Random Thoughts

1. I have discovered it is much easier to use the Marina gym locker room to get cleaned up each day. (So far I have stopped smoking, perhaps start exercising next?) It got me thinking about “towel etiquette” even though I am frequently alone in the shower area. There is not a good place to leave your clothing when you take a shower. You have to walk through the locker room naked. This got me thinking. Since I was never a big jock in High School I would always wrap myself up in a towel on the way to and from the shower. The jocks would just sling the towel over their shoulder and swing in the breeze. Amazing that it took Thailand for me to catch on.

2. Being old and a solo sailor leaves me with a lot of time on my hands. Where I live there is nothing to do at any time of day or night. So every couple of weeks I go down to the tourist district of Phuket, primarily Patong Beach. I spend most of my evenings bar hopping from one live band venue to the next. Unfortunately the quality of mos

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More Random Thoughs

I know that I have shared a bit of this with some of you individually so to you I apologize but it is just easier this way.

2. My renewed interest in music and music production has caused me to drag my laptop out of semi-storage and plug it back in after about a 6 month hiatus. Fortunately the marina has a decent high speed internet connection in the restaurant. The downside is that I have to lug the computer and all the other stuff up from the boat (where the internet is slow and flaky) to the restaurant. It took about three 6 hour days for all of the software updates to download. Then another day to download all the stuff not on auto download. Then a week to download all my game updates from Steam. Wow.

3. Having resisted buying a smart phone for years I finally took the plunge when my flip phone died about 8 months ago. It is amazing how all my other interfaces – computer, tablet, etc. were no longer necessary. At least except for very specific tasks: gaming and music.

4. For gam

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Phuket Mining Museum

Went to the dentist this morning. Second day in a row and not done. On the way home Hamido (my driver, helper, and in general all around good guy) took an alternate route because of traffic. We passed the Museum and decided to stop. Phuket was populated as a result of Tin mining. This museum chronicles the period. The only downside is most of the text was only Thai (most Asian museums also label everything in English.) Fortunately I had Hamido along.Fair winds and following seas  ?

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American Exceptionalism

Peter Schramm, liked to tell the story of his family’s escape from Hungary in the aftermath of its failed revolution against Russian Communists: “But where are we going?” I asked. “We are going to America,” my father said. “Why America?” I prodded. “Because, son. We were born Americans, but in the wrong place,” he repliedFair winds and following seas 

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