Category Archives: Traditions

Thai National Anthem or Phleng Chat Thai

I haven’t been to a Thai movie theater in ages, but like a baseball game in the States the cinemas play the Thai National Anthem before any feature film. Here are the words. Bring them with you to sing in English, although you probably will get arrested for lese majeste. Thailand is the unity of […]

Free As The Breeze

The Soviet Premier Khrushchev famously declared in 1956 that the USSR would bury American Imperialism. Actually he said, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side.”, but the Western press liked ‘we will bury you’ better. After his election in 1960 President Kennedy was upset by the USSR thinking America was soft […]

Per Capita Tattoo Capitol

Pattaya must be the per capita capitol of farangs with tattoos. Westerners parade shirtless to exhibit their body art, despite the collateral damage to the colored flesh from the tropical sun. Most tattoos are eagles, dragons, and declarations of never-ending love to go-go girls festooned with vows of fidelity to previous boyfriends. Occasionally you come […]

Stupid People Do Smart Math Sometimes

Guns don’t make someone smart. Certainly not if you’re from Texas as evinced by http://www.cbc.ca/ report of a Marietta man wounding himself after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said Friday. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said […]

ES TUT MIR LIED by Peter Nolan Smith

My high school German professor smoked cigarettes in the classroom. Ashes from his dying butts dropped onto his black cassock, as I read Kafta’s DAS URTEIL from a blue book. “Du sprechet wie Arschloch,” accused the toadlike brother with a tobacco-ravaged voice. “Jawohl, Bruder.” Spelling like an asshole was not good for my grades. Boston […]