have to start off by saying that any airline that got rid of their smoking section–which should be every airline by now–should convert those areas into no-kids sections. there’s nothing worse than a kid screaming for 14.5 hours out of a 15 hour flight. actually, correction. the only thing worse than a kid screaming for said 14.5 hours is her mother SCREAMING in mandarin for said 14.5 hours for said kid to stop screaming for said 14.5 hours. and if this no-kids section offends parents out there, deal with it. i don’t have a kid cause i don’t want do hear him screaming for 14.5 hours. what makes you think i want to hear a stranger’s spawn scream for the aforementioned 14.5 hours?
that said, bangkok is a beautiful, clean, modern city. almost surprisingly so for an overcrowded, tropical, aisian metropolis. the taxis come in all colors too. magenta, electric blue, canary yellow, kelly green, fire engine red, bright orange. the fun comes from trying to decide which color taxi to take that day. much like the fun in trying to decide which color underwear to wear that day.
there are political demonstrations going on right now. the red shirt party has taken over huge sections of bkk, creating huge traffic jams. although it’s all super organized and peaceful. the rallies feel more like st patrick’s day parades, minus the debauchery. everyone is smiling & waving & cheering. even the ladyboy protesters.
their grievance…the ex-prime minister took all the taxpayers’ money and skipped off to london to spend it all. obviously, he no longer has his job in this country, but the protesters want him back in power. course if he sets foot in thailand again, he’s going straight to jail, so the red shirt party isn’t going to get what they want. but hey, they’ll keep protesting. mainly cause the ex-pm is paying each demonstrator 500 baht per day of protesting. not a bad gig for a farmer who only makes 50 baht per day. that’s a buck 66 in american speak. it’s nice to see another country’s political whims reach levels of absurdity that match our own. wonder if the tea partiers know they got a raw deal by not having bush pay them for all the ruckus they create?
now it’s off to the north, where rumor has it the morning temps reach a cool 103 F.