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    Before the house was even built,I went one more time to Nan.
    I rented the bike,as usual,and headed out to my Yao friends,and while headind back to Nan was suddenly flanked by two vehicles,a white pick up with four Thai guys with white T-shirts in the back,and a sedan pulling right beside me with one fellow .
    They are all yelling....in Thai and broken English...Yooot...Stop....Taam Ruet...Police....

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    My life began flashing before my eyes!
    Here I am booting my" Dream"as fast as it will go with about 3 K of "contraband?" between my legs the whit pickup truck pulls beside me at about 90km .one of the fellow in the back of the the truck,yells...Stop ...Police...
    It was quite clear what proper dicorum(spelled wrong) dictated....!!
    I went like a bat out of hell!
    Down the Highway,it's amazing what a Honda Dream can do,(there should be a book about them) , the pickup pulled ahead,squealed to a stop as the four fellows jumped out,the green sedan flanking me I had to make a decision.!?

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    As the four men scrambled out of the pickup I could see at least a couple of rifles starting to point my way.
    Bear in mind,that all of this was happening in a few seconds.
    Before they could properly set up,I decided to punch the old Dream down to 3rd..give it some juice...and hope for the best...hey what else are you going to do under these circumstances.
    I had to pass between two of the fellows,one of them tries to knock me off of the bike with his rifle butt...no...and off I fly hoping to get lost in the city.At one point I went between a truck and a bus going in opposite directions at 90 km,my handlebars clearing by a proverbial "moi" hair.So close.
    Cutting sharply left and through a couple of intersections,I lost them and found myself on a more rural road, and promptly relieved myself of my rucksack and began to slowly put distance between myself and the offending item.

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    Just like reading an Andy McNab novel.

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    ^ not read any Andy Mcnab yet!
    Iv'e just found this
    very entertaining can we have some more Garye?

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    A lttle harsh there jet, no points for spotting trolls here, I am enjoying the read if you aren't just don't read it.
    Troll or not Garye keep it up.

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    What... left in limbo. We want the next chapter Gareeey park that cab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    Whats with all the code words ?
    Amsterdam speak..

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    Do you think the police caught up with the author of this Phantastic story....

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    Just when it was getting really interesting. Come on garye.

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    Why drop the gear when you shook off the pigs?

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    Because I was in Nan,not that many ways out,still had to return the rented bike,and I wasn't really sure if I had really lost them.
    I managed to get about a km away from initial stopping area when lo and behold a green car appears.He climbs out and I slowly try to drive past him,no way ,he grabs for the keys of my "Dream" and says" kapao dam,dem ganga,tii nai??
    At this point ones life doesn't flash by your eyes,no time for that as every nerve is alive and tingling as you try and figure out how to not vanish forever.
    How do you answer this question? where is the bag?
    To say to him"what bag?" with both him and I both knowing that he indeed saw a black knapsack between my legs earlier,would be tantamount to calling him a liar,"sia naa" for him, bad for me.
    To tell him where I threw it.......silly question.
    So I did the jai yen thing looked at him ,smiled (not too broadly)and tried to give my best Gallic shrug as if to say"I don't want to lie to you and I don't want to confess"kaap.
    At first he poked around the cul de sac road where he had cornered me,looking fruitlessly for some evidence.
    He then got on my bike and ordered me to drive to a couple of restaurants,presumably to find the other cops in the truck,thankfully no success.It was a Friday evening and dusk was dissolving into evening.We went back to his parked car.In Engish and broken Thai(never let the cops know you speak Thai) I said..."I'm sorry I was driving so fast,I didn't know who you were.Perhaps I could pay a speeding fine!"
    My plain clothes friend sucks some wind through his teeth as I make a show of going through my pockets,earlier I had stashed about 8000 baht in my underwear.I pulled out 2370 baht from one pocket and said "this is what I have for you,and reaching in my shirt pocket pulled out 500 baht and said "and this is to get on the bus and out of your sight forever"
    10,000 he says first
    sorry this is it,it's all I have
    He looks at me and in school book Thai says "Pom kit wa khun poot Thai kaeng na kaap..le ...khun kap lot keang duay"
    In slow English I answer"thank you sir you are a good man "and reach my hand out western stlye to shake...2370 baht firmly in my palm to be handed over.
    Pai loey he says

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    So what happened to the tea ?

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    when I first got clear of them,on the outskirts of town I found myself mercifully alone,not even a chicken in sight,beside a clump of some trees and brush.I tossed my bag into the midst of it and then drove as far away as possible,the one guy cornered me about a km away.
    That was a long bus ride back to CM
    I'm thinking ...what to do now ???

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    Hi this is my first posting on Teakdoor after a friend mentioned it to me yesterday.
    Reading through the forum I was suprised to see this post from Gary. I can vouch that it is all true. I first came to Thailand in 1996 and Gary was the man who showed this newbie the ropes in Chiang Mai - where I still live. I lost touch with Gary around 1999, I had some interesting times with him but also saw his life spiralling out of control - I learnt a lot of lessons from him. I'm glad to here he is doing ok in Canada.

    All the best

    Steve

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    Thank you for your kind words Steve,so nice to hear a voice from the past.
    Cheers

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    So how are your children getting along?

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    When do we get to hear more, come on garye.

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    My two children are now in their 20's and doing quite well.I have been back in Canada since 2001,plenty of time to sort things out.Life here is nothing like those days in CM Now I lead a very routine,ordinary life,own a house,pay my taxes,work for a living,etc etc..blah blah...!
    My wife(I remarried in Thailand in 2000)is opening a Thai restaurant along with her Canadian business partner,in our little town.I think it will be a success.

    As to my crazy Thai stories and adventures,I wasn't really sure if anyone wanted me to continue. I also started to consider that these stories make me look rather a bit of a rogue or worse. Not all my stories regard run ins with the law etc.I was basically just a guy who found (partially by my own doing) myself in a precarious situation and attempted to survive it as best I could.
    I could tell you about the possessed Thai woman(spooky story) ,or when I spent some time at Baan Raak Saat(love Animal house) picking hundreds of fleas and ticks and lice of dogs,and helping with an emergency operation on a cow,they actually gave me the scalpel!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garye
    I could tell you about the possessed Thai woman(spooky story) ,or when I spent some time at Baan Raak Saat(love Animal house) picking hundreds of fleas and ticks and lice of dogs,and helping with an emergency operation on a cow,they actually gave me the scalpel!!
    Go on then.

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    Its very enjoyable to read the stories Gary . Its a bit personal
    but you seem not to care , for us readers those stories are
    the best .

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    Thanks Spyker
    I'm not exactly sure why I started writing some of these stories down either.
    I stumbled on this forum during some random googling.Many of the things that I was reading sounded so familiar,I somehow felt comfortable in sharing some of my stories with other slightly eccentric strangers who chose to live in Thailand ,who better to understand what I am talking about.
    I will start another installment soon!!
    I also really enjoy reading the other posts, even the grumbly bitchy ones!
    Looking forward to a visit to C.M sometime around Loy Kraton.Drinks(for fellow Teak Door posters) at the Enjoy Place on me first night.I'll bring some Canadian whiskey as well( made with NO seal)
    Cheers

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    Look forward to your next installment .
    Maybe you just started writing to get it of your shoulders a bit ,
    life in Thailand if not so lucky can be very awkward and hectic .
    One have to go through a lot to keep the head above water .
    But anyway they all are life experiences nobody can take away
    from ya , thats worth more then money can buy .
    Wonder how Canadian whisky tastes .....

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    Very smooth !especially the 18 year old stuff.Good Cdn whiskey is made with 100% rye
    And your right ,it felt kind of good talking about some of my experiences.
    Through all of the adversity I think I gained a bit of insight into Thailand as well as myself.
    Not all was wrought with danger and thrills either.
    How many sultry evenings in the Muu Baan....a faint smoky haze over the horizon,the mountains,grey in the distance,offset by the sun shimmering yellow orange and red behind them.A radio echoing from the nearby farm,along with the various sounds of village life.A shot of "Shang Shung" with the boys,a little snack,lights out around 10.
    Listen to meI'm sounding positively maudlin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garye View Post
    Thank you for your kind words Steve,so nice to hear a voice from the past.
    Cheers
    Hi Gary,

    you sent me a pm but I'm afraid I can't answer it as I haven't got more than 20 posts under my belt, if you send me another pm with your email in it I can reply to you.
    regards

    Steve

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