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  2. It’s obvious what’s wrong ! no tail đŸ˜‚
  3. The latest, although a cabinet meeting today will finalize things. Thailand extends grace period for stranded foreigners https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1993035/thailand-extends-grace-period-for-stranded-foreigners
  4. Yesterday
  5. A pastor explained to his congregation that the church was in need of some extra money, so he asked them to consider being more than generous. He offered that whoever gave the most would be able to pick three hymns. After the offering plates were passed about the church, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had graciously offered a $100 bill. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady in the back of the church shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front, so she slowly she made her way towards him. The pastor told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much, and in thanks he asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation. She pointed to the three most handsome men in the church and said, "I'll take him and him and him."
  6. Waiter there’s a fly in my fly !!
  7. Talked with several staff, not much optimism. A waitress i have known for awhile is sticking it out here in Pattaya. We were probably going to be together but ended up with a live in so never did. We are going to get together maybe once a week and ill help her with the rent. Im happy the Thais have done a good job keeping the virus at bay. Would not be happy to back in the states right now.
  8. Last week
  9. I think most of those who cannot find work will return home. Many of the Pattaya workers already go home to "help on the farm" during planting and harvesting season of rice.
  10. A Texan, a Californian, and a Nevadan were out riding their horses. The Texan pulled out an expensive bottle of tequila, took a long draught, then another, and then suddenly threw it into the air, pulled out his gun and shot the bottle in midair. The Californian looked at the Texan and said, "What are you doing? That was a perfectly good bottle of whiskey!! The Texan replied, "In Texas, there's plenty of whiskey and bottles are cheap. A while later, not wanted to be outdone, the Californian pulled out a bottle of wine, took a few sips, threw the half full champagne bottle into the air, pulled out his gun, and shot it in midair. The Nevadan couldn't believe this and said "What the heck did you that for? That was an expensive bottle of wine! The Californian replied, "In California there is plenty of wine and bottles are cheap." A while later, the Nevadan pulled out a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. He opened it, took a sip, took another sip, then chugged the rest. He then put the bottle back in his saddlebag, pulled out his gun, turned, and shot the Californian. The shocked Texan said "Why in the hell did you do that?" The Nevadan replied, "Well, in Nevada we have plenty of Californians and bottles are worth a nickel."
  11. Some people might naively expect a bit of loyalty and appreciation from the Thai tourism authorities if they've been spending money in their country for years but the Thais don't seem to know the meaning of the words. All they know is that when they've pissed you off enough to make you no longer want to visit Thailand there will be ten Chinese coming to take your place. "We've had your money for twenty years Mr Falang, the airport is that way now sling your hook and don't come back."
  12. As you're aware in the US,finding a job during the pandemic is more difficult now than ever for this generation. Also,we've heard for the past 6 months that 25% of small businesses that closed will never reopen. Not to mention the larger businesses that won't reopen either-unsure what that percentage is. I hope all of them find work on a steady basis but the outlook is grim.
  13. OK. I am sure a Mod will clean this up. but you said you were sure that I didn't see it your way... how certain is that? Since moving back to Pattaya I have been quite shocked how total strangers think they have the right to ask you personal questions and have the right to comment on the answers. I haven't been a good person in the past. In fact I have been a naughty boy! I am pretty goddam sure that FBWU knows who I am. Kudos to him for not saying anything...
  14. Not the least bit certain, but some times cops go for what will definitely work even if the real motivation is a bit equivocal.
  15. I'm sure for many of the staff whether PBG re-opens or not is not important. They will move on and hopefully find new jobs elsewhere. If PBG re-opens in 5-7 months time, they will have already settled into their new lives.
  16. You are sure about something that happened to me 22 years ago and my attitude towards being incarcerated in IDC rather than a holding cell .... wow! Have we met? I am very open about my past and am extremely self critical but I'm confused as to how you are sure about a situation you didn't witness and about a person you have never met.
  17. How to put it, would a reasonable officer of the law thought you needed to be off the street and the lack of a passport provided convenient cover? Yes, I'm sure you didn't see it that way.
  18. I was talking of my own personal experience here in Thailand, recent. A pal of mine was pulled over last week and issued a ticket, no 'on the spot' fine. I was in town just a few hours ago and did not see any particular police presence. As you said, your experience was a long time ago and I believe what I read last night was fear mongering. I still would not trust any of them of course. But I have had few issues in recent times, getting pulled over is quite frequent, road blocks are common. It is how they do things rather than have a reason. Since there may well be another amnesty (still only a rumour) I do not expect police to be checking passports in Pattaya.
  19. To me it was the death of Wetherspoons on Buakhao when they got rid of the manager that brought in Kastel beers amongst others...Jeez I remember the place being regularly packed out especially at Christmas ....At least I still have my Donker glass that the staff gave me for free ...I wish I was 20 years younger and I would have snaffled away Ann many years ago ... but she is still there ...
  20. I notice more homeless people sleeping under the BTS stairwells, walking around lower sukhumvit, and fewer street vendors, but was able to find one to buy sunglasses. Soi 11 was very quiet. Had a burger for lunch at Daniel Thaigers, with a couple bottles of Rochefort 10%, and left my mask there. Didn't realize until they wouldn't allow me into Terminal 21. From now on, I'll carry a spare.
  21. I was not talking about you nor your experiences. In the past I've hired M/Cs and neither was I ever pulled in. But as I said I was referring to my ex pat pal's current observations, he's a keep fit merchant and goes out for a two hour mid morning walk every day so he sees what's going on. I myself as well as many others have seen the plod pulling in as many vehicles as they could between Tut Com and the Friendship Supermarket and in other locations all over Pattaya and I don't go out in the daytime very much. These motorists were not giving them any reason either as far as I could see and this was long before the current hard times were upon us all. The Pattaya police are notorious for many forms of extortion. They're even reputed to be involved in the jet ski scams. I would not even think of telling you what happened to a friend's belongings in his condo when he passed away in Pattaya, that was really unbelievable.
  22. When they start fining people for not carrying their passport around that will be the day that I and without doubt many others will call it a day with the Land of Scams. The plod are no longer getting money from the bars so they've had to find other sources for their beer money. My expat pal tells me on the phone they're pulling in falang motorists and motor cyclists for any minor or supposed infringement and issuing on the spot fines. He's also heard of their colleagues doing the same thing in BKK. And with smokers who throw their fag ends on the ground or light up in places where PC Plod considers that they shouldn't do so. They pulled these stunts long before Covid arrived on the scene so it can't be fear mongering to mention that they're still doing it now that hard times have arrived. Perhaps the BiB are not concerned about driving away ex pats and long termers. The plod must know that the jet setters really are on their way.
  23. With your narrative and clarity of the fantastic, crisp photos I would happily vote for this if there was a "Post of the year award"
  24. Apple Stores just recently reopened in US. I'm not sure if the classes & workshops have resumed yet but my guess is no.
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