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About Gary

  • Birthday 03/05/1945

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  1. Years ago, I used to frequent a bar that had good hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and very good simple hard shell tacos. Once in a while they prepared chili bean soup. If I want a good meal, I go to a good restaurant. The tacos were surprisingly the most popular and priced right with bowls of freshly prepared condiments, The chili was pretty tasty but they always quickly sold out. and didn't have it every day. I think it is a mistake for a bar to try to offer a large menu. Quickly prepared food with no chance for it to be out of date is the best route for a bar.
  2. What I find amazing is that things are very slow and when some former prosperous business goes belly up, there is always someone who thinks they have a better idea and pumps more money into their dream.
  3. Ben was never a favorite person of mine. I well remembered him from the FLB. I liked Larry and Moulie and did stop in once in a while to say hello, mostly to see Moulie.
  4. When the Secrets forum got in bed with Tapatalk it irritated me because I don't like Tapatalk. I quickly got tired of logging in each visit and have recently deleted the shortcut link from my computer. Not that anyone cares, but, the forum is dead as far as I am concerned.
  5. I would guess that Egg just didn't offer enough money. I did try Tapatalk and didn't like it at all. It didn't take me long to uninstall it. I was not happy that Secrets jammed it down my throat.
  6. Years ago I knew a guy who was a lazy lay about. He married a very wealthy woman. She was only a couple years older than he was. Poor old Micky became her slave. Her name was Coral. Micky couldn't take a shit unless Coral said it was OK. I couldn't believe that even little things required him to ask Coral first. I guess he enjoyed living in a big fancy house, driving a fancy car and having the life of luxury, EXCEPT, he lost all the freedom he once had. I just couldn't live like that. It wouldn't be worth it to me.
  7. From the threat of shutting down to recent major changes leads me to think that someone may have bought the site. I really didn't think that Ben would simply shut it down when there was a possibility that he could make some money selling it. The question is why the big recent changes?
  8. In all my years here, the worst addiction is NOT drugs or alcohol. It is gambling. I have seen girls give up drugs but it appears that gambling is a permanent addiction.
  9. I can't say that I wouldn't eat bugs, BUT, I would have to be near death from starvation. I'd look for a snake or a rat before resorting to bugs.
  10. Women are the same all around the world. It's all about money and security. To keep that much younger woman happy, you are going to have to take good care of her. If the guy makes the mistake of laying out everything up front and she thinks she has all she can get, Goodbye. There was an old guy who lived upcountry near where I live. He was married to a stunning young gal who waited on him hand and foot. It took him three years to build her new home, furnish it and to buy her a new vehicle. Then she threw him out. His friends asked him what he was going to do about it and if he would try to get anything back from her. He grinned and asked how many old men lived with a stunning young gal for three years. He said that he still had a lot of money left and that he was going to Pattaya to try to find another stunner just like her. We had thought he was stupid spending big money on her but as it turned out, he wasn't so stupid after all. I don't know if he found her replacement but we never saw him after that. He also mentioned that he didn't want to die with a ton of money in the bank.
  11. I would have liked to retire at age 47 but I knew I'd eventually run out of money and Thailand is not the place to retire on a tight budget. I was able to retire at age 59 and although I'm certainly not wealthy, I don't have to live on a budget.
  12. I had health insurance and the policy stipulated that they would never cancel me because of age. The problem was that nothing was said about pricing me out, which they did when I turned age 65. Since I have a nest egg that can pay more than the limits of that policy, I canceled it. I had a stroke a couple years ago. My wife took me to the provincial government hospital. I had an MRI and so many different tests that I had no idea what they were all for. When they gave me a chest X-ray, I was afraid they were just running up my bill. I told my wife to prepare to go to the bank. After three days I was released. We went to the pharmacy and then to the cashiers office. My total bill including a bag full of drugs came to about 7,000 baht. I should add that I wanted a private room but they were all full so I ended up in the stroke ward. Not pleasant but my wife was there with me most of the time so it wasn't too bad. She made sure that I didn't go hungry. The hospital food was pretty bad. After all these years I am still not a big rice fan.
  13. No different than it is now. Obviously those saying to get a better policy are no where seventy years old. The insurance company priced me out when I turned sixty five years old.
  14. I did read an article about this and a foot note said that insurance is not needed provided you have enough money in a Thai bank. The amount mentioned was 400,000 Thai baht. No other explanation.
  15. Having lived and worked in Bangkok for a number of years, I couldn't wait to retire to somewhere nice and quiet. At one time I seriously considered Prachuap Kirikhan. Beautiful area on the beach. Then my wife convinced me to go upcountry to have a look at her house. I had seen Issan houses before so it took her some time to get me to make the drive. After several trips up there, I forgot about the beach choosing the mountains instead. We have now been up here for more than ten years. I still have a condo in the farang ghetto of Jomtien but seldom go down there. We live in a scenic area of Loei province and I have no intention of moving elsewhere. The older I get the more I hate congestion and traffic.
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