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An eclectic mix from Izi. History, tech, politics, that American trucking thing. in fact that American thing in general !! Enjoy and feel free to interact with me. That is the thing I like best - intelligent interaction. 

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Tommy Robinson --- GOD!!

I am a huge fan of Tommy. I send him $100 a month to help his family and fight the good fight. I would send a $1,000 if I could. He is the bravest man in Britain and I wish I could fight any f**ker that comes near him. I am 63 and a peaceful man but I tell you what if I was at one of those demos and anyone went near him I would attack like a rabid dog.  Sky News part of the slime that laughingly calls itself the news media has issued an apology for the editing slash and burn job they did on him. Utter cunts that they are. He put a video up on Facebook saying this and they have blocked it.  All main stream media should burn in hell.  Behead anyone who opposes Tommy and righteous Brits.  Go to hell Treason May. Burn all mosques and the **** inside. I got yer hijab right here bitch.   I wish there was more I could do but all I can do is be an idiot on the internet and send money. It is not enough. I need to be shipping guns over there if I thought anyone would use them.  I say this stuff here because it feels like a relief. I have been stifled on Facebook. Banned 3 times for 30 days apiece and a few before that for less.  I speak to Americans about all this and I get amazing results. In a bar on the border of Idaho and Montana in the middle of nowhere. Cowboys and truckers. They all knew about Tommy. They all thought it was disgusting. A guy from Wyoming a bull hauler said they make people like muslims disappear where he comes from. That is a BIG range he said. They still hang horse thieves there. They know Tommy and they know they are next. The difference is they carry guns and if these bearded pieces of shit start around them look out. They are not playing.  I will update this with all news I see about Tommy and this insane struggle we are all in.  

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A Little Impartial Input

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I see the fight taking place between the owners of these 2 forums and I wonder. I have stated why I left and how annoyed I was. Generally speaking though I am over it. I am willing to try again although I am not sure that this is going anywhere.  So what is the point of this entry to my blog?  Just some suggestions. I had some before but they were ignored in much the same manner that Mulphy seems to be being treated now. So I would like to give my view. Now please remember that I walked 2 years ago so I am not up to speed on all the infighting that has taken place. I suggest a different approach. Firstly the donation idea seems to have worked so that eliminates a big problem. When I am convinced that I want to stay I will throw $100 in but not until. So what is the problem? It is simple really. Not enough members. You can hear the crickets in here.  I do not think it matters that Lanzalad has split the membership and started a new forum. It is irrelevant. It is probably a good thing in its own way. I think that belonging to 2 forums is a bit silly but that is for each individual to decide. You see at the end of the day the market will decide. Yes the market. If you have something that people want to join, something attractive and interesting people will come. If on the other hand constant fighting is taking place and physical threats talked about even if it is not aimed at the visitor what kind of impression do you think that conveys?  How does that encourage growth and input? It doesn't. Threatening to 'level' people is a bit like that old thing in sales where you never criticize your competitor. It leaves a bad taste.  I think this all needs to be looked at from another perspective. What is done is done but a certain amount of loyalty is needed. Or maybe at least honest neutrality. If you have taken the trouble to be a member of Pattaya Live and made a donation maybe two then how about digging in? Make the forum grow and prosper by contributing. Evil Penevil was great at reviewing restaurants. Why has that stopped? Where is he? Why isn't he running a blog strictly for restaurant reviews? Has he left PL for the new forum? Well ok then maybe somebody else who lives in Pattaya or who is a steady visitor can substitute.  When I was here before it would sicken me to keep seeing people here constantly say that we needed more content we needed more content. Especially annoying because I was the only one providing any content. Yes ME with Snapshot. Best example I can give is He Who Shall Not Be Named. He would seriously talk about adding content and yet with a job in quasi showbiz he did absolutely nothing except come onto the forum and be a smart mouth. Clever!! NOT.  The tools and talent were there but nothing was done. The few core members that are left seem to be much more interested in fighting the other forum instead of ignoring that distraction and instead doing something to add spice to THIS forum. Yes I mean YOU the guy who is reading this right now.   Snapshot is a little magazine blog with a couple of specialties inside a larger forum. I did and I will keep it up with pieces and pictures and (I hope) interesting commentary. Why can't YOU do that too? Not enough time? Who cares, if you put something in there once a month and enough people run enough specialty blogs and threads then that in conjunction with the regular forum will provide interest to ALL visitors. In other words I suppose you get out what you care to put in.  Why did you make a donation????????? Why contribute to keep Pattaya Live afloat???????? If you don't care about the survival of this forum why did you bother????? The trouble is that all of you wait for somebody else to amuse you. Problem is that this is an online community of sorts and the idea is that you put in not just take out. There are dozens of things that can be championed all you have to do is pick a subject and make it your own. How hard is that? You have seen me do it for many years. So you aren't Ernest Hemingway so what. Do your best and use your intellect to make something from nothing.  If you do this then the forum will generate interest and new members. If you do not it will slowly die further until you will be left swinging handbags at each other as you slither off the deck of the sinking Titanic.  Another idea that I had was a repository for a book and movie of the month. Downloadable to paying members of Pattaya Live. Password changing every month with a new movie and audio book every month with reviews and synopsis.  Fighting and arguing is not the answer. Healthy competition is. I am here right now, I write. I would like to stay. Make me stay. Support this forum selflessly give and it will survive and I do not mean money. Put in don't just one liner it and expect somebody else to do the heavy lifting. Here are some subjects that could be championed. Tommy Robinson. News on the muslim horde. Restaurants. Movies and books. Hotel reviews. A charity support thread. The list is endless. Pick something do your bit and maybe just maybe this place will survive. Otherwise forget it. Now I will shut up.          

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Life On The Road

What I will do with this entry is speak about my life on the road in America. I will just keep continually updating it.  It seems to me that nobody new to Pattaya Live is reading any of this. It is just old forum members who are aware of my strange life. However for the sake of a fresh start I will outline things a bit. Unlike the majority of American truckers I actually live in my truck. It is not just my place of work but also my home. I have lived in a truck since 2008 on and off and it was the move into a truck that in its own way started this first thread now blog of Snapshot. It was originally called A Small Snapshot Of The Future. It got abbreviated to Snapshot as time went by. The reason for the original title was because I was on the edge of losing everything and I could see that the coming storm was going to envelope Europe too. That what was about to happen to me was going to come to many Pattaya Live board members too. Turned out I was right back in early 2008. The financial crisis happened and for many the world was stood on its head. I went from being an electrical engineering technician at Motorola specializing in RF and oscillators to being a truck driver. My struggle of a middle class life in Fort Lauderdale with year round sunshine, swimming pools, beaches and Cuban 'cuisine' teetered. Then it fell all the while using PL as an outlet for frustration and one final (so I thought) beano in Thailand.  However I seem to have a knack of survival and this was no exception. I started driving for others then bought a truck and finally started my own business. There have been some upsets and stupid mistakes over the last couple of years but it had stabilized until 2018. The old truck just gave me the finger one too many times and I bought a new one about a month ago.  It cleaned me out. I see hope and a future but it has wiped me out. AGAIN.  The trouble with moving trucks is that the money wheel must keep spinning. Otherwise it is all over. Therefore time for adapting the truck into a home can be a real struggle to find. I was in the old truck for a long time and didn't realize just how much I had done until I had to make the move. At the beginning you throw what you think you'll need into the new truck and launch yourself out onto the highways of America to get the money flowing. It is uncomfortable and very frustrating. Slowly you find homes for everything. You make improvements and that truck turns from being a jumble sale into a home. Just as with a house the problem is divided into sections. Kitchen, living quarters, bedroom, entertainment office and bathroom. It can be done but it is slow and tedious and meanwhile you live in what seems like a garden shed. There are cables and boxes everywhere. Milk crates are temporary cabinets and always that elusive tool you need ends up being lost.  As time goes by I will show the work that I do to the truck and you will see the changes take place. Believe it or not it takes a lot of woodworking. Yes you wouldn't think that was involved but it is. By using the original Freightliner stuff I can create some beautiful cabinets with sliding drawers. As each box of crap finds its home the truck life becomes easier. Things stop being in the way. It becomes ordered.       I have a storage bay in Mississippi and it has turned into a woodworking shop. It is where I make the stuff for the truck. At the moment there is a commode sitting there that I need to put the finishing touches to and bring onboard the truck. I made it for the old one but as luck would have it it is a perfect fit in the new one. I have to creatively make liners for the inside of the walls of the cabinets then shelves then drawers. All the while trying to pay all the bills. It is a challenge. The passenger seat must be removed the airlines tapped off and the cabinet for the fridge installed. Frankly I don't think I have the energy but I must try.  I was in Mississippi about a week and a half ago. Taking care of loose ends and paperwork. I threw some more stuff from one truck into the other and headed out pronto. Tupelo where Elvis was born to Memphis then down to Houston Texas. From there up to a remote town called Circle in Montana and then right across North Dakota to Grand Forks which is where I am now. I have a load of Unilever crap to pick up on Monday for Independence Missouri. Kansas City way. I am tired. Driving is tiring.  The truck is ok but needs work. Just adjustments. Hopefully I can have the winter without any mishaps. As I said I will update this thread within the blog for trucking stuff.

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How Long Did You Serve???

The muse is upon me again and tonight I shall tackle a particular American thingy that I have not noticed with Brits.  So bugger off muse and leave me alone. I got this. Before I launch into another epic diatribe a bit about today. I am so bent buggered and bewildered that my head was literally spinning after I parked. Today I drove from just north west of Houston to Kansas. In fact at the moment I am the city that gave rise to the Wizard of Oz legend. This is Liberal, Kansas and supposedly the home of Dorothy (and your little dog too). It was about 650 miles through Texas into the Oklahoma panhandle and out into Kansas.  I am trying to diet and I haven't touched alcohol for 5 days. I have developed mild type 2 diabetes and have a number of mystery pains that I fear is cancer. We will see. Colonoscopy on the 15th Oct. Been hitting the salads lately and was so tired by the drive that I decided to break ranks and eat at a Wendys. Coming out my head was spinning and I decided to stay put and not use the last 45 minutes on my clock. I am DONE. Then I checked this place. Oh well. I am trying.  Ok the subject I refer to in the title is a question that an angry American trucker asked me on my trucking forum. It was in a response I made to a PTSD comment which I will tackle in a different blog entry. He was asking me how long did I serve in the military. I replied smartly that I served in the 2nd Finchley Wolf Cub pack and did 5 years behind the woggle boy and slightly older boy. Sir yes sir. I informed him that I was decorated with badges in fire lighting, knot tying and personal hygiene. I was awarded an official pocket knife the enhanced model with the attachment for removing boy scouts from horses hooves. He was not amused. I would go so far as to say he was angry at me. Which is why, I think, he referred to me as a cunt. I wear the name with pride. Mission accomplished. So what pissed him off exactly? Well it is a trait in America that is hard to exactly get your head around. There is a thing here about patriotism and service to ones country. To national pride, loyalty and the willingness to defend ones country. These are things that most English people don't really know anything about but if you could just walk with me a little you'll see how it can all go horribly wrong. There is nothing wrong with patriotism. It is a good thing but it is possible to go a bit too far with it. In fact Benjamin Franklin - he of kite flying fame in lighting storms (prat) - is quoted as saying that "patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" or words to that effect. In other words it is a nice cover up for all sorts of other things.  The patriotism is usually represented by the military service thing. So logically it follows, that if you were a member of the military, when you returned to civilian life - if you ever were a civilian - you now have become George Washington. It is your right nay duty to vie with others over how patriotic you are. To stand in corners with others of similar mindset and discuss your patriotism comparing medals and ribbons and to measure each others flag to see who has the biggest one. Anybody who has not - gasp -  "served his country" is to be looked down upon and demeaned because as everybody knows 12 years in the catering corp making scrambled eggs is a mans life. I am so tired of these wannabe patriots. I have been since I came to the states oh so long ago. Don't get me wrong people who serve in the military deserve a thumbs up and I have bought a drink for service people quite a few times at this point. However it bears closer examination. In America it is not uncommon to have a family tradition of joining the mob or the skates. Sons will join up because the family expects it. That is one reason and if the young fellow is up for it and isn't being pressured too badly it is probably not a bad thing. Another reason that people join is because they want to learn a trade. It is always computers isn't it? Then they become an armorer and wonder why civilian life just doesn't seem to have the opportunities they require. Then I think the biggest one. They are clueless numbnuts who basically don't have any opportunities in their little podunk town so join so they can at least have a job.  I say good luck to all these people. Hats off. ESPECIALLY if during their sojourn in the world of khaki or green and nowadays a fetching sand color they are actually whisked off to bumf**k planet earth to kill and be killed. The essence of the thing you might say.  I have the deepest respect for them. My problem is that after Gomer Pyle gets out he suddenly becomes one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima and that now he "served" his country defending freedom and the American way. They then spend the rest of their lives reliving those days in the motor pool, marching in parades and basking in the glory of PATRIOTISM. Oh and let us not forget looking down their noses at anybody who sold insurance or worked in a factory. Some of this kind of reminds me of Al Bundy. Nothing wrong with any of these things so long as a sense of proportion is retained and maybe just maybe a little self honesty as to why they joined up in the first place. As I say this isn't something you see with British people as all ex servicemen seem to be quite modest about their stint. Especially if they have seen action. My best friends dad wouldn't say a peep about his time in the desert banged up in a tank fighting Rommel. I do know he saw horrible things. This seems to be a very British attitude. Course nowadays you would have trouble finding anybody willing to do what me mates dad did - too busy shaving their head and maintaining their body piercings.        So I am not sure if this piece came out the way I wanted it to - let me know what you think. Oh and deep respects to Plaka - Our hero of the South Atlantic - Phil.

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US immigration and my part in its downfall!!

Ok, so as some remember - if you remember correctly that far back - there were several reasons why I quit Pattaya Live in 2016. It would seem those reasons have largely scuttled off which I was informed about by Parky. Therefore I returned after quite some thought. Parky knows this better than many I think. It was discussed at length. One was the debacle over subscriptions and me having the gall, the down right nerve to support the owner of this forum. There was a childish interlude regarding donations and how much. This morphed into what seemed to me a coup d'etat. All input was to be silenced, posts were deleted and my membership contribution was refunded. I had some ideas but they were not welcome.  Oh well that is life. I protested loudly but to no avail. I was going to carry on BUT !! One thing frosted my butt badly. It was to do with my immigration to the USA. To America, to a place I have come to love and is my adult homeland. Somewhere that has given me a life and a freedom I could never have had in the UK. I complain sometimes and anybody who is encountering the Iz will wonder what the hell I have to bitch about. It is complicated. All will be revealed to new readers as time goes by. I have never been shy about revealing my life on Pattaya Live. My immigration to the USA was compared to the way the current vermin is pouring into the UK. This made me more angry than you can imagine and right now I am going to explain why from both a UK and a USA point of view. I hope this brings a little light to the problem, and there is a problem no matter what any snowflake lefty might say, highlighting the both  muslim and the Latin angle. So how did I end up here 34 years plus ago, a lifetime ago? It was the toss of a coin.  It came up heads in a grungy shitty apartment in Maidstone in Kent. That meant America or should I rightly say North America because I wasn't fussy about where exactly. Tails would have been Australia and I sometimes wonder if I lost that coin toss.  What followed was a crazy tale that went from Pyramids to drug dealers and Miami Vice to a Cuban wife. It was a helter skelter that I still sometimes think happened to somebody else. The finish was that I ended up a legal resident of the USA in fact sometime after a full blown citizen. So yes I can say cheers mate the same as most of you without you ever knowing that I live Stateside but I can also switch to Texas or Mississippi country at the drop of a hat. Also I carry a gun and yes indeedy I can vote for Trump. You guys wish you had Trump I actually do. lol. So let's talk about immigration and why it pissed me off.  It is true that in my own way I came into America by the backdoor. Above board but sneaky. Kind of the same way that muslims have flooded the UK and Europe in general. I didn't force my way in though. I was legal. I didn't throw rocks at a trucker or try to slit open his canopy and hide. I came in with skills, money, education and lots of experience. I fitted in. I didn't try to make people conform to me I conformed to them. It was difficult at times but I did it. This is a bilingual country so I learned Spanish. I am not perfect as Elway can attest to but I am a high functioner. I switch between the two easily. The first real job I got here was simply because I could speak some French. I came with a full basket in other words. To compare me to a welfare seeking breeding machine from Somalia with 2 wives hald a dozen sprogs and totally unemployable would be a tough stretch. And yet !! That was the comparison made by one doofus on PL.  I left. I have to go pop this trailer into a door so I will continue this blog entry a little later. I want to talk about Mexico, Central America and the immigration crisis that faces both our countries regarding the survival of our very race.      Later 

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Service Dogs

Ok guys here we go.  There are many things that piss me off in this bright new world that I woke up to in about 2000 or so. Actually I don't think MANY actually sufficiently describes it. One of the things that maked me want to kill people is the advent of so called 'service dogs'.  Or hamsters or budgies or gerbils. Nothing against the animal they are innocent in all this and probably think what the f**k is this idiot doing putting this coat on me. No, no it is the moronic owners. Look when I grew up in Britain we had guide dogs for blind people and it was obviously a marvelous step forward. In America they call them seeing eye dogs but it is the same thing.  For a person who is blind or is disabled in a wheelchair a well trained dog that is smarter than the average isn't a pet per se but a life giver. It is a way for that person to enjoy life and make a bad situation just that little bit easier.  However unfortunately this snowflake generation of fairy faggots, so called 'men' who have to drink soy milk and women who scream shrilly 'rape' as someone brushes by them in a crowded train have turned this boon to mankind into a f**king farce. I actually saw a video on YT of a prat who was outraged and looking for sympathy because a guy gave him a justified hard time in a coffee shop bakery.  What had he done I hear you ask?? He took a "service dog" complete with little coat into a food shop.  So he was crippled or blind right?? NOPE!!! He had a stutter !!! I shit you not. The guy told him you are a tool get your goddamn pooch out of this restaurant ! Are you nuts? He filmed everything as they do - self defense by camera - saying he was going to post it on YT. The guy told him to stick up his ass. He actually then tried to defend this bullshit by posting the video and you would be shocked at the number of pussies that rushed to his defense. I torn him an ass. I called him the wanker that he was. I was the bad guy. Watch Izi. Be like Izi. lol These pricks have taken something that is good and useful and turned it into a ridiculous thing. It is equivalent to the footer players nowadays who dropped to the ground grasping their leg like they just stepped on a landmine. Then they rush out there with medical bags, oxygen, life support equipment and stretchers. My old PE teacher would have walked up to you and kicked you in the balls. I had a friend in Kentucky who's daughter has a girl in her class who has to have a dog in the class with her. WHY I hear your plaintive cry?? Because she has anxiety. She has been 'diagnosed' with anxiety by some idiot 'doctor' who got his medical degree from the bottom of a cornflakes box. So she has to have a service dog. OMG!!! Some of the self entitled bastards I have seen on planes with their so called service dogs make you want to just walk up to them and punch then right in the mouth. I include women in fact they are the worst. f**k everybody else I am special and nothing says special like a service dog. I am handicapped I have a lazy eye.  The worst of this is that it demeans the role of that dog who makes a blind persons life just a little bit easier - you know, someone who actually needs a bit of help.  These millennial milksops make me sick. Told you I was back Wait wait there is more sure to piss off LOTS of people.    

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10/01/18 The Main Course

I am sitting in a Walmart DC in Baytown, Texas. It is a suburb of Houston. Just waiting to be unloaded. Then it is off to an obscure little town in the wilds of easern Montana with some crap and after that on to North Dakota for a pick up down to Arkansas.  It is all bloody go isn't it?? Anyway, after some prompting by Mulphy, Parky and Matthew I have come back. Looks like I won't have to defend my immigration to the USA anymore or be pilloried for standing next to and up for Mulphy. It would seem that maybe order has been restored.  Sure hope so. Maybe an explanation for those that don't know me. I am a Brit who left for America in 1984. To say I know something about the USA would be an understatement. I have traveled all of it and continue to do so I am always discovering new things and seeing stuff that takes the breath away. My opinions of America are colored by my origin in   the UK. A down to earth take so to speak. Just like so many of you I have traveled the world and have a connection with Thailand.  Stick around and I hope I can put something here that you will like. All the best  Izi

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    • The Muslims scream racism the authorities do as they are told ... that’s it in a nutshell.. Why well thats the question? Its disgusting 
    • absolutely astounding . what the fuck is going on in the uk .
    • Well guys I have been back here for 9 days. In that time  have revived the blog, offered to set up a media locker with TV, audio books and movies, made a contribution, put a shit load of content on here and been threatened by a Dutch hitman - guess he is going to hunt the earth for me. Sounds like a movie title - The Blog Killer.  I have to concentrate on work now and have some medical stuff to do. So I am going to take a break for a few days. When I return I will have a lot more material and hopefully the locker will be set up and stocked. Tons more material to post. All the best Izi  (The Smelly Trucker)
    • Hey Tommy Tommy. Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy Robinson !!!!  Rock on Tommy.  Don't you think the previous post is appalling??? Britain is gone. The wogs have taken over. 
    • I just got this in the mail from Tommy Robinson. I am on his mailing list.   Dear Stephen,  A few days ago, I stopped at a service station where four coaches full of British soldiers were taking a break. I said hello to the lads and some of them posed for “selfies” with me.  It was my great honour to stand with our troops and shake their hands, even just for a few moments.  But when the Muslim Council of the UK heard about this, they immediately demanded that the Army punish these soldiers — and to their shame, the Army did. These lads had their cell phones seized and inspected for “illegal” photos of me. And the Armed Forces’ official Islamic advisor, Asim Hafiz, condemned these men — before the investigation was even complete — telling reporters that "any form of racism, discrimination or extremism is taken extremely seriously and will be dealt with accordingly". What racism? What discrimination? It was just a photo. These are proud British soldiers. And now I have heard that at least one of these lads has been summarily discharged from the Army — just for standing next to me and smiling. That’s outrageous. That cannot stand. These lads are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The least we can do is stand up for their freedom, too. I’m going to go down to the Ministry of Defence and hand-deliver a petition to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, demanding that this political witch-hunt be called off. I started the petition last night, and it already has more than 70,000 names on it. Please take a moment to add your name to it, too — I’d like to have over 100,000 signatures on it by tomorrow. Please click here, or visit www.StandWithOurLads.com — and forward this e-mail to your friends and family. These soldiers would do anything for us. Please take a minute to do something small for them. Yours truly, Tommy Robinson P.S. The British Army is being undermined by political correctness — but this is the worst I’ve seen. They’ve handed over decision-making to the Muslim Council. That can’t stand. Please sign the petition here, and type www.StandWithOurLads.com as your Facebook status! P.P.S. So many people have inundated that website, it might take a minute to get through — but please keep trying. Thank you!
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