Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Roadside Assistance

Bob was getting ready to fix a flat tire on his bicycle when four neighborhood boys showed up. Pretending to not knowing how to change an inner tube, Bob had more help than he imagined! One of the boy's father is the auto mechanic, so the boy ran the assembled tire to get air after they discovered the hand pump was too slow.
When they were finished, the oldest boy said, "Pom kaw len." Bob figured out he was asking to play.....but play what? He soon figured out that they all wanted to ride the bike because they had never seen a bike with 18 gears! Soon two more boys showed up and there were three boys riding on Bob's bike and three on Carol's bike. We were getting worried about how long this would go on until Bob said, "Paa lao" which means "enough" and the bikes were instantly returned with the customary "wai" (hands together in front of the face).


At 5:52 PM, Blogger MJ said...

Looks like you had plenty of help, Bob! Just call in the gang! I bet they loved the bike experience!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger smalls said...

Sounds like fun! Must be nice to be around some well- behaved children...

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Hi I'm currently an AFS student in thailand from New Jersey I got your blog after an article ran on me back in the states and Becky Turner's mom saw that there was another Rebecca from New Jersey in Thailand. I just wanted to say Sawadee Ka and introduce myself. I have many questions for you and would love to talk with you. I'm placed with a family in the Muang Suratthani in southern thailand. My email is and my blog is Well Chok Dee and I hope to hear from you

At 4:26 PM, Blogger matt said...

Just tell them...Bob will do it!


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