09 November 2011

Headline: Thai Floods Reduce Beer Supplies to a Drip

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9 November: Yes, it’s that bad. Beer rationing signals the decline of a civilization, and we might be headed there.
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However, before we even placed the first sandbag here at home, I had hoarded a substantial amount of Chang Classic, my first choice of beer here. This hoard was increased by the generous gift of a case of the same beer from Tuk’s girlfriend on the very day the flood hit us. Bags of ice are now more easily found in the neighborhood, so we are doing okay in that respect.
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This morning I walked to the hospital for a prescription and then checked out the flooding on the way home. The river is still high but not brimming over, and in some places the water appears to have receded a bit. Because there is still dirty water at calf height all around our compound, we still exit and enter via an elevated footbridge and a ladder over the wall.
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Our ground floor – which was always our main living quarters – is now cleared of all but an inch of water, and most of the wet junk is thrown out. Best of all, our regular ground floor shower room (Thai-style, water tub under faucet with a dipper) is operational again, although we must still use 2nd floor toilets. I am beginning to like this dry and airy 2nd floor living, and I appreciate more than ever why classic Thai houses are built up on stilts.
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-Zenwind.
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