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Re: Car Lease v. Buying
so is the maintenance bill
so you gotta know when to say goodbye to it before it costs too much

November 03, 2013, 04:20:59 PM
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Re: Changing Usernames
How do you change a username?
try signing up next time using 2bm

January 19, 2014, 05:04:33 PM
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Re: Vote: Keep Or Ditch Likes?
-1
+1

September 05, 2016, 04:18:03 PM
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Re: Vote: Keep Or Ditch Likes?
I'm accessing the forums now from my computer for the first time in a while. I can see why it's annoying, though not enough to take it down.

Though I'm gonna guess there might be a future DO with Dan for the person with the most like. So I'll give 100 miles to anyone who likes any post I make.  :P
done.
Please send me the miles

September 05, 2016, 10:56:49 PM
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Re: Mazel Tov!!! Mt @chuck
November 06, 2016, 10:44:45 AM
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Re: Recieved a $115 pot in the mail, from an unknown sender?!
Got this pot which is priced on amazon for around $115
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ZZWK2A/
The package has my house address as well as my home phone number, but the name contains a siblings first name and a relatives last name.
 And all those who order to my house from time to time I went and asked them all if it's theirs, but they all said no.
 Now I'm stuck with a big pot, would you guys use the pot or have it sitting until mashiach comes ;) ?


happy birthday! You're welcome.  :)

May 23, 2017, 10:35:38 PM
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure I hope you left your toaster behind for the next person :)
July 04, 2017, 11:34:15 AM
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Re: How much should a nice esrog cost this year?
I just reserved my chickens
for the smoker?

September 26, 2017, 12:28:45 AM
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Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving?
Are they allowed to drink. Can't tell me no one is allowed to drink.  :P
leads to mixed dancing...

January 01, 2018, 03:45:51 PM
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Re: Random Posts
99% of Lubabs have never heard of the term.
this one has 😂

January 18, 2018, 07:47:11 PM
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Re: Random Posts @noturbizniss how come amex is denying my return protection claim on a car that I paid cash with?
February 12, 2018, 11:44:57 AM
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Re: UA84 Delayed! This is a ddfb question
March 07, 2018, 08:18:22 PM
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
If you're gonna finish this before I really get going on my 2016 TR, you're gonna be banned from future trips.

Just sayin'.
you're so gonna lose this vote. Post away @shayaj

March 26, 2018, 06:59:50 PM
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Re: 2018 Arctic Expedition
Yo yo.
Do it.
Just do it.
Post it all.
Don't wait.
welcome back :)
@Something Fishy

March 27, 2018, 01:38:33 PM
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Re: AMEX Return Protection: Did They Make You Return The Item?
If I purchase a used item from an individual using Paypal goods and services using an Amex card, would I be eligible for return protection?
used is no good.

August 02, 2018, 08:02:07 PM
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Re: DDF DO: Monsey Edition
That changes everything as I would have to rent a car.
sounds like moose would be willing to drive to you and pick you  up.
Or you could always try out the monsey bus 😆
@Something Fishy

October 11, 2018, 09:06:43 AM
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Re: Top Ten (Kosher) Pizza Places
How is ďTopĒ defined here? Are we talking best in taste or best atmosphere?


Nobody goes to a pizza shop for atmosphere.

October 21, 2018, 08:01:51 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others Get a room you two. Or pm.  ;)
November 03, 2018, 11:03:26 PM
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Re: Hertz Master Thread
And just ignore the car in the stall?
yes

November 18, 2018, 07:17:44 PM
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Re: Who would you like to have a DO with?
With members you have not met.
@ExGingi @aygart
I've already met hm and cv. Cm is next on the list.

November 19, 2018, 12:34:54 PM
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Re: AT&T Amex offers for sale
Selling 1 offer for $125.  PM me ASAP!
😂

December 01, 2018, 09:12:31 PM
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Re: Hertz President Circle
would i get an upgrade in tlv?
from stick to auto.

December 28, 2018, 08:50:48 AM
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Re: Gift Card and gas Promo at Stop & Shop or Giant
So I should pay less than $20 per fill up?
well it should be 10. But you're still gonna only see 30.
Scam!

December 30, 2018, 12:46:19 PM
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Re: American kicks Jewish family off flights because of 'body odor' Someone bring back @ChaimMoskowitz
January 25, 2019, 12:20:44 AM
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Re: Is it safe flying with Turkish Air
POIDH


boo

February 10, 2019, 02:12:05 PM
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Re: Marketing Agency
graphic creative types" who did gorgeous work but didn't care about building the brand. Itís called getting an in-house employee who will cear about your company thatís the only way, you think the some big company will cear about your brand sound like your pretty new to this world.

There are two types of people who use big companyís one is the person who just wants the name but doesnít cear who does the work so a entry college person is doing thier work, second, the person who will spend big money and only have the top person do thier work, in most cases you can find one induviall person who can take cear of all of it for a lot cheaper.
The word is care, not cear.
Sorry, this has been bothering me a lot.

February 19, 2019, 12:35:55 AM
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Re: Uggs Has Shatnez? @Chaikel 😂
March 02, 2019, 09:10:35 PM
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Re: Stuff Your Kid Tells You Me: This week, mama and papa are going to Miami.

2 Year old: No, you're going to MY- ami!

March 03, 2019, 04:22:56 PM
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Re: די קראך פון די פיקעל Yoiy
March 31, 2019, 01:19:30 AM
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Re: די קראך פון די פיקעל https://thekrach.com
April 06, 2019, 11:17:05 PM
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Re: What Is The Greatest Travel Hack You Did? That time when I flashed my global entry card at an airport worker in KBP and he took me from the check in area almost to my gate...Skipping all the long lines.
Best use of an expired global entry card.
@Saver2000 can back this up  ;)

April 14, 2019, 06:22:08 PM
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Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread @davidrotts63
April 29, 2019, 10:07:34 PM
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Re: Pesach program hotels the scam @davidrotts63
April 29, 2019, 10:09:30 PM
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Re: Help Meshugener in time of need
So who came to the rescue?
some other meshugener

May 01, 2019, 08:36:46 PM
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Re: Gift Card and gas Promo at Stop & Shop or Giant
Do you mean I will still get the coupon if I buy more than 10?  At long as I redeem less than 10 in a transaction, I am fine. right?
you can get more than 10 coupons through one account, but you can only redeem 10 per account per promo.

May 07, 2019, 05:05:13 PM
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Re: Jewish Music With Non-Jewish Origins Master Thread
👆 גם אני מצטרף לה-ל.א.ל.
@Moishebatchy give Dan his account back.

May 15, 2019, 11:38:11 AM
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Re: What's on your Israel shopping list to bring back to the US?
I believe you mean shoko in your clothing.
clearly not a professional.

June 03, 2019, 11:41:32 PM
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Re: Raffle quick poll Antarctica
July 14, 2019, 02:44:39 AM
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A Pura Vida Thanksgiving Written by Mrs. Bob

The planning:

Iím going to let Lou take over this part, since I was left out of the planning stages. While I knew about the vacation, the location was kept a secret. Although given the flight time and concerns about bringing in food, I narrowed it down to somewhere in the Central America or Caribbean area.


Flights:
Flights were simple: AA miles sitting around collecting dust for years. I didn't want to spend a day on a plane for a short getaway, so I searched the whole Caribbean area. This was for Thanksgiving weekend. No saver business anywhere. No saver economy anywhere... except for Costa Rica. Not waiting for the availability to disappear, I booked.

And then started reading every Costa Rica trip report on DDF, as well as other research online. I settled on staying in the Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna area. Staying at the foot of a Volcano and waking up to it every morning seemed pretty cool. Spoiler alert- we never once got to see the entire volcano. It's always clouded over. (Also, I took a huge gamble with the weather- the dry season starts December time, however, as all the locals told us, it rains every day of the year in La Fortuna, including the entire dry season)

Hotels:
For the first night (Thursday night) I used a Marriott free night that comes with the credit card to stay near the airport (didn't want to do the 3 hour drive at night).

For Friday-Tuesday I chose the Hotel Mountain Paradise since it had private villas with private pools at each Villa. (online seemed much cooler than in person. Oh well.)

Marriott near the airport:




Car:
I'll save you the research and possible headache. Rent with Sixt. Period. Renting a car in Costa Rica is similar to Israel, but worse. Similar that the price you see online (kayak etc.) is not the actual price you pay. Sixt is the only company that includes the mandatory minimum liability insurance, which is why they'll show a price of $75 a day for an SUV while the others show $5-20 a day. Other insurance you'll be sold on is $6/day to waive the $600 deductible for the mandatory liability you just purchased. Another is the cdw insurance which is like $20/25 a day with a deductible (there's an insurance they sell to cover the deductible as well 😜), unless you have primary coverage from your credit card. Bring proof stating so as many companies ask for it. Sixt didn't ask for it.
All car rental agencies are off site and you'll need to take a shuttle to get to them.

Last but not least- Sixt held $1,000 on the credit card on top of the cost of the rental. Other companies write in their terms that they will hold $5,000 on the card if you decline their CDW insurance. If you don't want surprises, rent with Sixt. We got a small SUV as they didn't have anything larger 4WD at the time.

Food:
hehe, this was fun. According to what people write, if you bring chicken, they'll take away the uncooked and leave the cooked. Then the guy behind you will lose his cooked and keep his uncooked. It's a complete toss up. Same for meat. And really everything. You're at the mercy of the 4 guards behind the suitcase scanner screen. Everyone must go through this stage before exiting the airport, literally just 10 feet away.

We made sure to bring enough cooked and uncooked foods in the hopes that if they take one type, at least we'll have the other. Everything stayed cold inside cooler bags with ice inside the suitcase.

Some tips: buy this roll of 1,000 "USDA organic" stickers on amazon. Supposedly anything with USDA stickers pass through without question. (we put it on everything...chummus, meat, deli, kugel etc. 🤣)

All marked USDA:






We also bought "meat" stickers and covered the word "turkey" on all the deli. (Poultry is often most likely to be confiscated)

Last but not least, we put a picture of reb shayala into the suitcase. Thanks @rots5 for the pic.

Our suitcase:


We walked through the airport, past customs, up to the suitcase scanners, and right out the exit doors. The 4 guards at the scanner didn't bat an eyelash. People before us weren't as lucky.

Another random food tip - Walmart is right across from chabad of San Jose. They carry lots of kosher products.


Thursday, Thanksgiving Day:
Our flight out of JFK was at 4pm on Thanksgiving Day. Traffic to the airport was a breeze, we picked up some sandwiches from Ahuva Grill, parked the car, and checked in. Naturally, our food suitcase was a little overweight, but the guy at curbside offered to let it slide if we gave him some cash. We happily obliged, paid for our suitcases and made it through security in a matter of minutes. Thereís a restaurant/bar right past security, to which Priority Pass gives a $28 per person credit, so a couple of hard apple ciders later and we were already in a pura vida state of mind.

Overall, the flight was uneventful. Which is how I like my flights. The WiFi didnít work, which was a little disappointing, but they were showing the Lion King, so Pumba and Timon reminded me not to worry about it. Passing over Nicaragua we saw lots of red flashes from down below, which I guessed (and a native guide later confirmed) to be active volcanoes erupting.

We landed in SJO and quickly went through immigration. From there we collected our suitcases and headed towards customs. At this point my heart was pounding and I was sure all our expensive food was about to be confiscated. I heard a guy in the next lane pointing out USDA stickers and was mentally preparing to do the same. We piled our suitcases onto the belt, held our breaths, and nothing. The guy didnít even look at the screen, he was too busy shmoozing with his amigos. We grabbed our suitcases, ran out, and thanked Reb Shayala for pulling through. SIXT sent a shuttle over to pick us up, we picked up our car, and headed to our hotel for the night, just five minutes away. With a bright and early morning ahead of us, we turned in early (as youíll see, a common theme on this trip).

Friday:
Lou woke up around 5:50 to make it to 6:30 Rosh Chodesh shachris at Jabad. Waze had originally told us 15 minutes, but with the morning traffic and accidents (the drivers here are loco), it took over an hour. When he came back, we packed up and headed back to the center of town to do some shopping. We bought everything we needed at Walmart and went to the Kosher Center for some extra shabbos food. Then we began our three hour drive up to Arenal.

Chabad (or rather, Jabad) of Costa Rica:


The currency is so weak, it felt like shopping with monopoly money:




$1.50 for a 6 pack:


Chabad Center for Shabbos food:


Lou: We hit the road on a 3 hour drive to La Fortuna. And what a drive it was. Driving in San Jose is just like driving in the USA, with one exception... there are no rules. And to make things worse, there are extra lanes for motorcycles, in between the real lanes on the marked dotted lines. What a thrill.

Once you get out of San Jose, things calm down. You do have to worry about staying in your lane as the highways are not all marked with lines.

Once you get to the windy mountains, it's only 1 lane in each direction. It's just a matter of time before you get stuck behind a slooooow truck that you can't overtake. Make sure to add extra time for this.

The views on this drive are just amazing. Don't drive it at night.


Thereís no good way to describe the drive. It was picturesque and exhilarating. We literally drove through clouds, and into the rainforest. The road passes feet away from grazing horses and cows. There are chickens and dogs wandering around, and lots of one lane bridges. They say not to attempt it at night for danger reasons, but I say it has to be done during the day so you donít miss out on the views.

The drive up to Arenal:



 
Lots of one lane bridges like this one:


We pulled into our hotel around 2pm, checked in, and the hotel drove us to our villa in a golf cart piled high with suitcases, bottled water, pots, pans, a toaster oven, and our kitchen sink. We cajoled our way into an upgrade to a villa, so we had 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (omg, life changing), a kitchenette, and a small private pool. While not quite the lap of luxury, the place was overall decent and clean and the seclusion was great. We settled in, set up our shabbos ďtableĒ, chilled in our private pool for a little bit, and got ready for 25 hours of complete relaxation in the rain forest.

Villa with a private 'pool':


Kitchenette:


View of the volcano from our room:


Shabbos:
Not much to report, just lots of peace and quiet. We did see a Green Iguana pass by our window in the middle of our meal. Sadly, it never returned, so we have no picture to prove it happened.

(In general, there were so many birds and animals that we missed out on pictures of, either because I didnít bring my good camera to Costa Rica or because I didnít bring my phone on the activity.)

Once shabbos went out, we drove into La Fortuna, checked out some cute bars, and shopped for souvenirs. (PS, all the souvenir stores carry the same stuff and charge the same prices, so donít waste time going from one to the other like we did). We headed back to the hotel, sat at the bar at the pool just long enough to make friends with the bartender, Luis, and with a 6:45 am wake up ahead of us, turned in early. (We also gave Luis our pots and pans ahead of time to avoid having to tovel, and he was thrilled)

A La Fortuna bar:


Sunday:
They say it rains 366 days out of the year in La Fortuna, but on Sunday we lucked out and had sun all day, which worked out perfectly with our itinerary. Our transport picked us up at 7:30 am for our first stop of the day: zip lining. At first it seemed like we would be a group of about 20 people, but they had all signed up for a different course so we ended up on a private tour. We completed a course of 12 zip lines, the longest of which was 950 meters. It was Louís first time and my second time ever zip lining and it. was. awesome. The guides were great, funny and (fairly) professional. We zip lined past the Arenal Volcano and over the La Fortuna waterfall, both of which were breathtaking. Overall, a 9/10.

The transport brought us back to the hotel around 11 and we quickly ate lunch before heading out again. We had a 1.5 hour drive to our next destination, Rio Celeste, and they close the entrance daily at 2 pm so that everyone could be out of the park by 4 pm. We got there around 1:30 pm and made it to the falls around 2 pm. The whole hike is fairly easy until the endless staircase to the bottom of the falls. I made it about 2/3 of the way down before I chickened out and worried that I wouldnít make it back up. Lou ran to the bottom, got some pictures, and came back up.

The legend is that when the gods finished painting the sky, they dipped their paintbrushes in the Rio Celeste. The scientific explanation is Mie scattering. (Yeah, just google it, I donít really understand it either)

Either way, it did not disappoint. Also, itís supposedly even bluer in the dry months between mid December and April. Overall, a 10/10. Donít miss.

Rio Celeste:


Itís possible to continue along the path towards a lagoon and some other views of the blue waters, but we headed back at this point. On our way out we almost walked right past a tropical raccoon, until a park ranger pointed it out. By the way, I found this true of most wildlife. Our American eyes didnít seem to catch the birds and animals the way the natives did.

Tropical raccoon:


We drove the hour and a half back to our hotel, cooked some steaks for dinner and called it a night.

Fine dining, no matter where:


Monday:
I had heard it raining most of the night, and Monday followed in suit. Still, it was better than the snow storm hitting the New York area back home. In Costa Rica, nothing stops for rain, including both our horseback riding and ATV tours for the day. We woke up extra early since we had to drive (they offered pickup for a fee but with our car it seemed unnecessary) and by 8am we were at the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park. The horseback riding tour is called Pacoís Horses and was excellent. The horses were friendly and gentle and our tour guide was phenomenal. Overall, the actually activity was an 8/10 and the guide himself a 10/10. Along the ride he pointed out raccoons, white hawks, cattle egrets, and a crested guan. We also saw a family of raccoons and heard some howler monkeys in the distance (which I easily would have missed had he not pointed it out). At one point we got off the horses and walked across a hanging bridge and back. Our horses then took us to the very top of a lookout, where we would have had epic views of the volcano, had it not been cloudy and raining. When the tour was over, we took our sore backsides back to the hotel and sat in the heated waterfall pool until it was time to prepare for our ATV ride.

Mistico Hanging Bridges Park:






Evidently, pura vida doesnít extend to punctuality, because our ATV transport showed up 10 minutes early. I was a bit taken aback that the company had apparently sent a twelve year old to pick us up. I kid you not, that kid was not old enough to wear a bar mitzvah hat. True to his age, he flew down the small main road of town in an ATV at 60 kph and brought us to our destination, where we were met by our guide Alfonso, our tour guide whose English consisted of the word ďgas!Ē and a thumbs up, and was a daredevil extraordinaire.

Alfonso took us through mud and wasnít fazed once it started to rain. He zoomed ahead, up hills, through pastures, into puddles and only looked back every few minutes to make sure we were alive. With a thumbs up and a smile, he zoomed ahead again. It poured the entire time, and after about an hour and forty minutes into our 2.5 hour activity I was done. Soaked to my bone and cold, I told Lou to tell Alfonso that we were ready to call it quits. He was pretty shocked that we were done, though nothing beats his look of bewilderment when we told him we wouldnít partake in the free meal after the tour. However, dutifully he took us back. Even with cutting it short, we were more than satisfied, having come inches away from a five day old cow, and of course plowing through a puddle and getting this epic video:



Overall, Iíd give ATV a 7/10, but Lou rates it a 10/10.

ATV:


We came back to our hotel, brought our body temperatures back to normal via hot tub, ate dinner and passed out. (Earlier in the day we were thinking of doing the Tabacon free hot springs at night, but we were too zonked.)

Tuesday:
For our final day, we kept it relatively easy and scheduled a coffee and chocolate plantation tour. Very informative, minimal walking, but lots of bugs, and we forgot to apply our bug spray. After the plantation tour, they also showed us the process of making coffee and chocolate. There are samples, obviously some are ok and others not, kosher-wise. Afterwards, thereís a cafe and gift shop where you can buy their coffee. Overall, 7/10.

Cacao bean:


Sugar cane moonshine:


The coffee process:






We headed back to our hotel, packed up, gave Luis back his pots and pans, and checked out. It rained most of the drive back into San Jose, but it was bright and sunny when we got there.   We were going to stop at the Poaz Volcano on the way, but Waze was saying it was a three hour detour, so we opted out. In hindsight, we would have had the time, but oh well. We had skipped lunch, so we headed to the Chabad restaurant to eat. We first ended up at the Super Kosher supermarket, and the lady in the store explained that the restaurant was in a different location. She gave us the name for the GPS, but Waze seemingly took us to a random residential street. Someone in his car outside noticed two bewildered Jews in a car and pointed us to a house, which housed the restaurant. The food was pretty good and the portions were enormous, so we packed most of it to go to bring with us to the airport. When we asked our waitress for a suggestion of where to go for an hour or two, she suggested the Amphitheater Villa, but when we got there we saw that it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Shame, it actually looked pretty cool. Instead, we headed back to the main area to the Chabad to pray and walked around a couple nice mall areas before heading back to return our car to SIXT and back to the airport for the journey home.

Chabad restaurant:









December 23, 2019, 07:17:28 PM
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Re: Airline Gift Cards And Vouchers Master Thread
Selling 3x $50 and 1x $100 United certificates @85%
sold to @cardkid
Smooth transaction.

February 19, 2020, 09:16:53 PM
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Re: Life insurances waiving medical exam requirements
Do you give them permission? What about HIPPA?
you sign a HIPAA form giving them permission.

March 27, 2020, 01:55:26 PM
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Re: Is your spouse on DDF?
Who
owl?

April 28, 2020, 06:59:25 PM
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Re: Zoom DO Due to the current situation
You can say the word M***** in any thread.
Minion

April 29, 2020, 08:36:37 PM
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Re: Zoom DO Due to the current situation
Start charging and have guest speakers.  :)
people would pay to hear Chaim Moskowitz speak.

April 30, 2020, 04:31:16 PM
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Re: Zoom DO Due to the current situation Nice seeing all the new guys. Especially Benny Friedman.
April 30, 2020, 11:59:27 PM
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Re: UA 84/85 - Canceled until October 23rd.
Oh boy ;)
"Appears to be" 🙈🙄

May 02, 2020, 11:18:18 PM
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Re: Zoom DO Due to the current situation
What's a Google meet?
https://www.dansdeals.com/more/free-stuff/googles-zoom-competitor-now-free-everyone/

May 07, 2020, 07:06:50 PM
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Re: Areivim USA - Coronavirus
Just heard from Arievim that one of the people that died from Covid19, left behind a big family, when he signed up originally he signed that he only wants to give and not get a payout if he dies because he had a nice amount of LI, in the last year he was struggling and left his LI lapse.
They are still deciding how to go about it.....
#JustSaying
update?

May 08, 2020, 01:37:22 PM
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Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens! iPhone users apparently have issues.
Send them a link to an Android. Change their lives.

May 20, 2020, 09:25:17 PM
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Re: Would you cancel a trip to a state in the corona "Red Zone"? At current prices, I'd book a whole trip and cancel closer to the trip date if the situation doesn't get better.
July 19, 2020, 01:18:10 PM
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