For all that you never wanted to know about April Fools’ or as it is also called All Fools’ Day just go to Wikipedia. There you will find that April Fools’ or All Fools’ Day dates back to 1392.
Spring is here! Long live Spring! .. The temperatures are warming. Or so our local weather information sources have been telling us.
We have indeed enjoyed a fair number of days in the 10C / 50F temperature range.
April Fools’ Day Joke!
Today .. April 1st .. The temperature never got above .. 0 Degrees Celsius or 32 Degrees Farheinheit ..
I about ‘froze’ when I went out about 5:30pm this evening sadly ill prepared for what happened to me! ..
And it actually snowed enough so that some snow stayed on the ground overnight!
Now it is Saturday morning April 2nd the day-after our April Fools’ Day’s evening snow blizzard. Our Saturday morning has dawned chilly with the temperature a ‘brisk’ – 10C / 14F.
“Yes! I will agree with you that there is not a whole lot of snow on the ground here in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia in the following three photos. Yes! I will agree with you that -10C / 14F is not all-that-cold. BUT for April 2nd where ever you may be I ask: Do YOU have any snow on the ground? For me this qualifies last night’s experience as a legitimate .. April Fools’ Day Joke!“
In hindsight our unusual Spring day along with it being April Fools’ Day explains to me that my mind itself was also playing an April Fools’ Day joke upon me.
Did I just write that .. “My mind itself was playing an April Fools’ Day joke upon me?”
Think about THAT if you will. “Am I two entities? .. My mind and myself?” .. Eckhart Toole!
OK we are .. time-wise .. back to Friday April the 1st.
I just had .. To say the least .. A most unusual conversation in my mind this evening. I was on a bus that was so crowded that .. in spite of the fact that I had a window seat and I was intently watching where we were .. I was shocked when I went flying past my stop and ended up at the-end-of-the-line. Of course I KNEW immediately that I had by-passed my stop the instant I saw the surrounding Ulaanbaatar cityscape out of the window. I chose to just ride to the end-of-the-line and return just-to-see where the ч-40 route ended up.
Oh My Oh My ..
April Fools’ Day Joke on you Captain ..
When we got to the-end-of-the-line my ч-40 bus went out-of-service. Nothing I could say or do would convince the driver and conductor to let me ride back to another bus stop. NO! I had to de-board and then I had to stand in the dark .. In the wind .. With the snow blowing horizontally past me .. Caught in a real blizzard .. Standing out in the middle-of-nowhere let-me-tell-you for about fifteen (15) very long minutes. Luckily there were two other souls .. A young woman and a young man not a couple .. Standing around shivering with me. Misery loves company and their being there with me really helped me mentally.
Back now to the above mentioned unusual conversation. It was between myself and of-all-things my web site here!
“Dad I am feeling sad today.” Dot.Net ..
“WHAT on earth is this? Dot.Net I had no idea whatsoever that a web site such as you have feelings!” .. “How on earth can this be?”
“Well I do have feelings Dad. It seems to me that Blogspot gets to show off all of the beautiful scenic photos and I don’t.”
“I imagine that Blogspot will point out to me that you Dot.Net published twenty six (26) Posts during the thirty one (31) days of March and Blogspot only got to publish three (3). Further more Dot.Net you have published about seventy (70) more posts than Blogspot.”
“Come on Dad. Just for today to celebrate April Fools’ Day let me show off some of the beautiful sights of Ulaanbaatar. How about it Dad?”
“Sure! Why not!”
Is THIS ..my showing you many (but not all-of-them) photos that you may have already seen on Blogspot MY April Fools’ Day Joke ON YOU!
I myself the one who took them cannot remember all of them. As I posted them I enjoyed seeing them myself. So maybe .. Just maybe .. you will also enjoy a little ‘Blast-From-The-Recent-Past’.
And this is what started this adventure.
I was out today walking around the heart of downtown Ulaanbaatar and because of the stunning beauty that I was surrounded by I just snapped some totally random photographs. This obviously is what prompted the above conversation within my mind.
Need I say anything at all? I myself am stunned by the first three photos below that I snapped today April 1st 2016.
“Oh Dad! Thank You so much Dad!” .. / signed / .. Your Dot.Net web site ..
“That’s it Dot.Net? You are happy and satisfied with me putting up only the above three photos Dot.Net?”
“I am Dad!”
“Well Dot.Net you are really going to get your wish here. Dot.Net we are going to take-it-to-the-limit. The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower is easily my most important building in all of Ulaanbaatar. Plain and simple I really love and enjoy being inside of it and around it.”
Let’s now cross Peace Avenue and take a look at Chinggis Khaan Square located directly across the street from the Blue Sky Hotel and Tower.
We will walk directly straight ahead (due North) in the below photos. The below monument honors General Sukhbaatar. For many years Chinggis Khaan Square was called Sukhbaatar Square!Below are close-up photos of the monument.
Below I am going to show you a few photos of the Ulaanbaatar Opera House. Not that I am-into-Opera. No! It happens that the Opera House is where I go to meet members of the fellowship who will then drive me to meetings that I could not possibly find on-my-own. So the Opera House is special to me and it is also beautiful.
The below series of photos really locate the Opera House with reference to Chinggis Khaan Square.
I stand on the curb between the two lions above and wait for my ride to a meeting.
Beauty is in the eyes-of-the-beholder. I find my Post Office corner building beautiful. Chinggis Khann Square is off to the right.
How about the beauty of the Zaisan Memorial commemorating the cooperation between Mongolia and Russia to defeat the Japanese Kwantung Army at Khalhkin Gol on the Mongolian border in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII. I wasn’t there in 1939 but I get goose-bumps when I visit the Zaisan Memorial.
The View? IF you don’t have a heart attack and die-on-the-way up ..
This may seem a tad ‘mundane’ to some of you but because it is an important building to me I like the Mongolian Airlines Building and find it quite attractive.
“Mongolia Immigration! I Thank You for allowing me the great pleasure of visiting your amazing country.”
Well? There are so many more photos but ..
That-is-that says Baba Kaps and Dot.Net.
“Are you happy Dot.Net?” ..
“Oh Dad I am numb with happiness and with joy for allowing me .. This one time .. To show all of our followers the beauty that abounds here in Ulaanbaatar.”
/signing off/ .. Dot.Net ..
“Dad how do I press Publish on myself?”
In an ocean, ‘way out yonder
(As all sapient people know),
Is the land of Wonder-Wander,
Whither children love to go;
It’s their playing, romping, swinging,
That give great joy to me
While the Dinkey-Bird goes singing
In the amfalula tree!
- MAR 31, 16 .. ALL GOOD .. ALL FUN
- APR 6, 16 .. THE BLUE SKY HOTEL AND TOWER .. COFFEE SHOP