T.I.T. Podcast Episode 15: Progress and a Victory for Hope!


Is everyone out there still celebrating?  I know here in Bangkok we’re in shock with huge smiles on our faces at the historical significance of this tremendous victory for anyone who has ever dared to hope for something better.  There are not really any show notes for this little T.I.T. cast I did yesterday evening but I had to put together a little something to mark the occasion at the election heard round the world.  I sincerely hope you enjoy and I got some nice emails and even a voice mail so Tom in Thailand will be back over the weekend with a more organized show for sure.

Meanwhile, email me at tomnthai@gmail.com, comment on the blog or you can call my voice line and leave me a message.  A new age has finally come after nearly a decade of waiting!

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Weekend rambles…


Happy Sunday everyone! So sorry for not posting for a few days, but I like to wait and post when I’m feeling a bit inspired. I thought I should start this post by responding to the great comments i received on my last post. I feel that I should correct myself though, and just want to say to you guys that I rarely feel like I am in danger living in Thailand. I feel much much safer walking the streets here at night, than i would walking in cities this size at home. I just was trying to get the point across about how terrible the police are here and how untrustworthy they are. I’ve been the victim of petty crime in Bangkok like thieves, but never once felt threatened by any sort of violence. Anyways, the responses I got were sweet and It sure does make me feel good to be cared about so much.

So, It is Sunday evening here in the “Big Mango,” and that old familiar uneasy feeling is starting to creep into the back of my mind as the hours pass leading up to Monday morning. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my job, but just the thought of waking to that same old full day’s routine tomorrow in the intense Bangkok Summer heat isn’t exactly thrilling. However, I’ve had a great weekend and thus i guess i shouldn’t complain. Last night I shared a couple of bottles of wine, cheese, and great company with my dear friend Damob. (You should go check out his blog) We chatted as i sunk glass after glass of fine Australian red wine, and one of the topics that came up as drank our way through our Saturday night was the Obama/Clinton debate.

Now, at the beginning of the campaign I was an avid Hillary supporter and nothing could sway me. However, as time has progressed my support for her has begun to wane and I’ve started to turn a curious eye towards Mr. Obama and what he represents. I’m just not feeling Hillary anymore to be honest, and I like what I’ve heard in some snippets of Obama speeches. It didn’t sit well with me when i found out Hillary was once on the board of Wal-mart, as once upon a time I slaved my days away there on a pittance wage. Then there is the business of the pharmaceutical companies funding her campaign, and i read somewhere that she is receiving the most money from them than any other candidate, democrat or republican. Then there is the recent problem with her completely fabricating events that took place overseas. To shrug off a lie as a “mistake” just isn’t good enough for me. Therefore, I’m going to be watching Mr. Obama much more closely now and perhaps when the time comes he just might get my vote.

On a different note, I watched the movie “Casino Royale” tonight on the Star Movie Channel. It was the first time I’d seen the movie, and unfortunately I have to say it was a disappointment. It just didn’t feel like a James Bond movie to me. I think it was the actor Daniel Craig in the role as the legendary 007 that just seemed to fall short of carrying off the suave martini drinking Bond character well enough. Few people in my life know this, but actually I am a huge James Bond fan. I used to stay up late as a kid and watch James Bond marathons on television. Just loved the movies growing up, and this latest version just didn’t feel up to standard. That’s only my opinion though, cause I’m sure the movie got good reviews. The clock here has just rolled past midnight, so I should probably make my way to bed. Wish everyone a great week ahead, and will post again soon! Have a good one and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a read.