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28 December 2005

will frenzy no more


the guesthouse where i've been staying in chiang mai had a pet squirrel in a wire cage. i watched it for about a half hour on tuesday as it performed endless loops up one side, flipping to the other, and down to a branch resting in the cage in a frenzied craze. yesterday the squirrel escaped. i saw several of the guesthouse staff looking at the cage with blank expressions. the cage door was open. one of the staff pointed up to the underside of the guesthouse roof and there i saw the squirrel huddled up in a little ball of furr with a big grin on its face. the squirrel will frenzy no more.

in addition to 'hello', 'goodbye', and 'thank you', it really helps to know the numbers 1 through 10 in the native language. numbers come up all the time... prices, distances, time, addresses. i haven't gotten all of the thai numbers yet, but i'm working on it. i already had a headstart on the vietnamese numbers... a vietnamese friend taught them to me in grade school and i took care to file them away in my mind a place where they'd be easily found.

i've been watching a lot of bands here in chiang mai over the past three nights. all of the bands play covers and usually don't have the lyrics down quite right... similar to me screaming in german at the rammstein concert in berlin. i know generally what the german words sound like but i have no idea what i'm saying. i will learn german one day.

denver is very popular here it seems. john denver. i've heard 'country road' four times in chiang mai... the most recent was last night when a band played it. damn that chorus is catchy.

knocked down but i have enough hate to breathe
down your throat and steal your energy
you took everything but my will to be
now the loss of your god won't make me bleed

[i can't remember : alice in chains]

posted by paul on Wed 28 Dec 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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