Man VS The Rice Harvesting Machine in Thailand

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was getting third degree burns hacking my way through a field as a rice harvester in Thailand. There were ceremonies with strange dancing, the customary rice hats, more strange dancing and a token gringo – to celebrate the new rice harvest. Rice is a big deal in Asia. Like a big deal. Like Justin Bieber big but actually liked and actually needed. Less drunk driving too. Although, I don’t know, the guy behind the wheel of the behemoth rice harvesting machine did seem a bit shifty behind the wheel. Rice wine can do that to you. Regardless, I threw together this video together in case you missed my glorious job of being a rice harvester in Asia.

The Rice Harvesting Machine aka Motorized Job Eliminator

rice harvesting

VS

Soon to be unemployed guy

S

meh…that looks like a lot of work

After a few hours of working my way through the fields clearing the rice, I thought I was going to die. Until I saw the rice harvesting machine come into save the day and save my complexion from turning into something that resembled a casino cocktail waitress’s face that had seen too many day slinging Mai Thais in chain smoking land. Nonetheless – the relief was soon overshadowed with the sad realization that me – and one day my fellow harvesters – would become redundant due to this more efficient and non-healthcare requiring beast. Ah technology, delivering “freedom”, low-cost efficiency and  a one way ticket to the unemployment line.

I may have become redundant, but operating motorized vehicles with rice wine ain't a bad gig either.

I may have become redundant, but operating motorized vehicles with rice wine ain’t a bad gig either.

 

Turner barr
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Hi, my name is Turner. I travel the world, hustle to find interesting jobs, and write about what happens when you read too many self-help books.

2 Comments
  • ginzo
    Posted at 10:36h, 25 February

    Hi I’m Ginzo and the next 3 of march I’m to thailand because I love that land, and I want ask you something about wich kind of job I can find, I don’t care I want something for taje a new experience, the rice fare sound great, please tell me your Best advice.
    Thank ginzo

  • Rashad Pharaon
    Posted at 01:16h, 26 February

    Great video – I’m always so impressed that you seem to work your way into situations where you’re the only foreigner there. That takes guts.