August 16-23, 2012
River City again has a buying and eating exhibit of indigenous Thai food. This how it looks from above; tomorrow we'll do a walk-around.
And, now for the long awaited and terribly exciting Thai food walk-about.
On the road again ... a narrow, winding and dusty one.
Another rainy night in Bangkok.
Sala Thai for a Spanish Omelet.
The sky-bridge between Sheraton Riverside and River City.
Beloit, Wis. – This year’s entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds. They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future, and are entering college bombarded by questions about jobs and the value of a college degree. They have never needed an actual airline “ticket,” a set of bound encyclopedias, or Romper Room. Members of this year’s freshman class, most of them born in 1994, are probably the most tribal generation in history and they despise being separated from contact with friends. They prefer to watch television everywhere except on a television, have seen a woman lead the U.S. State Department for most of their lives, and can carry school books--those that are not on their e-Readers--in backpacks that roll.
The class of 2016 was born the year of the professional baseball strike and the last year for NFL football in Los Angeles. They have spent much of their lives helping their parents understand that you don’t take pictures on “film” and that CDs and DVDs are not “tapes.” Those parents have been able to review the crime statistics for the colleges their children have applied to and then pop an Aleve as needed. In these students’ lifetimes, with MP3 players and iPods, they seldom listen to the car radio. A quarter of the entering students already have suffered some hearing loss. Since they've been born, the United States has measured progress by a 2 percent jump in unemployment and a 16-cent rise in the price of a first class postage stamp.
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of Beloit’s former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, authors of The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley and Sons), it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references. It quickly became an internationally monitored catalog of the changing worldview of each new college generation. Mindset List websites at themindsetlist.com and Beloit.edu, as well as the Mediasite webcast and their Facebook page receive more than a million visits annually.
For those who cannot comprehend that it has been 18 years since this year’s entering college students were born, they should recognize that the next four years will go even faster, confirming the authors’ belief that “generation gaps have always needed glue.”
For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
This year’s list includes 45 additional items that will be found at www.beloit.edu/mindset and at www.themindsetlist.com.
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Tartine is a small French bistro located in the limited retail area of The Athenee Residence. When it's raining I occasionally pop down there for a bowl of soup and something solid. This time I sprang for the carrot soup and a vegetarian omelet. The place mostly caters to a lunch crowd; that's why it looks empty at night.*
* Actually, most of the evening guests choose to eat on the outside deck.
While at Siam Paragon Watcharee and I had lunch at L'Espace, a mall restaurant operated by The Mandarin Oriental hotel. Situated in the middle of the 'walking street' it offers a never ending view of Hi So pedestrian action.
Watcharee started with a carrot themed soup while I chose the culinary 'threesome'.
Next: Part IV