I first went to Bali in 1978 and fell in love with the place and the people. The last few years I have returned there several times to do some writing. I wrote this short story about 5 years ago as the prologue to a novel I was thinking of writing - A Short Course in Venture Capitalism. In many ways the prologue was my older self writing about my younger self, and then the novel was to have been about my younger self before he got to Bali. I have started writing it again, although it has changed dramatically and will probably be called The Drifter's Escape when it is finished.