No Water Buffaloes in the Taxi
No Water Buffaloes in the taxi, please! I saw this sticker when I was riding in a Bangkok taxi, and thought it very culturally significant. Now the “No Smoking” and “No Drinking” are perfectly logical, and the “No Durians” is a common sign, often featured in hotels as well, since durian fruit are notoriously foul smelling, with a scent similar to a rotting corpse lingering for hours and hours. The “No Pets” is also a common prohibition. Then it starts to get a bit more culturally Thai. “No Sex” in the taxi must be a common problem when drunken couples, especially if they are picked up in Soi Cowboy, Pat Pong, or near the Nana Entertainment Plaza, get in the back late at night. The “No Guns or Knives” is also logical, especially if the ‘bar girl’ picked up at the above venue turns out to be a Katoy, or ladyboy. It was the last icon which really caught my eye: “No Water Buffaloes”!!! WTF? Who tries to bring a water buffalo into a Bangkok taxi? Luckily I have a Thai girl friend, and she explained the real meaning. In this case, a ‘water buffalo’ refers to someone who is acting silly or stupid or asking dumb questions…just as if they had the mind of a water buffalo. So, essentially it means “No Assholes”!
Note on my absence from posting for a while: Besides being a bit busy after I returned to Japan from South America, I noticed that I was becoming addicted to blogging; checking my website too often; watching my visitor stats rise and fall every hour; and otherwise noticing the detrimental effects of maintaining a blog on my mental state, so I thought I should take some time off.
My mind was beginning to act like a drunken water buffalo with a loaded AK-47!
The next post – Chachapoyas – is already written, I just need to attach the photos. Expect a return to regular posting soon.