Being in Thailand, it is quite common to see Monks
OVER PRAYER STRING
They wear the saffron colored robes and sandals, and may or
may not carry a small cloth bag over their shoulders with all of their
worldly possessions. There are certain rules to follow when dealing with
Monks... like women should never look them directly in the eye, God forbid
that a woman should ever touch them for any reason, and generally, all
folks must show them deferential treatment and respect for their holy
position in life. So with these things in mind, Billy and I are
waiting in the Bangkok airport for our direct flight to Chiang Mai. Billy
needs to utilize the facilities, and so excuses himself and goes to
commune with nature.
While in that "special room" a Monk says
hello to Billy, who seems to interpret that as a sign of good luck. Next,
Billy thinks, he will be blessed and life will be good for an undetermined
amount of time thereafter. However, instead of blessing him, the Monk
heads out of the lavatory, turns left, and sits down at the Burger King!
After he refreshes and fulfills himself there
from the Western offerings of Burger King, he promptly gets up and goes to
the SMOKING ROOM at the airport, where he disappears for several long
minutes. Billy and I are just flabbergasted, and wait for our Mr. Monk to
come out of the smoking lounge. He does so in time, and we notice that
instead of the usual cloth bag that the other Monks carry, he has some
sort of briefcase. We were wondering if he was a "head Monk" or
something, and has earned these "special privileges"...
THAI MONKS CHOWING DOWN
Never judge a book by its cover, or something like that...