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About MaxYakov

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  1. They needed to assign a "driver watch" to the left front seat passenger and rotate the watch as necessary. Glad my visa run days are over, although I did bail on one van driver who was too reckless for my taste. Bummed a ride into the next town and took a NCA bus into Bangkok.
  2. My GF told me today that a car hit her and severely injured her while she was riding her motorbike. She is very competent and careful even when cycling. She said it was an "accident" but could not describe it or how it happened. Thinking about this I came to his conclusion - There aren't any "accidents". People get injured or die on the road for the following three reasons: 1) Human error, incompetence, reduced capability, distraction, recklessness, etc. 2) Equipment or road failure - possibly due to #1, above. 3) Natural events such as lightning, flash floods, etc. IMHO, none of the above are "accidents"! They are root causes which result in untoward consequences that kill and injure humans on the roads.
  3. "Far more men die than women and the group most likely to perish on the roads are aged 15-29." : "Three out four who die are male". Think of all the young Thai women who want to start families, but can't because the Thai men have been killing themselves on motorbikes and any other means at hand. I know they are out there and are patiently looking for their mate.
  4. No living soul was either injured or killed in the making of this video (probably). Maybe tourists should visit a virtual Thailand using modern video technology. This would save a lot of lives. I never felt compelled to actually go to Ayutthaya (or most other places in Thailand for that matter - for reasons that should be obvious). If I do decide to go somewhere, it certainly won't be in any kind of van!
  5. Title correction: "15-year, free education" should be "15-year, paid-for-by-somebody-else education". I wonder who the "somebody-else" is in reality.
  6. After venting my frustration on some woman driver of a van who had taken a weird left turn from the #2 Sukhumvit lane onto Soi 19 almost running me down, I turned around and there was standing the RTP traffic control (such as it was - Friday evening rush hour) officer. He noticed my exasperation and smiled and said to me: Thailand!
  7. On the bright side, swim class should be very convenient.
  8. I guess referring to it as the "sunken market" wouldn't have been as funny.
  9. I was wondering the same thing earlier, especially being mowed down from behind, my greatest fear and one would think feared by motorcyclists as well. Oh, that's right! Thai motorcyclists and their passengers are fearless, pardon me.
  10. As a cyclist and can say that in nine years of cycling in urban Bangkok, it was bad driving on the part of motor vehicle operators that caused me to have four collisions with their vehicles resulting in minor injury to me on each occurrence. This doesn't count the many times I've been cut off or otherwise ignored on a daily basis by motor vehicle operators that I've had to compensate for - often having to emergency brake. Nor does it count the few times I've been hit by a motor vehicle and not been injured. I've never been injured by road engineering, conditions or maintenance issues even considering in what bad condition many of the roads and sidewalks are in. So, in my experience, skill, alertness and traffic rule observance by the motor vehicle operators (or lack thereof) comprises something like 95% of my "road safety" issues. Often operating similarly to a motorbike/cycle on the road, it's understandable to my why their mortality and injury rate is so high, especially with the much higher speeds they operate at relative to mine. I eventually came to the realization that cyclists should not be sharing the road with motor vehicles in any country, especially Thailand. However, this is not news. The Danes already know this and have dealt with it in Copenhagen.
  11. And the injuries that are 40 times the mortality rate, according to the OP (and with permanent disability running 4 times at 100,000/per year)? Poor as Thailand is can they really afford (what I call) this "motorbike disease"?
  12. So can we depend you to run along and take care of that for us?
  13. How long before a done carrying a high-explosive payload hits an aircraft?
  14. One man's sufficiency is another's underachievement.
  15. Thailand could do with a few of these machines!

    I actually carry 2 or 3 plastic bags with me and use them in 7/11 and FoodLand or elsewhere. In California, last year, I discovered that not having your own bag could really add up as most stores charged for bags and they were not cheap. My neighbor has a contract with a company that supplies 20 liter water bottles for around 55 baht so he gets one for me when he orders his. I decanter them into recycled 1 1/2 liter plastic water bottles for daily use. I give my recyclable containers away to apartment maintenance and they quickly disappear. I probably wouldn't take the trouble to haul them down to such a machine unless there was fairly big money or credits involved. I was a roadside bottle collector also as a kid and this first encounter with capitalism (for lack of a better word) was very satisfying.