I think it’s the readers; you know the guy’s and gals that write in and comment on what I’ve written about.
If it’s just to tell me I’ve made them smile, or to take issue with something I wrote, or even (bless them) to correct me on a fact that I gotten wrong. (They’re normally right) But, just to be sure I don’t offend any of the other regular contributors or guest writers on LIP, that we all enjoy reading, I’m basing this on my experience being with LIP and speak for no one else, Hey! It’s all I really know about.
And I also thank our host and founder of LIP, Mr. Robert Martin (AKA Mindanao Bob) for giving me my 15 nano-seconds of fame, by allowing me to contribute (such as it is) my thoughts about my life here in this conundrum called the Philippines. Also please do not think that I’m kissing up to Bob, to gain special favor, as I only do that by e-mail in private.
Now for the meat of my article!
Since I started writing here a short while back, Bob has been kind enough to forward e-mails to me from LIP readers who had a personal question that they wanted me to answer. Or sometimes just to tell me they would be in the Subic area and could we meet for lunch? To date I’ve had the privileged to meet some really great folks from around the world.
There is John a Canadian who lives in Austria now, Pita Mike, from Texas, who bought a house here in Bataan, Frank from South Africa, whom by the way will be here again in March with his family. (I’m looking forward to that visit) And last week Fred from Eastern Canada, who visited for a couple of days, and a few others, who for reasons of their own, asked I not mention them. (Can you blame them?)
But all in all, I have enjoyed meeting each and everyone, fun people with a great attitude, and the right outlook on life. So last week I met my “Newest Good Friend” Fred, from Canada, Bob sent me the e-mail, and two days later we’re wandering around Baloy Beach, having lunch and beverages while getting acquainted, I’m going to bravely announce that we hit it off very well with each other, but I’ll let Fred comment on his side of it as perceptions vary from person to person.. But the one thing we both know is his Lady and my Lady, hit it off famously! As my wife Mayang said, “She’s my newest best friend!” That all took place on a Friday (Feb.18th), Fred decided to stay one more day, and so on Saturday we went to Subic Freeport for lunch at Texas Joe’s and the Bubba Cheeseburger we had was good.
After our day out on Friday, we both enjoyed iced teas for reasons you can figure out. But still, we had a great time together, and plan to do it again in the future. Fred is a fun guy to be around, and I hope he gets to meet more of the LIP folks in the future. I’m not going to try to tell you everything about him, as then you’ll miss out if you ever are lucky enough to meet him. So anyway, that’s my perspective on the story, properly slanted, to insure I came out looking well, but I’ll let those guys jump in and tell you the “Rest of the Story”.
Now in the interest of total disclosure, Dave Starr and his bride Mita have gotten together with my wife and me many times for lunch, I met Dave on his WEB-Site. If you’ve not read his blog, go there as soon as you can, he has many informative articles that will help your transition to the Philippines go a little smoother.
So I’ll sum it up with, yes! Paul has chosen to live here, but LIP has added a lot of pleasure to my time here. Thank you, one and all!