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Re: Maine Master Thread Just returned from a great trip to Maine, rented a house with extended family 20 miles east of Bangor and spent 4 days hiking in Acadia. Hopefully I'll get a TR in some time soon.
August 18, 2015, 11:51:49 AM
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
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
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.

February 08, 2017, 02:51:59 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Ė like the eye of a hurricane Ė 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 harmís 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. Itís everybodyís 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
Re: Ua 747 final flight SFO-HNL
And now off to the maintenance hangar 🤣
Well, they did promise a classic retro 747 experience...

November 07, 2017, 02:51:16 PM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Should I expect a pool to be heated this time of year? Assuming it stops raining for a long enough time to swim.
At nearly any hotel, the pool will probably be regulated to about 85 degrees. At a house, you should never assume that the pool will be heated (any time of year) unless explicitly told otherwise.

May 22, 2018, 11:57:19 AM
Re: Where Should I Go? Catch the end of fall foliage in New England. White mountains in NH are great. Acadia in Maine is fantastic too. Perfect opportunity to do some of the beautiful hikes on an adult-only trip.
October 06, 2018, 08:34:01 PM
Re: How to ask a non-observant Jew to put on tefillin?
Can I just say, as a Modern Orthodox Jew I personally get frustrated by being asked to put tefillin on- often while I'm wearing a Kippah?
With complete confidence, it is not unheard of to find a jew wearing a yarmulke who has not put on teffilin. Is it so difficult to say "thank you very much, I already put on teffilin today"?

October 31, 2018, 02:24:39 PM
Re: Joining Kosherica cruise minyan Years ago I worked on a couple of Kosherica cruises. For some services (including all shabbos services and whenever there was food/entertainment), a minyan was no problem, but for some of the mid-week minyanim when the ship was docked at a port of call, kosherica customers saying kadish were very grateful for a few non-Kosherica guests who helped make the minyan.
November 06, 2018, 11:55:32 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
The same way the last 20 were
Seems like a factual question subject to dispute. Additionally, all prior charges were only authorized with the expectation that the cardholder would receive the reimbursement to make the applicable credit card payments. Seems worth a shot at least before resorting to bankruptcy protection.

[For informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.]

February 01, 2019, 11:21:54 AM
Re: South Florida Master Thread
Anyone have any info(price, Days, times)for west lake park kayaking? Iím not finding too much online.
West Lake Park
Single kayak or stand-up paddleboard - $14.15 per hour; $23.59 per two hours; $33.02 per four hours
Double kayak or canoe - $18.87 per one hour; $28.30 per two hours; $42.45 per four hours
Security deposit - $15 per boat (returned if rental equipment is in the condition received at the time of rental)

February 17, 2019, 01:34:37 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I am currently swiping for a company, in the 100-200k range.

What more can I do for due diligence?
I negotiate and represent clients on corporate finance lending transactions. This company clearly can't access the capital markets or loan markets (on a secured or unsecured basis), but you think you've correctly priced and underwritten (i) unsecured lines of credit, (ii) without appropriate contractual documentation on terms, including remedies, covenants, enforcement, maturity and (iii) which in any event probably materially violates the terms of the applicable credit card agreements, applicable merchant contracts and law? What you describe is not due diligence. It's sticking your head in the sand.

February 25, 2019, 10:40:08 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Pretty compelling, but are you making the case that there are no situations where a company would legitimately need to secure funding somewhere other than the capital or loan markets?
No, just not on an unsecured, subordinated, unlawful and possibly unenforceable basis at about 2% on your credit card. That's equity with no upside or even minority-owner protections.
Why is everyone always saying that if company needs to use credit cards it means they can't get loans or money elsewhere? For some companies, swiping credit cards is a free 30-45 day loan. Their vendor/supplier charges the same amount whether they pay by cash or credit, so why not use a credit card?
Why shouldn't the company get the extra time to pay for the goods and help with cash flow?
Why is the company not using its own credit card? Because the credit card company is unwilling to increase an unsecured line of credit (or worse, provide a line of credit in the first place) to the company (even with the fees and interest rates that credit cards can charge. You really think you're better at underwriting than the credit card company? 

February 25, 2019, 12:05:47 PM
Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
can u try to describe him, maybe I shud post the pic here?
yeah, post the picture.

February 26, 2019, 08:02:27 PM
Re: Dan's Tesla Thread
And now prices and going back up and stores will stay open.

It's always amateur hour at Tesla.
If the pricing on EAP is instructive, people will rush to order their preferred model before March 18th and then on March 19th, the prices will drop further.

March 11, 2019, 01:56:15 PM
Elal Premium Class (Report - YYZ-TLV) Wrapping up a YYZ-TLV round trip in W (Premium):

We checked in 2.5 hours prior to departure at YYZ and there was no line for either Y or Premium, though we did notice that Premium had a dedicated line. There was no line at TLV to clear pre-security using the lane for Premium. Regular Y appeared to have about a 45 min-1 hour wait. Returning our rental car to Terminal 1 at T- 2.5 hours gave us enough time to make it to check bags with the kids and still have time to pick up a Yarden Cab at Shmoozy (using Priority Pass + 2 guests) prior to heading to the gate for boarding.

We liked the two window section seats in the last row (20). Nice to have no one behind you and there is good privacy with the curtain to regular Y kept shut for the whole flight. Some like the bulkhead seats, but I find they are too close to the galley and forward lavatories.

Service is good, but inconsistent. On the outbound, we received hot towels - but not on the return from TLV.

beverage service (with full display of liquors and wines) was from a cart on the return, but not on the outbound. Although a wine list was provided showing two reds and two whites, in reality, they only distributed one of each.

Flight attendants were all fine - a couple were genuinely very good. Premium has dedicated cabin attendants and it shows.

All in all, happy to have paid the incremental $300 on a $900 round trip economy ticket.

June 13, 2019, 05:22:17 PM
Re: TLV-CLE Nonstop Flight
In other news yesterday's flight UA88 PEK-EWR was diverted to CLE
Tomorrow's Plain Dealer will feature someone in the local chinese community bringing Kung Pao chicken to the airport.

August 09, 2019, 06:20:24 PM
United Basic Economy - OLCI Trick Figured out a way to get my boarding pass in advance on a UA BE fare (not a CC holder and not checking bags). Add a car seat as a checked item (free) in OLCI and it will generate a boarding pass for you!
August 24, 2019, 11:19:29 PM
Re: Top Reasons To Stay On The Derech
To be fair, a lot of people keep a digital sabbath or something similar every week and they are not even Jewish.

Good luck imposing a discretionary "digital sabbath" on colleagues. I suspect it would be trampled the moment a major project or deadline comes up. With shabbos, people understand that I "turn into a pumpkin" at sundown on Friday (their words, not mine) and respect it.

September 09, 2019, 03:57:37 PM
Re: Maine (Acadia National Park #3) Thinking of returning to Acadia for the 4th time for chol hamoed Sukkos
September 24, 2019, 10:46:59 PM
Re: How much is COVID-19 affecting your life now?
How in the world are we supposed to clean for pesach with the kids home ?
I was reflecting that every holiday is meant to be preceded by the "shloshim yom kodem hachag" to learn the relevant halachos and make preparations. One silver lining in all of this is that I am spending a lot more time with my kids. Isn't that was Pesach is all about: vehigadeta levincha.  Choose that as your pesach "chumra" this year.

March 16, 2020, 11:28:17 PM
Re: Hatzalah-Thon - Live Stream Concert & Campaign The livestream stopped. Does that mean Deblasio has made his appearance? I'm impressed logistically that they are avoiding detection bringing all the AV equipment into the above-ground building and with the presumably loud live production inside.
May 12, 2020, 01:08:43 AM
Re: Remote Work - Is This The Future? I work in the Miami office of a global NYC-based law firm. I work mostly with colleagues in the NYC office and very few of my clients are even in Florida, so even before this hit, the Miami office was mostly a "remote" location from my perspective and I worked from home at least one day a week. In the pre-Covid era, I used to work out of WeWork spaces in Toronto when visiting family there and no one at the firm knew the difference. Frankly, many of the "culture" things that people point to in the centralized physical office (e.g. colleagues popping in to chat or socialize) are fine in moderation but on a full-time basis distract me from getting deep work done.

I think having a shared space that folks can get into, as needed, to collaborate, establish a routine, or get away from home-distractions will remain important post-Covid, but this has definitely been a light-bulb experience to many senior partners who previously swore by the face-time model. 

May 13, 2020, 11:41:31 AM
Re: Law School 7th year in biglaw in banking/lending practice (so not one of the supposedly "lifestyle" practices like Tax or T&E). My billable hours last 2 years were 1967 and 1872 respectively + another 170ish or so firm/pro-bono work, so definitely not doing 80 hour billable weeks on a regular basis. Would not be surprised if people telling you that they consistently do 80 hr billable weeks are exaggerating or over-billing.
May 14, 2020, 12:09:00 PM
Re: Canada closing borders to most travellers who are not citizens
I wish there was even if it was slightly more expensive.  The only one way rental from BUF to Toronto that I can find is with Alamo and it requires a minimum 3 day rental for $785USD all in.  If anyone knows of anything better, please let me know. Thanks.
When National and Enterprise had the three day minimum rentals available for about the same price, both confirmed in writing to me that you can return  2 days early and only pay for one day. Still expensive, but closer to $200 all in. Not sure if that's the same for Alamo.

March 15, 2021, 02:45:41 PM
Re: Rental Cars Companies not having enough cars
Another problem not mentioned is the extra cleaning they claim to be doing and staff shortages to do them. I had to wait 20 minutes for a car last week and there were many cars in the return area they just didn't have nearly enough staff to clean them properly in a timely fashion.
Amazing how much extra staff it takes to slap a sticker on the driver side B Pillar/Door

April 13, 2021, 01:36:48 AM