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Evil Penevil

Isaan Generations

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I took these pics 10 years ago during an extended trip through Isaan.  I posted them in 2009, but they disappeared when the image hosting site went down.  I rediscovered them on an external hard drive which I had misplaced. The pics were taken on a farm with four houses and an extended family of about 30 people ranging from the great grandmother to toddlers.

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The little girl in the pic had never seen a farang before and couldn't figure out what I was.  She thought I might be a ghost or a monster. Very flattering! She really wanted the teddy bear, though.

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Once her fear wore off, she approached me and started rubbing my arm.  Her family laughed and said even Thai babies like white skin!  The great granny also commented she had never seen skin as white as mine. Everyone I met that day said something about my complexion and how lucky I was to have such light skin.  I didn't have the heart to tell them that skin cancer runs in my family and so far I've been one of the few males to escape it.

The main house where 10 people lived:

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The older  boy was speeding around the compound with the infant holding on to the handlebars.  I winced at that one. The uncle on the right was drunk at 4.00 p.m.

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This uncle was also drunk and had a gash above his eye that needed stitches.  His wife, also drunk, had just stabbed him with a knife.

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Preparing dinner:

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The family gathered for dinner:

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The adult males ate at one table,  the females and children at other tables.

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I had donated a carton of large beers to the meal.  All were gone by the end of it.  Those gentlemen were thirsty!

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I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto.  I prayed to every god known and unknown I wouldn't have to use the outhouse while I was there.

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I don't think the cows had ever seen a farang, either.  They stared at me in a spooky fashion.  I understand now why Thai beef is tough.  Those aren't exactly Black Angus.

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The houses were ramshackle, but inside all had 50-inch color TVs.  Three of the young women in the family worked in P4P establishments in Bangkok.  That's how I met one of them and ended up in the village.

 

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On 9/23/2018 at 12:05 PM, Krapow said:

Alcohol and poverty, goes hand in hand the world over.

Are you thinking of Soi Buakhao? 

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On 9/23/2018 at 7:05 AM, Krapow said:

Alcohol and poverty, goes hand in hand the world over.

I was up in northern Korat (Sida) a couple of months ago with the temporary wife. All of her brothers and sisters grow lemons and have lucrative farms. Well, except for the one brother that doesn't do that that much. I guess because he's too busy growing Leo bottles. :) 

 

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Yaa Baa seems to got hold of loads of the younger ones in Isaan as well. 

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I can never get over the tradition of giving Lao Kao to anybody who works for you on the farm or house.  End of the day the Lao Kao comes out and it is just a matter of choice as to what time the happy workers go home and put their heads down for another working today tomorrow.

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7 hours ago, Steelers4Life said:

I was up in northern Korat (Sida) a couple of months ago with the temporary wife. All of her brothers and sisters grow lemons and have lucrative farms. Well, except for the one brother that doesn't do that that much. I guess because he's too busy growing Leo bottles. :) 

 

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The Ex lives 10km south of Sida, just of Highway 2. You should checkout Bua Yai next time your up tht way again.

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4 hours ago, Krapow said:

Yaa Baa seems to got hold of loads of the younger ones in Isaan as well. 

The roads kill them first. Then the yaabaa. 

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3 hours ago, Sherlock said:

The Ex lives 10km south of Sida, just of Highway 2. You should checkout Bua Yai next time your up tht way again.

I took a few side trips over to Bua Yai when I was up there. That's the big town for people of the area. Tesco and what not. 

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