Yesterday I went to visit a friend, my kumare, who gave birth to her third child. While at the bus stop outside our campus, I was deliberating whether I should wait for the bus or just hop into a taxi nearby. For the past weeks now, I have been using the bus to get to places. It's like I have renewed my 'acquaintance' with an old friend. And it seems that I am enjoying my bus rides, as I get to feel that I am really here, hearing the noises and seeing many things that you would not normally hear and see when you are just sitting in your car.
So I took the bus. For a mere 7 Baht, I was able to reach my destination. But then I missed the stop, and I had to get off the next bus stop and walked back to get to the hospital. It was ok at least I walked for a few hundred meters which fulfilled my physical fitness needs for the day (hopefully). It was good that it was not raining, although it was quite hot and I was sweating by the time I reached the hospital.
I had a good visit, and I got the see the newborn baby. And of course my inaanak (the eldest) and her younger sister.
Then it was time to leave. As I left the hospital, I was thinking again whether I should take a taxi or the bus. But then my 'kuripot' side surfaced and I decided to just go and cross the road by taking the overpass. It was also a good walk, so that's another plus for my fitness program for the day! Then I waited for the bus to take me back to the campus. It took quite a while for the bus to arrive so I decided to go to 7-11 and get some food to eat. So I went and bought some sausages and then returned to the bus stop.
Apparently it was not only me who was hungry. A stray female dog was following me and eyeing the sausages. I dared not eat then, and now I was in a quandary as to what to do with them. If I put them in my bag, the dog might jump on me. She was looking at me now with sharp eyes and tongue dangling out of her mouth. I saw the teeth, too. They were sharp! I remembered some news reports of dogs jumping on people to get food and I was afraid. I looked at the nearby garbage bin but there was another dog there. If I put the bag of sausages on the bench it was not also good as it might dirty the place.
Fortunately, there was a flower stall manned by 3 people. I went there to give them the sausages and asked them to just feed the dog as it would not leave me alone. I felt relieved when I finally gave it up. There goes my dinner, I thought. Oh well, better hungry than be mauled by a dog, and a stray one, at that. It is also good that here people are kind to animals. Thus it did not look strange (I think) that I gave food to that dog. I hope she had a nice sleep that night.