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Smack First, Ask Questions Later

I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been practicing what I’ve now coined as the “smack first, ask questions later” action… It really has nothing to do with the recent Muay Thai training I’ve been doing (just finished session 5 today and it’s a real rear-kicker!!).  And when I think back I’ve been “smacking first and asking later” since arriving in Thailand last December.

So what am I referring to exactly?  Well, you see, not every place has a mosquito net covering the beds.  And even if they did, they don’t prevent 100% of whatever night critters decide to come out and join you bedside… And since I’m arachnophobic, I would rather not actually see what it is that’s crawling on me, because if I ever visually found it to be a spider I would absolutely lose my mind.

Enter the “smack first, ask questions later” motto.  It’s a simple concept that I use more often than not.  Whenever I feel something on my skin while in bed or hanging about, without looking to see what it is, I simply smack the area where I feel the unknown critter.  Sometimes that’s the end of it.  But sometimes I do feel a body beneath my hand in the area I’ve just smacked so just as quickly as I’ve hit the unknown creature I swiftly grab the body and chuck it as far away as possible from where I am.  It’s become such a common movement that I don’t even notice I’ve done it sometimes.  And yet I wonder where that bruise came from the next day, lol!!

Thankfully I’ve never come across the body of whatever I’ve hit and thrown off me the next day, which really means one of two things: either the creature was just stunned by the hit and limped away after recovering OR its body was eaten by another critter during the night.  Neither of those scenarios are very comforting really, but that’s jungle living for ya!  All part of the joys:)

Back to Thailand

Starry Starry Night…

After a night of drinking in town, two friends and I headed home via bikes (the only way to travel in my book and the easiest through town) and I ended up having to send the below message to friends and family the next day…
**CAUTION**
STAR GAZING MAY LEAD TO SERIOUS INJURY OR DAMAGE!!!!
ok, perhaps not JUST star gazing… let me correct that:
STAR GAZING WHILE INTOXICATED MAY LEAD TO SERIOUS INJURY OR DAMAGE!!!
eh, ok that’s also not quite entirely correct… however:
STAR GAZING WHILE INTOXICATED AND RIDING A BICYCLE MAY LEAD TO SERIOUS INJURY OR DAMAGE!!!
yup, that’s the right and complete version of the story!  Really I’m fine, so no real worries.  just a few scrapes and a bruise that just about has it’s own heartbeat. but no broken bones and nothing that won’t heal in a weeks time.  Thankfully my angels were keeping an eye on me:)
Good times…!!!