These are some pics from farther along the road to Lampang.
I’ve commented before on the poverty and how it relates to The Thailand Girl Scene and when you drive around the countryside with open eyes it ‘s everywhere around you.
Real poverty means a lifetime of hard work and being stuck in a rural area where there are no prospects of anything but physically tough, unskilled, menial work at wages that leave money for nothing but basic food and shelter and nothing to do for entertainment except getting bombed on cheap whiskey.
These two women were sitting in the hot humid midday tropical sun with a metal scraper uniforming the concrete slab for the application of asphalt. All day they sit there getting sun dried and jerkified while chipping at the concrete with a metal hand tool.
Given the area, they are making less than 200 THB ($6 USD )per day.
The more Thailand you see, the more the big picture congeals in your head and the more things you can place in context and understand.
It’s fashionable for foreigners, especially the ones who get outsmarted and duped by bargirls, to go off on the lazy relatives back in the village who rely on their daughters bar wages to support them but when you wrap your head around scenes like this it fits together into a unified rational whole.
If a girl sends 10,000 THB home every month, what’s the point of working under these conditions for this pay for another 6,000 THB every month. Sitting at home, doing nothing, and subsisting on the send back is the rational choice. Put any farang in their position and they would make the same choice as the “lazy relatives back in the village.”
If a family has a suitable girl, the economic logic pushes the girl to the bright lights of the big city where she can net 10,000 to 20,000 a month for the family back in the village.
This is a picture of road construction and shows the poverty from a different angle.
What’s noteworthy is the power shovel perched on the dirt embankment on the right.
You’d never see a scene like this in the USA.
First, they would close the road so that if the power shovel fell off noone on the road would get hurt.
Second, they would never put the power shovel up there in the first place. Too dangerous.
In Thailand there are no safety regulations and labor is cheap. More economical to take a chance and pay the operator a risk small risk premium rather than reduce the chance of an accident and the probability of people getting hurt to zero.
In Thailand, legal liability cannot be enforced. Why pay for extra manpower to block the road and protect the drivers passing by when you aren’t liable for any damages you cause?
Here are some pics of a recent crash scene.
All four ties look good so tire failure didn’t cause the crash.
The road is straight and true so my guess is simple driver error. Probably fell asleep at the wheel.
There was no blood inside the cab, so the driver most likely got out alive and relatively unscathed. Flip the truck back over and you could probably drive it away.
Compare the expression of the dudes in the first picture to the ladies in the last picture. There’s a lesson to be drawn from their expressions about the difference between men and women. I’ll let you draw them.
Finally, here are some more pics of the road.
These sections are perfect for a car with a ton of horsepower because you constantly are jumping into the opposing lane and passing slow cars.
I used to drive from L.A. to Vegas with friends. They had rice rockets and I was driving a big American muscle car with over 300 HP. I would wait and on every steep uphill section I would drop the hammer and power right up the hill leaving them helpless in my wake. On mountain roads like this horsepower is king!
I would kill for 400hp and being able to repeatedly drop the hammer and rocket around the slower cars.
Instead I was driving a turbo diesel on this day.
Hey. Life’s not always a bed of roses.