Another friend of mine is in Bangkok for work. He hasn’t been to the kingdom in close to 20 years, but he is an avid reader of this blog. Since he is also a motorhead, he picked up on my recurring entries on visits to Gear-Wheel Alley. Thusly, he asked me for a tour, since this neighborhood is something very unique to Bangkok. Of course I took him, it is probably my favorite place in Bangkok, if not Thailand.
We started with the Fiat, that brave little car….with as I found out now, a 2 cylinder Subaru engine in the back. Why? I have no idea. I opened the door and found besides a colony of ants another current resident, can you spot him?
Then we moved on to the transmission shops.
Brian, asked how people keep track of everything. They keep order and the sort according to whatever. I do now, that these shops can hook anybody up with any spare-part one might ever need. I also know that the work carried put on Gear-Wheel Alley is pretty hard labor, so hard that i am not sure many people would want to volunteer for it in the West. I freely admit, that I love going there, because I can decide to go there as an observer, I do not have to go there in order to make a living.
This shop is recycling metal parts. You can see these people there uncoiling generator and electric motor rotors. They fully disassembly transmission housings into all the different materials and then they throw each individual piece on the correct material pile.
Then of course, you also have shops that specialize in the disassembly, sorting and the refurbishing of transmissions. A few sois further down, the flicker of welding torches casts its shadows against narrow back alley walls.As we leave this back alley, we walk past scooters waiting for the shift end of their drivers – it is Saturday, everyone wants to go home, shower and relax.
I will close today’s entry with a young woman who – in a Dorian Gray-esque way – was very occupied with taking a selfie. After I took this photos, I offered to take a picture of her as well, which she gladly accepted. To me, a selfie is the perfect manifestation of either boundless self-centeredness or simply sad loneliness. I have hard time watching someone not being able to ask a fellow citizen to take a picture.Okeydokey, that is that. Stay sharp and be good to your fellow planet-dwellers, the vast majority of them are very decent.
Cheers Markus \m/