CHIANGMAI, Thailand – 1 January 2005
Welcome to 2005.
January is a time when both broadcast and printed press often have retrospectives concerning the year just finished. Yet why stop with just one year? Why not roll back the clock a little further?
According to (western) regulators and bureaucrats, we who were kids in the 1960′s, 70′s, and early 80′s, probably shouldn’t have survived into this century. The following are a few reasons for this, from friends now scattered around the world, and from me. How many can you relate to?
We’d spend hours building go-carts (soap box carts) out of scraps, and then went at top speed down hills; only to find we’d forgotten to add brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem, and got hell from our parents for destroying the toes and heels of our school shoes. We’d leave home after breakfast, and disappear all day. As long as we were back before dark, no one worried…