The guy also gave me a VERY good bit of advice, with examples. If you HAVE to have some dealing with the Thai government, HAVE YOUR THAI WIFE TALK TO THEM. She knows how to deal with them, how to play the games. You don't.
A few years ago, I spent a few hours at the Thai ham radio club meeting, talking with one of their members. He STRONGLY advised having at least three Thai women in the household.
He explained. With one wife, she will CONSTANTLY be testing you. With two wives, they will CONSTANTLY be competing for your attention. With three, however, one of them will ALWAYS take your side when the other two try to gang up against you.
I do not recall asking whether he was putting this into practice.
Check out "Making The Team" on CMT. About the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and what it takes to make the squad, it has been running for years now. They do a new sequence every year, starting with tryouts.
Those girls work HARD to make it through tryouts, through workouts, and through the cutting process that ends with that year's final Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad. The pressure on them is INCREDIBLE, and NONE of that pressure is artificial or TV drama.
The head of the organization once said she'd love to put every girl who tried out onto the squad, but then it wouldn't be the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
One of the fun moments every year is seeing how she finally tells the final squad that they've all made it. My personal favorite: she'd had them lined up in two lines. She told them to line up in one line, as though for kick line practice. "Look to the left." Everyone looked left. "Look to the right." Everyone looked to the right. Look straight ahead, at yourselves in the mirror." Everyone looked straight ahead. "You are looking at the <year> Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!" It took a moment for it to sink in, and then the girls went crazy, screams of delight, tears, you name it.