Tee is an interesting mix of east meets west. He grew up in the jungles of northern Thailand in an isolated farming village with no electricity or running water and moved to Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities in Thailand, about 8 years ago where he has worked almost every job under the sun. He learned English from British backpackers so his English is more “proper” than mine; he is great at the accent game and knows phrases in numerous languages, which always impresses the French. He also is a world news junkie and constantly stumps me with questions about American landmarks and geography. With his quick jokes, huge tattoo, and pierced ear, sometimes I forget his roots and then he will say or do something that reminds me I married a jungle boy.
Here is a little insight into the mind, body, and soul of the man I married.
I talked Tee out of buying a whole porcupine on two different occasions in Laos, something that I regret to this day for numerous reasons. My main hesitation was that we were on a motorbike trip and, because we didn’t have any more space, I didn’t want to get stuck holding a porcupine for the rest of the day! Then for the next week Tee talked about BBQ porcupine so much and with such enthusiasm that I felt like a real jerk for talking him out of buying it and it actually started to sound pretty delicious to me too. A week or so later while sitting at a noodle shop waiting for his food to arrive Tee rubbed his belly, smacked his lips a little, and said, “Every time I get hungry I think of porcupine BBQ. So good!”
Next time we are buying the porcupine!