Return of the tube, shouldn’t I still be sweating, Frodo and Snore…

The Wandering Nerd April 10th, 2008

I’d mentioned how the timing was all a bit messed up, so technically I was in Vang Vieng for a couple of days with Tabitha and Jamie, then we all headed down to pick up Tim - remember the british drunkard with glandular stink problems from Goa?

After the time in Vientiane it was pretty much decided that Vientiane was too boring, and way too hot so we all went back up to Vang Vieng for more river fun…oh more the fools us… or me anyway. For the sake of the narrative - and the ease on my creative and gesticular resources at the moment, let us assume that the Vang Vieng time was contiguous.

Vang Vieng is a tiny town whose only real offering to the course of the budget traveler is the opportunity to go tubing down a 5km stretch of river punctuated by river bank bars, and rope swings out into the water. Yeah, prodigious amounts of alcohol, silly farang, and 15m high rope swings. Of course we went a few times. They really are pretty full on rope swings:

It’s a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a day, though the last time I went down there was some minor problem with someone having a - minor - heat stroke. Too much sun on top of a sun burn from the day before, not enough water, nor water, add just a touch of a Tiger Bucket (whisky-7up-redbull), let sit and watch the old WN collapse. Great fun, really. Luckily Cam, Jamie and Tabbie were there, along with a Holland couple - Lee and Anna - or I’d have been proper lost.

That aside though I’ve been having a much better time lately. Eris does indeed seem to provide. Tim and I’ve teamed back up for more shenanigans, sadly the girls had to head back up to Chiang Mai for the Thai New Year, so out of the latest batch of traveling companions I’m stuck with the ugliest, smelliest one. So it goes. I must say the last week or so has left many a sore muscle from laughing so hard, so many inside jokes that will now live in infamy, not to mention more obscene jokes than you can shake a dead baby at.

As for everything else, I’ve been having to deal with some non-WN related things lately. Needed to get some things sorted out and taken care of, some things well overdue, some that just came along.

The big news, I’ve been accepted into the University of Melbourne School of Business for my MBA. I’m not sure what this will mean for the site. In the near future I’ll be doing my best to keep it updated, but other things like student loans, student visas, finding a place to live in Melbourne and the new and pressing need to make some money over the summer is taking precedence. All this on limited internet access is turning one or two of my hairs grey.

If anyone knows of a nice apartment for cheap in Melbourne, a goodly paying consulting/contracting job somewhere back in the states plus someplace I can crash while I’m there, or where I can get a decent student loan without talking to a bloke named ‘Vinny,’ please let me know. I’m quite serious about all of the above requests.

I’m not sure what state I’m planning on ending up in back in the states for the summer months, it really does depend on what kind of work I can find vs. accommodation. So if you know anyone looking for a well traveled computer network engineer, you let me know.

Right now I’m yet again back in Vientiane, tomorrow Tim and I are heading back into Thailand, gonna’ make the quick dash across the eastern edge of the country as opposed to the long route around through Laos on our way to Cambodia.

Hokay, river pics:

i hope when you think of me years down the line
you can’t find one good thing to say
and i’d hope that if i found the strength to walk out
you’d stay the hell out of my way
-the mountain goats

7 Responses to “Return of the tube, shouldn’t I still be sweating, Frodo and Snore…”

  1. Hoshion 10 Apr 2008 at 9:10 am

    Melbourne? Are you F’ing kidding me? Here, I am amped about the possibility of going to Clemson for grad school and you are going to school in farking Australia? You bastard! :P
    Congrats on the acceptance. I think I would still prefer to go to school in South Carolina, personally. It’s not the people or the place so much as it will be the final tally on student loans and overall cost of going to school. Yours will prolly be twice what mine is, and I am fine with that. Curiously fine. :D
    Is it starting to cool down there at all yet? Seeing as how spring is here and summer not far away, the winter there (what little there is of it) should be on the horizon. Then again, what with global warming and all…or global cooling…I can’t remember what it’s supposed to be at this point. The cockamamie theories are so abundant. But, I digress…
    So when ya think you’ll be back to the states? I can hardly wait to see all of the photos of hot women, monkeys and such that you haven’t posted for whatever reason. I know you have them. Don’t deny it. I’ll Rochambeau you for them. There’s this big Swedish guy who says he wants a rematch who will be handing my end of the Rochambeau. So you know…
    Anyway, go back to the gibbon sanctuary if you can. This time, tell them to wake the gibbons up so I can see them. Go to F’ing monkeyland and not see any monkeys. Who taught these people about eco-tourism? Ralph Nader? Damn.
    More monkeys pleez!
    But, as always, be safe, have a good time and don’t pee in the river. It looks like it may be cleaner for the addition. Seriously. That thing looks like the Ganges, so check yourself for parasites and get yourself wormed once back to civilization.
    Monkeybroi, out.

  2. shanagalleryon 10 Apr 2008 at 9:30 am

    You are welcome to crash here as long as you want/need. I think you-know-who would love to rekindle the broimance. Mi PS2 es su PS2 (quite literally). Any idea when you’re heading back?

  3. damoon 10 Apr 2008 at 10:50 am

    i think i have a network in oz.

    i do. i have 2 friends out there. that i know of.

    one is in sydney. unfortunately i think the other one is also in sydney.

    they may know someone out there… promising.

  4. scullyon 10 Apr 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Need something to do in the states? Come to Boston and let’s jump out of more planes!

  5. mariettaon 11 Apr 2008 at 7:59 am

    nice. australia suits you. and so does the slightly chaotic, madcap nature of the logistics. i, too, know some people who lived in australia for about four years–they’re americans who just moved back. i think they were also in sydney–but maybe they would have some helpful hints? i know they even managed to get their australian citizenship while they were there. apparently, australia will take anyone–lucky for you ;)

  6. The Parentson 11 Apr 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Congratulations Gregg, for getting accepted into Melbourne Business College. We are so PROUD of you. Hope you can get everthing worked out without turning your hair grey. I know you are really busy at this time, but just enjoy the rest of your trip into Cambodia and Australia. maybe we can come and visit you while you are there. That would be fun. We love you The Parents

  7. The Wandering Nerdon 16 Apr 2008 at 8:13 am

    Heya gang,

    Thanks for the congrats and so forth. It’s been hectic as hell trying to get all this crap sorted from literally a world away of my usual Evil Lair. So I’ve been really horrible about responding to the comments, sue me.

    I don’t know yet when I’ll be coming back to the states, depends on too many factors out of my control. But fear not, there will be a trumpeted return when the WN sets foot back on the soil of his birthland. There may even be festivities of some sort, that will be matched only by the festivities only a few months later for getting rid of me yet again.


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