Two videos this week. The first comes from two emails sent to me by the same person. The guy wanted to tell me what happened to him in two separate situations, but frankly, I think he handled both situations poorly, wasting time and leaving frustrated and irritated at Thai people.
The second video was sent to my by a blind man who has decided to fly to Bangkok to meet a blind Thai woman he has been conversing with online. To compound the situation, he is an African-American man who by his own admission has let his heart govern in past relationships.
The first day of the new Customer Happiness Program at Fresh Mart in The Mall Bangkapi, whatever that is supposed to mean. One minute I'm standing there, the next every female member of the staff is dancing to the music. All I could say is "What the f**K?" It was a complete surprise and for a few minutes at least, it definitely cheered the place up. I'm not certain if this is a new policy at all the Fresh Mart's in Bangkok, but at The Mall Bangkapi, the staff is supposed to dance every day at 2PM and 5PM. It's worth a few minutes in the grocery just to see which ones can dance and which can't.
Two weeks after arriving back in the United States, I am finally starting to get a feel for what it's like here. Mind you, I am visiting, not living here, and this is always a huge difference. In Thailand, I don't need a car. In South Florida, I do. Or I need my mother to schlep us around to get where we need or want to go.
So far we've went go-kart racing, went to Islamorada in the Keys, the Everglades, Flamingo Gardens, the Sawgrass Mills and several other places. We have mixed in the occasional day of doing nothing, although this usually means playing board games or swimming in the pool. So it's been a nice time and a much needed respite from Thailand.
Now...do I miss Thailand? Honestly, not really. Beau, Alex and Nicholas might miss it a little, but nothing they can't handle quite easily. But we are on vacation and life is trouble free. Were we living here, who knows what life would be like.
I have taken care of several items on my to-do list; I got a Florida ID card, went to Social Security to get my kids their replacement cards, and I went to the VA to get my VA card and for my initial consultation. Everything has went very smoothly and there have been no problems. I got my Florida ID card in under 30 minutes, I was in and out of Social Security in under an hour, and I spent a total of three hours getting my VA card and to see the doctor.
Have I been on the receiving end of any attitude? Nope. None. Then again, I'm married and I am not out trying to score with any women. Maybe if I was I would see more attitude. I can definitely see some of the tude oozing from some of the Latina women shopping, but it doesn't affect or bother me in the least. We went into the Lindt chocolate shop to satisfy Nicholas' chocolate cravings and upon finding out we lived in Thailand, the manager asked if we had any Thai baht. Seems he collects money from around the world. We gave him $1.50 in Thai baht and he gave Nicholas $15 worth of chocolate.