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Friday, May 1, 2009

Its been a pretty hectic few weeks over here on ko tao.  i have spent an inordinate amount of time on the beach as of late just lying in the sun and watching the clouds go by.....i can think of worse things i suppose.  Life over here  has kinda gone to the dogs as of late since the government power station happened to blow up the other day leaving only the pricier private supplier left as an option.  most of my friends live out in the bunaglow boonies and dont even have that option so they are without power for an estimated TWO MONTHS.  as for me, my guesthouse switches on the costly power at 5pm so we are without fan or airconditioning for the hottest parts of the day, hence the many hours spent in the water at the beach.

i would like to present you with a CLASSIC example of the thai thought process.  my guesthouse costs 6500 baht a month ($200) but since i was only going to stay for 23 days i figured they would cut me a break.  they were nice enough to cut out 300 baht since i was only staying 3/4 of the time alloted me.  well a bit later i got to thinking that i should stay on ko tao a few more days just to save money and relax instead of go to bangkok and sweat so I asked the management if i could pay 100 baht for one extra day.  they responded that it was 400 baht for one day orrrrrr i could rent the room for the rest of the month (7 days) for the 300 baht that they had discounted me.  so let me get this straight........one night is 400 baht but 7 nights is 300 baht.  this sort of thinking happens all the time and takes a bit of getting used to.  when i first got here i used to pull out my hair as the asinine backwardness of it all but now i just shake my head, mutter a few thai swear words and move on with my day.  i suppose it is a sign of maturing or somthing along those lines.

I had my 34th birthday the other day which really is nothing more then a friendly reminder of my steady march towards death.   I had a couple of drinks down on the beach with a few friends but i have never really been the type to tear it up over birthdays or new years eve but what was nice was that IM was sweet enough to buy a little chocolate cake and fill the room with balloons while i was out for a few hours during the day.  it was very sweet and i really appreciated the effort.  as for her gift for my special day....well once again this is a family blog and i cant go into details but i will just say it was a very wonderful and special gift lol.

so lady's and gentleman today is quite a historic day in the life of neal.  it was 10 years ago today that I got arrested for possesion of narcotics and then spent the next 3 years on a state sponosored vacation.  it is hard to believe that 10 years have passed and then again, my life is eons removed from what it once was.  i'm not a believer that everything happens for a reason.....i personally think that line of thinking is a bit idiotic but what i will admit is that if i had not gone to prison i would not be on the path that i am now.  for better or worse, my life hit that dead end 10 years ago, forcing me to look for a detour and here i am, on a most unusual adventure for a life.

I dont think anyone really can claim to live a life with no regrets.  oh i'm sure some jack ass will spout the line while trying to chat up some girl but in reality we all have our own regrets.  big or small it doesnt matter much, just the fact that there are things in our lives that should have been different.  as for me, wont say that i regret selling drugs and i won't be so glib as to say that i regret getting caught but what i will admit to is that i regret losing 3 years right in the prime of my life.  from age 24-27 have been erased from my life just as completely as if they were wiped off of a blackboard.  What did i lose in those 3 years, what love or adventure did i miss out on while residing behind the cyclone fences and razor wire?  I will never know and that is what i regret.

well friends and neighbors, my season here in thailand is at an end as my plane departs for the great frozen north in 5 days.  I can't say that i am much looking forward to this little engagment of mine but some things are necessary and since i am almost completely broke, it is time to go recharge my wallet.  i will be residing in a tent once again this year so keep your ears peeled for any stories of man versus bear because unfortunately, this little bi story is a possibility once again.  I hope you have all enjoyed my little blog this year and hope you keep up with my frozen tundra life as well....its not as interesting but its still me which is better then most of that shit out there
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Trying to think of some mine but I'm not really sure at the moment, I'll get back to you.


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