Re: (talesofasia) Don't drink with Thais
- From: Blade@xxxxxxxxxx (Deckard)
- Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 17:37:02 GMT
On 30 Sep 2005 05:34:19 -0700, "Somchai" <Laonork@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>K' rinponche wrote:
>>I can assure you that things aren't prettier indoors. On almost every
>>kuen ban mai ceremony I attended in the countryside, there would be
>>several drunk people lying on the floor of the living room at the end
>>of party. And one of those guys could be a school principal or a roi ek
>>in the army or police force.
>>I used to find all that very cute (because it almost never happens
>>where I come from) until it happened in my own living room.
>>Fortunately, a smileless return wai from me is usually enough to tell
>>the folks eating kao niao on the floor that I don't like people
>>literally lying around my living room.
>One of my cousins married a German expat. They have two beautiful
>daughters together and have been married for over fifteen years. This
>man, gets drunk with the best of them in Thailand. He eats everything
>that Thais eat, including raw beef Laab and raw blood salad. He dances
>'til the music stops. My whole family and our extended families love
>him as our own. IF you didn't know it, you'd thought he was a drunken
>freeloader. He sleeps on the floor, sometimes dirt floor. All the
>kids call him "Loung Dorn" Uncle white (Dorn ~ albino). The fact of
>the matter is that he is a very successful man. He was a director for
>Unocal in Thailand, has a nice house in Bangkok, Berlin and Pattaya.
>In Bangkok, he has a company car with a driver and several house maids.
> His kids goes to private school...etc. He comes to the US at least
>once a year and when he does, he stays at my dad's house about seven
>miels from my house. He parties with us here in the US just like he
>does in Thailand. Bless his heart, for he can be one of the boys.
>When I go to Thailand, sometimes I stay at his place and he let's me
>use his personal car, I drive myself. He is not at all "Snobbish".
>At the end of parties at our house, if there are people that have
>pasted out drunk on our living room floor, than we've done our job as a
>good host. Hehe... In Thailand, when you open your house to guests,
>your first and foremost responsibility is to make your guests feel
>comfortable. You DO NOT give them a 'smileless return wai', this is a
>big NO NO. Making your guests feel uncomfortable is a BIG NONO. In
>Esaan/Laos, when we drink, we all drink from the same shot glass. It
>is considered that if you are my friend, you will not be 'discusted'
>with my germs or offended by my uncivilized ways.
>Life is to be experienced to the fullest, don't hold back.
>When you work, work like you enjoy it.
>When you dance, dance like no one is watching.
>When you drink, drink to get drunk.
>When you make love, do it 'til you pass out.
Thanks for sharing your story.
I remember the horrified reaction of an American friend when she was
asked to drink from the same glass. The health hazard is much lower
than eating Thai raw food, especially when you have the proper
"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities
without your help."
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