Sometimes, when you think you've been there, done that, and nothing can surprise you any more, you are exposed to a totally new experience that gets you wide-eyed all over again.
Last weekend I went to my first Mr & Ms Muscle contest.
I suppose we grow up in a world that is obsessed with beauty. After 1955 there was a lull in the Miss Thailand contest, due mainly to political unrest. But when it was revived, the first event was hugely successful, mainly because Miss Thailand 1964, Apasra Hongsakula, went on to take the Miss Universe crown. From then on, beauty pageants were a big thing in Thailand. Racism wasn't yet an issue for beauty contests as it is today (as the Miss America contest indicated recently) and the biggest conflict surrounding beauty contests when I was young was which contestant you rooted for, creating a social divide _ albeit a friendly one _ that was almost as distinct as the red shirt v yellow shirt phenomenon.
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