Leeches on the Bollocks….


I may be getting old.

I’m 40 now and everything I see makes me think about the negative consequences…

When I was young I ruled the world. I played soccer (football) for 18 years. I ran running races. I competed in bicycle races. I climbed mountains. I did triathlons. I spear-fished almost daily for years. I’ve ridden 15 foot surf on the North shore of Oahu… I’ve mountain biked down treacherous paths both in Virginia and on Oahu. I’ve caught deadly snakes. I’ve snuck out of the house and taken the car at 15 (and crashed it). I’ve surf-fished chest high in the ocean in Florida and been knocked into by a “bull shark?” that was pulling the trout off the stringer that I asked my g/f to place around her neck… (she was being pulled under while the shark barrelled into me!)… I’ve done all kinds of whacky shi& when I was younger than 18 which we’ll not go into… In Tampa I’d race my Acura Integra up Dale Mabry highway late at night and be doing 130+ and feeling like it was the coolest thing in the world… felt good to be alive… or in Hawaii in the Air Force I’d take my motorbike off-road in a split second decision if I saw a path – and just fly through the woods fast and recklessly!

Just because I COULD.

But now, look at me… I’m getting like my friend Dave – afraid of life.

What happened to me?

I see these kids at the waterfall having the time of their lives – they were locals – had swam there many weekends… and all I can think about is that they are diving WAY too close to the side of the rocks, but not only that – what about submerged rocks?

I’ve met a guy paralyzed by a dive into a freshwater swimming hole. He’s an accountant in Maui now. Had a promising career as a tennis pro before it happened. Now he goes back and forth to work in his wheelchair enabled van, sits at a computer and goes home and sits in front of the TV.

That bothered me man… this guy was in MAUI! I was going out everyday and surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, spear-fishing, body surfing, climbing all kinds of ridges and seeing things that he’d NEVER get to see because the wheelchair doesn’t get him there.

I think that’s why what these kids was doing was eating me.

But, it’s not just that. I am generally afraid of all kinds of stuff now. Did I get smarter or just more paranoid?

My g/f and I went to rent a movie last night about 7:30 pm. It’s dark… I’m riding slower than I EVER have… about 40km per hour – because I was thinking about some blogging issues I had to resolve… and when I drive slow I can think too… and this kid goes FLYING by me on the left side of me – maybe doing 70 and he was NOWHERE near me really – 8 feet away – and my whole body cringed up like a dog being beat.

What happened to me man!

I feel like I should start doing something crazy again just to get my bollocks back. In fact, the recent snake hunting trips did that to some degree… adventure and danger…

Anyway, that’s the thought theme today… as I go to a waterfall and attempt to see the top 2 levels I’ve not been able to find before. Hopefully will come back with some pictures of leeches stuck to us.

My friend had a leech on his bollocks the other week and NOBODY took a picture. Can you imagine the VIRAL potential of a picture like that? I might put one on my bolls just to pass it around! Yah, in fact, i WILL! Shhhh, don’t tell my g/f.

She’s going to stay at the base of the waterfall while we go up – leeches REALLY skeeve her out.

Ok – have fun- it’s a weekend…

Vern

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

6 thoughts on “Leeches on the Bollocks….”

  1. elaine, ahhh, ok – now I remember… sorry! It’s not that I’m really living life like there’s no tomorrow. Well, at times yes. But I just spent a year living like this english teaching job mattered. It’s funny how complacent I got in 2 years here – happy with what I have and making less than 10,000 USD per year here! ha! That’s so crazy, i’d have never guessed it. Yet here I am. I am not sure I’ll stay in Thailand for the next while. I want to see Laos, Viet, Cambodia in the next few weeks/months. I’ll keep posting from the road, from my phone if I can swing it. Write me on email and let me know what you’re doing in Malaysia – corporate world where? doing what? why? from where? thanks – bye for now

  2. Gawd, Vern. I wish my life was half as exciting as yours! I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and slugs it 9-5 in the corporate world. What have I been missing in life??? The only adventurous thing I can think of is the time I went backpacking to Bali. That’s so lame compared to what you’ve done!

    I wrote you about bout my ex who ditched me for a Thai bargirl, remember?

    Loved your blog to death! Added it to my Favorites. I should probably look you up when I hit 30 in a couple of months! Gimme some pointers on how to live like there’s no tomorrow…

    Elaine (not your sis-in law)

  3. Hi elaine, You’re not alaine, my brother’s wife, are you? Nah, he’d never show this site to his wife. Nevermind. Thanks for the comment…

    You know how when you think you did something cool and worth talking about and you never really know if others will enjoy reading it or hearing about it until you run it by them…? That’s kind of what I’m doing on this site – see if anybody cares… if someone ends up caring then I’ll probably put together the 3 books I’ve got going – and make an autobiography type thing. Maybe only my family will read it – but yeah, I’ll let you know.

    Everything I write on the site is true. I don’t like embellishment and I don’t do it, and I don’t enjoy reading or listening when others’ are doing it.

    Are you in NY? Where? What are you doing with life?

    Vern

  4. You’re unbelievable, man. I don’t know if I should believe half the things you wrote! But I love what you write. You could do an autobiography by the time you’re done with Thailand. Keep me posted on your book launch!

  5. I agree… I got a bit smarter… but a bit duller as well! Thanks for reading, hope you like some of the other stuff…Vern

  6. “Did I get smarter or just more paranoid?”

    You got smarter.
    After surviving things that a more unlucky person would not have, you have now reached an age where you can see the dangers more clearly.

    I’m older than you, and when I think back on some of the things I did when younger, it makes me realise just how lucky I was.
    I now have no desire to partake in risky activities, and am content to be seen to have ‘no balls’.

    Very interesting blog by the way.

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