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Thoughts from across the pond

Thoughts from across the pond
Here is United States President Election advice for those of you confused.

I received and email from a friend who received an email from a bloke over in Ireland about the Presidential Election in the USA.

This type of logic is irrefutable and sound, it just holds water.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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Thoughts from across the pond

An email from Ireland to the brethren in the States...a point to ponder
despite your political affiliation:

'We, in Ireland, can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States .

On one side, you have a pants wearing lawyer, married to a lawyer who can't keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer who goes to the wrong church who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.

Now...On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate Mc terminology married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What in Lords name are ye lads thinking over there in the colonies??

Thoughts from across the pond


Taking a Moment to Prioritize my Life

Taking a Moment to Prioritize my Life
I have been taking a moment, a pause, a full stop in my life, maybe I will have insight, you know, that epiphany thing, that sudden change from being bored to an enlightened being. I know, this does not happen, I just bore my friends more talking about it.

I worry about becoming hard, I try to remember to listen to Wade,
"Walk Slow."
I would add, avoid the people who walk fast, and people who say they are too busy, they are not busy, but their brain like an old rerun on television, you have already watched before, so change channels.

There is this excellent song, maybe a video, whatever, watch it, it can help to clear the mind, I know the secret to happiness lies in where you hang your hat, and who you choose to listen too.

I think this quote is excellent advice:
"Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Travel."
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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June 1, 1997 The Chicago Tribune
by Mary Schmich

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

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Note, I do not wear sunscreen, and would call myself a sun worshipper, careful, do not become to soft, the problems is your brain, you think too much.

Taking a Moment to Prioritize my Life


Tricky Crap

Tricky Crap
Boy Genius is here in Bangkok, he plans to visit Singapore and a few other countries in Southeast Asia. He has not traveled that much, even though a part owner of one of the worlds largest Travel Room sites, this will be one of the first time to try to use other Hotel Sites in real life.

Yesterday, he was excited that he found a private room in Singapore for 22 Dollars, and chatted me on Yahoo Messenger the link.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008
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Boy Genius - 22$ USD on this one
Boy Genius - Singapore …. http://www….

(LINK IS REMOVED, MOST HOTEL SITES ARE THE SAME)

I looked at the link, instantly recognized that they was advertising the single person rate for a two person room, which then went on to say you needed to rent both beds. I then chatted and asked,

Andy - Do you need to have two people in room?
Boy Genius - 22 is not shared
Andy - sure?
Boy Genius - Oops
Boy Genius - hmm
Boy Genius - Tricky
Andy - yes
Boy Genius - This is crap
Andy - The reason for Hideout.

This is one of them great moments for me, when a point is poignantly made to another person, whereby they understand the nature of this travel industry beast.

I have been having fun listening to stories about airplane booking sites also…
“Yes, the ticket is 100 dollars and the tax, fee, and surcharges is 300 dollars.”

When I rent a room, I want to know the all-inclusive price, I want Wireless WIFI Internet access in my room. I almost always have to call and ask, I cannot trust their website.
“Is the Internet Free?”
“Is it in the room, or just in the hotel reception area?”

I have only reserved about five rooms in ten years of travel, the reason is simple, I do not want to learn to hate Hotel, this is where I live, these places are my home. I cannot afford the mental and emotional stress of feeling cheated.

This is trick crap as Boy Genius said, I do not understand why there is so much fine print and why the world makes is so difficult. I do not trust a hotel that does this, and I think to myself, it they will be deceptive with prices, will they be deceptive and steal my computer.

I may be different than the average person, however for me, I want to know exactly how much it cost to rent a room, I want to know exactly how much to fly in airplane. I am quick enough to decipher this maze of tricky crap, I do it daily, I have tons of experience. What about old people, are these site just preying on the older or naïve people of the planet, I feel the answer is yes.

Are people so cynical they do not believe they cannot just be honest and rent their rooms, or sell their plane tickets?

Tricky Crap


You Are Having a Bad Hair Day

You Are Having a Bad Hair Day
Boy Genius from India made a truly revealing comment, I said something like,
“It is difficult to say anything nice to women, they all seem like they have a cob up their butt.”

He said,
“An insult it the only thing they listen too now.”

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Saturday, July 5, 2008
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If you like a girl, find her attractive, you want to just flirt, maybe it time to forget all that noise. There is no credible reason to be nice to the women of the planet. If you like a girl, it is more effective and efficient to insult them, the girl will pay attention and with this great dysfunctional hook, your chances improve.

We have been walking around thinking of great insults for all occasions.

You Are Having a Bad Hair Day


Travel Versus Mountain Backpack

Travel Versus Mountain Backpack
I have traveled non-stop for over 10 years and 77 countries, I am positive I know about Backpacks, I live with my Backpack.

There is a pivotal difference between a Travel Backpack and a Mountain, Hiking, Trekking or Climbing Backpack.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008
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The most important thing to remember is that a Travel Backpack is touch by baggage handlers. The abuse will be doled out by the planes, trains, buses, and by the taxi drivers, even when your arrive at the hotel someone wants to touch your bag, nobody will leave that bag alone, everyone will get their chance to break that travel backpack.

A trekking bag is not touched, it is babied around, nobody gets to touch it, only the owner who cares about the bag and does not want to break the bag. Maybe a tree or bush will touch it, but the human animal, the most dangerous on the planet does not.

Would you tie a tent on the bottom of bag that is being checked at the airport? Yes, you can do it, and if you are lucky it will make it to the destination, but let us be real, inside the bag is better.

A Travel Bag is meant to keep people out, the mountain bag is meant to allow the person into the bag quickly.

The Travel Bag should have the pockets on the inside of the bag, and the mountain bag has the pockets on the outside.

A travel bag will make a way for you to lock the bag, a mountain does not, because there are too many pockets on the outside.

A travel bag should be smooth, there should be nothing lose to catch on the bus door, to get trapped in the baggage carousal at the airport, anything lose will be broken, I 100 percent guarantee it.

A baggage handler will grab anything he or she can reach quick and fast, and pick up that bag, those clips just were not meant for this abuse.

Hehehe, you do not buy things up on the mountain, you do not come home with more then when you left, and a travel bag needs to expand so it can hold all those souvenirs.

The length of time on the mountain or out will decide how much weight you need to carry. A person climbs the mountain or goes to the jungle for less than one month, a Backpacker or Travel goes for normally 3-6 months. Climbing or Hiking is something your do for a vacation or enjoyment, while travelers live with their bag, it is their home, it is a lifestyle, not a vacation.

I tend to laugh at the Traveler walking around on Khao San Road with mountain climbing gear and think, too stupid for word, they went to a gear shop and the salesperson sold them 100 percent the wrong gear. The more pockets the outside, the more I know they know nothing about traveling the world.

Travel Versus Mountain Backpack


Boy Genius from India in Thailand

Boy Genius from India in Thailand
Boy Genius from India has arrived in Bangkok, Thailand so we can improve the site quicker.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008
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Boy Genius has now worked for the HoboTraveler.com site and associated sites for a few years. I have given him a percentage of the HoboHideOut.com site, wherby he has a stake in his 6.5 million page site.

We are very proud of the HoboHideOut.com site, and hope to it thrives.

Boy Genius is planning to travel around Southeast Asia for a few months, and this is an excellent decision. I feel that by traveling the planet he will learn to empathize with all the situation and problems of travelers and tourists. Moreover, by living in hotels, he will have a hand on experience that allows our sites to be extremely relevant to users.

We hope as we add additional PHP coders, Graphics, Writers and other specialty needs these people also will travel the planet. It would be really a wonderful thing to have a site made by traveler for travelers. It is one thing to make a Travel site; it is another thing to say you have traveled for 10 year inside the world of travel and understand.

This is really a global website and workers will be from all the countries on the planet.



Boy Genius from India in Thailand


You're Not a Deliberate Man

You're Not a Deliberate Man
Two girls were trying to cross the street yesterday, they kept stepping, then stopping, started, then looking both ways, and I walked up, passed by them and cross the street.

I thought about Wyatt Earp saying
“You're Not a Deliberate Man”

What is wrong with people, you make a decision, then follow the decisions path, crossing the street is the easy challenge of travel.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008
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I was laying my bed somewhere on the other side of the planet, watching a movie with Kevin Costner where he plays Wyatt Earp in a Cowboy Western Movie saying,
"You're not a deliberate man, Ed," Wyatt says in a monotone to his reasonable deputy, Ed Masterson (Bill Pullman). "I don't sense that about you. You're too affable."

Ed Masterson later gets himself killed because he did not take control of the situation and dominate another Cowboy with a gun.

I saw the two girls, passively crossing the street, not demanding the cars stop, also confusing the cars that are not going to stop or slow down unless they have too. However, there was a wide gap, we were jaywalking which is probably safer than walking across at crosswalk where the cars speed up to reach the light.
You're Not a Deliberate Man

A deliberate person is not passive, a deliberate person does not hesitate, if you hesitate, you have trouble.(Top Gun) This line in the movie resurfaces into my consciousness often; I try to understand the difference between a deliberate person and people who are affable.

Affable:
easygoing: good-natured, friendly, and easy to talk to

Deliberate:
1. intentional: carefully thought out and done intentionally
2. careful: slow, careful, and methodical
(My Windmill Backpack)

Nonetheless, I write in a propositional way, I propose questions and ideas, it is passive tone, not active, I can make a deliberate harsh comment, however I can also be very wishy washy in my opinions. I read other writers and I think to myself,
“They write like they know the truth.”

I think they write like this trying to convince themselves they know something because deep down in real life, they do not.
You're Not a Deliberate Man

This type of writing often annoys me, I think readers need to engage their brains, I do not think I should write the answers or solutions that would solve your problems finally. I can think of a couple types of travel gear that I think are 90 percent junk.

1. The camelbak water bag.
2. The pacsafe wire bag security system.

However, they are 10 percent good ideas, and strangely, to me, the USA Military has a water bag with a tube system they use in some of their equipment. I am hard pressed to not admit their may be times when this bag has reasonable uses. I also know the pacsafe would be better than my dog chain system when riding a train in India and worried that someone would pick up the bag and run off with it when sleeping on the bunk. The pacsafe protects the whole bag better, however easy to steal any one thing in the bag without a problem.

I still think these two types of gear are marketing jokes.
You're Not a Deliberate Man

An active person, a deliberate person versus an affable, friends with everyone, never rocks the boat and avoids confrontation person.

I not sure how the tone of my writing portrays me, however for sure I am an argumentative person, I have strong opinions and liberals suffer when near me, I do not listen to their crap, you want to tell me what to do, better to think about it first.

I do not like tourist, do not like most backpackers, I see them as infants in diapers, needing a big tit to suck to be safe. I think they are clueless and weak, I see them as people who need to follow a guidebook or a person with a big sign on a stick, the tour leader.

I do not need the tour leader, I do not need the guidebook, I use them as tools for information to augment my decision making process, when there is not a guidebook, I make it as I go.

I know I have many affable readers, who live a good Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, John Wayne action packed movie and look up to these hero figures wanting to be like them, but they are not, but they can be...

We all want to be the hero of our own lives, however that position is held normally by someone else, I think the dreamy part of travel, the illusional, spiritual, wanderlust, chasing the dream concept of travel is opposite of what it takes for long-term travel across all cultures.
(Most long term travelers can be very intolerant of certain type of behavior, yet not feel hassled to the point of returning home, then are not tolerant, they are not affable.)

I am thinking of the normal long-term India Travelers, they hang out in cheap places, smoke dope until the drop, spout of spiritual crap, and think they are somebody. They are not going to go to Africa; it does not even float across their minds.

Somewhere in this idea of being a deliberate man is the different between trying to do something and person that does something. I think people dream of doing something, the inspiration you need to do this is by grabbing the bull by the horns and doing it, well thought out, but burn the bridges, get it done, succeeding is the only option.

Traveler versus Tourist, this is one of my popular dilemmas and clarifications I strive for understanding the difference. Are you a passive person on vacation following a tour leader, relaxing and enjoying the ride, or are you a person who explores the planet?

The label is not necessary, however to have the moment of introspection where you become the hero is needed. People can escape their follow the leader mindset and become a deliberate man. (Women also, but sounds better when I use Man.)

A friend of mine when to the Philippines, found a girl friend, had many choices, the girls made him feel like a wanted man, alive and able to make decisions. I was very happy for him, I said,
“Remember this; you will never take crap from another American woman for the rest of your life.”

I do not want to promote macho behavior, I do however want to promote the idea that each one of us the inherent right to be ourselves, we do not need to listen or tolerate opinions of every person around. Yes, I have trusted friend that I give more consideration to than others, however the people who just pass through my life are affable, nice, have too many opinions are noise.

They read it on the internet.
They watch it on television.
They repeat what the another person said,

Did you say the opinion, did you make the decision, or are you repeating what everyone else is saying?
You're Not a Deliberate Man

You're Not a Deliberate Man


Traditional Music of Thailand Video

Traditional Music of Thailand Video
There is a park on the river near Khao San Road where they have Aerobics and various other events. Normally in the cool of the evening before sunset in a surrealistic lack of reality push, people go down to the park to try to be different, normally they all look the same, but different.

However, the other night a different treat, there was a group of musicians playing traditional Thailand Music in the grass. Notice the Jugglers in the background, this one was good, I am sure he escaped from a European Circus.
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Thailand music reflects it geographic position at the intersection of China, India, Indonesia and Cambodia, and reflects trade routes that have historically included Persia, Africa, Greece and Rome. Thai musical instruments are varied and reflect ancient influence from far afield - including the Klong Thap and Khim (Persian origin) Jakae (Indian origin), Klong Jin (Chinese origin) and Klong Kaek (Indonesian origin).

Though Thailand was never colonized by Western powers, pop music and other forms of European and American music have become extremely influential. The two most popular styles of traditional Thai music are luk thung and mor lam; the latter in particular has close affinities with the Music of Laos.
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Note, if you are a fire juggler, maybe a bongo player, what to try to be different, try to pick up a dread Farang tattoo girls that look anemic. Or a Farang Chic that wants to get naked with Thailand style boy hippies, this is the park to meet them. This is the counter culture, looking like everyone on Khao San Road, but has Juggling and Bongo skills, get in touch with the grass they are sitting on group and call it love.

Traditional Music of Thailand Video