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BANGKOK 22 May 2019 15:58
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The week that was in Thailand news: Putting the "F.U." into frugality

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Always one of my Sunday pleasures - Thankyou Rooster. Apropos of the Jordanian child killer, Jesus Christ (why do Americans call him Jesus H?) was in favour of the death penalty for child abusers with the fairly definitive measure of putting a millstone round their necks and throwing them into the sea.

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Speaking of frugality in relation to Maekhong whisky, I'm sure we have posters here who remember the Maekhong "guk" bottle, still lamented.

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when I was a kid we were so poor my mother cut holes in my pocket so I would have something to play with.

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17 minutes ago, randy723 said:

when I was a kid we were so poor my mother cut holes in my pocket so I would have something to play with.

We couldn't afford pockets.

 

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Very enjoyable read.  The topic transitions would have made my 9 th grade english teacher swoon.

Frugal, the roster has nothing on me.    

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Took me back to my childhood. Threw a stone at my brother but the idiot moved so I ended up hitting my dad's new Austin Allegro, slightly damaging the paintwork. As a result, my pocket money was stopped for a year to pay for the damage and I was told to get a part time job to earn my own money. I was 12 at the time. But when I went back to my dad after a year to get my pocket money reinstated, was told in no uncertain terms that it would not happen as I was already earning my own money so dad had no need to give me anything on top of that. Sounds harsh but it imbued me with a great work ethic. As a kid I delivered newspapers, picked spuds, washed cars, was a petrol pump attendant, managed a gift shop, washed dishes, etc. All before I reached 18. 

 

With money I saved up from my last summer job, I moved to Thailand.     

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1 hour ago, GarryP said:

Took me back to my childhood. Threw a stone at my brother but the idiot moved so I ended up hitting my dad's new Austin Allegro, slightly damaging the paintwork. As a result, my pocket money was stopped for a year to pay for the damage and I was told to get a part time job to earn my own money. I was 12 at the time. But when I went back to my dad after a year to get my pocket money reinstated, was told in no uncertain terms that it would not happen as I was already earning my own money so dad had no need to give me anything on top of that. Sounds harsh but it imbued me with a great work ethic. As a kid I delivered newspapers, picked spuds, washed cars, was a petrol pump attendant, managed a gift shop, washed dishes, etc. All before I reached 18. 

 

With money I saved up from my last summer job, I moved to Thailand.     

I made wine and beer for my dad with his money. Kept him sweet.

 

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7 hours ago, randy723 said:

when I was a kid we were so poor my mother cut holes in my pocket so I would have something to play with.

We were so poor, my friends used to eat salt sandwiches, and all we could do was watch. 😦

Edit: In the snow.  Uphill.  Both ways. 

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I love watching snooker on TV and often wondered why there are no lady snooker players, so I was surprised to see that they do exist.

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Same same: Grew up in '40s (1941), scrabbled for money (paperboy, grocery clerk, school janitor - 35 cents per hour of which 25 cents went to tuition - car hop, lifeguard, carnival worker, gas pipeline walker, postman, taxi driver, photographer, and painted college football stadium, before life in journalism, beginning in radio and ending with print). But different: NEVER saved a dime. Why? Because the power brokers, including ex-wives, will find a way to take it from you, from jacked up housing costs to medical bills (even with insurance), to banking and industry collapse. Spend it enjoying life.

   In America, when they put you in a rest home, you do not get any aid until your savings are drained and all assets sold. So spend it and collect aid, that you paid for through taxes, from day one.

  Medical emergency in Thailand with no money in the bank? That's what credit cards are for. Any insurance company would find some way to avoid paying up. Just make sure your card allows for a big cash advance for the government hospital, which operates - so to speak - on 'cash only' basis. 

   But what about passing on money to your kids when you are gone? Seriously? We live so long your 'kids' are retired in Florida! Help them out when they are young!

   And that, dear reader, is why I am in Thailand but don't have 800,000b to put in a Thai bank - along with the decades-long cost, and joy, of raising four kids in California. 

   

 

   

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On 3/17/2019 at 5:31 PM, GarryP said:

Took me back to my childhood. Threw a stone at my brother but the idiot moved so I ended up hitting my dad's new Austin Allegro, slightly damaging the paintwork. As a result, my pocket money was stopped for a year to pay for the damage and I was told to get a part time job to earn my own money. I was 12 at the time.

Very harsh, when it could have been taken merely as a critical evaluation of the car itself. We had it's predecessor, the more respected Austin 1300, in a fetching shade of dark green. Always amused me that the most popular colours of the Allegro and the Maxi matched the popular colours of toilet furniture of the same era, hence brown, beige and the weirdly named "harvest gold" which was more like tan or butterscotch. If they'd introduced avocado, it would have been a best seller. 

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4 hours ago, lamyai3 said:

Very harsh, when it could have been taken merely as a critical evaluation of the car itself. We had it's predecessor, the more respected Austin 1300, in a fetching shade of dark green. Always amused me that the most popular colours of the Allegro and the Maxi matched the popular colours of toilet furniture of the same era, hence brown, beige and the weirdly named "harvest gold" which was more like tan or butterscotch. If they'd introduced avocado, it would have been a best seller. 

The Allegro was mallard green. Within one month of bringing it home, it had its engine replaced.  

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