Category Archives: etiquette

Thai Bar Rules

When I first arrived in Pattaya 1991 go-go bars listed a set of rules on the wall. No photos, no fighting, no guns, no hand grenades, no durians. A few bars even had dress codes. Shirts and shoes were required by male patrons. No bare feet were allowed on the premises other than on stage. […]

Banana, Hot Dog, Or Pickle?

Happy Fourth Of July. I like hot dogs. Especially with mustard. But not too many hot dogs. I like pickles too. Pickle juice is good for hangovers too. I can’t just eat one pickle. And what can I say about bananas. They are good every hour of the day.

Thai Swearing 101

Like most farangs I had a hard time learning Thai. I can tell a joke, although my wife says that I speak with funny accent. “You should hear my German.” Speaking a foreign language with a Boston accent has never been easy. One on one I catch the drift of the speaker’s meaning, but in […]

Caveman Love

There is no proof of cavemen ie Neanderthals or Cromagnons dragging women by their hair. No Neolithic paintings support this fallacy. But the Rape of the Sabine? That’s a legend based on factual hearsay.

A Firm Handshake

When I was a young boy, my father instructed my older brother and me of the value of a firm handshake. “It’s a sign of a man.” My brother and I were only 8 and 7, but we heeded out father’s instructions. Most of our peers were told the same by their fathers, but that […]