They say the Eskimos have many words for snow but not too many words for swamp cooler.
I'm not sure if it's true, but it's certain that the same principle applies to logistics in Thailand. Here is a sign I spotted along the highway between Chiang Mai and Mae Taeng in Northern Thailand:
That sign pretty much says it all.
Thailand is a wonderful, laid-back, fun place, but if there's one thing Thailand's not good at, it's logistics. If you want a train to arrive on time, or the workers building your house to buy the right amount of materials and tell you when they'll finish, or the power company to deliver the 30amp 240volt service you ordered, or your wife or girlfriend to tell you about how much the family will spend this year, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
Perhaps that explains why it takes a 56-Thai-letter phrase to even name the beast, let alone a set of very large parentheses which seem to suggest "Logistics (or something, um, sorta like that, er, thingmy, whatever it is)."
However, while you're waiting for your train to arrive several hours late, you can eat some amazingly tasty desserts being sold by hawkers carrying baskets full of snacks suspended from bamboo poles over their shoulders. Even though your house's roof still isn't finished, and your deck was made from
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