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Old 09-28-2006, 12:27 PM   #276
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4. In regards to the 80k/yr tax exemption, it seems there would be a potential problem. If you report you are in Thailand playing poker yet gambling is illegal there, how does the IRS view this?


I don't think the IRS will care. I actually think with the IRS you report everything regardless of its legality. I think drug dealers are actually supposed to report.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:32 PM   #277
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when we're talking about the IRS reading "online poker" on your return
My understanding is that you'd list yourself as a "professional gambler" since "online poker" is still a gray area in the U.S.

Plus, the I.R.S. doesn't care about the rules of Thailand, so long as you're sending them money they're happy.

Also, I'm sure there are ways around things in Thailand (i.e. you could be an "internet entreprenuer" or something, or an "online consultant" without spelling out you're playing poker)
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:36 PM   #278
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QUESTION THREE: I'm pretty picky about food, but like the simple stuff. Hamburgers, steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, french fries. I cannot stand seafood, not even fish sticks. How hard will it be for me to have a simple meal like I've described (capable of preparing myself if the food can be purchased)

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Thailand's not for you.


well there are mcdonalds and burger kings everywhere:P


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Not exactly what I had in mind, but thanks.
Which leads me to another question. Do you drink the water and have ice in your drinks there? I ate food from street vendors and never got sick. But I went to the Hard Rock in Bangkok one night and, without thinking, had the lettuce on my burger and ended up spending a night in the hospital. Does your body get used to the water, and can you eventually eat raw fruits and vegetables without fear of getting ill?
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:36 PM   #279
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Oy vey, exaggerated. I take a set percentage from her check each week because I'm responsible for paying ALL the bills that come in.

She gets to have some money that is "hers" that she can spend however she wishes, and her monetary contribution towards the bills is not even close to covering 50% of expenses, so I think I'm more than fair.
Are you poor? Who does stuff like this?

Also does your wife keep her money in a piggy bank or does she have a real bank account?
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:38 PM   #280
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Oy vey, exaggerated. I take a set percentage from her check each week because I'm responsible for paying ALL the bills that come in.

She gets to have some money that is "hers" that she can spend however she wishes, and her monetary contribution towards the bills is not even close to covering 50% of expenses, so I think I'm more than fair.
Are you poor? Who does stuff like this?

Also does your wife keep her money in a piggy bank or does she have a real bank account?
Let's not thread-hijack with off-topic discussion. This has been beat to death in a previous OOT thread.

PM me if you believe it's wrong for me to expect my wife to contribute towards our combined living expenses.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:39 PM   #281
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QUESTION THREE: I'm pretty picky about food, but like the simple stuff. Hamburgers, steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, french fries. I cannot stand seafood, not even fish sticks. How hard will it be for me to have a simple meal like I've described (capable of preparing myself if the food can be purchased)

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Thailand's not for you.
Ya'll ain't got no cornbread n' grits up in herre?



QUESTION FOUR: If I look like this, could I still get 5 girlfriends?
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:42 PM   #282
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Which leads me to another question. Do you drink the water and have ice in your drinks there? I ate food from street vendors and never got sick. But I went to the Hard Rock in Bangkok one night and, without thinking, had the lettuce on my burger and ended up spending a night in the hospital. Does your body get used to the water, and can you eventually eat raw fruits and vegetables without fear of getting ill?
it's a good point, and someone said above "if you fear street vendors, Thailand isn't for you".

while this may be true, consider:

I ate ceviche in Costa Rica one time, got food poisoning, couldn't digest any food for a week, lost 15 pounds.

I ate a chicken sandwich from a street vendor in Egypt once, was violently ill for 3 days.

now, am I "afraid" of street vendors when I travel? in certain places, yeah. this doesn't stop me from going to those places, but it certainly causes me to buy bottled water, beware of certain vegetables, etc...while I like being adventurous with food, I'd rather not get really sick.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:06 PM   #283
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I've had the sh*ts about 5 or 6 different times, and in different levels of severity.

No one here drinks the water. Its always bottled.

I've heard there is one area where they are trying to treat the water so it is drinkable.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:12 PM   #284
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WTF? One pic in this whole thread???

When does this thread turn into "Post a pic of a hot Thai chic"???

Soon I hope.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #285
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TM,

Including a live webcam shot always increases your satisfaction, in case you hadn't realized.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:23 PM   #286
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Miss Thailand 2006:



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Old 09-28-2006, 01:36 PM   #287
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So what do you do for the first week or two when you are trying to find an apartment or house? Stay in a hotel?
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:49 PM   #288
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Has the question of whether online poker is legal, and if not, what happens if you get caught ever answered?
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:57 PM   #289
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How much would it cost to vacation there for a month or so? Please include airfare
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:09 PM   #291
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Can you get Diet Coke over there? I was in Columbia and all they had was "coca-cola light", which tasted pretty awful. Can you get the good stuff sweetened with aspertame over there?
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:59 PM   #292
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Nice thread Degen. Looks like you'll be back after I leave so I won't get to school you on the golf course hehe..

Anyway, here's my two baht:

I've been living here in Thailand for 2 years now. It's been fun. Nightlife is off the hook. There are huge clubs in RCA and all kinds of stuff to do. Movie theaters are excellent. Gold class theaters are unforgettable and have totally ruined any theaters in San Francisco for me! LOL.. The cost of living is great. I've saved money, golfed like 50 times this year, had massages once a week, live in a upscale condo in downtown Bangkok with a park view and have traveled all over the country. There are a lot of good things about being in the country even if you have to do visa runs and deal with downsides like pollution and other dirtyness. Overall the plusses outweigh the minuses. I do miss the redwoods and fresh air but I also admit that I spend most of my time in the City.

I have been coming here on and off for 6 years and things have changed quite a bit. Bar closing time is 1am these days in most areas. Visa rules seem to be up in the air and possibly getting more restrictive. thaivisa.com has tons of info on that. Looks like there are ways around it if you just get a tourist visa and then do a few border runs etc.

If anyone is considering taking the long trip. DO IT. Read up on StickmanBangkok.com for some good info too. Party with Degen in BKK... priceless!
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:25 PM   #293
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Why is Bangkok abbreviated BKK instead of BK? Or am I missing something?
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:31 PM   #294
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Its so nobody confuses it with Burger King.
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coke light is awesome
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:41 PM   #296
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Wait, aren't you the guy that gives her a set allowance, and any further decisions must be approved by you?
Oy vey, exaggerated. I take a set percentage from her check each week because I'm responsible for paying ALL the bills that come in.

She gets to have some money that is "hers" that she can spend however she wishes, and her monetary contribution towards the bills is not even close to covering 50% of expenses, so I think I'm more than fair.
Between this and the fact you have a violence fetish that you want to explore with young Asian girls WHILE there with your wife, really makes you a despicable human being.

Fsck morality, hey?
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:03 PM   #299
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Have you been to any Muay Thai fights? Are there many in the cities?
Never been, don't know much about it. I've heard good things however. On Koh Samui they have them almost nightly, I know because of the trucks that go up and down the streets blaring:

'THAI BOXING, TOOOONIIIIIIITTTTTEEEE AT CHAAAWEEENNGGG STADIUM!!'
I went to one in a bar in Chaing Mai and it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. In between fights that had a sadist come out and do [censored] like light himself on fire, slice his tongue with a razor blade, drink gasoline, etc. Good times, good times.

Side note - I also got pwned by a 12 year old pool hustler there who beat me 3 out of 3 games for a total of 1000 baht.
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