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  1. A clear cut case of Fox News overdose. Be funny as hell to record her asking for a beef and bean burrito at Taco Bell Bangkok.
  2. Sorry, but will have to be a western tourist getting mauled to even bump the needle. This one will be forgotten once the blood money is paid and something else more interesting happens for the media to cover. Anyone in HH? How are those shark nets doing?
  3. Always seems like a good idea at the time. Although this is probably covered as one of those "do not" things in the Lonely Planet book he didn't read.
  4. " And I was accused of racism, and race baiting when I recently posted something about how dangerous many white American men were". Wasn't that your intent though? You like, toootally tricked them with your amaaazing Jedi mind control.
  5. Like anyone else, I have to deal with loose dogs whenever I ride my bike. A lot of them belong to a house, gate open, come and go as they please, staking out the area in front of their owner's house as their domain. I've gotten to know the dogs on my usual route, there are only 1 or 2 that will pursue me consistently. Stopping my bike snaps them out of their trance. If I ride by them on my motor bike, no reaction at all. Haven't been bitten. Yet. I realize when I ride the pushbike through new areas, I'm rolling the dice. Just a matter of time. Unless I get flattened by a truck/car first.
  6. Not a good time for new arrivals needing to bring in a lump sum to get set up here - house, car, etc. Similar scenario when we moved over end of 2012, wiring in money early 2013.
  7. If you can weather the storm on social media, this too shall pass. As did the ones before, and all the ones still to come. Similar dynamic in my 1st world country with mass shootings. Government officials hide under their desks waiting for the peasant uprising on Facebook to blow over.
  8. Here they come! For his next act, Sgt. Standstill will create a snarling mess of traffic with a 5km tailback. just like a real Thai traffic cop can!
  9. Visa Agents and bent I/Os can breath a sigh of relief as the crack down spot light shifts to the next disproportionate National Emergency of the Week.
  10. When this was a Hot Topic on TVF about a year or so ago, I asked my usual, quite sensible I/O and she just shook her head a bit, smiled, and said don't worry about. But I recognize Immi offices have different ways of doing things.
  11. There will be more elections, eventual dictators and "forangs" for a long time to come, so you better pace yourself.
  12. 55Jay

    Taco Bell

    Agree on principle. I hit a Taco Bell once on trips to the US, but it's not something I would stand in line for. Certainly not without beef and beans. Once they sort that out, and the "new" factor dies down, I'll stop in when I'm in BKK.
  13. 55Jay

    Taco Bell

    The oldest one they call over must be thinking, "Jeez, it's THIS guy, again". I know what you're saying though, I get it. But come on brudda, we be educated, well-traveled Westerners from advanced countries. Surely we can suss out how to procure a Big Mac from a Thai teenager standing inside a McDonalds, wearing a McDonald's uniform, selling Big Macs. Edit: Try having fun with it next time you go to McDonalds. Ask them for a Double Whopper with cheese, hold the onions.
  14. My overall impression of PI and Thailand in the mid to late 80s was Thailand "seemed" to have it's s**t together a bit more than PI, at least back then. My take away from Pro/Con comments on these types of threads leads me to believe that's still the case, more or less. I do not miss the annual anxiety being in typhoon alley, or living on/near the Ring of Fire, with its potential for earthquakes and associated tsunamis warnings. Been there done that, got a few t-shirts. For now, possible flooding and Thai Immigration isn't enough reason to retreat, just yet. But really, it's cause I'm Tied up with a Thai. If that wasn't the case, me and my ATM card would probably go walk-about in PI for a while. Why not!
  15. 55Jay

    Taco Bell

    Why do you have an unrealistic expectation that young, minimum wage Thai staff at a US based fast food franchises, should speak English? It's a fast food joint, not int'l relations at the UN. Point at the stupid photo and say, "Num-bah Tree Peas" (or whatever). If they ask you, "Sue-pah Sie, Suh?". Don't panic, just say No.
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