Friday, November 5, 2010
I also got to the post office to pick up my 4! packages from home.
Here are the drugs that were stashed in with the Crocs and the childrens' videos:
Here is what else I managed to buy- a longer seat post for my bicycle. That made a huge difference. I went out for a ride and my knees were actually below my arms for once. At the bike store I salivated over the bikes for sale. There is one French bike on which I obsess because it is the only one without a front fork shock (I wouldn't need one) and it has Shimano components. It is 4500 Baht but I think I could get it for 4100 or so- the dollar has dropped a bit to 29 baht per so that comes out to about $142. That seems very reasonable, but I am trying to get out of the habit of thinking in dollars and instead thinking in terms of my local salary, which is only 7000 baht a month. Thus that is no longer just 142 dollars but over half my salary. That salary is actually plenty in some ways considering I have room and board (minus meals on the weekends). It is an old conundrum- a hair cut that is $14 at home is only $1.20 here, but the second I start indulging in American comforts, I get into trouble; a good cup of coffee at Merangue is half the price of a haircut, which would translate into $7 at home- and a jar of peanut butter, small, is 120 baht, the price of three haircuts, or $42! That is why the Rock City is such a godsend. Finally, I went into the English lending library at the governor's mansion and traded in my Short History of the World (Thanks Elizabeth!) for a copy of a history of the Mekong River. Now, if I could just do something about the height of this mirror...maybe that's why Vincent had that ear thing. It was a simple shaving accident! That shirt was given to me today at the festival I attended. It is XL, if you can believe that.