June 9-16, 2010
A new tenant has come to our local strip of shops in the Ruam Rudee Shopping Mall. This nearby mall houses some of my favorite restaurants such as Circle, Witch's Oyster Bar and Bacchus. It also is home to Ruam Rudee Healthy Massage, a place I visit daily.
So, who is this new tenant?
Well, in bold red script it is billed "Perfect". In much smaller prefatory blue type it calls itself an "International Club". In small white print on a window next to the door it admonishes anyone who enters to park their weapons and drugs elsewhere. Actually, it just says "No Weapons, No Drugs".
OK, get to the heart!
The parking lot attendant, when asked, made a donut shaped fist with his left hand and with his right hand's forefinger made an in and out penetration.
One of the employees of a neighboring business smile/laughed and said "Beautiful girls for guys".
Got me. Maybe a hot female dentist?
Just looking around ...
PS: I want a World Cup North Korea T-shirt or jumper. Any ideas?
While the rest of the entire world was anticipating the start of the World Cup I was exploring a little observed Bangkok building.
I have seen this little slice of pie of a place ever since I discovered Nana many many years ago. It sits on a wedge shaped piece of land that at its point is but centimeters wide; reverse tapering only enlarges its depth at its butt end perhaps by only three or four meters.
Today I walked its length. Its width at its fattest point barely allowed a person to watch a TV.
Are you aware that Pope Benny is scheduled to visit England later this year and that one of his chores will be to beatify John Henry Newman, an early 19th century wearer of cloth and collar (a Cardinal no less)? From that moment on the guy will be remembered as Blessed John Henry. The justification for this beatification: apparently a 70 year old deacon in Boston Massachusetts has been cured of excruciating pains in his back because Cardinal Newman reached out to him from heaven.
This nut, Newman, had some really sick things to say from the pulpit. On one occasion he said:
"The Catholic Church holds it were better for sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions upon it to die of starvation in extreme agony ... than that one soul should commit one single venial sin."1
In another article in that same issue of The Spectator Pope Benny's planned visit to England is scrutinized by someone who is part accountant, part ethicist, part publicist, part satirist and part humorist. In the piece Benny's handlers come off looking awful. Hey, it would be really cool if Benny could be arrested and frog marched into the Old Bailey right after he got off his Air Vatican flight to Heathrow.
1 The Spectator, 5 June 2010, page 42.
Because so many small Bangkok businesses were destroyed by the fires in the shopping malls the Thai government has closed a portion of Silom Road near Sala Daeng on weekends so that these merchants can set up 'shop' literally on the street. Closer to our condo communal tents have been erected on building set-backs to allow similarly damaged traders to sell their products seven days a week.
PS: The fairly conservative British publication, The Economist, takes a dim view of the American right nut-fringe.
The other day I spotted a painter hanging from a rope on a nearby building. Today a couple of window washers were soaping our glass while hanging from similar ropes. We gave them something to drink: Pepsi.
Our closest shopping strip is the Ruam Rudee Shopping Area. From there I can look up to home.
PS: But, only 100 meters further away is the All Seasons Mall ... home of the famous Garage restaurant and Bangkok's only proof of the Earth's rotation.
Looking east, looking north and looking west. I love looking at Bangkok just after sunset.
Next: Part III