Monthly Archives: November 2006

Best Pizza in Pattaya

When I first came to Asia, I thought bread wouldn’t pass my lips until my round-the-world ticket brought me to the baguettes of Paris. I was wrong. In Biak the end of the world where the sea mirrored a flat blue sky, the Javanese store sold bread. As white as Wonderbread. Soft and squishy. Malaysia had […]

Madonna Hypocrisy

In Tennessee Williams’ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF the character Big Daddy announces after hearing his heirs fight over his will and testament, “Oh, the mendacity.” Whenever the Catholic Church gets involved in the course of human events, you can bet sooner or later that you can paraphrase the classic line with. “Oh, the […]

GW Bush wears a dress

Personally I have nothing against ka-toeys. I’ve always liked them as defenders against the status quo. Ka-toeys, travelos, gender benders et al. “You gonna hide behind a lady’s dress?” Bullies have confronted effeminate males with this accusation for ages. “Yeah, I’ll hide behind a dress and clock you with my high heels. Queens have said this […]

Loi Krathong Buzzkill in Pattaya

The Thai Festival of Loi Krathong is celebrated every year on the full moon of the 12th lunar month. Millions of Thais flock to rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs, and the sea to launch a Krathong as a sign of respect to Ganga, the river goddess. Up north in Chiang Mai Khon loi or fire lanterns […]

Letter from Liberals to Conservatives

November 14th, 2006 To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters, I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week’s election. You’re worried that the country is heading toward a very bad place you don’t want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended with so much yet to do, so many […]