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Don ­ Ellis
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Dec 28, 2004 08:46 |  #1

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Humor is what allows the living to cope, but it's only useful for those who manage to escape relatively intact.

Having been there, Leela and I wish everyone affected by this tragedy as much comfort and aid and love as they can find. We saw many acts of kindness and of infinite sadness. The experience was a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of those close to us.

"More news and pictures later" as they say.

Take care,

Don



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Dec 28, 2004 09:01 |  #2

Don, I don't know you, and never interacted with you, but I'd like to let you know that you're definitely in my prayers.

My friend and his girlfriend were visiting Thailand and staying on the beach [I believe] and I have yet to hear from him. He has yet to respond to his emails, and from what I understand, he has not contacted any of our friends.

I really am hoping that he made it out ok, and fear what may have happened to him. I just pray that he is not part of the 44,000+ to have lost his life.

Be grateful that you're still standing, and I applaud you for your words of care and concern.

God bless,

Joe


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Dec 28, 2004 09:14 |  #3

This literally made the hair on my arms raise up. I am so sorry. I have friends on holiday in Malaysia. I have heard from them and they are ok.


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Don ­ Ellis
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Dec 28, 2004 09:17 |  #4

Hi Joe,

There was no electricity and no telephone communications of any kind, including mobile, when we were there, so there's every chance that your friends are fine but just can't tell you. Phuket Airport was totally out of commission (and the bridge between Khao Lak and Phuket was down, in any case), so we had to drive 10 hours to reach Bangkok and we flew out of there today. Even on the trip to Bangkok, we didn't have mobile connects for several hours and when we were able to get a signal, all the networks were jammed.

Our best wishes to you and your friends. I hope they have the happy ending that we did..

Don




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Dec 28, 2004 09:22 as a reply to jO3's post |  #5

Don,

I'm pretty new to this forums, but I'm glad you are with safe and you have the time to post letting us know you are ok and telling us about this tragedy yourself.

Best wishes.

Pablo


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Dec 28, 2004 10:53 |  #6

feels great to hear from u man ..


Cheers..
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Dec 28, 2004 11:11 as a reply to amitnike's post |  #7

Amazing photo, so glad to hear that you and Leela are safe.


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Dec 28, 2004 11:40 |  #8

magical and ao amazing that you where eating 3 minits before! would love to see some more???


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Dec 28, 2004 11:45 as a reply to stoneylonesome's post |  #9

Amazing. Abosolutly amazing. I try to use that word only when applicable. The birth of my children was amazing. The fact that you are here, alive, and have photos......... absolutely amazing.

You and Leela were in my prayers. God, I feel so relieved. I can only imagine how you feel.

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Dec 28, 2004 11:45 as a reply to MilesG's post |  #10

So glad to see at least a few more peoples lives spared. :)


Just lucky I guess, you were eating breakfast at the time, and had the warning which many people just never had.

Take a good sleep, you two deserve it.

We can wait patiently for photos. Anyway, I'm working for next 9 hours. :p


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Dec 28, 2004 12:12 as a reply to Wazza's post |  #11

Don, really pleased that you and yours are all ok, I hope the penknife came in handy (there is a tester for your memory).

Once again, I am realy glad that you are ok and look forward to seeing your pictures, taken b4 the disaster.

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Dec 28, 2004 12:32 as a reply to Don Ellis's post |  #12

Don Ellis wrote:
Hi Joe,

There was no electricity and no telephone communications of any kind, including mobile, when we were there, so there's every chance that your friends are fine but just can't tell you. Phuket Airport was totally out of commission (and the bridge between Khao Lak and Phuket was down, in any case), so we had to drive 10 hours to reach Bangkok and we flew out of there today. Even on the trip to Bangkok, we didn't have mobile connects for several hours and when we were able to get a signal, all the networks were jammed.

Our best wishes to you and your friends. I hope they have the happy ending that we did..

Don

so glad to hear from you Don.

your picture tells more then a story


just great that you survived.

very best regards to Leela


it's all such a shock . all of what happened
and how it will effect so many left behind.


but the good news right now is that you are both safe and well.
thank goodness

phew


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Dec 28, 2004 12:33 as a reply to jO3's post |  #13

jO3 wrote:
Don, I don't know you, and never interacted with you, but I'd like to let you know that you're definitely in my prayers.

My friend and his girlfriend were visiting Thailand and staying on the beach [I believe] and I have yet to hear from him. He has yet to respond to his emails, and from what I understand, he has not contacted any of our friends.

I really am hoping that he made it out ok, and fear what may have happened to him. I just pray that he is not part of the 44,000+ to have lost his life.

Be grateful that you're still standing, and I applaud you for your words of care and concern.

God bless,

Joe

I hope you hear from your friends soon j03

if you ring the following number they may be able to help you.

for emergency help ( u.s embassy in Bangkok) 00 662 205 4049
or they will put you onto a number which will help you


have all and any details ready to give them over the phone

time when you last spoke to your friends
last email, anything

their full names and phone numbers etc

and a contact number for this number to ring you back if need be

another number to ring ( in the states ) is 001 317 472 2328


best of luck

the worry alone is heartbreaking
so sorry



they will get back to you with any news eventually
that's if you haven't heard from your friends in the meantime

like we have with Don

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thank the good God


:D

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Dec 28, 2004 13:21 as a reply to marie's post |  #14

Thank God. Good to see your words....and photo. Take Good Care.


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Dec 28, 2004 16:48 |  #15

Good to hear you guys are ok Don.
Now that is definately a story/picture of a lifetime.


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