I came back to
Thailand for my second year of retirement
right at the beginning of the hottest season of the year (beginning April).
This year, coming from California where I had to wear a light jacket most of
the time and even had to beg my older son Das not to surf because the water (Pacific
Ocean, California side) was so damn cold, I loved coming back to where I didn’t
have to wear a shirt or shoes!
(laying in the hammock at our 15 rai rice farm near the temple)
Unlike last year, this year I did not need to resort to fans, mid-day beer, or even frequent showers – although those always are worth the time to take.
You remember the ab nam routine, right? Even with a shower head and hot water in the new bathroom, I prefer the old plastic pan with cold water dumped over my head; maybe up to ten times a session to cool myself off, which includes splashes to certain critical areas to enhance cleanliness.
I guess you could say I’ve adapted to the heat of the Thai countryside and… it fits.
Now, when villagers ask me:
“Hawn, baw?” (hot, no?)
My reply is usually:
“Hawn nit-noy.” (hot a little)
They always laugh at this, because when the heat is on, it’s hot for everyone!