Flying to Thailand
Sixty is a major birthday and we perhaps only live once, maybe not, but I'm in this life so I feel that I need to make the most of it.
I looked at my decades of life:
Life is about living and the
standard procedures for life are often contrary to human
My third decade was once again
subject to rashness... I had tried to work at a factory
in a regular job, and several times I'd quit to do my own
Late in my thirties
I became disenchanted.
The fifth decade
was spent in BC wondering what I should do. Canada had
This sixth decade
has been touch and go with some good earning
So sixty, and I
made a rash decision to come back to Chiang Mai where I
I see Canada as a
place where I work...
I no longer buy into the 'standard of living' BS, it's not important what I own and earn, it's more important that I live my life meeting interesting people and learning.
Life's journey is
largely mapped out, we live in a life cycle where
opportunities and risks exist.
I resisted flying
instruction, I tried the 'proper job' route, but
inevitably I ended up doing what I do.
Maturity is coming
to a realisation of ones' path and 'gifted' abilities in
I am content enough.
Flying on one's 60th birthday
The Super Cub, ready to go
It is an SOP for
every pilot to go flying on one's birthday.
So for my second rash act of 2014 I decided to come back and spend it in Chiang Mai.
I flew on Cathay
Pacific CX837 to Hong Kong and spent a night there.
I leave stuff here
such as a kettle, a rice cooker (to make my morning
oatmeal-porridge), cups and plates, and some bedding.
Thursday evening I went out for dinner
and to see familiar faces...
Jeff was correct, the food at one of my favourite places was not as good as it used to be. As usual the really good cook had left for greener pastures and so the standard had dropped.
I am very familiar with this problem.
I went to John's Place and recognised no-one.
I walked down Loi Khro Road and was accosted four times on the way by prostitutes... They must be desperate!
I went to Anusarn Market, and saw some familiar faces at last.
When I am bothered, I walk, and walk, and walk. I walk for miles. I was bothered, and so I walked home. It takes an hour.
walk made it easy for me to sleep the night.
morning I waited for a sorng taew but none came along...
Perhaps it's a sign of the times that the blue sorng
taews no longer pass this way as often.
We went to
Pop Rent and picked up a motorcycle... I got on, it is so
familiar now, selected first gear and rode off to get
petrol and then ride home.
for lunch at the little place in the village; kao pad.
Takeoff was at 14:38 local
time (07:38 GMT).
I was cleared to go to Doi Saket, and then to Mae Rim.
I asked for a low approach and go around 18 at Chiang Mai Airport and this was approved.
Landing was at 15:23 at Nok...
Then I forgot one important detail, to phone Chiang Mai Tower with my landing time... Mike had the call from the tower, and reminded me of this in the evening.
Mai bpen rai, I should be allowed to forget something.
It was a nice clear day
In spite of what you read
and see in the media Thailand is still a very nice place to
visit. It is safe, though I was a little annoyed at the
prostitutes on Loi Khro Road, even though this street is known
Flying here is still possible, and ATC were very good yesterday.
My licence is valid until December and I wonder how easy it will be to renew it again... We'll see.
I am told it is business as usual at the DCA.
in Chiang Mai
Today's lesson was straight and level at various airspeeds, PAT.
It goes without
saying that one must be careful when riding a motorcycle.
Last day of June I
took a ride down the tree lined Chiang Mai -Lamphun
There was a
'longan' festival in Lamphun with many stalls selling
this fruit and
Some signs you see
are not politically correct, but then this idea hasn't
I was asked if I'd
take Kates' mum for a ride if I happened to be going
This is a funeral
pyre where a monk was to be cremated. His coffin is
We drove along the
Samoeng Road  and up a side street looking for a
place to eat.
I took Thai Airways
down to Suvarnabhumi and the bus to Jomtien where
I went flying with
Paul in his Allegro, we did some steep turns and stalls,
I've never seen
the air so clear.
I caught the bus
Sunday morning back to Suvarnabhumi where I purchased
On Saturday I flew
with Paul to practice forced landings from overhead the
I am an observer of life, and
largely this is going to be true for many of us as social
interaction is being destroyed by the Smart Phone.
The other woman had a
very nice smile, clearly didn't have an attitude problem,
but did have a phone bubble.
I finished my salad,
and then ordered a lemon meringue which was delicious.
I had taken a blue
Sorng Taew to Tapae Road and had then walked to the Blue
I had the pickup truck overnight and drove to Ban
Thi Nok in the morning... 19 kilomtres with three traffic
lights. It's an easy run.
We went for a bimble
around the local area and returned to land in a little
bit of drizzle.
Four days later I flew
with Mark in his Maule amphib from Pitt Meadows.
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