Sidewalk cobbler in Udon Thani
The clear observation and lack of sentimentality -- "Oh, those happy-go-lucky Thais!" -- make this post compelling for me (and it's a slice of life in Udon Thani, way the hell up north).
However, we might also consider this a post about the future, not the past. When the trucks stop bringing stuff to the mall from China, we're going to find ourselves repairing a lot more, in settings and transactions like his. Nice little cash business, eh?