What a busy few days. Don’t know if you saw, but my last entry asking for everyone to support the “No on Proposition 8” campaign ended up as a featured entry on the front page of Xanga. As of Sunday evening my time, there are 2600+ views.
The good news is that about 80% of the 150+ comments are supportive. The bad news is that the 20% who don’t agree with my position are probably not going to be swayed.
I’ve made it a point to respond to all comments, even though trying to refute the same arguments is tiring. The ones that are easier to refute are the ones based in legal precedent: for example, people who don’t like the “activist” judges who “overturned democracy” – forgetting that 3 of those 5 judges are Republicans, appointed by Republican governors.
The more difficult ones to refute are the “I don’t like gay marriage because my god says so” arguments. If you are convinced that you are righteous, what can I say to change your mind. I’ll just have to wait until their day of judgement when, standing on heaven’s doorstep, God asks them what part of Jesus’ teachings they didn’t understand. Was it the “love your neighbor as yourself” part? The “worry about the log in your own eye before you worry about the splinter in someone else’s eye” part? Maybe the “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” teaching?
Personally, I take great comfort in Matthew 5:11:
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Let’s move on to other news as I never intended for this blog to be a political sideshow.
No, we haven’t bought a new car. But in a few years when our 11-year old Nissan Cefiro is ready for a replacement, I think I’ve found the perfect replacement. It is cheaper than a Mini and a Mercedes Smart car, cuter than a Yaris, and fits in the narrow sois of Khrungthep without any problem.
I’m thinking white is the better choice of colors, but red is pretty cute, too.
We have had a lot of guests in town this weekend. Thankfully, we had time on Thursday evening to have dinner with PJ and Theresa. This was the first time we had seen PJ in years and years and our first time to meet Theresa, which was wonderful. Unfortunately, no pictures.
I think Biing is in town with his family, although have not heard from him yet. Otto and Han are in town with their friends. Coincidentally, we ran into them at the front of the Oriental Hotel last night when we jumped out of a taxi to attend a wedding. An entry about that beautiful event soon.
Also, Paul (aka “Ekin” here on Xanga) is in town although we don’t expect to hear from him necessarily. Who else? Oh, the brother of Trish’s close friend and colleague is in town from Hong Kong, staying in his vacation home. Maybe we’ll see him Tuesday night if time allows.
I’ll write about the wedding tomorrow but want to share with you some pictures from the demolition of the block of shop houses at the corner of Ploenchit Road (different stretch of Sukhumvit) and Witthayu/Wireless Road. They are taking a long time to demolish these buildings, dismantling them from the inside.
In the picture above, you can see a low building with a metal roof in the midst of the empty lot. That’s the “housing” for the workers, all of whom are from the countryside and many of whom are probably from Laos, Cambodia or Burma. Seems to be the same story everywhere: immigrants from somewhere else come in to do the dirtiest, lowest-paying work. Who does that work in their own countries?
Above, you can see how the building is being taken down, story by story. An arduous process to say the least!
Interestingly, the buildings are brought down in separate sections. The buildings to the left and right of this one are still being demolished, whereas this one is already completely gone. I wonder why they do it this way?