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  1. And there are some who think they are too high, unions getting too much power, compared to other labor intensive manufacturing/farming countries. I am not an expert, stand to be corrected but I'd say Thailand better start investing big time in education, and compete in a different field than the sweatshop and labor intensive chain productions. China can beat them flat out there, and they've got the manpower.
  2. Other than that the country can't get rid of me, I'm stuck on the place. ----------------------- And i thought Porn again Steve, you were the one who answered "i am B..." ::. Tell us, when was the last time you went there? ...
  3. Boycott going there only. Again, hypothetically so, not asking to boycott Thailand myself, wondering about others. I would boycott it called upon for a good reason. That will never happen anyway, as a mass movement. It's Ok for the thais to ask for excuses from our ambassadors if we dress up a lamp with a Buddha Statue, and other things that attain to their perceived dignity, but no problem insulting our sensibilities selling Bin Laden T-shirts and Nazi helmets. Anything for a buck. Just a tiny example of unreciprocated sensitivity, which is nothing in itself, as i find all this childish, but some members see a bit more ominous signs concerning thais attitudes towards farangs.
  4. I should be flattered you have to bring me up in your posts, especially as i never make mention of you anywhere. P127 fixation? Brink, that was a hypothetical question, where boycott could easily be a personal decision as i mentionned. I am just following on the complaints about what many see as the shape of things to come, either as far as nightlife sucking, or anti-farang sentiment propagated by actual govnmt, and the "if you don't like it, go home" comments. Often, it seems all thais are amalgamed behind the comments. Just wondering how much is that important, and if so, how much should farangs take, then? I have no idea myself of any possible aggravation of the situation, the idea for making it a poll and see the opinions out there. I rather think that most farangs have made actually a workable, cozy niche for themselves, they are quite content, only ranting for the sake of it, rarely concerned with other farangs trials and ordeals, save their friends , and it's chained and grabbed off the floor they'll leave the country for good. In one word, they'll take any humiliation, any aggravation , short of being murdered in anti-farangs progroms. Or maybe not.... Some might want to tell us.
  5. Can be a personal decision not to go, or backing a public call for boycott, expats might find it harder to do than visitors of course. I will try to build that in the poll. Hope for comments too, of course. No "other" choice, "maybe" being part of yes, and nuances can be posted subsequently. Keep in mind this is about a decision consequent to changes in Thailand, as a response to it, not about just leaving for personal reasons, been there, done that, or moving on to a new life. mistake: sorry, #3 is of course: but i may still break my vow.
  6. Trivia Q of the day: What did CBGB stand for? ----------------------------------- The name of the club was CBGB OMFUG: country bluegrass blues/other music for uplifting gourmands.
  7. Lou Reed, the Ramones, the Dead Kennedies..... ------------------------------------ Anyone who can write these 3 in one sentence is my friend forever! WA, I don't care about your politics, you're the man, I love ya! Max's. souvenirs, souvenirs. I recall one night in NYC, when i went to see Debussy's opera "Pelleas..." at the Met, then went to CBGB on Bleeker St to finish the night. Dead Boys were highlighting, Ramones and Talking Heads were at the bar. Frankly, if anyone knows someone who went both to the Met. Opera and CBGB the same night, I want to know.
  8. Glad to see Rory is remembered. Seems I had the same smile on my face as you did, then . About Lou Reed, i was a great fan with my friend back then, and we'd slip a tape recorder at every concert we went to, then listen to the concert all night after that (WA mentionned a certain substance we prized as well post-concert, we was young!), so i can tell the live sound was much better than the LP that came out after. It was just awesome and, how can I say, like danger was around, just anticipating his coming on stage after such an intro. No one had no idea what he would look like, last he came to France was a year before, and he was dressed in a tweed jacket, very conservative, playing acoustic guitar (yes, he was the first unplugged rocker), with John Cale and a few song with Nico. Sadly, I missed that concert, but it was shown in a rock news program after. We had an immense collection of Paris concerts on tape. Neil Young, Stones, Rory of course, Lou Reed's archived every damned year, flamin' groovies, I also had the Ramones in SF 1976 (savoy Tivoli), Talking Heads 1977 in CBGB or somewhere.... Only music can compete with Thailand as far as i am concerned, but it does a good job of it!
  9. Rory Gallagher, san Francisco, 1978. he just brought down the house. I clapped so much at the end my hands were red as a baboon's ass. Also, Lou reed, Rock'n'roll animal tour, first one, 1973, leather-clad, 20 minutes wall of sound "Sweet Jane" guitar intro etc.....
  10. I have actually managed to make three of my "employee's"edjaculate ---------------------------------- and of course, this is all on camera, for the public record
  11. what about the other ones? Same experience?
  12. Have your own without having to worry about her and get off for the next customer! --------------------------------- I guess that is what most guys think and do. Those who don't think as such, rarely barfine or pick up girls as if they were a dime a dozen, so to speak.
  13. of course, you know they shower that much, even if no farang is around.
  14. Heard many times of thais disliking indians though ------------------------------- yeah, that smell thing again. their sense of odour is also more developped than a dog's or what? i once was with a girl and she starts telling me, "indians i don't like, smell bad". I realize she talks about some guys walking 20 yards away, and asks how she knows about these guys? "can smell from here". Wow!!! ::
  15. , but we are never that kind of farang ourself? Its always "the others" ------------------------- has to be since i never barfine BGs or gogoGs ::
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