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  1. Been a few changes since I first stayed at the Ambassador in 1979. Great set of photos. Thank you.
  2. Well appears OYO has taken over a building in the Spanish Place Condo complex and reconfigured it as a hotel. Location is poor and as such the condos were never all that attractive in the Pattaya market. (Not sure, but that swimming pool may be part of the entire condo and not just for OYO residents.) Article here from Wikipedia re OYO. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OYO_Rooms
  3. And what happens if you fall on the stairs? My then 11 y/o granddaughter did exactly that after doing in her ACL skiing. Chipped a bone at the elbow. So, cannot use crutches, so cannot have ACL repaired, so has to have elbow surgery. Then recovery from that with rehab. And finally months later she had the ACL fixed. A year later she's back to swimming. Haven't asked her yet what her plans for future ski trips are.
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria - Assayas, Binoche and Kristen Stewart on Netflix.
  5. 2002 for me. 20th anniversary of the Paradise Bar and its closing.
  6. Had bilateral inguinal hernia repair done in the late 70’s in California. By 1981 I was having severe pain on the right and had to have repeat bilateral repair done in Saudi Arabia. And by 1984 the right side again needed repair while I was in Saudi. And it is still out! No mesh was used for any of these surgeries as at that time I believe it was standard practice not to use mesh unless absolutely necessary to achieve a proper repair. The introduction of a foreign body (mesh) was felt to increase the likelihood of infection. But it seems all that has changed. “Hernias have a high rate of recurrence, and surgeons often use surgical mesh to strengthen the hernia repair and reduce the rate of recurrence. Since the 1980s, there has been an increase in mesh-based hernia repairs—by 2000, non-mesh repairs represented less than 10% of groin hernia repair techniques. The use of surgical mesh may also improve patient outcomes through decreased operative time and minimized recovery time. However, recovery time depends on the type of hernia, the surgical approach, and the patient’s condition both before and after surgery.” https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/herniasurgicalmesh/default.htm All of these were done per open surgery. And so long ago I can’t remember what the recovery timeline was like, but it was very painful, hence my reluctance to have any further work done. As an aside I do have experience with laparoscopy as I had surgery here in Sacramento in 2012 for colon cancer and that went really well. If I had a choice between the lap technique vs open surgery it would be laparoscopy every time. And they can use mesh with the lap technique. In any case, if it does come to needing surgery, be sure to check the level of experience of the doctor.
  7. Netflix Wild Wild Country Excellent documentary. Sometimes choosing a side is difficult.
  8. Is there a reason the British omit the article when they “go to hospital”? I've had a conversation re this topic with my mate from Edinburgh and we've never reached any conclusion, but here's a discussion from the Net regarding same. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/19604/is-there-a-reason-the-british-omit-the-article-when-they-go-to-hospital
  9. Believe China Southern still has 9 across seating in economy unlike those who've changed or are changing to 3-4-3.
  10. 5 pak (7 oz. tube) Crest has been available at Costco
  11. Read about a quarter of Shantaram and put it aside. I thought it felt like a novel "soon to be a major motion picture" or maybe a miniseries. And it seems Warner is alleged to have paid $2M for the rights with Johnny Depp involved as long as 10 years ago. He was to be the lead or director or something. Interviews with the author on YouTube. And there's a sequel, The Mountain Shadow, published in 2015 with an interesting review in the NYT.
  12. Similar August 2016: "...........I enjoy Carl's Jr. hamburgers. Last Sunday I was there for my Superstar and was greeted by my regular cashier who knows my order, "Sorry sir, no hamburger". I was livid, "No hamburger, isn't this a hamburger joint?" "You can order chicken burger" she replied. No thanks, pissed I did an about face and left. This Sunday, today , same story. I demanded to see the manager. No hamburger, doesn't know when he will have hamburger and he said it's the same story for the Bangkok locations.........." https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/939994-wheres-the-beef/
  13. Yes, I've enjoyed the series. Just finished season 3 last night. Some good acting, especially by Matias Varela as Jorge Salcedo – the Cali Cartel's head of security and Juan Sebastian Calero as Navegante - of the Cali Cartel. Calero is Colombian but Varela is actually Swedish, of Spanish parentage.
  14. Posted about a month ago on thaivisa in regard to a query per a couple of controlled drugs: These "are available here but only as an expensive imports. They are a controlled drug which means it can only be gotten on prescription from pharmacies which meet certain criteria, which in Thailand usually means from a hospital, and a hospital will require that it be prescribed by one of their doctors, further adding to the cost. In addition, private hospitals substantially mark up drug prices (as much as 5 fold) and I am not sure that government hospitals would carry these drugs. Not applicable to Martin but others might want to note that: "You are allowed to bring a 30 day supply of prescription medications with you for personal use when you enter Thailand , and I suggest you do that as obtaining them here will be time consuming and expensive. While the official limit is 30 day supply they are not strict on that as long as amounts look consistent with personal use, so if there is a chance you might stay more than 1 month, suggest bringing more accordingly."
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