Friday, February 29, 2008

speaking of butt hairs...

Every time I think about that message Savannah just posted, it makes me chuckle, and speaking of chuckling and butt hairs in the same sentence reminds me of my ol' friend Chuckles who I met in Nepal. I know he won't mind me blogging about this because he blogged about it on his own blog (how many times can I use the words blog, chuckle/s and butt hairs in just a few sentences? Sheesh, it's starting to sound like a Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers or somethin'). I would link to it but I think if some of my younger readers read his many &%$X* words and saw some of the videos, they may be scarred for life. So, the other day I was telling my girlfriends about how when I was in Nepal there was a guy who got his butt hairs in a wad and got such bad hemorrhoids that he had to go to the hospital. They thought that was very funny indeed. But the sad thing, besides the fact that I really DO have bad hearing, I have really awful space cadet syndrome and I can not remember for the life of me who I was telling this story to. Amy and Melody maybe? So if you are out there, comment!!!

Now this would ordinarily not be such a funny story I suppose because the poor guy was in so much pain that he literally could not walk toward the end of the trip. I guess that is what happens, I said, when you have to go 12 days without bathing or showering and you're basically pooping in a hole in the ground inside a tent. OK sometimes when we visited teahouses or familes we did have a glorified porcelain-lined hole in the ground, but it was still a hole in the ground. No flusher. And little bricks you stick your feet on. No TP unless you bring your own. And you had to squat and then whoosh your goodies down with a bucket of amoeba-infested water. Ah the joys of Nepal. Or the joy of knowing that journey is in my distant memory!

So Chuckles kept us all laughing I can say that for sure. He is quite the character!! He's a photographer who I met in Nepal who was traveling with the rest of the Cultural Film Fund crew who were filming a documentary series on environmentally conscious travel called It's Your World, and this leg was on Nepal and the red panda. He and I sat next to each other on the bus on the first leg of our journey, before we started trekking by foot, and shared his ipod. For a few short days, we became Wonder Twins...I used to LOVE that show! Wonder twin powers activate! Form of... water! Shape of.... a waterfall!! Or something like that!

Oh and being that they were a documentary crew, they filmed the whole hemorrhoidal thing - all the jokes, and the visit to the doc in Kathmandu, then wheelchairing him through the airport to Bangkok (we all traveled to Bangkok together) and then after I left, surgery in Bangkok when his "issues" just would not go away.

Anyway here is his version from his blog: (but first reading his blog reminded me of the time the porters put up our tent right ON TOP OF COW PATTIES!!! I had to tell them, "This will not do!!" They just didn't get it.)

so....after the last day of hiking....we too a jeep ride into the india side to get together with a friend of brians who is bulding a high end tea house / guest house.....we stayed and drank and froze....its still in the building process....but that morning on the way....i had HEMEROIDAL issues....so the 45 minute bumpy four wheelin drive....was not user friendly....the next day....was the same....but for six hours.....what a royal pain in the ass that was....the next day...brian decided to book he, myself and john kane (so it could be caught on film) an earlier flight back to katmandu so i could get to the clinic....while there....i saw 2 different doctors.... before i had a surgeon stick two painfully bent fingers where the sun dont shine.....
I told you I wasn't kidding! The things I see and hear in my career...

3 comments:

Savie said...

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AmyKay said...

Oh, my, goodness Wendee. Better you than me. I don't know how you do it. That stuff just doesn't sound like fun to me :] And no, I don't remember that story... Mel? How about you?

WENDEE HOLTCAMP said...

LOL - it was fun listening to Chuckles make me laugh all the time, and an adventure to explore and see the red panda but yea this trip to Nepal was not my favorite. I don't mind the squatting toilets but 12 days without a shower was a bit much!