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Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Latest Gossip: If Pigs could Parasail.

It appears the parasailing folks from Nha Trang have moved in. They've set up station at the derelict, unfinished resort on the west end of the beach. Word is that on their very first day a Russian fellow had a nasty crash on their jet skis, seriously injuring himself. Several customers also got tangled and dragged through the water.

The problem here is that the winds in Mui Ne are probably too strong for the sport. I have no problem with the activity in theory. It looks like fun. But I cringe at the idea of these jet skis and speed boats weaving in and out of the swimmers. It's hard enough balancing the kiteboarders and swimmers on the same beach. My suggestion is that the parasailers should set up a sign and tent on the beach in Mui Ne, then bus their customers up to the next beach (between Mui Ne and Hon Rom) where the waves are calm and the beach is void of swimmers, and frolic safely to their heart's content.

Pig Flu. Word is that it's all over Saigon, and appears to be present here in Mui Ne as well. As I said from the beginning, I think it's much ado about nothing. Less serious than the normal flu. I think its being used as a ploy for government agencies to secure increased funding and new authority. That being said, I was told that masks are getting passed out on the train between Saigon and Phan Thiet, and everyone is wearing them.


oddjob said...

Dear Adam ,
Beg to differ with you in regards to the swine flu or H1n1
We lost a family member this week ,
(42 and healthy)and her mother in ICU as I write this. I no longer believe this to be hyped.Influenza of any type will always take the young the old and those with compromised immunity . This flu is taking the healthiest.
If you Google Vitamin D you can find fascinating info on D deficiency and illness.A mental hospital in California discovered a interesting correlation w/ regards to there proscribed Vitamin D regimen and the absence of flu
Thought you would find this of interest

Adam Bray said...

Sorry to hear that. My condolences on your loss.

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