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A optimistic take on living in Pattaya.

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A Christmas Story

Dealing with a few posters reminds me strongly of the first argument I ever had with a female who wasn't a family member. I was in first grade and it was a December afternoon during the arts & crafts session. The girl beside me had drawn a picture she said she was going to include in her letter to Santa Claus. She had drawn a Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents and I remember thinking it was a very good drawing. But cynical little bastard that I was back then, I told her there wasn

Evil Penevil

Evil Penevil

Tunnels of Purgatory

I'm going to take a jump back in time and post a trip report on the Biergarten on Suk Soi 7 in Bangkok that I did in 2005 for a Bangkok board. The pic on the left shows what it looked like back in 2005 and the one on the right what it looks like today. I lifted both from the Net. The Bier Garten was renovated inside and out in 2008 and more work has been done since.  It's no longer the sleazy place I described in the T/R,   Think of the T/R as a frozen snapshot of bygone  days.  

Evil Penevil

Evil Penevil

Losing Weight in Pattaya

I'm quite proud of myself after going down six trouser sizes in the past 12 months.  I've dropped eight sizes and 70 pounds in total  over the past 18 months.   At my most recent check-up, the doctor said my weight is now at the upper end of the range that is considered normal for my height and age. I could go down another 10 or 15 pounds, but that would be largely for cosmetic reasons and not on medical grounds.  He urged me to exercise more to replace fat with muscle, which should put me

Evil Penevil

Evil Penevil

Introduction

I've been living in Pattaya as a retiree since late October, 2011.  I've really enjoyed myself and seven years seem to have gone by in a flash.  I've had very few bad moments in the past 2,555 days and I look forward to at least another seven years here.   I feel that too much that's written about Thailand in general and Pattaya in particular in blogs and social media is unduly negative.  I want to emphasize the positive aspects while not ignoring the downside.  A more appropriate title wou

Evil Penevil

Evil Penevil

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