To New Friends....

Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Friday, June 16, 2006

"I loved your comment about never knowing when you are going to meet your next friend... It corresponds with my smiling theory. I think that you should smile at all the people you pass or see because not only is it nice and polite but it may be the only smile they see all day." - Julia Rosen

I totally agree with you for you never know where it can take you and what it can do for the other people.

I can now say I am not the only foreigner in my area. Yesterday on my way down the elevator to work I ran into another English teacher volunteering in Thailand. His name is Ron and he is a 53 year old man from Austraila (Tut, you would love him). He knew that I was the American staying in the building and we chatted for a few minutes before I had to go off to school. I met up with him tonight for dinner and it was great to speak with someone in English without there being any misunderstandings. Though it was funny, as I have been used to speaking simple English for the past two weeks it took me a bit to get back into regular conversation mode. Ron is a retired science/sign language teacher of 30 years. He has been to Thaialnd a few times before and has fallen in love with the country. He had the same feeling as I did about coming to Thailand. He wanted to help out because of the recent tsunami and was an avid fan of Buddhism. We enjoyed dinner and some good conversation over a few Heienekins. Sunday night we will see about getting together to watch the Australia vs Brazil soccer game. I will root for Australia as I am accustomed to root for the underdogs (Might I say, Red Sox). He was quite an interesting bloak (do you like my Australian references Tut?). It will be nice to have another English speaking person around.

Last night I also met up with Namfon as she called me about help with her English homework. We met up and I joined her, her sister, and her sister's two friends in the park. After helping Namfon for a bit we all went to grab a bite to eat. Of all places to go we ended up going to the Pizza Company. I fly halfway around the world and I was eating pizza. Go figure. The most interesting part about it is that when the pizza and chicken wings came, instead of eating them as we would in the U.S. they used a fork and knife to eat both the pizza and the chicken wings. I found that kind of sac religious but followed them as not to be the rude American. Following dinner they invited me to join them for dancing in Bangkok tomorrow night. We'll see how that turns out and if my American dance moves can translate in Thailand.

I also was finally able to get a phone card so do not be surprised if some of you get some calls. However I did not bring any numbers with me so we will see what I remember.

P.S. Congrats to Julia on her new teaching job. The children are lucky to have you.
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tuttieperrins on

Is Ron single??? heh heh heh!
I suppose it's not difficult to run into Australians there and am pleased you have found a good Aussie bloke to hang out with - can't wait for the game on Sunday - it will be a beauty!
very proud of our Aussie lads....they are legends! The determination on that field on Sunday will really be something to watch...

I am sure with all your toe jamming efforts around town you will earn yourself quite the reputation. Don't be surprised if your name becomes 'Man With Fast Feet'.
An Australian friend of mine earned herself a new name when she was travelling through Thailand....her mother wouldn't let her use a backpack, so she had to schlep this suitcase around...and she never travels lightly....
In the village where she was living for a couple of months, no-one called her Sarah - she thought they had given her a lovely Thai name instead....and not wanting to appear ignorant, she pretended she understood what it meant - and she responded to it enthusiastically when the local villagers would call out her name to say hello. She thought this very sweet and was chuffed that she had this very pretty sounding new Thai name.
The day she was leaving she finally asked someone what her Thai name meant in English. 'Girl With Big Suitcase' was the response.
She was sooooo embarrassed....For two months hundreds of people would call out 'Hello, Girl With Big Suitcase'......and she would call back 'hello' and wave and smile....
That story still makes me laugh...

I hope you are well - you sound it!
Am loving reading your blog site....

with peace,


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