The Doctor's Consultation:
by Dr. Iain Corness
A wayside inn of ill repute
The good book states that the
term ‘diverticular disease’ comes from the Latin word ‘diverticulum’ which
means a “small diversion from the normal path”. However, the late Max
Hickey, my old Professor of Anatomy, claimed it was Latin for a “wayside inn
of ill repute”. His definition was much more memorable.
However, a diverticulum as it refers to you and me, is a small bleb or
‘pouch’ that pops through from the inside to the outside of the colon, and
usually seen in the descending colon which leads down to the rectum and
When you have a few of these diverticulae (plural of diverticulum - Latin)
we say you have the condition called ‘diverticulosis’. This condition, on
its own, does not produce any symptoms, so you do not know if you have it. A
bit like early stages of hypertension or even diabetes.
When diverticulosis causes symptoms, it can do so in one of two ways: first
the pouches can rupture into the abdominal cavity, causing localized
irritation and inflammation or produce an abscess. This inflamed
diverticulosis is now called ‘acute ‘diverticulitis’ (remember when we put
“-itis” on the end of a word it means inflammation). Patients who have
diverticulitis often will usually present with a sudden onset of pain
located in the lower left part of the abdomen over the sigmoid colon. It is
frequently exquisitely tender and is associated with fever and a high white
blood cell count.
Secondly, the diverticulae can begin to bleed to produce significant amounts
of rectal bleeding. This can also be painless, just to confuse your
So who gets it? If you are Caucasian and you are over 65, then you have a 50
percent chance of having it already. The reason given for this is the lack
of bulk present in the diet of industrialized countries allowing muscle
contractions to create localized areas of high pressure allowing
diverticulae to form. Some pundits say that the pressure created by muscle
contractions of the left side (sigmoid) of the colon is considerably greater
than those of the right side (ascending colon). This could explain why
diverticulae are more common on the left than right side of the colon.
However, this does not explain why Asians get diverticulae on the right
side. (Ah, the mysterious East! Or perhaps the theory is wrong!)
Acute diverticulitis is usually diagnosed by the typical history and a
physical examination demonstrating tenderness over the sigmoid colon (left
lower part of the Caucasian abdomen). Fever and a high white blood cell
count generally confirms the diagnosis. A CT scan or ultrasound of the lower
abdomen can be very helpful in showing an inflammatory mass over the sigmoid
If the presenting symptom is rectal bleeding, this can be a bit more
difficult to diagnose and is frequently a “diagnosis of exclusion” by which
we can find no other cause for the bleeding. Fortunately this is not common,
and less than five percent of people with diverticular disease of the colon
Acute diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics for 7-10 days. These
antibiotics frequently have to be given intravenously. Diet is often
severely limited during the first few days of treatment. Most patients will
recover completely, but occasionally surgery is necessary in order to drain
all the infected material and completely empty an abscess cavity.
So can you do something to stop your diverticulosis becoming diverticulitis?
It hinges on eating more fiber. High-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits and
vegetables and whole grains, soften waste and help it pass more quickly
through your colon. This reduces pressure inside your digestive tract. Aim
for 25 to 30 gm of fiber each day. Fiber works by absorbing water and
increasing the soft, bulky waste in your colon, but if you do not drink
enough liquid to replace what is absorbed, fiber can be constipating.
Respond to bowel urges. Do not delay. Delaying bowel movements leads to
harder stools that require more force to pass and increased pressure within
Finally, exercise regularly. Exercise promotes normal bowel function and
reduces pressure inside your colon. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes on
most days. At least try!
Heart to Heart
After reading the comment and your answer to Andy felt compelled to
comment. (Andy was suggesting that it was too difficult to settle down
with a Thai lady, and there were plenty of available women in their own
countries. I did say in my reply to young Andy that “many happy western
males would disagree with his idea that it is impossible to settle down
with a Thai lady,” and I was very pleased to get this response.)
I was married to a wonderful farang lady for 29 years and then sadly she
passed away. After being single for seven years decided life is too
short to live alone and not share my life with someone.
So I started looking around at farang ladies in the US and discovered to
my chagrin that ladies in my age bracket carried a great deal of
baggage. This baggage consisted of children, ex husbands, monstrous
amounts of debts etc.
These ladies were more interested in my looks, what kind of car I drove,
how much money I made per year and on and on. Never the important
things, like what kind of person I was or what kind of husband or father
would I make.
So I started exploring finding a soul mate in another country settling
on Thailand. I met and married a wonderful lady who was 49 at the time,
never been married, and owned an internet shop in town.
After six happy years of marriage we are not only still together, but
she is the love of my life and I of hers. Yes, there were cultural
differences to overcome and yes I married the whole family.
However, we share a wonderful marriage here in the US and are looking
forward to my retirement in the land of smiles. We own our own home,
have money in the bank and will have a very comfortable retirement
thanks to this wonderful lady.
I am sure my experience is not unique, but you just can’t find a diamond
in a pig pen. Keep up the good work Hillary, enjoy your column every
Jerry and Tu
Dear Jerry and Tu,
I am delighted to get your letter, which will have more than a faint
ring of truth to it for many who have looked for a soul mate in their
own countries. However, I have to say that there are also a fair few
local ladies carrying a great deal of baggage, not the least of which is
the brother’s bent motorcycle perched on the back of the ailing buffalo.
The message that you put forward that “you just can’t find a diamond in
a pig pen” is the one to remember. Or as I say, you don’t go to a
hardware shop to buy cheese! You are also correct when you say that
cross-cultural marriages have their own unique hurdles, but you have
obviously overcome them. Congratulations, and enjoy your retirement in
Thailand when the time comes.
Is Aussie Bill for real? Three months into a relationship with a bar
girl, he’s being hauled ashore, hook, line and sinker. He says, “we get
guests who stay over, including Nok’s brother and cousins at the
weekends, so I thought I should get something bigger. A house would be
the way to go and Nok is very much in favor of this. I think that coming
from farming stock up in the north east they have an attraction to the
land.” What kind of colored glasses is he looking through? Of course she
wants him to lay out the readies for a house and garden, because she is
the only one who can own it, not him. An “attraction for the land”,
that’s complete rubbish. It’s an attraction to his money and the poor
sap can’t see it. I know the Aussies can be a bit thick, but he’s a
right nut case.
Dear English Jack,
I did point out to Aussie Bill that “even though the relationship might
be wonderful right now, how will it be in three years? You have to
develop the long range vision here, Aussie Bill. You have to remember
that before you bailed her out of the beer bar “prison” she was in, her
job was to keep foreigners happy, make them feel loved and wanted and
find ways to get those foreigners to donate to her favorite charity -
her!” I don’t think I could be any more direct than that. So he’s
looking at life through beer glasses, but he’s got lots of mates,
English Jack, including many from your neck of the woods. I’d be a bit
careful, some of these Aussies can be very large.
My problem is with bad breath. In the mornings it would peel the paint
from the walls, but my girlfriend wants an early morning snog. I have
tried holding my breath, but that doesn’t work as I have to come up for
air after thirty seconds. Have you any ideas that might help?
Is that short for “Halitosis”, but do not despair, help is at hand. Try
first by jumping out of bed and throwing the toothbrush over the gums
before the morning snog. If there still is a problem, make flossing and
teeth cleaning the family fashion before retiring at night. And look for
Camera Class: by
Regular readers of this column will know that I was almost the
last bastion of film photography - however, all that is about to
change. The reason is simply the ‘instant gratification’ you get
with digital imaging. You know ‘instantly’ whether you have got
the image you wanted. There are also sub-reasons that include
cost. With digital technology now such that anyone with minimal
computer skills can download images from a digital camera, the
photo shop next door has almost become redundant. And the
initial purchase cost of a digital has also gone down. The
electronic premium no longer applies.
This week I was given a Pentax *istDS digital to try. This is
not a new camera, having been out for a couple of years, but is
a good example of just what is ‘out there’ and the technology
For me, this camera was going to pass or fail, depending upon
image quality and ease of use. I have to admit that as soon as
someone tells me that you just “scroll down the menu”, my blood
runs cold. For me, a menu is something you order from in your
favorite restaurant, not some way of deciding upon options in a
camera. I also admit that I have problems with the remote
control on my TV. I am no digital technocrat.
On my first acquaintance with the camera, I was impressed with
the simple rotary knob on the top of the camera which allowed
for easy selection of modes (my fear of menus again)! The lens
as supplied is an 18-55 mm mini-zoom, and again this was very
easy to use.
To use this camera in a basic mode was very easy. Switch on with
the on-off button which is also the shutter release on the top
right, then select the mode with the rotary knob on the left
side of the camera, look through the bright viewfinder, compose
and shoot. In this form, using any of the automatic modes
(Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority) you will get good
images, without having to get involved in photographic
technicalities, and can concentrate on composing and zooming.
After all, it is the final result that is important in a
photograph, not how you got it! And I must say I was impressed
with the ease of use and the sharpness in the final image.
So that was the basic photography that is possible with this
camera. Does it do more? Yes it does, a whole lot more, making
it a suitable ‘pro-am’ package. To begin with, as well as the
automatic modes there are pre-programmed settings such as night
shots, portrait, landscape, macro and action and Metered Manual
plus Bulb. That is enough to begin with, but there is also a
depth of field switch under your index shutter finger. You do
not have to take your finger away from the shutter to use it. An
exposure compensation button is directly behind it and can be
operated by your index finger as well, so you can bracket if
unsure of the auto-metering. Under your thumb you will find the
selection wheel and the AE-lock button. This latter feature
means that when taking a shot contre-jour (back-lit) you can
take the exposure from the face, hold the lock button and walk
away from the subject and compose the shot, and the face will be
properly exposed. The metering is multi-point, with 11 zones.
Like most modern cameras, it is Auto-Focus (AF) but you can turn
this feature off if you wish, with a small button close to the
base of the lens. And you can also turn the flash off. This
Pentax will also take older Pentax lenses as retro-fits, a boon
for the dedicated Pentax follower.
What are the drawbacks? It is only 6.1 megapixels, while the
latest boasts 10 MP, but for the vast majority of applications,
6 MP is more than enough. It also does not have the new
‘anti-shake’ technology, but for many photographers, this is not
All in all, the Pentax *istDS is an excellent user-friendly
camera which delivers sharp, well exposed pictures, with almost
all the features a ‘pro-am’ photographer would want.
Money Matters: Paul Gambles
MBMG International Ltd.
A Fund to Follow - part 2
Back to Turnstone. This fund will seek to achieve its
investment objectives through investing in listed and unlisted hedge funds
exposed to Pan European equity markets. This will predominantly be in
long/short equity hedge strategies but may include market neutral and event
driven strategies. The performance charts speak for themselves.
European equity markets continued their strong run from their March lows
powered ahead by robust corporate earnings, record levels of M&A activity,
an improvement in US and European growth, and abundant liquidity. The
Turnstone European Fund returned 1.6% while the MSCI Europe Index rallied
2.5% (64% upside capture - slightly below the average achieved during this
year’s bear market of 70%).
There was a noticeable trend for large caps to outperform more overvalued
mid and smaller companies. Financial stocks did not perform well despite
further M&A activity in the sector during the month. The best performers
were pro-cyclical sectors, such as Mining, Industrials and Autos that all
outperformed on the back of greater confidence about economic growth. The
worst performing sectors were Healthcare, Travel / Leisure and
Transportation. The strongest markets were Portugal (+8%) and Spain (+7%)
while the weakest were Italy (-1%) and Sweden (+0%).
During early June, the markets experienced a short term correction. Fears
that rising inflation would trigger higher interest rates led bond yields
sharply higher prompting investors to rotate out of interest rate sensitive
stocks into defensive large caps. Many market participants now appear
cautious given the prevailing high levels of short interest. Central banks
remain hawkish to address inflationary pressures and global economies remain
strong. Managers have added stock specific shorts to protect themselves
against rising bond yields and are also short UK consumer related and
banking names over concerns of rising UK interest rates. It’s worth noting
that Europe’s year on year GDP in Q1 was three times the level of the US.
Amanda McCracken (AIIMR) has over 10 years experience of managing
multi-manager funds. She previously managed the Condor European fund from
February 2001 until August 2003 while she was at Appleton International,
where she was also CEO. In December 2002 the Condor European Fund won the
‘Best Newcomer with inception in 2001’ accolade at The Hedge Funds Review
Annual European Fund of Funds Awards. The panel of judges was ‘impressed
with the depth of the investment process employed by this fund of fund
manager and the consistency of returns achieved on a month by month basis by
this portfolio.’ The Turnstone European Fund was nominated by InvestHedge in
March 2005 in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category.
In simple terms anyone buying European ETFs, trackers or index funds was
taking almost 3 times the risk to achieve a tiny fraction (just around 7%)
of the cumulative return.
Sorry for being boring - asset allocation should be active and should be
adaptive but quality NEVER goes out of style.
Lansdowne UK Equity
Cazenove European Equity Absolute Return Chris Rice
Cotton Hall European Opportunities
Marshall Wace European Core Fund
The above data and research was compiled from
sources believed to be reliable. However, neither MBMG International Ltd
nor its officers can accept any liability for any errors or omissions in
the above article nor bear any responsibility for any losses achieved as
a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading
the above article. For more information please contact Paul Gambles on
Life in Chiang Mai:
by Mark Whitman
One of the countless songs which Sinatra made his own
contains the lyrics, “It’s nice to go traveling, but oh so nice to come
home.” Never was that more true than after my recent trip to Kerala and to a
lesser extent to Sri Lanka, en route and returning from the southern most
state of India. I’ll admit two things straight away. Thailand – especially
Chiang Mai, now that I live here – has spoiled me for anywhere else. Also,
age has made me far less tolerant of discomfort and bad manners, both of
which equate with air travel these days.
Conditions which one tolerated as a student now seem unbearable and are
exacerbated by the utter tediousness of airports, the inedible concoctions
which pass as food on the journey and the boorishness of those who think
that buying a plane ticket entitles them to ownership of all space within a
hundred meter radius.
This was made worse by the fact that I was looking forward to returning to a
place which has enchanting waterways and lush hill stations. And even boasts
of a few sandy beaches. Sadly recent years have taken their toll on the
infra structure of its main town Trivandrum, the roads which lead north and
the shops and restaurants which fringe the sad looking beaches with their
few plastic chairs and their soot black sand.
Traffic has all but ground to a halt in the cities, roads remain un-repaired
except when a VIP is expected and the lethal driving has reached manic
levels as the volume of traffic has doubled in two years. A planned visit to
the tea plantations and hill stations was no longer feasible and even a
journey to the nearby backwaters necessitates an exhausting six hour drive.
How one misses the grace, charm and smiles which one encounters every day
I left for nearby Sri Lanka after six days. There with a 50th of India’s
billion population, I could at least enjoy the calm of the superb Dickman
Resort at Negombo Beach. This bijou hotel offered a welcome respite from
Kerala with its sad looking ex-pats hunched over beer glasses and
incinerated chicken or the sweaty backpackers looking for respite but
finding none, even with the help of guide books the size of War and Peace.
With prices now as high as those in Thailand but quality and service nowhere
comparable, I wonder how much long the package flights will continue.
But more important than any of this has to be the brutality of their
culture. Whilst I was there four policemen were suspended during
investigations into the torture of students who were arrested after
demonstrations got out of hand a few days before.
A well at a nearby hospital had yielded the fetuses of 30 unwanted females.
As in other countries, girls are often unwanted because of the perpetuation
of the illegal dowry system, which brings poverty and misery to millions of
Child labor is still commonplace, with 10 million the figure quoted by
outside organizations, although the Indian authorities say it is ‘only’
three million youngsters working (aged seven and up) a 16 hour day in carpet
factories and the like. Only three million then, so that’s alright. Of
course, let’s not forget those sold by parents into bonded labor and working
in tourist restaurants and the like for a pittance.
These factors and the caste system and the complete segregation of the sexes
means that youngsters live in a state of infatuation and longing until an
arranged marriage (about 90 per cent) finally squash any hopes of a love
match. True Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India and women fare
better there than elsewhere, but the state – which I was told is bordering
on bankruptcy - seems to be slipping ever backwards not moving into a future
of fairness and prosperity for the mass of its population.
And worst of all at the superficial level is the noise and the traffic which
makes even Thailand seem peaceful and sedate. The antiquated buses attempt
unrealistic timetables and the result is horrendous accidents (most are head
on collisions) with the driver fleeing, if he is able, from a lynch mob. The
hooting is incessant, the lack of care for pedestrians and those on
vulnerable transport such as bicycles borders on the sadistic and all forms
of road discipline totally ignored. As ‘light’ relief I tried to think of a
word for each letter of the alphabet which might describe the driving there.
I failed to do it justice but here they are anyway.
Anarchic, bullying, cacophonous, dangerous, frantic, grating, hellish,
imbecilic, jarring, kamikaze-like, lethal, mean-spirited, lethal, numbing,
opportunistic, psychotic, querulous, ruthless, selfish, terrifying,
unnerving, vexatious, wearisome, (e)xecrable, yobbish and zero (de
Let's Go To The Movies:
Now playing in Chiang Mai
Lions for Lambs: US Drama/War – A thoughtful, deeply committed film
by Robert Redford dealing with the heaviest issues of our time, with no
punches pulled. With Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep. A plea for
Americans to get engaged. Rated R in the US for some war violence and
language. Mixed or average reviews.
Spiritual World (Winyan Lok): Thai Horror – A girl is able to see ghosts and
contact the dead, and tries to escape from a mysterious ghost that’s
Secret: Taiwan Drama – Directorial debut of famed Taiwan pop star,
28-year-old composer-performer, Jay Chou. Seems to have created quite a
stir. Unfortunately shown here in a Thai-dubbed version only.
Game Plan: US Family/Comedy – Critics say it’s just another run-of-the-mill
Disney comedy despite “The Rock’s” charisma. Nevertheless, it’s
good-hearted, mindless entertainment. Mixed or average reviews.
Surf’s Up: US Animation – A laid back, visually stunning animated movie
presented in a witty mockumentary format, complete with virtual crew and
“handheld” cameras. Quite original in concept, splendid CGI effects. I think
it’s an absolute charmer – see it! Generally favorable reviews.
Fighting Beat (Aok 3 Sork 2): Thai Action – The story is about a young boxer
who makes his living fighting in rigged bouts for tourists on Koh Phi Phi.
Eventually, the ancient disciplines of “Fighting Beat” Thai boxing (quick,
reactive, fierce, and deadly) come face to face with the modern day adapted
form of Thai kickboxing. Director: Piti Jaturaphat.
Captivity: US/Russia Crime/Thriller – A fashion model is kidnapped and held
prisoner by a serial killer, who methodically and imaginatively terrorizes
her. For me, this female degradation torture-porn fantasy is a thoroughly
nasty piece of work. I saw all of it – now you don’t have to. Rated R in the
US for strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, grisly images, language,
and some sexual material. The original posters and billboards in the Los
Angeles area were so grisly and caused so much outrage that they had to be
removed. Generally negative reviews. Enough to give torture porn a bad name.
Opapatika: Thai Action/Fantasy – A murky, muddled supernatural action film
revolving around the Opapatika, born fully formed as spirits, demons, or
angels – and some few as humans.
Balls of Fury: US Low Comedy – The film just doesn’t have enough laughs.
It’s too bad, because the potential was certainly there. The film boasts
some fantastic performers, but here they are only amusing. I really do like
Christopher Walken, and enjoy his inimitable delivery of dialogue. I just
wish everything were better! Generally negative reviews.
Stardust: UK/US Adventure/Fantasy – Robert De Niro is a flying pirate who
dances and tries to outdo Johnny Depp – a performance not to be missed! It’s
a delightful fairy tale for everyone, funny and romantic, and I thoroughly
enjoyed it. It has enough visual razzle-dazzle, humor, and well-drawn
performances to create a lively, fantastical experience. Not at all just for
kids. Highly recommended for people who enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean and
the like. Generally favorable reviews.
The Kingdom: US Drama/Thriller – Jamie Foxx. Terrorism against the US inside
Saudi Arabia, and the FBI tries to export its finesse in fighting terror to
a foreign land. Good, quite exciting, muddy politics. Rated R in the US for
intense sequences of graphic brutal violence, and for language. Mixed or
Unlimited Love (Rak Mai Jam): Thai Romance/Drama – Boy loves girl. Girl
dies. Girl comes back as boy. Boy is conflicted.
The Reef (Shark Bait): US Animation – “Absolute carp.” Now it’s the English
version, and only at Vista. See Surf’s Up instead.
Scheduled for Thursday,
Beowulf: US Animation/Adventure (motion-capture animation) – With Ray
Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Angelina Jolie. In a legendary
time, the mighty warrior Beowulf battles the demon Grendel. Directed by
Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express, Back to the Future).
Michael Clayton: US Drama/Thriller – Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is
what is known in the legal world as a “fixer,” or “janitor,” who cleans up
legal messes for VIPs and corporations on behalf of a prestigious New York
City law firm. Smart and challenging, but never to the point of confusion,
Michael Clayton is a dramatic thriller with a sharp script and faultless
cast. Rated R in the US for language, including some sexual dialogue.
Reviews: Universal acclaim.
Life in the laugh lane:
by Scott Jones
Eric l AKA Eric I
Everyday I wade through fifty emails from unscrupulous advertisers, cretins
or robots that have somehow snatched my email address. Sometimes
personalized with my name or initials, these electronic babbles promote
methods of achieving larger, longer or harder organs, drugs I’ve never heard
of except the manly Vitamin V for the aforementioned organ hardening, and
vague pleas for virtual encounters with whatever might be on the other end
of a link. (I’d like to include a photo here from the Internet captioned
“Why you should avoid chat rooms” that shows a 200 kilo, naked fat man in a
darkened room hunched over his computer. I have nothing against any
200-kilo, naked, fat men, except when their deceptive handle is Princess
Love Machine.) Unfortunately I have to skim every name/subject in case it’s
a random donation for my Give and Live nonprofit.
Last week I got an email from my USA friend “Eric l” with a subject line
like bio-whatever in Chiangmai: “I’ll be in Chiangmai from 7-12 Nov. Do you
need any bionic-man-specific spanners, chain saws, screwdrivers or hammers
brought over from...” The message was truncated, but made sense because he’s
into bio-diesel fuel - petrol made from used vegetable oil collected from
the millions of fast food franchises in America that create millions of
200-kilo people. I emailed back: “Eric! Are you officially called Eric the
First now, AKA Eric l? How did you know my schedule to plan your trip the
exact days that I’ll be out of town?” For days we exchanged several emails
as I moved my trip up one day and sent lots of facts about Chiangmai, since
I knew he’d never been here. When we finally got down to planning the exact
meeting place, I sent explicit directions with lots of superlatives about
the Sunday Walking Market, the cafe and its owner Tim.
Eric’s next email was a splash of cold water: “Hey Scott, while I do realize
from experience that when we get into our 50s, hair starts changing colour
and occasionally disappearing from its rightful place, I wasn’t aware that
selected brain cells went with it. Remember! I lived in Chiangmai for three
years, have been to Tim’s Garden many times—with you, too. See you on
Sunday. Your wandering friend trying to find his path, Eric.” I realized
that I’d been communicating with Eric Lynn (Eric l) not Eric Henry (Eric the
First), who is in India, not the USA. I sent email to both of them:
“Dear Eric l, not Eric the First, who I though was Eric H…
Okay, I’m retarded. Because of the “bionic” subject in your first email, I
somehow thought it was from a great friend in America who does a lot of work
with bio-diesel fuel and we had talked recently talked about the use of it
in Thailand. I thought he had a new address because he’s always doing new
things, and I assumed you were American Eric Henry, not you, British Eric
Lynn, somewhat similar since you can never trust people with first names
used as last names. So I’ve been very excited about seeing American Eric and
very surprised he didn’t give me more notice for a sudden trip from the USA
This explains my awe that American Eric was awake responding to my emails at
3 a.m. in the USA when I was really corresponding with British Eric in
India, at whatever time it is there, since its one and a half, yes a HALF,
hours earlier than Thailand. It also explains my wonder when “you” (American
Eric…NOT) mentioned you were in Laos two years ago and didn’t even bother to
tell me, because he wasn’t there. I should have suspected the emails weren’t
from him since they referred to “spanners”, which means wrench in English
and nothing in American. And he’d never use the word “centre” (incorrect
spelling of the “center”). The word “colour” (incorrect spelling of the
“color”) in your latest email made your identity very clear to me.
I’ll be at the Garden on Sunday, excited to see you and any other people
named Eric that show up. American Eric, if you’d like to come to Chiangmai
to Meet British Eric and I, whose brain is currently composed of vegetable
material which could easily be made into gas (“petrol” for British Eric),
you’ve got all the info.”
This experience is justice for the harassment I gave American Eric after he
mentioned in an email to me that a mutual client was a “space cadet” and
accidentally copied the email to her. Our meeting in San Francisco came to
an abrupt halt when she asked, “So Eric, you think I’m a space cadet, eh?”
Now I’m Space Cadet, First Class.