I know that many members aren't super interested in my specifically Thailand stuff. I get that, and especially if turning this into a travel log-blog. So, I do keep that light. Conversely, it seems everyone loves my personal life stuff...especially when I mention Chili and Wasabi, the—now—13 and 11 year old girls of my Thai woman. I'm working and struggling behind the scenes on that. I have big plans for those two sweethearts whom I love and adore and who have never said a cross word to me in two years.
This uses Thailand and my familiarity with it on all levels as a backdrop for a far greater lesson that applies to all of modern civilization.
Numbers 1 and 3, above, are prescient. Since the "influx" of 10% of the international tourists who used to come have been arriving for 8 months or so ("Phuket Sandbox"), I have so seen and heard first hand those issues the chart-poll highlights and most commonly, "I'll never come back until I can come like before." This, primarily from vaccinated people.
This is the great blind spot in all of this nonsense. They think smartphones with digital ID green card shit is going to usher in their Brave New World.
No, it fucking won't and that push is getting a bigger push: back.
It must have been a year ago I said "wait, it's inevitable." To all the stupid deer in headlights, I'd add, "money rules."
This is a country amongst others where tourism makes up an enormous portion of their annual income. In the case of Thailand, just one example, it's 1/5th...20%. What happens when you chop your arm off? You bleed to death or you become measurably dysfunctional compared to where you were.
It's amazing how ignorant Thais and expats are, surrounding and suffocating me from simple rationality and economic reality.
- It will never be over, new normal
- It will be over when they've stopped Covid
- Bullshit, bullshit, and more bullshit higher and deeper
IT WILL BE OVER WHEN NUMBERS AND REALITY SAY IT CAN'T NOT BE OVER.