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back from Thailand... [Apr. 3rd, 2006|03:55 am]
Just me.
I'm back and safe, though I caught a cold my last night and am coughing up nasty stuff. Hopefully I don't have bird flu or some other mysterious malady. I am glad to be back in a land where I can safely drink the tap water and can flush my toilet paper rather than throwing it away (but more on Asian toilets later). I had delivery pizza for dinner and am so happy to understand and be able to pronounce everything on the menu again and order a vegetarian pizza with confidence.

a side note on food pronunciations: the Thai word for vegetarian (transliterated "jair" in the phrase book but pronounced "jay", as in "Jay and Silent Bob", sounds a lot like the Thai loanword for homosexual, transliterated "gair" in the phrase book and pronounced "gay", similar to the English pronunciation, but probably with some tonal minutia we can't hear. I have to wonder if at some point in the trip, the waitress heard Ivan say "I'd like homosexual pad thai, please", but was too polite to laugh. again, more about the trip and wacky Thai language difficulties later, after I'm better rested and have downloaded my photos.

And yeah, we heard about the Capitol Hill massacre over there. it made at least 2 of the English-language newspapers (I can't tell you if it made the Thai papers or not) and we were able to get internet access to read the local coverage. We didn't know the victims, but we actually do know the guy that owns the house, who was part of our Burning Man camp the first year I went and who was apparently also out of the country when all this went down. So other than that and a wedding that I unfortunately missed, I have no idea what I missed in LJ land, and will catch up when I can. If you have earth-shaking news, best to email me directly.

And those entries I wrote from Thailand? Not me, but follow the "pranks" tag to remember I never do my own vacation blogging. :-)
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2006-04-03 02:19 pm (UTC)
I should have been tipped off when I noticed all the exclamation marks, which you never use.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2006-04-03 03:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, mental note...
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2006-04-04 07:16 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing as Lemur when I read all those exclamation points, but I was fairly sure that nobody else would think to make the connection.

By the same token, when was the last time Lara ever wrote about a dream she had? ;)
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2006-04-04 07:27 pm (UTC)

Though now that I look...

I see that Lara does use some exclamation points, though not as many as I did in her name. Come to think of it, I think I was imitating avphibes's style more than Lara's.
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2006-04-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
Have any interesting dreams while you were away?

So, were the people who organized the rave the same people who organized the zombie walk?
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[User Picture]From: das_prompt
2006-04-03 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-03 04:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!

Being able to communicate aside, I'm sure you are going to find this place a total letdown when you realize that you can no longer find transvestite prostitutes for cheapcheapcheap.

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[User Picture]From: mad_eponine
2006-04-03 04:37 pm (UTC)
...that would have been my comment... and it still is, actually.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2006-04-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry I flaked on the prank, and the show! Its been nuts here. Spring has me in high gear, and having to force myself to take time to sit still and breath. I'm glad you are back...I missed you!
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2006-04-03 11:14 pm (UTC)
Once again: Totally snookered by your vacation postings.

This is the third time at least. You'd think I'd learn. Sheesh!
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[User Picture]From: gryph
2006-04-08 01:58 am (UTC)
Funny. When I got home from Mexico I had McDonalds for dinner and it was totally comforting.

I wondered if the owner of the blue house was the same D Gregg. They didn't mention the D, so I wasn't sure.

Going to Paablo's party tomorrow? I'll be there, it'd be great to see you!
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[User Picture]From: skypizza
2006-04-12 03:46 am (UTC)
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