Sunday, December 18, 2011

2011 / 2554 Remembered

When combined, 2010 and 2011 were just really GREAT years for my immediate family. Here are a few images I consider my "best of":

Das, final year as Santa Barbara City Councilman, 2010

Das won election to the California State Assembly right after Senyo and Diana were married, Fall 2010:

When Das was sworn in, Thip and I visited with my cousin Barry and his wife Joyce:

Meanwhile, Kulthida (Ray) was attending college in Bangkok:

When the new year rolled around, Das and Jonnie got hitched:

My adopted parents continued on in great form and my sister Ann was even caught in a classic shot with Dad (retired Methodist minister E.S. Gault):

Unfortunately, mid-year, Thip's parents both took a turn for the worse, necessitating her returning to Thailand to help take care of them. At the same time, she was able to move into our "new" home in The Village:

Das ended his first year as a State Assemblyman with many wins. The best one was getting his Old Man Malc out surfing on a regular basis!

Das fighting "The Privatization Beast" in defense of Public Libraries

As the year ended, I retired from the University of California and had time to contemplate my year and a half as a hardcore multi-player Gamer... It's been so much fun!

And now I am making preparations for leaving my home of 15 years to move in with Das and Jonnie in their home in Santa Barbara... and spend the majority of my time in Thailand with Thip.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL! We hope this year has been as good for you as it has been for us ... and that this next year is even better!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Our Home Blessed

October 27, 2011 was recognized by all monks as a special time to move in to a new home. Many Thai people made moves on this day. We were one:

Ajan Boon Long, Thip's cousin and the son of the man who originally built our house (Lungta Wah, R.I.P.). He is our family monk, in Bann Noen Soong Pleui, Isaan, Thailand.

Khun Paw (on right), Thip's father, in upstairs ceremony.

Village Monks.

Thip was so excited to have Ajan Boon Long and the village monks do our home blessing!

So happy I can make my wife so happy...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Khun Paw Takes a Shower

Thip's father, Nah, took advantage of a summertime rain during the Monsoon Season in Northeast Thailand (The Isaan) in front of the family house in Nong Soong Pleui:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Das and Jonnie Elope!

It was another momentous moment for our families... Das and Jonnie tied the knot, "got hitched," 22 January 2011: