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Debit Credit ATM Card Protection

Debit Credit ATM Card Protection



I used the red one now for about a year, it does not protect the face and really is only good for one card. I found this silver steel box holder here in Bangkok, Thailand. I now feel safe, if the magnetic strip, the numbers, the signature, or the card breaks, I have no money. I do not use traveler’s checks, I carry about 200-300 US dollars cash, but I exclusively take money only from ATM machines now for 10 years. Sometimes I purchase online airline tickets with the card, I use for nothing else.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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Breaking a card, losing a card, travel is rough on debit cards, I do not use credit cards. Not the same as when you can just go to the bank and are issued a new one. DHL can you believe it charges more for a Card…

The bottom line, you must protect your money first, money solves all travel problems. Traveler’s checks do not work; cash always works and ATM about 99 percent of the time… I presently know of only one country where I could not use and ATM, that was Iraq, and I suspect you can now.

Buy one these debit card boxes, take this photo to an office supply place, not a traveler supply, they do not give you want you need, they give you what you want, you need this. Took me forever to purchase one in the outside world.

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Debit Credit ATM Card Protection


A Web Site Dream or Nightmare Aaagh

A Web Site Dream or Nightmare
Fxxx
Sxxx
Dxxx
Moxxxx Faaaa
Axxxxx hole
Expletive Deletives,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expletive

My site went down two times yesterday! Aaagh… I do my job, I want the world to handle it when a person does beyond what they anticipated. I am in between two worlds; I sat in back of the class and played chess with the nerds, then went to American Football practice and was a middle linebacker.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Free Hotel Webpages
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HoboTraveler.com is now on a designate server, and it went down two times yesterday. Something about a limit on Apache of a number, the Hosting tech wanted to raise it to 150; I said max it at 255. I want no human limits put on me, not by made by one human as to what I am capable of.....

The nightmare of a big site, lots of traffic, hosting companies do not host big sites, they plan on failure of sites, not on what they sell, unlimited traffic, unlimited this, unlimited that, blah blah blah… Please I read the ad and said, ok I pay.

I am in great fear of having explosive traffic, and my site will crash. The hosting techs just are not trained to deal with huge traffic.

I have the best problem in the world, like having the IRS knocking on my door and wanting more money because I make too much money. Too much traffic is not a problem it is an obstacle, and a great way to have a Hosting Tech hear a Big Ape Roar.

Nevertheless, in the end, I do not like the embarrassment of trying to explain all the reasons when the site is down. The explanations do not suffice, when some old guy in Florida wants to get his daily dose of world travel, I want to say, read on.

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A Web Site Dream or Nightmare Aaagh


Buying a New Camera

Buying a New Camera
The screen of my 12X Sony Camera broke when the motorcycle taxi hit a pig in Togo and we crashed. The pig was ok, the camera, me, and my backpack have scars. I have been looking through the old fashion viewfinder now for months. And now, my camera has a ghost inside it, and it starts on its own. This would be not so bad, if the ghost would leave some battery power for me after it is done.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Free Hotel Webpages
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I am clueless about the Ghost, maybe my one Thai friend turned on some automatic type mechanism in my camera when she was playing with it. Whatever, .... the camera starts on its own.

I sit my 12X Sony Camera down, it will make that small noise and power up, next time I try to use the camera the batteries are dead. The only way to use now is to remove the batteries and insert them when I want to take a photo.

How fast of draw am I?
Am I a good cowboy?
Can I draw and shoot my camera faster than you?
Who will win in a shootout at the OK Corral?

First priority in purchasing a camera is probably… how fast does it power-up or become ready to take a photo. I sat an Olympus camera down and have never touched it again, It was dead, the person I wanted to photograph was gone, and I was always holding the camera saying to myself.
- Faster, faster, faster, you stupid camera, turn on. -

I have not read and clear methods of knowing speed, the only way I know to test is to take both cameras and hold side by side and try them.

I know the Sony is relatively fast, so hard for me to want to buy a different horse.

Second consideration is the Optical, NOT Digital zoom. I have found the 10X plus range is great, and now they are doing the up to 18X and maybe more. I was ready, primed, I was going pro, and I wanted to buy the Sony SLR Single Lens Reflex camera, which means little to me…

18X or 15X will serve as a SLR in 98 percent of photos.

With the SLR camera, I can remove a small lens and load on a larger and larger lens until I could view ants at 100 meters away or at least a surfer. This is the big camera hanging around people neck, saying,
- Rob me, or I be Photographer. -

I was laughing yesterday on Khao San Road as I saw about 10 of these cameras in a row. There is some serious penis envy enforced in the camera shops. I truly believe about 1 in 50 people need to purchased these large lens cameras. I think it takes about 10,000 photos before a person can become a good critic of photo taking methods.

Oh well, someone has to buy to create competition so I can buy cheaper if I can ever find a good reason.

Size is the problem; a person does not take the best photos when they cannot carry the camera in their hands. I go to dodgy, well maybe dangerous places; for sure, they would steal a camera if I had it hanging around my neck. I think the only place you really need the expensive long lens camera is where they will rob you or beat you if you use the camera. My goal is to get far enough away from the people to steal a photo without them catching me.

I want small, the Sony 12X was small, the big lens ones, the pro ones require I buy a backpack before I buy the camera, there is no way to buy a camera without buying a special backpack to carry the I-wanna-be-photographer crap. I do not want to be a photographer, I just want great photos, and I do not want to know what f-stop is.

Batteries and battery management, this is the art of taking many photos. To be pro, I would need to have about 5-10 sets of battery replacements and I need to use a battery tester to make sure they are really charges. A battery charger can say the batteries are pregnant and they are not, nothing worst than putting non-charge batteries in a camera fast to capture the great photo fast and the batteries do not work.

Sony went to the AA battery system on the 12X, now they seem to have gone back to the proprietary battery model… I am annoyed; I think they should go to a four or maybe eight battery system. I want the camera to have enough power to push out a great photo. I am positive weak batteries make for bad photos. I need to remove the half-used batteries and put in new ones to be pro, who wants to be pro, I just want to snap photos quick, and pretend I am pro.

SLR or Sony 15X, or now the new contender a 18X Finepix I found for about 100-200 dollars less.

Does 3X zoom make a big difference; I suppose I should bet on a known horse and buy the Sony.

The SLR Sony is out of the running, the stupid thing, I pay 800-1000 dollars for a camera and have fewer features… It will not take a MPG movie, so what is the point. I am not going to carry three cameras. I think two is good… I want to take videos.

I am going to carry the Sony 15 X and a small cell phone with a 3 million-pixel photo capacity. I can sneak photos with the cell camera better than I can with a camera that says, look at me, I am taking your photo. There is nothing on the planet more common than a person looking at cell phone, it is the thingy that women are using to replace the thingy of men.

I have not purchased a camera yet, I am still in the make up my mind phase as my other 12X install batteries to use camera is annoying me.



This is the proven horse, I know the Sony is reliable.

15 X lens, and uses a special lithium battery, I need to buy 2-3 or 10 of them to be happy, no more AA off the shelf, can buy in an emergency, I will be nailed to the wall with the Sony Battery.



18 X lens, three more, and uses 4 AA batteries as is my understanding and cost about 4000 Baht less here in Bangkok.

Speed, I have a need for a speed, I want to be the fast draw, and I really do think that taking photos fast is required to capture the best. Note, the pros turn on this machine gun feature, with some 24 Meg picture or huge. Then take too many, and then cut the photos out of the photos with a graphic program. So much for skill, just turn on the machine gun and take tons, then cut the good photo out of the photo with a graphics program. I learned this in Israel from some starving freelance photographers. It is very easy to find someone who does not make any money but calls himself or herself a professional photographer.

Experts, a dime a dozen… I have been walking around looking at people with camera trying to find an expert, I have not seen any for a long time. There is something in their eyes, and they have a perspective when the take a photo, plus they also wears the required hunting vest gear. I refuse, but it does have merit

I have the Baht, I have the place, I can go to Panthip this huge Computer Mall that will sell all software for only 5 dollars, and has four floors of toys.

Finepix or Sony, or is it Fuji or Sony, I tire of trying to choose a camera. I do not really want to purchase three Sony Batteries; I really need five, and would be very happy with ten. This would cost more than the camera. I go to places with no electricity, somebody must have the same empathy as me, and I mean someone out there must feel the same pain.

Which come first, the bag for camera, battery management for camera or the camera, oops, then the computer to download. These four variable works together, the are all hooked at the hip. I do not make a decision without talking to the other group. NOTE: Do not put photos on DVD or CD Roms! Thumb Drive maybe, computer and FTP is the only safe way.

Therefore, batteries, what do you think can you stay up with this new Sony 15 X or should I buy the Finepix so I can go to the local store and buy AA batteries in an emergency.

Do I need to battery charger for the Sony Lithium Batteries?

I really need girl assistant, long legs, smart as a whip, she can carry the bag, the camera, the batteries, and she can take the photos as instructed…. I will watch her, as she take photos… must have a Western Passport and feel somehow exotic, and not be from the USA, maybe born in a poor country and immigrated. I am not sure I can handle USA girl assistants and Europeans are increasingly annoying me.

Why does everyone stop me from thinking and saying what I think, there is no freedom of thought. They want to control my thoughts, and shoot; I cannot control what I think about.

All this work because I sold some photos, and I make money from putting photos on the internet. But, I was told in Israel, but a pro, that I was not a pro. I have to believe him, he said he was pro, sleeping in his dorm bed, while I got a single room.

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Buying a New Camera


Buying is the Travel Sin

Buying is the Travel Sin
I am on this pivotal idea kick, I keep trying to find the pivotal concept that reveals all, and the one way of looking at an issue, that resolves the question. Africa taught me that jealousy is a basic evil desire of humans, as I saw at the simpler cultural levels, jealousy became a dangerous problem. In the more convoluted brains of the developed cultures, motivations are not clear, the reasons for behaviors are hidden behind many smoking guns.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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It is painful for me in my Betazoid body to watch people buy, well, they buy everything, it is not important; they buy anything providing there is money in their pocket. I can feel their frustrations, there is never enough cycle, they must continue to buy, and they will get up tomorrow and go buy again, the whole in their chest is never closed, the wind just tickles the edges.

Jealousy is when I want what another person has, or I do not want you to have it, I do not want you to have something I do not also have.

This is the complicated way of saying it:
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

What is up with this Male Servant clause…? Hehehe
Ok, back to the issue.

I am suppose to be happy when you do well, if you go out and make lot of money, and I have none. I should be happy for you. I truly am proud that Bill Gates comes from the USA, he is rich and he deserves every penny.

I am happy that Norway is first on the HDI - Human Development Index, and want to go there to see why the USA is 10 or somewhere down the line. I would like to go and learn how I can do better.

I truly believe the problem with Israel is, well, these boys and girls are endowed with too many brains, they make everyone nervous. If I am stupid, better to keep the smart people away from me… On the other hand, if I am not jealous better to make them my friend. I personally go searching for smart people, seem like the bright thing to do, find a smart person and follow them, and then I can be lazy brained.

Well, this is what I learned, it is not the sin just to want something, and it becomes the sin when you go buy it. To want, to need, to desire, to dream, to hope, to sit around dwelling on what I can buy… To believe that something I do not have will make me happy, this does not work.

I wish I could buy something to make me happy, what a waste of money for me, I am already happy. But, I tell myself I am happy more than I tell myself I am not, there is a bigger pile of thoughts on the one side than the other side.

I do have these very small enjoyments. I go buy Iced Coffee and the trade of is this, I could go buy an Iced Coffee or a new Computer and today I think I would rather buy the Iced Coffee.

I keep learning as I have less and less, my backpack is limited, I cannot buy much, there is no place to keep it, and darned if I am going to send things home to a place I do not live. I live here, today. I will die someday and a big pile of junk will be left for a garage sale, why?

I buy something, then the something I buy, owns me.

I buy something, and then I worry about someone stealing it, borrowing it, or me losing it. Too much work I cannot be bothered.

I do want money, I want enough money that when someone steals something I need like my underwear, I just go and buy some more, I do not live in want. I want to replace everything in my backpack painlessly.

Nevertheless, to want is not the sin, to buy is the acting out of covet, the desire, the wanting.

I do very little in the day, I do not want, I do not desire, I do not need, I for sure do not go shopping. I have about 90 percent less to do than the other travelers or tourist around me. I also am not in need of some body rush; I do not need to go see something of beauty to have a good day. I am a boring person. I do not spend 90 percent of my day shopping.

I am probably addicted to ideas, I like to ponder, and I have this never-ending series of thoughts in my brain. I like to think, I love the game of problem solving. All this came to past as a friend told me I was trying to make traffic to my site to make money… I thought, no, I am trying first to have enough money, and not decreasing, that is scary when I start to slowly go lower, as there is a bottom. I love the game of thinking, of having complicated ideas.

However, I have trouble getting motivated for money, what would I do with money, buy another backpack. I have the best backpack I can play with today; it is the best I found to play with here in Bangkok. What am I going to do, buy two iced coffees?

Yes, there is always some small tweaks, and if I had unlimited money, I suppose I would not wear that t-shirt two days in a row. I think every person on the planet should move into a one-room home, it would stop them from buying….

Gong, you lose, I see people buy small backpacks, and then what do they do, the carry two big plastic bags of junk, and the small backpack. I carry a big backpack, but I accept, I need this amount of things to be happy, but then again, I do not own anything.

I have nothing to protect, everyone has more than I do, but I am fabulously wealthy, I smile, and I have time, I have time to ponder while everyone else tells me, I am too busy. I think when a person says they are too busy, they have lost the game. Somebody made them work for the man, they are in jail, totally out of control, and there lives have been purchased.

I tend to think, they bought so much, and they spend all their time maintaining or preserving their lifestyle and gave up their life. The for sure do not have time to talk….

Strange as it seems, I can call a person on Skype.com, a person I have not talked to in six months and they say,
- I am too busy to talk. -

Alternatively, do they mean, Andy you mean nothing to me, so I do not want to talk to you. I see both ideas as the same, oh well; I have time to talk if they ever stop buying and sinning. They are still my friend, they are just stray sheep.

A rich person does not want, a rich person has time, however, forget to smell the roses, I go buy iced coffee and take Hollywood showers. I do what I like, you do what you like and we will meet by chance, and life is good.

Buying is the Travel Sin


India Says Get Visa in Home Country

India Says Get Visa in Home Country
There is a path between Asia and Europe and the USA for foreigners, India is on this path. It appears that India is removing their country from this Tourist or Travelers path. Travelers Visas for India has changed their Visa rules in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia already have, and Thailand may be soon follow. Soon maybe only a Thailand citizen will be able to get a Visa to India in Thailand. This is either brilliance or extreme stupidity, I know for this Hobo I will no longer travel to India because I will not be able to get a Visa easily.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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I have applied and received Visas to India in England, Egypt and Thailand, never in the USA. If this new rule becomes worldwide, I would have to fly home to the USA for the Visa to India. India is already on my I-do-not-love-country list, however, there are many reasons to go to India, and one is business…

The pros of this policy is they may slow the Rasta, Tattoo, non-employable Foreigners from flying from Southeast Asia and living in India on one dollar per day, taking cheap drugs India is knowm for and their inane search for Gods.

The Cons is the only Foreigners in Southeast Asia who will find a way around the rule will be these un-employable, the net result is these people will still go to Asia and the good normal travelers will not.

The huge Negative point is India business, in my theory of global business most global type entrepreneurial businesses are started by tourist. Yes, Microsoft and the big boys will go anyway. However, the startup businesses established from people hanging around in India will be slowed. Tourist and travelers carry new ideas, and India desperately needs some new ideas, they do NOT need the Rasta, Tattoo bunch going there and doing drugs, but they do need the people, who say while on a tourist trip.
-- This is good idea, I will import - export this to India. -

Indian people are know it alls, they are in this hangover from the English Noble class concepts, and their class system just enforces it. They truly believe in their in inherent culture some people are smarter than some classes of people. This is just another example of India proving they are not just and equal, and they for sure are not smarter. The essential problem with class systems are they do not listen to people below them in status, the close the door to learning from the whole world.

When a country makes a rule to exclude, they exclude the good and the bad still comes. Look at the USA; we have for years required Foreigners to return to their home country to apply for a Visa. The illegal aliens in the USA may outnumber the legal tourist. Right now the policy is to allow the trash of Mexico to come live in the USA and eventually give them citizenship, while the law abiding great Mexican has no chance to immigrate to the USA. Rather reverse Darwin in steroids. I think the USA should open the border to Mexico and allow the trash to escape easy, they want to go home, they just came to earn money, but now they are in a cage. I do want reciprocity, I want Mexico to allow the USA to also move to Mexico.

India needs to explain, what their secret, never thought out agenda here is. I do not like India, and now I like less. One more reason to not go to India, I do not need more reasons, I am overwhelmed with reasons already and I want to go to India, it has many stories to tell in a covered by cow manure way.

I wonder, do they want to be like Nigeria?

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India Says Get Visa in Home Country


Flying Blind with Shame and Pride

Flying Blind with Shame and Pride
I live in the desert, I sens flash messages back to the world, and tell them of my progresses or failures. The world receives them, and I receive only one percent feedback of the quality of the missives. I am liked or carried by my writing, My unique perception of the world explained in a Jack Kerouac, absent-minded professor, lovable enough because everyone knows I am telling the truth. It would not be impossible to fake those truthful explanations in a posturing way. I really do get lost on the way to the store… then can explain how to go back to the store with pure clarity.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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I have not looked at my own web site in seven years. I do not think I have ever seen my own web pages. When I am in the USA, at my parents home, where I can do this unlimited surfing, I am at the speed of slow dialup, and Verizon stops everything tehie from happening… just a pain in butt company for webpage publishing.

I have now looked at my own internet pages after being in the desert of the outside world for seven years.

Wow, what a bunch of crap, this thing is a disaster zone!

Then, I think… I have designed the architecture, the backend, the structure of this page, that works great, even with the worst of the worst layout, extra code, just pure chaos on the outside and sometimes on the inside. The SEO or Search Engine Optimization is so good, that I got about 7000 unique visitors on the page yesterdya, and used to get from10 to 15,000 unique with the same ugly look, but perfect SEO Architecture. Google.com is changing their rules so I need to work to play by their rules, I am glad they change the rules, they make their users happy, not me.

It is amazing I make one penny, and I am making a hundred.

Now, that I am looking at my naked site, I am going to clean it while I am on this fast connection for the first time in seven years. I have been making pages 99 percent blind, I just publish them and hope they are ok, because my in the desert, in the too slow, flash send to the world published pages from some of the worst internet cafes on the planet. I did have the ability to check what I sent. I have checked now… wow…

Google.com likes my site, but they have a limit of overlooking some code problems and such, they are now saying, by way of slower traffic,
- Andy, time to fix them there pages, and enter the new world of high speed MTV, get a life, talk on two cell phone web pages. -

It is a challenge, not as big as you think, really just a lot of work, but I am having fun playing the Google.com algorithm search engine change the rules on the fly game.

A web site is not about today, I must design a site that is appreciated by Google.com or the next big boy on the block 3-5 years from now.

This is the art, to predict the what the future of the interne is, I am betting my instincts, opinions and all my work that I am right, I have been winning tremendously.

Now, the fun part, I can make this new toy, HoboHideOut.com and not repeat the many errors of HoboTraveler.com. It is amazing to myself, how much traffic I have, carried solely on a great architectural web design, this is my pride.

Nevertheless, the truth is, the King has had no clothes for years, and nobody explained clearly this to him… Your site is a mess!. Now, I have a mirror, and I can see, wow, this site is damaged goods. However, a good backend, code, behind the ugly face, sort of the soul is good, but the face is ugly. I am lucky to have a good soul.

Note, I have never been able to put the whole site in my Microsoft Front Page program because the RAM was too low in my prior or old computers. I am actually on the same page, life is too easy in these modern times with a better computer, designatd server, etc.

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Flying Blind with Shame and Pride


My Lobby of United Nations for Safe Walking Surface

My Lobby of United Nations for Safe Walking Surface
I believe just an opinion of by the United Nation could change the planet; I suppose just an opinion by George Bush. It is possible they do talk about this and I am not aware. The world architects, designers, construction people seem to be all flying North for winter.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 19, 2007
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Slippery when wet signs need installed for the whole city of Bangkok.

This is NOT just a Thailand problem, it is a world problem. The world seems to continually make these very pretty and highly dangerous walking surfaces. This is a rather normal sidewalk in the Khao San are of Bangkok. I have on sandals, as does I suppose 90 percent of the folks in the area, and it is raining. I think, wow, this is slippery, I am young at spirit, my brain works fast, I anticipate, nonetheless how many people slip and crack their head on the planet in the name of making pretty sidewalks that do not function.

I just have a problem, laying down a sidewalk that is incredibly slippery seems off the wall negligent, however I see it so often, I have learned to ignore.

This is a lobby point, my personal lobby with the United Nations to set up some global safety standards. If they have, then someone post in the comments below. So much talk in the world, and nobody connect the brain, is the brains asleep?

All they have to do, it do a PR release, talk too much as is normal, point at some country and soon the world is safer. The wheelchair thing is an impossible hope, not really and issue, they must use the road until about 50 years in the future, but the world could stop making slippery sidewalk in the future.

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My Lobby of United Nations for Safe Walking Surface


Rockin in the USA

Rockin in the USA
Screaming, Rockin, spoken as a true person from the Southern Hills of Indiana. Johnny Cougar screams his lyric.
R.O.C.K. in the USA, I can feel it.
I only know how to feel as I was born, in a small town in the USA, and right now, I am Rockin in the USA.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 19, 2007Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- Promote Hotel
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Rock-In The USA
R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A

A song by John Cougar around Bloomington, Indiana where I went University and drank my way to fame, and made mocking jokes to John Mellencamp ex-wife who managed our apartment complex, think hey winch, you screwed up, that divorce was too early; the man has gone Rockin in the USA, good job hometown boy, Johnny.

LYRICS

They come from the cities
And they come from the smaller towns
Beat up cars with guitars and drummers
Goin crack boom bam

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Yeah, Yeah!
Rockin' in the U.S.A.

I am in Bangkok, Thailand, and all I can say, I feel like I am Rockin in the USA. I am on this WIFI connection in the (HOTEL NAME EDITED) for 390 Baht per night, Free WIFI and it screams… Rockin in the USA.

I am connected, I feel the rush. A big Skype.com speed fast, it is really as I feel the world, in my world, as I think and feel…
Rockin in the USA!
(This is my world, in my brain, a neighborhood you should not enter alone... my brain.)

I have never been at Warp Speed Connection I have realized, never in my life have I done this, this is a first, I have never continually surfed at warp speed. What a connectivity additions.

The internet almost stays up with the speed of my brain, or at least follows along, a strange feeling to be in Bangkok, Thailand and feeling the speed of the USA…. Rockin in the USA.

(Edited)

Geez, Johnny talks like me.
Goin crack boom bam

I say, Goin Come-in Rock-in...
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Rockin in the USA