little man who likes to wind people up
I know a man, fortunately not close friends but I see him occasionally, who
recently confided in me that he gets his kicks (his words, not mine) from
posting moronic comments on social media just to wind people up.
I am fairly cognizant of internet terminology and believe this would qualify
him for the term “troll”. When I was growing up a troll was an evil creature
who lived under a bridge and ate small foolish children. I am assuming the
analogy is the desire to lure people in and harass them.
I realize that some people are not as social as others and may have
difficulty in meeting new people and getting out and about but I find this
all rather pathetic. He is a rather sad little man, it is true, with limited
social skills and a misplaced sense of superiority so perhaps that is what
draws him to a meaningless existence on the internet. I am merely guessing
since really, I cannot comprehend someone like this.
I have far more important things to do with my life than to see how many
people I can upset and anger. I am not even sure why I would take time out
of my life to do so. I do believe in karma and think that this kind of
negative thinking and behaviour does eventually come back to haunt one.
So, in that light, and given this man’s predilection for such behaviour, I
have decided to bid him a pleasant good morning and avoid him like the
plague whenever I see him. I prefer to make friends with productive people
with real lives.
More to do
Dear To Do,
Some people have empty lives and fill them in any way they can. Whilst she
can understand your disdain and even contempt you might want to consider
that this man is one of those. He may actually be a sad little man with
nothing and no one to fill his life so he fills it this way. That does not
mean you need to make him a part of your life but perhaps instead of filling
your life with negativity thinking of this man, you can fill it with
compassion and feel sorry that all he has in his life is negative behaviour
to bother other people.
Rainy season and dengue fever
The rainy season is upon us and to be honest, I am afraid of getting dengue
fever. I live in a mooban that doesn’t seem to have the best drains and a
friend of mine who lives nearby had it a few years ago.
Is there anything I can do to minimize my risks?
Scared of dengue
Whilst Emma is not a dengue fever expert she understands that they bite
during the day and like to live in small pools of stagnant water. You need
to ensure you have screens on your windows and that they are fully intact.
If there are holes in your screens replace them immediately. You also need
to make sure there are no pools of standing water around your house. This
includes potted plants that have plates under them to catch the water.
Instead of dumping out the water every day simply forego the plates under
your potted plants. It is the rainy season and they will do fine. Emma
prefers not to have them at all since mosquitoes can breed year round and
not just in the rainy season.
Go around the perimeter of your house and garden and remove any item that
can collect water, no matter how small. Even better, visit your neighbors
and do the same with them. If you have a small pond or some water jars then
add the small fish to them, they eat the mosquito larvae.
Wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts and wear mosquito repellent on
the exposed areas.
And if you do come down with dengue there is no vaccine and no real course
of treatment, just treat the symptoms. If you become much debilitated or
start to bleed go to a hospital for a drip and treatment of your symptoms.
The main symptoms to watch out for include high temperature, severe
headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, a metallic
taste in the mouth with appetite loss, and a skin rash that appears about 4
days after the start of the fever. Other symptoms may include nausea,
vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Again, it is important to remember there is no cure for dengue but if you
begin bleeding you may have contracted hemorrhagic dengue fever which is
very dangerous and you should go to a hospital immediately. If you become
ill and are concerned there is a blood test to see if you have it, you
should ask for it specially.
If you do not need to be hospitalised then you should stay in bed, drink
plenty of fluids, take paracetamol to reduce the fever but avoid aspirin as
it thins the blood.
This must be a weekly occasion for you and whilst I realise every country
has ugly tourists, the Chinese tourists who come here seem particularly
oblivious to the world around themselves. Today I passed two Chinese men
slurping instant noodles on the pavement in front of the 7-11 with two small
cups of water they had also gotten from 7-11. They sat themselves down in
the middle of the pavement for all and sundry to be forced to walk around
them. Why they did not sit on the large area in front of the 7-11 and not on
the pavement I fail to grasp.
I have taken to speaking rather forcefully to our Chinese visitors so that
they realise their behavior needs modification. To these two gentlemen I
said a rather loud, “Pardon me but you are blocking the pavements” and then
walked very close next to them Whilst it was not on purpose since they had
blocked much of the pavement, it did seem to send a signal to them as they
at least looked up at me instead of ignoring all the other people they were
Chinese visitors need to pay attention
Emma understands where you are coming from and has taken to informing our
Chinese guests politely if a tad loudly as to what is appropriate behaviour
in public. Whilst it may or may not have an effect, it certainly makes Emma
feel much better.