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Asking if I wild monkeys provide a many things to see and thought he was crazy, I roving guard outside. the stark differences in told him this was a d6jfi Then there is the the geographic areas of vu experience for me. A Simone Cabaret where Thailand, it's a coun- Cherokee Indian medi- lady boy performers try that requires many cine man gave me a impersonate celebri- trips to fully appreciate, similar talk on spiritual- ties with extravagant It is also easily acces- ity when I was on a job costumes in a non-stop sible from this side of in Florida when 9/11 production of singing the world. Phuket is a happened a decade ago. and dancing. The venue good place to go sit on My German instruc- is big and tour buses the beach and forget the tor assured me he only deliver guests nightly worries of the world, talked religion with for the multiple perfor- Phuket is a southern those who needed it. mances. coastal town whose The Indian medicineThe crown jewel of tourism industry offers man had told me thecommercial attractions employment opportuni- same. I didn't seek them is FantaSea, an over ties that are not limited out, they found me.the top quasi theme to Thailand residents. Without Afghanistan, park and dinner the- As Americans we tend I wouldn't have metater. Grounds adorned to think we are theeither one. Go figure, with ponds of koi and world's only melting Undecided aboutgiant catfish compli- pot. There is a multi- his craziness or mine ment buildings with plicity of foreigners here, for entrusting him, I architectural diversity not just for tourism, but handed over my lifethat provided unending employment as well.to the German dive eye appeal. It was a rare The temperature instructor who he kept experience that started remains relatively con- me alive over the next with an elaborate sistent throughout the three days in open water seafood buffet and cli- year but September is at depths over 45 feet. A maxed in the Palace of the kickoff of the rainy boat took us out daily the Elephants Theater. season. God smiled to various islands and Human and animal per- on me during my stay amongst the required formers told the story and although several course exerciseswe saw of Thailand through days saw short thunder- a variety of fish along dance and song. Goats storms, every day was coral reefs. Morey eels and chickens, oxen and generous with sunshine, close enough to touch, pigeons entered the My first goal when I clownfish and a purple stage in sequences and arrived was to become lion fish were among were ushered off on cue certified in scuba diving, the many creatures without restraints. Several friends fromglimpsed. Elephants are the work had done it andBefore I went, a friend symbolic animal of continued to push me. said she thought diving Thailand and the apex The decision was made would be claustropho- of this event was the 16 after a friend returned bic. On the contrary, elephants sent through from the Canary Islands the ocean is a seductress their routine. It was and showed pictures and being underwater a cultural experience of her diving with sea offers such an experi- unlike most U.S. amuse- turtles, ence to a whole newment parks choose to My assigned dive world that it requires provide. instructor was a former a level of participation A major draw in the German army para- that makes you partnatural attraction Cat- trooper who served in of it. egory, the south end of the Vietnam War. His Conclusion: if you the island boasts Sunset instruction included have a chance to dive, Point. We traveled there several hours of an do it, Phuket offers late one afternoon to unsolicited religious sights unlike any you witness the claim of the lecture about how the will witness elsewhere, most beautiful sunsets trials of life had stripped The Big Buddha sitsin Thailand. Admiring him down to nothing atop a hill overlook- the fall of the sun, we and from it leamed to ing overlooking thealso beared witness to believe 100% in God Andaman Sea and is a just married Japanese - in his mind a must to visible from our dive couple being captured be a believer, boat miles miles from in photographs that In turn this led him the coast. The 150 foot couldn't do the same for to discover his past statue was completed the eternal beauty sur- and learn he had lived in 2008, but the overall rounding them. in Atlantis. Spending park is a work in prog- To Be Continued all his past lives and tess, inching forward Mt. Pulaski Times Jus' Thinkin' As we recently celebrated Thanks- giving, it seemed timely to look at some documents from the early his- tory and founding of this country. One of them is the Mayflower Compact. It is said to have been signed in November of 1620. The original has been lost, however there are three copies/versions from the early 1600s. The text is not very long, about three paragraphs. The first paragraph begins, "In the name of God, Amen." The second paragraph begins, "Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country," It continues further "in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obe- dience." It seems clear they were acting in good faith and as they put it, in the presence of God. They acknowl- edged that order, drawn from knowledge of the Christian faith, was of benefit to all and agreed to thus govern themselves. Subsequent founding documents built on this foundation. The question may be, how well are we, as a country, adhering to those principles? Is this country as much a land of opportunity as it has a reputation for being, or is there increasing oppres- sion from increasing corruption? How do you feel, what are ya' thinkin'? Mike ~ii Patridge i. :~!~ compli- mented the demoli- tion excavator operator. He said that guy could pick up a toothbrush, and brush your teeth with the clamshell. The operator did make the operation of the excavator look effortless. Dec. 3, 2011