20 Random TominThailand Facts…

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Hey folks! So, I’ve been saying for a while now that I was going to try to get back into the habit of writing regularly.  It is simply much easier than sitting down for a few hours and putting together a podcast.  I freely admit to being extremely….and I mean extremely rusty at writing off the top of my head, so until now, I just haven’t known where to start.

Therefore, my goal is to sit down at least once a week and write something random, yet hopefully interesting, down about myself and my life in Thailand. Therefore, without further ado….here are “20 Random Facts About TominThailand!”

1. I hate onions…always have and always will. I dislike the smell, texture and above all else the foul evil and vile taste of them!

2. I focus on a task much easier if i’m doing more than one thing at a time. I think this might be because I get bored very easily, so if i focus on one task at a time then my mind tends to drift away. So, if i’m engaged in an activitiy like writing this blog post for example, then I’ll most likely be doing 2-3 different things at the same time as well to keep my mind occupied.

3. I’m an extremely self-conscious sensitive person and generally get my feelings hurt much to easily. However, I’m very good at being able to project a false sense of always being very confident and self assured so people don’t usually detect this weakness of character unless they know me well.

4. I love cats…ok, maybe not as much as the infamous Youtube girl but still….and I think dogs are ok but generally very dirty and gullible animals.

5. I hate talking on the phone, and will make the effort to avoid it at all costs by sending emails and text messages to communicate with everyone i know.

6. I listen much better than i speak…

7. I dislike hot weather/climates and I hate to sweat, so thusly i usually end up taking about 3 showers a day…..now you may carefully consider the irony that i’m living in a tropical country where it feels like summer all year long!

8. I’m very lazy person by nature, and will often find the most efficient way to complete a task in order to finish it quickly to allow myself more free time to do nothing productive at all.

9. I find loud noises extremely annoying and will avoid being in close proximity to loud people if i can possibly help it…BUT prefer life in the big city despite the constant buzz.

10. I detest and have absolutely no patience for rude behavior and bad manners…There is really no excuse for poor social etiquette  as good manners don’t cost anything at all…this may have something to do with my upbringing in a “proper” southern home in the deep South of the United States.

11. I am quite sensitive to smells and have a very low tolerance for the ones my mind considers bad ones. Especially!! people with body odor problems…for example, cause me to become nauseaous.

12. I often wander off to the movies alone, and enjoy it immensely…perhaps it’s because I get the whole tub of popcorn to myself.

13. I don’t eat Thai food as often as people probably think…ok, probably once a day, but after having lived in Southeast Asia for a decade now, I find food items like “Pop tarts” or homemade chocolate chip cookies exotic and only eat them as an occasional treat.

14. My brother and I both are left handed and share the same taste in TV shows.

15. I have never thought of myself as an intelligent person, but I find intelligence to be an extremely attractive characteristic in other people…One might say i’m even drawn to them.

16. I have abnormally large personal space issues and get very uncomfortable if people are to close to me.

17. I wear often wear my Ipod earphones in public (planes, buses, trains) when it isn’t turned on to avoid having to talk to people…and also to cut the noise. (see number 9 above)

18. I HATE, ABHOR, AND DETEST waking up early with a red hot passion, and would sleep in till 9AM every day if I could get away with it.

19. I avoid going to horror movies because I’m a big kid inside, and will generally have to sleep with the lights on for days after attempting the latest shock, thriller, or latest Japanese ghost movie.

20. Last but certainly not least, there are few things in life I take very seriously and think most issues people have with infractions against their morality are mostly subjective to experience weighted against personal belief.

Crazy Monday Ramblings from Chilly Willy…

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night depending on where and when in the world this finds you. It is late on a Monday afternoon here in Bangkok and boy is it hot outside. Actually, It is “shtonking” hot outside, to quote a dear friend of mine who once resided here in Thailand till quite recently. I’ve just come in from a strangely un-exhilarating trip out to the gym, and I wanted to sit down to write out my thoughts for you guys. You know, It always seems like I have good ideas to write about when I’m out and about away from my computer, but then my mind goes blank the moment I sit down here to share.

Did everyone have a good weekend? I meant to do something productive over the past weekend, like get up early and go out to visit the local aquarium with my partner. However, we spent the entire day on Sunday on our sofa cuddled up watching season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy instead. I’ve recently started getting into the show Private Practice, and it sort of connected the dots for me. Anyway, I feel sort of guilty that we didn’t get out of the house and do something productive but we just couldn’t get motivated to pull ourselves off the couch. However, I guess that is what lazy Sundays are made, right?

I’ve decided to embrace my problem with insomnia and make the best of it since I’ve still got 2 weeks left on my vacation time. There were some really great comments that came in from you guys that made me feel better about staying up all night, and I wanted to let you know I really appreciate the encouragement. I’m going to try and use the time productively, as I’ve still got to sit down to write out the last chapter of my study for my graduate degree. I might as well use the time I’m awake to do just that so I can finally wrap it up and be done with it. However, I know it seems silly, but I’m just about burnt out with doing work for my studies after all this time. I feel bored and lazy at the same time, and I can tell you that it’s not a good combination. I can’t help but hear my Mom and Dad’s voices in my head calling me Chilly Willy. He was this really cute little cartoon character I watched growing up, who’s favorite line was “me no like work.” So, having a penchant for being lazy and bored when I have down time is sort of a bad personality trait I seem to have possessed for a long time. I feel bored with things, but I’m to lazy to get off my behind to change what I’m doing. Anyways, I don’t know why I felt like sharing that with you today, but just wanted to get it off my chest. Maybe I’m not the only Chilly Willy out there in the wide world? However, for everyone else I hope you are having a productive start to your week and I’ll be back again to talk to you soon.