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and I have to say I've gotten to the point where every morning it feels like I've taken 1/4th of a tab of ecstasy.

It's amazing. The trip didn't start this way - the first few months were certainly good, but there were some dark, bleak, lonely nights in New Zealand and Australia.

But now - even the bad days are good, it doesn't matter if I'm meeting people, it doesn't matter if I'm getting laid, it doesn't matter if I did anything interesting today, it doesn't matter what I'm doing tomorrow, it doesn't matter if I have a damn thing planned for the next nine months - I am constantly happy.

Hell, if I find myself a hot travel partner my eyes will probably turn into heart shapes or something equally disturbing.

How long can this go on? Doesn't my mind have to normalize all this to some baseline state? I'm buzzing so hard at this moment I feel nauseated.

Part of the reason I'm buzzing is that I've been taking a five day Thai massage course over at Wat Pho, and getting three hours worth of massage a day from my classmates has my mind, body, and spirit firing hard on all cylinders. The class is enormous fun - lots of laughing and giggling - and as we've all gotten to know each other through the week the intimacy level is fairly high. Not quite sexual, but close, but it's mostly how wonderful touch is, and how off limits physical contact is in daily life, making this such a treat.

These are uncharted waters to say the least. It feels like I am a different person, because I am. I already don't know who that person was sitting in SFO last November 3rd. How do I go back?

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 09:33:57 AM EST
Well, if you get three hours of Thai massage, no wonder you are high. Enjoy it while it lasts, sounds like you are not only traveling the planet, but are also on a adventures journey of the inner Universe. :-)
by Fran on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 09:39:48 AM EST
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As Don Henley said;-

Nobody on the road,
nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
the summers out of reach

Empty lake, empty streets,
the sun goes down alone.
I'm driving by your house
though i know that you not home...

And i can see you
you brown skin shining in the sun
you got your hair combed back
sunglasses on baby

and i can tell you
my love for you will still be strong
after the boy of summer have gone.

out on the road today
i saw a dead head sticker on a cadillac
a voice inside my head said don't look back
you can never look back

i thought i knew what love was
what did i know
those days are gone for ever
i should just let them go and...

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 09:55:40 AM EST
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MillMan:
These are uncharted waters to say the least. It feels like I am a different person, because I am. I already don't know who that person was sitting in SFO last November 3rd. How do I go back?

You don't go back, at least to that person (SFO is optional...)

That's the whole beauty of it. Never the same again.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 11:15:19 AM EST
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MillMan:

How long can this go on? Doesn't my mind have to normalize all this to some baseline state? I'm buzzing so hard at this moment I feel nauseated.

Part of the reason I'm buzzing is that I've been taking a five day Thai massage course over at Wat Pho, and getting three hours worth of massage a day from my classmates has my mind, body, and spirit firing hard on all cylinders. The class is enormous fun - lots of laughing and giggling - and as we've all gotten to know each other through the week the intimacy level is fairly high. Not quite sexual, but close, but it's mostly how wonderful touch is, and how off limits physical contact is in daily life, making this such a treat.

These are uncharted waters to say the least. It feels like I am a different person, because I am.

yes you certainly are, after all that demanding bodywork, plus learning to use a bunch of new muscles treating people!

i did a 10 day course there at Wat pho, and it was intense. long days, very physical, in pretty strong heat. great instruction, and as you mention, a very up vibe. that reclining buddha is something else.

i started enjoying bankok once i sussed how to get around using the river buses. fascinating city.

if that's your first massage course, i'm not surprised you're feeling psychedelicised. it's an amazing avenue of expression and communication that's opening up to you, and you will positively affect many people if you so choose.

excellent move, the more you work it, the deeper the buzz...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 01:39:44 PM EST
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Margot Wallström's Blog » Blog Archive » Europe is about doing
financialtools1@gmail.com Says:
December 27th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Dear Commissioner:

Part of a "To Do List" for Europe in 2009 :

1) The EU car-van-truck industry starts manufacturing hybrid-electric plug-in cars with E-85 internal combustion motors ,and they all agree to use Open Standards in all links and parts,so that Small Industry can participate, they and the consumers get a big fat Tax deduction.

2) Every country in the EU gets a multi-gigawatt farm with each of these natural and free resources : Solar,Wind ,Water Wave/Current ( where possible) and geothermal energy and the manufacturing of all these technologies stays in the EU, creating millions of new jobs, and schools train students in the basics/advanced know-how of all of them.

3) Fuel-cells for buildings gets another huge tax deduction, with natural gas,methanol,hydrogen,etc, and training starts immediately.

4) the EU embarks on a solid production line of synthetic jet fuels, from algae,seaweeds, jatropha, sugarcane,rapeseed/castor variants,etc., for commercial and military applications.

5) the EU starts implementing BROADBAND to every corner of the 27 countries, fixed and wireless, everybody and every little town gets Broadband with video-conference-phone IP services, and all trains, train stations, buses,bus stops,schools,official centers, Post Offices,Hospitals,coffee shops,every corner gets WiFi ABGN, WiMax,LTE,White Spaces and fixed with VDSL and Powerline and whatever some of you will invent with Cognitive Radios and others, all of them available for all everywhere,be for Health Care, for Education and family communications , for Trade and Commerce, for Social Events, for Small Business , for fun or for play, everywhere ... this will create millions of new jobs and new economic and technological growth.

6) The EU pushes , with a solid investment, weak spots like Organic Display Technology , new materials ,composites and polymers, new batteries, new thin-film printed electronics , new fusion technology , new "CO2 total capture" coal power plants and new geothermal pumps and systems ,etc.

7) the EU and the USA start new Dialogs and Meetings with all the tribes and groups in Pakistan-Afghanistan-India-Kashmir, all together , to find solutions for Growth Jobs and Trade and starting with the Kashmir issue, the root of the problem.

the EU puts-up a public web site where every Lobby and adviser and anyone in the Brussels - Strassbourg - Europa Capitals Political landscape does something with them : gives money , provides advice, support, loans,gifts,presents,lunches, diners, trips and any other links or assets to any elected or appointed politician and worker of the EU and all its subsidiaries, all of "it" and "them" gets posted on a public web site for all to see...total political transparency.

9) the EU Youth gets a new plan to "rent to buy" , so that they can start building their credit and savings, and every EU kid gets a chance to own " very cheap and easy " a bicycle and a moped, a laptop and a video-mobile-phone and training in their own field, the EU makes a master move to train its Youth, like no other.



'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 02:11:35 PM EST
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I've been using the river buses every day. I love em.

The class was surprisingly intense physically and emotionally. A few of the girls cried at the end because it was exactly that.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Jan 30th, 2009 at 07:22:55 AM EST
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you might think about a longer course, maybe in other forms of massage. doing my year and a half training for state license, there were many tears of revelation.

it cracks you open, all that touch...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jan 31st, 2009 at 06:47:11 PM EST
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