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Loi Loi Krathong


Spent the early part of the day at Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont, arriving just as my ex-boss and his family were getting out of their car. It was very good to see him again. I asked about the other guy who had been laid off when I was, and apparently he has decided to bake Italian bread for a living. Talk about disillusioned with high tech...

A Wat is a Thai temple, and this weekend they are celebrating Loi Krathong, where they make pretty floating things which look like opened lotus blossoms with a candle in the middle, and float them. In Thailand that'll be done in a river or at the ocean, but here it's in a small pool mostly built for that purpose. In the Berkeley Wat, it's done in a small fountain, which doesn't really hack it.

In addition to the floating ceremony, they also gave food to the monks, and did some ceremonial hair cutting, something I had never seen before. And two women gave short classical dance recitals. I think there will be a bigger celebration tomorrow. I may go, there is a lot of food I didn't get a chance to try.

Some pix behind the cut, and at my flickr pages.















This evening I saw the IMAX version of Where The Wild Things Are, and it did nothing for me. Superb technical production except for the over-use of hand-held camera running through the forest, but the main character needed therapy and serious medication, and I'm sorry, but in my fantasy worlds monsters shouldn't sound like sitcom actors. The boy who plays the lead did an amazing job, but it required more physical than mental acumen. There was way too much violence, with an ending which sends the message that the answer to Rodney King's famous question is a resounding "no!".
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