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  1. Their new factory in York, Pennsylvania (near where I come from), is very automated with robots doing much of the work. They use real humans to put in the engines, and feed the cables through, and to push carts around the factory because the union makes them keep so many paid employees. But the robots and machines are doing most of the work. So, yes, they can probably be built just as good in Thailand. In the old days, the assembly line had the bikes come through in the order that they were ordered. (old factory where all the Harleys used to be put together, although the engines and trannies are all built in Wisconsin) They figured it would keep the job from being boring and monotonous. Now, all that's changed too and they do different models on different days. The tour is free, although if you want the full tour (paint room, some souvenirs, behind the lines, you can pay for and get the "steel boot tour" We've done both. If you're ever there, go for the free one, you see almost just as much.
  2. My son wanted one and we went to a mall here in Phuket. A few of the kiosks in the aisles were selling them. So, I would imagine if they are here in Phuket, they would be selling them at those little kiosks in the malls in Bangkok too. Somewhere in MBK would be my first try. A few of his classmates had them too, so, they are making their way into Thailand. Good luck.
  3. There are young kids (8-12?) sniffing glue and trying to rob tourists who hang around the waterfront area around 138. They tried to grab my shopping bag and another farang pointed them out to me and what they were doing. After I knew about it and could spot them, I saw a few different groups of them. Just beware. Apparently the cops take them in for a week or so to the detention centers but then let them back out. Poor country with some desperate people. Mostly though: I loved the place.
  4. After reading a few posts on this thread and experiencing my mother trying to collect on a travel insurance policy a few years ago: I really don't understand why anyone would buy travel insurance. They don't want to lose money So, they don't pay. They pay their lawyers good. But not their customers. Ever see how much some of these insurance people make? No thanks.
  5. Or whether he had his lights on. Last night I was out late again (I don't do it often) and once again was amazed at how many Thai motorbike drivers don't have their lights on. Usually it's kids, and this guy was older, so.......... who knows. But, all the bikes without lights are asking for trouble IMO.
  6. It's coming I believe. If enough people complain on tripadvisor and FB and other media about the problem of garbage strewn around all over Thailand, the government will eventually get the drift and clean it up. Hopefully by educating the children first. The parents must know it's wrong. But society allows them to do it, and it's easier than putting their trash in a bin or dumpster. But when their children start pointing it out............will take a while I know..........but I do believe it's coming.
  7. I was agreeing with you. But you are looking for a fight. Well, you can look elsewhere, I ain't playing that game.
  8. Soviet Union lost 11 million military compared to 400,000 from USA.
  9. I probably would. If I trusted the operators. But my boy is 11 so, it is a moot point I'm making.
  10. Yes, it's hard to blame the people when there are no bins to place your garbage in anywhere near the beach. Now, they've finally put some at Nai Harn (I hear a few hotels got together and paid for them), and the beach is noticeably cleaner. Now it's more the dogs attacking the overflowing bins and dragging the garbage back to the beach. I once saw a school group walking down the road, picking up garbage. I thought this was a great idea because some of them, probably didn't know it was wrong to throw your garbage out of the window as their parents often do it. Education! And bins so you have a choice!
  11. The Laguna marathon is coming up Jonathon ^. June 4 or 5th this year. Marathons can be brutal, or they can be fun and not so stressful. Depends on your training and how fast you want to go. My goal is always to run it faster than last year. But each year, my times get slower. But I don't quit. Cause I don't want to look like some of these pregnant looking geezers I see at the beach some days. (i'm talking old men) Back in my heyday, I completed the Leadville 100 in 26:39. I trained for a year for that one and felt great. Up until mile 87. Those last 13 were something I'll never forget (and hopefully never feel like that again) In retrospect, maybe I should have quit.
  12. I don't normally drive much at night, but just got back from a 1 1/2 hour drive in the dark. I'd guess 5% of the motorbikes have either no tail light or no headlight, or both. I can't see them. Must be the cause of many of the accidents.
  13. We were false charged by an elephant in that park about 5 years ago. Scared the hell out of us and we took off, fast. Later, we were talking to a park ranger and told him about it. He said, yes, there's one elephant there that doesn't like cars or trucks and sometimes does that. He said, he hadn't killed anyone but has flipped over a few cars. I wonder if it was the same elephant.
  14. DinoPark has got to be the biggest in square kms. It is pretty much a water park though and no rides, you have to work for your fun. Consider it a plethora of obstacle courses in water.
  15. I always thought the mahout stayed with an elephant for life. Maybe that's not true. But if it is, why not ask the mahout the elephant's name and if he knows the present owner?