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  • "Bangkok is horrible. Tokyo wonderful. The girls there, respect. Bangkok, ugh! Horrible! Girls, they jump you. But, just want money."

    'Pi' repeats this another 5 times. Pi was having a lousy day. I had pulled up a chair to have a small chat with him and maybe give him some respite from the lousiness of lying on a bed all day.

    "Bangkok, so horrible. Girls, so horrible. Only money."

    I'm confused, since I thought this would be a story of his life, a bit of tit for tat, and some reasoning of his dreadful day. He licks his lips. Little chop chop sounds and runs his hand across his unshaven, uneven beard. I'm getting a wonderful concise story of his sexual experience in Bangkok and Tokyo. Perhaps even Jakarta and London. Very matter of fact.

    "Bangkok, horrible! Girls horrible. Money."

    Pi's suffering from mild dementia. A consequence of cancer. He thinks he's been working for 5 years. Then 7. He's been to other countries. London is wonderful, then not so much. I try to gently prod him to eat his food. He's not eating much. Maybe a nice nan and biryani would have done wonders. I wouldn't have minded sharing some with him.

    "Bangkok, horrible."

    I know, I know. Bangkok is horrible. Girls there only want money. But, right now, I really need you to eat and get healthier so that you can see your family who's waiting for you.

    (Picture courtesy of: Don't have access to my pics!)
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