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  1. How much for bus or taxi from Udon Thani airport? I'm going to be in Bangkok in September, and it is a relatively cheap hop from DMG to Udon Thani. I am NOT crazy enough to do bus or van or whatever all the way.
  2. Swampypoom is NOWHERE NEAR AS BAD as O'Hare. You want to see a mess at Immigration, try O'Hare or DFW. Now, admittedly, I routinely get the priority lines at Swampy, presumably because I am old, grey, and walk with a cane. But STILL... I see MUCH worse lines at DFW. (Now, I've only seen Immi at O'Hare once. ONCE WAS ENOUGH! O'Hare was OBVIOUSLY not designed for anything as big as a 777, never mind two 777s landing at the same time.)
  3. I didn't know how to ask if I was the only one here who immediately made that connection. Thank you for showing me I'm not alone.
  4. "For me the most important thing is that I have a hobby for which I need to concentrate completely," he said. YES!!!
  5. This one sentence sums up why I prefer Boeing metal. "In the hierarchy on Airbus planes, the computer system sits higher than pilots." Boeing, on the other hand, believes in trusting the pilot.
  6. "Passengers". The story is OLD, as sci-fi goes. The production is flat-out BEAUTIFUL, and the chemistry between the leads makes it work. I was VERY surprised at how much I enjoyed it on the small screen in Business Class. I now regret not seeing it on the big screen. "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them". Well-made, but somehow not as satisfying as it could have been.
  7. T minus 3 weeks and counting. ETA Suvarnabhumi Friday 12 May around 11 PM local. DEROS Monday 29 May too early in the morning as usual. With luck, I WON'T be struggling with walking pneumonia this trip, and will be comfortable walking decent distances. I had to skip several of my favorite spots the last few trips.
  8. And it occurs to me. There was a combination hair salon/Thai massage place in a sliver building on the south edge of the area on Suk Soi 11 that housed Cheap Charlie's and Charley Browns and all the rest. Anyone know if they have a new location, or did they just disband? They gave me good service for over ten years, whenever I was in town, and I would REALLY prefer to keep them on retainer.
  9. I miss the Tunnel (between Suk Soi 7 and Suk Soi 5). Many years ago, in a hypnosis seminar, I used the Tunnel as the basis for an off-the-cuff storytelling induction. Worked beautifully.
  10. One of the things I like about going to Bangkok: I invariably lose weight while I'm there, despite eating more regularly than I do at home. It is EASY to eat well and healthy in Bangkok. And economical.
  11. "Ghost in the Shell", starring Scarlett Johansson. VERY, VERY GOOD! Scarlett Johansson NAILED this one!
  12. Don't forget the outstanding feasts!
  13. And if I get really desperate for more fun, I have both "Casablanca" and "Moon Zero Two" on DVD in the other room.
  14. On the boob tube as I type this: "Hatari", starring John Wayne. They do not make movies like that any more. Dammitall.
  15. Something about this story just doesn't add up. An airliner is at cruising speed and altitude after 15 minutes. The story doesn't say, but Bali to Guangzhou is a long hop, meaning that this had to be a jet, at least a 737 or A320, meaning cruising altitude is going to be 30,000 feet or higher. 180 passengers says the same thing. You're going to NOTICE an unsealed door VERY quickly at that altitude. It may be that the latch wasn't working properly, but air pressure was holding the door sufficiently. (You're talking about TONS of pressure on a typical airline door.)
  16. I did the 30-minute hop and the 60-minute hop back in September. They're good. I did the Flying Club package, and then an additional 4-hour Flying Club block, in December. I don't recall the exact prices, but the block time works out to around US$160/hr, and includes the instructor pilot. To put it in perspective, dual instruction on a Cessna 172 will run me US$200/hr at home, and the 737 is a LOT more fun to fly. If your game-savvy 14-year-old likes airplanes, he will more than likely be in Hawg Heaven in the simulator.
  17. My pleasure, Coss. I want them to get plenty of business. I want them to stay open, so they'll be there when I get back in a few months.
  18. It is known that the 9/11 hijackers trained "at home" in the US, on Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  19. Ekkamai Gateway mall, 2nd floor. Ride the skytrain to Ekkamai station, exit on the south side of Suk, walk into the mall, ride two escalators up. As you get off the second escalator, on the second floor, turn to your right and work your way around the atrium. You will see what looks like an airliner nose section. That's the entrance to Flight Experience Bangkok. Website The website has their old address, off Convent Road, but they moved to Ekkamai Gateway early in 2016.
  20. I landed at Swampypoom on 23 Dec, flew out on 4 Jan. During that time, I did the usual rounds. I also did something different. I logged 8 hours on a Boeing 737NG Advanced Aviation Training Device. This is a high-fidelity flight simulator, without a motion base. I originally heard about the company a few years ago, when we thew the Sunday afternoon get-together in the bar&grill on Convent Road. They'd since moved to Ekkamai Gateway mall. I was in there in September, flew a 1/2 hour and 1 hour casual session then. This time, when I went back, it was with the specific intention of learning to fly the 737. Seriously. They asked what I wanted to do, I said "stick-and-rudder flying, to master the airplane". They smiled and said "We can do that." I flew an hour a day every day for four days, and then I flew two hours a day for two days. You can't help but learn things on this schedule, and some of them will be things you never expected to learn. Things about leadership, and teamwork, and how you respond under pressure. I did things I never dreamed I would do. I learned things I never expected to learn, I made memories, with their help, that will last a lifetime, and then some. And I had more fun than I ever dreamed possible. At one point, taking off from Hong Kong, for a night hop to Macau with the company chief pilot, I was mildly surprised to realize that the takeoff procedure had become both familiar and comfortable. Once we were at cruise altitude and speed, sitting back, I realized just how incredibly beautiful a night flight in that part of the world could be. At another point, flying in the San Francisco area, still with the company chief pilot, he had me working harder than I'd ever worked in my life. I never would have believed I could handle that workload, and I would REALLY never would have believed I would be having the time of my life doing it. That man is destined to be one of the great flight instructors of this century. He has a gift, for knowing EXACTLY how hard and how far a student can be pushed. And that's another thing. Flying with him never felt like instructor and student. It felt like team, like very senior captain and very junior first officer, and part of the captain's job is to make the first officer a better pilot. And he did. The 737 is a beautiful airplane. She is demanding. She teaches you very quickly that you have to pay attention to her, learn to feel what she is feeling. She is also incredibly responsive and incredibly rewarding, and, within the above, both easier and more fun to fly than a Cessna 172. I will be going back next trip.
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