29/01/2010 12 °C
Less than a day to go. I feel as if I’m ready. Well, at 6 O’clock today, when I leave the office, I’ll be starting to get ready. So, I’m ready to get ready, maybe. Does that make sense?
Or, maybe, I want to say, I’m ready mentally.
It sure has been a busy week. I’ve done all I planned to do but tonight is going to be big. Bigger than just big. Firstly, I have to go to el corte inglés tonight to buy certain things vital to the house-build and beyond.
1.) Garden gloves
2.) Light combat trousers.
4.) Mosquito repellent
I’ll probably add to the list as the day goes by as I’ve got so much on my mind...but, I won’t stop any further suggestions coming from your way. Please I insist. I need your help.
Afterwards, I then need to go straight to see Sara as she wants to give me some of her old toys so I can hand them to the ‘poor people’…bless her. I didn’t ask her, but words can’t explain how touching it was to hear that come from a genuin, kind and thoughtful 4 year old. She is my own daughter, so I am byest. I think for that, though, thanks must be paid to her mother who is obviously teaching her excellent values. Her school too must be thanked. They too have raised awareness with the kids with regard to the situation in Haiti (to donate to Habitat for Humanity, who are actively addressing shelter solutions in Haiti, please visit my site www.justgiving.com/garyinthailand ). I’ve started asking my daughter what she wishes on regular basis, and just last week she surprised me enormously…’I want things for the people of Haiti to be like it was before the earthquake’. No joke, she said that without making one single error!! I’ve told my friends and family what she said, and I don’t think even once it came out my mouth the same and correct grammatical way my daughter had said it. Although Sara says most of her wishes are impossible I always tell her to ‘never give up hope’.
Anyway, after I visit the ‘wee yin’ (I’m from the sunny east coast), I’m shooting off home for a ‘packing and champagne party’ with mates. Self explanatory? I guessed so. It was suggested last night by the Julie, the girlfriend of one of my mates, Frenchie. I’ve added the packing bit in because if there is alcohol involved, there is no way I can do it on my own. Now, here’s the burning question. Would you trust even your closest friends to help you pack on a trip to Thailand? ………….I repeat, to Thailand?
So, after I finish packing, the idea is to stay awake all night. Continue to drink champers, maybe go out to a local bar for a few, come back, stay up, drink coffee, eat, continue to stay up, not go to sleep, not lie down and leave the house at 8am. Hopefully, by the time I board my flight I’ll be completely knackered I’ll sleep through the whole journey. That way, too, I hope to align myself with Bangkok time and be ready for the week. I bet there are simpler ways to go about it but as Frenchie likes to put it, ‘you gotta stick it to the man’.
Oh, before I forget….
5.) Birthday card for Mum and Alan
See y’all tomorrow at Madrid airport. I’ll try and get Noemi to say hi to you all too.