Sunday, May 14, 2006

boy howdy

i have been asked to move the photo of scruffy's mangled balls out of sight, so here is attempt to wrassle my brain to the ground and squeeze out a few drops of writing. hi! i live on an island. it's nice. hard to get food where i live though, and no one will sell me a car for my budget and i don't have a license. so i depend on gaeng, my local taxi driver, to lug me behind him through the jungle to town. i sometimes treat myself to khao mun gai in the old market or an english breakfast and coffee in the new one. i pick through vegetable stalls and carry around smelly bloody fish wrapped in plastic. wake up the newspaper man for the day old paper.

songkran (thai new year- a water fight extraordinaire) was in town, er, a month ago. it was lovely. i will never spend songkran anywhere else again. nice wander through the festival market with mae (the thai mom of a friend). pick up cheap plastic bracelets and cream donuts. smile at little kids shooting water guns on the street. hit the main road, get drenched, live djs, street party. lots of beer, everyone soaking wet and covered in powder. dancing. thai boys conjuring loud elaborate feuds. then the taxi adventure home with the local redneck driving beer in hand and people falling off the truck when going around sharp mountain curves, thai music blaring.

best pals before the 'songkram' deluge

after that i fought with my best friend and was thrust into a new life without her. (normally she lives with me part time). that entailed going to lots of parties and meeting lots of nice men with my other best friend, who is sort of, well, gregarious. i am not gregarious at all. i hover in corners beaming at people and spill my drink. later i dance, sometimes wildly, often with myself. the men have all been perfectly acceptable, and most of them educated, well off, interesting, doably hot foreigners. hmph! but i turned them all down because i love my life right now. here, in thong nai pan, i feel the best i have ever felt (health not included). i love my house, my dogs, my friends, the village where i know most everyone (after a lifetime of moving every 3-6 months to new places), the nature, sunshine, books (read a whole one on my fun visa run to cambodia the other day), surprise visitors. drunken ladyboys poking me at parties and asking me to help them scheme in getting boyfriends i would rather snag myself (hot! those damn gay men). bodysurfing with my pups. my beach mat and "spot" under the tree, cooking, spiders, dvds. intentional touching but not acknowledging and not taking it too far- flirting i suppose (he's 19). coconut milkshakes and storms. hmmm.

gift from 'puppy'

could use better food as i mentioned, some art occasionally
(though i do meet artists). a decent music scene, films. but that's why i went to bangkok last week, where i stayed downtown and lounged in air conditioned places and snaked around via skytrain. marinated myself in lovely scented baths, slept on fluffy pillows, ate 7-11 and $30 steaks. i also met my best german hippie pal 'c' there, where she had stopped after months of running around and away with her thai boyfriend 'w', also my good pal. they got a visa to go to germany, where she lives in a house with 30 people, drives taxis all over germany, and writes books. good luck to them. he is ecstatic to leave thong nai pan after 31 years! (eek!)

now i have to actually schedule out my time and keep accounts for my little freelancing operation here. i have meetings on IM and with VOIP. i actually get paid for it too even though sometimes it is long in coming and i freak out and turn psychotic on them but then they usually pay right up.

got a sunburn today riding on motorbike all over the other side of the island with my friend-again. visited some other thai friends at their snake- and mosquito- (and rambling swiss man-) filled place at the top of the mountain (wheeze) overlooking the crowded and sparkling had rin. will finish a smoke on my porch, watching the sun come down, feed my doggies, listen to music or wander to the beach and see who i can find to flirt with or chat to now. maybe jump in and make stars with the phosporescent plankton under the full moon. life is good.


Weidenkeks said...

hi there. i was wondering if you left thong nai pan... do you hve any experience with film/photos of falangs for thai media? any contacts? thanks beforehand and leeuw pop khan may.

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