Monthly Archives: November 2019

Working the Plaza

In the winter of 2009 I left the Oak Bar to smoke a cigarette on 59th Street. I only smoke when I drink. One cigarette a day is enough. The wind off the park was smelled of the fallen snow. Only a few pedestrians braved the cold. An Asiatic woman with long hair approached me. […]

Gon Gohng = Thai for Scam – Pattaya

Many Pattaya beer bar denizens know kee-kong means cheating. Bad romances are great communication skill enablers, yet few western tourists or residents have the occasion to learn the useful word gon gohng or scam. 99.999999999% of people are honest. Not all. Several years ago a 25 year-old Australian woman reported a rape to Pattaya police. […]

Fugly Americans

When I was young, I shopped at different stores for different gifts. The prices were good and the quality guaranteed the products might last six months or more. Sam Walmart and his family has eliminated the corner stores, the main streets of America, and the curio stores by a scorched-earth policy against middle-class businesses. Their […]

The Unspeakable

No Black Friday For Ken

Every Black Friday American consumerism outgrossed the previous year’s gluttonous excesses, as shoppers descended on the XXXL malls to buy corporate crap at discounted prices. The hoi polloi in the millions fight over wide screen TVs, iPhones, and Barbie dolls. Having never participated in the capitalist frenzy, I left the Fort Greene Observatory on Friday […]