Chalong Police Dept, Report #021: a Monkey Stole My Purse (and other implausible speculations).
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May 12th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Steve and I discussed our ideas on how it may have happened. The poor cleaning lady is not fairing well in these speculations! But she is a friend of the owner who vouches for her unconditionally. So, lacking plausible explanations, we have had to get creative. One of our working theories is that a trained monkey entered through the balcony door. Wait, stay with me here. Now, this monkey has only been taught to steal purses, which is why our electronics were untouched! (Thenâ€¦ in a bizarre move, the monkey choose to exit out the front door, instead of back down the balconyâ€¦? See, all our theories fall apart like that.
After a bit, the locksmith came to change the lock, and then we went to the police station to file a report. We were escorted by two men from the management company, who would act as our translators. (One guy, Peter, was Thai but had an odd accent. Turns out he had lived in Texas for 30 years!)
The police station was very quiet. All the desks were strangely bare of pens, papers or files, although they did have a couple computers set up. It looked like they had just moved in and had yet to unpack. The officers were sitting around a large table, and I think we were probably interrupting a nice chat. The guys all spoke in Thai a bit, and then we all sat down at a desk. An officer asked me all the questions one would expect, such as name, passport number, details of the theft and a timeline.
Having taken his notes on a plain piece of paper, my officer then got out the Official crime report ledger. He turned to the next blank consecutively numbered page, and I saw that I was Number 021. Hmmm, guess thereâ€™s not a lot of crime in Phuket. He filled out each area of the report in very neat handwriting. After all was complete, I signed the report, which was written 100% in Thai and could have said anything, and we were off.
During the time we were in the station, the weather had changed from sunny to a complete downpour. But as we exited it was sunny again. I love this whole monsoon thing.
We were dropped off at our place, and then went out to find lunch. We ended up at a place our diving guy had recommended, simply called â€śThai Foodâ€ť on Kata Beach. We had very delicious Thai salads, and I had a Thai omelet while Steve seared his mouth on a curry. We had asked that everything be prepared â€śPED PED (very spicy)!â€ť and the staff was intently watching us eat. Our mouths were burning, and our eyes were watering. When we were done the waitress said, â€śtoo hot for you, right?â€ť but we assured her we thought it was delicious, which surprised her to no end.
At some point during lunch it was decided we would go back up to Mai Khao beach, way up at the north end of the island. We think thereâ€™s a turtle conservation area up there and wanted to find it.
Well, three hours later, we still hadnâ€™t found it, though we did find an incredibly desolate and windblown section of beach. There were no turtles, though, which is just as well. They would have just blown away, and that would be a pretty sad thing to see. We walked along the beach a bit until the sandblasting on our skin became more than we could bear. The pounding surf was incredible. In some places, there were shells of buildings that we think were wiped out in the 2004 tsunami. Not much rebuilding had been done, and it was easy to see whyâ€¦ It felt like the untamed ocean could swallow us up in a moment.
Back at Kata Beach in the evening, we walked to the main drag for dinner. I bought a Lacoste t-shirt along the way for $5.
On the way home, we booked one of those awful tours to â€śJames Bond Island.â€ť I couldnâ€™t help myself. If you recall, we drove ourselves up there a couple days ago, and tried to find a guy to take us out in a boat. The longboat guy wanted more than 2000baht to just drive us around the bay! The trip I booked will cost 1500baht each for the whole day, and includes all transportation AND lunch! Unfortunately we will have to share the experience with about 40 others, but I guess thatâ€™s how it is.
Tomorrow: I donâ€™t know. Maybe a road trip off Phuket again, or to the Phuket Aquarium? I guess weâ€™ll figure it out tomorrowâ€¦weâ€™re on â€śisland time!â€ť
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