The Strategic Retreat


How Weird Street Faire, 2014 San Francisco

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thats weird street faire

As I stated in my last post, I should at least be able to post on Sundays. But, the best laid plans of mice and Jeffs often go awry. The fact is, I drag my cracker ass out of bed at 4:30am six days a week and am not much in the writing mood when I get home at 5. But, glorious Sundays are my me-time. My writing time. My sleep in until 9am time. And this Sunday was going exactly as planned, until it wasn’t. Slept in, caught a bubble bath, about to start on my whites. Then… Read the rest

Sleep, School and Work

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jeff in scrubs

My blogging consistency has been, and will continue to be, hampered by sleep, school and work. I had some problems with a CPAP leak for the past couple of weeks, which basically means my nights were spent suffocating instead of sleeping. I began a new job on Thursday, which means my weekdays and Saturdays will be spent toiling. I begin teaching myself Calc and Stats next week and begin summer classes for my MBA program in less than a month.

The CPAP issue appears to be mostly resolved but the 45-60 hour work week in addition to a… Read the rest

Red Fanta at Thai Shrines

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red fanta hat yai

The most common question I asked in Thailand was, “What’s with the Red Fanta?” Which probably seems like a weird question so I’ll explain myself.

There are a lot of shrines in Thailand, with the most common being Spirit Houses. When land is cleared and buildings are put up, Spirit Houses are erected to house the displaced earth spirit, called Chao Thi(Land lord). Although Thailand is 95% Buddhist these are not shrines to Buddha or Buddhist shrines at all. The concept of a Spirit House is rooted in… Read the rest

From Krabi to Kuala Lumpur, the short version

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rotted ship and motorboat in krabi

I’ve been sick recently and haven’t been posting. In doing so I lost much of the momentum I had gained over the last few weeks, both in terms of writing on a consistent schedule and in keeping new readers from recent popular articles. No big deal but once I get back to normality I’m going to write up a few articles to tuck away so I won’t have posting gaps in the future.

This is the closest thing I have to a tucked away article; an e-mail I sent to my friend Chris after traveling from Krabi, Thailand to… Read the rest