Category Archives: Driving

Cross Country 1996

In the late summer of 1996 I left Bali for America. My good friend Meg left me at LAX and said that she was driving east from LA to New York and needed someone to share the driving and gas. “I’ve fallen in love.” Meg was a tall ex-model. She and I were strictly friends. […]

The 420 Bus to Hollywood

In the late spring of 1995 I was living with Scottie Taylor in a pool house. The owner ran a strip club off West Pico Boulevard. His dancers sunbathed nude in the mornings. They were Jesus freaks and read the Bible like a choir of fallen angels. Scottie and I were sinners in their eyes. […]

JAI YEN MAI by Peter Nolan Smith

Several years ago on Boxing Day my daughter was playing on our soi in Pattaya. A pick-up roared down the street like the driver had murdered his wife and was bell-bent for the border. From my perspective the bumper came too close to my little precious daughter and I jumped on my scooter to chase […]

Songkran Driving

Nothing says Songkran better in Thailand than getting into an accident with a drunk, as revealed in this series of email dated from 2006. EMAIL from the Old Roue April 4 after I invited him to join me on a trip to Phnom Penh to escape the Songkran madness. His reply. No thanx, I’m driving […]

Palm Beach Sunday

In June 1 2008 I was living on Palm Beach. A barrier island off the Florida coast. So many of the mega-rich had migrated to their summer haunts of the Hamptons, Nantucket, and the South of France that the Sunday night streets of this exclusive resort felt, as if the Khmer Rouge had marched the […]