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  1. Note: I was wrong about being reverted to "Newbie" Once I posted, my account went back to normal and my post history is there.
  2. Been a while since I last signed-in. So long, in fact that I have been classified as a board "Newbie" though I go back to 2001 or 2. Seems most of my post history has been whiped out. Too bad: it would have been humbling to read some of the dumber things I carried on about way back then. I read through this entire thread and it was nice to see some familiar board names still active. Brought to the board this day by the sad passing of Suadum who along with "Lao Hu Li "(Frank Truman) met me at Cathouse my first night ever in Bangkok (April, 2002; 1st day of Songkran) and impressed upon me the local rules of the game, every one of which I immediately broke. It was through both of them that I was introduced to the many who became friends, a few of whom are still around. Dan was a good friend to me. There were epic parties at his apartment along with epic visits to Washington Square, Soi Cowboy, Soi 33 and some hidden spots in between. He was fun to be with. The discussion of the difficulty arranging board get-togethers brought to mind the ill-fated attempt, Christmas of 2002 (or was it 2003?) for what was supposed to be the first Nanaplaza.com Annual General Meeting, arranged by Lao Hu Li. Hundreds from all over pledged to attend. Frank hired a hall, a catering crew and a decent band. Buffalo Bill put up a bunch of door prizes (one of which I won but never cashed-in, damn it) Frank stood by the door waiting for the crowd to start showing...but they never did. Maybe 30 showed-up but not the hundreds that had pledged to attend. It was pretty much a bust and Frank took a financial hit because he hadn't asked for advance deposits which in those days, was not an easy thing to do. I remember that KS dug in and helped him out. Those were good years back then and I feel very lucky to have been a part of it.
  3. 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.
  4. Is it settled for Hanrahans? Time?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Nice piece of writing; this may be "Post #1" but I assume you've written before. Where can it be read?
  10. Even in the US, where there is at least a mediocum of consumer protection in the law, many thousands of "investors" lost money buying into timeshares. The main problem is that you are not getting any equity in the property itself, just the right to occupy for a specified period. All they have to do is sell the time shares, pull all the money out and let the place go bankrupt. Share owners have no standing in the bankruptcy, thus get nothing. When the assets are auctioned off, the same scammers often repurchase it using straws and do it all over again. dj
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