The driver approached with a funny look in his eyes. Suspicion gurgled in my consciousness.
“You know, I’m gonna take the bus,” I said.
The businessman frowned. He had convinced me the Grand Palace was closed and directed me somewhere else.
“Why would you take the bus? Just get in the tuk-tuk!”
But it was too late. I could see the angles now and narrowly escaped his trap.
Bangkok has an ultra-refined scammer scene, with the slickest con-artists I've ever met. They almost got me twice in the past. As I returned to film RLT in Thailand, it was my turn to get them.
While on break, I munched down a bag of fried bugs. The cameraman decided to spontaneously film. It turned into our number one video on youtube until the foot fetish community discovered our segment about reflexology and blew the clip up. I never thought much about my feet, but it’s flattering to see their popularity soar.
I have mixed feelings about the Mahouts and their elephants. On one hand, these people have a long tradition with the massive mammals. On the other hand, elephants are social creatures. Unlike tigers, they are not wired to live alone.
Can you imagine yourself getting captured by an advanced alien species? You would now spend the rest of your life without seeing another human. Let’s say they treated you well, providing a big apartment with sweeping views of Planet X and a fridge perpetually full of lasagna, ice cream, and beer. Occasionally they’d send you out to gather firewood. Would you be happy with that arrangement or would you be a lonely soul?
You could replicate my technique as I turn the tables on the scammers, however, there are three popular scams to absolutely avoid:
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I'm Jonathan Legg
The road has been my greatest teacher.. challenging stagnant beliefs, disarming prejudices, and developing understanding of others. I hope the content on this blog will bring a sliver of that juju to you.