Strange Days in Paradise
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Three dogs sniffed along the water's edge, giving wide berth to two Thai men walking with a three-foot-long, green lizard slung over a shoulder. Then a pair of foreigners stumbled out of Munchies and onto Chaweng Beach after ingesting either magic mushroom omelets or ghanja cookies: those sweetened treats baked with hashish or marijuana. Their blood-shot eyes were wide-open like they were trying to adjust to night vision but it was mid-afternoon. Their steps were slow and deliberate on white sand and they stopped often to rest.
The spaced-out travelers were oblivious to the dogs sitting at their feet and it was probably just as well. The scruffy dogs exhibited scars of shot-gun wounds. Some of the wounds were recent, evident by an unreachable swarm of flies where deep chunks of hide had been torn from their heads, necks, or sides.
That evening Dave and I heard live music drifting from a small Thai gathering down the beach so we moseyed over there. Two guitars, a flute, and a bongo drum played around a small fire while the lizard, no longer green and somewhat shorter without its tail, slowly roasted. The group was not bothered by our presence, in fact passed us their bottle of Mekong Whiskey. We left before the lizard was done, but later agreed that the whiskey was much better than the music.
Every day brought new and interesting experiences.