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  1. Uhm, the terms are four years with a maximum of two terms. And Nixon didn't make it through the second. We hope Trump flames out for good soon.
  2. Besides, it was scripted American TV (The Sopranos, 1999-2007) that brought us out of the stupid reality shows--which originally came from Holland with that egregious "Brother" show) and into the light, and soon TV fans from Commonwealth countries were worried they couldn't match The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Ray Donovan, Chance, and I could go on and on...and today it's the enthralling "The Handmaid's Tale."
  3. NYC's a better place than Pattaya any day of the week, all day long.
  4. Men get their karma, but sometimes then become serial killers. "Forensic Files" showed the case of a man who was regularly beaten and treated similarly by his physically dominant girlfriend. He couldn't stand up to her so he became a serial killer of prostitutes (always the most vulnerable).
  5. The worst business class is Turkish airlines although they do have lie-flat seats etc. Just tell them NOT to wake you for dinner. Their dinner is about 6 courses and takes them at least 40 minutes between each course; you're stuck with that damned table in front of you for more than three hours (Dubai to Houston, I think). I told them not to wake me the second time I flew Turkish and they woke me anyway. Thanks to Xanax it's no problem getting right back to sleep. By the way, to each his/her own, but they only serve Turkish food and I found it awful. To sit there for 3+ hours for hog food is torture.
  6. Agreed. I've flown them trans-Pacific. But even United is just fine in terms of lie-flat cocoon seats; it's just that their flights are overpriced.
  7. The best business class airliners for those 11 to 15-hour flights are always the ones with the lie-flat seats in a cocoon-like setting. Go to seatguru.com to make sure. I always have a sandwich before boarding and then pop some Xanax (in your case, whatever helps you sleep) and tell them not to wake me for dinner, only for the final meal before landing. Believe me, you're not missing any superb meal just because it's in business class; I would say that the sleep is more important. I sleep for 7 to 9 hours and have an onboard breakfast and never get jet lag. The 21-inch TV screens are redundant to me because airlines censor everything to appease the grandmothers and Muslims; nowadays everybody has their own devices anyway. I just love that lie-flat seat with the blanket and extra pillow. I'm 5'11" (180cm), by the way, and I don't run out of legroom, but you might if you're over 6' (182 cm).
  8. Even in Saudi Arabia, land of crazy Pakistani and Bangladeshi Hilux drivers, and where roads are also slaughterhouses, you don't often see pickups crammed with workers.
  9. Netflix is now available in Thailand

    Yes. Where else but Amazon Prime Video can you watch The Sopranos or Netflix's original show "Bosch." (I imagine the latter is included internationally?
  10. Interested specifically in getting access to US-based versions of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Is Buffered still the best choice?
  11. Twelve dead in New York City apartment fire - mayor

    That many dead is very unusual for a New York fire. You can see the fire escapes in front. Obviously they were for some reason not accessible this time.
  12. Us 100's to Thai Baht

    That's weird. Crisp notes can mean laundered money. Money is money, although accountants and money changers know that well-used notes can come with germs best left alone.
  13. Actually you've got it backwards: with the preference for boy babies, the Chinese tended to abort girls, so there's a serious imbalance--more boys and men than girls and young women. So the average Joe without looks or money is a very lonely Joe in China.
  14. I like Miami Beach and the Keys, so we have our own beaches too, and not so crowded.
  15. The average subcontinentals are not familiar with lining up. At Dubai's international airport they have to be scolded and redirected by the Arab ground staff. The Pashtuns from Afghanistan are still in the dark ages. I was on a Fly Dubai flight from Qassim to Dubai and the flight attendant, an Arab woman, had to tell the guy to flush the toilet!