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The week that was in Thailand news: Thais have a long fuse - but be careful when it's lit.

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by Rooster, ThaiVisa News
 
What the h*ll does 'safe' mean?
 
I don't mean those things that hold money and jewels - having four children has meant that I've never needed one of those. 
 
No 'safe' as in free from danger. My online dictionary tried to pin it down: "Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost". 
 
That sounded like a recipe for the most boring life imaginable. Of course, the perception of risk and danger is in the eye of the beholder. Or to mix my metaphors, one man's meat is another man's mad cow disease. 
 
Some people wouldn't be seen dead doing what another considers just part of living a normal and adventurous life. 
 
Most people who know me well would probably consider Rooster to be a risk taker. I read the Sporting Life in my early teens and bet on horses far in excess of  weekly pocket money and later my monthly salary. 
 
I quit a promising job as a journalist to fly one way to Afghanistan when the country was gripped by war. I put all my eggs in one basket and decided to make my life in Thailand completely bankrupting myself to learn the Thai language, gambling that it would pay off one day. That was a bet I won.
 
I "retired" from a lucrative job in Bangkok with a second family on the way while in my fifties. It was a retirement well before I had enough money to be comfortable. I have ridden half a million kilometers on motorbikes in Thailand wearing 99 baht Tesco Lotus helmets and flip flops for protection. 
 
I bought and sold property in Bangkok and up-country, sometimes making a wedge like on those horses of my youth. Sometimes coming the idiotic cropper. I eschewed insurance unless it was absolutely vital to avoid the attentions of the constabulary. It seemed like a gamble I wouldn't want to win. 
 
I once even bought a shiny but very expensive and dodgy old Jaguar. When a mate called me Arthur Daley and the exhaust fell off at the lights in Sathupradit, I knew I'd overdone it.
 
But I still chastise myself that I have been too safe. Too conservative.....what might life have been like had I taken a few more risks! What few regrets I have are mostly based on decisions I now see as too safe. Like not taking advantage of financial crashes when I was in a position to do so. Like not investing in friends when they seemed on a winner in business in Thailand. 
 
How much richer and perhaps happier I could have been!
 
Once again on the hallowed pages of Thaivisa this week posters debated the question: Is Thailand safe? ...
 

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