Man Cave Under Attack by Sneaky Thai Women

Pink Moose Headed towel

As has been pointed out by more than a few people my man cave has been downgraded a few points due to a certain pink moose headed towel I own, but it’s grown on me and if the events of the last few days mean anything the pink moose headed towel may be just the beginning of my man cave worries. I also want to point out that I, in no way shape or form,  purchased said pink moose headed was the work of a Thai woman!

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of Ying lately and just the other night her younger sister was back in town and they decided to make me dinner. All was well and my taste buds are definitely getting used to spicy meals. Sometime after dinner Ying and her sister had a conversation that I was able to pick words out of here and there, flowers were mentioned a lot but I paid it no mind.

After dinner was finished and the dishes cleared and cleaned Ying had to drive her sister back to Bangkok because she had to work the next morning and I went back to working on some websites and getting the new server ready to go ( fingers crossed everything will be on the new server by the weekend and I’ll change the name servers over then ).

Ying has an unnatural fascination with Hello Kitty as many Asian women do,  but in her case it has been transferred over to her New Honda Accord. Yes, she has a Hello Kitty car! Bright white with large lettering across the windshield that spells out Hello Kitty, 2 large sets of whiskers in the back window, a Hello Kity  bobble head on the dash, Hello Kity steering wheel cover and a small Hello Kitty head on the roof.

A cute car I guess, except when I’m driving it slouched down in the seat so no one can see me. Yes, I know, I handed in my man card already. Cute as the car may be it is pure evil under the hood. The car has taken out no less than 3 motorcy riders and this night would be no different. I got a call about midnight from Ying letting me know she would be spending the night in Bangkok as well due to the Hello Kitty Car taking out yet another motorcy taxi driver. She had a date with the police the next morning that cost her 5000 baht.

Hello Kitty Honda

Note: This is a reasonable fascimile of said Hello Kitty Honda as the real one is currently in the Hello Kitty hospital getting work done.

I guess Hello Kitty isn’t all that bad…

Hello Kitty Panties Hello Kitty assault rifle Hello Kitty Beer

Anyway, back to the original point of this post. The next day after I returned from school there was a knock at my door and when I opened it there was Ying and 2 large potted plants, she was pointing to the elevator as if to say there is a bunch more in there. Apparently my pink moose headed dish towel was not enough to appease the god of Thai women and the conversation the night before was about sprucing up the place with flowers. It would seem women are the same the world over, they just can’t stand to see a man have his own place without a woman’s touch.

Ying fixing the flowers Flowers for the man cave Flowers for the man cave 2

I’m not complaining though, it’s the first time I can remember a woman buying me flowers and it’s nice to know someone is thinking about me. Although, I have to make sure to keep an eye on this situation as I have just noticed a ceramic elephant looking thing with a small candle in it’s ass to make the place smell more flowery, wouldn’t do to have the man cave too prettied up.

he elephant thing

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    11 thoughts on “Thailand in the News Week Ending 3/20/10

    1. Talen A fair summary I think. Certainly in the eyes of the world(if that matters) the blood letting was viewed as evidence of Thailand’s lack of progress-politically.

      Quite what happens next is anyones guess but as proved throughout the world dialogue is the only true way forward to get some sort of resolution.

      Thais should also ask themselves if a Red government would be any less corrupt than parties of other colours. In my opinion you can change the colour but not the culture.

      .-= Mike´s last blog ..National Symbols of Thailand-Ratchaphruek(????????) Photo/Image =-.

    2. Talen, a well written story and I have to say that I heartly agreee with you on all points, numbers are good for a attention getter and necessary for a good protest ,BUT did they have to hold hands and jump off the cliff? Thats my take on the matter , as Forest would say “stupid is as stupid does” and “thats all I have to say about that”. Malcolm

      .-= malcolm´s last blog ..ANOTHER DAY OLDER AND STILL KICKING HIGH =-.

    3. Talen,

      ‘What respect they had earned form Bangkok residents quickly dissolved.’

      I don’t know where you are getting this (or maybe I’m misunderstanding your point). The blood issue and not coming to the table did turn some people off, but it didn’t markedly change opinions about the Red Shirts needing to be heard – and that was the overall success of the march: Getting people to talk about equality in Thailand. From what I saw, the last march through BKK was a marked success, with increased support from Bangkokians.

      I agree that the Red Shirts lost their way when they didn’t open dialogue with the present government. And I believe that the best thing Thaksin can do for his country is to leave Thailand alone so it can heal itself (without him). And I believe that the Red Shirts had no hope in hades of bringing down the government.

      The Reds I talked to thought they had a chance to change take over the government. That if they marched, then Abhisit had no choice but to step down. And that way of reasoning, is a total mystery to me. I don’t know much about Thai politics so if someone can explain it, I’m listening. Overall Abhisit did the smart thing – he sat tight, and he made sure there was no violence from the government side.

      But while the Red Shirts may come off yokel to western eyes, this is Thailand and they were aiming for a Thai audience. Going further still, in order to swell numbers they were hoping to gain support from rural Thais.

      And rural Thais have a different mindset than Bangkok Thais even. That much, is a given.

      The BKK Thais I talked to were upset about the bloodletting (the poo was mostly a non issue). But it was mostly because they feared how Thailand will be perceived on the international stage.

      The country Thais I talked to were not fussed. They saw it as a means to an end; a powerful tool to gain attention. And it was.

      But when blood was brought into it, I was done. I can’t go there. At the time I focused on the waste, but when someone on twitter asked if those complaining donated their blood on a regular basis, I had to do a rethink. I have the ‘I’m anemic’ excuse, but truthfully, would I take the time if not? Or would I make other excuses not to donate? Dunno… so perhaps it comes down to my being squeamish instead.

      On the danger of blood (taking and releasing)… There was a photographer on the scene who stayed in the tents where they took the blood. He mentioned that the care during the blood gathering was top-notch (I believe he said ‘better than what some got upcountry’). And as for the fear of someone catching something from the spilt blood, both sides have access to health officials so cleaning it up safely should not have taxed their abilities.

      And even though I’m squeamish…. I have to think of it this way… the symbolism of blood is a part of most cultures around the world, so who am I to object?

      Christianity comes to mind – drinking the blood of Christ. I mean, when you really think about it, how gross is that?

      As a kid, didn’t you become ‘blood brothers’ by mingling your blood with a friend? And what about ‘signing your name in blood?’

      When my Filipino maid’s son got his first haircut, they held a ceremony that involved cutting off a chicken’s head and anointing baby John’s forehead with the blood.

      And while I might have been turned off by the Red’s use of blood, do you remember the blood ceremony staged by the Yellow shirts?

      To me, what the Yellow Shirts did was much worse than what the Reds managed (even though the Reds beat them by gallons – and used their poo too).

      What the Yellow Shirts did was totally gross.

      Disclaimer: I am neither Red nor Yellow. But I did get a thrill out of the march…

      .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Red Shirts in Bangkok: Signs of the Time =-.

    4. Talen an excellent write up on the red shirt rally, but I must disagree on one point and partially on another.

      Partially first…Blood….. Bar causing violence and obstruction there was very little in the form of a protest the red shirts could do to get their point across to the Thai people and the world. They haven’t attempted to storm an airport or wreak violence against the police or army and so I think the blood splattering incident was just a way of telling the Thai government that they have the blood of the poor Thai people on their hands. Dissolve government and wash away that blood.

      Thaksin, I think if you unhitch him from the UDD wagon then a lot of the support will fade away. Support in voice and money. Mr Abhisit would like nothing better than to negotiate with a UDD free of Thaksin Shinawatra because their support would be more than halved. I’m probably wrong but I believe the Isaan people place Thaksin a lot higher than the UDD.

      .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thailand – A Brit of What You Like =-.

    5. Talen there is no need to respectfully disagree with me, when it comes to Thai politics I bow to your far greater knowledge. Thai politics…I don’t know my ass from my elbow.

      On the point about Thaksin I base a lot of my views on the young one and the red shirts TV channel.

      The Peoples Channel is basically a propaganda machine that runs on a constant loop churning out messages that wouldn’t stand up in a red shirt kangaroo court. Wilai is still convinced that over one million red shirt protesters turned up in Bangkok, because that’s what the TV has told her.

      I also agree with you about Thaksin taking Thailand to the cleaners but the red shirt TV loop spouts otherwise. I reckon the Isaan folk wouldn’t believe hard evidence about Thaksin if it was presented to them on rice paper with a papaya salad as a side dish. Brainwashing is a clever art and Thaksin a clever man. Take away the main honcho and I think you play into the Mr Abhisit’s hands.

      Your post proves that a good well written story attracts a lot of comments and good debate.

      .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thailand – A Brit of What You Like =-.

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