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Maybe Mexico

Maybe Mexico by Jerry Jeff Walker. I followed him since high school. RIP my lost gonzo compadre. We left Bangkok on September 16. The 14 hour flight from Doha, Qatar was grueling and packed to the gills. The passengers had the best of intentions as far as masks and face shields were concerned when we started out but after about six hours and several meals, it got kinda lax.  Thailand had not had a new Covid case in three months when we took off and there were temperature checks and protocols up until the minute we left. Not so when we landed at JFK. There were many people not wearing masks and no check in procedure, even though we were coming from the Middle East. Just self scanned our passports on a machine and strolled through the un-manned US Customs check point. As such, we decided to self quarantine for several weeks in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in case we picked up something on the plane. Didn't want to kill anybody at the wedding. Stayed in a cool brownstone i

  กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์ Above, in Thai script, is the official/actual name of Bangkok. It is the longest place name in the world. Bangkok is the word used by foreigners. The word is thought to have been derived from "Bang" which means "a village on a stream" and either "ko" meaning island, or "makok" a plum/ olive like fruit. I continue whiling away taking advantage of my time on the sofa with my flashcards trying to learn Thai and today's batch deals with grammatical symbols. Specifically, the ฯ symbol above, which is named เปยยาลน้อย and sig nifies that something is an abbreviation.   Alas, after five months of sofa-studying Thai, I have come to the conclusion that I might never be able to speak Thai well enough to not beget the famous Thai smile from strangers standing next to me, as they hear me ordering shrimp soup