By Shana Kongmun
The inimitable Scott Jones, he of Life in the Laugh Lane
and ToyRide fame entertained the Chiang Mai Expats Club on Saturday July 24.
Starting off with a bit of background on himself, he explained to the group
that he is originally from Fargo, North Dakota; according to Scott, the
flattest place in the United States. He has performed in all 50 of the
United States, has four albums out and a book, Life in the Laugh Lane, based
on a series of articles he wrote for the Chiang Mai Mail way back when.
After some very funny descriptions and photos of the
flatness that is North Dakota and discussing his Norwegian heritage, he
showed a few videos he made from JibJab, a very entertaining website that
allows you to put the faces of your friends in animated videos.
Scott shared some of his favorite signs with us, from the
obvious (“Red means Stop”) to the more obscure (“safty first”). He brought
up two members of the crowd to win a free copy of his book, by answering one
question correctly. Unfortunately, nobody got the answers right, but they
still managed to score a book.
He then invited the crowd to join him on the next ToyRide
event, saying, everyone is welcome as long as you bring a toy! They find a
poor school, determine their needs, raise the money and then provide the
school with those necessities, whether its new toilets, sports equipment or
computers. They deliver toys to the school with other bikers joining in,
bring a clown and have a tug of war with the kids. “We have never won a tug
of war with those kids,” he said. “They are like cement!”
He awarded the Chiang Mai Expats a certificate of thanks
for their donations over the past two years and then showed pictures of
Christmas Eve visits to the pediatric cancer ward at Maharaj Hospital where
each child gets a stuffed bear. Wiping away a tear, he noted “Sometimes the
child gets to take that bear home, sometimes the parent takes the bear home
without the child. And sometimes we see the same child the following year”.
A worthy cause and one Scott and many others have devoted many years to.
He concluded with a song, “Life is grand in Northern
Thailand” with a photo montage of all that makes Chiang Mai unique. And
finally, another video, this one of the male Expats Club board members
dancing as Chippendales. Who knew Alan Hall had such abs?
Chiang Mai Expats Club will be changing their meeting
schedule so be sure to check the community happenings page to find out when
the next event will be held.