I did not sleep that well tonight. At 4:00AM I was wide awake thinking about work and the Cricket World Cup, whether I should sign up for the Phuket Half Ironman in November. You get the picture, the usual stuff anybody wide awake at 4:00AM thinks about. Fortunately, I fell back asleep only to have Rod Stewart’ Hot Legs wake me up at 5:45AM for my morning swim.
I need to explain , that the last few weeks have been a mixed weatherwise. One day it’s hot and humid, the next day is 14C (60F) and you desperately look for sweaters – heck yesterday it was so cold I wore a scarf and a sweater, I am not kidding….it’s amazing ho quickly a body “sissyfies” or how quickly “wimpyfication” occurs.
Anyway, I was on my way to the pool. I got in, the usual way – those who have seen me enter a pool know what I mean, those who haven’t please picture a heroic jump into the floods, NOT!!…it is always a production until I am in the water. So I had the water up to my waistline, when at the distal end of the pool I spotted what appeared to be an iceberg – an iceberg, I tell ya’ can you believe it? A goddamned f&^$^^#g iceberg in my pool in Bangkok. The water was so cold, we got about 60m in and that was all she wrote. But no I believe I am wide awake, I am also a bit loopy and I still see black and white only and have no sensation in my arms and hand, but I am awake.
Anyway, Cricket World Cup is on. Not that I care, but I have to care by osmosis, because my Engineers from India care and so does out tooling group (98% Indian). Yesterday, I gave my guys the afternoon off, because it was the mother of all epic sports battles: India vs Pakistan. One might say a proxy war. My engineers explained the significance of any athletic encounter between the two countries in the following way. “Someone will win and someone will lose. Which means that one nation’s players will be adored like Gods, while the Pakistani players need to find exile somewhere.” Wen I asked if this wasn’t a bit conceited. I heard back “Markus does gravity point away from the earth, it’ just not conceivable, because it isn’t possible!” How can you argue?!
Gear Shift, I am running my own little social experiment. I ride elevators here pretty often – lots of tall high-rises. I enter press the button and then face with my back to the door, looking all the other people directly in the face. Do it, try it out. You will e amazed what reaction you will get – stay alert, you may have to block people swinging.
Finally, a few picture I took around the klongs and ponds during my lunch walks.