In defence of smoking
I was reading the Message from a non-smoking
Californian, who wanted to teach us smokers a lesson or two regarding our
Well to start with, I believe this anti smoking
Californian should first sweep up in front of his own doorstep. He is not
much better than the Marlboro Cowboys riding a round on big Harley-Davison
bikes, and further more he or she should know better that all smokers are
not as bad or in the category, which this Californian has decided to put
us. I can say to our defence, please look a round in Pizza Hut or Mac
Donald’s or KFC restaurants and observe how many of us are violating the
non smoking regulations, NONE. The same goes on airplanes and in Airports,
public buildings etc. We smokers respect the rules set by the non-smokers
lobbyists. It may be true that smoking is dangerous to our health,
especially to us smokers. For you the non smokers you at least have the
option to avoid us, You know there is a lot of none smoking areas around
where you can go, but no you all seem to mix with us in the few bars or
restaurants which is still open to smokers, just in order to find a reason
to pick a fight with us, blaming us for destroying your health.
If you are so concerned that passive smoking is bad for
you, why not stay away from this smoking oasis, and do not worry about our
health. As you mentioned in your note that you were looking forward to go
home to your smoke free California, please feel free to do so. At least
when you are home you can sit in your own Cadillacs for hours in the rush
traffic and pollute the air as much you like, destroying the ozone layer
and blame it on us smokers. I do not know if you Californian has ever come
to Los Angeles one early summer morning from the sea side and observed the
sight of your smog pollution, caused by your cars, air-conditions and of
course your industry. Personally, I think this smog is even worse for your
health than some passive smoking, which you can avoid any time you like,
if you had not been so busy to try to convert us smokers, or to feel sorry
about your self.
I my self have now smoked for about 38 years, I am not
one of your Marlboro cowboys on a Harley - Davison bike, but a commanding
officer in the Merchant Marine, Captain. (Master Mariner). I am married
and have two children. I am the only smoker in my family and it is
accepted, we respect each other and I try to avoid getting near the others
when I have a smoke. So my conclusion to your problem California is that
you want to be the world police just as your government is trying.
Keep up he good work.
Captain Jens Ronning.
Don’t blame the
As someone who for years has found the sight of
pathetic looking stray dogs in Pattaya to be distressing, I thought Jan
Abbink made some good points (letters Dec10). The dogs should be rounded
up and the healthy one spayed, neuted and vaccinated. Perhaps they could
then be given away as companion animals. The ones that are too sick to
recover from illness or injury should in some cases be put to sleep
assuming (and I Emphasise the word Assuming) that this is done painlessy.
But the dogs themselves should never be blamed. They are helpless victims
of a thoughtless and irresponsible society, which doesn’t treat animals
properly. Rather the blame belongs to the jerks who turn their dogs loose
in the street when they no longer want them, as well as the politicians
who have been sweeping this problem under the rug for years.
How can so many
people be so lucky
I have been to Thailand two times in the past two
years. Each time I consider myself very fortunate to be able to visit such
a great country. The beauty of the scenery cannot be described. The people
have only treated me with respect and dignity. I hear that some people
would like to move to America because they think it is somehow better than
Thailand. It is like the cow looking on the other side of the fence
thinking that the grass is better on the other side of the pasture. I am
an American wishing I could live in Thailand. Each year I have the ability
to travel anywhere in the world I choose. I however keep coming back to
Thailand to see the breathtaking landscape, beautiful beaches and
congenial people. Believe me when I tell you, you live in one of the best
countries of the world and should consider yourself very fortunate to be
born in Thailand.
pursuit of feminine beauty
I hope that you are not sick of responses to Ian
Foggart’s 20 questions because I would like to respond to his question
No. 17- “ Katoeys.”
Having studied psychology for several years I have
concluded that a beautiful transvestite or transsexual is a manifestation
of heterosexual desire. The recent revelation concerning David Beckham’s
habit of wearing Posh’s underwear is indicative of the desire most men
have to possess part of the world of femininity.
Someone once advised all wives to shave their
husband’s legs and chests and insist he wear black stockings, suspender
belts etc in the bedroom as an almost certain method of preventing “
A woman is a walking work of art-it is socially
acceptable for her to treat her whole self as a sculpture - emphasizing
and improving her visual impart with color and clothing-this treatment on
top of the natural assets can evoke the emotions of envy, jealousy and the
desire to possess in most men. This torment can be temporarily relieved by
physical contact in a variety of ways, however in the case of the katoeys
this is not sufficient to satisfy his overwhelming desire for femininity
he has to transform himself into a “ woman” to gain mental tranquility
Therefore it can be seen that fundamentally there is
not much difference between “ real men” as Mr. Mac Foggert infers, and
the transvestite and transsexual - only in the “ modus operandi” which
are put into practice in order to quench the pursuit of beauty or
I can admire them and suggest that they make a colorful
and exciting contribution to Pattaya - “ the fun city by the sea.”
In Praise of the
I read the letter by Ryan Smith from the USA with
interest. My wife Nittaya (also Thai) also watched and enjoyed this movie
in England two weeks ago. I cannot see why this film is banned in
Thailand. It presented the King as an intelligent courageous leader.
Although a man of his time, he insisted on educating his children in the
most modern way possible at that time. He showed an interest in science
and the arts. He also recognised the political realities of the day. A
loving father, he promoted the value of education and self-disciple in his
son. This is a quality he instilled in spite of absolute power. The result
was a son still revered in Thailand after all these years. It showed no
‘bad sides’ at all. A strong ruler intelligent and fair, with a love
of his people and his country.
We all know Hollywood has to have some licence but it
did attempt to show the realities of life in them times. I would be proud
if England had ever had such a King.
I have today returned to England after three week stay
in South Pattaya which took in the Christmas and New Year. I follow with
interest the comments on a variety of subjects on the Mailbag page and
perhaps as a foreigner who comes to Pattaya for the weather, the people
and the general atmosphere I might be permitted to make a few comments.
Firstly the moronic letter from Ian Mac-Foggert, ( I am
ashamed to say a fellow Englishman ) posing 20 questions which were not
only ill conceived but a total insult to the Thai people. Why oh Why do
visitors like him bother to return time after time if the place is so
irritating for him? I can assure all your readers that an American wishing
to buy an item from a street vendor in London will find themselves being
charged more than twice the price the locals pay. Yes the Royal Garden
does tend to become a “centre of business” in the evening but if the
writer is aware of this, why go if it offends his expectations?
Secondly, I have been visiting Pattaya on and off for
11 years, I have watched many improvements take shape, seen many of the
smaller shops expand and been delighted to see many old faces still
working to ‘extract’ cash from us visitors. May they long continue to
do so, us visitors are old enough, and with a few exceptions sensible
enough to say “No Thanks” if we don’t like the price of anything
offered. Pattaya has earned a place deep in my affection, the Thai people
are a joy to be amongst so to them all may I say stay as you are, continue
to be there for us foreign visitors who need not only your weather but
also your fabulous smiles. May your God go with you.
Light up or
Please tell “A Californian” to lighten up. The
smoking laws did not come about overnight in California or anywhere else.
They came about through a process of consensus building. I doubt if this
self styled protector of the masses has considered the effects on local
businesses who would be mandated to follow his/her will. After all, when
it is the will of the Thai’s they will create the consensus themselves.
I personally abhor cigarette smoke and am actually rude
enough by Thai standards to insist my guests’ smoke in my garden. (I am
even worse at home in Colorado in the winter) I however do not need to
answer to any convention other than my own in my house. (Though please do
trust in all other ways I am a good host).
It really remains the job of the person offended by
smoke to make their vote known by not spending their money in a place that
does not create a space for the non-smokers. Thus, the change happens when
the businesses feel the pinch of lost revenue. I do think his/her reactive
personal attacks on the smoker in question were truly petty (even when
responding to personal attacks)
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