Friday, November 29, 2019

Good truthful article on Bali

One big traffic jam which thankfully, we don't live in, but near, and we're happy to stay near home where we can walk, and careful where we go and when if it involves wheels. - thanks Kat

Monday, November 25, 2019

How to Act Like a Bule

Sacha Stevenson keeps rolling out great videos about life in Indonesia. Bule means European type foreigner. It will be likely be automatically followed by others on a similar subject. Check her out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lumbung Damuh

We're in Buitan at Lumbang Damuh and the 17th is Kat's birthday. We'll be walking up into the mountain to some villages accessible by scooter only. Not that far away. So nice and cool here with the ocean breeze blowing through us. We're up a little and about fifty yards from the waves. Such a cool place. Lumbung is a shed to store rice in.  It's a small, cozy, funky place with thatch roofs, a communal kitchen, clay earth oven used for bread and pizza. This is the most hippie place we know of in Bali. Tanya runs it. She's Indonesian from Jakarta with Dutch father and German mothere, both of whom now live near here. They're cool too. He was a POW in WWII here, became house boy for the camp commander whom he says was a mean bad person. Locals came in and killed him as soon as the war was over. More stories. We're coming for his 90th birthday in a couple of months. We've stayed her a number of times. Only an hour and a half from our home in Sanur. Tanya just brought me two slices of warm bread fresh out of the oven - with butter and honey.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Spike Jones band and show

My father liked to watch the Spike Jones Show which ran in the fifties and into the sixties. and when I was maybe nine years old took me to a Spike Jones concert. Jones' show was whacky and the music was a sort of precurser to New Wave music. The whole Jones trip was very white but one can see black roots. In this video from skilled musicians there are weird sounds, goofy presentations, dancing like early break dancing, rapping. comedy. Mother would take my father to hear classical music. She said they were at a string quarter concert and he'd lean over and tell her, "They're playing the same song again." He also liked Crazy Otto. So here's Spike Jones with Tchaikovsky Medley

Friday, November 8, 2019

Gregory's Last Post

Gregory in front. Godfrey with the farmer hat - at his place in Tabanan.

Gregory has gone. Here's his last day's Bali post. He always fixes stuff when he visits or helps with some task - even if it's a big job. He's the guy you want to invite to come visit when you're getting ready to put on an addition to your place. In 1980 when I quit the host job at Greens (which I loved doing, but two years was enough), for two weeks he helped me start a little roofing company called Roofer Madness where I mainly repaired tar and gravel roofs with an acrylic. Maybe his month here could be considered partial payment for that because I treated him like slave labor. 

He has a lot of good stories and should put them on his new blog.  Bye Gregory.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Jatiluwih and other thrills

Gregory writes about his last venture out with me to Tabanan, land of rice fields - and to visit with a friend.

I'll miss his posts as his photos and videos are good and his descriptions are fresh. - dc

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Day in Ubud part III

This final Ubud post of Gregory's focuses on the Legong dance in Ubud. His iPhone 7 sure takes good photos. My old 5 does so-so but I don't take a lot of photos anyway. - dc

Saturday, November 2, 2019

More Gregory Chronicles

No need for me to post when Gregory's here doing it. Here's A Day in Ubud II.

That's dogette Bandi and her pal kuci in the courtyard just before we leave for Ubud.