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Kenny202

Pressures of living in an Isaan village

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Well I just thought it amusing that the OP says he gets along with his neighbors but I certainly don't and it's only because of their dogs.

Beyond that I don't get into dog psychology as to why they do what they do.

Oh my neighbour's can be just as annoying. Like opening a shop / lao Kao bar and have drunks sitting around all day and night staring straight into our home waiting for an opportunity to scream out "falang" everytime I show my face at the front door. Or all the rubbish that blows into our home from same said home. I just smile and fake it Thai style

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In the village I live in you don't see dog poo anywhere, maybe its a local delicacy.

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good example of cultural and lifestyle differences. I don't think your average thai country girl can understand what crap a middle class person in (I will give my country USA as an example) goes through. How much we pay in bills, how nasty some bosses can be. They really can't comprehend how after 30 years or more of pressure we can be quite content with a modest low level lifestyle. Eat, sleep, get a foot massage, travel, not deal with worldly stuff, etc. I decompress greatly when I am in Thailand. I would kill myself if I retired there and started right where I left off, house mortgage, concern over paying but never owning, car payments, etc. I love baht busses! Of course I know several Thais that moved to the USA, and a few that moved back to Thailand. Some work out well, some don't. I hate gossip. Lots of words in buddhism about not doing it and I agree. Thais are social creatures. I suspect I can imagine how they grow up better than they can imagine how I grew up. But that is because I didn't come from money, nothing fancy, one car family, went to public school. Never had money for jewelry, flashy car, etc. Spent a lot of time in rural New Hampshire and knew lots of locals that barely got by.

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I suspect the dogs are trying to make a statement.biggrin.png

Or the dogs are TV members who read Mr Crabs posts and maybe it is payback.What goes around comes around."Shit Happens"said Forrest.

Thank you. So what about the family that I rent from with school-age kids? I guess it's just payback to them for renting to me as well.

I take take heat however when I do mostly from the males of the 4 Thai couples who rent the 4 houses across the street with the dogs. I figure those guys look at my girlfriend who comes over and then look at their wives and then it's no wonder they have a mad-on for me.

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My wife gets asked why she doesn't wear gold (because somebody nearly stole her necklace one day), why we only have a small car (because it's cheaper and easier to park amongst other things), why she doesn't wear make-up (because I told her I'd leave if she does), why I don't finish the extension (because I am spending the money on a garden wall and fence), and so on. We don't care.

On the other hand we get asked for money and are told I am miserly when I don't give money to people that are unlikely to pay back, and my wife is constantly asked to get them a Farang (which means the same as give me some money), she just tells them to learn English first and come back later. She very often didn't get paid when she did this for people in the past, there are a few houses in the village built by Farangs that are no longer around, thanks to my wife but no thanks, acknowledgement or payment from the ladies involved. We don't care about that either.

Dogs: we have some yapping curs ourselves and no dog would have more than 10 seconds time to crouch down in front of our gate before being attacked.

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Interesting insight into village life but post was hard to read as one huge paragraph

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If the alternative to cleaning up the neighbors' dogs' mess is to get a dog of my own, I'll clean up the mess.

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My wife gets asked why she doesn't wear gold (because somebody nearly stole her necklace one day), why we only have a small car (because it's cheaper and easier to park amongst other things), why she doesn't wear make-up (because I told her I'd leave if she does)

many similarities with me :-) particularly the car. Well we broke the cardinal rule....we got a 4x4 pick up. In Australia a 4x4 Isuzu or Toyota costs upwards of $50 k. A Toyota Corolla or Camry $20 - 30k and would be considered a ladies car. We live in a rural area with badly potholed and dirt roads, Creek crossings etc. What an opportunity I thought wen I found out a 4x4 pick up was so cheap here (govt subsidized? ) I mean a 4x4 is a no brainer for us. Yet we are asked all the time why don't we have a sedan? We have money? Giving a logical answer as above is met with a blank stare. Not about what does the job best, about how it looks. We see the few people in our Tambon who have sedans slowly crawling alnong the awful 10km road out to the main road all the time.

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I suspect the dogs are trying to make a statement.biggrin.png

Crap, dogs not have fake smiles.clap2.gif

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I suspect the dogs are trying to make a statement.biggrin.png

 

Well they certainly are giving him the shits aren't they!

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My wife gets asked why she doesn't wear gold (because somebody nearly stole her necklace one day), why we only have a small car (because it's cheaper and easier to park amongst other things), why she doesn't wear make-up (because I told her I'd leave if she does)

many similarities with me :-) particularly the car. Well we broke the cardinal rule....we got a 4x4 pick up. In Australia a 4x4 Isuzu or Toyota costs upwards of $50 k. A Toyota Corolla or Camry $20 - 30k and would be considered a ladies car. We live in a rural area with badly potholed and dirt roads, Creek crossings etc. What an opportunity I thought wen I found out a 4x4 pick up was so cheap here (govt subsidized? ) I mean a 4x4 is a no brainer for us. Yet we are asked all the time why don't we have a sedan? We have money? Giving a logical answer as above is met with a blank stare. Not about what does the job best, about how it looks. We see the few people in our Tambon who have sedans slowly crawling alnong the awful 10km road out to the main road all the time.
I bought a sedan car so it cannot perform as an extended family/village workhorse or taxi

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I get the feeling where the OP is talking about no one cleans up dog crap.

I was only saying to my Mrs yesterday with all the soi dogs, I don't remember one time seeing dog sht anywhere?
funny I said the same to my missus not long ago. I've never seen any in the village.

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I've not lived in the village yet, only stayed at the in-laws, usually 3 weeks at a time. Everyone has always been very friendly and welcoming.

But last time I was there I made a stupid mistake. I hadn't rented a car and wasn't happy riding the Honda wave... in town I saw some bigger bikes at the yamaha dealer... i had a moment of weakness and I bought a Yamaha R3. The missus said it wouldn't be a problem. But riding in to the village on that was like driving in in a Ferrari... Everyone came to investigate and first question was how much? 185,000 baht is a lot for such a flamboyantly selfish machine. People's attitudes changed towards me. Not only in the village, but everywhere.

I will be going to live there soon and not sure how it will be.

My wife doesn't normally want expensive clothes or to show off, but she seems proud to ride around on this as a show of status...

I think it would be a good idea to sell it but not so easy

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I've not lived in the village yet, only stayed at the in-laws, usually 3 weeks at a time. Everyone has always been very friendly and welcoming.

But last time I was there I made a stupid mistake. I hadn't rented a car and wasn't happy riding the Honda wave... in town I saw some bigger bikes at the yamaha dealer... i had a moment of weakness and I bought a Yamaha R3. The missus said it wouldn't be a problem. But riding in to the village on that was like driving in in a Ferrari... Everyone came to investigate and first question was how much? 185,000 baht is a lot for such a flamboyantly selfish machine. People's attitudes changed towards me. Not only in the village, but everywhere.

I will be going to live there soon and not sure how it will be.

My wife doesn't normally want expensive clothes or to show off, but she seems proud to ride around on this as a show of status...

I think it would be a good idea to sell it but not so easy

That's one of the great benefits of having a Thai missus. They are happy for you to buy expensive toys if it makes you both look hiso. No one will think bad of you for having a bike like that...In fact they expect it. The problem starts when u buy something practical (cheap). It does their head in. Either way you can't win so "don't think to mutt" and enjoy yourself

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What is wrong with being a role model and showcasing an alternative lifestyle? Don’t preach or complain or lecture, just go about living your own life. Accept the fact that you will stand out but use that to your advantage and be a good role model for an alternative way of living. I don't agree that you can't win.

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