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Nov. 6th, 2009

keep on driving just as far as we can go
well i've been afraid of changin
cause i've built my life around you

Sep. 16th, 2009

Tooth problems
On my period
Driving to STL from Knox with sleep deprivation
Flu (possibly swine)
Tons of work to be done

Fuck this week.
This is a list of things that I aspire to do, however ridiculous they might seem.

-Go to Pastry School
-Go to an esteemed graduate school for something that I actually enjoy--regardless of how far into debt I fall
-Teach English in Asia and/or Russia
-Work in the US as a professor of something really rad (i.e. Kittens or Pop Culture)
-Write a novel. At the very least, some work of non-fiction that makes me feel proud
-Work as an intern or in an entry-level position for a record label (in marketing, production, public relations, whatever)

A few of these I am working on right now. We'll see where I land.

Dec. 1st, 2008

Thailand's political unrest might force me to stay here longer than anticipated.

In two weeks, I am supposed to fly out of Bangkok. As of now, both of the airports in Bangkok have been shut down due to an occupation by anti-government protesters. These anti-government protesters, (the People's Alliance for Democracy, PAD), are extremely well-organized and have stopped all incoming and outgoing air traffic in Bangkok. Over 100,000 travelers are stranded in the capital city, struggling to find a way to get out of the country.

The PAD wants the government and current Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat to step down. There is, indeed, quite a bit of corruption within Thailand. But this occupation of the international airports is deeply, DEEPLY hurting the Thai economy. Tourism is one of the main sources of income, and the country faces about $85 million in losses per DAY without the airports open. Until the government is dissolved, it doesn't seem like the PAD is going to leave the airports.

A counter-party, the People's Power Party (PPP), is in support of the current government. They were, until recently, focused in Northern Thailand. But these supporters have moved to Bangkok to protest the PAD. The PAD traditionally wear yellow, and the PPP wear red. There have been clashes in the capital recently, injuring 51 people. If the protests continue, even more people will be injured and killed.

Various bomb blasts throughout Bangkok and Chiang Mai (a northern city) have affected the country. As of now, the separate parties intend for this to be a bloodless conflict, but this has obviously not been the case.

On top of all of this, the Thai military refuses to step in and force the PAD out of the airports because the military also disapproves of the current circumstances within the government.

There's a possibility of a coup soon. If this is the case, it will not be bloodless. Clashes among both parties and the government will result in a complete division of the country. The only real answer, at this point, is for the King to make an appearance and request that the conflicts come to an end. If this does not happen soon, then the Thai economy will surely fail.

Have hope for the citizens of Thailand in these next few weeks.
Tres semanas.
Dear LJ World,

I am sorry that I have neglected you for the past two weeks. My journey to the other side of the world has taken a lot more out of me than I thought it would. Soon, dear friends, I will update you on my life here in Thailand (which is perfect, by the way).

Love love love,
Life fucking rules sometimes.