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Josh-D. S. Davis

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NON-HUMOR: Hello from Thailand! :)
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Hey all... I'm in thailand righ tnow... I'm having a blast... lots of walking, which is good for the fat belly. :)

It's very dirty and smoggy and such... lots of traffic (teh-pihk) and everytone drives on the wrong side of the road... :) Photos are like $9 for 3 rolls, developed one hours, all in plastic protective sleeves...

Note, it's tooo laggy for me to correct type-o's, so deal iwth it... :) We're on about a 56k line and shared with what, 7 systems here in the cyber cafe... they charge $40 Baht, or $1 USD for an hour of internet computing... the whole place makes maybe $80 a day... pretty crazy... but it seems that other thigns are way expensive, and people pay it... it's wierd...

most people walk, though some richy rich people have cars or even maybe a grand cherokee... :) busses are packed, taxis are too small for my legs... it's about $1 to $2 from across town to our hotel...

anyway... things are messy... I mean, wires everywhere, etc...

now... step ONE level up, or go to the more sales-oriented areas, and it's all ritzy... it's a wierd contrast... it's like... very high class and very low class all mixed together happily... Most everyone smiles, and anyone who's not in a chain store will work with you on prices...

it's styrange though... alot of things aren't finished.... once it's set up and functional, that's all that's importatn.. If you want it super clean and maintained, you pay more... the expensive mall looks great, but get up close and there are grubby bits....

it's very wierd...

I like it alot though... the things you NEED to be safe are safe.. lots of people trying to scam $$$, but lots of respectable people too... Be waary of people with "official' badges, anything saying official, or tourism... we got taken to the "Gem Institute, ISO 9002 certified" as part of our tour... this was really a big jewelery store... I guess there's a commisssion thing to it..

but we wen roaming... lots of tiny cross streets and packed alleyways all converted into huge bazaars... like a mall, but without the gucci, etc... grocery stores, etc... things are stacked vertically... the big mall had like 5 levels to it.. so the traffic, while it's bad, you can easily work with it... you only have to go a couple of miles to find all kinds of goodness and fun..

Plus, it's generally safe... I mean, nothing seems really scarey... Alot of people speak english, or broken engilish, though I highly recommend the "Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook" a... some of the stuff isn't laid out most optimally, but it's the best and most comprehensive book I've found...

Makes me want to learn thai...

oh, and yah, good massage, but it's kinda... hrm... they want you to know that you can get other should you want it... just that subtle hint in they way they touch... so be weary and make sure you are going to a reputable place for massage... and you know which ones to stay away from (or go to if you're into that) by looking at the uniformed massage chicks... if they sneer, it's not a "masseur" ir's a... hrm.. hired penis rubber. :)

Anyway, we got REGULAR massages... beware... Thai massage is hard and if you're tender, it will hurt... Learn how to say "too hard" or "softer" or something similar... the women only barely speak english...

anyway.. I'm going to save this then re-post it onto livejournal and we have to go to Muay Thai, the thai boxing...

-Josh
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