Sunday December 12, 2004 5:04 AM
I have not been able to sleep for most of the night here in Bangkok, Thailand as I have crossed about six times zones on my trip from Frankfurt, Germany to Bangkok. Jet Lag is for sure one of the worst aspects of travel and more or less a grin and bare it type situation. Many things you can do, but in the end, the answer lies in being able to stay away until you are absolutely tired or the next night comes. Therefore, if I can stay awake until about 9:00 PM, then fall asleep with no naps, I will rather push myself into the next day. Nevertheless, I will guarantee during the day I am presently in I will really be tired. I do not sit around and calculate when I should be sleepy or when I should be awake. I just know that when normal hours of sleep are here, I will try to sleep and when I should be, awake I will try to stay awake.
This is not a big deal for me as I live traveling, but for the two week and out traveler, this is misery, or you can just party all night and forget your normal hours of sleep, which ironically is probably the normal methodology.
So I get to sit around in the airport for 11 hours waiting for my plane at 11:30 with Quatar airlines.
The airport is a one of the best people watching places as every girl in the world seems to think they need to be fasionable to fly. Plus the ugly people do not seem to fly. I have not figured out why but than again they let me fly
NOTE: This is European keyboard and the keys are different. I cannot find the comma.
I already wrote in my offline blog to publish later but one way to pass the time is I am going to watch a couple of movies on my laptop. I bought them in Thailand for just such a situation.
FREE INTERNET IN AIRPORT
I have a free internet connection that is bridging on being the worst computer I have used in 7 years of travel. Samsung has put this in free but I think the disk is probably has no temp memory left as I almost cannot type. But it is free so the price is right.
So Samsung clean your computer do a disk defrag and all that and make them work. But thank your for the free connection.
Wonder why I am in Germany on D-day, quirk of fate I suppose.
D-DAY ON CNN
I have nothing to watch but CNN and all day it is about D-Day, this is very interesting and sad in many ways that people needed to fight. I have to admit…
CHIRAC IS A NITWIT
I heard him talk about history and say,
“History does not repeat itself.”
I had a guy in Arbil, Iraq that was an American official say that the French are so “Ingenuine.”
I am still trying to learn this word, but I will say I think it applies to Chirac. My friend Jack from Canada, a former Korean War vet said,
“The French know how to be occupied.”
I think to know your position in life if important and I think France is going to lose their whole power basis if they do not accept that they are a former world power and Germany, Brazil, and even Holland is more important than France, nothing worst that a false belief being used to manipulate the world. France has good bread.
LEAVING TOMORROW FOR BANGKOK, THAILAND
I am sitting here playing around on my computer and very ready to leave, it is going to be a long day tomorrow as will have leave early and in the end it takes me 24 hours. This plane ticket has been bad as now I had to pay 348 Euros one-way from Frankfurt to Bangkok, this is about one hundred Euros more than a good deal.
I had to pay more because I am in a little city and not in a big city where I can shop around.
D-Day and H-Hour, terms used in military nomenclature for a basic date and time from which any event, usually an attack, can be scheduled, before the actual date and time are fixed. For example, it may be necessary to lay down an artillery barrage two days before the attack begins (D minus 2), to carry out a bombing attack five hours before the attack (H minus 5), and to have certain supplies delivered three days after the start of the attack (D plus 3). These events and many others must be planned and integrated weeks before the attack is actually scheduled to commence; the decision about the precise time of the attack, which may depend on weather, tides, or other local conditions, can be deferred until one or two days before D-day itself. The best-known D-day was June 6, 1944, in World War II, when Allied forces landed in Normandy (Normandie).
United States president Franklin D. Roosevelt
1. freedom of speech and expression
2. freedom of worship
3. freedom from want
4. freedom from fear.
1. Free Toilets
2. Free Water
From Encarta Encyclopedia
Oops, I did not smell them, I took photos.
I started a 10 kilometer walk (Sound bigger, really 6 miles) to Tuttlinger and it started to rain, so I took about 10 photos of wild flowers, so I could occupy the brain.
SMART ANIMALS THESE GERMANS
I went for a early morning walk and was happy to find the bread shop open, so I went in to grab one of these expensive soft pretzels that are delicious. I pointed and said “I want the pretzel.” I really did not need to say anything out-loud so I did not, and she still go the idea and served me one pretzel in a small bag for .50 Euro.
I walked out the door, realized I would be carrying this bag around for the next half day if I did not throw it in the trash, so I went back in the store an deposited the bag in the trash bin, and walked out again.
I walked up and looked at the what I think is Catholic church that is more like a fort and browsed around a took photos. I think the church has holes in the side for guns or bow and arrows, but back to the story, I walked back down the hill and decided to deposit the 50 cent coin in the store and extract another of these soft pretzels or bretzels or something like that. There was a girl that went in ahead of me and proceeded to hold the door, smile, be very nice and started a conversation with me, and so to keep her from feeling silly I said,
“I speak English.”
I have not had anyone not think that I am German, they all talk to me in Germany
But we proceeded to have this choppy conversation and she got some butter put on a pretzel and I was hoping it was cream cheese, or that version of Jewish food, but it was butter so I went back to my stance of a low calorie one pretzel snack. The girl was served said something about goodbye, but did not use word, just talked with her face and eyes and left, the attendant then looked at my eyes, I said that I one more pretzel.
Note the slot, maybe for guns or bow and arrows?
GOT AN ANSWER FROM MY ANDY NOMINATED HISTORY BUFF
(Sort of chose him in whether he likes is or not.. hehehe)
It might be, but from what I can see, am unconvinced. Look to see whether inside the tower the slots widen off to both sides. A tower built to support archery or gunfire would allow for the person inside to adjust their aim laterally by moving to either side. To do so, the backs of the slots were widened, keeping the fronts narrow to minimize the chance of projectiles coming through.
There are many old fortifications in Germany. So, part of me thinks that it would not be a surprise if this had been part of one.
If you are close to Burg Hollenzollern it is interesting. Built by the family of the Kaisers on one of their holdings in SW Germany (they were mostly in Prussia, NE), the fortress sits atop a mountain that you can see for miles. Frederick the Great's tunic, pierced by a bullet in battle, and the snuff box (or brandy flask, I forget) that saved his life, with the bullet still lodged in it, are on exhibit. A great castle/fortress, though a bit modern. And, a great pace to learn about the family that ruled Germany for 300 or so years.
WOW are these Germans smart.
She handed me the pretzel with NO bag, and I was so happy that she instantly calculated that I did not need the bag, I was walking, that the bag would just go in the trash and adapted.
NOW, what is so good about that, well I am not going to go into detail but in 80 percent of the world you can go into the same store twice a day and they will not learn or put two an two together. I am always amazed at even the stupid trailer trash of the USA can learn to adapt and change, but most countries just do not process in their head.
I could go into great detail on this observation, but the idiots would call me racist that I observe that some culture appear to be smarter than other, but they are in my mind, but sadly that does not mean they develop a higher level of moral values, it just means they can do math better, or see the connections faster.
Arabs seem to be able to think contradictory thoughts at the same time. Like leave Iraq and stay, and they will not see the problem with saying or thinking something like this, what the mean is stay in Iraq and help, but do not stay forever.
GOING TO STOP WATCHING CNN AND BBC
I realize each day that to watch CNN and BBC is detrimental to my happiness. Sadly these stations are the only thing to watch in lots of countries, and I have no choice if I am to watch TV. But in the fun countries they have lots of movies in English. Television to me is a good entertainment for a couple of hours a day.
I AM RETIRED… HEHEHE
I try my best to learn how to do nothing, this is not as easy as you would think as everyone around me always thinks I should do something that they wish for me to do. It is causing me problems with my friend Sabine because she thinks I should be going crazy because there is nothing to do in Seitingen. But there is a lot to do here and I am very happy in this village. I wish it would stop raining, but that is just normal obstructions to daily life, I cannot stop or change the rain, I can accept though.
So I sit around and think, and think, and think and I am with this guy that listens and helps me and does not complain when listening as I am with myself.
I sometime write done on my hand a project that I need to think about, I will spend the whole day trying to keep my mind on that subject and create a list of small things to do on that task, there is nothing hard about this, but my mind wanders and I do not focus.
I know that type of focus is probably unusual and is not what most people would consider fun, but I consider it interesting to have a good focus session with myself.
Sadly I truly believe that the normal society spends about 50 minutes an hour just thinking about nothing like a dog, or making sure their minds are preoccupied with activities. I would like to think the man down the hill that is pulling weeds out of his garden all day is thinking about other things than pulling weeds, but I am pretty sure that he is thinking about pulling weeds and is happy to not think about anything else, this is why he is pulling weeds, he does not want to think as thinking is a painful exercise for people.
That is not totally true, they want to think about simple things and not complicated things. I was watching a Lawyer that was sitting next to me on the plane working a crossword puzzle, she had carried with her on her vacation a big book of crossword puzzles. I personally cannot do or want to do crossword puzzles, but for her these games occupied her mind, she was very smart and I wondered why she used up the brain energy with this exercise that goes nowhere, although for sure I would say that this exercise is just as valuable to the world as on the solution to cancer, as in the end her only mission in her life should be to be happy. Whether she has a profound thought or a mundane thought is of no importance, what is important is that she is happy.
I annoy people by thinking too much, but it is not annoying myself, but I can for sure know I am annoying others when they tell me,
“”Stop thinking so much.”
Sabine told me in a round about way that what I think about is not good, I was laughing because she is a Harley type person and goes to Thailand to eat the food, now if you know me that is not my cup of tea. If she would have a discussion about the motor on the cycles, and whether it is a 2 cycle or 4 cycle and how the more cylinders there are makes the ride smoother I would have discussions about motorcycles, but in the end it more about where they go to party, so what am I suppose to say, but go have fun.
I am quickly using up my welcome, I should have left 3 days ago, as most single people do not want people in their house, that is why they are single as they like to be single. I suppose I like to be single because I am single, but I do not think this applies to me, I have though gotten very used to being by myself because I do not have a choice, and cannot change what life give me, and I must accept this station as there is no way to change this station.
But I am ready to go also, I am wanting some good conversation with somebody, or to at least spend my time looking at weird people and trying to think why they enjoy dressing up like clowns. I am trying my best to be unnoticed in life, and this is difficult when I must get my webpage noticed to make money, so I am trying to be anonymous and known by everyone at the same time.
GIRL GETS VERY ANGRY WITH ANSWER IN NEWSLETTER
People write me, I reply in the newsletter sometimes and sometime not.
I DO make the newsletter answer stronger than a normal email, and this is because readers do not focus unless the words have a bite.
But she was very very angry and it was humorous to me, as she see herself as being accosted in public, but she was just a name, and a name with no way of getting to her, so in the end the point is moot because I made a harsh remark to nothing but my letter, she is not a personality in the letter, but she took it very personal.
So I suppose because she got so mad, I was correct.
She was annoying me with always apologizing or trying to get me to stop acting like an American.
Readers want me to listen and agree and if I disagree then some get very angry, this is OK, as I am try to tell things as I think them and not to edit them, so the people that want that vicarious thing really get what I think and not some edited version, I very seldom go back and change the content, I go back to fix the grammar, but I almost always leave the content alone and let if fly, for if a person wants the real action on how I live on the road I cannot change it or it would not be real.
So maybe I have a mean thought, am I suppose to stop this thought and pretend I did not have a mean thought, if I type it down I should let it fly and let it stand.
I also have good thoughts, like me studying George Washington and his rules of civility. I am amazed at this man and his care for the country and his ability to do the right thing even when it hurt himself.
Well, I am tired of typing so I will go do something else.
I MUST BE GETTING OLD
I am learning to keep my mouth shut, that is new, but never soon enough.
I am watching the United Nations talk about how Iraq is supposed to get complete sovereignty which means control over their country, and these countries repeat and repeat this comment, and how silly for them to keep saying that, because the last thing that Iraq needs is complete sovereignty over themselves.
AND all these countries know this, but they want Iraq to go into pandemonium so they can get in for money reasons.
It is so hard to not evaluate the world by my USA value system of fairness and justice, the rest of the world just does not work on the same ideology they work on take when you get a chance.
NOW, this make my life very easy in most countries, because I am the bigger, smarter person often, and I can just take what I want, but that is not fair, but is nice in ways I will admit. This means that I can be the first in any line because I can push everyone out of the way. Big boy rules! But I do not use that rule unless I know that I will get punished for not acting like the locals, and end up standing on the bus.
UNITED NATIONS IS JUNK
I am realizing all the time that there is nothing about the United Nations that is trying to help the world, it was obvious when I was in Iraq that the United Nations food for oil program was a complete joke and that Iraq did not need the food, and that the UN people do nothing but suck cash for a job. I know there are some good people that believe they are doing good, but they do not ask,
“Why do I have a Toyota Land Rover that cost more than a whole village in some countries?”
The UN goes first class or they do not go.
Now going first class is not the way to learn about the normal person or to form a common bond with the normal person that needs help.
I did it, I got another letter out and that makes me relax, like the calm after a storm, it is sometimes painful to write them letters as I really have no idea what to write about, as there is nothing all that exciting happening this week, but nonetheless I popped it out.
Germany is proof I need a car, there is nowhere to go in this small village except to the bike path, and to look at the houses, and they seem to be lacking a coffee shop. But it does have the two churches and one grocery store, plus one bank.
I have been spying around and looking for used car lots, and trying to figure out how to buy a used car, I have the feeling in the bigger city of Germany I could find a used car or van pretty easy. There is one over here parked behind a barn that looks perfect, but I do not speak German and need to have some translation or help to inquire, Sabine is great, but is working most of the time.
I keep thinking about food.
I realized the other day that when there is a refrigerator I eat more, and when there is no refrigerator I eat less. I just get rid of the refrigerator and no problem.
Poor countries have no fridges and they are thin, not the Iraqi people have freezers and they are fatter, but it is not a poor country.
Israel must have lots of fridges by the look of Aron Sharon.
I have two friends in Bangkok or will be in Bangkok when I get there, Oren from Canada, and Francis from Canada.
I just hooked up a free blog for Oren, he is very funny guy, and writes some great group mails. I am going to try to convince Francis to do this also, because he is one of the worlds best cheap travelers.
OREN BLOG - Empty as of today.
But it is new, and I think he will blog, I am trying to figure out a way to automate the process so I can let people use my site as a place to host their blogs.
METATAGS PLACED IN SITE For the techies.
I used to always have my metatags correct a few years ago, but I have got lax.
I used Macro Express and have been letting my 2nd computer run copying the title, and inserting metatags in 6000 pages.
Strange as it may be I really do not enjoy Blogging, I do it rather as a distraction, or in some ways to remember what I am thinking about, but for sure I do not like to talk just about travel, but I think my mother enjoys to know that I am thinking, or I would say she knows me so well that she know I am ok, by the way I write.
So what is up?
I am watching CNN, and George W. Bush seems to have this Iraqi war all wrapped up, just cleaning up the last messes we have put off to the end, and they we can leave the country, so I am predicting after the June 30 turn over of command to the Iraqi crazies, we can get out of Iraq.
I was laughing at what we need is an excuse to leave Iraq, and the CNN - Communist New Network keeps giving him the excuse, as they constantly portray the Iraqis as wanting us to leave, and I can tell you that in my opinion after my 35 days in Iraq that is the last thing the Iraq small people want, but the Clerics in their mafia minded desire for control hopefully will get their wish. I am ready for the USA soldiers to leave, it is time to let the Iraq people change their own diapers.
So CNN, thank you in a round about way for giving the Commander and Chief the excuse he needs to leave.
“The Iraqi People do not want us in Iraq.”
Which is in my opinion not true.
But so on and so forth Bush can exit stage left in JUNE, take out about 75,000 troops and Crowds of Cheering Americans can welcome them home as heroes and Georgy become in higher esteem.
But WMD … Weapons of mass destruction, the CNN is setting him up perfect as the Election come our way in November. George can release a book form document of WMD, and he will be the Hero, I thank again CNN for trying so hard to make him look bad as nothing make you look better than a good comparison, so the worst he looks now the better he will look before the election, besides I am not sure anyone thinks Kerry is anything but a wimp that changes his opinion daily, no steadfast presidential thoughts in that head.
The Osama Bin Laden…. Will he show up just in time for the Election, I would guess that there will be some real big searches for him soon.
OIL…. Hehehe another comparison, as they all boost their production it should drive down the price 50 cents USA by the Election.
All the dominoes are arranging themselves perfect, as I think Georgy has a noble cause in his head, and that tend to attract noble followers and tell you who has the devil inside of them.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SUN
Thailand sun is one of my favorites, and maybe I can figure out how to jump to the Philippines.
Sabine listed out about 20 reasons why a girl would never marry me the other night, that was enlightening and interesting as I do not really care if they marry me, but do care if I am still in the game.
I am glad she is not a girlfriend or I would have to dump her.
It happens all the time that people tell me all the reasons that the life I lead is not for them, I never would want people to live the life I live, but I do want the world to slow down. Why is everyone in a hurry, and where are they going?
IT HIT ME - COMMON VERSUS SPECIAL
Travel is a comparison as all thing are in comparison to something, and I am sure that most people want to appreciate special, but refuse to focus on the common, and without the common there is nothing special.
I KEEP THINKING ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
Belize has these islands where you can take a boat between them and the whole trip between the islands you can see the bottom of the ocean and it is beautiful. I keep trying to find other places like this as Belize is sort of weird and too expensive in a way. I also think it is getting invade by tourist. I am hoping the Philippines is like this.
I am told the Simian Islands way off the coast of Thailand, straight out from Phuket are like this, but I could be remembering wrong. I studied in my Encarta Encyclopedia and they may be spelled Similan, of course this is just an English rendition of Thai words.
MAP OF KO SIMILAN
I am always talking to myself and I am often thinking about a lot of things other than my location. My dream travel is when I go look around for two hours per day and the rest of the day I just sit around day dreaming about anything I wish, or reading a book. I do spend too much time playing on my computer, but I enjoy this, so I guess that is ok.
WHAT IS UP WITH EUROPE?
I keep dwelling on how to travel in Europe and be happy. I can easily do a lot of work and travel in Europe, but to just roam around so far is impossible, before I come back again, I will:
1. Search the internet for a room in a home for 300 Euros, or
2. Come to Europe and buy a Van instantly in the first few days.
I think that England is the best choice, but Germany could be good also, France is out of the question as it is too congested and crowded. Spain just does not seem to have cars for some reason, they do, but only in England and in Germany have I seen used car lots.
I am here in Germany on Memorial Day weekend, and I was lucky enough to watch President Bush and Senator Dole give nice speeches to the dedication of WWII Memorial. I would say the German population is now our partner in freedom, but I will keep my eye on them nonetheless.
I feel very strong now as I have recouped from the last week of frustration at my inability to keep within my budge of 25 dollars per day here in Europe. I get very determined when this happens, because the future of my life and travel is dependent upon me making enough money to live and travel at the same time.
I am giving up on the donation idea of funding my travels as nobody give the one dollar requested, but that is ok as I still have enough money because of the Google.com ads on my site now. I still am working hard to find a way to sell some backpacks on the site.