All posts tagged: Thailand

Not Boone…

… but one of a large number of elephants being used as tourist bait, in the city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom of Siam… now known as Thailand. This unknown elephant (we weren’t introduced) is a lot toothier than Boone was. According to the Book of the Google, about 50% of female Asian elephants and a small percentage of males have small tusk like teeth known as tushes. Are those considered ‘small tusk like teeth’? I really don’t know. But it would seem to me to be rather silly, to import an African elephant, rather than going with the home-grown product. As to which gender we’re looking at… … like I said… We weren’t introduced… As with other areas of the country, I witnessed what I considered to be abusive treatment of the animals. I realize that my impressions of things is not a guarantee of reality, nor even a close approximation of the situation under review… but when the animal in question is screaming in protest – and that’s a truly blood-curdling …

Her name is ‘Boone’…

… and she lives in Thailand, somewhere around Chiang Mai… I had gone for the typical elephant ‘encounter’. You know; the typical touristy thing. A little elephant watching, a little elephant feeding, a little elephant riding… But Boone, being the largest animal present, as well as the momma of the smallest animal, was only going to have it so far, and no further. The handlers wanted us ‘saddle tramps’ to get a feel for the fine art of elephant riding, and as I was by far the largest of the gringoes, they decided I should ride Boone. Which I was fine with. And Boone was fine with… Until we crossed that invisible line, that Boone considered the limits of how far she was willing to wander away from her baby… a baby that was tied up and unable to follow mom, as was it’s want… Once that line was crossed, all bets were off. Rather than stay on the trail through the jungle, Boone decided off-road was the track she now wanted to try… in …

This Is Probably Not Gonna Be A Popular Post…

Ah… now it all becomes clear… The chief executive of Hong Kong says that it’s “… unacceptable to allow his successors to be chosen in open elections, in part because doing so would risk giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics.” What a disaster that would be – to allow the poor to gain control, simply because they happen to outnumber the rich. Why, they might actually try to do something about poverty… Horrors…