A few weeks after moving to Bangkok, I started to get desensitized to the strangeness. What once struck me as bizarre and exotic – monks collecting alms in the morning, an entire family plus the dog on a motorbike going the wrong way down a one way street, green tea flavored Kit Kats – became part of normal life. As James Hilton wrote in Lost Horizons, “There came a time, he realized, when the strangeness of everything made it increasingly difficult to realize the strangeness of anything.” When you are immersed in the foreign, the foreign becomes a new normal.
Then, I made a visit to my hometown of Woodward, Oklahoma, and was reminded that I am from an odd place too. In Woodward, we have a pair of dinosaurs next to the 10 commandments in the middle of town with a sign declaring that the Earth is 5000 years old and that evolution is a fairytale for adults. Attending a high school basketball game, I saw that they were raffling off a semi-automatic assault rifle as a fund raiser. Recently, CNN.com did a piece on my hometown. We are famous for having the highest percentage of climate change deniers anywhere in the USA.
I suppose that no matter where we are from, there is strangeness to be found. The oddity is in the eye of the beholder.
Photo Essay: Things That Strike Me As Odd in Bangkok
Bonus Feature: Weird Things from Oklahoma
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