Dinner With Geckos

For our last night in Bangkok before heading to Cambodia, Susan and I taxi’d it from the hotel to the Chinatown section of the city to walk along its main drag and find a place to eat.

Steering clear of all the eateries specializing in the shark fin and bird nest soups — the former being personally abhorent in its cruelty — we settled on the above hole-in-the-wall place down a dark and dingy sidestreet for a simple meal of chicken and rice washed down with Singha beers (total 240 baht; roughly $7), our sidewalk table presided over by a gang of geckos hanging out on the wall beside me and themselves feasting on the prevalent insects.

Chinatown was a vibrant and pulsing gridlock of humanity, and I’m glad Susan and I ventured out to experience it.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."