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  1. Does that include the "third world shithole countries" that the Donald is tirelessly bringing peace to?
  2. Mekong, if you think that I ask a lot of anal questions here, go check out thaiVisa Chiangmai section. I use the username Dean1953 there.
  3. It can't have had that much fun, in either Kunming or Shanghai, China. I was thinking today that this trip , even though it was to be a trip working on my first house (I left second house in KC in the middle of a bedroom/bathroom renovation), really has sucked. Getting sick wasn't in my plans. Finding out that there is no market for prescription toothpaste in Thailand because the average Thai doesn't even use regular toothpaste, let alone prescription toothpaste. In truth, no trip over the next eight years back to Thailand will be a vacation. At best, it will be a working vacation. The day after my 10 year old graduates from high school, I plan to be on Cathay Pacific first class, one way to Chiangmai. Up until then, my real vacations will be in the U.S. Like in June, when I take my son to Disneyworld for the 3rd time in 3 years. Sometime in the next year, I'll try out semi Retirement, meaning I'll work 6-8 months out of the year and vacation the rest. So, as bad as these last two weeks have been, I only have to wait 1 month for my next vacation.
  4. I've had these before and I'm on the 8th day, which should be near the end. If it isn't any better by Wednesday in Bangkok, I'll stop by a pharmacy. By the way, my Thai friend finally stopped by a large pharmacy by where I live in the suburbs and showed them a picture of the Colgate 5000. They can order it, but it takes 2 weeks. I'll take the advise to call Colgate headquarters on Monday to see which convenient pharmacies carry it in either Chiangmai or Bangkok. If that fails, screw it.
  5. My baggage odyssey may be coming to an end. I was told by lost baggage at Chiangmai airport to contact china Eastern at BKK airport. They supplied the email address. Give them my baggage claim number and the number off the lost baggage form that I filled out at Kunming, and request that bag be sent to Chiangmai ASAP. I did that and gave them more information than requested. Two hours later, I receive an email from them, saying bag has left Kunming and will arrive today (probably without batteries) around 4. And they gave the flight number. I'll call around 5 to confirm that bag is there (the day that I arrived in Chiangmai, the agent at lost baggage told me that bag would be at Chiangmai next day;2 days later, I drove to airport and bag not there) and go to airport either tonight or early tomorrow. I'll certainly post the hopefully exciting climax to this saga tomorrow.
  6. If it makes you feel any better, I didn't buy the penicillin and decides to go through the natural process of coughing up crap out of my lungs and blowing out same crap out of my nose. I should still be able to count on one hand the number of times that I've taken prescription drugs, either through a prescription or in Thailand or Mexico (buying without a prescription). I hope that it clears up naturally before I get on the plane next Thursday for U.S.
  7. As long as I can buy it cheaper here than the $23 that's charged for a small tube in the U.S. Just from checking, I don't think many pharmacies carry it.
  8. Thanks for the picture of Colgate nuetraflour 5000. I'll show it to whatever pharmacy that I stop at for the next couple of days. If I don't have any luck in Chiangmai, try try Bangkok next Wednesday.
  9. I also posted this on FlyerTalk and was asked if these batteries are lithium? I don't think so but can't say with 100% confidence that they aren't. Lithium batteries are prohibited in checked or carry on in Kunming, as someone on FlyerTalk pointed out. China Eastern isn't going to help me. I'll call the Chiangmai airport missing luggage phone number, manned by a Thai Airlines employee, everyday through Tuesday at noon to see if bag came in on daily flight from Chiang Mai (arriving at 10:20 AM). If it doesn't come by Tuesday, I'll file a claim. If I ever fly China Eastern again (highly unlikely), I'll never do a stopover again, particularly at Kunming. According to FlyerTalk, between airport security and China Eastern, the scenario painted by Radioman is very accurate.
  10. I've definitely moved to the "never fly China Eastern again" group. I finally received a reply to one of my emails sent over the last week. "Dear Passenger, Upon our investigation on your missing baggage, it did not pass the baggage transfer security check at KMG airport. Please contact the baggage department in KMG airport at 0086-871-67081286 with case number DAH KMGMUxxxxxx for option to retrieve your baggage. BEST REGARDS THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES". Now, I was taking a set of 3 stainless steel trash cans in that bag. I was also carrying 2 DeWalt 18 v cordless batteries. Everything else was clothes and 2 presents for people in Chiangmai. I had no problem checking and retrieving bag at LAX and then checking bag for Kunming at LAX. After calling Kunming and giving then requested information they confirmed bag was there and I should call baggage claim in Chiangmai to have them request bag to be sent to Chiangmai.i started calling Chiangmai airport every day starting yesterday. Assuming that they can get my bag here, it will be interesting to see what is missing from bag. Even if I get the bag, under law, I'm due compensation if they can't get me the bag within a week. However, I'll make this request not in Shanghai but on U.S.A. Territory.
  11. That's it. My dentist told me that any brand with "5000" behind it are all about the same. There's a lot more fluoride in the toothpaste. In the U.S., you need a prescription to buy it, and it comes in a tube half the size of a regular tube of toothpaste. And it costs $25, so I was going to buy 7-10 tubes, depending on price. Granted, I don't take great care of my teeth, I don't need to ever have 4 cavities at one time. Plus, between root canals and crowns, I want everything taken care of now, follow the Dentist's recommendations as much as possible, and, at age 65, not worry about my teeth for a good 10-15 years.
  12. I struck out yesterday at 10 pharmacies along Silom and Suk. I'm back in CM but will have my last attempt next Wednesday, before I leave BKK the next day.
  13. Don't bother replying. I'll look for it, along with penicillin to dry out the congestion that I caught last Friday. I think that it will be a lot longer before my next trip to Thailand.
  14. Because I stored this prescription toothpaste in my lost luggage, I looked at 4 Pharamacies in Chiangmai for it today, with no luck. In the U.S., its prescription because of the amount of fluoride in it. Usually, the brand name is followed by 5000. I'll be in Bangkok Wednesday just from 7 AM to 7:30 PM in the Tourist areas of Bangkok. Can anyone give a recommendation on a pharmacy that might carry it? Thanks!
  15. I'm not ready to abandon China Eastern yet but finally came face to face with their "wonderful " customer service. For $442.00, I got a ticket for LAX-Shanghai-Kunming-CNX and return on 10 May BKK-Shanghai-LAX (I used Southwest points to fly K.C. To LAX). I have no real complaints with the flying part of it. There were no delays. However, as Kunming is overnight, bags are to be picked up there and next morning rechecked at checking counter with boarding pass. I have 2 bags and a carry on. One bag doesn't show up. It takes an hour of waiting and then an hour to find lost bag area. 45 minutes later, I have the paperwork finished, which includes email address and phone number for them to contact me if bag is found. No offer of $50 for emergency purchases and delivering bad to house, as Northwest Airline did for me in Bangkok, many moons ago. I talk with lost luggage at CNX on arrival and they said bag was found and would be at CNX on next day's flight. I tell him that I will pick it up in 2 days. Two days later, I show up and talk with same man. Bag is in Kunming and has been sitting there for 2 days and why didn't I call him before wasting a trip. Even though he has a computer that has access to China Eastern's data, he tells me to call or email Kunming to arrange bag to be shipped to CNX. I go on China Eastern's website and Kunming has no email address but China Eastern at LAX does, so I email them, tell them to take care of this ASAP and contact me to let me know that bag is on the way to CNX. There office is open for 4 hours on Saturday, so I know that they have probably seen the email but no reply. I email them again, stating more emphatically that I need something done ASAP. I assume that if the bag never shows up, I have the right to make a claim up to a certain amount, or sue them. Most of what's in the bag are gifts for friends here or clothes that I was going leave in storage at my Chiangmai house. Today, I'll go buy a couple of pairs of shorts because I have worn the dockers now for a week (all pants in other suitcase). Maybe, I'll save those pants, and a dirty shirt, and not shower for 2 days before my return flight. That should offend any Chinese passengers sitting in close proximity to me, particularly on the 13 hour leg from Shanghai to LAX.
  16. Mekong, you should work for the Thai Tourist Board. I'm sitting at LAX, waiting for my flight to Shanghai-Kunming-Chiangmai and was lukewarm about the upcoming trip. Now, you have me fired up!
  17. Because I needed to find people actually at work, I postponed my trip to Chaing Mai from early April to next week. The water part never really bothered me unless I was riding on my motorcycle.
  18. It's being reported that, in the last couple of weeks, the nominated Secretary of State has gone to North Korea to meet with little Rocketman.
  19. (Meredith/AP) -- R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,†has died. Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men andwomen in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need. There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine." There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. The Kanas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in “Full Metal Jacket,†immortalizing lines like “What is your major malfunction?†He also voiced the little green army man Sarge in the “Toy Story†films and played a helicopter pilot in “Apocalypse Now,†among many other roles. Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve. He made dozens of other appearances in film and television, a number of them in military roles. He also hosted documentary shows on the military including "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey" on the History Channel and "GunnyTime" on the Outdoor Channel.
  20. . Tell that to farmers that overwhelmingly voted for him and now face tariffs on their crops going to China.
  21. That's quite a list of accomplishments, which should mean a mandate by voters in the 2018 mid term elections and easy reelection in 2020. By the way, of the 73 nominations for federal judge, several were rated as unqualified by the AMA and almost all were white men. Those segments of the population that he is excluding can and now have a reason to vote.
  22. It's much better to have an administration where positions are filled by nepotism and amount of money you have rather than your qualifications for the job
  23. British man has untreatable ‘super-gonorrhea’ after a sexual encounter with a woman in South-East Asia BLOG APRIL 3, 2018 0 COMMENTS A British man has contracted an untreatable strand of gonorrhoea after a sexual encounter with a woman in South-East Asia. A unnamed man from the UK has contracted a strand of gonorrhoea infection that does not respond to antibiotics. Doctors are calling it the “worst-ever†case of the sexually transmitted disease. The man sought treatment earlier this year for symptoms that appeared approximately a month after he had sexual contact with a woman in South-East Asia. British health experts have warned that prostitutes in Thailand are fuelling the rise of “super gonorrhoeaâ€. The infection is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Over a million British tourists visited Thailand in 2017. In February, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appeared to joke about sex tourism in Thailand during a major speech about Brexit. The politician said: “As I have just discovered we have more than a million who go to Thailand every year, where according to our superb consular services they get up to the most eye-popping things.â€
  24. I was just referring to men that signed up after the draft was abandoned in 1973. Particularly those that have grown up playing video games with combat themes. I had never heard of Desmond Dodds but have heard of Sargent York and a few other Conscience Objectors from WWI and WWII. I don't think that there are any CC's or pacifists in today's Army.
  25. I'd assume that most men that sign up for military duty already have an opinion on the gun debate and aren't pacifists.
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