One of the older women at work seems to have taken a shine to me, stops to chat
at my desk and has told me that she is not married and does not have a Thai
boyfriend. I see her every day and joking I said we should go out one afternoon
for some fun. She always says “next year”, and it has been left at that. Today
she asked me what I was doing on Saturday or Sunday and I said I was busy. She
then floored me by saying, “OK, next week,” and I think she meant it, not like
her “next years”. How do I find out what she meant? Should I go ahead and say a
day next week? If she doesn’t really mean it, would I embarrass her? Have I put
my foot right in it?
This lady has been giving you all the hints that any mature man should
recognize. I read that she is an older woman, and I think you must be a younger
man, or at least someone who is not very worldly wise. If you want to go out
with her one afternoon for fun (as you put it), then just agree on a day. If she
doesn’t really mean it, then she will give you an excuse as to why it is not
possible. Lighten up, my Petal. Just enjoy life as it comes, and remember that
old wines in old bottles can be better than new wines in new bottles.
I’m not one of your heart broken people. I’m delighted that my girlfriend has
said she wants to go off with some German chappie she has met, promising to take
her to Germany. I don’t care if he’s real or not. We’d been together three
months and every day the hand was out for more money and more money. She is a
good lookin’ babe, but so are lots of others. Should I give her something as a
“going away” present, or just let her take her things and disappear to Germany?
I put nothing in her name or anything stupid like that.
You’ve just escaped, Petal. You were not together long enough for her to have
any real hold on your belongings. Help her to go over to the German boyfriend
she is looking for. B. 100 for the motorcycle taxi should be enough.
Did you get the champers I sent you? Got it in Qatar and sent it to you by
registered post to make sure you got it.
No sweet pea, definitely no bubbly, but I don’t believe you are real (in fact
how about a ‘go hok’?). You can’t get champagne or wines in many Middle East
countries, and nobody, but nobody tries to send bottles of wine by the post. In
Qatar, you can drink in a hotel, but you need a permit to buy alcohol by the
bottle. You must use your permit to buy only in the official alcohol
distribution center, the organization that sells the permits. Unfortunately you
are not allowed into the center without a permit to go and buy the permit. A
real Catch 22. There must be ways around it, but it’s not easy. Nice try Dave.
Next time bring it to me in person, that’s a good boy.
I’ve done it again, falling in love with a Thai woman who has happily ripped me
off, while smiling. No wonder they call this place the land of smiles. With what
they’ve got out of me, half of Isaan should be smiling, or at least financially
better off. I thought I had met Miss Right. She always seemed so pleased to see
me, but I think it was my bank account she was smiling at. I know I did not know
her very long, but I honestly thought it would be better for us to be together
while we got to know each other better, and keep her away from the bars. That
was a dumb idea, as all it did was get her to know my financial state better,
which is now a lot worse when she left taking as much as she could carry, and
then some, what with motorcycle and house in her name. This is really just a
warning for other poor saps, as I know you can’t get the money and stuff back
for me. But how do you get some honest company round here?
Dear Rip Toff,
I am sorry to hear of all this heartbreak, and a broken piggy bank too. Some
people are slow learners, my Petal. There is nothing wrong with that, but you
should know yourself better by this stage in your life. I am sorry that your
Miss Right turned into Miss Left Nothing, and I appreciate your trying to warn
others to be more careful, but you are the person you should be warning, before
all others. And to meet “honest company”? The same places you do in your
country, and that’s not the bars either.