In early December I was all set to post an image of a painting by Sir John Raeburn for my Sunday Painting feature when I was over browsing at the great design blog, ArchitectDesign. While I was there I noticed that another blogger on AD’s blogroll, The Corinthian Column, had already posted that very same image. Thinking this was quite the coincidence I commented as such to the Corinthian Column. As I was doing that I noticed that he lived in Bangkok, which was another big coincidence since we were going to be in Bangkok 20 days later. Well, this led to that and next thing you knew we were graciously invited to meet The Corinthian Column while we were in town.
JANUARY 4, 2010: So on our first evening in Bangkok my husband and I went to meet CC and his delightful partner at their lovely and spacious flat. British and a Japanese ex-pats respectively, they have retired from the world of finance and settled in Bangkok. Their flat is on the 33rd floor overlooking the city and is a treasure trove of beautiful furniture (some of CC’s own design), wonderful art, and fascinating objet d’art. After a few leisurely drinks for the other three (being abstemious for the moment, I drank only ice water) they took us to their favorite local for Thai food in the gay part of town. I was a little too jet lagged to notice much gay but I did enjoy the food and company.
This was my first time meeting a blogger who also happened to be a stranger. Thankfully none of the four of us ended up kidnapped or chopped into pieces and we got the inside scoop on what to check out while we were in Bangkok. We had a great time.
I thought it fitting that I get my picture taken with the eponymous Corinthian column candlesticks. It is a terrible picture of me, but I am letting it past my internal censors for the sake of documenting the event.
It was a great pleasure meeting you both, and thank you for the kind remarks about the flat, for paying for dinner, and for bringing a gift too in form of the fascinating book “Skyscraper” by your friend Benjamin Flowers, which I'm enjoying. I will write to you separately about that, as I want to tap his knowledge on Romania, (which he informs was where he lived in his youth).
Columnist: Believe it or not, Professor Benjamin Flowers goes by “Benjy”. Part of his quirky charm.
i'm glad i was somewhat involved in the meeting of 2 great minds! haha
I think meeting the person behind the blog is sometimes the most fun part! You feel like old friends by first meeting!
You were more than somewhat involved. You were the pivotal first degree of separation.