This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 16th, 2020

One of the more amusing facets of being in Thailand is that sex, although still quite closeted between Thai people themselves, is so openly marketed and sold to foreigners. I found myself enjoying a hilarious moment while I myself was getting a massage. Another foreigner had come in with a masseuse and we could clearly here them bargaining on what sexual favors would be exchanged for what price and whether another masseuse would be brought in as well. My therapist and I found the whole thing quite funny, and instead of a zen finish to my session, I instead found myself randomly giggling with a stranger as we both attempted to remain serious in the face of an obvious sexual exchange happening nearby us. There are small joys everywhere these days.

March 17th, 2020

Fear is everywhere these days, and so I find myself comforted by the fact that I remain quite unaffected. Perhaps people will find this statement callous, but I take it as a sign that my travels have instilled in me a greater understanding of what it means to truly be afraid, and of all the really horrifying things that are out there in the world. A big part of our problem in the western world is that we have become so protected from most harms that we overreact to even the smallest of fears in a magnified way. Perhaps it is strange to say, but I take a small quiet joy in my subconscious being under control enough that it does not give in to fear and merely does what it can to stay safe and move on with life.

March 18th, 2020

For many of us, the only real spur to working together with our communities is when tragedy strikes. Natural disasters, sickness, they bring us together and motivate us to work as a team. I happened to witness entire streets being hosed down by trucks, and then the entire community was out there with soap, broom and mop trying to scrub down entire roads and sidewalks as a preventative measure to the spread of corona virus. I am not sure how much scrubbing down the streets will prevent the spread, as it is mainly humans who are doing the spreading, but the positive effects from just coming together and working to help out has many other health improving side effects. It is always a pleasure to see people do what they can to help themselves and others.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

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