Thai New Year, which is totally different to Chinese New Year (I thought maybe they might be connected, but they’re not) is tomorrow.
In a nutshell, everybody celebrates by throwing water at each other, which causes a lot of road accidents – even more than the general laissez-faire attitude towards road safety here. Thank god for spell-check or I’d never have been able to spell ‘laissez-faire’ in a hurry.
Although they say everybody is fair game, including police, this is not the case.
Ever since I heard it’s cool to throw water at ANYONE Songkran, I’ve been itching to dish out some civilian-justice to all those traffic cops who’ve ripped me off over BS fines in the past.
I mentioned my plans to squirt a police officer in the face to a friend of mine and she made that funny “OOOOOooooooiiiiee!” noise Thai people do all the time and issued this warning:
“I tink if yooou choot police wit wah-tah gun – day choot you back wit real gun ah.”
Maybe if one were to hide in just the right spot, or lobbed a water balloon from afar… Where’s a grassy knoll when you need one?