Okay, so math has never been my strong suit. But I’m beginning to consider the restrictive 7 of the 7 Shot Rule is perhaps intended in the same vein as the Thai use of 108. Not that I’m ready to shoot, or post, whatever number of photographs I feel like on any given day and call it 7 and done, but I am taking the baby step of using 7 to quantify any shot of multiples. Which is a good thing ‘cuz repeating patterns and pretty maids all in a row always attract my eye. Although in my case the maids would have to be ladyboys at the very least. But ya know what I mean. I refer to it as the bar boy effect. One bar boy standing on stage in his underwear is of minor interest, a dozen or more is always worth your time. And thank the gods for cell phone cameras, huh?
I’m sure y’all would be a lot happier if today’s 7 Shots post was 7 photos of 7 – in the 108 sense – naked bar boys, but I tend to run across the flimsy excuse I’m using for a theme today when visiting wats most often. And I’ve yet to find a Buddhist temple with naked bar boys on display. Which may explain why wats aren’t high on most sex touris’ to-do list. Although you’d expect the confessional at Assumption Cathedral to have a line out the door and down the street filled with those who enjoyed the pleasure of Bangkok’s night-time offerings the evening before. Maybe Bangkok isn’t big on Catholics’ travel plans. Or maybe the good fathers at Assumption Cathedral have implemented a fast-pass confessional line for punters where you don’t actually have to voice your sins. You just hit a button and a pre-recorder voice sentences you to ten Hail Marys and tells you to go forth and sin no more. Yeah. Fat chance at that.
But I digress. And while ‘the devil is in the details’ may not be the appropriate cliche to use for explaining my fascination with repeating patterns at wats and why those photographs tend to elicit strange looks from friends who demand to see my most recent travel photos, the fact is that after you’ve visited a few hundred temples in Thailand you have to find something to hold your interest. Other than the occasional hottie novice monk. It’s probably a good thing Buddhists don’t believe in confession. Otherwise the senior monks would spend their days listening to the sinful thoughts and acts of priests visiting from Assumption Cathedral. Huh. Come to think of it, I probably have enough photos of hot monks to do a 7 Shots: Monk Hotties post. Maybe I missed my true calling. Stay tuned.
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