Monthly Archives: April 2012

HOT AS BLAZES by Peter Nolan Smith

Last year I flew from JFK to Haneda in Japan. The segment of my trip lasted 14 hours. The lay-over in Japan was two hours and the final hop to Bangkok took 6 hours followed by a 90-minute taxi ride to Sriracha. Sitting for twenty-six hours straight had flattened my ass, so my coccyx felt [...]

Dry Season

E My wife Mam tells me that the water is running from the tap and the Sri Racha water authorities are promising no water shortages in the present heat wave, but in Pattaya old water mains are failing to keep up with demand and funky old water trucks are sucking the Jomtien lagoons dry. City [...]

More Of The Same Only Worse

Tomorrow workers around the world will celebrate May Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in which workers and police alike were shoot down by police gunmen. Demonstrations promoting International Workers’ Day are scheduled for Thailand, although workers throughout the country are aware that their lot in life has dramatically deteriorated after the [...]

Thailand’s Happiness Index Deficit

In 1972 Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck attempted to reform his country’s feudal economy on a Buddhist spiritual level rather than a capitalistic model. To best judge his efforts the king created a Gross Domestic Happiness Index based on life satisfaction, life expectancy at birth, and ecological footprint per capita. The Wall Street Journal ignores [...]

Lon Mak

Fenway my son called from Sri Racha to complain about the heat. “Ron mak papa.” “How hot is it?” “Ron mak, papa.” The three fans in the house were weary from constant use according to his mother and Wey-wey’s skin is breaking out in rashes. “I know it’s hot.” I wanted him and his mother [...]