Well I made it! The flight was great, watched one crappy movie then slept most of the way. My last days in LA were so crazy and I was so tired between work, packing, phone calls and trying to see people (which didn’t happen as much as would have liked, sorry) I was ready for a long nap. On my last night at home, before heading to the airport I had a great dinner with my dear friend Jenna at my buddy Warrens place, Westside Tavern, it’s awesome you should go eat there. It was so hard to say goodbye, well for a year anyway. I already really miss everyone so much.
Ok funny story so I was so busy getting everything ready to go that I never looked at my flight info, I just went on what I remembered and I guess I remembered wrong and got to the airport a day early…I really could have used that extra day at home but I was packed, I was at the airport, I had nothing to sleep on and they had a flight leaving, so off I went with just enough time to let Stevie know I would be there a day early since he was going to pick me up in Bangkok.
Bangkok was AWESOME! Steve bought a house and let me stay with him. It’s so beautiful, Koi pond, tons of room and he did most of the cooking. My jet-lag was pretty bad this time so being taken care off was so nice for a while. Bangkok was mostly about hanging with friends, old and new, ton’s of eating, a bit of drinking ( Lot’s of whiskey but they put so much ice and club soda that you spend plenty of time running to the bathroom), saw 2 movies (shrimp and BBQ flavored popcorn, yum) 1 day we went to the Floating Market and bought ton’s of fruit, mancout and fresh coconuts. The weather was ok most of the time, I wanted to hit the beach but of course those were the day’s we had rain.
Last year when I was in the South of Thailand in Sa Keao I met a 17 year old boy named Um and he has Polio. We noticed something was not right and I took his family a chicken and we asked his grandfather if we could take him to Bangkok to see a doctor. Well Um has been in Bangkok for a year now and has had 2 surgeries and is doing great. With the help of an angel named Joy he is now in a group home and is going to school and living a good happy life. Dean is a guy in my Thai class in LA and he got someone to donate a new wheelchair to Um, Thai airways let me take it for free and I delivered it to him a few days ago, he was so thankful and let me tell you, it was needed. I told Um I wanted to take him somewhere, anywhere and all he wanted was to goto the mall and eat pizza and ice cream, so we did, I have a few pictures to be posted soon.
I just arrived a couple of days ago at the Wat Don Chan in Chiang Mai but one of the Monk’s needs something on the computer so I am off to play soccer with the kids. I will fill you in on more in a few days. Peace and blessings, -Stu