Tropical Ocean Swimming and Barefoot Walking
— Ruined By Social and Political Ranting Still sitting in a hotel room, still in Surin—as told in my last—awaiting, yet again, for something to take place that ought to have happened days ago. It’s a boring story involving banks—three of them—and holding your money in the float interminably…the evil fraud-fucks…and I know it’s evil……...Read More
The Failed Rekindling Try With The Thai Girl
— I sincerely tried. Hopeless. Here's why.
[This is the 13th installment to the newly-published revamp of the "40% Testosterone Increase" series, which I've re-dubbed Asian Women: The Everyman's Definitive Guide. Hugely expanded and a far wider context for a lot more times and places, since 1982. Now I have endless Asian chick stories to write about...from Japan to Korea to Okinawa to Philippines to Hong Kong to Indonesia to Malaysia to Thailand...going back 40 years—if you're interested in that sort of thing and if not, no worries. Plenty of other stuff.]
...We were waiting for our order at a seriously good burger joint in Patong Beach, just off the famed Bangla Rd. "Walking Street."
I've been recently seeking out Google reviews of good burgers on the island and FAT MAMMA Burger Patong was my latest find. I even had a little fun on my Telegram feed with it.
Thankfully, five months later and such reenactment crap still isn't on the menu. It's a really damn fine all-beef burger though, just like the reviews said.
One hallmark of a good burger is that it's confident enough to not hide behind a bunch of produce, cheese, bacon, and whatever other non-burger stuff people are adding to them these days. My favorite burger in the world to date, still, is the near 1-lb charcoal grilled on about 1/3 of a bâtard (une baguette, but wider; what Americans call "French Bread."). That's it! No mayo, mustard, ketchup, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, cheese, bacon, or watercress. No sesame seeds. You'll find it at Original Joe's in San Jose, CA.
Anyway, I was so impressed that I decided to take Yui to FAT MAMMA's...and...
...One of my members, Jacqueline, has this to say, in part:
"I am that rare thing a paying female member. Why? I enjoy getting the honest male point of view with all the rawness and crudity that sometimes entails. Yes, sometimes it’s a bit rough to take in, sometimes I disagree or I’m shouting back ‘well, I don’t think that!’ or ‘it’s not all women’! But that’s the point – you do not have to agree with everything someone says – and it’s a great stimulus to be challenged by a different point of view. It’s a great thing to be offended sometimes and to realise that it does not matter, you can still like the guy and value his contribution." [More...]
She's not the only one but they are fewer than the dudes for sure. The ones who do stick around over years and years remind me of the older women in my life growing up, grandmothers and the like. Stong, determined, unflappable.
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Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Food.
— All Things Work Together For Good... (Romans 8:28)
Only at FreeTheAnimal do you get such a bizarre juxtaposition of title, sub-title, and banner image. A total WTF.
It's Sunday morning my time and I've been a busy beaver. Lots to report but for today, I'm popping up 2 relatively short videos of the 3 vids I cut on Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand yesterday. The third is about Russia-Ukraine-Nord Stream that accompanies a huge and substantial post that's been in draft for days: Empires Come And Go But Pax Is Lasting (For As Long As It Lasts). Stay tuned for that after this diversional post.
Why am I in Patong Beach, Phuket and where do I go from here?
Yesterday was such a beautiful sunny day on the heels of Friday's monsoon deluge that resulted in flooding right here on the streets. Big yawn for the Thais, though. The water? Off a duck's back. Do enough monsoon seasons here and you'll get caught many times riding your motorcycle in such a blustery downpour.
What do you do? You slow down, forget about getting soaked (it can't be helped), squint, and soldier on. What happens?
You get passed by cute, 20-sumthin', 40ish-kilo Thai chicks for whom this is commonplace every year and it never gets in the way of anything.
That's what happens.
In answer to the question, I'm changing things up. Summary of the video for those who dislike my videos. Plus, this will all come out piecemeal in writing soon enough.
- I'm soon to become a perpetual SE Asia traveler; doing my standard blogging (writing), just in the backdrop of being in new and exotic places most of the time.
- My home base in Rawai will be maintained. $90 per month, total cost. Less than most people's monthly parking space.
- Travel will be on the cheap, taking maximum advantage of geoarbitrage. My upcoming Social-Security partial-principal-payback begins in February—in an amount that is more than double my monthly living expenses!
- There's the potential for surprise in the form of an amazingly sexy 20-something partner and this travel being via automobile for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I'll know more about that possibility in the days to come, as she's arriving here in 4 hours' time.
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Week 3 of EASY No-Alcohol; an Update With a Surprise Pretty Thai Lady Guest
You won't believe how pretty Sureerat is at the age of 41. "41?" you'll ask. "No way!" you'll exclaim.
...It's a new thing since my definitive breakup a couple of weeks ago. We met last Saturday and sort of hit it off. It was outside on the patio of WeCafe, a place she really likes...there being several locations on the island. I chat up pretty girls all the time—daily, and any hesitation being long gone from me—and in no time we were sharing a table. I mentioned that the previous evening I'd been to an opening party at Club House, the former Stoned Crab Pub sports bar. The landlord was unwilling to renew the lease, so they did it twice as big and better in a new and better location. About 36 screens, streaming anything you can think of (soccer, rugby, cricket, Oz football, badminton comps, snooker comps, tennis, table tennis comps, boxing, MMA, F1, and even NFL Full Access).
She hands me the keys to her car, we head over, share a slice of pecan pie, then head back to We where I'd left my motorbike. Before parting, I mentioned that I'm a bit of a "tuber" (what Thais call us) and would be shooting a video, weather permitting, at Nai Harn Beach the next day.
"Want to watch?" I ask.
...She shows up at my place about 13.00—an hour early!!!—and we hop in her car, go to JeePhueng Phochana and Steak House, a tiny hole in the wall by Thai folks who serve only farang food; that's amazing food at even more amazing low prices.
...And then we head over to do the video, her pretty face on display.
Since then, she invited me to dinner last night at the amazing Thai seafood restaurant, KanEang. In return, I popped over to her house this afternoon to do a bit of handyman work she needed. She's come home during lunch, bringing shrimp pad Thai and fresh pink pomelo fruit.
Once I'd taken care of her home-repair issues with relative ease, she says, "I thought you could only work on computers!"
Items Covered In The 3-Weeks of Ridiculously Easy No-Alcohol Progression; 7-min video:
- Sureerat's introduction, and how she really has her life together as a single mom of two (details in the video)
- Declaration once again as to how easy this is, along with the implication that I haven't really nailed down the total why of the ease this time around
- Then an explanation of exactly how it's easy this time, the one secret element I hadn't yet integrated
I've been saying environment, environment, environment as it seemed obvious—the tropical paradise and all, full social life, etc.
But something was just missing from that incomplete explanation; but you'll need to watch the 7-minute video to know exactly what it is and how you can immediately understand how to avail and advantage yourself in many areas of struggle. I'll also toss in a couple of pictures of the pretty and adorable Sureerat.Read More
My EASY Freedom From Alcohol After Two Decades of Failure
Been there done that.
Didn't work for me.
These are the things we tell ourselves when we haven't gotten it right and need an excuse to stop trying.
Practice makes perfect?
I'd rather say that experience teaches us lessons and with those lessons we can do better. Success isn't about getting everything right, it's about getting better so that enough things go right that momentum takes over.
I don't want to spoil the video, so I'll stop about right here. Please visit the channel and subscribe. It's really helping boost everything.Read More
Week 1 Report On No Alcohol For Me (Video)
It's actually day 10 at the time of this writing, but the video was recorded some hours after completing the absolute ease of the first week—effortless compared to previous excursions down this path. I've been contemplating all of the elements that contribute to this, some of which are mentioned. A glaring one that has not been mentioned but will be outlined at the 2-week report.
Doing several of these videos over the last week, as I have said within them, is that they're my equivalent of "going to a meeting."
For those just joining in, this all began over frustration of having zero appetite for a long time, where it was a chore to eat and had it not been required, I'd have been happy to just eat nothing:
I don’t like food anymore (with video)
After input and thinking on it, I decided to try the most obvious thing: dump the alcohol and add the gym...check. Here's the posts with videos I did during that first week.
- Drop Alcohol and Work Out to Cure Loss of Appetite
- Update on my Abstaining from Alcohol to Cure Loss of Appetite
- “Alcoholic” is a meaningless, stigmatizing term serving moneyed interests
- My Totally Unconventional Alcohol Abstention Method That Defies Experts
...By day 3 of the first week, I was getting my appetite back. I posted some food pics in #2, above. Well, here's 8 more of them, then the video.Read More
Update on my Abstaining from Alcohol to Cure Loss of Appetite
It's only 4 days in, but as I explain in the video, I've done this rodeo before but this time is remarkably different—a cinch. I explain in the video just why that most likely is, and it may offer good clues to those considering a trial run or a permanent thing. The first few days is the hardest. This time, it's just not hard at all.
And my approach is remarkably unconventional. So much so that the "experts" would likely tell you to never do this, especially the first few days.
I discuss my mental attitude and focus keeping me on track, accountable to myself. Producing these updates will keep me accountable to my audience.
I discuss my energy, alertness, and refound boldness and gusto. I tell a cool story about a stone-cold sober motorcycle ride from 8pm to midnight last night in my cafe racer—through winding roads, hills, and valleys.
You can watch and listen to the 11 minute video here.
For the premium portion below, I'll show the food pics on day 3 and now, day 4, and what it means for my appetite problem. I also discuss in detail the restaurant they come from and the reason for price disparity. I addition to those three pics, there's one of a quaint little steakhouse (chicken and pork) with only 4 tables that I go to almost every day (insane prices!). Plus, there may be a lasting benefit to having had the appetite problem. And more.
I'm going to do most of my videos this way from here out. You're welcome to just watch the video, but the behind the scenes stuff, additional tidbits not in the video, elaboration—all the good writing content stuff will be premium. Keep in mind, please, that when you come her and enjoy an add-free experience, no pop-ups, no annoying shit in your face all the time, the paying members are providing that to you. They are also paying for the hosting which isn't cheap, because there is no ad revenue.
So give 'em a little nod for paying for your better experience.Read More
“Grooming” New Bar Girls In Thailand (NSFW)
This is a gloriously racy post. It's primarily contained within a video anyone can watch, but I'm putting all my commentary about the experience, and a pornographic image behind the paywall. Paid members only.
To expound upon that video, it's about me going out last night and having two serendipitous experiences at two bars with two brand new bar girls who just started. In the first, it was a meetup for a second time with an amazingly pretty 27 year old who just started working, being unable to find work as a coffee barista, her normal work. Right now, she's only peddling drinks and that's small money. To make good money, she will have to go home with customers she takes a liking to. It's all up to her. But she is scared and trepidatious.
The second is a crazy ass story. I'm approached in a 2nd bar by a 20 year old who's openly bi-sexual. But, she has only been in relationships with other girls for the last 4 years. The last one just ended and so she's in a bar to see what being with men is like. Unbelievably honest and excellent English, because for some years her mother was married to a Swedish man and he communicated by English.
She's the one I showed the porn image to.
Also, below the paywall, I'll elaborate on other things, such as my overly heavy-handedness about white western women.
Here's the link to the video. I'll embed it for the paid members.Read More