I grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. My parents lived almost in the middle of no where. We built our own house, some might call it a barn, we had no electricity and I was mostly home schooled. Amazing I made it out isn’t it? Our house was a 5 minute walk from the railroad tracks and one day we all heard a noise that could only be one thing – a train derailment. No one was hurt but about 20 cars had jumped the tracks and it took them weeks to sort it out and fix the tracks. I couldn’t look away. For hours per day I watched them clean it up, repair the tracks and test the new line. I did not do my homework for a week. One of my fondest memories.
With the blog continuing to grow, thanks to all of u, we constantly get links from other sites. I tend to read them all since it is a barometer of the sites success so to speak. It is a fun way of learning of other sites and to see what other people are saying. It can be very enlightening and like a train wreck – I can’t look away.
A common tactic for people is to write about their trips to Bangkok. Usually these are males who although probably indulged in all Thailand has to offer – do not want people to think that they did. They either have girlfriends at home, wives or are more morally upstanding citizens than epxats in Thailand are generally perceived to be. My first trip to Thailand I never left my hotel or a meeting room but yet when I returned home, due to that Thai stamp in my passport, I was a burgeoning pedophile. To be clear, the people branding me this knew about every Asian massage parlor in San Francisco that offered sexual services. To be frank – at the time I never knew such things existed.
So the common link tactic to our blog is what I call the – scapegoat link. Yes – we went to Thailand. It is a crazy place but we only saw the temples, ate street food and went to Paragon. However – if you want to know what some people do in Thailand – read this blog. Its okay, we are doing the average tourist a service by allowing them to hint to their buddies at home about the nights they had without coming out and saying it. No problems boys. We will take one for the team.
Here is an example of the scapegoat blog link tactic – nice one boys.
While the Cali Thais’ actions do not necessarily resemble anything they talk about, it gives another side of BKK that plays a small part of what it is like to live in Thailand.
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The other frequent tactic, I hate this one, is the build an ad-site in an instant using other people’s content. This ones disgust me. These sites have no real content other than to steal from other sites and make it look like they have all sorts of information but all they are doing is trying to build a landing site for google ads or their sister sites. This is where google and their blog site – blogspot, really suck. So on the one hand google will pulls ads from sites like ours but yet allow sites like the example below to exist and make money. Disgusting. google – please note the lower case g – sucks. For clarity this example is WordPress but stats show that blogspot is the leading site for splogging.
My favorite though is when I will stumble on a blog that is writing about us. This tickles me to no end – especially when it is coming from people not around Thailand or familiar with Thailand. Their view on things is very enlightening and is enjoyable for me to read since it can alter my perception of my own life and writing.
This is the first post:
Good. A week ago, I stumbled across this blog. And was immediately gripped. It’s the story of expats and bar owners in Thailand, with contributions from readers who live or are regular vacationers in Thailand. And spend a lot of time having and paying for sex.
Oh my mother would be proud. What can I do? Any more I liken myself to a younger, but better looking version, of Hugh Hefner. With the blog we are somehow becoming a change agent for how people think about life and sex. There you go. I legitimized myself. Okay folks – it is just entertainment. I don’t like what Tony Soprano is but I sure like watching him. Maybe that is what is going on here – we just call it as we see it.
I was pleased to see someone rational write about one of my favorite authors – Michel Houellebecq and his book Platform. An amazing read and certainly a thought provoking look at the core premise of paying for sex. Agree or disagree with it but nothing wrong in talking about it.
To my mind, one of the novel’s most interesting elements is its ambiguous stance toward the commodification of life’s pleasures and relationships. Michel’s defense of sex tourism is, indeed, based on the justness of the exchange: we want good sex (and authenticity, and power, and the exotic, and so on . . .); the people of Thailand want money. Fair exchange.
There has been some commenting on these posts – some of it by mango readers but I still find the whole thing interesting. Clearly they have moved off the subject now but that could be because they have made it through the non-smoking valley of death and don’t need the distraction of our ramblings to keep them focused. Either way I appreciated the nod to our writing and coverage of the local scene.
On a side note this current blow up of sub-prime and the global puncturing of the equities market really ticks me off. Why u might ask? It just highlights exactly the reason why I am getting tired of the US and the idealisms currently sought after by typical Americans. Excess. Wanting and desiring stuff that does not make life any better and buying these so called important things with borrowed money. It is disgusting really. Check this article for a sense of what I mean:
There is very little wiggle room. Mr. and Mrs. Montes also have two car loans, with payments totaling about $700 a month, and are borrowing more money to help put their elder daughter through college. They recently had to tell their younger daughter they couldn’t afford $70 a month for her to take piano lessons.
The couple now eat out once or twice a month, instead of once or twice a week before they bought the house. They have yet to visit a nearby jazz club they had hoped to frequent. The trips they used to take to Lake Tahoe now are out of the question.
So they need 2 new cars? They need that house? I just don’t get it. I do not feel sorry for these people for one second and I just cringe how the papers hold these people up as the victims. They knew what they were doing – they were overextending themselves and hoping they would fall on the right-side of the American pipe dream, the over appreciating housing market. I am not saying don’t buy houses but please – they clearly were over their heads with this and they still seem to think they got a bum deal. The sub-prime mess is bad but it stems from Americans wanting too much, too fast and without much pain. It just does not work that way.
A concise view of my opinions can be found here:
Okay. I am going to go back to my personal sufficiency economy theories. No more paying for it. I just happened to fall off the wagon in Penang but I am citing the out of country rule as a technicality.
Spicy – still the king…