So I was thinking today about what to write about to put out a mid week “hello!” and remembered that I’d tried to start a blog or journal type of thing about a year and a half ago. However, I didn’t do so well in keeping it up and ended up only putting one entry in. I received a couple of comments on it though, and I remember putting a lot of thought into it, so i thought i would retrieve my old thoughts and add them for you guys to see. So without further ado, here is my very first attempt at blogging:
I have always said and even tried on a number of attempts to keep a journal or diary of my day-to-day life, but always lose interest in time as my life unfortunately can suffer from a lack of excitement. Yet, the things one does on a rainy afternoon at home amuse us, when they wouldn’t hold the same interest at another time. So I decided to update my little spot on the web and make a stab at getting the old writing gears in my mind churning again. Please don’t expect a logical sequence of thought or events here as my mind can easily shift from the very deep to the frivolous with seconds…as my friends can attest to this fact. However, I will do my best to add mental snap shots of my life here from time to time for who ever might find themselves interested, or to be honest just out of the need to get my random thoughts out of my head. Feel free to judge but I must tell you that I’m mostly likely not going to care if you like what you read or not…with the exception of a select few opinions which matter to me (you know who you are).So, as I sit here staring out at the drizzle against the dreary Bangkok skyline of grey smog smeared buildings, I will reflect with you on the current state of affairs in my life. Mmm…….if you want details you can go to my profile and have a look so I won’t rehash what I’ve already said there. I live high above Sri Ayuthaya road in Bangkok and like so many days will be in the coming months, it is raining. I’ve my balcony door open as I like the sound of the hustle and bustle far below. The endless slide of tires against wet asphalt, the hum of tuk tuk motors, and the annoying horns of impatient drivers are all set against the occasional dull crack of thunder to create a sound I find very soothing in my current lazy state.
I’m studying at a university here in Thailand for my Masters Degree 4 nights a week, and so I find myself leaving in the mornings about 7:30 and not getting home at night till around 10 PM. It’s very taxing schedule, as I’m not generally a very disciplined person, so fortunately I have Sundays to try and recharge the batteries of my spirit. I’m going through the motions of doing a Masters degree but I must confess that I don’t exactly find the subject matter of the courses I’m taking very exciting. The majority of the classes I’m required to attend are mind numbing, but as with most things you get out of it what you put in. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a number of people who never studied a day in their lives, and yet magically did well and graduated with degrees in Business, Pre-Law, or Education….thanks in no small part to their blue blood money I’m sure. So a degree does not make a qualified person but unfortunately most of the world is caught up with the importance of embossed bits of paper…Sooo…I trudge off to one of the dreary crowded suburbs of Bangkok every night of the week to work towards getting a shiny lettered bit of paper of my very own.
But enough of that….don’t want to think about school or work today as its my off day, right? People are more generally interested in other’s personal lives anyways so I guess I’ll give you the Cliff note’s version of mine in case you are so interested. I’m not like a lot of guys such as myself you will read about with stories of alienation or rejection from their families. I have a wonderful family that I love very dearly and find that I have become much closer to them as I move on in my years. My mom and dad are still together after more than 30 years and anyone that knows them can tell you they still love each other as dearly as the day they first said the words. My mother told me recently they have discovered they still enjoy spending private time together between just the 2 of them after all these years, as they’ve just returned from their first big trip in years to Yellow Stone National Park in Wyoming. They love me very much and have always let me know that despite the rocky times we’ve been through. They are truly my foundation on which I base my own concept of love, and what i expect in my personal relationships in my own life. I have one little brother and a baby sister as well. My brother is all the butch, macho man I’m not and yet holds quite a tender heart under all that height and muscle. He’s a whopping 6’7 with the look of a unhappy State trooper to go with his towering stature. However, those close to him know he’s a heart of gold and no one could be as loyal and loving as he can….once you get past the grimace, crew cut, and tattoos. Ha ha ha….and Finally, my sister. I flew home in May of 2005 for my little sister’s wedding and boy was it a special experience. I left home when I was 19 and my sister was only 9 at the time. We have not been close over the years, so I didn’t know what to expect when I went home to see her walk down the aisle. The young woman I saw jumping up and down trying to get past my parents to hug me on my first night back in Alabama was all grown up. That sweet baby face with golden curls and Shirley Temple cheeks was gone and here was this grown woman, with that type of southern accent you might here put on in a movie, so very excited to see me. She is truly the bubbly one of the family with a smile and happy demeanor that compliments her brothers’ surely personalities. Although I don’t have much expertise in the area…I think I can safely assume she’s a knockout as far as looks go and with a down to earth personality to temper and balance everything out. She will always be the baby of the family and we will always treat her as the princess she thinks she is.
The rest of my extended family are just as special and will write about them at some point in time as well. Here’s hoping everyone is having a good week thus far, and check back for a new entry soon!