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About rickb

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  1. Chicken thread - Chesters v KFC v ha dow

    Chesters is good, IMO, because it serves grilled chicken, not deep fried like KFC. 5 Dao rotisserie chicken is pretty good also. But I don't like thier fried chicken I'd much rather eat grilled than the greasy fried chicken. And, KFC wins the cheapskate prize for giving the smallest amount of french fries with each order. No one compares favorably to McD's for french fries quantity.
  2. Heading out of town? Take care out there.

    I just spent a few hours on some major roads in our province and was surprised to no police on the roads trying to enforce laws in order to keep people safe. No radar guns seen. No stops for breathalyzers. Nothing. On a secondary road, I did run across about 20 policemen all standing around checking if you've paid your car registration taxes and have the proper sticker on the window. Now that kind of checking should really keep down the death toll on these 7 days of the New Year holidays.
  3. I think this entire issue boils down to one thing, respect for Thai people. Where I come from (USA) you can park in front of any store without causing any problems. But, this is Thailand and Thai customs need to be understood and respected by visiting foreigners. Many times I've wanted to park in front of a Thai shop because there was space to park. But my wife has informed me that that is not respectful of the shop owner. As much as I didn't want to have to find a different place to park, I agreed to respect Thai customs. As many have already said, I think the OP would have had a better result if he smiled and asked politely if he could park a little in front of the lady's shop. I think he would have been surprised at the favorable response. If she denied his request, so what ... move on and forget about it. He should remember that we farangs are all guests in this country and what is normal back home isn't always normal here.
  4. Thailand already has pretty good laws in effect. What is urgently needed is increased and improved law enforcement and a raising of the penalties for offenders. I've already seen many accidents where someone speeds through a light that just changed to red and hits another vehicle or person going on the opposite green light. The fine for this is 400 baht. But if you smoke on Pattaya beach, it could be a 100,000 baht fine. Doesn't make any sense.
  5. Driver’s licence health rules to become stricter

    According to The Nation newspaper, the government has been trying to develop a law forbidding epileptics from getting a driver's license since 2007 when there was a fatal road accident in Bangkok caused by an epileptic. So why would we expect something within a few more months to address this issue after the government has had a decade to develop something? My guess is that we'll see no changes and not hear anything more about epileptic drivers until there is another fatal accident caused by an epileptic driver. Pity!!!
  6. This type of behavior wouldn't be acceptable in the US. So why would they think they could get away with it in Thailand, or any other country. Total disrespect for their host country and its people.
  7. Miss Thailand certainly is pretty enough to have won. But, responding well in the Q & A period is also important. And her answer was not well thought out. Also, she called the Master of Ceremonies (MC) by his last name, Harvey, without a Mr. before. This sounded a little disrespectful to the MC, whose name is Steve Harvey. I think if she had called him Steve, she would have gotten away without it. Better yet, no need to call him anything. Just answer the question well. Too bad because I think this was Thailand's best chance to win in a long time.
  8. I believe the government explained the tax increase as a way of getting people to drink and smoke less. My son runs a local minimart and he is finding that all of his regular customers are drinking and smoking the same amount, but they are now buying the cheaper brands. That's why the makers of Krong Thip cigarettes, as well as other brands, have now introduced a smaller cigarette (7.1 mm) and are selling it for a lot less than the original cigarettes. And people are buying the cheaper ones. So the government's original intention, other than collecting more tax, didn't work.
  9. 5 killed, 9 wounded in pickup truck crash

    Once again, this carnage can be blamed on speed and careless drivers. Both of these causes can be significantly reduced if the government truly cared.
  10. I agree with 4MyEgo, especially with rigor mortis already setting in. It says the gf left for a few hours of selling at the market, just about enough time for rigor to begin setting in. So I think its quite possible the gf saw her boyfriend die, perhaps of a heart attack, and she was afraid to stay around. So off to the market! Sad story.
  11. While I understand the need to keep the sand and air at beaches clean by banning smoking, I think there is too much emphasis on this problem while unsafe driving everywhere in the country runs rampant without much care by the authorities. I think someone's priorities are backward.
  12. If passenger vans are so unsafe, especially at high speeds, and if van drivers won't slow down, why can't all vans be equipped with governers to control and limit the top speed?
  13. Road safety is never going to improve until Thailand realizes that they need more real enforcement of laws, especially speed limits, along with harsher penalties for any violation. IMO, speeding and driving under the influence are the two major reasons for Thailand's high death rates on the road. And each can be reduced significantly with proper monitoring and penalties. But that would require the police to do a little work, not just set up roadblocks to check whether you've paid vehicle taxes or not. Why is stopping drunk drivers emphasized only during long holiday periods. It and speeding cause tragic accidents every day of the year.
  14. I certainly agree with the other comments about how wrong this road rage is. But what I can't understand is why the people with the dash cam didn't drive away from the violence as soon as it started. I would never have stayed around to possibly be involved in the violence.
  15. Typical total disregard by Thai drivers (both the car and the motorcycle) of normal rules of the road and simple driving laws. I particularly get frustrated with all of the motorcyclists who do whatever they want and always get away with it.