Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cowpoke Cabby

Sawasdee buckaroos. In this land, West meets East for a certain subgroup of Thais into Western cowboy culture. Some of these Asian cowpokes dress up in cowboy hats, jeans, and boots, or alternatively in feathers, silver and turquoise jewelry, and beaded suede moccasins. In Northeastern Thailand, there's a dude ranch that caters to folks like these, and at JJ weekend market in Bangkok, there's a clique of cowhands who hang out and pick their banjos. The driver of this taxi is a broncobuster wannabe, too. As we drove along, he sang Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy, a popular tune in these here parts.