Saturday, June 02, 2007

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

I had the same conversation with nearly every Thai girl I met on the streets of Pattaya:
"What's your name?"
"Hazel."
"You staying long?"
"A couple of weeks."
"What hotel?"
"One near here."
"I think I know it. Where you from?"
"Australia."
"Ooh, Australia! I have a boyfriend in Australia." (
The boyfriend was always from wherever I was from, even when I said I was American or French.)
"Really?"
"Yes, but I'm very sad. He's not here."
"I'm sorry."
"Yes, but you're here."
"Yes I am."
"Are you alone?"
"Right now, yes."
"You are very nice. I like your short hair."
"Would you like a drink?"
"Yes."
Pause. "Umm,what's your name again?"
"Hazel."
"No matter."

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