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DDF DO Chicago Edition? When is it.  I searched but can't find it.
May 19, 2011, 01:49:16 AM
Re: Avis is out of minivans - any ideas? I once needed a minivan in Queens.
They had none. So I asked for a large SUV. They told me 100 a day.
So I decided to just book an economy car for 45 and take less people.

I got to LGA to pick up the car, and they offered me to upgrade for $5. I said sure, how about one of those SUV's over there. They said fine.
I said how about something with two rows of benches?
They said the only thing we can give you with two benches is this minivan.

September 05, 2011, 02:49:34 PM
Re: Alaska Master Thread 1. You aren't going to drive from Seward to Denali and see anything in one day. The drive is very far.

2. In Seward: Do a fishing charter during the silver salmon derby. But, make sure you verify that the fish are still in schools and haven't broken up to start running yet, or you won't catch nothing and should be by the river heads on the shore instead. (half day fishing is like 150 pp)

3. I fee like the glacier cruises in that area mostly leave from Whittier, which is like a decent drive from Seward. There may be some from Seward also, I dunno. A decent glacier cruise will run you like 100 pp also.

4. Hiking near Seward. A cannot miss is the Exit Glacier hike. Pretty strenuous up to the top, but the views of the Harding Ice Field are amazing, and you can walk right up to (onto?) it. Bring a sweatshirt in your backpack on the way up even if its 100 degrees because it is cooooold up by the icefield.

5. Don't forget to include for the RV docking fees at the campgrounds you'll be docking at. I don't know anything about RV's. But, I do know there is a really great campgrounds on the road by the Exit Glacier (10 min out of Seward) which IIRC is free for tenters, and  a moose walked right though the night I stayed there.

6. There is a guy who makes hand made knives on the road down to Seward. His shop is called IRBI. He's cool, stop by and shmooze with him.

I have lots more info about the area, but my trip (3 yeshiva guys) was probly a bit different than what you want to do.

May 05, 2013, 01:24:22 AM
Re: Alaska Master Thread One more piece of unsolicited advice.

Alaska is really really big. I made the mistake of trying to do and see way too much in different areas. You really need to pick an area and pretty much just stay there. I'd say Kenai is big enough that you can do everything you want just there.

Think of it like someone from Europe coming to the "the US" on vacation. You can't go to "the US"--you need to pick a place you are going. You cannot do "alaska" on vacation; you do "Denali and area", or "Kenai", or "Kodiak Island", etc.

May 05, 2013, 01:33:55 AM
Re: Law School
Happened to me a couple times on a greyhound bus in the past 10 years.

Perhaps because taking greyhound busses is so 40 years ago...

December 19, 2013, 11:36:53 AM
Re: Bronx zoo on Wednesday? Bronx zoo is not worth the hassle period.  You end up walking a mile to see 3 animals, then walking two miles in circles looking for a bathroom, then walking a mile back to your car covered in shvitz.

The only decent part is the Asia Monorail, but query why if you already paid admission to the zoo, you need to pay again to see the animals.

July 09, 2014, 10:14:51 AM
Re: Glacier National Park Master Thread Ok, here is most of what we did. 

Day 1.  5:30AM flight from BOS, connecting in ORD.  Father brings us dunkin donuts during morning layover (wanted early flight so that won't miss once a day connecting flight).  Second flight delayed for 2 hours, then takes off, flies an hour, turns around for medical emergency and flies back, crew times out, new crew comes, bathroom broken, bathroom fixed, flight attendants about to time out, but we get out at like 5:30. Land at 8 in kallispel, rental car place closed, so brother makes new reservation and get RAV4, go to Evergreen motel in Coram near park.  Eat a tradition soup and go to sleep.

Day 2.  Go to Wal-Mart in Kallispel, but ranier cherries on way from a stand, 1.5 pounds for 5 dollars, excellent, go to Wal-mart and buy a bbq and fishing rods and other stuff.  Drive to park, start up going to sun highway stopping at places and little hikes, turn around eventually, stop and make bbq, go back to motel and go to sleep in little motel "cabin".

Day 3.  Drive to East Glacier on route 2. Stop and fish along the way in flathead river middle fork.  Get to Two Medicine entrance. Do hike to Running Eagle falls.  Go to Two Medicine lake and rent rowboat and fish in lake, take scenic boat across lake and back. Make bbq at picnic area, do more fishing in river, drive back to Evergreen motel cabins, see mountain goats on cliff right above road, and go to sleep.

Day 4.  Drive to St. Mary and take scenic boat across that lake.  Fish in that lake and some river, and under a waterfall.  Hike to sun point. Take boat back. Drive back on going to sun road and  to Fortine MT (hour past west glacier) to new place staying: Arrive in dark, get lost, call brother who figures out where to go, wander around in pitch black on gravel mountain road, decide driveway must be place, risk no tresspassing signs to go in, find key where promised, go inside, make dinner on stove (salmon in frying pan and tradition soup), go to sleep.  Is incredible log cabin on horse ranch.

Day 5.  Drive into Eureka and buy fishing licenses and ask where to fish, locals tell us to check out "historic preserved village", laugh because entire town is historic village, go fishing for landlocked salmon in reservoir but catch lake trout instead with salmon lure, go back to our horse ranch, make fire, bbq, etc, go to sleep.

Day 6 (Friday).  Go fishing in creek, catch cutthroat trout, throw back, drive back through kallispel and go to wal mart and buy camping gear and stuff for shabbos, go fishing for pike in Smith Lake, at 4 o'clock start driving to new place and discover it will take us like 4 hours, and that shekia will be at 841 where we will be, drive across mountains on route 2, and then down the montana 89 to our new cattle ranch near Choteau like 2 miles from the Rocky Mountain Front range, make bbq, forget that we are machmir that shabbos starts when sun goes behind mountains (is that min hadin--I hope not), eat wraps salmon hot dogs corn salad grilled potatoes pickles olives potato chips beer, read louis lamour, go to sleep.

Day 7 (shabbos).  Daven, eat breakfast (cinnamon buns, salmon, beer, potato chips), go for walk on ranch, look at mountains, very high winds, bbq got blown far away, good thing it was out already, eat lunch (smoked steelhead trout, hot dogs, baked beans, potatoes, corn, salad, potato chips, beer), go to sleep, go on another walk, eat more potato chips beer, eat shaleshudes, make havdala, make "pizza" (wraps ketchup cheese spices in frying pan), go to sleep.

Day 8. Drive back to park and drive up northfork dirt road, fish in north fork flathead river, drive back to ranch, fish in little place where the locals fish, make bbq, go to sleep.

Day 9. Wake up early, drive up to Many Glacier, take Many Glacier scenic boat, hike from other end, fish from dock on other end, take boat back, drive to Two Medicine campground, get warning from park ranger for driving 20 MPH in 10MPH zone, more fishing in river and lake, make bbq, campfire, sleep in tent.

Day 10. Make grilled cheese (cheese stick in hot dog bun wrapped in foil and rolled in coals of campfire), drive across canadian border to Waterton, take Waterton scenic boat back into Montana, hike from Goat Haunt ranger station, more fishing in lake, take scenic boat back, drive back on to the sun highway, stay in kalispell at motel.

Fly back in morning.

Generally, we found this park to be much more accessible than other parks I've been to.  The Going to the Sun highway is very unique in that you can see many of the best views in the park from your car--the Highline trail which is one of the best trails follows the road for 11 miles on the cliff maybe 200 feet higher.  Also, the scenic boats will drop you off pretty deep in the backcountry giving you a head start on your hiking. We did a lot of fishing but didn't catch many fish but it was fun. I kind of think I should have rented a motorboat and trailer to drop into the many lakes. We considered floating down the Flathead river, but didn't do it.

August 21, 2014, 02:36:56 PM
Re: Master Thread: Education - College, Yeshiva, Seminary. Post Here.

I'm not saying to open up a new school in Brooklyn - I'm not sure how it would work, but - and I know this question has been asked before - if thousands of families checked off the box for "will be coming to public school" one year, what would happen? The school system is not empty and can't just take on thousands of new kids.

Well, the first few years would be very overcrowded. Then they would open a new school, and divide up everyone based on where they lived or whatever criteria they use.  And they would be very careful to draw the lines so that there was a fine mix of chassidish kids, and litvish kids, and sunni kids, and shiite kids, and whites and african americans etc.

September 08, 2014, 09:30:23 AM
Re: Master Thread: Education - College, Yeshiva, Seminary. Post Here.
From what I've been hearing the Big 4 are cracking down on the FDU degrees.

I heard they are only accepting FDU degrees, on the theory that anyone who would pay for a 4 year college to become a CPA is obviously an idiot.

September 12, 2014, 12:35:36 AM
Re: The *OFFICIAL* UPS Thread
I'm going with the assumption that this whole thread is a hoax - but totally as a hypothetical - I have no idea if this works - UPS bills you on their estimated number of shipments for the upcoming month. I assume that it is possible to play the system, prepay $10,000 onto your account and then get it refunded using a different method at the end of the month.
Any thoughts?

No comment

May 17, 2015, 10:25:40 PM
Re: Lakewood Shabbos rally
You swine. You vulgar little maggot. Don't you know that you are pathetic? You worthless bag of filth. As we say in Texas, I'll bet you couldn't pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel. You are a canker. A sore that won't go away. I would rather kiss a lawyer than be seen with you.
You are a fiend and a coward, and you have bad breath. You are degenerate, noxious and depraved. I feel debased just for knowing you exist. I despise everything about you. You are a bloody nardless newbie twit protohominid chromosomally aberrant caricature of a coprophagic cloacal parasitic pond scum and I wish you would go away.
You're a putrescence mass, a walking vomit. You are a spineless little worm deserving nothing but the profoundest contempt. You are a jerk, a cad, a weasel. Your life is a monument to stupidity. You are a stench, a revulsion, a big suck on a sour lemon.
You are a bleating fool, a curdled staggering mutant dwarf smeared richly with the effluvia and offal accompanying your alleged birth into this world. An insensate, blinking calf, meaningful to nobody, abandoned by the puke-drooling, giggling beasts who sired you and then killed themselves in recognition of what they had done.
I will never get over the embarrassment of belonging to the same species as you. You are a monster, an ogre, a malformity. I barf at the very thought of you. You have all the appeal of a paper cut. Lepers avoid you. You are vile, worthless, less than nothing. You are a weed, a fungus, the dregs of this earth. And did I mention you smell?
If you aren't an idiot, you made a world-class effort at simulating one. Try to edit your writing of unnecessary material before attempting to impress us with your insight. The evidence that you are a nincompoop will still be available to readers, but they will be able to access it more rapidly.
You snail-skulled little rabbit. Would that a hawk pick you up, drive its beak into your brain, and upon finding it rancid set you loose to fly briefly before spattering the ocean rocks with the frothy pink shame of your ignoble blood. May you choke on the queasy, convulsing nausea of your own trite, foolish beliefs.
You are weary, stale, flat and unprofitable. You are grimy, squalid, nasty and profane. You are foul and disgusting. You're a fool, an ignoramus. Monkeys look down on you. Even sheep won't have sex with you. You are unreservedly pathetic, starved for attention, and lost in a land that reality forgot.
And what meaning do you expect your delusionally self-important statements of unknowing, inexperienced opinion to have with us? What fantasy do you hold that you would believe that your tiny-fisted tantrums would have more weight than that of a leprous desert rat, spinning rabidly in a circle, waiting for the bite of the snake?
You are a waste of flesh. You have no rhythm. You are ridiculous and obnoxious. You are the moral equivalent of a leech. You are a living emptiness, a meaningless void. You are sour and senile. You are a disease, you puerile one-handed slack-jawed drooling meatslapper.
On a good day you're a half-wit. You remind me of drool. You are deficient in all that lends character. You have the personality of wallpaper. You are dank and filthy. You are asinine and benighted. You are the source of all unpleasantness. You spread misery and sorrow wherever you go.
I cannot believe how incredibly stupid you are. I mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid so stupid that it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. You are trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Your writing has to be a troll. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know. I'm sorry. I can't go on. This is an epiphany of stupid for me. After this, you may not hear from me again for a while. I don't have enough strength left to deride your ignorant questions and half baked comments about unimportant trivia, or any of the rest of this drivel. Duh.
The only thing worse than your logic is your manners. I have snipped away most of what you wrote, because, well... it didn't really say anything. Your attempt at constructing a creative flame was pitiful. I mean, really, stringing together a bunch of insults among a load of babbling was hardly effective... Maybe later in life, after you have learned to read, write, spell, and count, you will have more success. True, these are rudimentary skills that many of us "normal" people take for granted that everyone has an easy time of mastering. But we sometimes forget that there are "challenged" persons in this world who find these things more difficult. If I had known, that this was your case then I would have never read your post. It just wouldn't have been "right". Sort of like parking in a handicap space. I wish you the best of luck in the emotional, and social struggles that seem to be placing such a demand on you.
P.S.: You are hypocritical, greedy, violent, malevolent, vengeful, cowardly, deadly, mendacious, meretricious, loathsome, despicable, belligerent, opportunistic, barratrous, contemptible, criminal, fascistic, bigoted, racist, sexist, avaricious, tasteless, idiotic, brain-damaged, imbecilic, insane, arrogant, deceitful, demented, lame, self-righteous, Byzantine, conspiratorial, satanic, fraudulent, libelous, bilious, splenetic, spastic, ignorant, clueless, illegitimate, harmful, destructive, dumb, evasive, double-talking, devious, revisionist, narrow, manipulative, paternalistic, fundamentalist, dogmatic, idolatrous, unethical, cultic, diseased, suppressive, controlling, restrictive, malignant, deceptive, dim, crazy, weird, dystopic, stifling, uncaring, plantigrade, grim, unsympathetic, jargon-spouting, censorious, secretive, aggressive, mind-numbing, abrasive, poisonous, flagrant, self-destructive, abusive, socially-retarded, puerile, clueless, and generally Not Good.

Haha where'd you get that from?

May 19, 2015, 08:52:33 PM
Re: Mystic, CT
Going to Mystic / Mohegan Sun Casino area with wife soon. Any suggestions on what there is to do in the area? Not interested in seaport/ museums.


July 14, 2015, 10:28:43 AM
Re: Henche aka I pronounce it the second way.  I'm named after my elter bubbeh, who made the best babka ever.  Her name was henche, but she was called bubkes (combination of bubbe and babka).  I don't know how she pronounced it.

Some of my cousins tried to call me bubkes.  They now have flat crooked noses.

July 22, 2015, 11:27:11 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
Is there a vaccination for stupid? Asking for a friend.

Yes, but it causes mumps.

September 11, 2015, 01:25:37 PM
Re: $0.25 coffee at Whole Foods Market through 9/29 Free coffee at my office with purchase of law degree.
September 25, 2015, 08:25:28 AM
Re: Smoking Meats Build a chimney to outside?
July 05, 2016, 09:51:43 AM
Re: Smoking Meats
So what I get is that basically, if it's a smoker it's outdoors.

3) Aside from the difference in taste, are there any pros to either one? (Such as preparatory work, or being very busy checking or with other things by any of them)

Ok, here's the deal:

There are several main types of smokers, but the quality and convenience vary greatly even within types.  I can't see how to possibly answer electric vs charcoal without knowing which electric and which charcoal, or at least a price band.

July 05, 2016, 01:55:42 PM
Re: Restricted areas of DDF This thread is the restricted area.  Even dan can't see it.
July 05, 2016, 05:45:52 PM
Re: Smoking Meats
What, if any, accessories would you recommend buying with a Pit Barrel?

cover, ash tray, turkey hook.

Full disclosure: of those three, i only have the cover.  I use a pizza pan i bought for 10 dollars as an ash tray

July 13, 2016, 09:37:06 AM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread I do it in the PBC, and prefer brining with salt and brown sugar.
August 08, 2016, 12:09:48 PM
Re: Food/Recipe Thread

why can't you brine and then plank?

I do. I meant I prefer brining and brown sugar, to herb seasoning.

August 08, 2016, 01:03:00 PM
Re: Boston Master Thread
Quote from @davidmal's tr
From the airport we decided to avoid car rental or uber and just took a silver line for the bus to the first S. Station which was only a five-minute walk from our hotel. But in retrospect we should have just Lyft instead (Not Uber to avoid airport fee. HT @Henche).

I think @henche meant going to the airport as it actually seems from his words & because I tried using lyft from the airport today & it said lyft is not available at BOS yet.
Going back to the airport I used uber anyway cuz the price was $18 & I had 50% off & lyft wasn't giving me a fare estimate. (Driver didn't listen to google maps doubled the amount of time the ride was supposed to be, I complained after got a $5 credit.)

Cold Press is awesome wish I found it before I ate elsewhere. It's owned by Rami's son met both of them really nice guys. Wish them lots of luck.

I've been charged the airport fee TO the airport, by uber.  My brother separately had a bad experience with uber FROM the airport, where they switched him to uber black without telling him--they said only uber black is allowed at the airport.

August 11, 2016, 08:01:03 AM
Re: Where Are You Posting From Now? JFK terminal 2. Anyone can get me into skyclub?
August 15, 2016, 06:36:31 PM
Re: Smoking Meats
I'm thinking to smoke "short ribs" also know as flanken I'm not sure if I should smoke as a rack (5 bone) or cut them up maybe 3 and 2. Anyone any smoke these and experience? I'm afraid whole will take to long

I'd do whole

August 22, 2016, 08:37:37 AM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve Where's the link. Wiki?
August 22, 2016, 10:38:06 AM
Re: Smoking Meats I wanna buy navel.  KRM is always selling navels already cured and spiced, but I wanna cure it and spice it myself.  Anyone see navel in the butcher shop?
August 22, 2016, 03:15:03 PM
Re: Flying with infant AC is the worst.

Just had to throw that in.

August 23, 2016, 09:40:00 AM
Re: DDF DO BOS Edition
Henche, being that Dan is too busy to write the TR (as per this): Which means that we'll probably never get it. Why don't you post a mini TR of the DO with Dan?

Yah, the DO with dan.

Dan came to BOS. We all went to rubins for lunch, and shut them down. At lunch, dan taught us the ups method. Then we went to the butcherie, and shut them down. At the butcherie, dan taught us how to runaround the 5/24 rule by creating a new profile in their systems. Then, we went to see tom brady, and shut him down.

Great to see everyone. Come back soon and we'll shut down taam china and milk st.

August 24, 2016, 02:09:15 PM
Re: Boston Master Thread
don't think so

The milk street cafe is there. Its delicious. The wiki recommends hot pastrami on ciabbata, with avacado, cole slaw, pickled onions, and chipotle sauce.

August 26, 2016, 02:38:48 PM
Re: Boston Master Thread
What's the kosher food (grocery/butcher etc) situation these days? I heard the butcherie had a fire and is closed.

Rumor is that butcherie is selling some basics out of the old rubins location

August 28, 2016, 01:03:18 PM
Re: Boston Master Thread
So is that all there is these days?

What's with stop & shop? I remember being at one with a nice kosher selection a few years back, is that still around?

The star market on commonwealth ave, and the stop and shop on everett each have a kosher section. Pretty overpriced and hit/miss, but its something if you're desperate.

August 28, 2016, 02:27:47 PM
Re: Smoking Meats
I only want second cut it goes on sale in seasons for $6.99

Yes, but the seasons sale is always affordable glatt, while the arons sale is nice fatty meat.

August 29, 2016, 12:41:50 AM
Re: Stroller/Carriage Master Thread
side by side and the seats can face either fwd or bkwds

The frum side by side is the city mini. Aere you frum?

August 29, 2016, 07:30:42 PM
Re: Stroller/Carriage Master Thread
If you live in narrow urban apartments with narrow doors and narrow store aisles, the choice is mountain buggy duet (about 4-5 inches narrower than any of the others)

I bought a mountain buggy urban double, about 10 years old, for 60 buck on craigslist.   Its built to last. Downsides are: doesn't fold much, and is very "basic" (ie, no fancy parts)

August 29, 2016, 07:46:14 PM
Re: Boston Master Thread
I assume this is the best place to post this. Has anyone been to the Thomas place called edaville usa? Thoughts? I'm thinking of taking a 3 day trip with little kids and going there. I have free Marriott nights so i am looking at staying in Brockton MA. Anyone know what kind of area that is? Any suggestions of things to do around there? Or suggestions of different  area to stay and do stuff near there?

One of the partners in my group told me about it and said its really good.  I've been planning to go, but haven't made it there yet. Maybe next week.

August 30, 2016, 02:36:09 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
So you were under 5/24. Somewhat expected, still congrats.

You don't have to say all that. Just click on "like".

August 30, 2016, 02:46:59 PM
Re: New Like feature Thanks, YD. I've always been the most liked member, but its nice to see it in writing.
August 30, 2016, 04:56:34 PM
Re: DDF DO Chicago Edition?
Today's lunch DO cas been cancelled, due to extenuating circumstances. We will tentatively try again tomorrow (Thursday).


August 31, 2016, 04:58:44 PM
Re: DDF DO Chicago Edition?
Then who am I?  ???

Also JTZ. Its a state of being.

August 31, 2016, 05:27:50 PM
Re: DDF DO Chicago Edition? Boo milts
September 01, 2016, 12:28:43 PM
Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Said 30 days. What does that mean.

Called back recon. Said that it was sent for manual approval because I have >100k credit with chase, and that it was manually approved, so now is sent for final approval and I'll be approved in next couple weeks.

If the above sounds funny, it sounded funny to me also.

September 05, 2016, 02:30:03 PM
Re: Law School
To be technical, that's not quite true for most lawyers. Most lawyers will have to take the bar, and if unsuccessful, will have wasted their LSAT score, tuition money, and many years of experience. I do agree, however, that the LSAT is the most important test to do well on.  :D

Obviously, I'm bored a lawyer or law student...


September 26, 2016, 04:47:02 PM
Re: Public letter I saw a sign in a pizza shop that said "we don't serve pizza, we serve people"

I dont eat there anymore

October 07, 2016, 08:53:15 AM
Re: Best Thursday Night Cholent You can get really good thursday night cholent in Boston, any time of night, delivered right to your living room.  If you can convince your wife to do so.
November 03, 2016, 05:17:34 PM
Re: uberPOOL in NJ $3 tomorrow 11/11 You couldn't pay me to take an uberpool
November 10, 2016, 02:50:29 PM
Re: Smoking Meats
Pics?  How was ?

Was good.  I ate it two days after smoking.  Wasnt best thing I've ever smoked

November 26, 2016, 08:35:09 PM
Re: Brooklyn Restaurants
dreaming of the smoked dinosaur ribs. so juicy and great, natural flavor. (I read a sous vide + meat smoking technique. May need to try out the method.)

ok, ok, they aren't chocolate chips.  ;D

December 20, 2016, 10:34:59 PM
Re: Law School
really --  A "180" isn't enough? What else are they looking for? Letter of recommendation? Undergrad?

For yeshiva guys, a 175+/4.0 really is not enough, because the 4.0 means nothing and all they have to go on is a 180.  So the rest of the package (personal statement, resume, letters) actually matters.  I've seen some very high BTL LSATs significantly under-perform in admissions. 

I encourage people to hire a consultant, although I have no idea if that actually helps.  Maybe I should become a BTL law school admissions consultant. 

January 05, 2017, 01:57:59 PM
Re: Please help with family joke
January 09, 2017, 05:11:11 PM
Re: Public letter This is far from the first time that the Torah has contradicted modern values.  3000 years ago we were doing our own thing. 2000 years ago we were doing our own thing. 1000 years ago we were doing our own thing. 

We were right then, we survived then, we are right now and we'll survive now. 

January 12, 2017, 10:35:17 AM