Thailand Phuket Buriram Bestman
Honey Inn ***
Nang Rong, Buriram
June 18, 2006
Just thirty minutes before the required moment, the mistress of ceremonies at Moon’s evening wedding reception, my friend Rose asked me to speak on behalf of Kevin Brown, Moon’s new husband.
Not unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I cheerfully agreed.
Except for Kevin's sister, Jan (and acknowledging the excellent English of Peter from Austria and his Indonesian wife, Norma, and a couple from Belgium) I am the only other native English speaking Westerner at this gathering of one hundred and fifty Thai speaking guests of all ages.
Rose provided simultaneous translation.
So, here, slightly enhanced, is what I said:
“Normally the Best Man is a loyal friend who has known the groom for a long time. Now, I have known Kevin for a long time – almost twenty-four hours.