Have you ever gone through those times where you’re just experiencing and learning so much you don’t have room for anything else? There has been so much going on at my new school that by the time I come home I basically just pass out on the couch and then veg out for the rest of the evening (which, as you know, is not very long at all, since I now have to go to bed around sundown (7pm) in order to wake up in time for school the next morning). I can’t even get my own thoughts straight in my head because I seem to have so much swimming around in there… And then there’s the rare occasion when I have a brief swell in energy levels and decide to venture out around the city. Thus begins the fantastical world where superkimbo believes she can communicate accurately in Thai after no Thai lessons whatsoever…
Yesterday Alex and I decided to go see the 5pm showing of the Bourne Ultimatum (at around 4:50pm), so we scampered (not really, it was more like trudging, but I like the image of us scampering better) out to the taxi stand behind our house and flagged down a motorcycle taxi (the driver of whom would, for a mere 20 Baht, drive slightly farther down the street and return with a full-fledged taxi to transport our lazy behinds to our chosen destination).
In my modest attempt to communicate in a thorough and less novice-like way (I’m no foreigner, I live here!), I stated our intended destination and (and this is the important part) the street name where the cinema is located. We started to drive a little ways and then the driver pulled over, turned around and insisted that there was no Major Hollywood Cinema on Chaeng Wattana road. We tried to discuss it for a few minutes in our limited Thai and then gave up and instead asked him to drive to a different destination on the same road as the cinema.
Throughout the four minute drive our driver kept insisting that there is no cinema where we said it is (and that’s how we learned the word no in Thai). Then, as we expected, up it looms in the distance. Only it wasn’t actually on Chaeng Wattana, it was on the corner of Chang Wattana and Pakkret. Technically speaking, it was actually on Pakkret, but you could obviously see how we would think it was on Chang Wattana, being a cross street and all. But now I know. There is no Major Hollywood Cinema on Chaeng Wattana road. Next time less chit chat, more driving.
And that’s why we stayed home today…