Taxes Taxes Taxes it’s that time

Sawadee Khrap

At the end of the tax year, the IRS office sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital.

While the IRS agent was checking the books, he turned to the CFO of the hospital and said, "I notice you buy a lot of bandages.  What do you do with the end of the roll when there’s too little left to be of any use?"

"Good question ," noted the CFO.  "We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every once in a while, they send us a free roll."

"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer.  But on he went, in his obnoxious way. "What about all these plaster purchases?  What do you do with what’s left over after setting a cast on a patient?"

"Ah, yes," replied the CFO, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question.  "We save it and send it back to the manufacturer and every so often they will send us a free bag of plaster."

"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all CFO.  "Well," he went on, "What do you do with all the remains from the circumcision surgeries?"

"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the CFO.  "What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRS office, and about once a year they send us a complete prick."

Thanks Jim for this one.

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Poi Sang Long from Wat Pa Pao

Sawadee Khrap

Better late than never –

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Here are the photos from the Poi Sang Long celebration at Wat Pa Pao 2011 Chiang Mai. with featured photos of Wit’s Sang Long from his village group.  April 4-6, 2011  The procession started at Thapae Gate and followed the moat to Wat Pa Pao –

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And a   ****  SLIDESHOW  ****     Note: there are over 280 images so be prepared to spend some time going over the photos – Also compare with the celebration posted earlier at Wat Ku Tao.

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Your Mobile Phone–did you know?

Sawadee Khrap

Here are 5 important things that most people don’t know their mobile phone will do.   Thanks Max for sending me this info.

Emergency Number worldwide

For all Mobile Phones is 112. If you find yourself out of  the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and your mobile will search any existing network in your area to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. This works on all phones worldwide and is free. It is the equivalent of 999.

Have you  locked your keys in the car?

Does  your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone:  If you lock your keys in the car Continue reading “Your Mobile Phone–did you know?”

Just had an Earthquake

Sawadee Khrap

We just had an earthquake – or at least I felt (and my neighbors) a real strong one.  Checking the USGS Earthquake Site – I see TWO  7.0 quakes happened in Myanmar.  Earthquake3-11I felt both of them – the first one real strong, the second just a slight movement.  But, I did feel both.  WOW, actually got up and started to go toward the door, it lasted for what seemed to be about 20 seconds – quite long.

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Ben’s Taxi Service

Sawadee Khrap

I was just checking my blog and noticed that I did not have a link to Ben’s Taxi Service.  

BensTaxiSorry Ben – fixed it now.

The last couple of times Mohamed visited me from the States he partook of Ben’s services in planning and taking his tours and told me he was extremely happy and will always use Ben’s again. 

Check out his web page for all particulars.

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Café Khun kru–Off Suthep Rd.

Sawadee Khrap

KhunKruCafeMax told me about “Wit” and his Café, take the second Soi on the left past the Canal Road on Suthep Rd.  (See the map) .  It is hard to find and when I went there Sat it was still raining and so they were not open.  I did get to meet Wit and managed to take some quick shots.

It’s located in the front yard of the house and can be a little difficult to find.  I plan to go back and visit next Tuesday and see how the drinks are and what kind of customers he draws – students, students and more students – hopefully it won’t be raining .

Wit seems like a real neat guy and we will chat later and I’ll tell you more about the Café and him.  Maybe I can find some models there too.

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and here’s a shot from the front road – don’t go past it – more Tuesday

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Miserable Rainy, Cold in Chiang Mai

Sawadee Khrap

It’s been raining for 3 days and cold, cold, cold – temperature dropping to almost 15 degrees in the evenings.  I don’t have a room heater so even the studio is hard to use – giving all the boys goose bumps – not good for sexy shots. I’ll wait till the rain stops.

I had planned on visiting Fang Lagoon this week but I am sure glad I didn’t go – I’d of froze to death there too.  It is amazing how I feel the cold now.  When all of this clears up I will go up and get some photos of the new staff – of course using the new camera. I understand they now have installed air-con in the massage hut and have hot running water for the showers (donations from extremely happy customers).

Waiting for the rain to quit – Ciao

Coming to Thailand–Want to learn “Thai”

Sawadee Khrap

Narin-ThaiTeacherPlanning a trip to Thailand, hopefully Chiang Mai, and need or want to learn to speak some Thai while here – I just met a great guy who can teach you.  Narin – He has developed a “new and easy way of speaking the Thai Language”.  He offers a 20 hour class, at your home or hotel and will guide you through the Thai-language-culture, and history.  He is a professional teacher and it sounds like a great program.  You can reach him at:

 

Email: narinthaiteacher@hotmail.com

Mobile:  082 411 6199

I am going to do some photos and give him some pointers on setting up his web page and  he said he would help me with my Thai.  So, I will up-date this post later this month with more particulars about his services and costs.  Stay tuned.

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Traveling ?? Protect Your Credit tips

Sawadee Khrap

Jim just send me these great tips for protecting your Credit Cards whether at home or traveling from “Courtesy of the Lancasters”  apparently a group of Attorneys.  Excellent Advice.

1. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIR ED.’.

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a  PO  Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel…… Keep the photocopy in a safe place.  I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month…. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here’s some critical information to limit the damage  in case this happens to you or someone you know:

5. We have been told we should  cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

6.  File a  police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here’s what is perhaps  most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.) 

7. Call  the  3 national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the internet in my name.

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves’ purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks..

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:

  • Equifax:   800-525-6285
  • Experian  (formerly TRW)   888-397-3742
  • Trans Union:  800-680-7289
  • Social Security Admin. (fraud line):  800-269-0271

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