Teak

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  1. I don't know....sitting with some fellow barflies late one night, bored, and in comes three young rats who start wrestling and playing with each other a few meters from our feet. If we spoke or laughed aloud they would pause for 5 seconds, look up and than resume play wrestling. When this becomes normal it is time to move on...or stop drinking ;-(
  2. Chiengmai....my living in town was relatively short term for a year or two, mostly in Chieng Dao for more than 25 years intermittent years . There was a time in CM when we would sit and 'watch' traffic go by in Chiengmai and if a white woman walked by, we would wonder if she was a missionary. Chiengmai traffic to Mae Rim was a car race even back then, now the race course extends to MaeTaeng. It certainly is not getting better. I am now worried to survive a ride from Chieng Dao to Chiengmai. You folks seem to be worried about smoke and ignore car traffic/ pollution and tobacco and death on the highways. Chiengmai is not a pleasant place to retire in , or be 25 years old in.....except for few weeks. ;-). There are many small Thai cities where people are most pleasant , especially if you learn a dozen Thai phrases to start with. Sure there is agribusiness burning fields..............but, also just folks who need to replant and harvest the mountain's natural bounty. 'Old world' Thailand does still exist....you just need to be smart enough to appreciate it when you find it. It is there and it needn't change. ...Ken ( formally a Teak Wallah)
  3. I found, after repeated stops, I simply keep my IDP in my shirt pocket and helmet on. When I see the road stop and the first cop, I go slow, hold up my IDP, smile a bit and usually get waved through without having to stop. Even got a smile back and a joking salute from a cop once.
  4. That girl Carly is still going through the courts (2017) after being shot by the cop. I understand it may be finally settled this March. Collecting may take another 8 years.
  5. I first came to Chiengmai in '86. Always was told that (in 1986) that Koh Samui was 'done'. No reason to ever go there. I went with the Thai family (then) in 1999 and had a great time. It is all relative, of course,. Even now, as I am about to return, again ....it is simply change. The old Chiengmai is just a few kilometers away. That roadside 'coitio' lady is just as pleasant as was her granddaughter. The old Thailand is only a few blocks away from the tourist zone....Ken
  6. Except for the effect of the Christian ministries I have always found the Karen most genial. I do have little appreciation for christians, but they did teach the Karen to sing well (to our ear) . I have slept in a dozen karen households on the floor mats with a 6 to 12 family members, curled together for warmth. Unfortunately the White guy gets to cuddle against grandma and grand pa......well, in winter.....even they are warm enough to cuddle up against ;-) Beggars can't be choosers. ;-)
  7. I have had several relatives in jail for harvesting 'wild' bamboo. Provable proof of ownership of land, species of bamboo is very important. I personally appreciate 'mai bpai', the solid core bamboo with the thorns for tool handles. Big hollow bamboo is desired to split for housing walls. Best to know what you have, prior to knowing where to sell it. In my opinion 2 inches thick makes a good container for sticky rice, coconut milk and sugar to roast on the fire. No value. Let it grow. This is like selling teak that is less than one 'sok' in diameter. (elbow joint to tip of longest finger) . ......Ken (Island Teak)
  8. Please excuse the repeated quotes...my mistake. I have dropped 'many 'big sticks' on several continents. The sound they make is actually quite terrifying as we never know what will happen in the next 5 seconds. . A good fall is a good fall, but, if you are selectively harvesting , which most 'high graders' /selective loggers are; it is highly dangerous. The tree may fall and become wedged between two close trees and then bounce back with tons of weight passing wind upon your face; if you are lucky. Dropping a big stick where you want them to go while it leans otherwise ...you have to assess the lean and undercut it so it will pivot on it's axis and against it's natural fall to land where you want it to go. Limbs can break and fall directly upon the faller. The faller may not know how to read his tree or file his saw, which will influence his demise.They do die quicker. Tough and dangerous occupation, but never one to be disrespected. I have killed enough trees in my time, for my lifetime....aye, but the sound of an awkward, big stick crashing down within 2 feet of your selected spot for it. Damn...not socially correct anymore....but, a worthy skill. Should we stop logging old growth .....of course. ....Ken
  9. In the olden days, I would go to the Dental College for tooth work in Chiengmai. Albeit disconcerting to have a bevy of children looking into my mouth, the instructor, highly skilled, and doing the work was teaching the students on how to work on a Fallang (note the capital F) dentistry requirements that were often of non Thai traditional dental requirements......primarily, more room to put in Thai fingers .;-) I have had great work there in the past, and extremely inexpensive. Is this still available ? I expect it is ....just not readily known. Opinions ? ...Ken
  10. I am looking to rent a secure, covered area of approximately 600 to 900 square feet of basic floor space with access to electricity for two months to build a couple of wooden projects. Projects to be moved upon immediate completion. No outside labour. An unused section of a warehouse would be good. Dec/Jan. PM me if you would like to discuss further. ....Ken
  11. Johpa...when a mid/lower, level bureaucrat enters the village and intentionally proffers a mid/lower level Wai to the White Guy; to display their status to the local Thais. This becomes interesting regarding how we respond. In my mind there is a 6 inch acceptable reply variable, above or below . I tend to exactly match the height offered and not an inch higher or lower. It is noticed by the Thais around. Of course, if I intend to ingratiate myself I offer 6 inches higher and 'potentially' either embarrass the individual for their low wai and show my most respect to the rural potentate ...or, if I am not pleased with the bureaucrat I drop the wai 12 inches to show my disrespect...and make a potential enemy. Between acknowledged friends and neighbours, of course, the position is irrelevant, just get on with it and pass the 'lao cao' , ...Ken
  12. This is old Thai money, Still worth little,...Ken
  13. This is a funeral which we respect . As we respect. our Western heritage, we wearing black in respect. We are less different then we seem. Tradition is to wear black clothing out' respect is common.....Ken