Category Archives: luck

Xin Nian Kuai Le or 新年快乐 2015

Chinese New Year comes later in the Julian Calendar, but there’s nothing wrong with saying Xin Nian Kuai Le 新年快乐 early. Happy New Year. 2015. The 2+ 0 + 1 + 5 = 8 and the number eight in Chinese Pinyin is considered as good luck, since the syllables echo those of the word Pinyan-ba […]

The Sum Of 2014

The ever-lovely Ann Magnuson wished everyone a happy New Year on Facebook. “2014 is going to be a good year! It has to be, it has a 4 in it!” I hoped that she was right, since 2013 was an annus miserablis for me, however I wrote the hillbilly performance artiste that 4 is not […]

A Boy Of Montana

My second choice for greatest athlete of the 20th Century has been Evel Knievel. Mohammad Ali was the greatest fighter and Bill Russell won more NBA championships, however the Butte, Montana native rode a motorcycle like a demon and refused to quit no matter how badly he had broken body. His public expected nothing less […]

Friday the 13th Umphang

This morning my ex-wife, daughter, and I set out from Chai-nat for Umphang, which is one of Thailand’s most remote regions. I had calculated seven hours for the 500 kilometer trip. It took almost eleven of white-knuckle driving through the junled mountains. The road in Umphang had been known as Death Highway back in the […]

The Miracle Of Unconsciousness

Sunday morning Camp and I left his house for breakfast. His daughter was in the back seat. On the way down the dirt drive to the main road we passed the wreck of a Nissan sedan. The chassis was bent in a U and the front end twisted by the accident’s centrifugal forces. Tangled wires […]