Monthly Archives: May 2008

17 Hours Bangkok-JFK Express

I’ve traveled from Bangkok-New York over 40 times in the last 15 years. East via Europe. West via Tokyo or Korea or Taipei. The stopovers at these transit terminals were rehearsals for purgatory and if so then drinks are cheap in that spiritual way station. In fact nothing is cheap in transit lounges, unless your [...]

The Amazing Car Machine

Jocko Weyland, our China correspondent was driving in his Nissan in LA. He had to find someplace to park it while he was away. The car solve this problem by giving up the ghost. The Amazing Car Machine 1993-May 19th, 2008 In loving memory A great little car, possibly the greatest little car ever, “The [...]

Where’s the Peace

My step-father’s farm lies about 200 kilometers north of Bangkok. Den annually harvests one rice crop. The rest of the year he tends to his roaming cattle. His house is small. Electricity comes from a solar panel providing energy for a small TV, radio, light bulb, and fan. Den couldn’t be more happy in this [...]

Aussie Sex Slave Madam

Several months ago Ort was sitting in the Tiger Bar. The 23 year-old was the skinniest girl in the bar. She had her choice of customers. None suited her. “All of them are kee-nio.” “How much they pay you?” “1500 baht for short time. 2500 for all night.” She ordered another beer on my tab. [...]

Nuking Iran

GW Bush toured the Middle East to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary and beg the Saudis to increase oil production. He successfully ate cake with the Israelis, but he pleas for mercy at the pumps was met with a stony silence. The US president knows how to handle Arabs and a high official hinted to Israeli [...]