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  1. I’ll find out if cash beats ghosts in a couple of months. I’ll be in Chiangmai 3 September until 31 October. The first thing that I’ll do is stop by the house and see for myself if it’s worth sinking 500,000 to 1,000,000 baht to fix it up. If it is, I’ll pay my respects to my wife’s ex and ask him, as a favor to the person that helped his daughter to graduate from Pharmacy school in the U.S., to not haunt his house. When the contractor shows up for his first day of work, I’ll go around with 500,000 baht in my hand, hitting every wall with that wad of cash. Just like merchants do after their first sale of the day. Thereafter, it will be known as the “lucky house.”
  2. As usual, Mekong, you got about half of it right. I did check U.S.. hazardous materials regulations and complied with them. Concerning FlyerTalk, I posted on China Eastern’s sub category around 4 years ago. It should come up if you search for” lithium “. My name there is Dean1953. Several posters said that the Chinese are very strict about lithium batteries, not my words. As I said, I was much more concerned about those pricks keeping my luggage for 13 days without contacting me. It is normal procedure to confiscate the forbidden items, place an official note in the luggage to let the passenger know that his items were confiscated and let the luggage continue on its way. It took time to track the luggage down and 2 trips to CNX airport. If you want to, please take the Chinese government’s and China Eastern position on keeping luggage with 2 prohibited items in it and not informing the passenger that his baggage isn’t lost, just kept on their whim.
  3. I learned by posting this at the the on FlyerTalk that the Chinese government has a particular vendetta against lithium batteries. While I wasn’t thrilled about losing $40 in batteries, I was pissed off about them keeping the bag. I had. 3 hour layover in Shanghai. I filed a lost luggage claim In Kumming. I had to spend 10-15 minutes calling China Eastern every day to see if they found my bag. I make a trip to Chiangmai airport to discuss it with them. An official with CE told me to contact Thai Airways in Bangkok The bag was found in Shanghai and I had it at Chiangmai airport in 3 days. I’ll never fly through China again.
  4. I specifically asked TSA in the U.S. before flying and they said lithium batteries were allowed in checked luggage, not carryon. I flew KC to LAX with the batteries in checked luggage with no problem. If I had known international rules were different from U.S. rules, I would have switched them to carryon. It would be nice if these rules would be adapted for all countries to follow.
  5. I learned 5 years ago, flying China Eastern through Shanghai and Kumming, that lithium batteries are not welcome in checked luggage and China Eastern will keep your bag and not not contact you that they are keeping it. Thai Airlines found the bag in Shanghai and got CE to ship it to Chiangmai 13 days after I arrived. I’ll bring stuff for my house but nothing on the prohibited list. Back in 2004, I brought a water pump through TSA in the U.S. and then Narita, where they looked at it for 10 minutes and let me through. Now, it’s weight alone would make it doubtful that it would make to Thailand in my carryon.
  6. I feel somewhat safe in buying my ticket yesterday for leaving for Thailand September 1, returning October 31. With Taipei transit traffic restricted and Not trusting the Chinese handling Covid in Hong Kong, I chose Singapore over Japan and Korea. I’ll get my 4th vaccine shot about 3 weeks before leaving and check to see if the Covid insurance is still required. I’ve noticed that travelers to Thailand have been able to extend their visa while in Thailand for several months at a time. In June, I’ll apply through the Thai Consulate in Chicago for a 60 day visa and pay the $40 fee (they recommend not getting visa issued until you are within 90 days of using it). Hopefully, there’s not a Covid surge in the next 5 months. I’ll be very happy to leave the political climate in the U.S., even if it’s only for 2 months.
  7. That will work in hiring to fix up house but doesn’t help in renting it. Hopefully, it’s a neighborhood that would attract foreigners
  8. I saw a Doctor and it turns out that my blood pressure wasn’t as high as I thought: 140/82. It must have been abstaining from soft drinks for 2 weeks. Also, not a diabetic, at least not yet. I. Do have bad cholesterol at 290, so I’m taking cholesterol medication now. I suppose next is a colonoscopy but that’s about it for now. All things considered, I got off easy.
  9. After 6 months of blood pressure medication, I should be fine next fall when I finally see the house/ghost. I do like the idea of convincing neighbors that the ghost of my wife’s ex moved a couple of blocks away. In my younger days, I moved into an apartment where I knew that a lady had been murdered. Didn’t bother me a bit for the 3 years that I lived there.
  10. I’ve refused to see a Doctor for as long as possible but will see one on Monday. In November, I saw a Dentist to finish what he started before Covid. Before starting, he checked blood pressure and said mine was at 189. My fear isn’t dying but having a massive stroke and living for an additional 10 years in that state. So, it looks like this 68 year old will have to take my health seriously, go on blood pressure medication, probably go on diabetes medication (a Doctor that I saw 5 years ago said I was a borderline diabetic). Whether I’ll get my first colonoscopy remains to be seen. As long as I make my son’s high school graduation, I’ll be satisfied. However, making my son’s college graduation at age 77 would be better.
  11. After 3 years away, if Thailand gets rid of all Covid requirements for those with the 2 shots and booster, I’ll be back either next Fall or early winter. I still have the house near Chiangmai, unoccupied at the moment. My wife also was left a house just north of the airport in the Zhongshan Dong area, by her deceased ex husband. I’m not sure in what condition it’s in, but it does need a roof. I’ll be moving back permanently in 4-4.5 years, after my son graduates from high school. My wife may or may not move back, as 6 months ago, she opened a Thai restaurant in the Kansas City area, with a loan from me. It’s my insurance policy for her, in case something happens to me. The problem with the house is my wife’s best friend was occasionally going by the Hong Dong house but won’t now, since she and her son has seen the ghost of my wife’s ex inside the house. From what I understand, some neighbors have either seen the ghost or believe my wife’s friend account. The lady that takes care of my house refuses to go to house to take pictures because of the ghost sighting. When I go over later this year, I would like to stay at least 2 months to work on my house and get the Hong Dong house ready to rent out, if it is salvageable. Am I going to have problems going anyone to work on it? I’m assuming that I need to erect a spirit house and have monks bless the house. I’ll do it if that ends the ghost stories. What do you guys think? Will I always have a problem renting the house because of the ghost stories and nosy neighbors telling them to potential renters? I have no idea if the neighborhood is strictly Thai or if I can rent to foreigners who wouldn’t be put off by the ghost stories.
  12. I got my second vaccine shot this morning. As soon as Thailand drops quarantine for vaccinated travelers, I’ll be in the next plane to Chiangmai
  13. Steve, Lou Dobbs never was on The Nightly Business Report. He looks a little like Paul Kansas, who was a long time host. Dobbs was a longtime host of CNN Moneyline.. He remained with CNN from 1880-2009, then was hired by Fox News in 2012. The last 7 years at CNN saw his anti immigration views expressed and in 2009 his Obama birther views. As long as Fox News and Trump were joined at the hip, Dobbs could do no wrong there. Once Fox News for sued for 2.1 billion, his views about election fraud became a liability. Another example of a wasted Harvard education.
  14. 5* Skyview Hotel Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand for only $32 USD per night #Travel https://www.secretflying.com/posts/5-skyview-hotel-bangkok-in-bangkok-thailand-for-only-32-usd-per-night Booking link: https://www.skyscanner.com/hotels/q/?q=&sd=2021-03-23&ed=2021-03-30&na=2&nr=1&currency=USD&market=US&bpt_eid=o_140215985&sort=price#f_CATEGORY=5&sb=6&so=1&associateid=API_B2B_18695_00001&utm_medium=b2b&utm_campaign=flights&utm_source=SecretFlying - REFERRALS
  15. You hear it all the time in the U.S, Mainly from 20-50 year olds that think Covid is just a bad cold at worst. It’s unusual FP senior citizens to think that way. Hopefully, I get vaccinated in the next couple of weeks, as vaccines in Kansas open up to those 65 and up on this coming Tuesday.
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