After years of alternating between its Fort Lauderdale and Bangkok offices, THOCBDC kept gradually forcing its thumb down on the Bangkok side of the scale. It's now official: Bangkok's Athenee Residence has become the permanent home.
Latest update (February 29, 2016): That's All!
On January 21 in bygone years:
- In 1997, the weather at Château d'Oex improved a bit and our ballooning resumed. We had a spectacular flight ... although for a while we thought we had lost the people in our other balloon. As it turned out, they had to abandon their craft after landing it in an inaccessible place. They then hiked and slid down to the valley, leaving the balloon itself to be rescued the following morning. For dinner: Pizza at Les Moulins!
- In 1998, another windy day prevented flying. So we watched Fawlty Towers tapes at the Ermitage and had pizza (for lunch this time) at Les Moulins ... then we briefly visited the Castle at Les Gruyeres. In the evening, we visited the bar in the Hotel de Ville, up the hill near the train station.
- In 1999, Alf landed in Paris and checked into the Richemond.
- In 2000, our group assembled at the Hotel d'Angleterre in Geneva, whence we headed up the hill to Château d'Oex. Ah, once again we were able to savor the fabulous offerings from the menu of the Hotel Ermitage!
- In 2001, we flew a little higher than we had planned to fly at Château d'Oex.
- In 2002, Pauline's final balloon flight was followed by various activities that filled up all the time when a journal might otherwise have been written!
- In 2003, Alf found some corkscrews.
- In 2004, Chinese New Year unofficially began.
- In 2005, we observed workers without OSHA.
- In 2006, it was once again that time.
- In 2007, the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand held a grand opening for its new club house.
- In 2008, there were 9 monks and 75 ordinaries at the tamboon in Ayutthaya.
- In 2009, the Obama administration was underway.
- In 2011, it was time, once again, for American Idol.
- In 2012, there were familiar places on the route back to the condo.
- In 2013, was it possible to have too many e-readers?
- In 2014, Thailand declared a state of emergency.
- In 2015: new news.li>In 2016, there was a new restaurant on the way.
From our archives ...
Over the years, corkscrew-balloon.com has visited The Medieval Torture Museum in San Gimignano, Italy, several times. Links to various travel journals and photos from those visits can be found in our miscellaneous pages.
Due to popular demand, we added a whole new section featuring this Tuscan institution! Included are illustrations and descriptions of several devices on display at the museum. Those who are interested in this field of endeavor will definitely want to take a virtual tour through these pages.
There are now four Corkscrew Balloons! You can see the development of this new balloon though the photo shoot with balloon model Jan and Sian's subsequent masterful design work ... as all is revealed in Alf's February 2002 Journal, in Part III and Part IV. Also available: construction photos and pix of the balloon's first inflation.
Cleverly disguised under the cover of RUDIMENTARY ECONOMICS is hidden a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the late 1800s. 1885 to be exact. The first clipping apparently is from April, the last from January 26, 1886. A few are out of chronological order.
It is a scrapbook of sadness, gore, tragedy, woe, wasted lives, bloodlettings, shootings, live burials and fatal fogs. Little things that will make your own life a little peppier ... perhaps, perhaps not.
Part I of my "re-clippings" includes seventy-three stories I clipped in June and July of 2001; Part II contains several additional entries from August.
See also The Latin Reader ... another textbook pasted over with gory news stories from long ago.
Hundreds of photos created by Annie Erickson are available throughout this corkscrew-balloon site. A few select ones are presented at anniephotos.com. Anyone who is missing Thailand might want to review a portfolio of digital photos Annie shot in Bangkok a few years ago.
You might also want to check out Annie's North Korea portfolio.
The Annual General Meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts for 2003 took place in Roanoke, Virginia.
(Since September 2, 2009)
The Athenee Residence is the new Asian Headquarters for The House of Corkscrew-Balloon Dot Com. As the building went from breaking ground to final touches, we monitored its construction progress and provided updates.
The old journals become more fun to revisit with each passing year, as we look back on them with some perspective. Years from now, these will be the primary resources of historians.
We recently took a look back at 2007. There are lots of travels, lots of dinners, trips back and forth between Bangkok and Fort Lauderdale ... and more.
And you can revisit the following years, too. We invite you to live in the past!
Or ... take a look at a travel journal, from sometime in the past several years, that we've selected just for you:
Your random journal was written by Alf, and it's ... Shanghai, October 1999!
In the summer of 2003, Alf and Watcharee, along with Pom and Golf, went to Hong Kong to do some shopping for Screwless Tuskers apparel.
During the first few weeks of May 2002, Alf and Paul counted down the days leading up to the Northern European Ballooning and Zeppelining Adventure. First, logging in from Thailand, Alf created another Bangkok Journal. Then, on May 17, Alf passed the journal pen to Paul in the United States, for a short Silverdale Journal.
The amazing Northern European Ballooning and Zeppelining Adventure included visits to Berlin, Sweden, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg! Paul's Journal tells the story, with selections from two thousand digital photos snapped during the trip. There was so much to report, updates are still being added to this day.
Most recent addition: entries for June 10 and 11, including Alf's sudden change in plans.
After Russia: Alf's Journal covers the spontaneous post-Russia trip to France for a week of ballooning, and it concludes with an Air France flight to Bangkok, and dinner back home at the Oriental Hotel.
The Screwy Tuskers elephant polo team competed in numerous World Cup matches over the years. In 2003, the world of competitive elephant polo saw the introduction of a "sister" team, the Screwless Tuskers.
Details of both teams' exciting matches, along with their tasteful fashions, can be found at our main polo page.
Join The House of Corkscrew Balloon as it presents a rare glimpse into Thailand's Corrections Museum ... one of the least-visited tourist attractions in Bangkok.