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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 15 Apr 2018 10:39 pm     Reply with quote

Here in Saigon, Viet Nam the motorbike is the most popular form of transportation.
Good in the heavy traffic as well as in the narrow ally's where most of the people live.
My ally just off the street in the photos is so narrow that in places I can touch houses on both sides at the same time.

Okay, so I goes across my street here in Saigon to my bank to do some business.
Next to the bank is the shop where I bought my washing machine 6 years ago.
Seems they sold a refrigerator today and it was being delivered.
Only here in Saigon would they do it like this…

The driver is behind the bike “Securing the load", right!




I can’t even figure out what the black car was trying to do because there is no cross street or drive way there????


So now you may ask how I get my 60 pounds of pedal steel to gigs in this city.
Easy, Welded a trailer hitch onto a dolly and mounted a tow ball on my motorbike;


Nobody pays any attention to me because all this is quite normal here.
I'm not the only sinner here.
Under that pile of gourds at the stop light is a lady riding a 30 year old Honda Cub, 50cc motor.


And last but not least an old photo from the past during the war of a South Vietnamese soldier taking the family for a ride;


If you wonder how it all works here, have a laugh at these youtube videos of the Crazy Saigon traffic;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKLWZjBu2iQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4phFYiMGCIY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azxQx1tX-0o

If you all get a kick out of this I could add a bunch more crazy motorbike photos later? Laughing Rolling Eyes Laughing Shocked Laughing Whoa! Laughing
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Lee Baucum


From:
McAllen, Texas (Extreme South) The Final Frontier
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 4:16 am     Reply with quote

Andy - I love it when you give us a glimpse of your world.

Lee
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 4:46 am     Not McAllen Texas? Reply with quote

Lee Baucum wrote:
Andy - I love it when you give us a glimpse of your world.

Lee


What! Not like the traffic in McAllen, Texas? Laughing

And in case your wondering what came first, The Chicken? Or the Egg?
I can't remember... Embarassed Laughing Very Happy Maybe it was the ducks and turkey's depending on which way your going!



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Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 2:38 pm     Reply with quote

I could never live there.
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Ray Jenkins


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Gold Canyon Az. U.S.A.
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 2:53 pm     Reply with quote

Looks like to me they done went and outscrewed thierselves
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 3:22 pm     A fun place Reply with quote

Don R Brown wrote:
I could never live there.


Actually Don it's a fun place to live with a healthy music scene, but the traffic is kind of nutz when one reflects on it! Very Happy Laughing Very Happy
Rear View Mirror????

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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 5:28 pm     Reply with quote

Andy, they sure do not have a monopoly on nutz traffic, I'll give you that! A few nights ago we were driving home to NY from Iowa, and came through Chicago, or just south of it, at 20 minutes to midnight. The limit was 55, I was going 70 towing a trailer, and cars were going by me on both sides like I was in reverse, changing lanes like the last lap at Daytona. And I swear there were two semi trucks drag racing each other!
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Andy DePaule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 8:58 pm     Yes Crazy Reply with quote

Yes Crazy here but I'd need to include myself now.
After so many years here I've learnt to drive the same CrAzY way. Whoa! Laughing
Alway have to get back to normal driving when I'm back in the USA.

Sounds like they have some nutty traffic near Chicago too? Shocked Rolling Eyes
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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 16 Apr 2018 9:02 pm     Have a little Pork Reply with quote

Have a little Pork for dinner;


Or a big Pork;


But don't forget to eat your vegetables;


Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
Morrell 8 string lap steel.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Philippines
Post Posted 17 Apr 2018 2:03 am     Reply with quote

Hahaaaaaaa, Andy those are wild photos and I'm sure it all makes sense there.

Vietnam definitely has the Philippines beat in the acrobat style transpo scene.

I thought I'd seen everything.

The Mothers of Invention said Frank.

They did have the whole family including the toddlers on one bike scene but have just outlawed it with a height limit to ride on bikes as a passenger. No more little guys co-piloting.


All in the family.
Ringling Bros. look out!


Can you say "lumber," Jack?

Ok now show some Vietnamese food, stuffed squid with vermicelli and raisins.

Especially the French influenced dishes.

I used to go to a Vietnamese resto in San Diego owned by the 1968 Vietnam tennis champ.

I would walk out feeling "high."

Laughing
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 17 Apr 2018 2:35 am     Got us beat Reply with quote

You got us beat for the number of people on two wheels as well as how many logs you can get on a motorbike.

Maybe I can put up a fence;


Or a bunch of flowers? maybe;


How about a shark or hula hoops on a motorbike?


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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
Morrell 8 string lap steel.
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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 3:49 pm     Reply with quote

Bravo!
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Andy DePaule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 5:46 pm     Reply with quote

Godfrey Arthur wrote:
Ok now show some Vietnamese food, stuffed squid with vermicelli and raisins.
Especially the French influenced dishes.
I used to go to a Vietnamese resto in San Diego owned by the 1968 Vietnam tennis champ


Okay here goes... My sweet lady is quite the chef. In fact when we met she was the manager of a restaurant here in Saigon. Later managed a well known Japanese restaurant here.
So first may I present "The Chef"


For a couple of Vietnamese style dishes.
Curry chicken and vegies to be eaten with rice;


Next is a well known Vietnamese style beef stew called Bo Kho usually eaten with a baguette;


This is one of the ways they display fruit in the markets here. A carved water melon;


My lady likes to experiment with other styles so here is a pasta dish;


She also loves to put out a feast for friends.
Here is a bunch of styles from Vietnamese egg rolls to chicken cordon bleau, not sure I spelt that right?;


A light breakfast;


An afternoon snack;


And a pancake & fruit breakfast... Luck I'm still able to loose a little weight with her in my life;


And last a nice low carb dinner;


Working in so many restaurants has given her quite the eye for displaying food for service. Maybe it's because of this we eat at home a lot, but do go out now and then to nice restaurants here in town.
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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
Morrell 8 string lap steel.


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Godfrey Arthur


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Philippines
Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 7:31 pm     Reply with quote

Most excellent photos, the folks and the food.

The egg rolls get wrapped in the veggies and there's a sauce?

Mostaccioli and broccoli?


I'll be over.


Yes the way the food is plated and carved is 5 star!


Lucky man!


I could swear I see a crown.


Thank you Andy and your gracious lady,
The Chef for the huge effort!
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Andy DePaule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 8:22 pm     Reply with quote

Godfrey Arthur wrote:
Most excellent photos, the folks and the food.
The egg rolls get wrapped in the veggies and there's a sauce?
Mostaccioli and broccoli?
I'll be over.
Yes the way the food is plated and carved is 5 star!
Lucky man!
I could swear I see a crown.
Thank you Andy and your gracious lady,
The Chef for the huge effort!


Well Arther you'll just have to come over for a visit some time... I think it's just an hour and a half by jet plane? Some cheap deals available too.
The egg rolls are eaten by some with the fish sauce, Nuoc Mum, but I like them straight.
Yes that pasta dish also has bacon. You know what they say about life without bacon, but don't tell my rabbi. Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
Morrell 8 string lap steel.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Philippines
Post Posted 19 Apr 2018 3:11 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the invite Andy. Smile
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Andy DePaule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 2 May 2018 6:16 pm     Arizona traffic Reply with quote

Ray Jenkins wrote:
Looks like to me they done went and outscrewed thierselves


Hi Ray,
I was through Arizona last August... For sure the traffic was not quite so heavy there.
Had a great time one day at the Grand Canyon and took the helicopter ride out over the big hole! WoW, what a sight.
Best wishes,
Andy Very Happy
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Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners. Tone Monster.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
1950's Blankenship PSG Restoration Steel.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8, 4&2 Restoration Project.
Morrell 8 string lap steel.
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