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For those of you who know the latest in CR, this will make sense. For those that don’t, please feel free to read some other posts that make sense to you and ignore this one.

In the absence of our designated reporter, I am tasked with reporting the following. If any of you wish to take over these duties, as reporter, I’ll graciously (and happily) step aside. I’m not very good at this.

Herein lies the latest report on the activities of “The group” in CR.

“The group" responded to a request for the “usual downtown performance” on the eve of 7 March, 2010. The call was in response to the reported arrival of an out-of-town mudslinger, otherwise known as “the mark”. Sufficient notice was given in order for a satisfactory showing of the actors. Anecdotal evidence points towards a successful performance.

It looks like of the 53 of us that were at our designated posts on that night, the mark actually saw only about forty of us. Still, not a bad showing and kudos to the ones who were where they were supposed to be but didn’t have the opportunity to perform their role for the patsy.

To all, good job posting your indignation and smart remarks in answer to his original post. They looked genuine and heartfelt.

Okay group, let’s go over what went wrong and what went right during the mark’s brief visit.

Lots of things went right, as usual. Some of us are really getting into this thing as the years go by and are making it even more believable. Toybits, perfect frown. Good job, great execution at just the right moment and the raised eyebrow in the mark‘s direction was classic Toybits. VF, the slouch thing with the hands in the pockets was priceless. No sane person could ever have guessed that your calling is academia. dingdong, where did you EVER get that hat? I hope you continue to make that a part of your costume. Sometimes I think you must have been in the movie business previously, handling the wardrobe department for epic blockbusters. Bifftastic, you’ve got that shuffle down to an art. Keep up the good work. Donger, that busted bicycle thing really sealed the moment for you. Great ideas come from great minds. We all hope that you will make it a permanent part of your routine on skit night. CB35, you need to share your technique with the rest of us. Several of us can use a bit more finesse in our character. Maybe we all could enjoy a rise in our success with a bit of coaching from the pro. jubby, you brought down the house, man. The locals are still discussing the positive impact of your performance on the overall outcome of the night. Several have even said that it could rightfully be called “the icing on the cake”. And on the night before the Oscars, no less. How many degrees less would our success be without your constant , 100 percent contribution? Sven, glad to see you realized at the last moment that the CR Hasher’s T-shirt wouldn’t work. Your second choice was right on.

All in all, a very good turnout and a very good effort on the parts of most of us. However, in some areas we’re getting soft and we have some work to do. Here’s some critiques turned in by the locals, as well as by some of our own participants and unfortunately, even one by a local cop, who finally saw through the whole thing after all these years. We‘ll hope he keeps quiet about that. He was still laughing when he spoke to me about it.

Ambertwins, you two have got to get it together. I know you’re doing your best but you HAVE to have someone else look over your outfits before you take your places on the street. The “I’m with him in CR”, “I’m with her in CR” shirts are perfect but you have to make sure that each of you is wearing the proper slogan for YOUR sex. You had it reversed. Again!

Or, wait. Are you two doing that on purpose? Oh, man! Ingenious!!

sceadugenga, what purpose does it serve us to stage you in front of a shop of lovelies if you are going to turn away from them and smile and say something nice to your better half EXACTLY at the moment that the mark is walking by? Pay attention to the props, man. You’ve got all night to be the real you. The dude is there and gone in seconds and then it is back to real life for you.

cmjantje, we all know that you JUST got married to the perfect woman but you gotta remove that big smile from your face at the critical moment. When the dude is approaching, you have to let go and get into character. Remember, CR skit night is a serious thing. If you can’t turn on the sour-puss for those few seconds, we may have to move you to another location. Perhaps standing on top of the sewer grate in front of Edison’s will cause you to lose the smile, especially if it is one of the hotter, more pungent evenings. We don’t want to move you there, my friend.

Limbo, we know, we know, we know!!! Art is cool! But you can’t be caught looking into the window of the gallery with that satisfied, wistful half-smile when the guy approaches. You know, all of us were against letting you choose that place as your designated post but you promised to clean up your act when the right moment arrived. You can’t get lost in this thing. You have to stay focused. And when the mark made that u-turn and came your way again, you still couldn’t tear yourself away from the oil-brushed canvasses. My personal suggestion is that you move on down the street to that shop full of acrylic replicas. Maybe you can find just a bit of repulsiveness in that and pull off your scene in a believable manner . I'm thinking your new misses might need to lean on you a bit. Limbo, if that guy’s type finds out we have art lovers in this town, the jig is up.

Okay. Moving past the critiques, let us shine a light on our special guests of this past evening.

McGriffith, thanks for showing up. I know you were going to be in town for other business anyway but I think your cameo came off perfectly, especially considering how little time you had to prepare. A few people have mentioned your footwear and you might consider something older if you join us for this fun in the future. One person remarked that the newness of your shoes lent suspicion as to whether you were a tourist or one of us. But thanks again. You are appreciated and I‘m sure the guy bought it.

GaryA, what can I say? Stupedous! It looks like your Buckeye state upbringing was good to you and perhaps you were even born for the role you played on this evening. Some of the locals actually thought you were a newly arrived permanent resident. It was so gracious of you to leave your home and come here to participate in the effort to preserve our image. I know you have made some noise about not wanting anything in return for your help but the group has approved reimbursement of your travel expenses. Don’t fight this thing; you’re an out-of-towner and it is only fair. Thanks so much for your contribution and if you have others in your area as talented as you and wanting to participate in a good deed, let us know. We’ll add some more place-marks to the map. You and your kind are always our welcome guests. And I will make time to reciprocate should you need me in your area.

For those of you that weren’t mentioned here, please know that we got LOTS of good comments on your performances. For those of you that found their names in the critique list, don’t be disheartened. For any flub any of us might make, all of us have enough stellar performances under our belts to make up for a bad night. Also know that the more exposure one gets, the more chances of having an off night.

Folks, we all know that, inside, each and every one of us is a good Joe with a colorful and meaningful past and our gals are the greatest in the country. Yeah, most of us are a bit older and have more years behind us than in front of us, but we still have IT, don’t we? Thanks to all of the gals for their participation in this evening as well. You’re a younger lot than us, aren’t you? It is true that most of us have ended up with younger partners. It is also true that most of us are in long-term relationships, or, like me and many others, even married. My wife, and I’m sure many others, take great offense to being considered part of the “sex tourist” culture just because there is an age difference between us. She has many more years of education than I do and enjoyed an honorable career in the investment industry in this country, finally marrying at 42 years of age. And yeah, a bit of that trade exists here in CR. But ninety percent of the guys I see on the town are guys that I have seen with the same women since 2006. I don’t think they, or most of us are a part of that “trade”. I have met quite a few of these guys and haven’t met one of “those” yet.

Uh, oh. Looks like we have some incoming traffic from the CR travel and ticketing department. More marks coming, I presume. I have to break away and check this out. I’ll post the updated schedule as soon as I have confirmation.

One other quick note. You older guys need to make sure you pass the Falang CR creed on to the newbies. We are starting to see too many comments about this smile thing. I think some of them don’t know the deal.

Until the next performance, good people, live the retirement, live the dream in this paradise, love your women and always remember the FCR creed: Never smile at a Farang unless you know him; he just may be a mark that arrived under the radar.

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In this and all other reported sightings of Village Farang, I will proclaim mistaken identity and insist that I was not really there, regardless of all evidence to the contrary. I was not even at that other 'thing' that I did not write about on my blog.

Please take it easy on the troops in the future, Big K. Most here will not have read this much for years and some may have been driven to drink after the first few sentences.

Man, you have way too much time on your hands. :)

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The chances of sceadugenga's better half allowing him close enough in public, or private for that matter, to her to say anything, let alone nice, to her is too remote to contemplate.

If an appropriate stand in is available discuss my contract with villagefarang. Who is currently in hiding after not receiving death threats from men who don't run and drink, or drink and run, whatever.

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In this and all other reported sightings of Village Farang, I will proclaim mistaken identity and insist that I was not really there, regardless of all evidence to the contrary. I was not even at that other 'thing' that I did not write about on my blog.

Please take it easy on the troops in the future, Big K. Most here will not have read this much for years and some may have been driven to drink after the first few sentences.

Man, you have way too much time on your hands. :)

Man, I sure thought that was you. My mistake. I might have mistaken a few others, as well.

Yeah, I'm expecting a few lumps over this one. But I ain't scared to have fun.

I do have too much time on my hands. I've been shut down for almost two weeks now. I think the pollution has done me in. Had my labs done a few days ago, all came back great. Just now returned from a visit with a heart dude and had an EKG while I was there. He says my heart has no issues and his diagnosis was the pollution, as well. So, I'm going to try to ease back into it tomorrow with some simple things. But I really think I'm on a slowdown until the skies clear.

Get this, though- 300 baht for the consultation AND the EKG, combined. Still in shock over that. How do these folks make any money? And last year, I went to a skin specialist for several suspect spots. She spent 20 minutes checking me out, another five minutes asking questions and then there was NO CHARGE, because she hadn't actually treated me for anything. Who woulda thunk it?

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I live in the boonies of Loei province with my Thai wife. I have a good friend who lives near Phan, about 50 kilometers south of Chiang Rai.

When I get the urge to roam, I drive up to Phan and spend a few days with my friend. Both of us dislike Chiang Mai and much prefer Chiang Rai. I just returned to Loei Saturday after six days in your area. We usually spend a couple of days and nights in Chiang Rai.

No way could I enjoy living in Chiang Mai unless it was quite a few tens of kilometers out of the city. I could enjoy living in Chiang Rai and do enjoy my visits.

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It is a little bit like Charly Mingus and Eric Dolphy in the old days, but

without Max Roach pinning down the rhythm with his drums.

Tonight free at the MFL University and tomorrow not free at 'Le Meridien'.

Could be fun!

Limbo :)

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Is it Mushroom Season ?

Kandahar, Hows Life in the 4th Dimension. ? :)

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Is it Mushroom Season ?

Kandahar, Hows Life in the 4th Dimension. ? :)

Mushrooms are always in season, somewhere, in this dimension.

Jubby, life is great where I am. You're very kind to ask. How are things with you?

In my youth, I HAVE checked out some of the other dimensions where some other people dwell. The first dimension is described as a straight line with nothing beside, above or below it and movement available only along that straight line. If two people who inhabited the line were to meet, they could not pass each other. The only option is a standstill or a retreat. Not a fun place for me but it is still VERY popular with lots of folks. Read the forum.

The second dimension is described as being an area that is flat, with movement available up, down and sideways. However, there is nothing behind any object that inhabits that space and the objects that can be seen are the only ones that exist. If individuals were in that space, they could only see what is immediately available to them. They could not envision or imagine what they could NOT see around them. If a clear glass was sitting in front of them, they would only see the side of the glass that faces them, not the back side of the glass nor any contents if later it were to be filled. Again, not too keen of a place in my book but it is all the rage. Read the forum.

Okay. I'm jaded. Bad. But, I got that from the third dimension, not the first or second. Can you imagine how jaded a fifty-something year old would be if he/she had spent all of his/her life on either of the first two dimensions? If you can't imagine it, just read the forum.

The third has been great but I get too bored with it sometimes. I'm jaded. Bad. So, yeah, I step out there sometimes. I gotta admit that to you.

But there is hope. Last night, I read the forum. Someone wrote about finding a new business idea for his Thai wife. Priceless.

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It is a little bit like Charly Mingus and Eric Dolphy in the old days, but

without Max Roach pinning down the rhythm with his drums.

Tonight free at the MFL University and tomorrow not free at 'Le Meridien'.

Could be fun!

Limbo :)

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Limbo, does MFLU have a symphony and if so, are their concert dates published?

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Limbo, does MFLU have a symphony and if so, are their concert dates published?

Not as far as I know.

But Le Meridien has a great breakfast buffet (if they still have) and they organize this 'special' events.

Okay, you won't go there for the conversation but the drinks and snacks are superb (the kitchen is

under supervision of a miraculous Australian chef).

Send an e-mail to Ann Scott, the general manager, and tell her that you are a nice boy

and she will probably give you a discount card worth twenty percent ("the card normally costs 5400 Baht,

but because you are a very appreciated member of the local society of Chiang Rai" and so on ...).

The breakfast will only cost about 650 Baht then and you are expected to do the 'high class' thing once in

a while at special occasions (just standing mostly, but with a glass in your hand, having this special 'high class'

expression on your face, suggesting intelligence and class, and, sorry that I have to add this, wear shoes of course).

Tell her that you are the 'charity' type of person, who loves to donate 150 Baht for instance for surgery on

a little ballooning hilltribe boy who is three years old and never managed to shit, if the drinks are free.

That was at least the thing when I joined the introduction of a new coctail there.

I wonder if the little boy is still alive. I know that he went through several operations, but that

the initiators of the project seem to have lost interest: Okay, five operations and you still won't shit?

I hope I am wrong, but the drinks were great!

Sorry for sounding cynical, but ...

Limbo :)

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Limbo, does MFLU have a symphony and if so, are their concert dates published?

Not as far as I know.

But Le Meridien has a great breakfast buffet (if they still have) and they organize this 'special' events.

Okay, you won't go there for the conversation but the drinks and snacks are superb (the kitchen is

under supervision of a miraculous Australian chef).

Send an e-mail to Ann Scott, the general manager, and tell her that you are a nice boy

and she will probably give you a discount card worth twenty percent ("the card normally costs 5400 Baht,

but because you are a very appreciated member of the local society of Chiang Rai" and so on ...).

The breakfast will only cost about 650 Baht then and you are expected to do the 'high class' thing once in

a while at special occasions (just standing mostly, but with a glass in your hand, having this special 'high class'

expression on your face, suggesting intelligence and class, and, sorry that I have to add this, wear shoes of course).

Tell her that you are the 'charity' type of person, who loves to donate 150 Baht for instance for surgery on

a little ballooning hilltribe boy who is three years old and never managed to shit, if the drinks are free.

That was at least the thing when I joined the introduction of a new coctail there.

I wonder if the little boy is still alive. I know that he went through several operations, but that

the initiators of the project seem to have lost interest: Okay, five operations and you still won't shit?

I hope I am wrong, but the drinks were great!

Sorry for sounding cynical, but ...

Limbo :)

Okay. Thanks. We'll see about CM.

I'm not a suit and tie guy. But the wife has never been to a symphony so I guess I will be one for a night one of these days. Unfortunately, I was married to a professional viola player once upon a time. Because of that, I have been to a symphony a time or two.

Sounds like the cynicism is well placed. That wouldn't be my bag, either. But hopefully some good comes out of the breakfasts.

I'm a helping person but not that kind. I help where I can see who and what I have helped. I tend to donate time, material and my limited skills.

Speaking of that, yesterday I met a fella who runs an orphanage. We're off for a visit to the place tomorrow.

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The only time I know of that orphans and violins have been brought together before in these

columns was when Insii Thaihouse, the base of the Chao Pya Abhai Raja Foundation, invited

Geertje Podevyn, a Belgian violinist of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestre, for two months

to Maechan to teach a group of twenty orphanaged hilltribe children to play violin.

The children were students of the Suksa Song Kroh School in Maechan.

The school had at that moment 945 students of which 742 were from 10 different

ethnic minorities. Homeless orphans, children with HIV, abused children, disabled children,

let's say heavily underprivileged children. They lived out of necessity a very sober life in the

school and this project allowed at least some of them for once in their young lives to develop

pride and selfconsciousness by learning a special skill.

For three of the children passports were arranged that enabled them to travel to Belgium for

further violin lessons and a three week stay as a trainee in the workshop of a very prominent

Belgian violin builder. Here they learned the essence of the symbiosis between wood and sound

enabling them to develop some basic skills necessary to repair violins.

The Hilltribe Violin Orchestre has in the mean time performed at many occasions here in the

north but also in Bangkok.

Some of the hill-tribe violinists are also member of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestre.

I am not sure if the orchestre of Acharn Paramet still gives a concert every Friday or Saturday from

17.00 to 19.00 in the Doi Chang coffee shop opposite the First Church (the former Esso gasoline station),

but I think they do.

The foundation of the 'Hilltribe Violin Orchestre' is one of the projects in a long row of which

the all hilltribe football team 'Chiang Rai Hills FC' is another.

I remember that many members of this forum at that time expressed fear that this project would

contribute to the alienation of the children from their cultural roots and therefore ventilated the

opinion that they should have been given drums and flutes instead of violins.

If these critical gentlemen actually bought drums and flutes to give to the students of the Suksa Song

Kroh school history doesn't tell, but what history does tell us is that a group of underprivileged

children proved that also they can learn to play violin and that they even love to do so.

Limbo :)

Some articles, from the Nation and Chiangmai Mail:

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