A strange thing happened in the bank
First, I’d like to say that I’ve been a very
satisfied customer of (my bank) here in Thailand for the past 13 years. But
something I experienced there the other day has left me shaking my head,
wondering what they were thinking...
Last week Friday, I went to my local bank branch, as I
wanted to return a few valuables to the safe. After I signed the record, the
very friendly lady accompanied me, as usual, into the strong room. My eyes
immediately spotted a revolver and a few bullets prominently placed on the
shelves, clearly visible, and - the most worrying part - in easy reach of
anyone entering, may it be a child or a person who was just looking for an
Asking the employee what was that about, she just
shrugged and smiled. Then left. Now it was only me in the strong room
(discretion guaranteed...) alone with the gun. Now, just thinking about the
“what if” worries me quite a bit. What could have happened, “if”? At
that time, around 30 customers were there, plus the employees, and it could
have led to a potential disaster.
Is that what one calls “security”? I, personally,
would really be interested in a statement from the bank, and I would love to
speak to the branch manager about it. On the other hand, the (bank) people
have always been good to me and have treated me nicely, so I don’t really
want to come down on them too strong.
It is quite a dilemma.
Confused in CNX
Softball is like rounders
I intended writing to you several weeks ago concerning
the playing of soft/baseball in Europe. I believe you suggested these games
were unknown outside the major playing countries, but this is not the case.
I remember that the girls at my high school played a game which was called
“rounders” while we boys played cricket. The rules of rounders were
almost identical to those of soft/baseball. This was in Britain in the
Hours have changed
Since the publishing of my article on the 700yr Sports
Complex (July 12), the hours of the fitness center have been changed. The
weight room is unfortunately now only open in the afternoon and evening from
4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Disturbing the peace
I can empathize with the people in Fang who fear their
“peaceful and attractive image” is being destroyed by karaoke bars along
the roadsides (last week’s Chiangmai Mail story “Karaoke
entertainment outlets in Fang a problem” on page 4).
Having lived in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood for
many years, every so often someone nearby throws a “karaoke party”, well
that’s what I call them. Usually there are balloons and food and
occasionally monks come early in the day, so I suppose it could be birthday
parties or rights of passage, or a public holiday or whatever, but the
constant seems to be a very loud karaoke machine that gets cranked up in the
The problem is, this usually goes on all night. And worse
yet, it seems the later it gets, the drunker the partiers become, the worse
they sing and the higher they turn up the volume knob. It is disturbing the
peace, but more than that, it is also rather embarrassing listening to these
I love Thai music, but what these croakers do to these
beautiful songs is tragic. I’ve often thought about tape-recording them,
then playing it back, loudly, at about 10 the next morning (when they are
still hungover) but I fear that would only wake them up, get them drinking
again and start using the karaoke machine more before they have to return it
to wherever they got it from.
So, I feel lucky that this only happens now and again
(well, about every other week it seems) and I couldn’t imagine having one
of these places permanently built next to my house. I’d have to move! Once
again, I empathize with people in Fang that have to put up with these places
being built around them.