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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
August 09, 2017, 05:31:57 PM
Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live That's actually gross
August 10, 2017, 12:44:09 AM
Re: 30% of
Today there is $25 off $75 with code
P.s. You might want to sign up to their emails..
Thanks @joe1234, I tried earlier all the codes that was listed on the website and couldn't get them to work, but yours worked great.
 Got a $105 for $70 after rebates and coupons, thanks alot.

August 10, 2017, 02:14:01 AM
Re: My Travel Photos (SF Edition)

Keukenhof, The Netherlands

August 10, 2017, 10:25:00 AM
Chicago and 2 United 777s in 12 hours Who wouldnt spend 4 hours on 2 flights to Chicago for just 7.5 hours on the ground? Most people I asked this said they would not. Here is my story:
I was originally scheduled to be in Chicago for a day of meetings on Tuesday (8/8). I was planning on going to Chicago on Monday (8/7) for some prep, visit my sister and her fam Monday night, and fly home Tuesday night after work.

I have United 1K status and therefore qualify for free upgrades on domestic flights. However, I have been finding from experience that upgrades are far and few between. There are very few seats on most domestic planes to start. On corporate heavy flights (NY, Boston, Chicago, DC, etc,), its almost impossible to get upgraded even with 1K status. This is usually due to other 1Ks on higher fare classes snagging the few remaining seats. Therefore, when booking, I try to find flights with as many business seats as possible. Additionally, I love big widebody jets. I find them more comfortable and roomy aside from the cool factor they seem to have. I also find that WB flights are usually not delayed as much as others since they are needed for the longhaul flights and cannot easily be swapped. For my trip, I booked the outbound on a internationally configured 777-200 that makes a daily trip from the EWR to ORD hub in E fare class (4th to highest UA class) and the return on the standard 737-800 in V fare class. I figured that Id have good chances on the outbound and might get lucky on the return. Thursday morning I got the notification that I had been upgraded to Business Class. I quickly went to select my seat as I did not want to get stuck with the middle seat in Business!

As life would have it, last Friday I got news of a critical meeting in Philly on Tuesday morning. The meeting could not be moved and I was getting strong indications from the important folk (whose opinions matter) that I needed to be in Philly Tuesday morning. I was quite disappointed. Not only was I excited about flying in J on the 777, I had been looking forward to the meetings and spending time with my sis. Oh well. As Dan has pointed out many times in the past, you never cancel your ticket until the last minute. There are always travel waivers and cancellations that can work in your favor. Little did I know that this was my case.

On Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours before my original flight, the United travel waiver came through. There was bad thunderstorms predicted on the northeast and United was gearing up for the upcoming issues. My flight was scheduled to take place before the issues, but this didnt matter to me. In fact, my original flight had no issues in the end. Regardless, I hit to see what my options were. I could not cancel my flight for a refund unless the flight was cancelled or delayed. I could rebook my flights for anytime during this week (before 8/12) in any fare class of the original cabin. I checked my schedule and Wed was looking like a super light day. Being that I was not traveling for work, I did not want to leave my DW and kids for an overnight if I didnt have to. If I would go, Id have to do the round trip in 1 day. Right then I found the perfect set of flights. Id take UA 977 a 777-200 at 8:30 AM and catch the return on UA 1995 another 777-200 at 4:05 PM. Id have enough time in Chicago to visit my sister and maybe visit Shallots or Milts for some good Chicago food! Checked with the DW and while she thought it was crazy, she was on board. I went about changing my flight.

Being that it was just two days before the flight, there were not too many open seats in business. I had just recently come across an article that discussed using the travel waiver to boost chances of an upgrade. The method uses the travel waiver to jump from whatever class you booked in to any available class (even Y, or B). With those classes, I could get an instant upgrade! The article even recommending using this method to change the class without changing your flight at all. I tried to do this on, but it kept offering up W even when I specifically requested Y,B,M. I decided to call the 1K line and ask for help. The agent was confused and told me that I would be rebooked into my original class. (Being that I had originally booked this with my companys corporate travel company, I could have called them and have them rebook me. I only realized this later on.) I told the agent no thanks and went back to the web site determined to work it out. By using the flexible fare option, I got the system to offer me E class for both ways. E class is right under Y,B,M fares and as a 1K in E class, there are few others that would beat me to an upgrade. I got the upgrade for ORD-EWR that night and EWR-ORD Tuesday morning. Time to pack, I was going to Chicago!

I packed a really small bag with some exercise clothes, reading material, Daf Yomi Gemora, and some work material (big benefit to the day trip). Left my house at 6:30 for the quick early morning trip to Newark. With my company no longer paying for the trip, I was more careful about transpo costs. No Verrazano bridge or short term parking here!  I went for the daily parking option at EWR $34 since Id get access to the Airtrain. There are cheaper options, but I was short on time here. Whisked my way through security with Precheck and I was at gate C125 before long. By the time I arrived, boarding had just started. While the standard lines for boarding usually do the job, they are no match for the 777 which had lines snaking out right into the terminal. Group 1 was just finishing up, so right on I went. I was pretty excited. I dont do much travel outside of the US, the last 777 Id been on was an El Al flight many, many years ago. I was taking pictures of everything!

Private first class suite aboard the Airtrain: :-)

Long boarding lines:

Part 2 and a bunch more pics coming soon...

August 10, 2017, 10:14:55 PM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
34 Degrees ? I guess you are on Fahrenheit, which is only used in the US, Bahamas, Belize, Micronesia, and the Cayman Islands according to wiki.  Why can't the US be like the rest of the world?

Between -5 & -6 C at Mittelallalin 3500m, which is 5-6 km from Saas Fee. (That's about 21-23 F )

The U.S. is better run in every way, including the use of measuring units that are suited to everyday life instead of suited to science labs.

Fahrenheit is based on the temperatures relevant in everyday life. Temperatures outside range typically from about 0 to 100.   The units are small enough that there is no meaningful difference in half-units, but not so small that they don't convey a meaningful difference.

Compare to Celsius where outside temperatures range from like negative 10 to 40, and the units are so large that a difference of 5 units is the difference between needing a jacket or being too hot.

August 11, 2017, 10:03:03 AM
From zero to SA gold in 1 trip After collecting *A points for years on LH miles and more for years and not getting past silver status I decided I had to do something new.

So I found the EgyptAir Plus program which offered a seemingly simple solution to attaining gold status with just one trip.
EgyptAir offer a "family program". I have seen similar programs in BA, Iberia etc. But I think this is the first time I found this program actually credits family STATUS miles.

It was a bit of a gamble since the information in EgyptAir website is so bad and with so many typos, it's almost funny.

I was planning a family trip from Israel to South America this summer (couple + 2 kids), and decided to try it to see if it works.

So I sent EgyptAir all the information they require (passport copies and relation of passport holders to me) and after a few days received an email with membership numbers for all family members.

We flew with TK in economy which gave approx  15,000 miles each R/T, just enough to attain the gold status.

Sure enough, a day after I completed the trip I was credited with all the miles and a new (digital - they still need to mail it to me) star alliance gold card.

EgyptAir requires 30,000 miles for silver and an additional 30,000 for gold which is valid for 2 years.

Their redemption calculator seems reasonable though I have yet to try it.

Thought I'll share this information with you and would be glad to answer any questions.

Family program link:

Award chart:

August 11, 2017, 11:22:24 AM
Re: "Googles Ideological Echo Chamber"
August 11, 2017, 07:09:56 PM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Do Israeli two-prongs plugs work in Switzerland?
no, they are the same size but don't fit in most oulets because they are hexagon shaped to perfextly fit swiss plugs.

August 13, 2017, 02:19:33 AM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
no, they are the same size but don't fit in most oulets because they are hexagon shaped to perfextly fit swiss plugs.
+1. If your adapters have a very small plastic around the prongs then it may fit.

August 13, 2017, 12:23:02 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
August 13, 2017, 02:32:41 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread The difference is incredible.
August 14, 2017, 11:58:39 AM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
Solved in 36 hours

August 14, 2017, 06:42:23 PM
Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves This crap:

"You are leaving this super amazing incredible site and are proceeding to a horrible cesspool of an external link. Proceed to your doom, or remain here in the bosom of perfection?"

I clicked on a goddamn link, for heaven's sake! Let me go!

August 15, 2017, 12:07:55 AM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Another day in Saas-Fee. Just amazing. Hiked in the snow at 11,500 feet on the Allalin today.

How about we make a permanent community in Saas-Fee, I don't want to spend my life living in the city.

August 16, 2017, 12:29:23 PM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Yeah, but cost of living here is insane. The prices are crazy.

Not if you are earning a salary in Switzerland, and paying income taxes as low as 1% on a 6 figure salary.

August 16, 2017, 01:14:53 PM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
Saas Fee (taken from standard p&s camera)

August 17, 2017, 08:31:04 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
Really need to get better with clickbaiting.
and adding images to your tweets.
Please for the love of god, dont!

August 17, 2017, 11:45:03 AM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21? People gathered in Oregon
August 21, 2017, 09:31:30 AM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?
Or just wait for somethingfishy's shots

That depends on how hard the pictures are to edit. If they are hard you may not see them before the next eclipse. :P

August 21, 2017, 09:43:36 AM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?
That depends on how hard the pictures are to edit. If they are hard you may not see them before the next eclipse.

August 21, 2017, 09:59:31 AM
Re: Urgent: missed flight advice needed If it was a revenue codeshare I think united should be the one handling rebooking under flat tire rule.

Anyways how is possible to take 3 hours to the airport ?
If you're moving 0 MPH the timeframe is endless. It's all a matter of what your average speed is.

August 21, 2017, 11:17:18 AM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?

What advantage do glasses have, if all they let through is that same sliver?
um, that you can look directly

not to mention that in totality, the difference is even greater...

August 21, 2017, 02:54:11 PM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21? Truly an amazing event, I have no words that can possibly do it justice.

August 21, 2017, 07:20:56 PM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21? I actually fell asleep this afternoon. I think the eclipse messed w my internal sched or something.... Amazing

(Also kids kept me up last night)

August 21, 2017, 08:04:45 PM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?
I wish we can have a solar eclipse every day. Temps dropped a few degrees.
Messed up my afternoon swim.  >:(

August 21, 2017, 08:22:57 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread One of my favorites from today:


August 22, 2017, 12:50:55 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread Also a great one
August 22, 2017, 10:45:00 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread Here is a shot where you can see actually the moon.. Pretty cool!


August 22, 2017, 02:47:38 PM
Re: Travel hat box: best price in Brooklyn
Ask Bingo to bring them in :)
You want them for $1.99 ? :)

August 22, 2017, 03:20:38 PM
Google Express Membership ending!!! Google Express memberships are ending in favor of per-store minimums for free delivery
Hi there,
Google Express continues to evolve and expand. Several new stores, including Hayneedle, VMInnovations, and Factory Direct Craft arrange their own deliveries and returns (learn more). In addition, the introduction of Walmart in September will bring a wider selection for your shopping needs.
Express memberships have been discontinued. Starting today, you'll get free delivery when you meet the per-store order minimum ($25 or $35 for most stores). This means you won't have to place a certain number of orders monthly or yearly to make a membership fee worthwhile.
A membership refund is coming. Here's what you need to know:
   You'll be refunded for the time remaining in your annual membership, with August 23 marking its end. Look out for a separate email within the next 30 days letting you know of your refund being processed.
   The refund will appear on the card you used to pay for your membership. You can confirm which card you used under "Subscriptions and services" at
   If you were already issued a membership refund by our Customer Support team, you don't need to do anything else. Bear in mind the new per-store minimums for free delivery.
You'll also be asked to accept new Terms of Service at checkout. Some of the changes include:
   Most of your orders are protected when shopping with Google Express. Learn more about purchase protection.
   Some stores may apply their own return policies rather than the Google Express policy. This means you can send your return directly to the store.
Thank you for being a member with us -- we hope you enjoy the broader choices and free delivery options.
Get in touch with any questions by clicking "Get Help" below.

Thank you,
The Google Express team

August 23, 2017, 08:20:07 AM
Re: Google Express Membership ending!!! We all got the email, and it's effective immediately.

Just got a GE order from stop and shop yesterday. Ended up being $10 as some items were out of stock (based on my experience with a certain item, I can probably game stop and shop orders to be under $15 even with the new minimum of $25 - I recently got just a can of salt which I used as a filler to reach minimum, the items I actually wanted were OOS).
Costco orders aren't hard to go over $35, and returns are easy.

Walmart will be a HUGE game changer, and revive the Amazon/WM war.

Of note, that recently the zip lock bags being used are white rather than clear.

August 23, 2017, 08:53:12 AM
Re: Where are you going to watch the (Total) Solar Eclipse on August 21?

More consumption, as more lighting would be required.

Less consumption, as temperatures will be cooler, and less Air Conditioning required.

Less consumption, as people will be outdoors watching.

More consumption, as people will be indoors staying safe.

Now just plug numbers into the formula, and figure it out.  ;D

Pretty clever, exgingi

August 23, 2017, 11:52:13 AM
Re: Google Express Membership ending!!!
Pink salt is pretty only... The lack of iodine will cause some health issues, especially for children's brain development.
I taught it's healthy. Himalayan salt. Natural. Bla bla . am I wrong ?

August 23, 2017, 10:12:29 PM
Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread Anyone with solid DHL or UPS international rates that can print me a label?

38LBS 08701 to Israel. I'm getting $238.

August 24, 2017, 02:46:00 AM
Re: New Like feature
Moshe123 gave 989 likes so far.
Davidmal-586--stick to HT's;area=likeposts;sa=seeownlikes;u=6925;total=989;start=980;area=likeposts;sa=seeownlikes;u=17449;total=586;start=580
Nice find

August 24, 2017, 11:34:25 AM
Re: New Like feature
Oy, I'm gonna have stop.
No way, best stat to have on DDF!

Keep it up! Awesome stuff!

August 24, 2017, 11:38:21 AM
Re: New Like feature
I don't contribute much. I'm way too busy.
So I take it that every post you "like" is a post that you would've posted had you thought about it. Then I would call that contributing a whole lot!

August 24, 2017, 12:10:30 PM
Re: What Are You Eating? Hard to beat a plate of gold old fashioned nachos as a late night snack. Throw in a beer (or two, or three,) and you're all set.
August 24, 2017, 11:57:25 PM
2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR I went to see the eclipse last week with @Something Fishy, @Dan, and @lfas25. SF will write the "official" TR (hopefully before 2024 eclipse ;)), but for now I may as well share the quick thing I put together to share with my family without any changes.

Hope you enjoy.

Goodbye, NY:

A Delta pilot flying standby on American Airlines:

Welcome to cow country:

Ouch.. What did I do wrong now?

The officer walks up and asks for license and registration and tells me that I was going 71 in a 45 MPH zone.. I'm trying to express how sorry I am, and that we just landed after a long exhausting trip and it's a rental. I didn't think I'm getting out of this one. He gives me back the registration and insurance card and tells me to make the the car company aware that the color on the registration and the color of the car are not matching. Walks back to his car and runs my license.

As he comes back and makes himself ready to give me a warning, the back window rolls down. Apparently one of my friends was bored, out of the blue tells the cop that he's from New Jersey and if you can take a selfie with him.... ;D  ;D

In no man's land:

At the tri-state marker where Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, come together:

Standing in 3 states at once:

Welcome to Missouri:

Welcome to Oklahoma:

Another tri-state marker where Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas come together:

Taking photos of... I have no clue:

Picked up some kosher food:

Went to warm up and eat at a Dan's in-laws house, the nicest people you would ever meet.

Experimenting with a pinhole camera to use for the Eclipse:

Trying to find the place with the best weather for viewing the Eclipse:

Checked in to the hotel. There were only 2 beds so we smuggled in blow-up mattresses:

Got up in the morning, the weather was really bad. It was decided we're going to drive to Boonville, Missouri.

It was pouring rain:

As we got closer to Boonville the weather cleared up:

As we are driving to the exact spot (Franklin Island Access) we see a plane... What's going on are we in an airport??.. As it turns out it was 2 older guys from Texas decided to fly to Boonville to see the Eclipse with their self assembled water plane and land on the Missouri River:

At our spot at the Missouri River:

Setting up the cameras:

When it started it was pretty boring, there were a lot of clouds, and when looking through the eclipse glasses it looked pretty much like the moon:

But as it came closer to totality everything started to change:

The temperature dropped about 30 degrees from 90 to about 60, it started to get really dark and really quiet (you don't realize how much noise nature makes until it gets really quiet), and the wind stopped blowing:

And when we took off the eclipse glass there it was an unbelievable spectacle, something no pictures can describe...

Totality lasted for about 2 minutes and then it went back to boring.....

And it's over!

The Texas guys are getting ready to fly home:

Now what? How about covering 2 more states? Iowa and Nebraska here we come.

Taking photos in the middle of nowhere:

Stopped to eat supper in the middle of nowhere:

Weather got horrible with crazy lightning:

Video taken by @lfas25's dash cam #dashcammed

Welcome to Iowa:

Oh, there's a cop let's take another selfie:

Our sixth and final state, Nebraska:

After driving all night it was time to get back to reality:

Welcome back to NY:

Welcomed home by Trump:

The end.

August 25, 2017, 01:50:55 PM
Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR Nice!
August 25, 2017, 01:57:37 PM
Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR Wow a TR without blurred out faces!  :o

Thanks for sharing! Did you guys fly out of Nebraska?

August 25, 2017, 02:30:55 PM
Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR
About time IMHO. What is everyone hiding?
True, and ill never understand that..

Look at all the people who have gotten themselves into trouble for posts they make online... (Even anonymous)
I posted this in the pet peeves thread and got pounced.

I find the TRs much more enjoyable with pics of the people who experienced it.

August 26, 2017, 10:14:12 PM
Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR
I find the TRs much more enjoyable with pics of the people who experienced it.

August 26, 2017, 10:16:20 PM
Re: 2017 Eclipse and Crazy Road Trip TR Nice. Good to some old fashion chilling
August 26, 2017, 10:35:52 PM
{Deal Over} AC ERROR FARES! Seems that AC is leaving out YQ on almost all routes. Dates in Sep.-Feb.



Premium Economy:
Around $850

YUL-TLV $2,199
YYZ-TLV $2,306
NYC-TLV $2,506
TLV-NYC $2,478

August 27, 2017, 07:26:14 AM
Okay, what can I do with this?
Fly for a shabbos, go to the kotel, visit family, and come back. Pick up some expensive booze and some cartons in duty free to really make it worth your while.

August 27, 2017, 08:10:21 AM
Someone's Sunday is ruined...
That would be my wife's. Woke up to make her waffles for her 30th bday today and have been at the computer all morning instead.
Birthday error fares strike again. (Free LAS vacation during my surprise bday party, 4 mile island during Rafi's bday party, this today, I think there was at least one more I'm forgetting.)

August 27, 2017, 11:34:52 AM
Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!! I got two tickets to China for $237 each RT.
August 27, 2017, 11:54:32 AM
Re: HOT!!!! AC ERROR FARES!! Booked 4 TIX to Johannesburg for $277 each for February vacation!  Thank you Dan!!!  And happy birthday to Dan's wife.
August 27, 2017, 12:02:02 PM