I'm sure that President Johnson would never have pursued the war in Vietnam if he'd ever had a Fulbright to Japan, or say Bangkok, or had any feeling for what these people are like and why they acted the way they did. He was completely ignorant.
The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Ko Sanh Road.
Even if I turned myself in, it wouldn't change anything.
It wouldn't make me one of them. I knew that when I got my powers, but really I knew it before then. I learned it as a child on my first day of school, on the warm rainy streets of Bangkok, and in college. If you're different you always know it, and you can't fix it even if you want to. What do you do when you find out your heart is the wrong kind? You take what you're given, and be the hero you can be. Hero to your own cold, inverted heart.
Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat.
But when you got there it was the back of beyond. It was just a series of small tin sheds.
Last Update: March, 2020