February in Bangkok, Part III

After Part III

February 24-28, 2004

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Yellow seems to be the fashion color of decadence and health in Bangkok.

The freshly hung yellow banner at Soi Zero is a protest against the Thai government's plan to impose a midnight closing hour on most entertainment spots ... though some entertainment 'zones' (notably, Patpong) will be allowed to do business until 2am.

The newly painted yellow markers on the road in Lumpini Park tell runners where to start their jog and how far they have gone when they complete one lap. (*)

(*) THOCBDC has Adobe Photo Shopped the park's map to show the various turns that are necessary to complete the 2.543 kilometer route (which is equal to 1.580156625 miles or 8343.22698 feet or 1668.645396 paces with the right foot [assuming 5 feet to the pace]).

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Are these artist's impressions from Cambodia (under Pol Pot) all that much different from those found in the Prison Museum here in Bangkok? Notice the faces...here and on the ones from the Thai prison.


PPS: Damn, Ash Wednesday ... and I almost forgot this! I wonder if Mel's movie will inspire one about Mohammed; if so, well, maybe female martyrs might have something to hope for ... instead of just being angels.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Is this what Watcharee is hoping for? Can you identify it? Derek did.

Incidentally, the chat room is still tossing up sentences in re God's 'gift' to bombers:

L.K. from Dijon, France speculates: "Virgins are highly sought as sex partners by insecure people who don't like their performance to be compared with others."

R.P. from Boston, USA writes: "I certainly wouldn't blast myself to pieces for even a million of His pencil-tight virgins....what with all the spotty blood and dirty sheets and tear stained pillows that would be left lying around; not to mention those gummy mouths that probably never asked their lips to work on anything more imaginative than their own thumbs or maybe a packet of Tootsie Rolls. But, give me seventy $1,000 a night hookers and I'll take-out the day-care center at Brandeis University...the faculty, too."

G.P. from The Mambo, Bangkok asks: "Don't forget me."

PS: The Kemlers, senior members of BKRM (a P.F. secret society with roots in LAWSIG), offer this to the Bush's Presidential Prayer Team:

In defense of Biblical marriage The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: "Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God's Word and His standards will be honored by our government." This is true.

Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team's goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely on biblical principles:

  1. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)
  2. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)
  3. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)
  4. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)
  5. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)
  6. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)
  7. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

Friday, February 27, 2004 (pre-journal)

Nikon has given the Model 5700 a 50% boost in snoopability.

PS (to the pre-journal):

And, if that wasn't enough ...

Saturday, February 28, 2004

We had dinner at Ban Yun, the Chinese restaurant on the 60th floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The view was better than the meal.

PS: Evolution of the skyscraper shrub:

Shrub as seen on May 22, 2000:

Shrub as seen on February 26, 2002:

Shrub as seen yesterday:

PPS: Reader P.F. from Seattle, USA questions: "Alf, do the River Garden condo rules allow you to declare war and plant your own shrub?"

Yes ... and I have been thinking about it escalating things. We do have one small shrub ... a 'starter' shrub.

Next: Happy Birthday, THOCBDC!

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