March 1-7, 2004
It's getting bigger ... we can fit all of our friends in it ... but, what's next?
PS: Ning is back in Bangkok! But, she'll only be here for about a five weeks before she has to return to the SS IMAGINATION.
PPS: This is her Patpong pose.
THOCBDC, reaching new lows in 'journalism':
Is this an evidence gathering team? Seeking photographic documentation of a defectively built and/or erected 'sign'? BTW, the sign was installed just a few weeks ago; it was designed to help flog units in a new condominium. (*)
(*) Actually, an old office building that has been converted into a place for people to live ... which is usually not a terribly successful 'trans-gender' operation.
PS: But, would you rather live in this building ... which is a condominium; a condominium from Day One?
Killing space with the 5700+ ...
This is part of the Soi Ruam Rudi Motorcycle Taxi gang.
The greatest danger from being a passenger astride a Bangkok motorcycle-taxi comes not from the road or the competing road-iron ... but from the strange 'bugs' that live in the helmets that the passengers are required to wear. Motorcycle taxi clients are more likely to need the services of a dermatologist than the splints and plastic rivets of an orthopedic surgeon.
THOCBDC's in-depth coverage of a barge's passage beneath the Thanon Bridge over the Chao Phraya River will be little remembered.
PS: From CNN.com (why it is better to grow old in Bangkok):
Seniors Brawl After Salad Bar Dispute
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (March 4) - A dispute at the salad bar turned into a food fracas at an upscale retirement home, with a man taking a bite out of another's arm and other residents suffering minor injuries.
Police said resident Lee Thoss, 62, of the Spring Haven Retirement Community was picking through the lettuce, which disgusted 86-year-old William Hocker, who was standing in line behind him.
Hocker told Thoss no one wanted to eat food he had been playing with. Thoss yelled and cursed at him, Hocker told police, and Hocker called him a nasty name. Then, witnesses said, Thoss then began punching Hocker in the face.
In the buffet melee that followed, Allen Croft, 79, tried to grab Thoss, who bit him on the arm, reports said.
Thoss' mother, Arlene, in her 80s and also a Spring Haven resident, jumped in to break up the fight and ended up with a cut arm. Harry Griffin, 92, was standing at the salad bar and cut his head when he was knocked to the ground.
"All the old folks were either getting up to help or trying to get out of there," police spokesman J.J. Stanton said of the scene last Sunday in the well-appointed dining room, which features an ice cream bar and a pastry chef.
Arlene Thoss, Croft and Griffin were treated at a local hospital and released.
Stanton said all involved declined to press charges, but home administrators have asked Lee Thoss to move out.
A quiet day for us on the east side of the Chao Phraya River ...
From the 'press':
Restaurants Respond to Theatergoers' New Passion for Blood
Restaurateurs throughout America are noticing that there is one thing their patrons crave more than anything after a matinee at Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ:" blood. "No Christian orders their steaks well done no more," remarked Trixie Turnstyle, waitress at Outback Steak House. "In fact, most folks ask us not to cook it all, so that all the blood from their prime rib can pool on the plate and be slurped up in an ecstatic frenzy while the rest of the table screams Jesus' name." Many restaurants are being asked to leave the skin on meats so that the diner can flail and lacerate the hide for 90-minutes with their steak knives.
There is so much blood being splattered around Sizzler these days, the chain, popular with evangelicals, went through 1,134 lobster bibs yesterday without serving a single lobster. "We have really made a killing since we changed the name of the drink from Bloody Mary to Bloody Jesus!" squealed Dave Dial, bartender at a Marietta Georgia TGIFridays. "We now serve it with a nine-inch nail instead of a stick of celery. And offer two kinds: Type O (well brand) and Type A (premium). Folks are really getting off on letting it drip down the side of their mouths."
PS: From The Landover Baptist Christian Multiplex Theater and the Freehold, Iowa Christian Mall.
"Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, print out these flyers and nail them to the doors of unsaved family homes with the same authentic replica gold-plated 9-Inch-Nails that the mean old Jews drove through Jesus' innocent snow-white limbs. These lovely nails are available for prices starting as low as $27 at the Landover Baptist Gift Shop (a Mel Gibson The Passion of the Christ authorized merchant and moneychanger)! Let's get the Word out! And let's get some folks saved! Praise God!" - Pastor Deacon Fred
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