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Old 07-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #61
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Ugh. Reminds me of a video posted for a 4th of July DUI checkpoint. This kind of thing infuriates me. I'm not saying any other country would be better, but we can't let up on limiting the power of law enforcement (and also 3 letter acronyms):
I am no lawyer, but in reading viewers' comments of this youtube, learned that the SCOTUS upheld the DUI checkpoints as constitutional. Secondly, the driver refusing to lower the window gives the police reasonable cause to think the driver is hiding something in his breath, as ruled in another case.

I am sure that police brutality and overstepping its power exist in many cases in the US. But one is welcome to go to a 3rd world country to see more of the true egregious examples of these. When police brutality occurs in the US and is brought to light, there will be repercussions. Not so in many other countries.

In Western Europe, the only place I would consider visiting for a long period, let alone living in, the hotels always asked for our passports, and sometimes even held them for a while. Same with train conductors. And here in the US, one does not even need to produce proof of citizenship in order to vote.

PS. I should have added Canada and some developed Asian countries to the places that I would feel comfortable visiting and living in.

PPS. Arghh! Forgot about Australia and NZ, places that I have been. And there will be more...
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:16 PM   #62
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And here in the US, one does not even need to produce proof of citizenship in order to vote.
Yes, and isn't that wonderful! Particularly if you are not an eligible voter.

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Never heard of it until today. But, man does it look bad! So bad it's good, I bet...
Yep....so bad I bought it and have watched it a number of times. Kind of a weird twist of Doc Savage and.....well......a super cool guy. With any truly good "bad" movie....it has several big names in it. Maybe the only movie I have that trumps it is Cannibal Woman in the Avocado Jungle of Death with Bill Maher.....Yes....I sadly admit I have this one as well
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Yes sometimes Kansas City can be tough ---- but I found a Vietnamese store near City Market that makes a Po-Boy bread that comes close.

Alas I cannot convince a certain 'un-named ' Italian Deli that Muffs are round - round, ROUND! not sub shape.

heh heh heh - they taste ok though but just ok.
If its not round its a Po Boy.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #65
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I believe that if you are a US citizen living in another country you have all the rights of a US citizen, including being able to vote and having to pay US taxes.
I mean that you lack the rights of citizenship in the country you live in. All of the people around you have more rights than you do. Your US rights do not apply to other countries.
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Yes sometimes Kansas City can be tough ---- but I found a Vietnamese store near City Market that makes a Po-Boy bread that comes close.
If you say so... It is pretty hard to find good, fresh French bread in some areas, and as I'm sure you know, the bread can make or break a po'boy.

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Alas I cannot convince a certain 'un-named ' Italian Deli that Muffs are round - round, ROUND! not sub shape.

heh heh heh - they taste ok though but just ok.
Even if your muffaletta is round, I'll bet the bun won't be the right consistency or warm enough either.

You need to move back here, unclemick!! Either that, or time to come back for a nice long visit. Then you can fill up on your muffs & po'boys & decent food. Life is too short to eat crummy food.
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I believe that if you are a US citizen living in another country you have all the rights of a US citizen, including ... having to pay US taxes.
Yeah, I'd hate to have to give up that "right"...
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I believe that if you are a US citizen living in another country you have all the rights of a US citizen, including being able to vote and having to pay US taxes.
The right to have to pay taxes

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If you say so... It is pretty hard to find good, fresh French bread in some areas, and as I'm sure you know, the bread can make or break a po'boy.



Even if your muffaletta is round, I'll bet the bun won't be the right consistency or warm enough either.

You need to move back here, unclemick!! Either that, or time to come back for a nice long visit. Then you can fill up on your muffs & po'boys & decent food. Life is too short to eat crummy food.
Heck with this....I would die for a good greasy donner kebab....almost move back to the UK just for this.
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4) If you are happy living abroad, you will discover 'THE CURSE' of the expat. You'll love the one you're in but really miss aspects of the other, no matter which one you're in.
This has been true for many of the UK expats I have known here. There must be something wrong with me - either that or I am just an unusual case, as I have not missed the UK since settling here permanently. I came here at the age of 23, 26 years ago, and haven't missed it that much at all, with one exception. After 3 months here, I decided I was missing England, so went back for Christmas with the intent of also setting myself up with a job and a life etc. After a few months back there, I couldn't get Los Angeles (where I had been living) out of my head and returned a few months later. Since then, I haven't missed it once. One visit back was all it took to "cure" me.

I do enjoy my visits back to England but something about it feels too comfortable and familiar - almost like putting on an old shoe that is very comfortable but offers no surprises (bad analogy probably) - or slipping back into a habit that wasn't all that good for me to begin with. I'm sure a shrink would have a field day with that description. The UK feels very contained and even rather mundane. Nothing changes. Things are always the same. But then, I am one of those loopy Californians now

My family would feel quite insulted if they knew this was what I thought. Perhaps one day I'll change my mind and go back for a few years, but the US feels like home.
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There was a discussion about this on an expat forum for this town and it looks like the happiest people are the ones that are here for about 6-8 weeks a year.
Would your mind sharing the name of the town, either in the forum or by PM?
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Yep....so bad I bought it and have watched it a number of times. Kind of a weird twist of Doc Savage and.....well......a super cool guy. With any truly good "bad" movie....it has several big names in it. Maybe the only movie I have that trumps it is Cannibal Woman in the Avocado Jungle of Death with Bill Maher.....Yes....I sadly admit I have this one as well
"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" is not so bad it's good. It's so good it's great, IMHO.

It's the first major studio sci-fi movie that was written by and for people who love the genre and comic books and off-the-wall humor and mashups and satire and poking fun at genre conventions. Some movies throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Airplane comes to mind. Buckaroo Banzai (BB) throws the kitchen sink at you.

In ordinary sci-fi the technical and cultural differences are rarely explained, they just are, and the audience accepts them. In BB the differences are at the same time utterly familiar and off the wall different. Much of the audience reacts by thinking this is something that Must Be Understood. Nope. Don't bother. Go with the flow.

It's worth seeing if just for the performances of John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd as the bad guys, Jeff Goldblum and Peter Weller as the good guys.

For those who need a plot summary (SPOILERS, duh):

So the movie's plot - as much as there is - involves totally awesome Buckaroo breaking through to the 8th dimension vis-a-vis a suspiciously-similar-to-a-famous-DeLorean machine he bulit, which drags back with him the knowledge that such travel can be obtained in the human realm. While a character who has been stranded in our dimension for a long time learns of this, other things happen - including Ellyn Bursten, who tries to kill our hero while he rocks out at a packed club in New Jersey with his sidekicks/band-members The Hong Kong Caveliers. Then a bunch of 8th Dimensioners show up and try to start something with Buckaroo, who is obviously too awesome to have any of that kind of **** happen on his dimensional watch. Other aliens also intervene, who for some reason are Jamaican, and the whole universe hangs in the balance, according to what Buckaroo either does or not do next.
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Would your mind sharing the name of the town, either in the forum or by PM?
We're in Hua Hin. I was reading various posts on the Hua Hin Forum, which you can easily google (not sure if it's ok to post a link).
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One thing I miss when outside the USA is access to supplies that are usually easily available ..... it adds time to complete projects when you have to preplan and accumulate material instead of going to a local supply store and getting what you need.
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We're in Hua Hin. I was reading various posts on the Hua Hin Forum, which you can easily google (not sure if it's ok to post a link).
They say it's a small world. I've lived in Hua Hin for the past 3 years.
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They say it's a small world. I've lived in Hua Hin for the past 3 years.
So far we've really enjoyed it here. We could do with a bit less rain, but so far it hasn't been too bad.

We're headed south this Friday, one night in Chumphon, then Koh Tao, Koh Samui and then back home through Tokyo. Part of this trip for us is to see how we like Thailand and if we'd consider eventually staying longer. From what we've seen, I think we could, but not indefinitely.

I'm curious: what brought you to this part of Thailand? Feel free to PM me if you'd prefer.
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You need to move back here, unclemick!! Either that, or time to come back for a nice long visit. Then you can fill up on your muffs & po'boys & decent food. Life is too short to eat crummy food.
The mods are at it again, posting food porn photos. What's this forum coming to?
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