|Walking under an elephant|
is believed to bring good luck
I'm not much on superstitions myself, but I regularly find myself in a position while traveling to humor someone who is. For example, in the Philippines you can't go to bed with wet hair because you're liable to die in your sleep. One close Japanese friend insists you can't whistle at night because it's bad luck. A Thai friend backs up a variation of that same belief as he told me one balmy evening while I was whistling while walking that it would attract pee (ghosts) - and ghosts are something you do not want to mess with among the believing Thai - trust me. The exception is if you're in the film industry, as movies about ghosts seem to keep the Thai film industry thriving.
The rooms in the rear of the Om Yim Lodge (where there is no room #13) overlook a picturesque old Chinese cemetery, but I've had friends visiting who were uncomfortable with that, asking "why didn't you get a room facing the front?" For a couple of visits I requested one just to avoid the possible problem. Better view facing the BTS, anyway.
Friday the 13th is winding down where I am, and it's already the 14th in Thailand so I hope everyone I know there is still drawing breath and free of a hospital bed. If the day was to be unlucky for me I seemed to have missed that part, but it was a frantic day of errands, appointments, meetings and the likes - a day that spiraled out of my control somewhere after my morning coffee when the phone rang. Nevertheless, I've gotten through it... so far.
If I'm not back on Monday you can blame it on the wrath of the universe being brought down on me for dissing superstitions.
Or a ghost.