What I Did Accomplish
During My Stay in Burma

Being right-brained, my mind wanders across a large spectrum of ideas and desires. While a vast majority of my wants were accomplished while in Burma/Myanmar, there were some that I didn’t achieve. One of the major unrealized goals was to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Lady. At this point in time, I am batting 0-2. I had tried to contact someone who could contact her so that my request would have been known. I have worked on this for over a half-dozen years without success.

Interestingly, Randy Pausch said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” I buy his observation and have followed Pausch’s statement. That isn’t merely a hollow claim. I can prove it. This link is the only means to a special index page on my website. Until now, it is only given to those that might be able to contact someone that could give Aung San Suu Kyi the link and my request for an interview. It contains articles, formal requests to the American ambassador in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, and U Htin Kyaw.

On my recent trip to Burma/Myanmar, I have wanted to talk with the generals who essentially run Myanmar. You laugh? Don’t. I’d jump on that opportunity.

When traveling, time is of the essence and one can’t accomplish all of his/her wishes and desires in a limited time span. On a personal level, I failed to do two things. The first was that I wanted to teach my three granddaughters in Burma how to make bananas flambé. I consider myself a world class chef…in a handful of menu items. Click on this link and watch the video.

The other failed attempt was not being able to tuck my two youngest granddaughters into bed. Part of my problem was that Fatty, who is six, is what we call a live wire. She moves around like firecrackers going off on the 4th of July. One evening, I asked her parents where Fatty was. One of them responded that she had crashed and was sound asleep. Apparently, even a live wire needs rest. However, I’ll have another opportunity in a couple of years.

Snow and Fatty are in the foreground with their puppets while Ti Ti with her puppet.

Interestingly, in the hotel that I was staying, I found this little card. Next to the nightstand. The card read, “As the day turns into night, keep your worries out of sight. Close your eyes and go to sleep. All the good times are yours to keep…. Sweetest dreams and good night.”

I memorized the saying hoping to tell Snow and Fatty.

Burma flag

Burmese independence flag

Visit the Burma Independence page to read more about this topic.