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  1. I was also in Beijing over the weekend and watched some events. The wheelchair events were not what impressed me. I imagine that it is easier to push a wheelchair over the marathon than to run it. The times produced by the wheelchair athletics are actually faster than those of their normal olympic counterparts in the middle distance events I watched. What really humbled me was how a one-handed swimmer could swim the 50m a lot faster than my best time ever when I was swimming competitively in my younger days.
  2. Please do not insult me. In the future I would appreciate being referred to as Smelly Fart.
  3. Tsondaboy, when you met me you were all high on coke and you were still rocking to the beat of those drums of your hifi in your car even though you had already parked your car hours before....so how can you remember me? I remember Ewok2 posted some pics of me skiing with sunrise. Go have a look and see this old man on skis.
  4. That debt was recovered years ago so it's a bit late to celebrate now. But as today is the first day of my retirement, let's do celebrate with some beers.
  5. Actually, that is the standard rate. But they are not purchasing my invoice so there is no upfront payment amd they don't have to bear any risks.
  6. I'm with Thursday on this one. I used the services of a collection agency once. They were very efficient. They only charged me 25% of any sum recovered and I got back the whole sum (less the 25% to the agency). It took me less than two weeks from the time I hired them and the A-hole had owed me the money for several years. I don't know how they work in Japan and what their rates are but it worked for me in HK.
  7. My last post was just to show that though I have not been posting much in recent months, I have still been tuning in. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make fun of Fattwins' English, which is my favourite pastime, since he hasn't been posting much. So I had to jump on you. Sorry Thursday, but Osama is a terrorist. The democratic candidate is Obama!
  8. Osama has a great deal of experience in terrorism and is the undisputed most successful terrorist of all time. But what has this got to do with him? I thought we were discussing U.S. presidential candidates.
  9. Set up anything on or after Aug 11 and I'm in.
  10. Don't listen to Fattwins. I used to try out different J-resorts every year. Then in 2004, Fattwins convinced me to go to Hakuba. Ever since then, I've been going to Hakuba every year (sometimes more than once in the same year). It has totally spoilt my plans for trying out as many J-resorts as possible and I still blame him for that.
  11. Wow, looks like it was a big one. First China, then Japan. Hope this is not the beginning of some trend in Asia.
  12. Originally Posted By: tsondaboy Lucky bastard... The guy who got it is a friend of mine. I've PMed his contact to you. You can get it off him at a good price.
  13. For the last few years, I have used the Dengi-Rengi to cook my "hard-boiled" eggs. The results have been very consistent and it is very convenient.
  14. Hey, Thursday, you didn't attempt to answer what was asked at all! I think I'll do the same: If you're going to Niseko and you want to try other slopes, you should think of Rusutsu and Kiroro instead of Furano. If you want to go to Furano then you should consider Tomamu and Sahoro which are nearby instead of Niseko. If you like to spend long hours in a vehicle, then sure, by all means, go to Niseko and Furano.
  15. Originally Posted By: thursday. Nah, I prefer to be home than a gaijin. Totally agree with you on this one, Thursday. But if it gets any whose we will soon have to change that to: I prefer to be alive than dead.
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