“You Can Pretty Much Do Anything In A Margarita Pool”

The first two episodes of The Last Man on Earth made for excellent, hilarious hurray-first-Monday-of-the-semester-is-over watching.

Will Forte is good.  Kristen Schaal is fantastic.

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Like A Baws

I used my ninja teacher skills to turn off the heater in the back of the class and crank up the one in front thus, all Dickens-like, herding my students towards me instead of taking time to ask the usual seven knuckleheads in back (all male, always) to move forward and sparing us all their bullshit groans of discontentment.

I mean c’mon, that’s some Kanye-level Jedi shit right there.

And it’s only lunch time.

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Idjits

No one could have predicted:

“Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the ‘constitutional sheriff’ movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care.

‘Because they are self-employed, they have no medical insurance and are in desperate need of our assistance,’ reads a note on Mack’s personal website.”

It’s been clear from January 2009 that Republicans hate Obama more than they love America.  As the joke goes, if Obama cured cancer they’d advocate mandatory cigarette smoking.

But just how far down the rabbit hole do you have to be to hate Obama more than you love your family, i.e.,  taking the very accessible, highly prudent steps to provide health insurance for you and your spouse, and by extension, financial stability for your very young children in case of a medical crisis?

But hey, if everybody who suffered a heart attack or cancer would just man-up and sit next to the freeway entrance with a tin cup all of our problems would be solved due to the Randian grace of the benevolent free market.

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Chiang Mai Pics!

Chiang Mai: Old City

Chiang Mai: Wat Chedi Luang

Chiang Mai: Somphet Market

Chiang Mai: More Temples!

Chiang Mai: Random Pics

Chiang Mai: Durian Ice Cream Party!

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Chiang Mai: Random Pics

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An actual parade was the absolute last thing I expected to encounter in sleepy Chiang Mai, but there you go.

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Chiang Mai: More Temples!

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Wat Duang Dee

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Wat Pan Tao

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Wat Prasingh

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Chiang Mai: Somphet Market

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Located in the northeast corner of the Old City, Somphet Market caters to locals and visitors alike.  From fresh fruit to fried fish to rubber sandals and various candies, they’ve got everybody covered.

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Chiang Mai: Wat Chedi Luang

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The Old City of Chiang Mai is positively chock-a-bock with temples — old, new, tiny, humongous, etc.  The most impressive complex is pretty much at the heart of the Old City, and known as Wat Chedi Luang.

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It would take some true dedication to visit every single temple in the Old City, but this one can’t be missed.  Which is convenient, because it’s also hard to miss.

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Chiang Mai: Old City

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A quick look at a map tells you most of what you need to know about Chiang Mai.  The “Old City” is nestled in the heart of a mid-sized major city, surrounded by an actual moat and crumbling remains of a former wall.

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And as you’d expect, it’s much sleepier and laid back once you get inside after a walk or furious tuk-tuk ride.

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And hell, maybe you’ll even stumble upon the most un-Chiang Mai of things, an actual organized parade.

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You don’t really “need” a plan for old Chiang Mai beyond wake up, find coffee, and explore.

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Chiang Mai: Durian Ice Cream

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Behold: the ice cream version of Asia’s notoriously stinky fruit, durian!

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I can’t be the only foreigner who somehow thought that I, the chosen one, would be the first outsider to truly appreciate the subtle complexities of this “divisive fruit.”  And hey, it’s in ice cream form so what could possibly go wrong?

079But alas, this stuff is truly vile on every level.  The closest analogy for the flavor would be “rotten dismembered foot still in sneaker.”

I got through about one third of this modest portion before the flavor started to fully “blossom” and I had to chuck it.

Sorry durian, but even though I’ve been known to chow down on grilled pig intestines about once a month, and I’ve also imbibed the occasional cricket, your odorous charms are just too much for me.

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