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Flag of Thailand  , Phangnga,
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wow so its been quite awhile since I last wrote a blog entry.  i know those of you who live vicariously through my travels and depend upon my crappy unedited writing for your daily/weekly dose of unreality have been yearning for my return so here i am tapping away at the old key board hoping to satisfy the masses.  whether or not i succeed is a whole other matter.

i have been a busy little beaver over here with the diving and such.  i don't get much time off of the boat and have logged a little over 400 dives for this season which isn't bad but i think I'm growing webbing between my toes....is this a bad thing?  for those of you who didn't hear, i got viscously ill from a case of ecoli poisoning.  it wasn't an overwhelming sickness but lingered on and on for a month which was just depressing.  eating was out of the question and if i drank water i would feel sick so needless to say it was pretty bad.  it was so bad in fact, i checked myself into the hospital down in phuket for a few days where the proceeded to do nothing much for my illness but really lightened my wallet in an efficient manner.  I am happy to report that I am no longer sick and think I am relatively healthy (but the blood tests aren't in yet LOL).

i was getting street food a month ago late one night when i ran into an older fellow American who had just retired from the military.  we got to talking and when he found out that i live in Thailand full time he became visibly agitated.  The man actually started giving me the speech that "you know better then this, you are just pissing in the face of all those boys who died for your freedom" and the old stand by "you are just giving up on America after she has given you so much".  my response after the shock wore off was "if she can give me tropical paradise, cheap living, a dream job and a 19 year old hot girlfriend then I'll go back.  Until then i think i like it where I'm at"  this did not sit well with him but oh well, fuck him.

the diving has been great and i have had a lot of fun though physically it does get a bit tiring.  I have seen so much great stuff underwater here i really wish i could share this with my friends and family.  one day I'll show my siblings a manta ray and they will understand our "life changing experience" motto.  the season here is almost done though so i have about 4 months to kill and I'm not sure what I'm going to do.  the jobs in Alaska have dried up so i don't think I'll be going back there but that being said I'm not sure what my other prospects are.  my life has hit one of those turns in the road and i am very interested to see where it takes me.

I am back with IM (Thai girlfriend) once again.  it was odd because we had stopped talking for over a month and i didn't even have her phone number anymore but the morning after i checked into the hospital she called me and was like "are you OK?  i have dream you no OK.  what is wrong with you?"  I found this kinda weird since i had just entered the hospital so of course we got to talking and things progress from there.  she is a little bit crazy and very mood but lets face it, all women are and if you find one who isn't, check for a pulse.  we'll see how it all goes and where we end up...again one of life's mysteries. 

my 35th birthday is in a few weeks (please send cash in lieu of flowers) and I'm starting to feel pretty fucking old truth be told.  of course IM saying "oh you old man....you so old...why you no have hair?" does not help matters but I'm closing in on 40 for the love of god.  40?  how the fuck did this happen?  i was 18 like 2 years ago and now i can see 40 up ahead?  not cool man, not cool at all.  at least i can say I've enjoyed myself along the way.....well except for those 3 years in prison but other then that i have had quite the time.  on facebook it asks what you want to do before you die and my statement is "live a less ordinary life"  i think i have accomplished that so I'm pretty damned pleased with myself.  check out the photos I've added to the blog although most of them are of fish.  there will be another blog in the next day or so but this one is rated for adults only because i have quite the funny story to share but its a bit dirty.  keep an eye out for that bad boy.  well until then.........stay black and fight the midgets!!
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