Got back to Thailand on Sept 16th and Choa was there to meet me at the airport.. Again hop in the taxi and we are off to Pattaya. This time I had rented a nicer condo in Yensabai Condo since I was going to be here more than 30 days. We got unpacked and went down to the Pool where he works to see how things were… It was closed with a note on the gate saying something to the effect that ” Closed due to nonpayment of rent”.
Choa was almost in shock… He had lost his job by no fault of his own.
I tried to comfort him and let him know it would be OK.. Just take your time finding a new job.
As it turns out a couple of days later the lady that ran the little street side noodle shop at Soi VC and Soi Yensabai was wanting to go home up north and asked Choa if he wanted to buy the shop. He came to me to see what I thought and 2 days later the shop was his. I refer to it as the Noodle Emporium.. Its 2 steps above a dump.
After a couple of days of cleaning up the place was ready to go.
Right from the start the shop did OK since he knew practically every one in the neighborhood.. Business was good.
It didn’t take too long before it became a hangout for some expats to sit around in the afternoon , have a drink and solve all the problems of the world.. Of course having a nice view of all the guys headed off to work didn’t hurt either
Things stayed much more normal for the rest of my trip.. Had to return back to Nevada soon. It was mid November. I would return in less than 30 days.