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Verizon LTE Smartwatch - $50 Verizon is selling their LTE-enabled Android-Wear smartwatch for $50. While the LTE on it is locked to Verizon, you can use it with whatever android phone you'd like, but without the LTE Coverage.

While this is not a great-reviewed smartwatch, IMHO it's not a bad pickup for $50 - details below:

January 30, 2018, 09:28:55 AM
Re: Smart homes
Read your review, and thank you. I have several of the schlage  FE595 locks, and my understanding from the engineering department over there is that when set to mechanical mode it is fully mechanical, and there is no logging of any sort. In your research does that make sense?

The logging issue, AFAIK, is primarily for locks that are internet connected - i.e. those that you can open with your phone.

May 16, 2018, 09:57:31 AM
Re: Nespresso - Master Thread Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but recently Trader Joe's released their own nespresso capsules. They're the original syle capsules, and they're 10 capsules for $4. They have two varieties - ristretto and luongo, and both are O-u certified.
July 20, 2018, 09:12:47 AM
Re: Which hotels do Pro sports teams stay at on the road? I don't know if it's still the case, but I once happened to be staying at the Fairmont in San Jose and discovered that the NY Rangers were staying there to play the sharks.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet any members of the team (only one of the athletic trainers), but the clerk at the front desk confirmed that many other teams do stay there when playing the sharks, including the Red Wings who had been there the week before.

Teams visiting the Isles at the coliseum would stay at the LI Marriott - right across the street. However, I suspect that teams from the west coast that visit for the week (i.e. the LA Kings come in to play the Devils, Rangers and Isles in the same week) are more likely to stay at the same hotel in NYC for the week and not move.

August 14, 2018, 10:58:53 AM
Re: Seasons supermarkets files for bankruptcy

Will believe it when I see it.

September 28, 2018, 09:31:24 AM
Re: Silvercar abruptly discontinues 30% off code VINFINITE
Hey Dan, I also was able to find that code NEXTTIME works for 50% off. One time use per account, though. I used it and my 6 day rental in a Q5 is now billed at around $230. Pretty good deal.

Also, apparently Audi owners get the following: “Enter promo code MYAUDI1 - 1 free day on reservations of 2+ days. Enter promo code MYAUDI2 - 2 free days on reservations of 4+ days”

But supposedly works for all users, but I haven't been able to verify.

Awesome - just booked at 10-day A4 @35 day! thanks!!!

November 21, 2018, 10:09:25 AM
Re: Jobs/careers for non-smartphone users
December 14, 2018, 09:15:37 AM
Re: Share your longest / craziest / most memorable DRIVES here Just found this thread, some crazy memorable drives:

- Most Memorable, driving down the California Coast from SF to LA with my wife when we were first married. We did it over parts of 3 days (yes, you could probably do it in one, but we wanted the scenic route). We started out mid-afternoon from SF, stayed in Carmel on Night 1 - which was beautiful. We then drove to Hearst Castle on Day 2, and spent the night in Santa Barbara. We didn't stay anywhere fancy on either night, and we brought our own food, but it was still fun and memorable nonetheless, and the centerpiece of a 10-day California road trip. Hard to believe it was almost 9 years ago

- Craziest drive #1 - in Israel, in 1993. Over bein hazmanim. I went to work on a farm in Gush Katif in Gaza for a week. I wasn't on one of those pre-arranged programs - but rather, my Uncle found someone who needed extra labor to harvest vegetables from his greenhouses before pesach, and I volunteered. I went down by bus. Of course, being a clueless yeshiva bochur, I didn't even bother to check the bus schedules, all I knew is that I had to take a bus to Ashkelon and switch there. I got to Ashkelon at about 10:15, only to find out that there were 3 buses a day to Gush Katif - 10:00, 14:00, and 17:00 - because I missed the bus by 15 minutes, i had to hang out for 4 hours. Someone mistook me for one of the mista'arvim (i.e. the unit fauda is based on) - despite my lousy hebrew and repeated denials. When I got on the bus, of the 60 people on it with me, no less than 50 were soldiers going to various bases in the Gaza area. For the first few minutes, I felt kind of safe. Then we crossed the border into Gaza, and almost simultaneously, all of the soldiers locked and loaded their various weapons. I totally freaked out and hit the floor, thinking we were under attack. A teenage girl told me it was okay to get off the floor, some of the soldiers laughed at the crazy american. they also explained to me that they are required to lock and load the minute they cross over the green line. B"H, I made it fine to my hosts - albeit 4-5 hours later than I thought. It was a crazy, poignant and memorable week.

- Craziest Drive #2 - last march (2018) in a wild windstorm on Friday. My wife and I work about 5 miles from each other, and about 30-35 minutes from home. There was a crazy rain and windstorm on Friday afternoon, and shabbos was due to start about 5pm. Normally, I'd leave about 2:30, but because of the weather, we both decided to leave earlier - about 1:45. Looking at traffic, and with the highway we normally took being backed up, both of us decided to use a different highway that seemed to be moving faster. Unfortunately while we were on the highway, a tree fell across the entire highway, blocking all lanes (unfortunately killing one person - thankfully no more). We were both stuck between two exits, so we literally sat on the highway for an hour. When I finally got off the highway, I used waze to navigate around the effected parts of that highway. It was terrible - every second turn was blocked by a tree. I kept pushing through, knowing I had to get home, and it was getting perilously close to shabbos. At one-point I made a turn on a street that led to a one-lane bridge that crossed a small lake. I looked up and realized that I was driving under a partially fallen tree that was being held up by power lines. (I called it into the police as I crossed the bridge). B"H - passed that one too, and finally made it back on the highway - which was practically empty because people were avoiding it because of the aforementioned accident. I got off the highway with about 20 minutes to licht bentching (mind you, I had been driving for nearly 2 hours on a trip that normally takes 35 minutes). I was in great shape, because it was only 5 minutes from home - or so I thought - several of the local streets were closed because of fallen trees - it took me nearly the whole 20 minutes to get to my house, but thank g-d I made it, and so did my wife (she was able to get back to the first highway and sat in that traffic - which was quicker than my ordeal).

January 02, 2019, 11:41:01 AM
Re: Mezuzah Fraud
Hashem might not be so proud of them (the Abba and Tatty that is).

Dan L'kav Zchus - Abba is his father and tatty is his step father (or vice versa).

January 07, 2019, 02:20:19 PM
Re: Do you daven out loud?

On the one hand the young Israel crowd always stand up for yehei shmay rabba but they are so timid.

As a member of the 'young israel crowd', when I daven Shabbos morning at a more yeshivish minyan and/or some chasidish minyanim, I miss the taam tefila - it's just moaning and 'krechtzing' - what happened to Ivdo es hashem b'simcha?

If you think davening is timid, I would suggest you've been to the wrong Young Israels :)

On the subject of kol ram -  I am one of those people who has a voice that carries (It's a mixed blessing, believe me). I don't need to put in effort to bring out my kol ram, I just need to talk. When I said kaddish for each of my parents, I hated walking into a shul where everyone was out of sync when it came to kaddish. You have one person flying through kaddish who is two 'amens' ahead of everyone else, and another (maybe a BT, or someone early in their aveilus where the emotions are strongest) who is struggling with it. I couldn't take it, so I took over. I said kaddish at a loud and deliberate pace (never too slow to cause tircha d'tzibura of course, but I did slow down if I knew that others needed a slower pace).

While I know that can be construed as arrogant and selfish, I try to think of it differently: hashem gave me the opportunity to be the metronome for the other avelim to enable all of us to say kaddish at the same speed so that the kahal can answer amen in unison - so that we merit a z'chus for all of the neshamos that we're saying kaddish for.

February 05, 2019, 08:52:59 AM