Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Jets and searching for globes, Thailand.
On Sunday I woken; no, I jumped out of bed as the loudest roar of a jet engine had just gone directly over our house. It went over really low, too low.
Later in the morning it started again, a jet went directly over our house followed by another. These dicks of pilots were so low; they had to be lower than what is considered legal or safe. The house shook and the noise hurt my ears, really hurt.
I have never seen these jets this low and they seemed to be doing a dog fight. One had led out and the other jet was after it. They were really travelling. I hadn’t seen them fly this fast. They were all over the sky. They would dip so low I would lose sight of them and then appear and shoot up into the sky. Thankfully they moved away from our house.
If you look above the water tank, and view in the largest size you will see a jet flying over the hospital. I hope that they don’t do this again in the near future.
The only other thing to bewilder me of late is this. I bought a torch. I know that is exciting. I have around 6 torches. The cheapest being 20 Baht each and the most expensive being just over 400 Baht.
I bought a good torch, well a brand name torch, Eveready. It is a good torch and slowly over time all the torches I had bought the globes burnt out. I am down to my last globe and went in search of a new globe.
Well, this is funny. I went to the place were I bought two of my good torches. Big C supercentre sells heaps of torches of all makes and brands. But do they sell globes? No. When I asked the attendant “why they didn’t sell them” I got a stupid blank look. Great customer service. Sell a product without spare parts to replace broken parts.
I went to the markets, where I had bought my cheaper torches. They too didn’t sell just globes. I could buy an entire torch for 20 Baht. I don’t want a torch, just some globes.
I tried the other major shopping centre, Tesco or Lotus. Again there were plenty of torches but no spare globes for sale.
I tried a hardware store. I go to the area and again plenty of torches. And the same result, no spare globes.
I believe that this must be a conspiracy by the torch makers, has to be. They have done a deal with all the sellers in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. To only sell complete torches, no spare parts.
So on the weekend I am heading to a huge hardware place, about a ten minute drive from home. If they don’t have globes, then no one in Ubon will have them. I will have to start shoplifting globes out of torches in the markets. Just kidding…..