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  1. Now, on the other side of the worst of the pandemic, are there any decent soapy places left. Though it may not have been great, Annie's was at least convenient. Is it still there?
  2. This month was about 150% of what I usually pay this time of the year. Painful.
  3. My best recollection is "Man has not evolved and inch since the slime that spawned him."
  4. Sorry to hear the news, but nobody lives forever 😞 He was a great source of entertainment in the 1990's and a bit after. We are all diminished by his passing.
  5. I met many very likeable guys at the Friday night meetings at Gulliver's in the last decade. Met a few who continued to be good and close friends there. Are these meetings going on these days?
  6. Air and hotel booked ahead of time are either on my credit card to paid at the nearest 7-11. Everything else is paid in cash, usually taken from my Thai bank or in some cases my Schwab One account which refunds the ATM fees at the end of every month. Ok, when desperate an cash advance on a credit card is utilized, but that's expensive.
  7. Yes. And for a small fee they took care of the medical certificate. The only test the performed that was related to her physical condition was to give her the reaction test, which she retook a dozen times until she finally passed. The driving school also does annual inspection of the car and motorbike and do the running around to get the licenses for me. It is a nice service, especially since they are less than a kilometer from home.
  8. Tuesday my driving student girlfriend drove around our village with me in the front seat for about an hour -it was the most stressful hour in recent memory. I was preparing to deal with her disappointment when she failed butI was stunned to see that she passed her tests at the driving school yesterday and will pick up her license on Monday. She cannot safely drive around the block with cars parked on the street yet she is licensed to drive. Stunned, I tell you.
  9. I just sent my girlfriend to driving school, but her skills are not yet good eenought for me to feel it is safe for her to drive alone. What can we do to make driving practice around town legal before she gets a license?
  10. My brother is trying to book a stay at the Ambassador Bangkok in June of this year and keeps running up against what seem to be new taxes. For example: On one booking site it says: The hotel will charge an additional fee at check in or check out 242.36,USD Tax recovery charges and service fees $248.53 <==itemization of charges On another bookit site it says: The total price of your booking does not include extra city taxes. Mandatory city tax to be paid at the hotel is between 19.74 USD and 212.1 USD After a little reading, the tax recovery fee is apparently common in the United States (that's where he is right now) but I have not heard of this in Thailand. My take is that there are some mix-ups in the booking systems, but there is the lingering worry that a booking site might slip in some overlooked fine print and he'll be hit with a substantial and unexpected fee. Has anybody run across this while booking or staying in Bangkok?
  11. I find your analogy between driving a motorcycle in Thailand and catching AIDS pretty dumb. I had a motorcycle accident in Thailand, yet I am still here to talk about it. Being diagnosed with an HIV infection is life changing and certainly a death sentence.
  12. I think this guy has literally gotten away with murder, so its nice to see him getting called on at least one of the crimes of his "former life." For those who don't remember, a few years ago, Chuwit admitted to many of his past crimes and declared that he was essentially reborn; a different person from the one who committed those crimes. I figures that if he was truly a different person, then he wouldn't have the money that resulted from his past life. But I digress. Here's what happened this week. (BTW, Chuwit Gardens on Sukhumvit, across from Soi 15, is where Sukhumivt Square once stood.) Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=120902 (BangkokPost.com) â?? The Civil Court ordered Sukhumvit Silver Star Co., Ltd. - of which former massage parlour tycoon-cum-Chart Thai party deputy leader Chuwit Kamolwisit is director - to pay financial compensation to business owners affected by the demolition of Sukhumvit Square four and a half years ago. The strip served as a watering hole for throngs of beer punters before it was demolished in the early hours of January 26, 2003 by a group of anonymous men. The court ordered Sukhumvit Silver Star to pay 5.7 million baht to six business operators affected by the razing of Sukhumvit Square with an annual interest rate of 7.5 percent until the required amount has been fully disbursed. Mr Chuwit was arrested in the parking lot of a massage parlour shortly after the incident in January 2003. He was a director of Sukhumvit Silver Star, which ran many massage parlours in Bangkok and owned the six-rai piece of land at the corner of Sukhumvit soi 10 where Sukhumvit Square stood before it was abruptly razed. Mr Chuwit denied he had ordered the strip's demolition, saying he had leased the land to Nickel Co. for commercial development. Police believe Nickel Co. was set up especially for the demolition of lessees' properties at Soi 10, in particular the beer bars, as the operators had a long-standing dispute with the landowner.
  13. I am sorry if this sounds a bit harsh, but the attitude shown in the above post in one of irresponsibility and selfishness. If you might have been exposed, then failing to test means exposing your "next girlfriend" or other loved one to a grave risk. In my book, this is irresponsible to both her/him and society in general.
  14. Thai immigration used to require certification that applicants for long term visas be free of HIV infection, but several years ago (sometime around 2001), they withdrew the requirement, stating that it would not have any significant affect on the country's overall HIV problem. It would be nice if other countries could become more realistic in this sense.
  15. Somebody wrote: "Use condoms properly with adequate lubrication to prevent breakage and the chances of catching HIV are negligible." Just so the message is not lost: Any odds may seem negligible until you catch it. Also as mentioned in JS's OP and in Free2Fly's post above, being drunk or stoned and around scuzzy women is a recipe for disaster. It used to be that a diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence. In the last several years in the developed world, its more like a chronic condition for many. That doesn't make it any less of a tragedy, and any less devastating to to one's self-image and view of the future -just "less physically lethal." If you think the chances are negligible, then you have not read up on the subject enough, or you have not lived though AIDS with a loved one (yet). Be careful out there. Thanks again, JS, for the reminder. It can happen to anyone, even those who aren't punters.
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