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November, 2017:

Another city,…

…another Awesome Chair Of Awesomeness.

–in the Intercontinental Hanoi.

Didn’t have.

You aren’t fooling anyone, you know…

A coffee shop in the small village of Sapa.

Apparently, “Starbucks” is a generic word now, like xerox and kleenex.

Helmet Hair? No!

Vietnam has a helmet law for motorcycle riders. And some genius has developed a solution to helmet hair: An accommodation for pony tails.

If you’re within earshot of my sister,…

…plug your ears. Loud remonstrations will commence in 3…2…1…

Selling meat al fresco in Hanoi. Reason #486 why KJW will never visit me in Vietnam.

Thanks for the clarification.

On a random street in Hanoi.

I swear to God this is not a joke

I’ve received many WTF things in the mail before, but I usually have to open the envelope before I know that it’s WTF.

When they put the WTF right on the front of the envelope, I’m afraid to open it, for fear of what’s inside.

Surrendering dragon surrenders

Sandstond sculpture on display in the Chăm Museum in Danang.

Want a screen protector? Go to Asia.

The last time I bought a screen protector in a cell phone store in the U.S., I think that it cost $17, plus I had to apply it myself. Approximately 17 air bubbles and an equal number of contributions to the swear jar later, I finally got the damn thing on.

Then I went to a cell phone shop in Asia. Oh, my. What a difference.

This morning I popped into a local cell phone store, and asked them to replace the screen protector on my phone. The nice young lady at the service counter pealed off the old film, used a cleaning solution to clean the front and back of my phone and my cell phone case, expertly put on the new protector (with absolutely no air bubbles), and handed it back to me.

The cost: 50,000 Vietnamese dong, about $2.20. Plus it comes with a three month guarantee. They will replace it for free if it gets scratched.

Fire-Breathing Dragon

A big bridge in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam is decorated to look like a dragon:

Here’s what the head looks like:

And if you have a dragon, then it should breathe fire, right? Right?!

Right.

Every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00pm, the dragon breathes fire. Fake dragon, real fire:

It also squirts water, but we didn’t get close enough to see that. Maybe next week.

Or maybe not.