Go wash your own damn dishes you lazy hag

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 25, 2009

oh man do i have a cold. it figures that i stay healthy as can be in the shitty climes of Alaska but once i get to the tropics i get the chest cold from hell.  of course taking 3 separate 14 hour bus rides in a 4 day period probably didn't help.  the last bus was the most comfortable with giant seats and plenty of leg room but this is the bus that i caught my cold on so i will cast a disparaging look in its direction and just leave it at that.

I have finally settled down in khao lak after having spent a week in Bangkok awaiting a friends arrival so i could mooch his instructor manual off of him before he went back to Canada.  having done the mooching i then went to Laos for 2 days to obtain the proper visas to keep my ass in the country legally for an extended period of time.  i wont delve into the intricacies of the Thai visa regulations but to say that i have been jumping through hoops would put it mildly.  the only positive of the Laos trip (other then the visas) was the discovery of a great bakery cafe in Vientiane which makes some great food.....drop me a line before you go and I'll give you directions.

so things on the IM front have been rocky to say the least.  She showed up at my door about 4 hours after my arrival in country and she was just all squeals and happiness which did wonders for my heart but it turns out that her mom REALLY does not like me....to the point that her daily phone calls home are filled with demands that she leave me and go back home.  the reasons are two fold....the first is that i am farang (western) and not Thai and therefore one step below an actual person.  this attitude is pretty prevalent in Thai society, especially up north and so it comes as no major shock.  the second problem is that mom had grown used to IM being home for the last 4 months and now that she is gone she has to go back to cooking and cleaning and doing laundry....mom is none too pleased about this.  if this were America this situation would almost be laughable.  I mean how many parents really like the guy who is putting it to their daughter?  but in Thailand family is first and foremost and things are not going well.....i have a nagging suspicion that I am going to lose this battle with her mom which sucks to say the least.  I have pretty strong feelings for IM but if her mom doesn't let up then I will lose her for good......I'm back in Thailand,yay!!

i start my IDC (scuba instructor course) on Oct 1 so that should be pretty challenging and I'm looking forward to getting it out of the way finally after having put it off for a few years.  its still ass deep in the rainy season here in khao lak so there are daily DOWNPOURS and i have not seen the sun shine here yet.  I'm starting to doubt there is a sun to be perfectly frank with you.  most of the shops here in khao lak are shuttered until mid October when the diving season starts so this sleepy town is even sleepier...it kinda reminds me of my university town during summer break which is depressing.

my trip from the states was pretty straight forward and non demanding.  i flew from homer to anchorage which was pretty sweet but truth be told, i do enjoy that drive along coast going into anchorage, just really beautiful.  my carry on bag was absolutely jammed full of stuff because i did not want to put valuables in my check in.  the xray screener actually put the bag through 3 different times and then asked me to explain what was in there.  they then wiped down the bag with a piece of cloth and tested the cloth for bomb making chemicals which of course came up negative but Jesus man, just open the bag and you will see the complete lack of bomb stuff. 

well this isn't the most exciting post in the world but hey, it cant be all sunshine and roses everyday right?  hope u all are having a mighty fine fall season and hope to hear from you sometime

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