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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Condom Accommodations

There are two times I remember being in condom accommodations.

Chiang Rai, Thailand: This photo is the happy waving welcome condom at Cabbages and Condoms. The colorful mini-condoms point the way to the resort, restaurant, mini-mart, and restroom. There was a lovely condom family waving along the road, and I regret not having a picture of them--mom and pop condom with little Chanakam and her older brother Aroon, the little condom children still growing up. (OK, so they didn't have names, but they could have.) Cabbages and Condoms is a lovely project that supports rural development--literacy training, HIV/AIDs education, and environmental protection, so it's a good place to stay.

Manila, Philippines:
I checked into a guest house in Manila, and the caretaker said, "You're in the condom room." "Excuse me, what room?" "The condom room, up the stairs and to the left." And so I went up, and sure enough, there was a sign on the door that said "Condom Room." I should say that the guest house was generally for medical aid workers, so it may have made more sense to them. I pushed the door open, and sure enough, the room was decorated with, you guessed it, condom-related stuff. There was a how-to-use-a-condom poster on the wall. And a pair of emergency boxer shorts with lots of pockets filled with condoms. And a wooden ash tray with a big condomless penis. And, I settled into the room for a week, and whenever I came in, I had to announce in a loud voice that I needed the key to the condom room.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why cabbages though? In Phnom Penh, Cambodia there was this row of artshops where people were making wooden statuettes and carvings of Angkor Wat, elephants and penises. A bit disbelieving at first, but they told that they export alot to Europe as sex toys, or artpieces on your mantlepiece, whichever you prefer :)

7:51 PM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

is it possible the planet is trying to tell you something?

or point you in a certain direction...oh, ok, i'll stop.

8:55 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Hey! JP was at Cabbages and Condoms. He told me about it so that if I found a condom in his pocket after his trip to Thailand, I wouldn't beat him over the head with a baseball bat.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

I have learnd something new. Thank you.

6:08 AM  
Blogger meno said...

That is both bizarre and encouraging. I will have to think about giving our guest room some condom themed decorations.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is so informative. In an entertaining sort of way.

You're like Dora the Explorer. ;)


10:45 AM  
Blogger Susan as Herself said...

OK, that is hilarious.

And where can I get one of those ashtrays? No reason.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Lynnea said...

So when I read the title I thought it was some kind of metaphore. But then.
One place being condom accommodations I would have thought, "well weird but interesting"...but two? two is just wacko. and we could only learn it from you.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes. I remember Condoms and Cabbage! LOL


Thailand Gal

3:26 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Wickedly fascinating stuff! But I'm curious, HOW do condoms and cabbages correlate?

3:48 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

pei wei & tink: The place uses wastewater to keep a garden growing, so I think it's got to do with food and food security, and family planning and AIDS/HIV education.

jen: Hmm...I hadn't thought of that.

kc & thailand gal: I love it that you know if this place. I think there are several locations. One in Bangkok. I've been making a hotel reservation in Bangkok today, but need something close to the new airport.

citymouse: Hope I haven't offended.

meno: I guess it depends what you'd like to encourage happening in your guest room...

steven: Glad it's at least entertaining sometimes.

susan: I'm sure that request was just a silly afterthought...or was it?

butt: Yeah, maybe there's a time in everyone's life when they need the condom room.

maggie: Well, it probably should have been a metaphor, but unfortunately, it's not.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um... I totally want to stay in the condom room somewhere. Or check in at a condom hotel or whatever. It sounds fun. Although it might ad pressure to a situation to utilize the amnemities. But still! A condom shower curtain would be sweet! You think they have those?

6:09 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

kat: Patent that condom shower curtain idea quick...before someone else grabs it!

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh, that's kind of funny.
A "welcome condom" and "condom room".

There's a Monty Python sketch in there somewhere.

7:50 PM  

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