Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

Hey guys!  I said in my last podcast that I’d managed to catch a Chinese Dragon Dance at Siam Paragon Shopping Center yesterday so I took this short video with my new Sony Cybershot and wanted to put it up to share with you guys out there.  Sorry if it looks a bit shaky, but was holding the camera up above my head to get a better shot…Hope you enjoy!

Tom wants to know what you think…

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Ok, so if you listen to the podcasts then you will know I’m feeling extremely indecisive at the moment in regards to what I should do in the next few months about my living/career situation.  So, I thought i’d throw this little poll up to see what my listeners think and maybe it will help.  Sometimes it helps to step outside a situation and examine it objectively so that’s sort of what I guess I am attempting by this poll.  Thanks guys, as I look forward to your responses!

T.I.T. Podcast Episode 26: Happy Chinese New Year!

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•    Welcome to episode 26
•    Did you watch the inauguration?
•    Chatting with Matthew of SpankingBeaArthur
•    Tom was late for work the next day
•    Happy Chinese New Year
•    Year of the Ox
•    Red symbolizes prosperity in Chinese Culture
•    Red envelopes
•     Beijing censored Obama’s speech in China
•    Comments and emails
•    Tom’s Thai Traveling Tips
•    Go check out my Flickr photos
•    Special Thanks to Weegie
•    Voicemail from Craig of the Royal Pains and the FreakGeek
•    Closing remarks and love
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A Special Memorial to a Caring Man and Father…

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I had the exhilarating experience to travel down to the southern hemisphere just over 2 years ago to the mighty continent of Australia.  I remember upon arriving how overwhelmed I was by the crisp fresh air and friendliness i received from the friendly folks I met there over my Christmas holiday in the land down under.  It was on that special holiday trip that I had the opportunity to celebrate a very special Christmas that year with my dear friend Damob and his family.  They were so very warm and welcoming to this transplanted southern boy, and I was soon was made to feel as part of the family.  I remember being impressed with the friendly nature of “Dad” and noticed immediately how the inquisitive nature him gave him that slight twinkle in his eyes.  He was very keen to know all there was to know about this newcomer from a place called Alabama half way around the planet and how I ended up with a distinctly Irish sounding last name.  We sat and chatted for the longest time and I kept noticing that mischievous  twinkle in his eyes, as it matched the same look I see so often when i look in the mirror.

Later, long after departing from the land of Oz, I remember that “Dad” would always make sure to ask about me every time he spoke to Damob…which I found to be immensely endearing each and every time I heard it.

Unfortunately the last year has been unkind to this gentleman my best friend calls Dad and this past weekend he passed on into the great hear after.  I was told that he went quietly and peacefully in his sleep, which is the kind of way to pass on we all hope for when that day comes.  I know that it is extremely cliche’ to say it, but I honestly think that the world will be a little bit less bright without my friend’s father no longer in it.  So, all my heart and warm thoughts go out to Damob and his family during this week.  Finally, I found this little clip on YouTube and I thought I’d share it here to honor his memory.  The part you should see starts about 3 minutes into the clip…take the time and see it….it’s worth it!  Love ya pet and hope your well!

T.I.T. Episode 25: Teacher Shortages….Fact or Fiction

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•    Welcome to episode 25
•    Finally rid of the holiday blues
•    Comments and emails, Oh My!
•    Just when I thought our image was improving
•    Protests in front of the American Embassy
•    It isn’t anti-Semitic to disagree
•    Why the media blackout, if they aren’t ashamed?
•    Tom’s ongoing career uncertainty
•    Conflicting information
•    Are teacher shortages a myth?
•    Over 3000 applicants for 100 jobs
•    How long can one remain jobless
•    Some states have enacted hiring freezes
•    Other career options for teachers?
•    Closing remarks and much love to my listeners

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T.I.T. Episode 24: Hitting a Brick Wall…

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•    Welcome to episode 24
•    Where Tom has been?
•    Comments and emails
•    My Super “not” exciting New Years Eve!
•    Bangkok club fire (60+ dead….200’s injured….800 + guests)
•    Fire exits locked in clubs or not clearly marked
•    Lack of Fire Safety in Thailand is political
•    Tom has a story about the cost of a life here
•    MC Hammer pants at Tesco
•    Hitting a brick wall
•    Difficult choices ahead
•    Still suffering from anxiety issues
•    Thailand no more?
•    Calming thoughts
•    Closing remarks and love
•    Be safe if your partying and see you next year!

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A New Year…A New Direction…

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Firstly, I hope everyone had a fun and fabulous New Year’s no matter where you happened to be when that big old ball dropped.  Also, I just wanted to write a quick blog entry to say “haaaaaay” to all my sweet friends and listeners from around the globe, and apologize since i didn’t get a chance to sit down over the weekend to bang out another episode of the podcast.  I’ve spent the better part of my last 3 weeks off struggling with some inner demons, and so I wasn’t really in the mood to podcast again till i sorted some stuff out in my head.  I’m really struggling with the direction of my life at the moment, as no matter how hard I work it never seems to get me very far or much better off from when i began.  Therefore, I decided to make some life changing decisions, which have totally consumed my thoughts up to this point in time here on a Sunday night…but tomorrow i have to go back to work, and that should clear the head a little.

I will do the first show of 2009 either Monday or Tuesday, so make sure and keep your ears open for it when it comes down the pipes, ok?  Personally, my New Years ended up sucking accidentally…..thanks for asking. :-)  However i won’t go into detail as i’ll share it on the show….will be much funnier to tell it to you than write.  So, I’m off to bed  early after having 3 weeks off and I just know i’m going to toss and turn trying to force the brain to be quite.  Love ya my dear listeners and promise to talk at ya again early this week!