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dddave last won the day on April 4 2014

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  1. At 10am, Friday morning, I entered Bangkok Christian Hospital on Silom for an appointment with my Orthopedist. When I departed at 11:30 and walked towards Sala Daeng BTS station, I was suddenly enveloped in a swarm of police. Sidewalks were immediately taped off as were all entrances to the BTS station and adjoining buildings. Passengers in the BTS station were not allowed to exit to the street. News crews came streaming in and it was instant sidewalk chaos with no place to escape. Pandemonium reigned for close to an hour, then tape barriers started being pulled down. Only then did I learn there had been a bomb scare at the BTS stairway near Patpong-2. Nothing found. A lot of disappointed news crews stalking away.
  2. Is it settled for Hanrahans? Time?
  3. Not long ago, the taxi I was a passenger in had to wait for one of Bangkok's endless red lights. Light finally went green; cars in front of us moved...we didn't. Took a few moments to realize the driver was sound asleep. Blaring horns behind woke him up before I had a chance and he took off with a lurch. We still had a fair distance to my destination but I had him let me off at the next convenient stop and took another taxi. No sleepy drivers for me.
  4. Few more pounds hanging on me as well but doing OK. It was great meeting LK and SB,neither of who I recall meeting in past years. Nice to catch up a bit with HH, Flash and Suadum....and a big thumbs up to Cav. for putting it together. Regretting that it's been so long since I visited T-360...a pleasure to see that Bust, DumbKnut, PomMichael Specialist, pe7e, Coss and even Mekong (Get me a stool, will you, bro) are still kicking cans. Sorry about your Dad's illness, KS. I hope for the best.
  5. CARL WOLF I don't know if Carl was ever a posting member of what was Nanaplaza.Com and I don't know if any current members remember him but he used to regularly attend the Friday evening gatherings at Gulliver's between 2004-2006, usually in the company of his friend "RickFarang" He was a slender man of medium height and had worked at APPLE for many years. Later, through a chance meeting on an airplane flight, he left Bangkok for a job with DELL in China. That job proved to be a nightmare and he returned to Bangkok sometime after 2010. I reacquainted with Carl through the local film industry as he was an actor in many locally made TV commercials, TV shows and movie productions. I was just entering that business and ran into Carl by chance at a casting four years ago. He was very helpful to me and introduced me to many people who were instrumental in me getting some very good jobs. We became part of a small circle that would meet weekly just to have a few laughs and complain about whatever was worth complaining about. Early last year he surprised us by announcing that he had come to the conclusion that he had had enough of Thailand and was selling his condo and returning to the US. He had settled on Jacksonville, FL and about six months later, said his "good-bye's". Last Friday, I received word via Facebook that Carl had passed away. His friends here in Bangkok, including myself had absolutely no idea he was ill but it seems he had gone through severally major surgeries recently. Carl was an intensely private person and he never mentioned his illnesses to anyone. We don't know the cause of his death. Carl was an energetic and funny guy; reminiscent of Robin Williams with a manic laugh and animated style. He was a good friend and will be missed. dddave
  6. Yup...It's me. Spent this morning on MCOT morning show with the Ha-Ha hosts. Sorry I have been absent for so long...I'll try to get back more often. 3 years ago, when I was really hurting for money a friend dragged me into a modeling agency. Those who know me know just how unlikely a public speaking career is for me. I have never "acted" in my life but in the world of commercials, acting ability means nothing..it's all look and I've been incredibly lucky to somehow frequently fit the face on the storyboards...40+ TV commercials so far...the most unlikely of which was a RED BULL ad to run in Afghanistan. There is no fame...it's really surreal to be riding in an overpacked Skytrain car with your own image playing on the TV's they have mounted inside the cars; so much for celebrity. Anyway, the "Backstory" on me reading the THAI lesson was that I was supposed to read off a computer screen, however the glasses I'm wearing are prop glasses and I'm practically blind without my regular 1/2" thick specs...thus the words I was trying to read were 80% illegible and I couldn't change the angle because of reflections in the lens....big headache after that one.
  7. ELEF: Great to see your Boardname back up, especially considering the many exaggerated reports of your demise and to which I admit to being a contributor. I'm in the US just now, this is the first time I've logged on to 360 in a while but I'll try to be a bit more attentive in the future.
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    Day 1

    Just don't forget to get off on your own now and then and give the big brain (as opposed to the little one now in control) a chance to assess. Resist making any promises.
  9. I was taking the #2 bus on Sukhumvit last night; standing room only. The woman sitting in the seat next to where I was standing looked up at me and said "David???" She was pudgy, fortyish, tired looking: it took me a long moment. "Hello Ann!" I finally managed,...it had been more than six years. Ann was a Thermae girl, I once wrote a long piece about her that I put on another site. She had been in her mid-thirty's then but stunningly beautiful and to this day, one of the best lovers I ever had. She could have taught most Eden girls a trick or two. Buses are noisy and conversations, especially with an old lover are difficult. She had recently started a job cleaning rooms at a serviced apartment complex; long ten hour days with few breaks. She looked no different from any of the other tired, middle aged women and men that ride the red buses every day. We, the buyers; as long as we have money never get old and ugly, but for yesterdays objects of desire, time is unkind. Don't look too hard for the sweet and beautifuly smiling Noi my friend; finding her might be the saddest moment ever.
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    'burgers At Bar-4.

    Finding a decent new hamburger in Bangkok is always worthy of comment. Marc at Bar4 (Sukhumvit Soi 4) has decided to give a bit of food a go and along with some very tasty meat pies, is now doing a "soft" roll out of his own Bar4 Burger; IMHO, one of the best I've had around Bangkok. He starts with a grilled roll, a decent sized, nicely flavored beef patty; adds a fried egg, some crisp bacon and tops it all with some New Zealand cheese. At B125, it makes for a filling meal, especially when washed down by a cold draft.
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    22 July Meet Up?

    I haven't been for a while but I'll probably show tonight to honor your return.
  12. The Amari on Soi 5 supposedly has an option on the Beergarden property. Their own open air beergarden backs up to it. They reportedly had planned to exercise that option last year and build a new parking garage/shopping area but put the plans on hold with the uprising; good chance it will happen next year. Of course, this is all third hand info.
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    Cheap eats

    Just up towards Sukhumvit soi 50 (Tesco/Lotus) from the afore mentioned BEST BEEF is a Thai B-B-Q that has a decent selection and best of all, electric burners so you don't get smoke in your eyes. There is a live music stage in the back that gets a bit loud, the front area is quieter. There is also a great evening street restaurant just past Central World on the same side, going towards Praturnam; great Isan food at reasonable prices.
  14. Grand President on Soi 11 has multi-room suites.
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