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Re: HOT! BOGO night at participating WA and Conrad hotels + more Am I the only one that thinks the pictures Dan posted of the WA Jerusalem breakfast that Dan posted to DDMS for the umpteenth time don't actually look that appetizing?
September 14, 2016, 11:54:00 AM
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
80's and a little humid sounds like great beach weather to me.
Would be happy to trade in the latest week of NYC weather for that...

December 21, 2016, 01:04:17 PM
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
Late maariv around Surfside bal harbour area? Is my best bet to go to NMB?
The Shul of Bal Harbour has a 10:00 PM maariv minyan.
https://www.theshul.org/weekly-bulletin.html

February 08, 2017, 02:51:59 PM
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Re: Crown Heights master thread
Are you saying that in CLE even the בעלי שמחה don't eat fleishig?

What did you do when you made a bris? Did you ask your LOR?
Did Moshe Rabenu serve meat at his son's bris? Then again he also used a female mohel, so not sure we can rely on his minhagim.


February 15, 2017, 11:20:36 PM
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Re: Law School
Hi first time poster here. Just spent the last few days reading through the whole thread. Pretty interesting stuff.  ;)
Anyways, I'm a BTL guy starting Columbia this year and as I was reading through I noticed that a few times people mentioned that after a few years you have to transition out of BigLaw, and how that is mostly inevitable and difficult. Can I ask why that is? Even though I assuredly won't make partner, why wouldn't a firm want to keep me as long as I am useful until I am able to leave on my terms?

( I know there is a good chance I am being naive and all that, gettin waaay ahead of myself etc. )

The short answer to your question is because the lifestyle is unsustainable for many. Not everyone wants to constantly be on call in a service driven industry.

I've been at my firm for almost 4 years (big-law V 10 firm) and more than half of my original starting class (about 100 of us) is already gone.  Some went in-house, others moved to different cities, some switched firms. Some left the law entirely as soon as they paid off their law school loans.

My own theory as to why frum jews get into big-law (in addition to being good lawyers, serving clients well etc.) is because they are often the ones who will stick around longer in order to pay for their kids' day school tuition and the rest of the expensive lifestyle. I would not be surprised if the attrition rate among junior to mid-level associates is higher among the general world of associates than the frum subset who has no choice but to make a six figure salary to live that chosen lifestyle.

March 01, 2017, 12:14:43 AM
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Re: Host A DansDeals Seminar?
Ppl that drop big money in general can gain tons from knowing the ins and outs of the system. Maybe they won't be busy churning but it saves them big money when they know how to use the system
That's not necessarily true for a few reasons:
1) Big spenders, in addition to MS, may have large personal and business recurring expenses that they are more than happy to leverage into premium travel experiences with the right credit card offers and spending categories

2) Even "free" premium travel costs real dollars, either in the form of add-ons in places that are intrinsically expensive (such as the Maldives) or the loss you take by not using the miles for essential travel in Y.

3) There are plenty of "rich" people who, for whatever reason, would not spend real dollars on premium cabin travel, but will do so with miles (sometimes through purchasing the miles at a cost greater than coach, but still less than regular cost of J)

4) The young families at Pesach programs on their grandparents'/parents' tab are not always in the same class.

April 07, 2017, 10:47:10 AM
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
Added several items to Wiki.
As long as you're at it, what about Sweet Cakes by Mimi?

April 23, 2017, 09:35:42 PM
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Re: Hurricane Irma I just want to observe that while emailing with a banking client in Atlanta today, he offered to hook us up with their corporate rate at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead for a colleague considering driving to Atlanta today. We didn't ask, nor were we expecting him to offer space in his own home. It was moot because the RC is sold out.

As this was happening, I heard about the Jewish community in Atlanta who have opened their own homes and shuls to host a thousand people (some of them, my neighbors) for a full weekend. The kindness and connectivity of the Jewish community is amazing. 

Awaiting takeoff now at MIA to MCI, nearly three hours late. The northbound air traffic, including general aviation, is just as jammed as the turnpike.

September 07, 2017, 11:59:52 PM
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Re: Hurricane Irma Finally in the air and out of Miami. This will be a westbound red eye.
September 08, 2017, 12:38:25 AM
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Re: Hurricane Irma
That's the sad part. Just give it to us straight.
What exactly do you think was distorted? To the contrary, be grateful and happy we in southeast Florida were largely spared.
To quote Bryan Norcross:
Irma demonstrated the very difficult challenge we have communicating forecasts for potentially devastating events like Irma. The storm tracked well within the cone, and well within the errors intrinsic in forecasting where small weather features – like the eye of a hurricane – are going to go. When the possible tracks are near a coastline, like in this case, the variety of possible outcomes that would result from a slight variation in the timing or exact track of the eye range from worst case devastation to damaging but survivable.

When the National Hurricane Center is alerting people in harm’s way, the only reasonable course is to be sure people know what will happen if the storm takes the worst-case track within the known unforecastable range of possibilities. It's common sense.

As inconvenient as it is, when a giant storm presents a life-threatening risk to vulnerable coastal sections, people will always be warned about the worst reasonable case and an evacuation trauma will be required. It’s everybody’s responsibility to make that as efficient and painless as possible. It's part of living along the coast.

September 11, 2017, 04:45:33 PM
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