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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
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    Yea, numbers is numbers and they are all relative.

    The point is - your lot in life, or the success you have achieved - even though you may describe it as "pure shit" - is far better than most.

    Yes, there are many that may have it better, relative to monetary comparison. But the are far, far more who have it much worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    I see young gangs of Thai youth (13-15)with their motorcycles and cellphones and it makes me wish I had their childhood


    You really are quite a case, even for this place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post


    You really are quite a case, even for this place.
    Then you probably didn't grow up in the North American suburbs in the 1990's.

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    Summer of '85 I spent two weeks in the Seychelles, and a week in Mauritius; always regretted not adding another week to go to Reunion.

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    Were you posted to Diego Garcia?

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    ^Was between my 2nd and 3rd year of an assignment to India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Then you probably didn't grow up in the North American suburbs in the 1990's.

    Yes, you had it hard.

    Oh the humanity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Yes, you had it hard.
    Those lucky bastards in Kolkata, Sao Paolo, Manila, Kinshasa . . . they just don't know how lucky they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    always regretted not adding another week to go to Reunion.
    Had to look that far-flung place up. Looks beautiful!

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    ^Both Seychelles and Mauritius were also great, although my marlin fishing plans for Mauritius were scuppered by stormy weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Those lucky bastards in Kolkata, Sao Paolo, Manila, Kinshasa . . . they just don't know how lucky they are
    Some of them had it better. Material possessions isn't everything.

    They don't know what they don't have. They could freely move around on motorbikes with their freinds. They weren't being driven around in Oldsmobile Cutlasses by their pathetic Boomer parents to go anywhere
    Last edited by Backspin; 12-08-2020 at 01:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    always regretted not adding another week to go to Reunion.
    Had to look that far-flung place up. Looks beautiful!
    Réunion holds the world records for the most rainfall in 12-, 24-, 72- and 96-hour periods.
    Sounds like Aberdeen.

    Looks decent, although a quick momondo flight search says that the fastest and cheapest return flights from Bangkok via Chennai in March is 46,800 baht.

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    Always fancied visiting Malta.
    Was due to explore the island this year until C19 put my plans on hold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Always fancied visiting Malta.
    While working for an American company out of Phoenix the VP Sales asked me, GM Sales & Mktg EMEA, to book our annual Int'l Sales meeting in Malta because it was
    a) Europe,
    B) the warmest European country (It was January)

    Yes, it was warm . . . not. Americans.

    Two days of meetings and then back . . . so, Malta. Yup - been there. Couldn't tell you a single thing except that the hotel was an 17th century building and nice.

    Sigh

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    (It was January)
    Warm, in Europe?


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    Exactly . . . the company I worked for was based in Phoenix, to be fair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    They could freely move around on motorbikes with their freinds. They weren't being driven around in Oldsmobile Cutlasses by their pathetic Boomer parents to go anywhere

    Yes, an SUV would have changed your outlook, I'm sure. What a horrible childhood you had.

    It appears you look at everything through a victim mentality lens, so it's unlikely anyone here will change that viewpoint.

    But I'm stubborn, so here.....





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    We lived in a shoebox - but we still had it better than socal, it seems, because we weren't surrounded by opulence, wealth, nutritious food, good schooling, first rate medical care, a safe environment . . .

    But thats not what it's all about. We had a choice to be poor. We chose our shoebox (blue with white stripes - we were gangsta). Backspin didn't have a choice - he was born into his evil middle class environment.

    We had it better than socal. We had FREEDOM. Freedom from opulence, wealth, nutritious food, good schooling, first rate medical care, a safe environment . . .



    We were FREE!!!!


    (We still live in a shoebox)

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    We had FREEDOM.
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    We were FREE!!!!
    ahh yes, all the chains and restraints on rich folk. Freedom is just another word...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Yes, an SUV would have changed your outlook, I'm sure. What a horrible childhood you had.

    It appears you look at everything through a victim mentality lens, so it's unlikely anyone here will change that viewpoint.

    But I'm stubborn, so here.....





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    Boomers can't seem to reflect on any subject without it getting wound up in their salvation stories and emancipation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Always fancied visiting Malta.
    I have been 8 times and used to love it, their rabbit dish stuffat tal-fenek is lovely. Watching Bocce or playing it with the locals on the prom with a few beers, the history and the friendly locals - sadly its a stop off now for migrants and its over-run, that and rife corruption is leaving its mark when i stopped in a few years ago on a works gig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Some of them had it better. Material possessions isn't everything.

    They don't know what they don't have. They could freely move around on motorbikes with their freinds. They weren't being driven around in Oldsmobile Cutlasses by their pathetic Boomer parents to go anywhere
    Don't they have motorbikes in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Always fancied visiting Malta.
    Never been there, but it's said that Malta would be a paradise if every priest were a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Don't they have motorbikes in Canada.
    Yeah we do. But clusterfuck suburbia isn't scaled for motorcycles. So it's just different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    But clusterfuck suburbia isn't scaled for motorcycles.
    And Pattaya infrastructure is?

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