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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
September 4, 2008
From journal Colonial Bangkok
August 15, 2008
From journal Balmy Bangkok
Bayside, New York
December 14, 2002
Our taxi left us off in the jewelry district, where neon signs will overshadow Chinese lanterns. Huge is an understatement here. Chuck and I wondered if there would be enough people in the world to buy all the gold we had seen on just one street. If you’re not turned on by the jewels, as I am, I began to notice what was around on the street, on the pavement, and there would be a beggar with amputated arms and legs. Even so, he would put his stunted limbs together in the form of the traditional Thai greeting to ask for alms. Huge dichotomy.
Woks of hot oil were being readied for whatever was the "plat du jour". Eating is serious business in Thailand, no matter where. The sidewalks are in dire need of repair, and as I found out, some streets have no sidewalk at all, but rather a stretch of sand.
We came to stop at an intersection and looked right and left and at each other as if to say: "shall we attempt to sink in the human mass that lies ahead"? And so in we dove! It was brutally hot and humid that afternoon, but, in retrospect, awfully brave. Our eyes simply could not grasp all there was, and our minds finally understood when our computers give us a "fatal error" message. Hundreds, maybe thousands of makeshift shops are set up on both sides of the street, on the sidewalk, off the sidewalk, in the middle of the street, so that barely one person can get through. Here you will find every blessed thing under the sun that you might need at home, for your car (yes! They were selling engines) for your closet, - what were the guns and rifles for? ,-for your babies, and yes, hardware galore! And in multiples!
Then came the sea of CD’s, DVD’s and CVD’s, the latter being a foreign term for me. I think the FTC would have spent their time better going after piracy across the ocean than worrying about Napster. The latest movies are available, for the most part either dubbed or subtitled in Thai. I broke into hysterics as I saw Arnold do his terminator thing in Thai. Every so often, you’d see a group of young men huddled around in a rear section of video, and you just knew the porn section had appeared. If a new movie is opening in your town this week, chances are it’s available on DVD in Thailand already.
The most unforgettable thing? Selling teeth on the sidewalks.
From journal Thailand Ties - Part I