12 November 2011

Outsider

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12 November: I will probably not be posting here every day now that being surrounded by floodwaters is becoming the norm. We are still surrounded by water on all sides, and we don’t know when it will drain. It's a long haul. Many everyday items are still not available, but we are getting used to it and it’s not a big deal.
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Our biggest street going southwards into Bangkok still has unpredictable flood levels, and traveling anywhere is uncertain. The biggest hardship for me about all this is that I cannot venture into Bangkok for movie theaters and bookstores, and, especially, to attend the newly re-opened Tokyo Joe’s Blues Bar, the premier Blues venue in-country that had closed well over a year ago but is now back for four nights a week. But since many others here in Thailand have suffered much more than me I will quit whining.
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But you can bet that I will be there at Tokyo Joe's listening to the Blues the very first chance I get. Until then, I’m an outsider trying to find a dry spot above the floodwaters. And being an outsider has definitely never been an unfamiliar vantage point for me.
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-Zenwind.
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