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The one part of a Disney Theme park that I disliked most was that Small World ride with that incessant song playing over and over and continuing for eight more hours in your head.
It’s in your head now isn’t it?

It's a Small World

It’s a Small World

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When I was a Navy Recruiter in Orlando Florida I was the Navy liaison to the Mouse Factory (That’s what the employees called it) and under Disney World, down in the tunnels below the park you would meet employees traumatized by that song. More people enjoyed water boarding. Then it dawned on me that for the most part I also lived in a small world. True it was larger than an 8×6 prison cell, and thank heavens my roommate was not named Bubba, but small it is.

Fast forward to the Philippines 2016, one of my purok mates asked my wife if I got lonely or bored living in our area? Later Mayang came and asked me and without a second thought I said no, I was not bored at all. We get out a few times a week, to shop, grab a meal and a movie, or meet up with friends for social interaction and Boat Drinks. But true I do spend a lot of time at the house.

Being that I’m one of the last smokers on earth, and I like living in a land without anti-smoking Nazis lurking on every corner. But on my own volition I don’t smoke in our house (Or anyone else’s) or in our car (And never near any child), I like Non-Smoking restaurants as my family doesn’t smoke; I can go to the restaurant’s patio after I eat to do that and have a cocktail too. And while at home I’ll go out on our roof patio every hour or two and smoke there, which is far less pollution than the 3.5 fires that are burning up and down the street at any given time. And no matter what the US President says about the war on terrorism, I’m not responsible for Global Warming! But anyway seeing me out there like that is where the neighbors got the idea I was bored, which could not be further from the truth. In 1967 I swore I’d quit smoking when they reached $1.00 per pack, they haven’t yet in the Philippines.

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) We live and work in the six story house aft.

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) We live and work in the six story house aft.

I’m not going to lie, as I hear here on LIP all the time that; “I don’t watch or even own a TV. That is a form of smoking too, or at least trying to blow smoke up our butt. Now it’s true for some, as they live so far off the grid that TV can’t reach them. But if you gave them a satellite dish……………..

The real racists are on the oval tracj making lots of left turns.

The real racists are on the oval tracj making lots of left turns.

I spend the early morning on the computer; I draw great pleasure by going on CNN Politics website and upsetting liberals, by injecting logic into their rants, and wait until they respond by calling me a racist, albeit their new buzz word is misogynist. But I always respond to the racist comment by explaining that I’ve never drove a NASCAR track in my life. I have to work on one for misogynist

Next I’ll go and watch one hour of CNN (Clinton News Network) to get my blood pressure up, then I’ll eat breakfast and move to the front of the house for coffee with my wife. If my Kano friends are in town I go visit them (Or them me) and again coffee and solve the worlds many problems de jour, sadly we never write them down. Next I’ll check with Mayang to see if she has plans to go to town and if I’m involved. She kindly leaves me out of mall trips with no movies involved. So sometimes there is nothing on the new metric social calendar for the day.

I have a few thousand novels on my android tablet, so now I spend a couple of hours reading and a nap. The reading and nap portion of the day can be accomplished in many sections of Casa Mayang; it only depends on mood and weather. I might have a beer or cocktail in the afternoon, or not, once more it’s all about the mood. Eat supper then I sit outside and slap bugs until sleepy Next morning start again. Remember I’ve lived the adventurous life in my younger day, so I’ve been there and done all that.

But now I’ll answer the purok mates question; “Paul why aren’t you smothered with boredom?” It’s like this. As a person walks by a ship tied to a pier and looks up and thinks, wow that is big! But a fleet tug or a carrier is the same size to a crew member. Let’s start with the carrier, yes huge with a large crew, but your section is compartmentalized meaning you sleep in one area, eat in another area and work in a third area. At night you might stray to a Gedunk (Snack Bar) or a movie or the gym. Unless it’s your job there are sections of all ships you will never see or go. Your section of space onboard shrinks until its one size, and though the ship is huge your section is not.

Peterbilt Truck Cab

Peterbilt Truck Cab

Even the guy living on terra firma that wakes up in his house and goes to the office every day, or the truck driver sitting in the cab of his dressed out Peterbilt it’s the same Small World, I drove cross country (USA) quite a few times and noticed that in Kansas the view in the rearview mirror was pretty much the same as out the windshield (Or Windscreen for our friends from other parts of the world) We sailors can stand on main deck and gaze upon the ocean so vast, but unless someone tells you or you hold a GPS unit in your hand you’ll have no idea which ocean you’re on as they all look pretty much the same. Okay icebergs might give you a hint, but are you at the South or North Pole?

Thirty-five plus years on ships and I guess I’m used to living in a Small World After all and I still enjoy it! But not that song…

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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john.j.
john.j.
5 years ago

Hi Paul, im much the same as you, get asked if im bored. I sit on my front terrace and “SMOKE” and devour a few cocktails. We are lucky in the fact we are blessed with a good internet connection so we can stream TV or movies from all over. I repair computers as a hobby so its good when someone brings one for repair, passes a few hours before the next nap and cocktail.
Take care and keep writing. John.

Jose Porfirio
Jose Porfirio
5 years ago

CNN ( “Clinton News Network”) LOL. 🙂 I have to remember that. Thanks for Monday morning laugh. Cuidate.

SteveB
SteveB
5 years ago

Hey Paul – here in Laguna the cheapest I’ve seen cigs are P60 a pack….so over a dollar here….maybe your smoking days are numbered 😉

SteveB
SteveB
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Wow Bataan sounds better and better every day! Yes sin taxes seem to be the rage everywhere…just wait they’ll be up there before long. Eggs are P5 each here…the last SMB I had was 60 pesos I think….but that was in a restaurant. I don’t smoke cigs but if I did I’d surely head up your way! Sounds like you have a really nice situation there. I want a rooftop patio also!
SteveB

Cordillera Cowboy
5 years ago

Ahh Paul, The world may be closing in on you. Solano is officially an no smoking town. Don’t know how vigorously they enforce it though. I doubt they harass folks on their own rooftops. But we’re on the other side of the mountains from you. There may still be time for you to fortify the Dalton Pass.

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago

Your neighbours are right, watching Clinton News Network is being lazy.
And I don’t mean that you should switch to be out-FOX-ed either.
Wake-up Paul!
No offense…

PalawanBob
PalawanBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

http://revolutionradio.org/
This is the other side of the medal.
You decide who is saying the truth.

bigp
bigp
5 years ago

Rum and coke Tamduay12 year is P45 at Dempseys less than SMB and ice cubes are included.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago

Hi Paul

If they call you a misogynist, just tell them that you have never liked that Japanese soup!

I watched CNN whilst on my many trips to India last year but in the end had to stop due to the constant Trump bashing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m impartial on who should be US president, but the slating of him was totally biased compared to the coverage of Clinton.

I would have watched BBC but they stopped showing it in the hotel, probably because the general manager was German!.

Cheers

AJ UK

richard
richard
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul, Thanks for your usual entertaining article. I too am an avid reader and in my three years of living in the Philippines never felt bored as long as I had access to a book. I was wondering if you also could get Fox News to bring yourlood pressure back down after watching CNN.

Bob New York
Bob New York
5 years ago

Seems you have your days well planned out Paul. Only P40 / pack in Iligan if you can call a half sized 10 stick pack, a pack LOL. P80 for a regular sized 20 pack. Branding on the pack may be the same but they certainly don’t taste the same.

Fastest way to get a Taxi or Jeepney ? Stand on the side of the road, light up a cigarette and before you can enjoy a few puffs out of nowhere the taxi or jeepney you want seems to appear. Works almost every time for me.

Luke Tynan
Luke Tynan
5 years ago

Paul, Yes I get asked the same question here in Gingoog City by my wife and friends. And when I am home I am busy reading the books I never had the time before retirement or we are headed off on an adventure (playing tourist) or shoping and movies. I live a very full life here. I never feel bored but then my parents always told me as a kid if I am bored, it was my responsibility to find something to get me out of being bored. I love sitting around home as I was always on the road… Read more »

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