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Along The Silk Road By Scott Tate Continued From England; he to renew hiss Dec.,3 Issue rescue dive certification; she One of the captivating to become dive certified to things about Thailand is its expand her horizons and the magnetism to other foreigners lack of desire to return to her who have been drawn here .for native Scotland for vacation. reasons other than tourism. I Two young couples from met a young boat captain from Canada were experiencing Pittsburgh, who chartered Thailand, then a short stop private yachts worldwide and in Indonesia to see the island. had come :to Phuket to gain of kordo~lo dragons; and his dive instructor's license to finally to Australia wherethey' secure more employment. - planned to get work permits There was a couple from and find jobs to subsist so they Can Deliver Indoor storage units a vailable! Springfield 217-381-1357 TOTAL QUALITY MERCHANDISE 50+ Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment Ask about our MOVE-IN Special/ FORSAL" I I $700 Jayco Pop Up RT. 121& 1976 Camper, sleeps Main St. 8, t0ve, fumace,, sink, refdgerator, new tires, . Latham 79%3712 217- FOR SALE - Make 433-7099 Offer - Wooden play- house - fort 792-5985 Shawn Lock & Fred lapp I-I I bm,m I ! Call Shawn I I 414-5413 I HELP WANTED HVAC Technician - 3+ "years experience Licensed Plumber or Plumbers Apprentice, Both positions must hold a valid driver's .license and pass a drug screening. Bassetrs Mechanical Resumes can be emailed to bassetthp c@frontiemet.net or mailed to 105 E. Jefferson-St, Mt. Pulaski. FOR SALE - Framedo 8xi0 Elkhart Depot FOR SALE - '96 with lllinols Terminal Buick Century Lira- Co. Interurban, Best ited Edition good tires, Offer, 796-3554 or priced reasonable;. 671-9236 Mt. Pulaski can be seen locally, Times 79'2-5353 FOR SALE .S $~ 50 - Child Craft solid USPS No, FOR SALE oahconvertible baby " Kenmore Canister crib, coqve~s to tod= 365-660 vacuum, $300-new,dler or full size sleigh ~s published semi-monthly asking $150 o/b/o exc bed; W/mattress & . (twenty-four times-issues) 792-3348 pad, dust ruffle, & 2 per year by Mtchael Lakin 311 S. Washington St., __ . *sheets; 792-5665Mt. Pulaski. Illinois 62548. FOR SALE - 2006 Business and Editorial Toyota Sienna LE FOR SALE - China Offices: minivan, VGC, 64,000 cabinet, gd cond., 1 Accounting and Circulation drwr, 2 drs at top for Offmes: miles, good gas mile- dish display/, storage Michael Lakin, age, 792-5966 ___.L ........ space at bottom, 43" 311 S. Washington St., FOR SALE .-. $50 &long, 71" tall, med Mt. Poiaski. Illinois 62548. Call 217-792-5557 to up, Carousel Hor~e, wood color, 732-4902 , subscribe. several sizes, or 671-6545 Periodical Postage is paid 871-2328 at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 WANTED FOR SALE- $250 30 gallon Steel POSTMAS'rER: ~ - 2 30 ton loft Nit- bar 732-20 Send address ter, needs eng. work. changes to: elec. start, not running, HELP WANTED - Mt. Pulaski Times. 671-0200 Care giver for elderly, C/O Michael Lakin. pr ,'son, daytime or P O Box 114 - 311 S. FOR SALE - 2007 nighttime; some light Washington Chrysler Town 8, housekeeping, and. Mt. Pulaski. Illinois Coun.try van, all meal prep, must pass 62548 leather. DVD player, a background check Office: 50,000 m~es. 217- and have references. 620-7109 Please call 217-412- 217-792-5557 2484 for more details. Umes@frontiernet.net 4 could to immerse themselves m vendor for eight years and despite ally with several people to a room. what the country could offer. They not having been back to his home The rooms are austere with no were documenting their travels by since his arrival here,, he had an place to cook or store food, so posting their stories and pictures obviouspeacefulness about him. most eat every meal from a street" to their website in the chance Don't under estimate the learn-, vendor's cart. Clothes are hand it would lead to 'funding more hag opporttmities that would not washed or taken to a locallaundry adventures, have been available to me without where a load of clothes will be One morning while walking the long locks, remmed laundered and folded for along on the main street, an Finally, there was th.e Kuwaiti less thanadollar. Indian on a n~otor scooter stopped man I met on the dive Boat. When Most with a bns. iness, like the to chat, and offered me a free pass our van returned hs to our hotels launderers I frequented, live in to visit a new hotel that was pro- one day, he invited me for a drink, their busine~ and work con- m0tingtheir facility. Made of money dnd self con- tinually..With, a child guard at He used ~e scratch off ticket fessed that he "dripped with oil", the door, the young couple was seam to try and convince me of he was fascinated with guns and raising their year old tot in the the grand prize I had won; I only hunting and wanted to talk about laundry room that shared its use had'to visit the hotel to collect my hunting deer in Georgia. as a play pen. choice of prizes. After I explained He talked Of his affection for the Transportation is usually via to him in international terms that US people, but the opposite of our two legs, by bus if fare is available, I didn't just fall off the pumpkin government. He was distraught and only by motor scooter after truck, he felt motivated to tell me that'our government had tried to years of work and saving. It is a about his home in India and his negotiate control over the new hand to mouth~existenc where work in tourism there during their port being constructed in Kuwait every day is a new challenge to high season. In the low season, in return for our liberation Of survive. Regardless, there is hap- he came to Phukot where jobs for Kuwait from Iraq during the 90s. piness in the people here that over- him were plentiful since he spoke Our economy is based on" oil flows into the ov.erall atmosphere. fluent English and some Russian. and all Middle Easterners know Why is it that Americans have An international worker making a it. If we don't buy it their standard so much and are so unhappy, living from tourism but not able to of lilting becomes non-existent, while Thais have so little in com- be a participant. Not a pleasant topic for either parison and are always hzppy? .It Another morning along the of'us. Despite thd differences in was a question I pondered long same main street, a young .man our political views, his dislike of before meeting the German healer with a sidewalk stand compli- conservatives and his opinion or the Kuwaiti intent in his quest mented me on my trice hair. Like they are war-mongers, we had an for happiness. me, his hair was not tied back enlightening conversation.Christians talk of being reborn; and fell below his shoulders. He The main topic of our dis-Indians believe the journey is to wanfed to talk, and not aboht cussion was why he traveled to become onewith yourself. Beyond the clothes he had for sale. Sens- Phuket. In contradiction to his the Thais, I have encountered four " ing a kindred spirit with the hair Muslim upbringing, he had come inOividuals, each with divergent commonality and time being no to .Thailand to understand Bud- religions, cultures and political object, I conversed with him. He dhism. After reading many books beliefs, yet all possessed the seren- guessed I was from Caxmda or attempting to find the answer, ity that comes from belief in a Australia. The long hair and sun- he had journeyed here, hired a power much bigger than them. glasses threw him off, but I finally teacher and continued in his quest All answered the same way when admitted to being an American. to find the secret of the "eternal posed the question, haw do you know Indifferent of his black hair and peace and happiness evident in when you have found yourself? You dark skin, I knew he was neither all the Thai people. A man with just know. from Thailand nor from India seemingly everything; yet search- It is a question that each of us " and finally, guessed Tibet. Close ing for fulfillment.. -.can only answer for ourselves. enough he told me as he was The typical Thai people in" from Nepal. He had been a street Phuket live in small rooms, usu- While demolition on the South Side of the Square was taking place, another demolition took place at Jefferson & Garden. The 2-story home Was the home of the late Roy & Rachel Gasaway for many years. Times Photo Mt. Pulaski Times Editor's Notebook By Mike Lakin A couple of Mt Pulaski residents lent their artistic tiand to decoratirrg the Governor's Mansion Christmas Tree. Helen Fine and Jo Riclmer are rneml~rs of Central Illinois Decorative:Artists that decorated the Mansion Christmas Tree. Florence Stoll had over six callers with copies of piano sheet music for "No Tears . In Heaven". She was thrilled to receive a copy and has been practicing. Bill Cavestani did the electric survey menti0ned in last issue. He said he'd have a big savings (over $500). Have you taken the survey yet? Go to bluestar energy, corn to see if there is a savings for you on your "electric bill. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blago- jevic'hwas been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. Otherwise knoffn as the Illinois Governors' retirement plan. By the way, looks like he lost his $65,000 a year pension from the State of Illinois. It just gets better and better. Dec. 17, 2011