It's been a funny old week of ups and downs and swings and roundabouts, and the mood might have ended on a downbeat note had it not taken a special bit of Thai magic to bring things to a nice neutral end.
The story goes like this…
I was in the gym just minding my own – actually I was thinking about whether plants have feelings after watching my chilli plant cower and curl over in the storm, only to bounce back once it was over – when I was approached by a Thai guy with a Blackberry Smartphone in hand. “Excuse me, can you do me a favor?” “Not in here sweetheart, meet me in the sauna in 5 minutes”…Obviously I didn't say that.
Anyway, he proceeded to tell me that he had told his girlfriend he was going to the gym with his foreign friend named Robert. But, it turns out that his girlfriend didnt believe he was in the gym with Robert. Thing is, he was in the gym but Robert hadn't turned up, apparently. So, he asked if he could take a picture with me to SMS over to his possessive girlfriend and prove his innocence.
No, was my first answer as I chuckled away in disbelief. “Take a picture of yourself in the gym or by the clock to prove the time…” I said. “But what about the Robert?” He replied. “Can you be the Robert?”
A couple of things did run through my mind at this stage. A. He was going to post my picture on some Farang-Thai gay dating site. B. He was going to show his friends a picture of his new boyfriend. He looked pretty desperate though and I found the whole thing pretty amusing. Why not? I thought, I can be the Robert 🙂
So he happy snapped us both and scarpered off up the escalator. After my workout I ventured out to meet my friends, Min-Meister and Loreo-Cookie, both of whom reacted to my story with, “Did he look gay?” My girlfriend gave exactly the same response….“Well he wasn't wearing a dress….”
Thailand…always puts a smile on your face…