Its not my fault....she started crying

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Sunday, February 5, 2006

so things have gone a little haywire with my life at the moment. i mean lets face it, i have been on my own for over a year now and have not had to consult anyone about anything. if i wanted to go somewhere i went, if i wanted to stay i stayed etc etc. its been a little weird with chad here but its been fun. where things went terribly wrong was when i kinda sorta invited a thai girl to travel with us for a few weeks. it really wasnt my fault, i had "seen her" for a little while and when i told her i was leaving town she freaked out and started crying. the next day me and chad checked out of the hotel but left our bags at the front desk so we could get some lunch before heading to bangkok....when we got back she was sitting there waiting for me. I think the exact quote was something like "i talk to mamma and she say i can go with you". what am i supposed to do, say no? I think we all know me better then that.....im a weak man, especially when it comes to cute girls. through all of the drama we ended up staying one more day and when som showed up later that evening with her bag in hand she also had mom with her. im not sure if there is a more uncomfortable situation then meeting parents even under the best of circumstances and this was far from the best of circumstances. the woman spoke no english so i did the best i could to have som translate the usual niceities and even though mom was very friendly it was one of the more unusual and uncomfortable positions ive been in.

so here i am in ko tao with chad and som (trans...orange). I took the 4 day "open water diver" certification course and am now officially allowed to scuba dive anywhere in the world. the very first step was a lot harder then i thought it would be. the instructor had us put our faces in the water for a minute and breath through the scuba equipment. this really freaked me out. i have been snorkelling a lot but for some reason i had a very clear feeling of drowning with just my face in the water. i managed to overcome the fear and was able to perform all of the skill tasks that you need for the certification. i was definitely not graceful to say the least but in the end i did what i had to do and was able to go on my first dive the next day. as far as conditions go it was really friggin choppy for a first dive, i think about half the boat was sea sick when we finally tied onto the bouy....i brought som along and she was definitely ready to puke over the side. we struggled to stand and put on all our equipment on the rolling deck of the boat but we somehow managed and soon we were in the water where i was nearly bashed to death across the bow of the ship. we quickly deflated our flotation so we could get beneath the waves but we were still only a few feet under water when one of our fellow students freaked out. the instructor stopped and tried to talk and motion him into the proper postion etc etc but in the end he got back on the boat and left only me and chad with the instructor. we began our descent and this is where i ran into my problem of the day...my ears would not clear (pop) so i had to keep trying to blow them out while hanging onto the buoy line, all the while rolling and spinning in a semi violent sea. i was very close to just saying "fuck it" but finally my right ear popped with a frightening bang and i was able to decend to the 12 meters (38ft.) of the dive.

you are not supposed to dive with a stuffed up nose or a head cold because it can cause serious problems when it comes time to clear your ears. the snot seems to prevent this in some way but i didnt think much of it since i didnt have a cold or a runny or stuffed up nose. after the first dive we climbed out of the boat which is a serious ordeal considering you've been weightless for an hour and now you are trying to haul your ass and about 35lbs of equipment out of the ocean and up a ladder. i finally reached the back of the boat and took off my mask and all my equipment and discovered that the entire top third of my head was COVERED in what can only be called thick white snot. i have no idea where it came from since i didnt have a cold and to be truthful, i didnt know the human body could produce that much and i have no idea where it could have been stored....but there i was looking like a glazed doughnut in the middle of the sea of thailand (i have other visuals but this is a family sight) other then that little tidbit i wont try to describe the experience since its almost indesribable, all i can say is if you ever have a chance to try it, its worth it. tomorrow we leave ko tao and the travelling road show goes on to krabi where it will be some quality beach time. god help me
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