T.I.T Episode 9: Rank & Status

Welcome to Episode 9!  I’m going to have to apologize first because I didn’t prepare any show notes at all for this episode.  I thought I would do things a little different and attempt to ad lib this episode, so have a listen and see how it turned out.  Also, was just to plain tired and I mostly just talk about personal stuff like my ordeal with the doctors this week, work, and one cultural difference between Thai and western cultures that  seems odd to the western mind.  At least my mind anyways, so please have a listen and  I will put out another more organized episode this weekend.  Please!!! send me your emails and comments as i really value each and everyone of them i receive.  Also feel free to send along an audio message if you feel so inclinded and I’ll play it on the show.  Much love to you and talk again soon!

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2 responses to “T.I.T Episode 9: Rank & Status

  1. This is a response to Episode 9

    Hi Tom

    I recently discovered your podcast on itunes.

    I’ve enjoyed your music selections

    I was curious to hear about your experiences in Thailand

    7 years ago, this week, my partner and I arrived in Bangkok and spent almost two months in country mainly in Phuket City

    We enjoyed the experience very much

    One comment about what you are perceiving as vanity and the doctor

    Another cultural trait that most Asian cultures have is a reverence or deference given to elders in the culture

    Also someone who is a head teacher or senior physician would be given deference because of their seniority, experience and age, which is what you observed

    As to doctors talking on phones during a procedure, I also observed a doctor take a phone call from what i guessed might have been his wife during an operation that my partner was having

    now the call came towards the end of the operation…but still i similarly remember thinking oh isnt that a bit odd or pretty relaxed

    but then I’ve never been conscious during operations here in the states, so who knows maybe doctors do that here as well?

    hmmm another memory of being in Thailand was going to the movie theatre in Phuket. You got to pick your seat in the theatre at the box office and then there was the mandatory standing up at the beginning of the film while the national anthem and the tribute to the king was played…a bit like going to the baseball game here in the States… (though I think I saw a story someonewhere where a Thai man was challenging the practice by sitting down and he was charged with disrespecting the king….)

    then there’s Cabbages and Condums restaurant in Bankgok…have you been there?…the food was great i thought and the condum decor was cute and the gift shop was also great and the proceeds when to their aids education projects…

    we were in country during 911 and it was quite interesting to see the events from a distance…but i want to share that story another time

    you were coming in country about the time we were leaving we left in late October of 2001

    so we are here in Portland, Oregon. PDX is the airport acronym for Portland

    Again thanks for sharing your journey

    Oh one last thought…how about talking about the Thai word for foreigner, faraung

    What’s been your experiences around that word or concept of being an outsider?
    Andrea PDX

  2. Tad Tom – What a load has been lifted from your thoughts. So happy to hear of the results and know you probably feel much better just knowing that you do not have some type of dreaded disease! (that sounds a little morbid!) But the one thing to remember that God does answer prayers! I have been praying for you.

    It is Saturday night here in AC, Alabama and yes we are watching the Alabama/Clemson football game and YEA BAMA, they are winning 31-10, 4th quarter. Football Season is here. Harrison is not playing but Stew is, he is ready to hit up on some folks!!! Hopefully we will see him in about 7 years playing for Auburn (boo, he is Auburn fan).

    Just to let you know about our school – Stewart’s buddies in his class brougth air soft guns to school and got caught and were expelled, oh yea one of the guns was a .40 caliber pistol, loaded! Stewart’s school is 5th and 6th graders. Be thankful you have 5 year-old angels! Remember we love you and miss you terribly.

    Your Favorite!
    NeeNee

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