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Saturday, June 13 - 7:04pmSanction this postReply
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People coming from rural Thailand would not see any humor there.  They own elephants.  They would probably be very interested in a payment plan.   It is a working animal on their family owned farms and as common as a mule would have been in rural Nebraska 100 years ago.  

 

I remember farmers bringing their elephant into Bangkok, tying a small flashlite with red plastic covering the lens to the pachyderms tail - so the traffic wouldn't run into the back of the elephant.  Actually quite a few serious accidents where cars have hit elephants over the years.

 

Some of the farmers grow these long, long string beans which the elephants love to eat.  I imagine that elephants are not cheap to keep.  The farmers would make the long trek into the tourist section of urban Bangkok with saddle bags full of the beans.  Then they would sell a handful of beans at a time to a tourist who would feed them to the elephant.

 

You could see on the faces of these young farmers the awe and wonder that they could get maybe 10 times the market price for their beans, and then the buyer would turn right around and feed his elephant for him.  

 

One of the things I loved about Thailand was the cultural shock.  You could step out of  a 6 story mall with $800,000 sports cars on the fifth floor and a walk through aquarium in the basement, and meet an elephant on the sidewalk, just below the SkyTrain.

 

(Sorry about hijacking the thread with a reply that has nothing to do with the humorous part of the quote.  Americans also appear willing to buy anything that is free - free once you provide a credit card number for a monthly subscription and pay shipping and handling - "But Wait!  There's More!"  I'll be you could advertise a Save the Elephant membership where you got pictures of "your" elephant and the food you are buying for it - just $1 down and a monthly plan).



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Saturday, June 13 - 8:18pmSanction this postReply
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Just think:  If more people did own elephants, the catch-phrase, "The elephant in the room (that everyone's been ignoring)" wouldn't be just another metaphor; it would have real meaning! :-/



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Saturday, June 13 - 10:17pmSanction this postReply
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Haha!



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Sunday, June 14 - 3:33amSanction this postReply
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I found this quote in the Personal Finance Placement Test Study Guide and thought it worth sharing.

 

As for the test itself, it should be a high school graduation requirement!

 

Those with children should read Homeschooling for College Credit by Jennifer Cook DeRosa for additional insight into how to conquer half of college before high school graduation.

 

(Edited by Luke Setzer on 6/14, 3:45am)



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Monday, June 15 - 11:02amSanction this postReply
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Thanks, Luke.  I added a new topic under RoR Education.  Here in Texas, aside from the usual AP classes, several paths are open for earning college credit while in high school.  

 

(How is owning a Humvee not like owning an elephant?  Thanks for the narrative, Steve. It must have been an interesting experience. Apparently, you have traveled quite a bit.  As for the farmer's being amazed that tourists pay to feed the farmer's elephant, it is a rational choice on the part of the tourist.  How often do you get to feed an elephant?  Must worth a dollar... ) 

 

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 6/15, 11:06am)



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Monday, June 15 - 11:35amSanction this postReply
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As for the farmer's being amazed that tourists pay to feed the farmer's elephant, it is a rational choice on the part of the tourist. How often do you get to feed an elephant? Must worth a dollar...

Yes indeed it is worth a dollar.  To feel that sense of wonder at something new and interesting is a value.  One of the great things about childhood is the enormous amount of time a child spends in joyous wonder over all that is new.  There are ways in which the use of the mind naturally generates a background of joy.  One of the things that travel can afford us is a chance to feel that wonderment over new things.  It is also a component of learning new things.



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