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The Aliens Are Aliens Are Coming!

Ok well not quite.  But what is coming is alien to us.

The Aliens Are Coming!

 

 

Yes, my beloved people…those are power polls!  (Give me a second, I’m having an emotional moment over here)

Although, it is not finished and might be a couple of months before it is complete, that my friends is what I like to call progress!

NOTE: If you would like to donate to purchase a poll, (we need about 15-20) just click on the Donate button at the top and then shoot me an email stating you would like to specifically give money for that particular project.

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all!  Spending Thanksgiving over here wasn’t as weird/different as I thought it might be.  We didn’t have a Thanksgiving dinner over here, but we did get have a wonderful lunch with the Quick family and another family from the states that was here visiting.  Good times for sure.

Though the good times were flowing freely over here, I still found myself missing the very unhealthy food that I consume in large portions on this fine day of giving thanks.  As I think I have mentioned before, the hardest thing about being over here has been the food.  In America, we don’t really have one thing that you would call “American” per se.  We have Italian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Soul food, and whatever else you want to add to the list.  In Thailand, all they tend to eat is Thai food.  Which consists mainly of rice (for every meal), grilled veggies, and a meat.  And as you know, I don’t eat meat.  lol

I’ll have to take some pictures of all the Thai street food, but trust me, most of it, you really wouldn’t want to eat.

In the touristy (is that a word) areas you will often come across places that claim they serve a “Western” breakfast.  But what they mean is they serve an “English Breakfast”, which is as vastly different as the countries we come from.  I mean really, who eats baked beans for breakfast in the states.  And why in the world would I want to eat it on toast?!?!  With a cup of tea??!!  Really?

In the grand scheme of things, my diet is much better over here than it was in the states by far.  My vegetable consumption has quadrupled since living here. But I the sinful part of me that hasn’t died to self still craves (not in this exact order) all of the following and much much more.

1. Burritos from Freebirds (I don’t want to hear from the Chipotle crowd please lol)

2. Dessert at Denny’s

3. Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe

4. Vegeburgers from Burger Box

5. Apple pies from Whataburger (they fry them like McDonald’s used to before they got all health conscious and what not)

6. Lunch/Dinner at Celleborele off of Hemphill (if you still haven’t been, you need to check it out, best kept secret in Fort Worth, well that and the yearly pass to the zoo)

7. Indian food from Maharja on Hulen

8. Lemonade from the Cheesecake Factory (sometimes it’s the little things)

9. The Olive Garden, Carrabba’s, Carino’s (i’ll take any of them over what passes for spaghetti out here)

10. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and 4th of July meals at my mom’s.  (if you’ve ever been before…i don’t need to explain)

I could really have made a list to 100 but why torture myself.

Besides, I would have surely left some of your favorites off.  Go ahead and leave me a comment of what would have made your top 10 list.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Try and remember the little ole Jones’s as you stuff your face this holiday season. 🙂

Until next time, be well.

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Fun with Fire

So what exactly do you do when you don’t have any electricity?

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Living Without Electricity and Running Water

It’s quite the experience.  Far from the disaster I’d thought it would be, yet still no where near me thinking that I’d like to live like this for the rest of my time here on earth.  lol

Getting buckets of water each day isn’t ideal but it beats the alternative, which is having no water at all.  As far as electricity we have plenty of flashlights and batteries.  I couldn’t however find a battery operated fan.  You would think of all places, Thailand would have one, but I can’t seem to find one anywhere.

This creates a problem for me because I can’t sleep when I get hot. I get irritable, my eyes, nose and throat start to itch.  It’s just a horrible experience all around.  Thankfully, Nathan gave me the idea of using an inverter to run smaller electronics.

 

This little gizmo will power my fan at night, charge the phones, and my computer among other things.  Bad thing about it is that it drains the battery so each morning I have to give myself a jump from Nathan’s truck.

Those red crates you see are our refrigerators.  We put ice blocks in them to keep the food cold, or at least cool. You have to keep them draining or you have a ton of water inside, hence the containers underneath.  As you can see the girls are adapting quite nicely.

Not to much to tell so far, we have only been there for less than a week.  There are lots of scorpions, a few bees, and many mosquitoes.  But I guess that’s par for the course since we live in the jungles of Thailand.

The good news is that electricity has been approved to come out our way.  We finally got the one person who needed to say yes, to say yes.  YES!  Power is a coming!

Of course I guess I should temper my enthusiasm.  We are in Thailand.  Things tend to move at their own speed around here, and usually its a slow speed.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Things I Still Find Weird, Funny, Different and/or Crazy About Thailand Part 2

4.  Mosquito Nets

I am beginning to wonder if they call them mosquito nets because mosquitoes are always in the net.  I don’t understand how it happens but it does.  It never fails that you will have at least a dozen gnats, a few flying bugs, and a mosquito or two inside of your net with you.  I guess they just wait around until I open the net to get in and ride on my back for safe passage.  We will add the question of how do mosquito’s get into the mosquito net to the other conundrums of life like, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop, What exactly would I do for a Klondike bar, and Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”

5. Thai Years

Did you know that I was born in the year 2521?  Well, neither did I till I moved to Thailand. lol  That’s because here in Thailand the year is 2555.  Being that is this a Buddhist country and all they decide to start counting their years from the Buddha’s birth not Jesus’s death. Since I happen to live here and they take this stuff fairly seriously, I’ll refrain from making any jokes about this matter.  I’m sure you can think up plenty on your own.

6. Fires

The typical way to get rid of your garbage in these areas is to burn it.  Sometimes at night you can see 20 people burning trash.  I see this in the states too sometimes but just not on the vast scale I see over here.  The thing that puzzles me about this situation is how in the world do we not have more things burning down here?  It’s kind of amazing when you think about it.  So you are telling me that there are dozens, maybe hundreds, of  fires each night and nothing catches on fire inadvertently and burns down a whole section of the forest or village?  Wow.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Things I Still Find Weird, Funny, Different, and/or Crazy about Thailand Part I

So we have been in Thailand since June 24 and I have pretty much gotten used to most things.   But there are still some things that I have trouble wrapping my head around.  Such as…

1. U Turns On A Highway

Really?  How is this possible.  I mean I see it all the time, but I still can’t figure out how they are doing it.  How do you make a complete u-turn into oncoming traffic that is coming at least 70 mph?  How are there not at least 100 fatalities per day just because of this one crazy idea.  This would never fly in the states. Never.

 

2.  The Army Rides Scooters and Wears Slippers

Hahahahaha!  It really is as funny as it sounds.  The first time they showed up trying to look all serious and authoritative, it took everything in me not to laugh in their face.  I mean seriously though, how am I supposed to be intimidated when you pull up riding on the back of a scooter wearing a pair of slip ons! HAHAHAHA its funny just thinking about it!

 

3. Beetle Nut

Beetle Nut is a plant that many of the people in the country side chew.  It has addictive properties.  It is kind of like tobacco I guess, but worse.  This stuff discolors your teeth almost immediately.  It makes your mouth look like you have been eating candy of a certain color and your mouth is that color too.  It is by far one of the most disgusting habits I have ever come across.  It is really hard to carry on a conversation with someone eating beetle nut because all you can stare at is their mouth.  And I’m trying my hardest not to let my face make disgusted looks. In my mind I’m wondering to myself, “Do you own a mirror? You must not, because if you had one, you would see how Weird, Funny, and Crazy you look right now!”

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in AJ's Adventures