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balance (2): monsoon full moon

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

monsoon full moon

well i can understand almost all the thai around me now, though i speak a much smaller percentage. i can eavesdrop on o's calls to his mother, anyway... i have made some actual thai friends too (though they are all male so can't be too sure!) who speak good english so i get an occasional break. contrary to my former belief i can actually carry on an intelligent conversation with a thai boy (and vice versa) without screwing his brains out... (though not always without desiring to)... oh! and one girl, who works in a magical island place called mai pen rai, who also speaks english and makes awkward tomboy jokes in thai, but otherwise has the demeanor of a farm girl, and in her utopia has become a friend.... there are other people too- the goofy germans whom i can prop myself up on at the bar on as we slither and giggle. a girl who makes me impatient and mean, who is "innocent" and religious (with her straight up gigolo) and who scared away the brazilian neighbors one night (before they moved away, pout ) talking about how people who smoke marijuana are crazy drug addicts. sigh. she has her little english kid in the village school fumbling with slippery thai words and young wailun gangs who drive motorbikes too fast on the sleepy main street.


ladyboy pal susie


bye brazil

it has rainrainrained here for days and days, 'o' and i are trapped between staring dully off our porch into the jungle (most of the residents of which have tried to crawl in, including one shocking appearance by a monitor lizard, several large spiders, and a chirrupping tookay, or- "giant gecko in my kitchen!") and sucking in lemongrass fumes at the sauna or being indecisive in the bustling fresh market, where i buy shrimp that try to kill me. (or is that 'o', who is miraculously ok after eating the same meal while i end up hooked to an IV in the hospital?). i am the cover girl for 'anopheles weekly' magazine (the dengue-fever bestowing mosquito) so look for future issues of that as well.... i am also the proud new recipient of a lovely thai style concrete house for rent in thong nai pan, though i won't say exactly where. yay! i have written two pages of a book based off an actual outline... my puppy has transformed into a dog before my eyes but we still cuddle and talk babytalk (and she pees a fucking lot). funding from my work is on a daily rollercoaster of off and on (currently and most likely for awhile off). my boyfriend has become my roommate and friend. i have sticky rice and mango with warm coconut milk and life is good.

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