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2004-12-29 10:57:29 AM  
Ever since I've seen Good Woman of Bangkok I've kinda wanted to go to this Thailand (no, not for that.)

More to see it in person. It looks like a place that needs to be experienced (no, not in that way.)
 
2004-12-29 11:04:42 AM  
We should try to put together a Fark party in Thailand ... maybe get group rates on a place to stay and airfare there.

newmoonpuppyhead would probably be in.
 
2004-12-29 11:04:52 AM  
Richard S. Ehrlich...is co-author of the non-fiction book, "HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!"Love Letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and Their Revealing Interviews.

now that's some interesting reading.
 
2004-12-29 11:11:06 AM  
2004-12-29 11:04:52 AM Guy Incognito

Richard S. Ehrlich...is co-author of the non-fiction book, "HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!"Love Letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and Their Revealing Interviews.

now that's some interesting reading.


I've read it. It really is quite interesting.
 
2004-12-29 11:45:58 AM  
Whoa, first a tsunami, and now a tidal wave? Those poor Phucketeers...

or is it Phuckers?
 
2004-12-29 12:27:06 PM  
Here's my cousin's brief account, emailed to me this morning:

We are at The Evason, which has property at the southern tip of Phuket and on Bon Island. At about 10:00 am yesterday we were relaxing at breakfast at the hotels main restaurant overlooking Rawai beach. The hotel has a long pier for the boat service they operate to Bon Island. Many people were waiting on that pier and the bar area nearby. There were two signs something was strange. One was the sound, a thundering roar in the background and the sea seemed to literally leave the beach, as if a sudden low tide. The next minutes were absolutely unbelievable. The wave hit with such tremendous force and volume, the pier with all the people on it, the beach huts and all the boats were swept away at once. Gone in a second. It was quite the sight. Water was not all that was moving. Large rocks from the sea bed, debris, etc. were airborne. It was simply luck that we were in the restaurant. All were evacuated to high land (the hotel is built on a side of a mountain). I joined the beach effort, which was a nightmare, as a second wave was building momentum. Fortunately that didnt hit us anything like the first. There were sections of Phuket north of us that were hit 3-5 times.
 
2004-12-29 03:43:20 PM  
joev: Whoa, first a tsunami, and now a tidal wave? Those poor Phucketeers...

same thing???
 
2004-12-29 03:44:02 PM  
Corporate Mofo gets his tsunamis below the waistline, sunshine.
 
2004-12-29 03:44:10 PM  
Peteykins:

Hey, your cousin will even be fark approved. He said it was luck and not, "someone up there looking out for me". A++
 
2004-12-29 03:44:26 PM  
ahhh i thought id be the first to point out phucket fark it i was late
 
2004-12-29 03:44:57 PM  
Tsunami Vids

http://homepage.mac.com/jlgolson/penang.wmv
http://politiken.dk/media/wvx/3537.WVX
http://video.contemporaryinsanity.org/video/sri_lanka_tsunami3.wmv
http://video.contemporaryinsanity.org/video/tsunamiphuket3.wmv
http://video.contemporaryinsanity.org/video/patong_beach3.wmv
http://video.contemporaryinsanity.org/video/zeebeving3.avi
 
2004-12-29 03:46:13 PM  
C'mon, really.. an Isle named Phuket?
And improper English speaking English woman?

I couldn't see no water," said Rita Smith, a 54-year-old jeweler from England.
 
2004-12-29 03:46:18 PM  
The morbid, sick bastard in me wants to see a video of the tsunami hitting. Is there such a thing out there?
 
2004-12-29 03:46:32 PM  
Here's hoping he's careful with his company, skinink

/loves that soundtrack
 
2004-12-29 03:47:14 PM  
Uhmm..
I always hear the British bag on Americans for butchering the english language and now I'm seeing quotes such as these:

"Me and my boyfriend, we were both in bed when it happened," said Laura Lynch, a 21-year-old office assistant from Wiltshire, England. "We were asleep. The fan stopped working and all the electricity went out, and we heard screaming.
"My boyfriend, Mark, he went out to see what was happening...."

"...all these people were screaming and I couldn't see no water," said Rita Smith, a 54-year-old jeweler from England

misquoted by nimrods or do these people really speak this way?
 
2004-12-29 03:47:24 PM  
same thing...
 
2004-12-29 03:47:25 PM  
Here's some pics I found of the tidal wave.

http://www.pbase.com/issels/phuket_tsunami&page=all

I've been to Phuket (poo-KET) a few times with the Navy. It's a cool little town, I feel bad for those people.
 
2004-12-29 03:47:58 PM  
"Ms. Lynch and her boyfriend were "lucky" because their rented bungalow was on a hill on Phi Phi island."

Hee hee. Pee Pee.
 
2004-12-29 03:48:53 PM  
2004-12-29 11:04:42 AM djemonk


We should try to put together a Fark party in Thailand ... maybe get group rates on a place to stay and airfare there.

newmoonpuppyhead would probably be in.


There should be no stupid comments about this tragedy. It looks like the death toll will be over 100,000 people. A lot fewer people died in the twin Towers attacks and the responses were not stupid. I'm not downplaying the New York attack but c'mon people.
 
2004-12-29 03:49:23 PM  
damn, southeast asia hot spots are getting wiped out. bali? your tourist a splode. phuket? out to sea. looks like vietnam and cambodia will have alot of future business.
 
2004-12-29 03:50:14 PM  
tsunami != tidal wave...

argh...
get your google on peoples...
 
2004-12-29 03:50:36 PM  
A word of advice: if you are at the beach, and the water heads for the horizon, head for the hills.
 
2004-12-29 03:50:40 PM  
and I couldn't see no water," said Rita Smith, a 54-year-old jeweler from England.

I guess there are stupid people in England, too.
 
2004-12-29 03:51:36 PM  
It is very bad to drink Jobu's rum. Very bad.
 
2004-12-29 03:51:39 PM  
At some point you just gotta say Phucket.....
 
jph
2004-12-29 03:52:54 PM  
Er, delete that last one. Sorry.

Click for more detail:

 
2004-12-29 03:53:20 PM  
Phucket in a Bucket.
 
2004-12-29 03:53:20 PM  
iFilm has several of the vids in the 'viral videos' section posted.

There's one where the tsumani hits a resort...everyone is running to the bar on raised ground. People are screaming. You see two tourists trying to climb ontop of a table, or a fence?...then the wave comes and completely washes them away -- they're almost certainly dead. The video cuts out when the bar is filling with water, and the cameraman can no longer keep the camera dry...

truly horrific.
 
2004-12-29 03:55:54 PM  
I don't think that article is particularly well written. Out of everything I have read so far on the event this one has to be the worst.
 
2004-12-29 03:57:15 PM  
Phi Phi appears as if it is two, jungle-covered islands built from craggy, hills and united by a narrow, flat . . .

One can usually only find such imagery on a pr0n for women site
 
2004-12-29 04:00:44 PM  
Forgive me for being an asshat, but a 100,000 people have(mayhave) died... the Earth is overcrowded. It's the whole reason we have war, famine, disease, and natural disasters. It's nice to see that four horsemen are still on top of their game.
 
2004-12-29 04:03:19 PM  
Here's a great page of recent Phuket pics. I was trying to find out what happened around kata and karon beaches, where I stayed, but here is patong beach, with at least one pic of a wave hitting. We took a day trip to ko phi phi, and I can't imagine anything there surviving.
 
2004-12-29 04:04:52 PM  
Forgive me for being an asshat, but a 100,000 people have(mayhave) died... the Earth is overcrowded. It's the whole reason we have war, famine, disease, and natural disasters. It's nice to see that four horsemen are still on top of their game.


Jonny.the.Q : Yeah, because overpopulation causes earthquakes.

You need a kick in the teeth and a tsunami-sized boot up the ass.
 
2004-12-29 04:05:16 PM  
"Others also suffered a horrorshow of pain and panic."

Do you think the author is aware of the nadsat definition?
 
2004-12-29 04:05:31 PM  
Farking not safe for WEBSENSE. Websense says "ADULT CONTENT"

/I hate WebDense
 
2004-12-29 04:06:23 PM  
Why dont you do your part, go play in some traffic.
 
2004-12-29 04:06:36 PM  
On another thought: I wonder if anyone went out to surf the waves.
 
2004-12-29 04:06:39 PM  
Jonny.the.Q: Forgive me for being an asshat, but a 100,000 people have(mayhave) died... the Earth is overcrowded.

The Earth is in no way overcrowded, asshat.
 
2004-12-29 04:07:00 PM  
I spent the week of Thanksgiving a month ago at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. I guess you could say this is the closest I've ever been to a major natural disaster. I keep thinking of all the people who worked on the beach, brought us food and drink, tried to sell us anything and everything, God..I hope they made it. Nicest people in the world. It's really spooky and sad to see all of these pictures and video of places I was just enjoying 4-5 weeks ago. Unbelievable.
 
2004-12-29 04:08:29 PM  
Hey, is there any call for a Fark based aid campaign? (Seriously) If we can Fark a website don't you think we can get together more cash than Bush?
 
2004-12-29 04:08:37 PM  
"After watching TV coverage of the aftermath of Sunday's horrifying earthquake and tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean, Linkin Park isn't ready to help."



http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/eo/15605
 
2004-12-29 04:13:27 PM  
War on Mother Nature?
 
2004-12-29 04:13:39 PM  
axlrose

There should be no stupid comments about this tragedy.

Well, bear in mind that posting stupid comments is a way that some people deal with their feelings. People are going to feel frustration, shock and other uncomfortable emotions when something like this happens, and we each deal with it our own way.

If you see stupid comments, try to just ignore them.
 
2004-12-29 04:14:00 PM  
stanyanstreet
I was merely pointing out that it's the Earth's cycle doing it's shiat.
I never said people caused Earthquakes, unless a Jenny Craig convention was doing jumping jacks......
OR BETTER YET! How about a giant Earthquake producing government issue tessala coil machine!
 
2004-12-29 04:14:12 PM  
I can see the tasteless T-shirts already..

"We got Phucked in Phuket"
"We got Phi Phi'd on"
"To be a sunday float or not to be a sunday float.."

/hey, I don't make this up!
//sad...
///loss...
 
2004-12-29 04:14:54 PM  
I have personal scale, If something is so offensive and insensitive and inhuman that tarvuz is calling for your ass to banned, then it must be the worst thing ever uddered by man.
 
2004-12-29 04:15:23 PM  
Jonny.the.Q:

If ignorance is bliss, you must be the third happiest man alive (behind George W. Bush and bshur). Even if your statement were correct, which it is not, you are an asshat for posting it here and now.

Besides, the dangers of overpopulation on a global scale are vastly overrated (with notable local exceptions). Declining birthrates combined with an increasingly long-lived populace in wealthy countries (like the U.S.), offer a more significant threat. So you are not only insensitive, you are also wrong.
 
2004-12-29 04:19:24 PM  
Jonny.the.Q
Why have you not removerd yourself from the food chain? This is a serious question. Really, I'm sure many of us would like to know.
 
2004-12-29 04:19:48 PM  
I just donated $1000 to the International Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

I encourage you all to do the same at the disaster relief site of your choice, even if it's just a little. You won't even notice an extra $20 on your credit card bill, but if we all do it it'll be a big thing for the people there.
 
2004-12-29 04:20:43 PM  
What I found disgusting about this whole think is immediately the talking heads (the news type and not the band) were trying to assign blame. They didn't ask what was being done to help all these people but only who was at fault for no advanced warning.
 
2004-12-29 04:20:47 PM  
As of 3:00 PM EST, the death toll was up to 80,000 plus.

I don't know about y'all, but I'm having a really hard time getting around this thing. I cannot even imagine anything of this magnitude.

/ The A-bomb dropped on Nagasaki killed an estimated 70,000.
 
2004-12-29 04:21:06 PM  
food web, I meant food web
 
2004-12-29 04:21:35 PM  
hmm, that is strange.

Look, I would guess that all the insensitive folks would change their tune the instant they were put into a situation where suffering is rampant.
 
2004-12-29 04:21:43 PM  
MacG, do you mean 'gene pool'?
 
2004-12-29 04:22:36 PM  
I feel real bad for the folks suffering from this tsunami. I wouldn't ever wish this on anyone.

Now, just imagine if something like this happened on the U.S. east coast on like July 4th weekend on a beautiful afternoon. The death toll would easily be in the millions. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

//offers well-wishes to the victims

//more convinced that I have no reason to go to the beach ever again.
 
2004-12-29 04:24:55 PM  
ski_adk115: more convinced that I have no reason to go to the beach ever again.

That's like saying that I'll never get in a car again because my best friend was killed in his car by a drunk driver.

/has no best friend really.
 
2004-12-29 04:25:00 PM  
Hey Drew and the mods, what about offering a free month of Total Fark or something if someone donates to disaster relief and they email you a copy of the Thank You For Donating email the charity site sends as a receipt?
 
2004-12-29 04:25:26 PM  
For what is is worth I am not sure why my post was posted twice. Something about the refresh thingy.
 
2004-12-29 04:28:42 PM  
 
2004-12-29 04:29:32 PM  
 
2004-12-29 04:33:59 PM  
Hey Drew and the mods, what about offering a free month of Total Fark or something if someone donates to disaster relief and they email you a copy of the Thank You For Donating email the charity site sends as a receipt?

What about people just donating freely without expectation of recompense or reward?
 
2004-12-29 04:42:20 PM  
Jean-Puc_Licard Hey Drew and the mods, what about offering a free month of Total Fark or something if someone donates to disaster relief and they email you a copy of the Thank You For Donating email the charity site sends as a receipt?

What about people just donating freely without expectation of recompense or reward?


Not for me. But some people need an incentive / recognition. How much have you donated, Licard? If it's 0, STFU.
 
2004-12-29 04:42:55 PM  
the_dom: tsunamiphuket3.wmv

OMG that last one is astounding, since the video taker was down at beach level .. that old couple being washed away, and the video ending with the camera shorting out as the waves overcame the guy .. CRAP!
 
2004-12-29 04:46:33 PM  
"People turned white"

This explains why the US is sending aid. Now that these people are no longer brown......
 
2004-12-29 04:50:30 PM  
"People turned white"

This explains why the US is sending aid. Now that these people are no longer brown......


That's the Boobies I managed a chuckle to since this whole thing started.
 
2004-12-29 04:51:52 PM  
What strikes me is the silence .. people who are afraid are yelling, but once the waves come and people are actually being swept way and dying, they are quiet.
 
2004-12-29 04:52:49 PM  
Geez people, enough with the gradeschool jokes about the name. For one your not even pronouncing it right. It is Poo-Ket, the locals say it that way as does anyone who knows it.

I spent 2 weeks in phuket (not phucket). it was so nice, all those people who were so nice to me and my wife. I'm looking at our vacation photos on the beach now...thinking...so sad.
 
2004-12-29 04:54:01 PM  
You know, I have to wonder, if people like Jonny.the.Q care so little, why they bother to come into a thread like this and post in the first place. Personally, I think it's because people like Jonny.the.Q are desperate attention whores...
 
2004-12-29 04:54:10 PM  
2004-12-29 04:50:30 PM NoAssemblyReqd

That's the second post I managed to chuckle since this whole thing started
 
2004-12-29 04:54:42 PM  
/should have spell checked
 
2004-12-29 04:57:22 PM  
2004-12-29 04:42:20 PM Axolotl
Not for me. But some people need an incentive / recognition. How much have you donated, Licard? If it's 0, STFU.

Axolotl wants a pissing contest. Mop and bucket to aisle 6.
 
2004-12-29 04:59:16 PM  
This explains why the US is sending aid. Now that these people are no longer brown......

Ya know, depressed as much as I was on reading all this about the tsunami, your comment brought a chuckle. You bastard! Thanks.. :-)
 
2004-12-29 05:00:13 PM  
India Refuses Aid

India refuses aid. However, they won't refuse your job.

/still donating
 
2004-12-29 05:00:24 PM  
First Time? Did someone say first time? Sorry...fun with filter.

AmeriCares is great too...they get the aid stuff for free from companies willing to donate then use donations to ship & distribute. According to their website, $100 donation gets $3,000 worth of stuff to the victims. Not a bad return on your money.
 
2004-12-29 05:03:51 PM  
Jean-Puc_Licard Hey Drew and the mods, what about offering a free month of Total Fark or something if someone donates to disaster relief and they email you a copy of the Thank You For Donating email the charity site sends as a receipt?

What about people just donating freely without expectation of recompense or reward?

Not for me. But some people need an incentive / recognition. How much have you donated, Licard? If it's 0, STFU.


Places to donate
 
2004-12-29 05:19:49 PM  
Once again, if you've donated or encouraged anyone to donate, thank you from myself and from the members of the Red Cross here. Between you and the citizens here, we've garnered so much support and financial aid that it's just amazing.

If you can, keep offering. If you can't, if you've done your best, I wish you the very, very best and thank you again.

I can't thank everyone enough. Despite over-generalities of Fark, you're there when you're needed. That says a lot.
 
2004-12-29 05:22:20 PM  
2004-12-29 05:00:13 PM NCRider "India Refuses Aid

India refuses aid. However, they won't refuse your job."

Why is it that anytime I read an article and someone from India is quoted, I imagine the quote being spoken by the Indian guy from Short Circuit? (who's not even Indian in RL)
 
2004-12-29 05:26:45 PM  
NCRider: India refuses aid. However, they won't refuse your job.


That's because they don't need it. India is not a poor or backwards country despite the stereotypes.
 
2004-12-29 05:27:45 PM  
Too bad Saddam is in jail... they have a need for mass graves over there now. His regime had them down to a science!
 
2004-12-29 05:30:19 PM  
One way to help is to put up donation information on your webpage (if you have one). I've got a couple of links up on my website, you can get the code/links at http://www.ionchannels.org (pops).
 
2004-12-29 05:32:52 PM  
Major Thomb-
Wrong again:

http://www.indiaonestop.com/povertyindia.htm
 
2004-12-29 05:46:16 PM  
"I was sunbathing with my girlfriend on the beach in Phuket when suddenly I heard an unbelievably loud roar, it sounded like I was standing next to an airplane as it took off. I looked up and found a 20-foot high wall of water coming at me -- it looked like a scene from the Ten Commandments. My girlfriend and I just got up and started running for our lives. The water caught up to us and briefly pulled us under before we surfaced and somehow managed to hold onto a utility pole. Finally the water subsided and we were able to make it uphill to safety. We saw at least 25 bodies float by. Next year I am going to Florida.

-Vijay Patel, Phuket, Thailand

 
2004-12-29 05:52:42 PM  
Vijay Patel would be better off going back to Thailand if he wants to avoid natural disasters - there has never been a tsunami like this before in Phuket, Thailand in recorded history. It will likely never happen again in our lifetime.
 
2004-12-29 05:54:45 PM  
I was in Phuket and and kho Phi Phi a few years ago doing some rock climbing. Can't help but imagine seeing this all happen from a few hundred feet up a cliff. Then again we'd just be getting out the door at 8:30am.

Does anyone know anything about Railay Beach or Pranang?? There were four-five story "treehouse" towers at YaYa bungalows, curious to know how those faired....
 
2004-12-29 05:55:27 PM  
I wonder how many of these people that died were rubbernecking. I've seen all these videos of rocket scientists just standing around watching the water come in instead of heading for high ground. Hey, if the ocean suddenly starts overflowing its banks I'm headed for higher ground, I can watch the replay on TV later.

Even the 'dumb' animals were smart enough to say phuket and got out of there.
 
2004-12-29 06:31:05 PM  
Whoa... I know it's not much, but I was on Phi Phi Island seven months ago to this day... That's some scary stuff. The section linking the two islands is extremely narrow, and that's where all the action is. It wouldn't take much of a wave to demolish everything in the area... but I guess you know that by now.
 
2004-12-29 06:36:56 PM  
I just donated $50 to Americares and offered to give all my personal training clients a free session if they do the same (which means their donation is only $5-$15 on top of what they'd pay me anyway. Any donation under $50 results in them getting half the value of the donation off their session. Offer valid until Jan 31st 2005.
All my other friends were asked to make a donation too. Any that do can claim free technical advice, massages, streching sessions, biological/scientific questions answered, meals cooked for them or anything else that I'm reasonably good at. As a bonus I get an ego boost out of helping and encouraging others to do so too.
Needless rant alert: The survivors are now suffering and we can do something about it. I was just unemployed for 3 months but what I have to rebuild of my financial status is a drop in the ocean (intended pun) compared to those who've lost everything.
 
2004-12-29 06:38:10 PM  
Everyone should take their summer vacations to these resorts to help revive the economies of these devasted beaches.

Any hot girls wanna join me this summer?
 
2004-12-29 07:01:37 PM  
go in the winter, its way too hot to be there in the summer... maybe you can see an re-enactment next christmas.
 
2004-12-29 07:03:49 PM  
"2004-12-29 05:00:13 PM NCRider

India Refuses Aid

India refuses aid. However, they won't refuse your job.

/still donating"

wondered when the outsourcing shiate would come up in the thread.
they dont need immediate help right now.. they have it under control. if they need help later, they'll ask.. Meanwhile aid goes to the nations that are really in dire need.

read the fricking article..

/ paid my money to care international.. hats off to the rest of you farkers who've done the same.
 
2004-12-29 07:14:43 PM  
Jean-Puc_Licard Axolotl wants a pissing contest. Mop and bucket to aisle 6.

No, Axolotl wants people to contribute to the relief effort. If your contribution is going to be nothing but snarky remarks, put a cork in it.

There's some 200,000 Fark accounts. If just 1% of us get motivated enough to take 2 minutes, log onto a charity website and give $20 or whatever one week's beer money comes out to, that's $40,000 from the Fark community to people who really do need it more than we do right now.
 
2004-12-29 07:29:49 PM  
el_hueso: Major Thomb-
Wrong again:

http://www.indiaonestop.com/povertyindia.htm


True, but as your link points out, the main problem isn't raw wealth, just the distribution of it. They can still bring force to bear in a crisis. Three trillion dollars doesn't break down well between a billion people, but it's a lot of money.
 
2004-12-29 07:36:32 PM  
re: India is not a poor or backwards country despite the stereotypes.

jesus christ do you not have a clue. not poor? hahahahaha
 
2004-12-29 07:42:07 PM  
Kudos to India if they say they don't need any aid. Let the aid go to more deserving countries.

And India's poverty rate isn't as bad as these stupid numbers would make you believe. In the USA, anybody making below $12K/year is considered poor; in India, $1K/year is enough to survive very well. Food is dirt cheap (and India has a surplus of food, by the way).
 
2004-12-29 07:43:16 PM  
From metafilter.com

E-mail from a friend's friend.

-----------

Hello sarah,

I've been getting literally hundreds of emails from people asking me and about my experience during the Indian Ocean tsunami. Long story short, lucky to be alive. I've been evaced to Male, after the experience...Here's my account:

I was in my office at the narrowest part of the island (20 meters across) at the northern end with the sand bank, when I heard a strange bump against the wall outside my office, I ran down the hall to find water streaming in under the door and I could barely open it. As I got it open my eyes popped out of my head when I saw the sea was not only level with our island, there was a wall of water coming, frothing, boiling, and farking angry as hell, bearing down on us. In the distance, I watched as the 50 water bungalows that lined the reef edge were disintegrating like matchwood dumping guests and furniture into the sea. Eddies and vortexes whirled round and there was a strange mist everywhere, smelled like death, as this wave moved towards us in slow motion. I remember turning to run towards someplace safe. But how can you be safe, 1 meter above the sea, water on all sides, with just flimsy thatch buildings made of coconut wood all around, and a wall of water bearing down? I literally stopped breathing, and ran. I didn't get very far, as a wave smashed me against the wall of the executive offices and instantly my cell phone, keys, watch, ID and wallet were sucked out of my pockets. As I struggled to stand up I heard screams as children and guests were washed past me through reception straight out to sea... I grabbed the ones I could and screamed at them to hang onto my arm, and we inched our way along the wall that was now breaking up from the pressure of the water....in front of us were guests running like crazy from the disintegrating water bungalows and water restaurant that had now collapsed....

As the water rose, Planks and debris smashed up against the walls of the exec offices, and the next thing I knew, the next wave came and tore it open, washing away staff, computers, hard drives, and filing cabinets in a second, straight out to sea. As I reached reception with the two guests I threw them on top of the counter as mattresses and tables and broken windows smashed through the reception, taking everything with it. By now the water was up to my chest, and I grabbed an 80 year old woman who was just drifting past, and hauled her up on top as well. The next thing we knew, the guest shop and water sports center collapsed, and terrified people, on the roof, were desperately clinging to it as the thatch fell apart. My staff stood there on top of the counter, as guests screamed and grabbed them. One security guard handed me a talkie and fled. As the water was continuing to rise, so fast it was like a horror movie, I frantically called out on the talkie to see if any staff were there. No answer. By now I could not hang on any longer and hauled myself up onto the counter, as the big debris from the water bungalows tore through reception, taking what was left of the shops and offices. We were left there, with water surging all around us, with a wall behind us that collapsed into the jewelry store. Then a guest showed me her husbands leg, with a gash so bad I could see his bone, and I frantically got a towel to stop the bleeding. with 2 meters of water in the lobby now, waves 1-2 meters higher, All I could think was how long before we die. how far does the water have to go before we are all washed away into the middle of the Indian ocean? We stayed like this for about 20 minutes, just waiting for the building to collapse, but as suddenly as it came, the water vanished, leaving fish flopping on the floor, and seaweed draped everywhere. As we tried to take stock of what had happened, I looked in the opposite direction of where the wave had come and saw, to my horror, that it was coming back, bigger, madder, and full of dangerous debris.....

Some guests and kids had thought the worst was over, and were starting to get off the trees and remaining roofs. I screamed at them THE WATER'S COMING BACK!!!! STAY OFF THE BEACH!!! And we had even less warning the second time, because the wave just crashed into us with refrigerators, water heaters, computers and smashed wood. We rode out the wave, just waiting to die, as the guest with the gashed leg fainted. His wife was grabbing my throat so hard I could hardly breathe, and for the next 20 minutes the water was up and we could do nothing as the reverse wave filled the lagoon and destroyed what was left of the restaurant, we watched tables get dumped into the water, and 3 gas canisters from the kitchen exploded. With smaller waves now, I tried to evacuate the guests to the other, larger end of the island, I realized the island had been cut in half, a deep dangerous trench had developed and we were trapped. Just then, a second series of waves came through, as large as the first 4, and desperately we ran to the spa, where a cement building without its roof still remained. There, I found other guests with 4 broken bones, massive cuts, and twisted ankles. For the next four hours, we watched as these waves came again and again, some as high as the first, as debris from coconut trees to roofs washed back and forth, as the only staff there, I set up a triage unit to treat the people with the resort doctor (who was so traumatized he could barely speak) about 2 hours into this, we heard a seaplane land in the lagoon.... And I grabbed the talkie and ran down the jetty, screaming at them to take off....

It was too late, they had tied up to the pontoon, and They could not see the water was now coming back, and the eddies were so strong that the plane (with its engines still screaming) was actually being sucked underneath the water.... I ducked down, expecting the engines to disintegrate, but at the last moment, a cabin crew cut the rope, the plane bobbed away and took off, dipping its wings to show us help was coming. Eventually we go all the guests at one end of the island, but walking past the rooms, every single one had been demolished, and suitcases and passports were washed up on the beach. That afternoon, we sandbagged a building and got all the guests inside, and waited for the next waves, which we heard were coming. At least we were safer than at reception, where 30-40 meters of the island had been destroyed, washed out to sea. That night, we set up beach patrols to watch for more waves and 2 times had to send out the alarm that the water was coming back. With the moon full, we had a high tide at midnight, and we were extremely concerned if the waves came back. They didn't. we had no food or water as everything had been washed away, we watched the sun rise and everywhere on the beach were passports, champagne bottles, smashed wood, brochures and business cards not just from our resort but from others too. It took us 2 days to get the guests off, and another day for the staff to leave. We got to male with no belongings, as the staff quarters were washed away completely, it wasn't until we got to male that we had even heard of the devastation everywhere else. Im in Male now, waiting to go home if I can get a flight.

More news soon, Dave
 
2004-12-29 07:50:24 PM  
It wasn't a tidal wave.
 
2004-12-29 08:18:31 PM  
Don't worry about Jonny.the.Q's comments. He's from Pittsburgh and doesn't know any better.
 
2004-12-29 08:19:53 PM  
Yeah, because overpopulation causes earthquakes.

Earthquakes will, of course, happen, whether a region is overpopulated or not. In an underpopulated region, a disaster of this nature will kill a few dozen or few hundred people, nobody will starve, and the task of burying the dead wouldn't be so overwhelming as to threaten the survivors with disease. But when a disaster of this scale kills a hundred thousand people, you have to ask yourself if families who have 8, 9, 10 kids, aren't playing a numbers game.

There's a fininte limit on resources on the face of this planet. For the past 50 years or so, humanity has changed from a civilization whose economic prosperity depends on constant growth, to one in danger of smothering itself. At some point, we, as a species, are either going to have to start regulating our population, and stop competing among cultures, or nature's going to do it for us.

In High School, we did an experiment where we had a test tube filled with growth medium and yeast. We kept it warm to encourage growth of the yeast, and sampled every 8 hours, to get data on population density. Population ramped up geometrically, as expected, until a certain point, when the concentration of alcohol, (yeast's waste product) reached a level that was toxic to the yeast. Then they all died.

I'd like to think that humanity is smarter than yeasts. Judging by some of the comments, above, I'm starting to wonder.
 
2004-12-29 08:22:47 PM  
axolotl: See my post above. I have you to thank to inspire me to get my friends to help out.
 
2004-12-29 08:30:19 PM  
It's funny that Coporate Homo hates the saving of brown people in Iraq, but loves him some natural disater brown people saving...
 
2004-12-29 08:44:41 PM  
I know this is going to sound like I'm some kind of conspiracy nut, but I think this whole cover story about a freak earth quake causing this tsunami is utter bullcrap. It's obvious Al Qaeda has gotten their hands on nuclear weapons and are using them to trigger earth quakes throughout the world. I wouldn't be suprised if the next tsunami washed away most of the eastern seaboard of the United States. This was just a test of the true destructive power of their weapons... you can count on that. Who needs to sneak a nuke into NYC when you can wash it away with a nuke detonated hundreds of miles away out in the middle of the ocean?
 
2004-12-29 09:08:15 PM  
2004-12-29 08:44:41 PM drsoran

you're giving al qaeda too much "credit"
1. they're nowhere near clever enough to build a bomb and test it
2. the earthquake set an amount of energy free that's greater than 100s (1000s?) of atomic bombs
 
2004-12-29 11:05:24 PM  
why would al qaeda bomb indonesia? it is very much islamic.
 
2004-12-29 11:41:28 PM  
I'm always entertained by people like Jonny.the.Q, who are smart enough to have heard of a Tesla coil, but too stupid to know how to spell it

At any rate, Aunt_Jemimas_flapjacks's post from metafilter was amazing. That's one hell of a guy, if he's telling children and old women to just grab onto him and hold on while he pulls them all to safety. Goddamn thats badass. Is this him?
 
lbn
2004-12-30 01:05:55 AM  
I know how these people feel. My toilet overflowed the other day. It wasn't pretty.
 
2004-12-30 02:04:30 AM  
Very late to the game but have to chime in for my Oceanography prof's sake. A tidal wave and a tsunami are not the same thing. Just look at the root...tidal..tide. A huge wave generated from water displacement (pick your disaster..earthquake, explosion, comet, whatever) obviously has nothing to do with tides. If I remember correctly, one true "tidal" wave is the difference between high and low tide. A "tidal" wave is a effing huge (width not height) but very slow wave. I'm sure some oceanography farker can clarify.

That being said, thanks to the talking heads and the uninformed it has almost become commonplace to use the improper term.
 
2004-12-30 02:49:51 AM  
madmonkey: tsunami != tidal wave...

argh...
get your google on peoples...



Use dictionary.com then brainiac:

tidal wave
n.

1. The swell or crest of surface ocean water created by the tides.
2.
1. An unusual, often destructive rise of water along the seashore, as from a storm or a combination of wind and high tide.
2. A tsunami.

tsunami

n : a huge destructive wave (especially one caused by an earthquake) [syn: tidal wave]

They are the same thing you assbag.
 
2004-12-30 04:00:58 AM  
Erie to look at the local Phuket website, aside from the headlines, there are still articles on upcoming events.

http://www.phuketgazette.net


/It's time like these I learn the true meaning of the word lucky. and it aint no charm around my neck.
 
2004-12-30 06:01:43 AM  
Jonny.the.Q, m0loch, Arnold T Pants I always hear the British bag on Americans for butchering the english language...

I question the actual quoting. I can believe an English woman might say "didn't see no water" but her boyfriend Mark is quoted as saying "messed up real bad". Sorry, but no-way. I think this is just bad journalism, where the guy has written his story based on personal accounts and then quoted it as he has re-written it.
 
2004-12-30 07:37:50 AM  
Jesus Christ. Enough with the Phuket (Hard p, long u sound) jokes already. Its only good for up to the 100 casualty mark. 85k+ means grow up and think about it.
 
2004-12-30 01:25:08 PM  
India rejects aid

"I am not knowing."
"I am standing beside myself"
All I could hear in my head when I read this story.
 
2004-12-30 04:32:08 PM  
Question: why the hell is it spelled (in english) PHUKET if it sounds like poo-KET? Why the hell isn't it just spelled Pooket?
 
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