Damien on… National Stupidity
I am an ex-pat Brit living, this last decade, in Thailand.
Thais habitually do some STUPID things. But then again, so do Brits.
And if one were to compile a list – the Thais would come out on TOP.
Their attitude to life is WAY more positive than MY race.
However, sometimes even the natives of The Land Of Smiles do things that make you want to KICK them. Case in point…
Many years ago, I constructed a bird-feeder. I had originally strewn bird-seed on the garden – until two LBBs (little brown birds) got nailed by a CAT. Yes, I feed birds – but not to cats.
These days cats avoid my garden, since it now contains two DOGS I rescued – but that is another story.
The bird-feeder soon became a bird-and-SQUIRREL-feeder. It turns out squirrels like bird-seed. And it turns out birds do NOT like squirrels (I think they eat their eggs) so they sit in the adjacent bush and twitter angrily, when they come to feed.
But the squirrels are cute, hanging from the tree-trunk by their back legs, craning out to nibble the seed. And they don’t eat much – or stay too long – so are welcome also.
Which brings me to the POINT of this monograph. The Thais think me MAD for spending MONEY on seed – to feed WILD birds.
But then – they CATCH wild birds and put them in cages in their gardens. And there, day after day, these poor creatures sit. Watching the World go by – from a PRISON.
Whereas MY birds (and squirrels) come and go as they PLEASE.
And it only cost me ten pence (16c) a day for their company.
So NOW who’s mad?