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9 minutes ago, owl sees all said:

Thanks guys for keeping the thread alive. 

 

I have to find 4k to get my new laptop home.  Hopefully in less than two weeks. Sounds terrible I know, but I started a new thing - almost unheard of in Isaan, especially in the villages - and it's a battle to keep it up. This new thing is you don't spend what you have not got. Although it's hurting me with the little things, such as a new laptop and cheese, It will hopefully pay off in the long term.

 

I had it all budgeted for the first quarter, and then I loaned 8k to the wife' daughter, on the absolute promise that I'd get it back on the first of this month,,,,,, still waiting!!!

 

Nearly bought a new Chevy, but they had sold out. Nothing wrong with our pick-up,,,, just not new.

 

Mildred off school until Monday. While she's with me at least she is learning something, so that's positive.

 

Got to fill up Mrs Owl's concrete rings with soil today. Don't fancy it too much as I am still recovering from a dose of that Chinese virus.  What's it called,,,, cornet or something??

 

On a lighter note.,, the kittens are doing OK. Photos soon. 

 

This new thing is you don't spend what you have not got.

 

excellent advice for anyone, something i've managed pretty much all my life, except for the house i bought. i realised at the tender age of 18 that money was an expensive thing to buy/loan, therefore i have paid my credit card bills off within the interest free period ever since, and if i keep my bank account in credit i dont pay bank charges, haven't paid any bank charges since my teenage years. i've basically had free credit cards and banking my whole adult life.

 

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Assurancetourix said:

 

bluesofa , I love your sense of humor ...

I hope everyone understood ... the nice pun ..

 

It's me at Simatai , year 2002

 

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Is that a photo of you visiting there last year perhaps?

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5 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Is that a photo of you visiting there last year perhaps?

Last year, 18 years ago ... How time flies !

 

" O temps, suspends ton vol "   Lamartine 

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15 hours ago, Assurancetourix said:

I'll bring Owl's post up on the first page.
A few days ago I was with a farang who has a big farm near Sawang Daen Din.
He already has two reservoirs to store water and was in the process of digging a third which, when finished, could contain about 5,000 m3 of water; enough to see coming in case of drought ...

 

I don't know if it gets rolled in flour; he told me he paid the Mako ( the Cat )  18,000 baht per day;
I find this price high; What do you think ?

 

 

 

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My wife's brother, in the sticks outside Surin, had a fish pond dug last year. I estimate it's approximately 35m x 25m and 4m deep.

The local authority (highways department maybe?) did the work at no cost to him. They took away the soil to use elsewhere.

I have heard that a few other local people had the same sort of deal.

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4 hours ago, Assurancetourix said:

Last year, 18 years ago ... How time flies !

 

" O temps, suspends ton vol "   Lamartine 

I've been looking at some photos I took when I visited the ice cream factory at the Great Walls thirty years ago.

The only ones I took there (seriously) were of a family planning exhibition on the wall itself, to discourage the locals from having too many children.

It took the form of lots of specimen jars showing malformed foetuses. I looked the offending photos, but thought it probably wouldn't be wise to post them here and risk Sino-Thai relations, Some people may worry it might be seen as a knock-on effect of the already mentioned cornetto virus.

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7 hours ago, chickenslegs said:

My wife's brother, in the sticks outside Surin, had a fish pond dug last year. I estimate it's approximately 35m x 25m and 4m deep.

The local authority (highways department maybe?) did the work at no cost to him. They took away the soil to use elsewhere.

I have heard that a few other local people had the same sort of deal.

 

This farang is a gentleman who knows everything better than everyone ...:neus:
For me, he is rich; and since he doesn't speak Thai very well, he gets help from a Thai man who, for me, steals him regularly without him noticing it until the day when ....
But it's not my business even if I told him a thousand times.
(I am nothing for him with my 1,000 euros monthly pension)
his company owns a few hundred rai which he has rented to Thai farmers.
Except these 26 rai which are behind his house and on which he grows cow grass, napier, to feed calves which he does not yet have and to fatten them up to resell them later, maybe at the cooperative from Pon Yang Kham not far from Sakon Nakhon on the road to Mukdahan.
If the Thai who works for him had told him that ... but he did not do it and every day 18,000 baht fly from his wallet ...

There are people who are very stubborn and if in addition they are temperamental, which is his case ...
But as I wrote above, it is his business, not mine.:jap:

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8 hours ago, chickenslegs said:

My wife's brother, in the sticks outside Surin, had a fish pond dug last year. I estimate it's approximately 35m x 25m and 4m deep.

The local authority (highways department maybe?) did the work at no cost to him. They took away the soil to use elsewhere.

I have heard that a few other local people had the same sort of deal.

Had one dug in Sakon Nakhon some years back. Same thing.

 

 

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I was already there but this illegal portal was open.
Thai people are very lazy and above all the market does not hesitate to privatize a public road because they do not have the courage or the means (or both) to surround their property with a wall or a fence .
I'm going to go see the mayor of Sawang with whom I regularly cycle to ask him what he can do to re-open this road

 

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At the end of the road, same scenario;
as I am on a mountain bike and I know the area well, I know where to go to reach the other end of the road

 

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4 minutes ago, Assurancetourix said:

I was already there but this illegal portal was open.
Thai people are very lazy and above all the market does not hesitate to privatize a public road because they do not have the courage or the means (or both) to surround their property with a wall or a fence .
I'm going to go see the mayor of Sawang with whom I regularly cycle to ask him what he can do to re-open this road

 

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At the end of the road, same scenario;
as I am on a mountain bike and I know the area well, I know where to go to reach the other end of the road

 

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My questions are:

Is this definitely a public road? I am only asking because as it is a dirt road,

You know the area - when were the gates fitted?

What is the distance between the two gates?

Good luck with this. Keep us updated.

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3 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

My questions are:

Is this definitely a public road? I am only asking because as it is a dirt road,

You know the area - when were the gates fitted?

What is the distance between the two gates?

Good luck with this. Keep us updated.

All the roads around are in red earth and absolutely nothing indicates at the start of the road and on its route that it will end at someone's house;
moreover it does not cross the property but runs along it and ends, for the moment, at the second gate.

 

The distance is maximum 1 km ; I think less, maybe 700 or 800 meters .

 

I do not know when the two portals were installed.
what I do know, however, is that in a town near Sawang, a farmer did not hesitate to do the same with a public road;
and on my village, same scenario;
a path that I regularly took with my dogs a few years ago has also been privatized, but only on one end;
as I opened my big mouth, this path is being re-opened to normal and public traffic.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Assurancetourix said:

a path that I regularly took with my dogs a few years ago has also been privatized, but only on one end;

as I opened my big mouth, this path is being re-opened to normal and public traffic.

Your big mouth. You don't need a megaphone then!

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