Thirty Days to Make a Habit
I have no idea where the theory initially came from — maybe some sort of stoically serious psychological think tank? — but most everyone knows that as far as human brain behavior is concerned, is generally takes 30 days of constant activity to create a new habit, just as it takes 30 days of non-activity to break that same pattern. I mention this now only because I’ve just recently passed the 30-day mark in Thailand myself, and in fact this past day-and-a-half in Chiang Rai has been simply fantastic. I (almost) feel as if I could live here. Coincidence? Probably. But I’m just sayin’.
In other news, I appear to have been bitten by a snake in my sleep a few nights ago. That’s nice, huh? I in fact noticed the two very snakish-looking tooth bites on the inside of my right leg a few days ago, but to be honest it didn’t really register. My entire body has been literally torn up with mosquito and insect bites of all shapes and sizes since I’ve been here, and I think I may have subconsciously convinced myself that I’d only suffered from a nasty spider attack. But this morning, I woke up and there was a mustard-yellow circle around the bite — roughly the same size as an American dollar coin. It was itching as well, and since I was lucky enough to be staying at a guest house run by an expat Englishman, I showed him the bite and asked him what he thought it was. Interestingly enough, he had been bitten by an Adder when he was still a young child in England. He showed me the indentations from the two bite marks that were visible at the base of his thumb, and may God strike me dead if they weren’t identical to mine. He suggested a trip to the local Boots pharmacy forthwith, as the place apparently employs an English-speaking Thai behind the drug counter. Watch this space for a possibly horrifying update!