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Post by Marcosteffano » March 27, 2018, 1:40 am

Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.

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Post by parrot » March 27, 2018, 4:12 am

Most every time we're back in the US, someone will inquire......."What do you do in Thailand?", to which my standard response is "I'm retired." I guess my concept of being retired and most others' is different, because most others don't seem to understand my response.
I feel confident in saying that I could count the number of days I've felt bored on not more than 2 hands.......over 21 years

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Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 7:00 am

Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 1:40 am
Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.
So who the **** do you think you are Mr Rock and Roll? I could tell your reply was shitty thats why i gave you a little dig back so come on then what makes you so special flying around the country lanes in a remote village on your felano wooping and wailing?

You are right in some respects I did make my bed and i will lie in it - like i said i wasn't looking for sympathy and i wasn't expecting some smart arse who thinks he has the perfect life to start having a go at me. I was just saying I am bored here and there is nothing to do and you had to chime in with your shitty comments like you own the ****** place.

I have had enough excitement in my life to last me 10 lifetimes pal trust me on that I could stay home for the rest of my life and do nothing and not feel at all 'sad' about it as I have lived well. And I am no loon I am a nice bloke. But if I was (a loon) I would be pretty ****** gutted landing in NWS and finding a concrete table next to a pizza shop full of luke warm chang.

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Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 7:17 am

Mods close this down please I dont want to get into a shitty rant fest with other posters and it could go that way.

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Post by fatbob » March 27, 2018, 7:35 am

I travel all over Thailand regularly, I get down to Kanchanaburi a lot, I really cannot see there being any more to do there than in Udon, how many times can you go to Hell Fire Pass??? If your bored you need an interest to occupy your time, it's the same the world over, don't blame Udon have a good look at yourself first.

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Post by Lone Star » March 27, 2018, 7:43 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 24, 2018, 8:58 am
Thats the basic answer to this forum sub-group. Things to do in Udon. Nothing.

Big lakes with pink flowers? Thrilling! Another lake with a big yellow duck and absolutley nothing else going on around it? Amazing!

A melon farm? A mushroom farm? A crap soi in town full of crap beer bars with munchkins whose only english is "you buy drink me" A field with some old pots? The worlds worst dinosaur museum? Flat countryside? Gormless bloody locals? Mor Lam parties with ex-pat blokes dancing like your drunken mum at a wedding? ELECTRIFYING FUN!!!

I have lived full time in 5 different provinces in Thailand and this is by far the most boring uneventful place so far!

I am not trolling or looking to offend anyone, this is just my opinion and after such a long time in Thailand i think i am entitled to it, as i have perspective. It just feels good to rant and get this off my chest and its a better way to kill time than staring at mushrooms. Or mellons. Or arbitrary lakes. And yes, yes, yes, i know, 'if i dont like it i can go home' just ro save you typing that out 😊
No matter where you live, you'll have to figure out how to pass the time when retired. In my case, I have so much to look forward to every day that it makes me wonder how I got it all done and held a job too. :)

Besides all the things to do at home and my daily workout routine, I travel year-round on both 4 wheels and 2 wheels. No complaints here.
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Re: Nothing

Post by Marcosteffano » March 27, 2018, 8:48 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 27, 2018, 7:00 am
Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 1:40 am
Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.
So who the **** do you think you are Mr Rock and Roll? I could tell your reply was shitty thats why i gave you a little dig back so come on then what makes you so special flying around the country lanes in a remote village on your felano wooping and wailing?

You are right in some respects I did make my bed and i will lie in it - like i said i wasn't looking for sympathy and i wasn't expecting some smart arse who thinks he has the perfect life to start having a go at me. I was just saying I am bored here and there is nothing to do and you had to chime in with your shitty comments like you own the ****** place.

I have had enough excitement in my life to last me 10 lifetimes pal trust me on that I could stay home for the rest of my life and do nothing and not feel at all 'sad' about it as I have lived well. And I am no loon I am a nice bloke. But if I was (a loon) I would be pretty ****** gutted landing in NWS and finding a concrete table next to a pizza shop full of luke warm chang.
there you go again,labelling NWS as a boring place with no real knowledge about the town.we have a great expat community and you will find we all love it out here and are never bored.
When you come along and say things like udon thani is the most boring place you sort of touch a nerve with some people as it's not a boring place with boring people.if you got yourself out a bit you'll find that NWS has a couple of farang bars and those who sit at the farang table choose to sit there,not for a cheap warm chang either.as other members have said,you need to look at yourself and not the location.life is what you make of it.anyway must dash as I've got loads to do today and I'm not being sarcastic.

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Post by glalt » March 27, 2018, 10:41 am

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I moved here way to early I think. I am 44. 10 -15 years from now i will probably want to do naff all every day. It feels like i have retired way too early and i am bored and lonely here.

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I can easily see your problem. You are simply too young to appreciate the slow laid back life. When I was 44 years old, I was interested in bright lights, booze and women. I can say that living in Udon would also be boring for me even now. Just too flat. As always it is different strokes for different folks. I live in the boonies of Loei province. Rice paddies and sugar cane fields as scenery are not too exciting but there are the mountains, rock formations and small waterfalls. There are many ponds for fishing and just sitting and watching. I do spend entirely too much time on my computer but I keep in touch with world news. I have a large workshop and have many projects that I manage to pretty much ignore. Our house sits on 2.5 rai and there are squirrels living in some of the trees. One multi colored squirrel enjoys teasing one of the cats. The cat tries her best to catch him but hasn't a chance. Old people enjoy simple things like that.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Marcosteffano » March 27, 2018, 2:31 pm

Stanley Road wrote:
March 27, 2018, 7:00 am
Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 1:40 am
Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.
So who the **** do you think you are Mr Rock and Roll? I could tell your reply was shitty thats why i gave you a little dig back so come on then what makes you so special flying around the country lanes in a remote village on your felano wooping and wailing?

You are right in some respects I did make my bed and i will lie in it - like i said i wasn't looking for sympathy and i wasn't expecting some smart arse who thinks he has the perfect life to start having a go at me. I was just saying I am bored here and there is nothing to do and you had to chime in with your shitty comments like you own the ****** place.

I have had enough excitement in my life to last me 10 lifetimes pal trust me on that I could stay home for the rest of my life and do nothing and not feel at all 'sad' about it as I have lived well. And I am no loon I am a nice bloke. But if I was (a loon) I would be pretty ****** gutted landing in NWS and finding a concrete table next to a pizza shop full of luke warm chang.
Sorry but it was you that described yourself as a loon in an earlier post.as for whooping and wailing through remote villages on my filano,you seem to have a good imagination,why not try using it in a more positive way and fight your boredom.as for old men sat on the corner table in NWS they choose to do that and if you had the slightest bit on knowledge about NWS you would know there's 2 farang bars here.we are are retired ex pat community out here who I've never heard one of them say they are bored.sounds like you've been living your life in the fast lane having lived it 10 fold and now a wheel has fallen off.as for landing in NWS im glad you haven't as we might not of lived up to your expectations and you sodding us all off.anyway it's 2.30 and as you can see in the picture no ones in a chang,Leo vest.
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Post by felixcat » March 27, 2018, 2:49 pm

Many of you have been "institutionalized" for too long and got no idea what it is like to be "free", instead of being a "robot". If your not ready to get out of "the system" as we know it, then you should go home and get a job. and remain "institutionalized". Then you will feel your life "has purpose" again.
Hope that helps.....

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Post by rick » March 27, 2018, 4:39 pm

Ok, some people took offence at 'Nothing'. Of course there is plenty to do - IF what is around floats your boat. I would say that being retired or semi-retired in your 40's, Udon is not the right place to be. First, unless you are financially secure, Udon is a hard place for a falang to make money. Some manage it (i.e. Drunk monkey) but many more have failed. Second, pace of life is a bit slow, perfect for us over 55's. Night life is either very Thai or aimed at the occasional visitor.The only 2 people i know of who retired here in there 40's without anything to do just became psychotic forum trolls who got their kicks from pissing people off....

First, type of person you are. I hate big cities. A nice city is OK for a couple of days, but i would never want to live there. And Bangkok, with it's pollution, traffic and hardened conmen (e,g, Taxi drivers) makes it a place that i avoid if possible. Pattaya is more like Blackpool crossed with the wild west. Some like the beach, but i like the countryside more. Also, many of us are not well off enough to have infinite choices, particularly after a divorce .... So, housing costs cuts out a lot of potential destinations - if i was a millionaire, i doubt i would be here! If choosing between a one bedroomed flat in the costa geriatrica, waiting for a monthly (or less frequent) visit from the kids, and Thailand with more spacious housing, friendly and available female partners and better climate, choosing was easy. I was at that time of my life that i accepted that i would never get everything i wanted and just wanted a nice place to call home.

As for the rest, my disco days are long gone, i like nature, fishing and gardening. Plenty enough to keep me busy, I also socialise with my friends a couple of times a week, but i am only a social drinker. I play bridge (we need more bridge players though!), I have a young daughter to tire me out. And i have a lake full of red water lilies only 50 metres from my house - something i would never get in the UK. There are concerts, a few exhibitions, i can go shopping without having to drive for half an hour, and can afford to eat out sometimes. I can watch films, play a few computer games, or read an ebook. I do not have time to do everything i want! More than i had after being made redundant back in the UK.

Udon is not for everybody, Quite a few realise this and get out after a year or two. Most of the rest of us are content (or, possibly, have run out of options!)

Sure we have our fair share of grumpy alcoholics, but so do most pubs in the UK. Thailand does seem to be a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam of the western society, so you do meet some interesting people.

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Post by Shado » March 27, 2018, 5:12 pm

Good post rick. I believe you've summed it up quite well. I'm retired and enjoy every new morning. I find more positives than negatives here.

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Post by Giggle » March 27, 2018, 5:20 pm

You must think exactly the way I do, or you're an idiot. And Hitler.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 9:31 pm

Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 8:48 am
Stanley Road wrote:
March 27, 2018, 7:00 am
Marcosteffano wrote:
March 27, 2018, 1:40 am
Yeah bowls sounds just about right for you.give it a try and get some excitement in your life.as for NWS please we don't need some loon turning up saying where's the action.just face the facts you've made your bed buying a house here and your probably going to spend the rest of your life here unless you give it away.anyway I would like to go on but I've got to go and watch some paint dry.yeah mods close this post down its bloody depressing.
So who the **** do you think you are Mr Rock and Roll? I could tell your reply was shitty thats why i gave you a little dig back so come on then what makes you so special flying around the country lanes in a remote village on your felano wooping and wailing?

You are right in some respects I did make my bed and i will lie in it - like i said i wasn't looking for sympathy and i wasn't expecting some smart arse who thinks he has the perfect life to start having a go at me. I was just saying I am bored here and there is nothing to do and you had to chime in with your shitty comments like you own the ****** place.

I have had enough excitement in my life to last me 10 lifetimes pal trust me on that I could stay home for the rest of my life and do nothing and not feel at all 'sad' about it as I have lived well. And I am no loon I am a nice bloke. But if I was (a loon) I would be pretty ****** gutted landing in NWS and finding a concrete table next to a pizza shop full of luke warm chang.
there you go again,labelling NWS as a boring place with no real knowledge about the town.we have a great expat community and you will find we all love it out here and are never bored.
When you come along and say things like udon thani is the most boring place you sort of touch a nerve with some people as it's not a boring place with boring people.if you got yourself out a bit you'll find that NWS has a couple of farang bars and those who sit at the farang table choose to sit there,not for a cheap warm chang either.as other members have said,you need to look at yourself and not the location.life is what you make of it.anyway must dash as I've got loads to do today and I'm not being sarcastic.
I know very little about NWS. And in turn you know very little about me. Thats why I took issue with you pretty much calling me a cock by suggesting I would love bowls as that is a bit of me, blah blah. Truth is I am just having a did back at you as you had a little dig at me. Childish I guess, but there you have it.

That whole thing with sitting in those little bars in little towns is great and im not knocking it, but its subjective. Subjective to how many years you have done it for. I lived in a town called Tha Muang for 2 years and it was great _ was the only ferang in the town - loved my time there and whilst I did feel out of place, that was part of the fun. But this was 2005 through 2007 and when I moved there, I had just had 2 years on Koh Samui living like Kieth Moon so it was a welcome break being in this polar opposite world. I eventually moved to Kanchanaburi 12 miles up the road and had another 2 or 3 years of sitting in those little ex pat bars. More of the same to some extent in Hua Hin for a good few years - six in total, I think. I dont realy vibe of bars like that anymore as I have done it to death and im bored of it.

So this whole small town thing, I have done it. Preaching to the quire pal. Nothing wrong with it so to speak, i just see it as a bit naff, personally, after having done it for so long and growing bloody bored of it.

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Re: Nothing

Post by Stanley Road » March 27, 2018, 9:32 pm

rick wrote:
March 27, 2018, 4:39 pm
Ok, some people took offence at 'Nothing'. Of course there is plenty to do - IF what is around floats your boat. I would say that being retired or semi-retired in your 40's, Udon is not the right place to be. First, unless you are financially secure, Udon is a hard place for a falang to make money. Some manage it (i.e. Drunk monkey) but many more have failed. Second, pace of life is a bit slow, perfect for us over 55's. Night life is either very Thai or aimed at the occasional visitor.The only 2 people i know of who retired here in there 40's without anything to do just became psychotic forum trolls who got their kicks from pissing people off....

First, type of person you are. I hate big cities. A nice city is OK for a couple of days, but i would never want to live there. And Bangkok, with it's pollution, traffic and hardened conmen (e,g, Taxi drivers) makes it a place that i avoid if possible. Pattaya is more like Blackpool crossed with the wild west. Some like the beach, but i like the countryside more. Also, many of us are not well off enough to have infinite choices, particularly after a divorce .... So, housing costs cuts out a lot of potential destinations - if i was a millionaire, i doubt i would be here! If choosing between a one bedroomed flat in the costa geriatrica, waiting for a monthly (or less frequent) visit from the kids, and Thailand with more spacious housing, friendly and available female partners and better climate, choosing was easy. I was at that time of my life that i accepted that i would never get everything i wanted and just wanted a nice place to call home.

As for the rest, my disco days are long gone, i like nature, fishing and gardening. Plenty enough to keep me busy, I also socialise with my friends a couple of times a week, but i am only a social drinker. I play bridge (we need more bridge players though!), I have a young daughter to tire me out. And i have a lake full of red water lilies only 50 metres from my house - something i would never get in the UK. There are concerts, a few exhibitions, i can go shopping without having to drive for half an hour, and can afford to eat out sometimes. I can watch films, play a few computer games, or read an ebook. I do not have time to do everything i want! More than i had after being made redundant back in the UK.

Udon is not for everybody, Quite a few realise this and get out after a year or two. Most of the rest of us are content (or, possibly, have run out of options!)

Sure we have our fair share of grumpy alcoholics, but so do most pubs in the UK. Thailand does seem to be a magnet for the flotsam and jetsam of the western society, so you do meet some interesting people.
Thats the best reply so far, very well said and a great way of summing it all up. SOunds like you a very happy here and I applaud that pal.

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