Reply to "Miss Understood's Hi from Thailand"

Have you ever noticed how bad travel articles in magazines an newspapers are? They are all formatted around overpriced packages. Even here, if you pick up a free (advertiser funded) tourist guide or map, it is full of listings for things that are absurdly overpriced for what things cost here. This place is so gorgeous that there's not much more the pricey places can offer you. You don't need a pool with a crystal clear ocean in front of you! A simple, lovely, Gilliganesque bungalow is about $10 a night. The "roughing it" bungalow with no screens is about $4. I went for the extra fancy, tiled floor, air conditioned, $17 one! I felt extravagent! Everything is very tiki-like. The places you eat are patios covered in thatched roofs. There are swankier places that can cost anywhere from $40 to hundreds but it's a bit stupid to bother. The cheap places are so cute and the atmosphere is amazing. And, you get gourmet food for the price of a Happy Meal! Okay, there are some concessions. Cheap places on the beach have no hot water. After one day it doesn't bother me.

Last night I discovered where the local fags are. The disco of course! The manager is this mary with long nails who kept trying to get jiggy with me. Why do I always get hit on by the queens and the women!

Traveling alone can be weird at times, but it gives me a chance break my regular routines. I never get a TV in my room, so I fall back into a habit of reading, something I hardly do normally.

I read an great book about Jayne Mansfield. She was such an amazing freak! Then I read The Celluloid Closet. Anyone out there who's a fan of film should definitely pick it up. There is so much interesting dirt about changed plotlines and industry politics. There's also a lot of info about early "sissy" characters in films. I can't wait to make a list and hit Kim's Video!

Now I'm reading "Infinite Variey" about the Marchesa Casati. Chi Chi you must have read this! In the early 1900's this filthy rich exhibitionist eccentric constantly shocked Venice with her "goth" wardrobe, her bizarre home, and her dramatic antics. She would walk down the street at night nude, wrapped in a tiger skin, walking two Cheetahs on a leash! There's a lot more! She was sort of a high society Amanda Lepore. Maybe we need a "reading list" topic!
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