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Things That I Like

Discussion in 'Residing in Thailand' started by Buoyant, 19 Nov 2016.

  1. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA την σκαφην σκαφην λεγοντας

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    Sorry. I'll keep it nice, keep it lite, keep it Thai.

    Wait, you guys did away with the Things I don't Like thread, am I right?

    Well, we got the message.

    Oddly, the ripple of understanding I tried to project, about toleration and free speech, does not seem to have reached Thou.
     
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  2. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    I like the messages attached to 2 of my deleted threads: not useful...
    I further enjoyed the dollop of condescension I was given concerning a deleted question I asked on another thread: contribute positively or go away (paraphrasing, because I like to do that)

    note: in many circles, like and enjoy are considered synonyms
     
  3. bahn_farang

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    Sunny evenings with a cool breeze
     
  4. DavidUSA

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    This is a good website. Try not to let small things bother you. Everyone makes mistakes. We can follow its rules and help take it in the direction the staff wants. It is ok. If you have something else to say, then you can elsewhere. The internet is a big place. So the point is that this website is very useful and decent, and we can be a part of it by following its rules.

    But the message of free speech and toleration, even for viewpoints and folks you don't really care for, is not fake, it has no deception, no condescension, no faux-Buddhism, no threats, and best of all, it is alive on the inside and not forced from the outside.

    Buoyant: rock on!
     
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    Is it cocktail hour where you are? :smiling I like this post^.
     
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  6. bahn_farang

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    Fridays with a sleep in on the Saturday
     
  7. DavidUSA

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    drinking champagne
    Stuttgarter Hoffbrau
    Orval
    Bombay Sapphire
    Shakespeare's sonnets
    anything by Joseph Conrad
    Kyo Machiko
    Japanese dive bars
    Cuban cigars
    pancakes with butter and real maple syrup
    naughty ladies
    pizza: real Italian pizza with mozzarella cheese, olive oil, hand-made, thick tomato sauce
    English, the richness of it
    film noir
    the Venetian School
    Mannerism
    Camus
    Chaucer's minor works
    Noh
    17th century French keyboard music
    Krishnamurti
    rituals having to do with dining
    Gigi Hadid
    Anwar Sadat
    Queen Elizabeth
    Inchon Airport
    literary allusions in Ikebana
    Monet
    going to war and avoiding the flying metal
    Iceland
    absolute phrases
    subordinating conjunctions
    the Adlon Hotel
    melancholy Japanese actresses
    taking a good photo
    French wine; Pinot Noir from Cotes des Nuits Villages; Bordeaux, red
    Penguin Classics
    Byzantine history
    Larissa Shepitko's films
    Zeldovich's "Mockva"
    Chekov
    Afghanistan
    Pakistani food
    Geng Khiao Wan Gai
    Symmetric encryption systems
    Fritz Lang's films
    Rilke
    linux-based operating systems
    the Sofitel on Sukhumvit
    Islam, the noble, scholarly kind
    Iranian food
    Cavafy
    Ozu's films
    the way red roses turn black
    that life is not rational
    a good Belgian lambic: cherry, peach, framboise
    black tea from Sri Lanka
    Setsuko Hara
    a Mai Tai made the right way and enjoyed in Honolulu
    Kawabata Yasunari
    Chechens
    Wroclaw
    Dining in Kuala Lumphur
    WW I
    Chiang Mai before it became a little Bangkok
    Poe
    Milton
    Herrick
    the semi-colon
    Jonnie Quest
    Samuel Johnson
    Elizabethan choral music
    The Book of Common Prayer
    BBC Channel 4 "In Our Time"
    my library
    Edmund Burke
    Thailand
    John Foxe
    Schopenhauer
    coffee and oranges in a sunny chair
    the late Roman Empire
    French food
    snowstorms at night
    Ibsen
    Strindberg
    David Hume
    Donald Trump
     
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  8. sirchai

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    We basically had good luck that all other places were already closed and found a fancy restaurant in Ubon.

    "Schweinshaxn" ( pork leg) Thai style with mashed potatoes, four different sauces, and a Hefeweizen.

    Including a free "lesson" for the employees how to get the beer into the glass.....

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    My new Samsung 40" FHD LED TV.
     
  10. sirchai

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    What's a Japanese dive bar, Dave?
     
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    It is not about swimming, not exactly. A "dive" is a shabby or disreputable bar or nightclub.

    Japan, as you know, is known for its orderliness; so anything gritty is therefore that much more interesting. In Tokyo, on the outskirts of Shinjuku, is a place called "Golden Guy" where you can rub elbows with drunks, writers, directors, yakuza, tourists, pretenders, artists, etc. It is full of little bars--very small--in which a lot of booze goes down the hatch. Be careful because one can spend a lot of money in those places.

    Japan is not a place where you normally have a conversation with a stranger, but Golden Guy is an exception. It is an interesting spot to see Japanese folks come out of their shells. Some of the Japanese who patronize that section of town are not afraid to show you their disdain for your existence--real racism. So you have to watch out for that too. When you show up it just depends on the mix of people who are there at the moment. The places are so small that it encourages people to converse. They usually have a couple pretty girl bartenders too, and each bar has a theme.

    As far as drinking culture goes, it is the gritty, talkative, and louche Yin to Japan's elegant, inward, and rule-bound Yang.
     
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    I'm definitely more louche yin than unlouche yang :smiling.
     
  13. sirchai

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    Thanks for the free lesson.....I've seen some..well..hmm let's say "different cultural stuff" that seems to be quite pleasurable for the male Japanese population and for sure very lucrative for the females who're involved.

    Fishy smelling school girl Panties in vendor machines that are as expensive as a Thai bargirl fulltime, clubs, where girls are hanging naked of the ceiling, only held by some fishermen's fishhooks swinging through a dark room where some men help themselves to finally enjoy the happy ending.... that'sreally bukaking.

    These guys seem to have the best "functioning sex toys' on this planet and anything you Google these days with the word "Japanese" has somehow something that shouldn't be visible to your little students...

    But I'm sure that you were surprised to see the bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndl guys with their "lovely accent" in your time in Germany, where I sometimes have to ask twice what they say. Even when my area belongs to the barbarian Bavarians, there is a language barrier......

    But no worries, also in Thailand are plenty of "Jodlers" from all over the world. They just don't know it yet.
     
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    I recommend to see a Noh play at the National Noh Theater in Sendagaya, Tokyo. I have seen maybe five or six. It is straight up Japanese--extremely interesting. You get to see what yin and yang are all about. After getting all yanged-out you can head down to Golden Guy and get loaded. I usually stop at a kiosk and have a couple Suntory Highballs, God bless them, which come in two strengths. The gold can (of course) is better.
     
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  15. gungchang

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    I like knowing that I'll be going home in a week for a week.

    I like having my residence permit for 2017.
     
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