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Visas, et al / Re: What is the plan when you are very old and fragile?
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:10:06 PM »

 Plans are all set as I'm already old and fragile.

 We gave the house in the US to our daughter. That was the only thing we had there. Everything here is in the wife's name, so I really don't own anything in this world. I actually find that very liberating.

 Both our US Social Security is deposited into our joint US bank account and I've set it up so there are automatic transfers to the wife's Bangkok Bank account here. If I die first, she won't have to do anything. The money will just keep coming till she dies.

Open discussion / Re: How often do you get traditional Thai massage?
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:15:16 PM »

 How often do you get the other kind of massage?

Open discussion / Re: How is your Thai, anyway?
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:09:15 PM »

 Learning to read and write will make all the difference in the world.

 I know it looks intimidating and I avoided it for years.

 I met a young American exchange student in KK, and I asked how he was doing in school. He said fine and he said he learned the Thai alphabet in about 5 days! It only took me 2 months and I'm no brainiac, that's for sure.

 When I hear a word that I just can't understand the sound, I tell the wife to spell it, and it becomes instantly clear.

 I can't read newspapers or books, but it's great to be able to read menues, road signs, signs on shops, etc.

 I went to a new dentist and when the receptionist gave me the registration form, she asked if I needed any help filling it out. I said no and I filled it out myself. I could read it, but I had to write in English. Writing is much harder than reading.

 All I did was buy one of those little kids books like they have for English...A is for apple....B is for ball. They cost about 20 Bt so just buy one and give it a try, you will be surprised.

Open discussion / Re: Your most challenging adjustment?
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:19:53 PM »

 I would say, sources of information. I wouldn't really call it a challenge, but it was not as easy as today with the internet. Telephones weren't even available out where we are back then.

 My best source of information was the VFW in Udon. There were guys who had been in Udon for years and without thier help and knowledge it would have been difficult, visas, buying land, etc.

 Those guys had it tough. Before Laos was open, a visa run was a 28 hour train trip, (one way), to Malasia every 3 months!

 Nowadays, anything you want to know is just a touch of the button on the computer.


Why did you choose Khon Kaen / Isaan??? / Re: Originally, for the silk.
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:55:16 AM »

  40 years ago, I married a beautiful, young Khon Kaen girl. We spent our first 20 years in the US, working hard, raising our family and planning our future.

 We have been very lucky. All our plans have worked out better than we had hoped for. I think the key is that, living and working in a farang country, she saw that money doesn't grow on trees there. Also, we wanted to live in Thailand when we first got married, but we knew, financially, that wasn't possible, so we worked and saved until the time was right. It's been a great life.

 Only thing is, over the years, she's turned into an old hag, while I still look like a young Brad Pitt.

Open discussion / Re: Durian . . . Demon fruit!
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:27:21 PM »

 I think durian is one of those things you either love or hate.

 If you love it the smell is heavenly. If you hate it, it's enough to make you puke.

 I love it, but it has to be really ripe and soft.

 I remember one year there was a huge storm where they grew durians and it knocked all the fruit to the ground. They had to sell all the durians as soon as possible. They were selling here for 25 baht each!

Open discussion / Re: Why are traffic fatalities so high in Thailand?
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:15:36 PM »

 Why are the fatalities so HIGH?  The way they drive, I'm surprized they are so low!

 Where we come from, kids start driving when they are 16-17 years old. Hardly anyone had a car here 20-25 years ago. People here are getting thier first car when they are 40-50 or even 60 years old. These older first time drivers, have the same attitude as the young kids, (remember what we were like at that age?). Thier attitude is: " I'm not going to have an accident because I'm an excellent driver. It's all those bad drivers that will have accidents."

 It's like the roads have nothing but wild teenagers all feeling so invinceable.

Visas, et al / Extension renewal
« on: November 24, 2017, 01:09:02 PM »

 Just did my annual retirement extension. 15 minutes, in and out!  Walked in the door and the very nice lady at desk #3 waved me right over.

 Usually, a little bid different each year. This time, I paid right there instead of going to a different desk and then back to the original desk. Also, she did the 90 day for me.

 I've been going to this office since they opened, and never had a bad experience. Everyone has always been pleasant, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Nothing like the place we used to have to go.

 I have one question. I always go prepared, all nessesary documents and a few extras, just in case. In March this year, I went to India and when doing my extension, the lady wanted a copy of my re-entry permit. That's no problem, I went outside and got a copy, but I was just wondering, is this a one time thing, or will I need a copy of that every year from now on?

New Member Introductions / Re: What exactly does one DO "Upcountry" ???
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:33:34 AM »

 I always wondered, "What does one do down country?"

Open discussion / Re: computer problem
« on: August 03, 2017, 02:02:56 PM »

 Problem solved. I went to the Acer shop at Tuk-com. The guy knew right away what I was talking about. Took him 5 minutes and no charge!

 Last year a local shop wanted 900 bath to upgrade from W8.1 to W10. A forum member here sugested I go to the Acer shop at Tuk-com. I did and charge was only 400 bt.

Open discussion / Re: computer problem
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:14:50 PM »

 Thanks for the replys,

 Don't know if mine is illegal or not. I bought the laptop at power buy at Central. They sent me to a shop upstairs to get the windows 8.1. (This was 3 years ago). I paid Bt. 3,000 for the windows and power buy installed it for me.

 Last year, I took the laptop to Tuk Com to the Acer shop and they upgraded it to Windows 10.

 The fix looks a bit complicated for my computer skills, so I'll probably take it back to Tuk Com.

Open discussion / Re: computer problem
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:27:58 PM »

 I don't think it's a scam.

 Google "your windows license is a bout to expire".

Open discussion / Re: computer problem
« on: July 23, 2017, 01:22:09 PM »

 Sorry, it said my windows license was to expire on August 22, 2017.

Open discussion / computer problem
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:44:29 AM »

 I just turned on my laptop and got a message saying my microsoft license was about to expire.

 I did a google search and it seems it's for real, but the information to fix it is greek to me.

 Anyone had this happen and could you fix it?

Open discussion / Re: Notary public
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:05:39 PM »

 Thanks Terry

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