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Saturday, March 25, 2006

OH Moped, what shall I name thee?

I bought a moped. It gets me from point A to point B, and it does so for pretty cheap. However, the back tire was just a little bit flat so I tried to pump it up. Apparently that was the straw that broke the camel's back. The tire went flat. What is it with me and vehicles? I have the worst luck ever. I have the luck of a possum roadkill. I have the 'sadim' touch. Whatever vehicle I buy it instantly turns to a lemon. You can't even blame it on bad driving habits, I just picked up the bike today!!!
Remember running down the street in Bangkok right before my flight left for Canada in order to get one more gasp of warm humid air and one more bag of khao niew kaap moo to eat while waiting for the plane? Remember the feeling of knowing that it would be the last time this year that I could soak in a small piece of Asian ambiance before concedeing to the Canadian cold? Remember with sadness the last bit of sweat on my back as I in jeans and closed shoes for the first time in 2 months, raced down the road from the talad to the next fai-tang in order to procure the precious rice and pork I saught? I do... I remember it. Man, what I wouldn't give to go back and live that moment over.
Now I live in Canada with two hoodies and a touque, an empty wallet and a broken moped.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Can't think of a creative title

Uhm, I guess I need to get a job...
I... I have nothing else to say. I have done NOTHING since I got home. It's been awesome, but it doesn't make for very interesting blog posts. Sorry.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


My country: a stupid type of cold. Where's the warm March breeze? I want my Sriracha back!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

One final word from Thailand...

Yeah, I guess this is it. I probably won't bother to take time to post again before I come home. Not cause I'm lazy, just cause I come home so soon, and probably won't have time before then. Sad to say, I'm not ready to go home. I guess this was inevitable and we all saw it coming. Whatever, it happens like that sometimes. My only consolation comes from knowing I will return here soon. Dunno how soon, don't really care, as long as it's soon and not longer.
Uhm, yeah, I am thinking about staying in a hotel tonight as I haven't slept in the last two nights. Perhaps a good sleep is in order. But on the other hand, I don't have a lot of money, so maybe not. Whatever, that will sort itself out.
Soon I will be going to Bang Saen to attend the church of some friends, those being Ricky and Karen Sanchez, and perhaps see some people from MEI there as well. I read the list, and I think some of the kids I coach are on the MEI missions trip team that will be in Bang Saen, so they will be cool to see and visit with.
Uhm... not much else to say. Perhaps I'll go get some food now before getting on a bus or song-taew or whatever mode of transportation I choose to get me to Bang Saen. This place rules... wherever you wanna go, you just go, get on a bus or song taew or motosai or tuk tuk or taxi or train or even plane cause domestic flights are cheap like borscht... yeah. Uhm, anyways, I'm off.
See you in Canada.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Obligatory post

Hey. Not much to say. I have spent the week in Sriracha. Haven't really done anything, but haven't at all been bored. Wierd. I've just been chilling. It's kinda great. I go out for coffee in the morning and I write or read, then I go for a walk, then I write and read more, or visit with Thai people I meet, and then eat, then more of the same in the afternoon, then eat again, then in the evenings maybe go to the night market or just hang out with friends. It's a pretty great thing. Uhm, so I have no great story to tell, 'scept maybe last night I was reminded that if I'm walking out of the city at night I need to carry a rock for angry stray dogs that want to eat me for supper. I didn't have a rock, but an old lady near-by did, and she came to my rescue with a strike to the ribcage of the poor hungry beast. So there I was, on a dark overgrown section of street out of the city of Sriracha being saved from hungry dogs by an elderly Thai woman. I continued walking to my friends place, and on the way back was sure to take a different route, and carry a nice sized throwing rock. I'm bite free, and still kicking, (kicking dogs, that is...).

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The bus driver has a death-wish... for us all...

I made it though.
I'm back home in Sriracha, here to sit and think and consider my time down south. It was a little bit rough (the ride home), but I made it, and I guess I'm up to 32 hours of no sleep. Rock'n'roll. I'mma go get a coffee from 'EA Sriracha', and then gremm-out with some motosai taxi guys, maybe 'len' a bit of chess... take them to town.
So yeah, until my next post, do take care... more than I did on that bus ride... and I'll see you in an ever decreasing amount of time.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in Krung Thep

I went to check my email after work today. Now it’s like a 5 minute motorcycle drive away, but since I had no motosai I got dropped off there after work. On my way home I was walking down the gravel road from the city to the village when I was passed by my friend Nok, who lives about 5 houses down from me in the village. He had his whole family with him on the bike (his wife and two children), and they all waved and said hello as they passed. I waved and smiled sincerely, I really like those people. About five minutes later, Nok rounded the corner ahead of me and turned around to give me a ride home. These people would give you the shirt off their back if they were asked to, and in some cases, they don’t own much more than that. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in Bangkok. I love the village.

Farewell to Mio, Greetings to Wave

Well, I had to give up Mio the Wonder-Bike, but it's ok cause Wave, Mio's replacement is much bigger, more powerful, and has gears for me to shift and so it's a lot more fun to drive. Uhm, besides that, we put a roof on the house today. Don't have walls or doors or anything else (not actually completely finished shovelling sand either, but to tell the truth, I'm keeping my mouth shut about that. I'm a little over the whole shovelling sand thing.
I have 3 days left in Pru Teaw, and then I'm off to Sriracha, and from there I dunno. Originally I was gonna go to Chiang Mai, and I might still do that, but maybe I'll stay in Sriracha, and save myself a painful and expensive long train ride, or maybe I'll go to Cambodia if Joel wants to take me along. That would be cool. Basically, I won't know until I arrive in Sriracha what will happen, so maybe expect an update on Monday... or maybe not.
Uhm, so yeah, not much else to say.
I'm tired, hot, and stink like roofing tiles and sand, so I think I'll go home and have a freezing cold shower.