Category Archives: Bangkok

Bangkok 1928

Back in 2009 put this 1928 French map of Bangkok online. The city has certainly changed considerably in the last century. No more klongs or trolleys or trees, but then the old are always saying, “You should have been here before.” As a young man I thought they were full of cow paddy, but […]

Lobstah on Patpong – 1990s

Back in the 1990s I was in Bangkok s Patpong gogo zone. I was standing at the bar and heard a younger man order a beer. “Are you from Maine?” “Lewiston.” “Falmouth Foresides. We must be the largest gathering of Maine people in Asia.” We clinked beers and he shook his head, saying, “Those two […]

Mona Lisa Massage Bangkok

Teenage boys in the early 70s were not supposed to like Joni Mitchell, but once I loved to France in 1982, I loved the line from FREE MAN IN PARIS. “I was a free man in Paris.” My freedom remained unfettered throughout the next two decades and while living in Thailand, I changed the lyrics […]

May 13, 1991 – Bangkok – Journal Entry

Last year this time I was hiking up a river to the Langtang Glacier. The year before I was selling diamonds for the Winicks on 47th Street and in 1989 I was in New York working at Eric Beamon, planning on spending the summer in Perpignan. My passport has three entries to Paris. Why I […]

Stonehenge in Bangkok

New Englanders are relatively starved of archaeological ruins other than frost-heaved stone walls from vanished farms snaking through the woods or the smooth walls of the Quincy Quarries. Not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was on our side of the Atlantic nor from Africa or the Far East graced list either […]