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Old 04-16-2009, 09:26 AM   #21
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I've been thinking, these Cheech and Chong things are funny in context, but probably offensive in a broader context. I've got many Mexican American friends and relatives, and we often joke around, but it's an insider type of joking. So, if I could remove that like to the Cheech clip I would, but I can't. However, in its proper context, and as a satire, I think it's funny.
Sometimes people that get offended are on a mission to be offended.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:38 AM   #22
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I live in Phoenix so I get the amigo thing too. When we traveled in India people thought I was Indian, even though I didn't have a moustache like the other 600 million men there have. In Guatemala the guide at Tikal asks me if I've got Mayan ancestry.

The curse of "tan skin with generic-non-Euro facial features" that comes with being a mutt.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:45 PM   #23
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DW and her sisters get spoken to in Spanish a lot locally. We live a heavily hispanic area (might as well call it "little mexico"). They just assume that DW is Latina of some sort and bust out in Spanish (of which DW knows only a little), soon followed by DW saying "I don't speak spanish" in a polite way.

I think there was some anthropological and archaeological theories that some of the peoples from SE Asia and the far east may have made their way up the eastern coast of Asia and over to Alaska (by land bridge or by boat) and then down through the US, thereby becoming the "indigenous" people or Indians or Native Americans here in the Americas (something like 10-30k years ago I think). My FIL looks 100% inigenous latin american of some sort, but is from Cambodia.
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Keeping with the original theme of visiting in Northern Thailand and Burma, you might want to take a look at a few of our pictorials on these locations.

Billy and I have found Northern Thailand and the Tribespeople to be very intriguing. Ancestry, culture, handiwork, family structure, belief systems -- all of that - fascinating! Although we have gone to Burma for our border runs and have done some sight seeing and purchasing, we have not done any extensive travel through that country.

Mae Hong Son Loop

Golden Triangle Adventure - a must see is the Opium Museum! A link is at the end of the pictorial.

Hangin' with the Tribe tells you about a village we saw years ago, took photos and then we returned about 5 years later. We showed the villagers photos of themselves on our computer. They were mesmerized!

This one is of a typical Lisu Village. You will be able to see how this tribe lives and how they raise their families.

And lastly, the Longneck Tribe, who are allowed to work in Thailand as a tourist attraction. They willingly do this, sending home money they make through the tourists. Those who live and work in this 'village' must be able to speak Thai in order to qualify for this privilege.

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If you go to Burma I'll give you $20 if you push that big gold rock off that ledge.
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:46 AM   #26
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Akaisha,

I've been out of town for awhile, so I didn't see your post. Thanks for the links, but I had previously seen them all when poking around your website!

This Sunday I'm off for my two months in Southeast Asia. I don't guess you and Billy are in Chiang Mai now, are you? I'm probably not making it to there on this trip, I'm on a bus to Mae Sot on arrival in Bangkok, but I'd love to meet up with you two at some time, as we seem to share a lot of common interests. Thanks again for all your great information and perspective.

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Old 05-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #27
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Akaisha,

I've been out of town for awhile, so I didn't see your post. Thanks for the links, but I had previously seen them all when poking around your website!

This Sunday I'm off for my two months in Southeast Asia. I don't guess you and Billy are in Chiang Mai now, are you? I'm probably not making it to there on this trip, I'm on a bus to Mae Sot on arrival in Bangkok, but I'd love to meet up with you two at some time, as we seem to share a lot of common interests. Thanks again for all your great information and perspective.

Tom
HI Tom!

I apologize as well - we have been having internet issues and I am quite backlogged in my correspondence. Just got to this today!

Would LOVE to meet up with you as well, and hope that happens. We appreciate your interest in our website and travel information. It is our pleasure to provide this service.

We are hoping to be in Asia before Summer's end, but looks like we will miss your visit... darn! Give us a shout when you return from Asia - (TheGuide@RetireEarlyLifestyle.com) we may still be here in the States... we can always Skype each other and learn about your adventures. What great fun!

Our friends, Paul and Vicki Terhorst, are still in Thailand at this time. If you would like their contact info let me know. I'm sure they would enjoy meeting you. Great folks and they love making new friends.

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