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After 40+ Years in Asia, without a break, I am now Toying with: Returning to America, and Becoming a Hermit in Trumpland!

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2 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

Why not simply move away from CM and find a Thai rural setting with no Americans, but the old style culture of Thailand.

OK.

But then...what about the internet connection??

 

I cannot function without internet.

AND...from my experience, even for places quite near to the university, still the internet is NOT stable.

Just a few miles outside the city, and the internet becomes unstable at unpredictable times, and for extended times, sometimes, too.

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17 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

See my thread about internet access in remote areas:

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1135051-internet-access-remote-areas/

 

My conclusion from this was that Thailand has brilliant internet almost everywhere.

 

Thank you. I will consider this.  However, from my experience, internet connection outside major cities is still not stable, and can go down for days without explanation.

In these areas, even phone connectivity is disrupted for hours and for days.

 

Also, at the moment, I have 250/250 Mbps, and it is stable. But, I am located near a university.

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49 minutes ago, JohnBarleycorn said:

OK.

But then...what about the internet connection??

 

I cannot function without internet.

AND...from my experience, even for places quite near to the university, still the internet is NOT stable.

Just a few miles outside the city, and the internet becomes unstable at unpredictable times, and for extended times, sometimes, too.

You can work with a sim card with 10 meg down connection which is fine in many rural areas.

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How about a new inverter air conditioner, and double glazing? 

Seriously, I bet if you weighed up the pros and cons of living in the US or cm, cm will win hands down, I can tell this even though I don't know you. 

You haven't lived there for 40 years for a reason, even if you never realised it. 

Add to that, that it's probably gone down hill since the good old days, and homepro are doing a sale with interest free finance on all patio doors while stocks last. 

 

That bit I made up 😐

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17 minutes ago, AlexRich said:

Lockdown can be an unsettling experience, and perhaps a decision like that is best made a month or two after we are back to normal. After such a long time in South East Asia I wonder how well you will adapt to life back in the mother country? 

Yes, surely you are correct.

BUT, during the past few days, I have found myself using Google Voice to actually call coffee shops in Maine, USA.

What I have found from calling these coffee shops is:  I get a recording stating that the shops are not open at this time, presumably due to the virus.

 

However, this does not stop me from wondering about my moving to Maine....

I have been there before, even though I have never lived there.

 

YET....YET....These days, I just wonder what it might be like to live up in Maine, such a very beautiful state, and live in a land with thousands of lakes, billions of pine trees, and enough snow to satisfy anyone's desires.

 

Google Voice is great.  I applied for Google Voice a few years ago so that I can call any phone in the USA at no charge, or almost no charge.

Maybe when the coffee shops reopen in Maine, then I will call them to sort of shoot the sh..t, and maybe strike up a friendship.

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5 minutes ago, northsouthdevide said:

How about a new inverter air conditioner, and double glazing? 

Seriously, I bet if you weighed up the pros and cons of living in the US or cm, cm will win hands down, I can tell this even though I don't know you. 

You haven't lived there for 40 years for a reason, even if you never realised it. 

Add to that, that it's probably gone down hill since the good old days, and homepro are doing a sale with interest free finance on all patio doors while stocks last. 

 

That bit I made up 😐

I just bought an inverter AC, Panasonic.

Panasonic ACs are the best.

But I do not use double glazing.

What I do is to take all the shipping cartons that I used during my many moves, and tape them to my windows.  Shipping cartons provide excellent insulation from the sun and from the heat.

Normally, I keep my room at about 23 degrees when the temp outdoors is 38 to 39.

If I did not have this Panasonic AC...then I am sure I would be dead by now.

This is also not a joke.

Deader than a doornail.

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3 minutes ago, Why Me said:

Leave for the US when you live in Thailand and presumably can continue to do so? Lordie, I would ask the mods to move this to the Health and Meds forum.

Yes!

I do know that I am crazy even for considering moving back to the USA...

But...as I told you at the beginning of this post....

The noise level here is now beginning to pick up markedly after the lockdown is now a thing of the past.

And so, I am just thinking of moving due the increased noise, and for no other reason.

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3 minutes ago, timendres said:

There are times when I seriously miss my home in Houghton MI. It is beautiful there. The fall season is incredible. The winters are long, but beautiful. Lake Superior is incomparable. And the air is some of the purest air in the world. With Michigan Tech University in town, we get a serious influx of young people every year, which helps keep the local community and businesses from stagnating. And the culture is still very much as if the place were trapped in a time bubble of the 1970's. If I were forced to return to the US, this is one of only a few places I could accept. At the moment, I am still very happy to live here in Thailand, and I believe I will for many more years. But a return to the US would be fine, if it were in the right place. I went back to the US 8 years ago, and the first two months were horrible. It felt like withdrawal symptoms. But by the third month, I was beginning to adjust, and starting to remember what I loved about my home. By the end of the third month, you could have convinced me to stay. But upon my return to Thailand, once I got out of swampy and hit the streets of Bangkok, I was so happy to be back.

Lake Superior?

Gordon Lightfoot?

THANK YOU!! for this memory!!

 

 

 

 

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