Good to read about the various Chiang Mai personalities
Ref: Local Personality - I have lived in Chiang Mai on
and off for the last 5 years but I never knew how many interesting, caring
and well educated people live here. Thanks to your personality column, we
can now find a lot of background, even on people we think we knew.
The way Dr. Corness describes them makes us believe we
know the person and what I like most of all is that it is not written as an
advertising for the person but how and why the interviewed became what he or
she is. In times like this not many people do it this way.
Also he does not seem to be someone who cares about
gender. It is almost equal, as he interviews both men and ladies. Many
magazines nowadays restrict their personal columns to men but where would we
be without our women?
He seems to have a soft spot for ladies - you can read in
the column male section that it is written more down to the point and
without the sometimes-sentimental touch. (Which I personally find very
Anyway, just wanted to tell you that it must be an honor
to be interviewed by this man. Hope this column stays in the paper for a
long time to come and in case you ever run out of ‘personalities’ give
me a call.
Tuk-tuks, bird brains, UFOs and gross polluters
Now you’ve got me started, with the letter about noisy,
polluting tuk tuks and their obnoxious rip-off drivers, the scourge of
Chiang Mai. (Boycotting Tuk-tuks. Mailbag - Vol II No. 7.) I hope the TAT
hears you Mr. Peschon, and I will join you in the boycott. But I have to
tell you that my fantasies include Sylvester Stallone in a fully armed
Apache helicopter on a search and destroy mission for the smelly little
vultures. I know it’s extreme, but I’m an American.
Speaking of birds, my favorite read so far in CM Mail is
the suicidal swallows story, and UFO theory follow up. I hope you will keep
I haven’t witnessed the smog-diving swallows myself
yet, or any miniature flying aliens that I know of. The only drunken
bird-brains I see on the road are unfortunately behind the handle bars. But
a note to the “confused farang”, I think you are on to something with
the exhaust theory, or should I say on something. You are obviously
suffering from the same involuntary giddy intoxication that I experience
when stuck in Chiang Mai traffic behind a few smoking tuk tuks.
Don’t feel bad, my wife thinks I’m crazy too. She
doesn’t understand that it’s just the potent combination of the exhaust
fumes, with the smoke and vaporized plastics from my neighbor’s burn
piles. Wat until your junkie swallows get wind of my neighborhood. It could
be like Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” all over again.
I can’t help but wonder what would happen if the P.M.
heard about how the birds and you and I get high in Chiang Mai. What if he
launched a three month crackdown to rid the Kingdom of gross polluters. Now
that would be a story.
Dr. Byte is the best
Just want to give you a comment about a new column, which
I recently found in your newspaper called ‘Dr. Byte’. That’s a nice
one. I like it that he answers simple questions or questions which seem to
be simple but he answers them in a way that even a not so computer literate
person like myself can understand.
There are more than enough high tech journals on the
market for all these freaks but they mostly seem to forget ‘us normal
people’. So your Dr. Byte is a real nice change. Keep it up! I might even
send him a question or two since he has a way of explaining, which beats the
way of my husband and my even more patient son ... A shame that it is not in
Chiang Mai food festivals too loud for some
Chiang Mai food festivals your headline promoted, 8-14
Feb issue, yet neglects to mention the ear-shattering blasts of the
loudspeakers. I attended with three friends yet alighting from our car some
400 metres from the Airport Plaza site, even from that distance we were
We quickly got back in the car and went to a quiet
restaurant for dinner, having to forsake promoter’s Lan Na offerings.
When will they learn?
Ban noisy tuk tuks
India and Bangladesh have now banned noisy, polluting,
two-stroke ‘auto-rickshaws’ from the streets of their capital cities.
They have been replaced by new four-stroke models that run on compressed
natural gas. The residents of New Delhi and Dhaka are reporting an immediate
improvement in their quality of life. Surely a country like Thailand can
match this? And why not go one step further ... what about an electric
‘tuk tuk’? It would probably be easier and cheaper to produce than the
current model (no gear box, no drive train), and could be recharged at night
using discount electricity at special charging stations. All it needs is the
political will. Then we can all stop suffering from the noise and fumes of
these infernal machines.