Bangkok, September 2009
Part IV

After Part III

September 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What's this thing with the river? Yesterday I mused about the little boats that I missed. Today I am visiting my first home on the river. Is this some sort of return to the womb? OK, I love just this place ... The Oriental not the suffocating sticky smelly slimy womb thing.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I love Bangkok Post's GURU magazine section. Published once a week (on Fridays) it comes as a supplement to the Bangkok Post. This week it had a cute article about "Trivial Thai Trivia".

But, I hate Friday's Bangkok traffic.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Do you ever wish ...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My friend, Dan, from Shanghai and Taipei ... along with his wife, Jill, arrived in Bangkok on Friday night. They will only be here until Tuesday when they have to return to Taipei. Yesterday, Watcharee and I took them to the Millennium Hilton for a buffet lunch. This was followed by a klong (*) tour with a fantail boat.

Jean Marks and I first met Dan in Shanghai in 1982. Jean and I were staying at a hotel named "Shanghai Mansions". Across the road was a 'bar' in the Shanghai Overseas Seamen's Club (**). It was there that we first met Dan.

Over our lunch yesterday Dan pulled out an old Polaroid shot that was taken of the two of use in July 1984 ... like more than 25 years ago! I think Jean was behind the camera. We updated the moment in the lobby of the Hilton right after lunch. Yes, we have aged!

(*) Canal or waterway ... off the main river, the Chao Phrya.

(**) The building that housed the Shanghai Overseas Seamen's Club at one time was the Soviet Consulate in Shanghai. But, after the Soviet/China split the building was deemed better suited for other uses:, hey, a bar.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Whenever we have friends or family visit us in Bangkok we usually take them on a 'klong' tour: a visit in a fantail boat to the minor waterways just off the Chao Phrya River. Here are a few snaps of our watery visit with Jill and Dan. Note the impressive "Chee Chin Khor Mental Uplifting For Benediction Foundation".

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (Pre-journal)

Don Bull noticed this. Why didn't I see this!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (Post-Pre Jourmal)

Now I know why.

Tuesday evening, September 29, 2009 (*)

Today is a car day; two weird things about cars jumped at me today.

First, The International Herald Tribune (the global edition of the New York Times) published a paid-for 'notice' on its front page. It warned a named Tel Aviv debtor that this particular creditor was going to sell this debtor's 2005 Toyota automobile if the debtor did not come up with the money. OK, I am reading the Thailand printed edition of the IHT, but presumably this notice appeared in all the copies of the IHT worldwide.

Second, is it really possible that I can buy a new Mercedes E Coupe for under $50,000.00 in the US while the same car in Thailand would cost me almost a quarter of a million dollars? (**)

(*) Remember, tomorrow (September 30) is Blasphemy Day in honor of the Danish cartoonists.

(**) Granted, the US one is an AMG. But, still ...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (Blasphemy Day)

"The purpose of Blasphemy Day is not to promote hate or violence; it is to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind. While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, this event is not about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others; rather, it was created as a reaction against those who would seek to take away the right to satirize and criticize a particular set of beliefs given a privileged status over other beliefs. Criticism and dissent towards opposing views is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist. Without this essential liberty, those in power are those best able to manipulate others will suppress and silence dissent by labeling it 'defamation' or 'blasphemy' or whatever other bogey words they can use to stifle opposition by turning popular sentiment against it. Please, do not let them do this."

Later this month Robert Crumb will publish an illustrated version of "The Book of Genesis." This summer the first three chapters of his Genesis was published in The New Yorker (June 8 & 15, 2009).

Here are some of the pages that cover the 'days' before he created Adam.

PS: In Genesis, Chapter 2, god creates woman again (apparently he forgot that he had already done so in Chapter 1). But, this time he is more 'creative' as he cleverly turns one of Adam's excised ribs into Miss Eve. I guess he wanted her to know just where she stood in that family. Gave her a nice ass, though.

Next: October

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