Gary writes in with questions about online dating, a subject Scott feels strongly about, and more about guys coming to Thailand who can barely wipe themselves, much less prosper in a foreign country.
The Cell Phone
Shiny and bright
Tiny beams of light
No longer human
Walk along, head down, eyes fixated
A zombie gazing at the screen
In a trance, in a dance
to the flashing beams of light
A bumper car constantly crashing
No more work
No more communication
Too busy, too much to do
Dare not raise your head
Look at the cell phone, instead
Pushing on the buttons
The group dines together
Heads down, eyes fixated
Zombies gazing at the screen
No one says a word
No one knows what was heard
Dare not raise the head
Before you know it
Life is over
Now you’re dead
A guy writes in, supposedly about his brother, and asks if I think a Thai woman is scamming him. One thing leads to another and just like that, an immaculate conception. She's pregnant, she's poor, broke, and needs a visa or $6000 to get back to Thailand. Wow, if a man has no eyes, can he be any blinder? This guy can.
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Taxi drivers have been in the news again. Seems they want more money, which in all honesty, they probably need to make a decent living. Problem is, if they want more money, they ought to provide more than transport from point A to point B. They need to provide friendly service, know where they're supposed to, and know how to deal with both Thais and foreigners in certain situations. In my opinion, a guy should not be able to simply step off the farm and go from driving his buffalo to driving a taxi. People's lives are at stake and if the taxi drivers want a fair wage, they need to be worth it and test to make sure they're capable. Following the Silverbird model in Indonesia and the Singapore model would be ideal, however I'm not holding my breath.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My book has been proofed and the cover should be finished next week. Then it gets formatted. This will take another day or two, then it goes to Amazon. Approximately 72 hours later, the book is officially on sale. It's taken me forever to get the book to where I am comfortable with releasing it, and now... the end is near. Now I am crossing my fingers readers will like it.
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