Response: Thanks for that. I am replying so that your link will be displayed on my page. Since my blog has no ads, I am not really looking for traffic, but I don't mind either. Good lck with your site.
Response: Yep. The school has now apologized but this whole thing, with both Thais and Foreign reaction is symptomatic of a larger problem, or several. There must be a banner somewhere in the Bangkok airport that I missed that reads, "Welcome to the land or racism and low expectations." I'm not going to bother to address the antisemitism of some of the Westerners here because it's just pointless. But, Westerners sometimes fail to understand that we too can be offended on a cultural basis and we have a right to be offended... some saying otherwise argue that the Thais are inferior and not worthy of being held accountable. My well-educated students will say racist things at times and even though they are ten, they will still hear from me that it's wrong. If Thailand is going anywhere in this century, the standards need to be higher, much higher.
Response: Aw, thanks. Luckily, my new promotion may get me out of some of these prayers because I'll need to make schedules. I have the feeling schedules will need to be made often this year.
Response: It's good to know that people I actually know are still reading! As you can tell, I am still enjoying my little Internet soapbox out here. This year I am getting a little homesick, especially for Philly, unfortunately, I think the timing is not good for another visit this year. I'll look into April of next year as the Whitney Biennale should be in NYC then.
Response: thanks for the compliments...I hope to start writing more frequenty again, so come back soon
Response: Keep in touch Hope
Response: Good to know who's reading this and I'm glad you're enjoying it. Thanks
Response: Well, farang can mean French or Guava... A French person eating a guava here is like Jerry Lewis is to the French.
Response: I have no idea where I am going or when I will be back. I barely know where I am currently. Miss you too.
Response: Thanks a bunch. I'm glad to share it. (c) 2005
Response: Now that I am at an Inernational school, I have almost the same schedule. Be there in June! Hope to see Italy someday, I hear they need teachers in Spain. (Same continent, right?)
Response: Today I came up with a Russian brides for sale website.
This is almost as much fun as when I decorated my boss' office with the tackiest dollar store Christmas decorations I could find and hid a radio playing The Chipmonk's Chistmas album. (It was June at the time.)
Response: Thanks! It's always good to get another expat perspective.
Just rememeber that nothing will ever go smoothly or be timely and that swearing in English is rarely offensive. Works for me.
Somehow, living here still is worth it.
Response: Hey, I am going to have my housewarming soon. See you there.
Response: I usually assume the "mysterious" holes in the sidewalks are broken sewer caps. Yummy! Anyhow, enjoy your Vica..um...ayra Day off. No booze at the bars because its a Buddhist holiday but it is Bangkok and "rules" are a bit hazy. My contingency plan is a thermos of bourbon and a party with some press here for Miss Universe.
Response: Yep, "Normal" is a very relative term here! The Goose flies at midnight...
Response: Cool. I like big cities, but I'll email and pass it on.
--See what I mean about jobs everywhere folks?
Response: Hey, not everybody's "American Life" can be put on hiatus as interestingly as mine did. Although we have an elephant pass by an eating establishment from time to time, we don't have $1.95 quesadillas...or quesadillas that aren't awful for that matter.
Response: Hey, thanks. I get out less now than when I was in Philly!
I have a stopover in Malaysia on my way to Bali but I won't even leave the airport. KL is on my list of places to stop by while I'm in the neighborhood. From what I hear it is a great spot and I have a few friends there.