Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out: Adventures from Immigration Offices Around the World

  “Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out” was the banner heading on my visit to the Thai Immigration Office last week. That in a very blunt way is what every immigration office in the world is about, I guess. In this case, quote was attributed to a Police Lieutenant General whose whole job is to … Continue reading Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out: Adventures from Immigration Offices Around the World

Surprises in Thailand II: Utility Prices!

We have rented a small two bedroom apartment for our time in Chiangmai, Thailand. Now the utility bills have started to roll in. Here are some samples Two months use on my cell phone for calls and text: 200 Baht (about $5.75) Internet service: about $21 per month Water bill for one month about $4.00 … Continue reading Surprises in Thailand II: Utility Prices!

Surprises in Thailand I. Why do Chinese People Come to Thailand to Learn English?

  This is the first in what might become a series. The series is called surprises in Thailand, and includes things that are just surprising. I don’t have any explanations, just musing. One of the surprises though is the fact that Chiangmai in Thailand has over the last five or six years become a mecca … Continue reading Surprises in Thailand I. Why do Chinese People Come to Thailand to Learn English?

Oxymorons and Tweeting

Let it be heard first on Ethnography.com! 60 years of social science research on the measure is wrong, wrong, wrong. Ok, that’s and exaggeration, but my wife and I think that the term Socio-economic Status is a bit of an oxy-moron, at least in Max Weber’s world. How can you mix a term which is … Continue reading Oxymorons and Tweeting