Die frenchie die

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Flag of Thailand  , Phangnga,
Friday, February 6, 2009

So I never mentioned that Khao Lak, my current place of employment and residence, was tsunami central when the big wave hit.  most of the deaths that occured in Thailand happened within a 10 mile radius of where i live now which is a bit creepy.  if you drive down some of the older roads near the beach you see these old abandoned shells of building that used to be businesses and guesthouses before they were all just washed away one morning.  the most striking reminder of that morning is a 100 foot police boat that was washed 2 kilometers inland and is still sitting in an open field.  apparently it came to rest in the trees but the trees snapped a year or two ago so now its just laying on the ground...the thais left it there as a sort of memorial.

the diving is starting to slow down once again which sucks.  between the global economy and the thai's innate ability to shoot themselves in the foot, the season here has been pretty hit or miss.  a funny story for you though....i was out on the boat for a 3 day trip last week and i had a group of 4 divers for those 3 days.  2 were an absolutely lovely aussie couple, one was a lone german 20 something and the 4th was a fucking nightmare.  the guy was mid to late 40's and french which isnt a sure sign of trouble but a good indicator.  there were two problems....the first was that he was a horrible diver...had no control over his bouyoncy, his air consumption sucked and he had no regard for other divers.  the second problem was that he just bought a new underwater camera and had no idea how to use it but was going to die trying.  long story short.....after the second dive i took him aside and very politely asked him to be more careful while taking pictures because he was crashing into the corals and not paying attention to what he was doing.  he apologized and agreed to be more responsible.  after the 4th dive i had to have a little pow wow with the trip leader (sort of boss of the boat) and we approched frenchie and told him that due to his dangerous behavior towards himself and other divers, he was not allowed to take his camera with him underwater.  he was more then welcome to go back to the mainland and get a refund but he was just too dangerous.  it took awhile for him to agree but in the end he did but as we were jumping into the water for our next dive he actually threw a temper tantrum.  have you ever seen a man in his mid 40's splashing in the water screaming "its my camera, i will go diving with my camera, give me my fucking camera!" (please add french accent).  well it was his property and he is a grown man so i swam over to him with his camera and told him that i was now refusing to take him diving and i was in no way responsible for his well being, please stay away from my other divers and do not create an unsafe environment for them while you are killing yourself....now fuck off.  this may sound a bit harsh i suppose but what you need to understand is that some of the things he was doing were truly dangerous and i did everything in my power to try and steer him in the other direction and when that didnt work, i washed my hands of him.  now he survived so dont fret but god only knows how much damage he did to the corals while trying to take his 100th photo of  nemo.

on the great news front, i got tickets to 4/5 of the phish concerts that i was trying for this summer.  i havent been to a live show since they broke up in '04 so i'm pretty excited to get up to alpine valley for a few nights this summer.  by the way, if anyone has some connections with the fox theater in st. louis, can you call in a favor for me?  i cant afford the $500 a ticket scalper prices right now :(.  ok everyone, stay black and try and stay warm (this means you chicago). 
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starlagurl on

If only...
There was a video of this temper tantrum...
What are the four shows you are going to, and when?


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