Friends and neighbors,
It’s the heart of the rainy season now in Bangkok.
And there are fears this year that the rainy season will be far worse and more disruptive than usual, even that it might continue on right through December and into 2017. That seems hard to believe, I’ve certainly never seen anything like that happen before, but then a lot of things have been happening in Thailand recently that are hard to believe.
“The rainy season in Bangkok begins in June and doesn’t end until at least November. During those six months everyone survives day to day, never knowing when the heavens will open and the city will slosh into chaos. The rain never seems to bother Thais as much as it does foreigners. Thais just take off their shoes, pull rubber flip-flops from their bags, and go about their business as if having surf in the city’s streets is the most natural occurrence in the world. Bar firmly believed it was the Buddhist thing that caused Thais to accept the annual monsoons so stoically. If Christianity could be summed up in one line, it might be, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ If Thai Buddhism could be summed up in one line, it would most certainly be, ‘Shit happens.’ “ — THE BIG MANGO
This year, the annual flooding is severely testing the limits of even Thai stoicism. Every day the city seems to slide into further chaos…
Sandbags are out all over the city…
Last week, however, a chuckle widely shared on social media leavened the annual misery ever so slightly . Some rich buffoon drove his USD 700,000 Ferrari straight into high water where, naturally, it stalled out. Repairs are expected to cost at least USD 60,000.
Somehow I doubt the driver cares much. If you can afford to spend $700,000 on a powerful sports car to drive in a city where the roads are a pot-holed nightmare and the traffic is so bad that no one in recorded history has ever driven over 20 miles per hour, I doubt another $60,000 means much to you one way or another.
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That’s it for now. Stay cool.