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About wwest5829

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  1. Fear The Donald opened this up by his own mocking of people. He is fair game as a result.
  2. Thank you but I hold a Master's in history /education+. I think I will trust in my education.
  3. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects... One can argue that my reading has been focused on government entities, not individuals but that does not preclude the application as I stated. It was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who famously explained the our “Right” to free speech does not give one the “ Right” to yell “ fire “ in a crowded theater when there is no fire. It is the purpose of the Supreme Court of the US to weigh out Constitutional conflicts including the balancing of “Rights”.
  4. But retired with a pension? So, you are 80? 90? Just kidding!
  5. Rightly, I recognize the international community's amazement at the US fixation with guns. If you are not aware, here is the 2nd Amendment wording, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The NRA and its supporters declare that any restrictions is an attempt to take away this "Right to own guns". For those of us with the ability to think, we realize all "Rights" have reasonable limitations to protect the "Rights" of others. For my money, an American's "Right" to own an assualt weapon is outweighed by my "Right" to be secure in my person. In the interest of full disclosure, I am an American, a gun owner and hold a CDWL. I support banning the sale of these weapons and other reasonable restrictions (strong background checks, restoration of stopping those with mental issues from buying guns, etc.).
  6. I have told my "significant other" of my monthly income. My plan is for "what comes to Thailand stays in Thailand". If we go over the monthly amount, well, it won't be there when I croak. Spend less than the monthly income, it will go to her when Igo up the chimney. She is given a monthly amount for her control and we agree when other expenses come up. I keep a ledger of spending so we can see what the set basic expenses are every month (around 26,000 baht). The remainder fluctuates for travel, food, medicine, etc.
  7. But retired with a pension? So, you are 80? 90? Just kidding!
  8. But retired with a pension? So, you are 80? 90? Just kidding!
  9. Benefit of having time to relax and be together. I am retired but my love is 25 years younger...love Thailand!
  10. Ha! I understand but mine has to take her Daughter to school and go to work....
  11. When I come down in the morning and there is a hot cup of coffee waiting for me.
  12. You have done me a great favor....I am not alone!
  13. I would be interested is seeing how your survey compares to the findings of the Chiang Mai Expats Club. Anecdotally, for those retired here finances rank high. Certainly a major consideration fo4 myself, I cannot afford to live as well in my home country. I did come with a prejudice favoring the Asian female, and a traditionally raised Thai girl? Possibly, second only to a traditionally raised Japanese female (I am priced out of the Japan market... kimono means big bucks!). But I am a very happy camper after 6 years ....
  14. “the right deal on aviation and on visa-free travel” would allow Britons “ever more intensively to go on cheapo flights to stag parties in ancient cities”. So, was he not referring to the recent Cambodian (not Thai) charges against the photographed party at the acient city of Siem Reap?
  15. More money

    I liken it to the US in which I was raised, 1950s style. Man expected to support the family financially, and woman takes care of her man. Yep, I can be accused of being a throwback to times gone by. I do note I am not the only western male enjoying life and culture of Thailand.