This was the day we needed to catch our flight, sort of. Our flight was 15 mins after midnight, so technically it was the next day, but there was no need for hotel rooms. We were all packed up and on the van headed to the airport around noon. The ladies all gathered to say good bye, and we took a picture with Grams, she had maybe 15 of these hanging on the in the center area. The plan was to get to the airport, ditch our bags, and visit somewhere near the airport.
During breakfast, Godoloju was still not feeling great and said something to Grams about it. She left for about 10 mins and came back with a couple of different medications, one was their version of aspirin, and the other was I think either a powder or a paste that she mixed into a liquid. It was a dark color by the time I arrived on scene my guess is either coffee or water. Godoloju spent a minute or so arguing with her about it, not really wanting to take something unknown, but she wasn’t having it, and he ended up drinking it. My only thought was ‘lets hope that wasn’t a laxative’.
Everyone was up and eating breakfast by 8:30 am, with the ride to the boat at 9. There was apparently some miscommunication with Grams about the breakfast and a few of the things ordered never showed up. Godoloju had a rough night and spent much of it in the bathroom, with TheGopher trying to sleep in the room attached. TheGopher caught a pretty large spider in his room that crawled into a cup allowing him to take it outside and let it go. We googled it a bit and think its a Huntsman Spider, but are not really sure.
Before we headed out, someone asked if they had a laundry service and Grams said that they did. She told us to grab the hampers out of our rooms, to throw our laundry in them, and set them outside our doors. We all did, they probably had 6 or more loads to do.
We had to check out and meet our ride to the AirBnB by noon, so most of us met at our hotel for breakfast around 10 am and we’re on the road by 12:15 pm. Its nearly a 3 hour ride from Patong to Krabi, and we had a nice air conditioned van for this trip. It was raining for much of the trip, but looking back, I wish we could have figured out how to do this ride on scooters. Not sure one way scooters are a thing though. We stopped once for a smoke and a pee break but the trip there was pretty uneventful, other than just looking out the windows, lots to see.
Alternate Title: Hill of the Monkey’s – The Molestation of Bubbles
It was raining, hard. We were finishing up breakfast at like 7:30 a when the email canceling our fishing charter came in. This was the plan until around 6pm for the day, so now what.
My room hadn’t been cleaned since we got there so we headed to Godoloju’s room to try to figure out what we were going to do for the day. After several smokes and a couple of beers later, we decided on going to see Monkey Hill. We found a Tuk-Tuk pretty quickly and we’re on our way. It was a 40 minute drive and it was a pretty uneventful ride.
Hill of the monkey’s As the driver slowed to a stop, we could see a small parking area and a lot of stray dogs. Stray dogs are a thing in Thailand, idkwtf. The road continued up the mountain, but there was a little gate and a security guard directing our driver to park. We we jumped out and everyone was done using the facilities the driver or the security guard directed us up the hill. There was a small cement bridge that was maybe 60 feet across that went over a ravine with a trickle of water in it.
Alternate Title: If you want to end the night early, bring out the shots.
ComaD got up early and went Scuba diving, so he was gone for a big chunk of the day. Looks like he got a few photos. You’d better ask somebody.
Bucho, Bubbles and I went to The Coffee House for breakfast. One of the more American breakfast’s we had, while Godoloju and TheGopher were still sleeping it off. It was before 10am because we attempted to go to the Junglecylon Mall but it wasn’t open yet. So we took a walk down a side street that runs parallel to Bangla and then back to the hotel to meet up with Godoloju and TheGopher.
Here we split, and I can only tell you what I know of the other group’s experiences from the stories they told. Bucho, Godoloju and TheGopher went to get “manny petties” and a “good massage”. Bubbles and I went shopping for some type of sun hat for me.
Alternate Title: Delephantg Alternate Title 2: I’m gonna write a book!
We agreed to meet for breakfast (brunch?) around 10 am, and found a decent little place down a side street (can’t find the Soi’s name) across from Soi Seadragon. I believe it was the Eurasian place you can see here. People were more adventurous with their meals here, and everything was great. I learned about Coke Light here, which is their version of Diet Coke, the only diet soda I found the whole trip. And yes, I ordered their version of chicken strips again.
We did a little shopping (I bought some sandals) on the way back to the hotels for some relief from the sun and our bowels and then hit the beach. I got to the beach about 15 minutes before everyone else showed up. After wading in the water up to my calf, and wandering around for a bit, I got to watch a team setup a parachute ride for some of the tourists.
Note: Since this story contains two Buddha’s, I’m going to let the deity keep the name and call our good friend Bubbles throughout these posts.
Alternate Title: “masssaaage?”
Day 1 was mostly all travel, however we were all so pumped to be in Thailand the first night, that we did go out and check the scene.
Hell We purposely started flying early and arrived at the airport around 8:30 am. Most of the details about the flights are what you’d expect, full planes, 3 total flights, and Korean Air doesn’t have the air vents for each seat like every other airline I’ve ever been on. I live by those little vents.. but apparently the Korean’s don’t need them.
I like data. I’ve always been a bit of a data junky. In my personal life, I’ve found looking at the data is usually interesting but not terribly useful. But at work, I identify issues all of the time just by keeping different data up on my dashboards. This write up however, is for my home, and my new Nest thermostat. I was so excited to get this thing, I was curious about a dozen different aspects of these smart thermostats. However, I was terribly disappointed when I got it installed and working and realized that the Nest only stores the last 10 days worth of data. My assumption is they keep all the data (doesn’t everybody?) but for speed purposes they only let the customer access the last 10 days. Whatever, its frustrating, but its not like their going to change it for little old me.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered they have an API that the customer can access. I had been bitching about the fact that Nest doesn’t give the customer access to this data, like on the website or something.. somewhere at least. About 3 weeks later my buddy Buddah sends me this link that I guess showed up on his FaceBalls.