Eat the Elephant

— Fasten your seatbelts. There's no chance you won't encounter turbulence.

I'm Richard Nikoley and I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. Almost 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from lifestyle to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income, and food. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panic-Demic squashed that. So, I became an American expat living in Thailand, where I've built a house and home for the long-term girl—less than half my age—and her two daughters and mom.

I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances.

Free the Animal really means to free yourself to reach your ideal potential in all areas of your life, learn from mistakes and successes, and move on.

It's not about making more money. You can already do that. It's about getting from a shitty lifestyle you hate to the one you desire and will love.

That doesn't require money, or even hard work. It requires 'eating the elephant.'


Eat The Elephant

— You know how it's done Ever since I came up with the sort of slogan "Prosper Anyway" in the midst of the Covidiocy and began a series along those lines, I've yet to be hyper-satisfied with it. Too mundane...banal. ... Too...uh, Mr. Spok. "Live long and prosper." Thanks; yea, no shit. You too. Recently—as in, over the last several months—some life events descended upon me...mostly having to do with...
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Americans are nothing if not faddish trend followers. Born in 1961, saw it all of my life, especially the early years: "free love" hippie bullshit.

Americans are the #1 suckers in the whole world embracing fads, then exporting them, i.e., dumping their shit on everyone else.

Ian Miles Cheong @stillgray

I have theories on why this is happening but I’d like to hear yours. Why is America becoming trans?

"Twitter isn't protectively censoring tweets and replies to your tweets that you find unpleasant, anymore."

There, I fixed it.

Look at it this way.

If the dodo birds of the Woke Left had good arguments, they'd use them and be impervious to ridicule.

Elon Musk @elonmusk

Sorry for turning Twitter from nurturing paradise into place that has … trolls 🧌

And the Irony of the Year Award...goes to...

There are dots to connect there, but do you think she'd be interested? Nah, just looking for a replacement right down the same path.

"Old folks live too long and there's a risk for the global economy, something must be done, rapidly!" — Christine Lagarde, IMF

Well, OK. Looks like you're one of them, so you should certainly be first in line to receive whatever "quelque chose" is that you have in mind...vite!

Just another home cooked, this one featuring the last of my homemade country-style pork sausage. A nice little hash.

I'm really getting the hang of using Thai chilies in a lot of my otherwise Western themed dishes.


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