August 29, 2017 — Day 15/365
Two weeks ago I produced a budget video for the member's section. I covered how much it costs to live a decent lifestyle, where a person or persons can live without counting every satang. No living off $300 or $500 dollars and no eating rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Living here in Thailand as you might in the US or Europe — for less. I also include our budget so viewers had someone to compare to who is living here in this manner.
Unfortunately, there was an issue with the audio portion of the video, so I had to scrap the entire 45-minute vid. This week I have time to reshoot the video and once finished, it will go up in the member's section. It won't be going up in YouTube or Facebook or anywhere else. Only in the member's section.
Consider becoming a VIP member. For $49.95 a year, this works out to the cost of
one cappuccino per month. Well worth the $$$ and what you'll save in the long run.
August 28, 2017 - 14/365
It's been a long day. I'm going to get some sleep.
Bangkok, August 27, 2017 — Day 13/365.
With the weight of the boxing world upon his shoulders, twelve-time boxing champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather implemented a perfect game plan, dismantling UFC champion Conor Mcgregor en route to a tenth round stoppage. Mayweather rises to 50-0, surpassing former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano's record of 49 victories without a loss, and immediately confirmed his retirement after the bout.
The result of this bout may have been a foregone conclusion, which is precisely why people watched — to see if Mcgregor, an incredible athlete with an iron will from a different sport, could pull off the incredible upset. If anyone could, he could.
Not this time. This would be Mayweather's night.
Say what you will about Mayweather, he knows how to win. Fifty fights against the elite of boxing, without a loss. The pressure was all on Mayweather and had Mcgregor defeated him, his stock would have plumetted and his legacy destroyed. He took a huge risk, albeit for 350 million dollars, and he has earned his place in the boxing Hall of Fame. I didn't always enjoy his fights and certainly didn't like his fight with Pacquaio, but there have been many great boxers with a number of stinkers on their ledgers, so this is forgivable.
Was he better than Sugar Ray Robinson? No way.
Bangkok, August 26, 2017 — Day 12/365.
From the time I was in my early teens, I watched every prizefight shown on television, went to any fight I could or could not afford, and spent the majority of my time in boxing gyms or martial arts studios. Forty years ago, fights were shown every weekend on regular TV. Once cable TV came to fruition, there were fights on ESPN and every Tuesday night, on the USA Network. Boxing fans almost had as many fights as they could watch. On Saturdays, CBS would show a title fight at 2:30 and ABC would have one on at 3:00. There were fights on all the time and I rarely missed a fight.
In between fights, I read boxing books and magazines. I bought The Ring and Sports Illustrated. I studied boxing history. To this day, the older fighters remain my favorites: Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb, Stanley Ketchel, Mickey Walker and Sugar Ray Robinson. These guys were animals in the ring and the very definition of the word fighter. Sure, they boxed, but they were fighters in the purest sense of the word. They kept fit fighting, sometimes once a week, sometimes two, even three times. Boxers now may only fight once or twice a year.
During the 80's and 90's I watched Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, Michael "Little Hands of Stone Carbajal, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, Cornelious Boza Edwards, John "The Beast" Mugabi, Nigel "The Dark Destroyer" Benn, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Ricardo "El Finito" Lopez, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran. As I watched them fight I never dreamed I would meet them. Years later, I met them all.
Bangkok, August 25, 2017 - Day 11/365
When I first started visiting Thailand, I would always hear the phrase, "Don't think too much." Fortunately, I do have the ability to compartmentalize when I choose to do so. If I believe an issue is important enough, I will attempt to analyze it from all angles. Then I'll review the issue, sleep on it, come back and review it again. This is my process, this is how my mind works. When I was younger, I would think on a situation sober and then go out, get drunk and see what I came up with once I awoke.
In the past week, a few dozen people have asked me to bring back the chowderhead videos. Some have said my answering these sort of questions are why I was put on this earth, others have said this is my niche, and a few others have begged me to continue because the videos make them laugh or make their day. Seriously? This is why I was put on earth? This might not have been meant as an insult, but that's how I took it. Sorry, I would like to believe I was put here for better reasons than to slam some idiot without a clue.
The fact I am not a comedian, never set out to make money from YouTube, and never considered myself a Dr. Phil or Ann Landers-type has nothing to do with my decision to stop making those type of videos. After all, we all start somewhere. I could make the videos in my sleep; take an email sent to me from some clueless sap, let my mind run wild, throw in a few expletives and upload. There will always be people who find them amusing.
Perhaps if the videos were raking in the dough and I was earning a million bucks a year (okay, maybe even $50K), I would be willing to ignore my growing distaste for this type of video and continue making them. But I'm not. Yes, I admit, if the videos earned enough to better my children's lives, I would sell out. The truth is, I am embarrassed by the chowderhead videos.
I asked myself the following question: "If the videos were photographs and I was asked to shoot a chowderhead spread for a magazine, would I be proud of my work?" The answer is a resounding no. Then I asked what is truly important to me. Chowderhead videos? I think not. I narrowed down my life to five important attributes: me, my family, photography, writing and video making — in this order. Then I asked myself what legacy would I like to leave my wife and sons. Of course, I hope they remember me as a good father, husband and provider. I also hope they will pass along my photographs, videos and books with pride. Depending on your perspective, this may come off as morbid or forward thinking. Doesn't really matter. What matters is my perspective; time spent on Chowderhead videos is a waste and should be spent engaging in more important activities.