Friday, October 10, 2008

run, baby, run!

quote: "i tried to lose weight by jogging, but i kept running into restaurants." - rodney dangerfield
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quote: "run baby, run baby, run baby, run baby, run." - sheryl crow
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quote: "i just RAN." -forrest gump
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it is just plain stupid (uh, oh... p.c. faux pas) to go jogging in bangkok. 11 million people and 13 million scooters can't be wrong.
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no one -- literally, NO ONE -- is stupid enough to jog in bangkok.
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.................................that being said, i just got back from a bangkok jog.
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the obvious, primary danger in a bangkok-jog is that the noxious auto-fumes and burning coal will kill you faster than a wayward "tuk-tuk."
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the not-so-obvious perils include:
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* tripping over a meditating monk,
* being chased down by a lady-of-the-afternoon, and
* being dragged into a custom-tailor-suit shop
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.........................(you cannot make this stuff up)
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picture this: it's 33 degrees celcius (91 degrees fahrenheit) at 2 pm local time (9 pm zulu time) in bangkok, thailand.
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you are jogging, but you can't tell how far you've gone because you are jogging in meters instead of miles. (huh?)
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you are sweating... buckets.
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...and dude at the custom-tailor-suit shop tries to stop you so that the employees can measure your chest and inseam.
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in that situation, there's only one thing you can do, and it's:
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run, baby, run!

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