am truly enjoying your adventure in Thailand. And as to your Mom.....sheesh. I have my daughter read your postings about your Mom.....then I don't look quite so uh,,,,,,,,,,pushy. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on March 5, 2014
oh, your mother!
By: TexWisGirl on March 5, 2014
You are one patient person to deal with her. Those statues are fascinating.
By: mimi on March 5, 2014
Hope you had a wonderful time on your trip!!
By: laurel on March 5, 2014
Poor CJ. Your trip to the Far East appears to have been one beautiful voyage.
By: Franklin Bruce Taylor on March 5, 2014
Interesting seguay.... and background info on Buddha. Did you have a Thai massage... yet?
By: Daniel LaFrance on March 5, 2014
What great recounting of your trip. Now I'm wondering if the little Japanese garden wandering Buddha is still in place. I'm glad you're back, had a bad case of Chubby Chatterbox withdraw. Cheers, Hilde
By: Hilde on March 5, 2014
Now there is a city that knows how to pick a name that really "sells" them. I always learn thing from your posts. Buddah didn't want people worshipping his image?? He must be sorely disappointed at the number of statues tucked into every nook and cranny around the world. My nail salon has one set up in the corner. Your mother is such a character. She is badmouthing you to your kid when you are thousands of miles away. Tsk tsk
By: Cheryl P. on March 5, 2014
I admire your bravery for traveling to a place where so many things are illegal (disrespecting the king, a 50s musical, taking pic of a famous statue...although I've heard they're very lenient about prostitution...). One of my friends also likes to travel. I heard horror stories including a 7 hour mountain hike to get to a "scenic" hotel, and then not being able to sleep because there were so many lizards on the walls and the ones on the ceiling kept dropping onto the bed--plop!--in the middle of the night. So I'm happy to live vicariously through stories 'cause I really just want to stay in my warm safe HOME!!
By: Lexa Cain on March 5, 2014
Amazing. I think I will stick with calling it Bangkok... Neat photos of the reclining Buddha. Somehow, I am just odd enough to think "clothier for a deity" would make an interesting addition to a resume'. Cat
By: Cat on March 5, 2014
Have you overseen the repair of your mom's clock yet? It is interesting to see the things we become attached to as we get older. Your photos are really good, and I know you enjoyed the trip very much. Your extra information makes for an even better read.
By: CiCi on March 5, 2014
I saw the Reclining Buddha years ago and have never forgotten it. A fabulous post, thank you, Stephen.
By: Sharon Bradshaw on March 5, 2014
I'm glad CJ stands up to Grandma. How could you be foolish enough to think that anything would please your mom? I'd like some gold clothes, though I suppose they'd be heavy. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on March 5, 2014
Well, I'm glad they shortened the name of the city to the quick and easy to remember "Bangkok." Interesting background about Buddha and all those statues. And you mother...well, just bite your tongue.
By: Pixel Peeper on March 5, 2014
Your mother is old--cater to her!!
By: fishducky on March 5, 2014
For an artist like you, this must have been a fantastic experience. There was lots to learn and a lot of pieces the fit into place.
By: red on March 5, 2014
the reclining Buddha is amazing- and so is your Mom! Plus your son has the patience of Buddha!
By: Kathe W. on March 5, 2014
The Buddha is beautify. Thanks for the informative post. Good luck with finding your mother a new clock.
By: Tom Cochrun on March 5, 2014
Wow, nothing like blowing your own trumpet when it comes to naming your country - I think I'll stick to calling it Bangkok. And as for your mother, your descriptions are so vivid and illustrative that I feel like I know her in person!
By: Bryan Jones on March 6, 2014
Maybe you could get your mom high on fermented cale and introduce her to Buddahism. May she would mellow a bit. ;)
By: Scott Park on March 6, 2014
There's a lot of mileage someone with a dirty mind could run with the fact that Bangkok has the world's longest name. But I'm a nice girl. Wink. Otherwise, I'm gawking at the polished golden Buddhas above. Thanks for sharing these impressive structures. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on March 6, 2014
What! You were away during our last snow? God but time flies. Anyway, I want me one of them there Emerald Buddhas, and am not a little disappointed that you haven't already arranged to have it shipped to me in order to atone for going off and leaving me alone in Oregon like you do every year.
By: Snowbrush on March 8, 2014
Boy that sounds just like my mother too. She and my Father are housebound and it appears that I'm the only one that they are asking to run errands. It's slowly driving me insane.
By: LL Cool Joe on March 9, 2014
Seems like Buddha & Jesus would probably like to hang out & bemoan what their followers have done in their names... Oh your mom - ha!
By: The Bug on March 17, 2014
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