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by TJ
September 18, 2007, 3:37 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Is internet censorship necessary OR not?
Replies: 20
Views: 3598

Internet censorship assumes that it would be the State that would block selected Web contents. The problem is that if porn and bomb making instructions are blocked, then that power to control would be extended according to the political agenda of the State. I do advocate some application of internet...
by TJ
September 18, 2007, 3:14 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: How many falangs
Replies: 40
Views: 4085

I'm only in Thailand about 3 months a year. And I do like a half dozen or more cold beers a day. But I would be better off drinking iced tea and colas. The absence of beer would not diminish my preference to be living in Thailand.
by TJ
September 14, 2007, 4:06 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Does anyone pop their own popcorn?
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Robison's appliance section does not stock a popcorn popper. I've checked there and many other appliance shops. There is a double shophouse kitchen supply store in Pattaya on Second Road across from the Royal Garden that said they stocked large and small popcorn poppers, but were out of stock. The s...
by TJ
September 11, 2007, 2:46 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Storing Auto for long term
Replies: 14
Views: 1414

Update - Mechanic said groundskeeper can drive cars in driveway once a week to save seals. :D What a positive attitude. I'm too cynical to trust one car, much less four, to anyone to "drive them in the driveway" for three years. [-X That gives access to the garage, the cars, and garage contents to ...
by TJ
September 11, 2007, 9:28 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Storing Auto for long term
Replies: 14
Views: 1414

You have handled the important items. Are you removing the batteries? They will be dead within a few months and probably won't take a charge after three years. They won't be reliable even if they did take a surface charge. I'd be inclined to ask friends if they could use a good used battery. Get the...
by TJ
September 9, 2007, 4:20 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Some suggestions for education reform
Replies: 24
Views: 2231

That is an excellent point parents need to be educated too. =D> But not by the failed State system nor by the administrators and teachers who are themselves the inferior product of a failed system. Why perpetuate failure? The modern concept of compulsory, State-financed schooling was born in 18th-c...
by TJ
September 7, 2007, 12:04 am
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: 'Riff-Raffles' - Days in the life of a Pattaya Hotel Owner
Replies: 28
Views: 4835

I enjoyed a few days stay at Jasmine Mansion recently which resulted in my acquiring a copy of his book, Riff-Raffles. It is well written and quite humerous. I recommend both the hotel and the book. Kevin is a great host and he and his staff provide quality service.
by TJ
September 6, 2007, 8:38 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: a couple of questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

From what I've noticed at pig roasts and on tv in the US, the pig will cook more evenly if it is enclosed so the heat will build up and cook it from all sides.
by TJ
August 29, 2007, 10:29 am
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Govt raises alcohol, cigarette taxes
Replies: 11
Views: 919

As ever, the reason for raising taxes is to take money away from the citizen and increase or bloat the State treasury holdings. The Thailand exchange suplus acumulation was recently cited to be in excess of fifty billion US. That would appear to eliminate any budgetary reason for imposing this regre...
by TJ
August 27, 2007, 9:58 am
Forum: Udon Thani Shopping
Topic: motorcycle helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

As I rember someone said that Makro was one store that sold them and a full face helmet cost about 2000 baht.
by TJ
August 25, 2007, 12:16 pm
Forum: Things to do in Udon Thani
Topic: A new service in Udon
Replies: 35
Views: 10128

After viewing her promotional ad it is likely we all leap to the obvious question.

Which is - Can she drive a car?
by TJ
August 19, 2007, 2:32 am
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: 30 minutes vigorous exercise now essential
Replies: 16
Views: 2827

At 65 I'm trying to make a half hour walk a habit, mainly to keep my weight down.

There are reports that many who persued vigerous exercise at an early age are having joint and other problems from the wear on the body from years of vigerous exercise.
by TJ
August 16, 2007, 12:33 pm
Forum: Money, Finance & Investing
Topic: Thai Stock Watch
Replies: 0
Views: 571

Thai Stock Watch

Those interested in investing may want to start educating themselves in the SET. The Thai stock market has been taking a beating lately as have the global markets. Don't think its over yet. Much is this is due to the problems of the mortgage markets among many other things. One stock I've been watch...
by TJ
August 16, 2007, 12:23 pm
Forum: Udon Thani News
Topic: Robbery at Taco place restaurant August 6,2007
Replies: 7
Views: 2926

Did the restaurant's closed circuit camera catch the event? Believe the restaurant is now required to have such a system. Wasn't there a recent national directive to install these CCTV systems?
by TJ
August 10, 2007, 9:09 am
Forum: Open Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

The weather in the USA in July is as hot as Thailand. Here in Virginia it has been in the high nineties for weeks. South Carolina, a few hundred miles to the south, should be a bit hotter. Nong will be happy to return to a cooler Udon Thani.
by TJ
August 9, 2007, 12:13 pm
Forum: Money, Finance & Investing
Topic: Thailand faces ruin over strong baht !
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Even though Thailand exports more than it imports and the US is it's biggest customer, the high baht is not a national problem. Some Thais are benefiting from the strong baht. Some businesses were smart enough to extablish a hedge against a fluctuating exchange. New opportunities were realized from ...
by TJ
August 8, 2007, 11:06 am
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Marriages to Western men a growing concern
Replies: 6
Views: 772

This has to be a satire - right?
by TJ
August 8, 2007, 10:45 am
Forum: Udon Thani Accommodation
Topic: Ruy Suk Mansion
Replies: 39
Views: 21407

About 6 weeks ago, when I was in Udon Thani, I stoped by Ruy Suk Mansion, looked at a room and had a few beers in the open-air lobby with the manager and a couple of guests. The rooms were as advertised and a good value. My two drinking mates, an Aussie and a Finn, had been there for a couple of mon...
by TJ
August 7, 2007, 9:28 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Idea to improve Education system
Replies: 7
Views: 524

There appears to be some recognition that State control of a peoples' education will always be used first to benefit the agents of the State, not the people. Is it possible to raise Thai education financing from the private sector and to avoid the debilitating influence of the State education admini...
by TJ
August 3, 2007, 2:13 am
Forum: Udon Thani Restaurants
Topic: California Cafe
Replies: 63
Views: 8276

Grits are easy to cook. At home I use "quick" grits which take five minutes to cook after adding to boiling water along with some salt. When in Thailand my choice of breakfast is the Asian breakfast, a bowl of rice soup with chicken, shrimp or pork. Don't care for the heavy English breakfasts. Usual...

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