Monthly Archives: December 2018

New Year’s Eve 2007 Pattaya

On the afternoon of December 31, 2007 heavy lorries, pick-up trucks and 125cc motorcycles with sidecars exited from the distributor at the end of my soi with thousands of beers every minute. Thousands of Thai and farang tourists were flocking into the city for the year’s final drunk in the beach resort’s countless bars, go-gos, […]

Palm Beach Off Season / Not everyone is what they seem

During the 2008 NBA playoffs I escaped the luxurious confines of Palm Beach to watch the Celtics versus the Lakers at my friend’s house in Jupiter Beach. I patted Pom Pom on the head. “You be a good dog.” It was an impossible request. The Airedale had been rescued from a Riviera Beach crack house. […]

Trump Flushing the Washington Swamp

On August 24, 1814 British troops tried to burn down the new capitol of the United States. Washington. A day later a hurricane doused the flames, but that salvation hasn’t prevent further attempted cinematic destruction of the city along the Potomac River. Aliens have destroyed Washington DC in countless movies. For some unexplained reason science-fiction […]

147 A GO-GO by Peter Nolan Smith

Last week the best antique dealers in our diamond exchange moved to a new address. Their vacated booth was both minuscule and expensive. The building management had been hard-pressed to find a new tenant in these hard times after Christmas. I stood by the glass counter with the departing salesman and Jo-Jo the security guard, […]

Peace In No Man’s Land

On Sunday 28 June 1914 Bosnian assassins attacked the motorcade of Austrian Archduke anarchists Franz Ferdinand. The first attempt was foiled by the Hapsburg heir deflecting a diabolical device. His bodyguards strongly recommended seeking safety, however Franz Ferdinand insisted on a hospital visit to see bystanders injured by the bomb. His driver took a wrong […]