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January 18, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

From RUH, Terminal 1

Greetings from the Premier Lounge in Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport, Terminal 1.

I’ve been up since 4:20 a.m. because inexplicably someone at the hotel decided to program a wake-up alarm into that little glowing box beside the bed. It is now closing in on midnight and we take off shortly before 1 a.m.

I know I’m not the only one who is exhausted. The guy behind me here in the lounge is snoring. 🙂

Lufthansa to Frankfurt, then Los Angeles. As soon as the flight takes off, my seat goes horizontal and I will go to sleep.

Many of Riyadh’s streets are torn asunder because of construction (they’re putting in an amazingly extensive metro system) and traffic is thus worse than normal.... continue reading

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January 12, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

From the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX; Send Help!

Hi from the Star Alliance lounge at LAX, where I am en route to the Middle East. I will be spending some time in Riyadh on this trip, and will be making another trip to Riyadh in February, in all probability.

In Riyadh, I will be at the Faisaliah, which is adjacent to a shopping mall (something to do!) and flanked by a Starbucks and a Costa Coffee (something to combat jet lag!).

Email me if you want to meet up in Riyadh.


This is a quick trip, to take care of some stuff and get back fast.

This time I’m flying on Lufthansa.... continue reading

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October 19, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Jell-O Shot — The BKK-SIN Seat 7D Edition

Hey from Phil again. Jell-O Shot time again. You get these things because you signed up for theFriday Edition newsletter. You can unsubscribe by clicking on the link at the end of this email.

Usually I write these at the airport before boarding a flight, but this one is from Seat 7D on Jetstar 3K512 en route to Singapore. I missed writing this in the airport in Bangkok because, well, we cut it a little tighter time-wise than usual. :-/ Mailchimp will get this (and then you will, too) when I land and acquire some wifi in Singapore. [Edit: I’m in Watanabe Coffee drinking their coffee and borrowing their wifi, just down the hill from the Four Seasons, where I’m staying.]... continue reading

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October 13, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

The “good bookkeeping is more important than good tax lawyering” edition

Hey everyone, it is the “every once in a while” fatigue-driven Jell-O Shot from Phil again. If I have half a brain cell and I’m sitting at an airport, you’ll get one of these.

This time I’m sitting in the KAL lounge at LAX. Flight time is 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning: Los Angeles to Bangkok via Shanghai. Ouch. “1:00 am” and “Tuesday morning” somehow sound wrong when you put them side by side.

My wife is coming with me this time. She is on the hunt for inventory for her clothing company. Trips like this can get lonely and it’s great to have her along to share the jet lag with!... continue reading

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May 22, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Land speculators and tax deduction hacks

Welcome again to the Friday Edition. This week I will look at tax deductions for nonresidents who buy and hold land in the United States.

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We do tons of real estate transactions for nonresident investors in U.S.... continue reading

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