Chapter 1: Normal Man Arrives in Thailand (The Further Adventures of Normal Man) by Gale Myers
The Further Adventures of Normal Man
Adventures in Thailand
Normal Man Arrives
Normal Man arrives
I am not usually comfortable writing to more than one person at a time but I have to make an exception here. I have arrived safely in Thailand. The first night my voltage converter blew, thankfully sparing my computer but now I'm running on a rapidly diminishing battery so I just wanted to let all who care (or not) know that everything is great. I'm in Cha Am, a Bangkok getaway about 150 kilometers south and west on the coast. Tomorrow I'm heading for Hua Hin (sp) to find another converter, then I'm heading continually west to the Phuket area until the floods settle. I'm heading back to Bangkok when it is reasonable, to visit my friend who has lived here since before 1986 when we attended gemology school together.
Fortunately Thailand has not changed too much and I have found it to be as easy goingly frantic as I remembered. Not that there won't be many changes to observe as I settle in and begin noticing things beyond my present rose colored prism. One thing I have to reinforce is my awareness that they do drive on the British side of the road only quantumly more erratic but accurate. That was reinforced during my two rides on motorcycle taxis looking for another converter. I'm sure that bus paint will come out of my pants but the seat may take an extra cleaning. The water here is muddy from the effluence from the Chao Phrya river that runs through Bangkok. I think I'll save the islands off the gulf coast for later when I come back from my visit to my friend and up to ChangMai, hitting Ko Samui and about 3 others on the way back. Now I'm inclined to think I will settle in the Phuket area but I have no rigid plans and the whole Orient to choose from. Sabai. (that's a mispelled Thai expression for relax, cool, take it easy, mellow)
OK. Going to close before I lose my battery. Write me if you want and I promise to write back. I'm sure to get the kinks out of my communication system soon, or eventually....but surely for sure.
All the best, my friends......Gale (8>)