The Patience of a Boddhisattva


Driving in to the office this morning, we were met by a stream of motor cyclists driving against the traffic over the bridge on Ratchadaphisek Road – police roadblock I surmised with characteristic acuity.

So it proved, therefore: a gang of cops was hanging around at the other end of the bridge ready to nab (for, as some allege, revenue-raising purposes in the run-up to the New Year festivities) motor cyclists illegally using the bridge. They have been there quite often, recently, making this quite a risky short cut but one which plenty of people still seem to be ready to take.

In addition to this, in the course of a single seven km journey, we had the woman walking right across the front of the car without looking anywhere but to the front, the car (a Honda Jazz) pulling out right in front of us and very nearly provoking a crash, the usual Mercedes weaving backwards and forwards through the traffic and taxis illegally waiting by the side of the road for a fare and causing tailbacks.

This is all quite common, if not normal.

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JW

JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

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