Friday, October 31, 2008

byron bay, australia

claudia picked me up two nights ago, and we stayed at her friend's place in brisbane. ..yesterday, we drove down to bryon bay (where she & steve live).

below are a few pictures:

on the byron bay beach, looking east:

















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below: on the beach (the white "puff in the water [2/3 of the way up, left of center] is the spout of a humpback whale!). ..mother and baby humpbacks are traveling south.


the picture (below) isn't the best, but if you download it and enlarge it, you'll see that there is a large black thing (humpback whale) about half way up, to the left of the bit of the small whitecap ... about 200 yards away from the surfers.






















below: sand, surf-ers, and kite-boarders.




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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

the eagle has landed...

...in sydney, australia.
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a quick flight to brisbane, where claudia and her friend wendy are scheduled to pick me up and re-introduce the lenman to life down-under. ..the southern cross is supposed to be out tonight.
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wish me luck!
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Lenny

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"walking street" pattya, thailand

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while the title of this post was "walking street," a more appropriate title might have been "street, walking."

sunset in pattya



the time-share "situation"

another day in pattya, another day in melissa's time-share. ..as part of melissa's e-bay time-share agreement, i had to listen to the time-share "pitch" today, and the australian guy who is managing the place simply asked if i was interested in buying a time-share.
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..when i told him my present job/money situation, he politely let me know that there was no need for me to sit through any more than the three minutes we'd already shared. ..i did find out that a time-share was about $5000.00 u.s., that the maintenance fee as about $260.00 per year, and that the off-the-street price for the room i'm staying in is about $120.00 per night.
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learning point: play poor.
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i hope that somebody else gets to enjoy the rest of the week here. ..pattya is relatively clean, the beach is good, and the time-share, well... melissa, how did you pull this off on e-bay?
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here are more pictures:
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the gym:
























the outdoor bar, at pool #1:

pool #2:

one of the villa condos (private pool, private massage area, etc.). ..note: i did not stay in one of these.



















one of the many, many statues:








below: the type of car that the local clientele tend to drive around here.


happy, Now!

for those of you who attended the first phase of the “happy Now!” workshop (also known as WELLNeverthelESS) in thailand, i’ve published the manual on http://www.wellnesseducation.us/:

1. click "back to wellnesseducation.us" on the upper-left side of this screen, then
2. click on "poem of the day," then
2. click on "october," then
3. click on "happy, now workshop" (after the last thoem of the day)

you can download the manual as a microsoft word file.
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in-Joy!
:)
Lenny

Sunday, October 26, 2008

melissa's time-share (pattaya)

thai massage training is over, and lenny is solo again. ..i love time alone. ..interestingly enough, it gets lonely out there, at times. .
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just when you thought you wanted to be alone, you crave companionship. .
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.it must be a bipolar order. :)
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anywaaaay... the airport, i went “indiana jones” and let a taxi driver (nai) talk me into a taxi instead of a bus to pattya. ..for the next two days, i’ll be in the time-share that melissa got on e-bay for -- get this -- less than $4 per day!!!
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the name of the resort: “view talay holiday resort villas.” ..here are the pictures:
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gated entry:
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the room, from the outside:
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the entrance (foyer):
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that’s “twook,” the receptionist:
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the bedroom:
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the kitchen (fully stocked with cookware that’s never used, because it is sooooooo cheap to eat out in thialand). ..why cook?
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the fridge (fully stocked with all sorts of trouble):
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the bathroom (marble):
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the shower (this is the first enclosed shower that i’ve seen so far). that’s over 10 different hotels & bungalows in seven different foreign cities. ..can’t wait to take a shower. ..rumor has it that there’s even hot water!
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the pool (yes, willy, those are dolphins painted on the bottom). ..i’ve already gone for a swim, as part of my shaman-prescription from an earlier post.
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the beach (not the best, but no complaints, ever!):
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one of the side streets jomtien beach: and (of course), the venture would not be complete without your friendly neighborhood thai 7-eleven. ..thailand has more 7-elevens than pawtucket, r.i. has bars!! ..but i digress...
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thank you for the room, melissa! ..i know that you are having a great time in chiang mai!
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simple, human touch

simple, human touch [1]

by t. ouched

simple, human touch
simple, human chance

destiny (or luck)?
business (or romance)?

in a world where inter-action doesn’t matter (much)
you can change your universe with simple, human touch

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YOU can change The Uni-Verse with simple, human touch


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[1] martineau, l. (10-26.1-2008). book 64: thanks for every thing. © 2008. www.wellnesseducation.us. .

back to us (in time)

back to us (in time) [1]

by r. e. cycle

every new intention is a reason for a rhyme
we create the ripples that come back to us in time

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* quantum physicists tell us that "time" is merely a construct of an illusory, relative world. ..in Reality, All Is at One(ce).

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* inspired by the book “karma for today’s traveler” by phra bhasakorn bhavilai, with david freyer (page 14-15).
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[1] martineau, l. (10-26.1-2008). book 64: thanks for every thing. © 2008 www.wellnesseducation.us.

instant karma

instant karma [1]

by N. Ow & A. Gain

thought becomes experience (we co-create the drama)
matter in an instant, It’s Consistent:

Instant Karma
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* Be-Cause we are instantly affected by our every thought, word and deed.

* inspired by the book “karma for today’s traveler” by phra bhasakorn bhavilai, with david freyer (page 12).

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[1] martineau, l. (10-26.1-2008). book 64: thanks for every thing. © 2008 www.wellnesseducation.us.

waves

waves [1]

by f. r. equency

co-create the karma by the way that we be/have
co-create the ripple, as we
co-create the waves
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* inspired by the book “karma for today’s traveler” by phra bhasakorn bhavilai, with david freyer (page 11).

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[1] martineau, l. (10-26.1-2008). book 64: thanks for every thing. © 2008 www.wellnesseducation.us.

flashback: eyes

given a chance to reflect, the subject of “eyes” has inspired two thoems.


 click here for gentle giant (october, 2008).doc

Saturday, October 25, 2008

chiang mai bye-bye

in spanish, "goodbye" is pronounced "hasta luego," which (loosely translated) means... "until then" or "until we see each other again."
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i Love the Universal-Connection idea that we've already met, and (of Course) we will meet again... Be-Cause We Are One.
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......................................."Same Same, but different."
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today, we had a farewell luncheon and we gave beth a small token of our appreciation for all that she's done for us on this add-venture.
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so... in Honor of All of You.....

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hasta luego becky, lauren, donna, kila, kay (and, pictured above, left-to-right, front to back, back to front [wow, that's a good title for a thoem]): suzi, elsa, melissa, rhonda & nicki, britta, tricia, jason, eliane, susan, beth, kim and linda.
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since Big-innings = endings = Be-ginnings...


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i'd like to close this post with a "hello" picture -- one that (for those who shopped) preceded soooooo many good buys.
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hasta luego,
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Love,
Lenny

Friday, October 24, 2008

thai-tinerary

here's the game plan:
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today: last day in chiang mai
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tomorrow: fly to bangkok, then find a bus to take me to a beach in pattaya. ..melissa bought a time-share on e-bay (7 days in pattaya for $20), but she's not going to go. ..her boyfriend is flying from the u.s. to chiang mai, and she's going to get a little more thai training here.
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she arranged it so that i can use the time-share for a couple of beach days before heading to australia. ..the barter agreement was that i buy her a bottle of papaya-berry juice (or something like that) and a water. ..flashback to the movie dances with wolves, and you can almost hear the comment "good... trade."
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pattya is supposed to be a fairly wild place, and the beaches are not supposed to be as nice as those visited at the beginning of this trip.
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anyway...
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on tuesday, it's a bus back to bangkok and an airplane to brisbane, australia!
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i can only hope that the down-under crowd will be ready to throw a few shrimp on the barbie.
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knowing the aussie beaches, you can look forward to some pictures that dr. evil might refer to as: "breath-taking."
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winding down

the class wrapped-up the thai massage training today, and some of our (yoga) group have already returned home to the u.s.a.
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we had a small celebration tonight, and we took mac, mom and mos out to dinner.
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we went to an outdoor market, where we had dozens of dinner choices amid a backdrop of traditional thai dancing entertainment.Italic.
the time has come to thank each of you (mac, mom and mos) for providing us with great training, superb food, mindful thai massages, and a lot of laughs.
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khap kuhn ka,
lenny

karma, for today's traveler


after we visited the monastery in chiang dao, the monks gave each of us a book as a gift (pictured, left).
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chapters include:
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1. what's Really going on?
2. world equilibrium
3. the wall of world Harmony
4. mental equilibrium
5. the evolving mind
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on page 80, the "four ideal states of mind" are listed as follows:
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* Loving-kindness (Metta)
* Compassion (Karuna)
* Sympathetic Joy (Mudita)
* Equanimity (Upekkha)

please don't squeeze the shaman

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alternative title: "you can help yourself"
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warning: this post may contain information that is not suitable for young audiences. due to the mature nature of this post, it might be deleted at any time (especially if i'm being interviewed for a real job at some point in the future).

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here we go...
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this morning, beth, kim, rhonda and i went to see paw maw intha (father doctor intha), an old shaman who's been training and practicing shamanism since he was 7 (that's about 150 years ago).
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he'd already done some pretty amazing diagnoses and healings for a several members of our group, and i thought to myself: who couldn't use a little healing nowadays?
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our driver, gaeow (her name means "good") acted as the translator. ..she had never before met shaman intha.
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when it was my turn to get shamanized, i walked through the doorway (which literally was a single sheet, hung sideways on a clothesline). ..i bowed to shaman intha, and placed my offering in a sliver bowl over by some sort of treatment table. .. gaeow then told me that i needed to remove my clothes, and i was happy when she held out a colorful (albeit small) piece of material to wrap around myself. ..i did not look up to see if they observed the disrobing/re-robing process.
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once wrapped, shaman intha, through gaeow, told me to lie down on my stomach.
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his diagnosis and treatment method consists of using an "herbal ball" with 37 different, hand-picked herbs in it. ..he steams the ball, and then rubs it all over your skin. ..the ball feels good, until it hits an area of dis-ease. .in theory, the ball will feel "hot" when the shaman moves it over an area of concern. ..in reality... it feels like a burning cattle-prod.
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he rubbed it all over my back. ..it felt good. ..he said something in thai, and gaeow said that i was "very healthy." ..he then worked my arms and hands, and he found a very hot-spot on my hand. . he said something, and gaeow (through a combination of translation and interpretation), deduced that lenny "use computer too much, need to stretch hand."
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meanwhile (through the curtain), the kim-beth-rhonda team asked if i wanted a picture. ..i said (quote) "no!" which means that the picture is probably for sale on e-bay as we speak.
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on the back of my legs, shaman intha found a wicked hot-spot on my left, medial gastrocnemius (where i already knew that i have some kind of bone spur). .. he wasn't palpating, just moving the herbal ball around. .truth is, i've been jogging in sandals, and my calves are tight as hell...
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how did he know??????.
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gaeow then asked if i exercise, and she translated that: lenny (quote) "need to warm leg before swimming."
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after flipping me over (supine), he worked my chest, which is (according to gaeow), "very healthy." ..he then worked my abdomen, and when he got to a spot on my left anterior superior iliac spine, the ball felt like a hot coal shooting into my hip (ouch!).
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shaman intha said something to gaeow, who began to giggle uncontrollably.
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so.................... i'm on a table, outdoors, half-naked, somewhere in the outback woods of chaing mai, with a 157 year-old shaman, a good driver, and an herbal ball. ..every time he moves the ball over my hip, three things happen:
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1. shooting pain,
2. shaman intha says something to gaeow,
3. gaeow giggles and laughs, too embarrassed to look me in the eye
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finally, i asked gaeow what was going on, and (you cannot make these things up) she asked me straight-up: "when last time you have sex?"
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although i was a bit confused, we were able to exchange enough information for gaeow to deduce that (according to the shaman) i have a condition similar to that of many thailand monks. ..gaeow couldn't explain it to me, but she found the time (between giggles) to look it up in her thai-english dictionary. ..gaeow laughed as she handed me the book, as her finger pointed to the word "testicle."
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the shaman told gaeow that i needed to "release" (if you catch my drift). ..allow me to repeat: dude prescribed sex.
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gaeow then asked the standard question: "do you have girlfriend?" and by now she and the shaman were both laughing. ..she was hiding her blushes with her hand, while he was making hand and arm movements from his waist, outward (kind of like a lower-body explosion).
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then, gaeow broke out with this line, translated directly from shaman intha. ..she said, and i quote:
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"if you no have girl, you can help yourself."
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that's all i have to say about that.
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ps: the reason why i know that i did not dream this up is that beth, kim and rhonda were on the other side of the sheet that separated the treatment area from the waiting area -- and were privy to both the diagnosis and prescription.
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conclusion: when it comes to prescriptions, the american medical system could benefit from putting the squeeze on the shaman.
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all kidding aside, shaman intha is an incredible healer who has helped many. .. thank you shaman intha!

international driver's license

here's what your international driver's license will look like.


get it from any u.s. aaa travel location. ...you'll need to pass the two-part test, which consists of:
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* [part 1] you, being able to pay a $15 fee, and
* [part 2] you, being able to sign your name.
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then, you'll be legally able to drive on the wrong side of the road.
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question: which side is the right side, when the left is right and the right is wrong?
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huh?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

you know you're in a foreign country when...


you know that you're in a foreign country when...

* you venture into a bar & grill called "the thirsty beaver," and the sign reads "attentive hostessess." (check spelling) ..btw, you know it's 2008 when you can locate the thirsty beaver at www.thirstybeaver.com

* the person next to you says (and i quote): "the seaweed tastes really good with beer."

* you turn on the tv, and:
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1. fred flintstone is speaking in thai (now... that's weird)
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2. CNN is broadcast from london (and the news is international)
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3. the weather channel shows "asia," and the temperature is in celcius (e.g. it's a balmy 26 degrees in burma).
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4. the sports channel is showing a game of cricket. ..cricket???
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5. you click past the following stations:










computer fixed (for now)..,

golf brought back the laptop this evening. he had it for more than two days, and he replaced a hard drive.
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his bill: $2500 baht or about $80-ish (u.s.)
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our negotiation: i payed $1500 baht tonight, and he gets the rest if the machine is still working on saturday morning. that gives me about 30 hours to break it (again).
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i can't imagine what it would have cost, back home (at comp-usa), where they probably would have shipped it to thailand for three months -- so that golf could fix it.
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learning point: in order to cut-out the middle-man, travel overseas.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

talat warawot (warawot market)


after voting, we went to the market (pictured on the left).
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at the market, you can get virtually anything, as the picture (below) shows.
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imagine this line at your local fast-food hangout: "would you like grasshoppers, larvae, or grubs with that?"


the right to vote

it's great to be a citizen in a country where your vote (almost always) counts. ooookay, there's that electoral college thing, but...
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beth, kim, susan and i voted (absentee) today at the u.s. embassy (chaing mai).
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for the first time in decades, i feel as though all of the candidates have some good qualities. for president, i decided to go with the team who would most be able to communicate Oneness, Unity, Cooperation, Peace, etc. in a chaotic world.
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hint: it wasn't a third-party candidate this time around.
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the person who becomes president is going to have to steer the ship when the waters are very, very rough, as we pay for the malpractices of those who've made questionable decisions over the past several years. hopefully, the winner will have some charisma, and the ability to bring people together (as opposed to focusing on differences).
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anyway, 2... since it was raining intermittently, i wore a cheap parka that was purchased years ago at a florida state university football game.
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then, the obvious happened. think about it: you're voting for the u.s. presidency in chaing mai, thailand, you break out your seminole parka, and you immediately run into (you guessed it) a gator!
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there we were: opposite colors, opposite teams, and probably opposite votes (didn't ask), but we agreed that we'd like the campaign process a lot more if candidates could learn to be nicer to each other.
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if only democrats and republicans could learn that both sides Play for the Same Team.
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by the way... if you happen to be a third-party, independent type... check this out:
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1. go to the wellnesseducation.us main page,
2. click on "poem of the day,"
3. click on "october,"
4. then click on "17 october 2004: a vote for nader."