WC 2014 #23

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Postby smokedpeppers » Sun Sep 07, 5:45 pm

crete, excellent choice, if your going to the gorge, tiny Loutro now has
a road into it, story is . just another interesting village

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Postby Generous_J » Sun Sep 07, 9:26 pm

Fuck it though, you make your own fun really.

Everyone is always talking about the great place that they were at that is just sooo shit now but then, then!

'Oh yah, I did Goa in 95, it's just not the same anymore you knooow'.

Makes me puke all over myself.

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 9:35 pm

Generous_J wrote:
Makes me puke all over myself.


You need to take care of that really.

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Postby Dazzler » Sun Sep 07, 9:44 pm

Generous_J wrote:Fuck it though, you make your own fun really.

Everyone is always talking about the great place that they were at that is just sooo shit now but then, then!

'Oh yah, I did Goa in 95, it's just not the same anymore you knooow'.

Makes me puke all over myself.


The point being that if I wanted to make my own fun I'd far rather be in Bangkok than Brunei.

People have a choice about where they want to go and increasingly, they won't choose Amsterdam.

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Postby Old Fart » Sun Sep 07, 10:34 pm

Spain is our next adventure out of the states. Amsterdam will be a fond memory. I'm looking into swapping accommodations via the Internets, Colorado is more desirable now for some reason. Does anyone have any experience with house swapping?

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Postby chichi123 » Sun Sep 07, 11:02 pm

Ask Boney. His best friend does it all the time.

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Postby des » Mon Sep 08, 1:13 am

Dazzler wrote:The point being that if I wanted to make my own fun I'd far rather be in Bangkok than Brunei.


Ladyboys?

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Postby patrick » Mon Sep 08, 1:56 am

I was in dam square one time a few years ago and about a half dozen young ladies came up and asked if they could take picture of me. As i posed with them i had to ask why they wanted pics with me. They told me they wanted to see a hippie and i was the only one ghey had come across. They had expected to see alot more.

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Postby Rudy » Mon Sep 08, 2:44 am

But there will always be Boom Chicago. Theres always that.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Mon Sep 08, 2:54 am

patrick wrote:I was in dam square one time a few years ago and about a half dozen young ladies came up and asked if they could take picture of me. As i posed with them i had to ask why they wanted pics with me. They told me they wanted to see a hippie and i was the only one ghey had come across. They had expected to see alot more.


lol - oh THAT's why the picture thing!

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Postby 27guldens » Mon Sep 08, 7:48 am

Old Fart wrote:Spain is our next adventure out of the states.


You should have come in the early 80's.
Now, it's just not the same anymore, you knooow? ;)

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Postby Dazzler » Mon Sep 08, 9:10 am

des wrote:
Dazzler wrote:The point being that if I wanted to make my own fun I'd far rather be in Bangkok than Brunei.


Ladyboys?

Peace, Des.


It's a serious risk, far more than you might expect. Asian men make very convincing women, even more so when they've had chondrolaryngoplasty and facial feminisation surgery. I actually saw it happen to a couple of people: one bloke I saw in Soi Ram Buttri got into a brawl with the ladyboys in the bar he was infesting with his presence and they beat him to a pulp when he reacted with shock at the 'extras' he hadn't bargained for.

Every day I was in Thailand I was grateful that I wasn't there for sex.

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Postby winnie » Mon Sep 08, 11:21 am

Dazzler wrote:
des wrote:That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

Peace, Des.


I wouldn't do it full stop. On the other hand, it's true that Amsterdam isn't the ideal destination for stoners with dogs.



Amster is pretty accommodating to both, relative to other cities, so why not

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Postby des » Mon Sep 08, 12:44 pm

Dazzler wrote:
des wrote:
Dazzler wrote:The point being that if I wanted to make my own fun I'd far rather be in Bangkok than Brunei.


Ladyboys?

Peace, Des.


It's a serious risk, far more than you might expect. Asian men make very convincing women, even more so when they've had chondrolaryngoplasty and facial feminisation surgery. I actually saw it happen to a couple of people: one bloke I saw in Soi Ram Buttri got into a brawl with the ladyboys in the bar he was infesting with his presence and they beat him to a pulp when he reacted with shock at the 'extras' he hadn't bargained for.

Every day I was in Thailand I was grateful that I wasn't there for sex.



I wonder how often someone goes into a kamer in the Blue Light district and runs out screaming after having a 'Crying Game' moment?


Peace, Des.

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Postby des » Mon Sep 08, 12:45 pm

winnie wrote:
Dazzler wrote:
des wrote:That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

Peace, Des.


I wouldn't do it full stop. On the other hand, it's true that Amsterdam isn't the ideal destination for stoners with dogs.



Amster is pretty accommodating to both, relative to other cities, so why not


Do you have a pooch, Winnie?

Peace, Des.

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Postby des » Mon Sep 08, 12:48 pm

27guldens wrote:
Old Fart wrote:Spain is our next adventure out of the states.


You should have come in the early 80's.
Now, it's just not the same anymore, you knooow? ;)


I was in Torremolinos not long after Franco snuffed it!

Peace, Des.

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Postby Dazzler » Mon Sep 08, 1:39 pm

winnie wrote:
Dazzler wrote:
des wrote:That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

Peace, Des.


I wouldn't do it full stop. On the other hand, it's true that Amsterdam isn't the ideal destination for stoners with dogs.



Amster is pretty accommodating to both, relative to other cities, so why not


Depends on the behaviour of your dog. Ours would hate the crowds and we'd have to watch him constantly to make sure he didn't bolt after cats and mice.

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Postby des » Mon Sep 08, 4:01 pm

Dazzler wrote:
winnie wrote:
Dazzler wrote:
des wrote:That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

Peace, Des.


I wouldn't do it full stop. On the other hand, it's true that Amsterdam isn't the ideal destination for stoners with dogs.



Amster is pretty accommodating to both, relative to other cities, so why not


Depends on the behaviour of your dog. Ours would hate the crowds and we'd have to watch him constantly to make sure he didn't bolt after cats and mice.


We'd have to keep ours on a short leash or she'd be swimming in the canals / chasing bikes / stealing munch / hanging off other dogs throats!

Peace, Des.

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Postby Red Pleb » Mon Sep 08, 5:40 pm

Dogs can be such cunts .

I understand that Ladyboys can be a bit difficult , too .

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Postby slither » Sun Sep 14, 3:24 pm

Very nice reading throughout, WC. Fantastic effort.

Thank you for the reports.

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Postby NewYork, New York » Tue Sep 16, 2:27 pm

Old Fart wrote:Spain is our next adventure out of the states. Amsterdam will be a fond memory. I'm looking into swapping accommodations via the Internets, Colorado is more desirable now for some reason. Does anyone have any experience with house swapping?


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