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Re: What Are The Top 10 Places You've Been To? 1)   Atlantic City-Don’t remember any of it but B’H we managed to hitch a ride home. Still trying to piece together the rest of it
2)   Los Angeles- Went collecting there with a bunch of Chevra on Purim. Rented a convertible and blasted music all day. Yeshiva took a 10k loss and now gets paid by a local Baal Habus not to send guys there. Need I say more?
3)   California-Would highly recommend for anyone going to L.A. Nature is amazing
4)   San Diego-Had to show my passport to get in, but cheap beer and ATV’ing can’t be beat. Also known as Tijuana
5)   Las Vegas- Didn’t really go there but tell everyone I did because we flew over it on the way to L.A. 
6)   Hunter Mountain-Skiing+Cheap Beer=Free Snowmobile Rides
7)   ESPN Zone (Anywhere)-Not sure why, but the girls I take usually think it’s a bit much for a first date (Sore losers)
8)   Shea Stadium-Especially fun this summer when Stubhub actually paid you to go. Much better hot dogs than Yankee Stadium
9)   Montreal-Went to friends Chasuna there and learnt  French curse words. 3 speeding tickets in each direction. Anti Semites at the border told us that Niagra Falls was on the way to Toronto. Is Canada really that big?
10)   Woodbury Commons-By a small margin over Jersey Gardens (during the zman) and Franklin Mills (Bein Hazmanim)

October 09, 2011, 01:49:26 PM
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Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions) whyME: There are many different ones but I'll tell you a few that come to mind. Beats by Yoily Greenfeld and Even Al got rave reviews. It's a more modern style heavy album in the Even Al style. The Second Dance 2 is a great album with a focus on real and high quality music. The sound is amazing but I personaly didn't enjoy the song selection. Many of the songs were old songs and I enjoy newer style songs. The Simchas HaChaim series, numbers 1-4, are more Chassidish, but is one-man-band music. There's Dance with Meshorerim, which is pretty good. I didn't like that they paired up the songs with the singers who originally sang them and missed the opportunity to create original combos. If you're not looking for new stuff, then you could try Dance With Shloime Daskal (not Tanz - that's much older and is one-man-band) which is pretty good. Other older stuff which is good is Project X 3 with Daskal and Shwekey Besimcha, if you like Shwekey. I definatly missed many good albums, but I'm writing this off the top of my head.
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August 29, 2016, 08:26:06 PM
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Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves
Adults that speak with a lisp or other speech or language disorder.
Seriously?

September 03, 2016, 11:15:43 PM
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Re: Hillary Clinton passes out at 09/11 memorial...
And she's not a young lady and she's had quite a rigorous schedule for the last year.  I think we can give her a break and let her rest at her daughters apartment after standing at a memorial for an hour and a half.
Excuse me Mr. Putin these negotiations have been going great and I really don't want WWIII but I need my nap. All this war talk is very tiring. I'll be back soon.


September 11, 2016, 12:00:24 PM
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Re: Host A DansDeals Seminar?
@Dan, not cool to bump the thread and then let us down.
The people have spoken.
Oh boy have they spoken. If only they hadn't.

September 12, 2016, 12:31:41 AM
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Chasing Lava in Hawaii: Warning - May Induce Happiness, by PBaruch (2016) Our love for Hawaii Island (commonly known as the Big Island) is well known and some of you may have read my past two trip reports, which can be found here:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=60541.0

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=60745.0

Our story began years ago while I was reading a photography magazine containing an article about shooting lava on Hawaii Island.  I was absolutely mesmerized by the photographs and immediately began planning our first trip.  Although DW had been bugging me to go to Hawaii before that time, I had never been interested until reading about the lava.  Since that time, we have visited the Big Island several times and we have been very fortunate to befriend some truly wonderful individuals.

Earlier this summer, we heard reports that the lava was again flowing towards the ocean.  The last time that there was ocean entry was in 2013 and although I had seen ocean entry on two prior visits, DW and the kids had not previously seen ocean entry from land.  Also, my little guy wasn't even born yet when the lava was last flowing into the ocean in 2013.  As soon as the lava flow hit the ocean, DW told me she wanted to go back to the Big Island and I wasn't arguing with her.  Also, since I had recently become self employed, taking time off was not really an issue.  I asked my boss for two weeks off and his response was take all the time that you need.

Flight to Hawaii:

ewr-hnl-koa map by P Bryan, on Flickr

IMG-20160824-WA0007 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On the flight to Hawaii we received Regal kosher meals which weren't bad and they were edible.

For this trip, we decided to stay eleven nights at the Sheraton in Kona and two nights in Volcano.  Although DW and I much prefer Volcano over Kona (the kids prefer Kona due to the swimming pool and nearby beaches), it made more sense for us to stay in Kona rather than Volcano for the bulk of this trip.  DW didn't want to spend Shabbos in Volcano and the cost of staying at the Sheraton was minuscule (using SPG points) compared to Volcano (where I had to pay for the hotel with cash).

We arrived in Kona on Wednesday afternoon, picked up our rental car, stopped by Walmart for some drinks and supplies, and then headed to the Sheraton.  Once again, we were treated well and upgraded to a large ocean front room containing three beds (only such room in the entire hotel).  On the following day, we did some more shopping including buying a jogging stroller for our lava adventure.  We stopped by Target and bought this stroller, which served us very well:

http://www.target.com/p/baby-trend-range-lx-jogger-chrome/-/A-15207263

We also stopped by Greenwell Farms, one of our favorite spots in Kona.  We took a farm tour and tasted delicious Kona Coffee.

Taking a tour of the farm:

DSC_7272 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Holding a coffee bean:

DSC_7257 by P Bryan, on Flickr

I love Kona coffee!

DSC_7283 by P Bryan, on Flickr

There is a resident chameleon but we couldn't find it this time.

DSC_7315 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel to get some sleep.  We awoke at about 12:00 a.m. and headed out at about 12:30 a.m. for the drive to Kalapana for our trip to the ocean entry.  At the present time, there are three ways to access the area where lava is flowing into the ocean: (i) walk the approximately 10 miles round trip over the county emergency access road from Kalapana (you can also walk over the road from the National Park side as well); (ii) rent a bicycle from one of several companies and ride to the ocean entry; or (iii) pay for Kalapana Cultural Tours to drive you most of the way and then hike or bike the remaining approximately 1.8 miles each way.  We chose the shuttle tour as it is very important for us to do as much as we can as a family and expose our kids to these wonders.  I was lucky to be introduced to the owner of Kalapana Cultural Tours, who graciously arranged a private tour for my family.  We were shuttled in a 4WD van and we then hiked the remainder of the way to the lava flow.  Unfortunately my buddy, photographer Bruce Omori, was unavailable to join us at that time.  I was able to go out to shoot lava with Bruce later in our trip, more about which is discussed below.

The county emergency access road:

DSC_8005 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Photographs taken at the ocean entry:

DSC_7772 by P Bryan, on Flickr

IMG_3239 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_7454 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_7854 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_7910 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Photographs of the lava from past trips:

Lava ocean entry on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2011. by P Bryan, on Flickr

Lava flowing into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2013. by P Bryan, on Flickr

Lava flowing into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2013 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After being out most of the night and into the morning hours, we returned back to the hotel for much needed naps.  We relaxed and prepared for Shabbos at the Sheraton.

On Sunday we visited Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park.  Although we had driven past Punalu'u on prior trips, we had never previously visited this particular park.  Punalu'u is famous for having sea turtles on the beach but none were there during our visit.  I didn't find Punalu'u to be particularly attractive but it is relatively easy to access this park and the black sand beach.

DSC_8020 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Lilly pond behind the beach:

DSC_8024 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After Punalu'u, we visited South Point where we watched some local kids jump off the cliff into the ocean below.  Also, I went hunting for the South Point marker, which denominates South Point as the southernmost point in the United States.  After an unsuccessful attempt on my own, I asked one of the locals who was fishing in the area about the marker.  He directed me to an area behind a large rock.  Once again, I went off in search of the marker but found nothing.  I went back to the local and he explained that the marker was nothing more than the remains of a plastic rod cemented in the rock:

DSC_8031 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After speaking to the local for a few minutes, he told me that his cousin owned Kalapana Cultural Tours and he asked me to send his regards.  After South Point, we headed back to the hotel to pick up frozen meat that we had brought from home for a BBQ with friends.  On the way to the BBQ, we stopped off at Walmart to buy a grill and supplies.

We met our friends and their families for a BBQ at a beach near Costco:

DJI_0006 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8070 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8075 by P Bryan, on Flickr

We grilled hotdogs, salami, burgers, and vegetables.  Our friends brought lilikoi (otherwise known as passion fruit) and breadfruit (which we grilled as well).

DSC_8045 by P Bryan, on Flickr

The lilikoi was delicious and we couldn't get enough.  The breadfruit was...something to taste once.  The fruits in Hawaii taste amazing and you can immediately tell the difference between Hawaii grown fruit and the stuff we get back home.

The following day we took a snorkel trip to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.  Although we had snorkeled there once before, it was worthwhile to return.  Once again, the kids had an amazing time.  On the way there we saw a school of flying fish and on the way back we saw a pod of dolphins.

DSC_8101 by P Bryan, on Flickr

P1020600 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After the snorkeling trip, we visited the beach by the Lava Lava Club in Waikoloa (near the Hilton), where we stayed for sunset.  We had wanted to photograph sunset from behind the fish pond by 'Anaeho'omalu Beach, but it was closed for construction.  Turtles can often be found on this beach but none were there when we visited.  (Noticed a pattern yet?)

DSC_8244 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8251 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On Tuesday we visited Waimea and the Parker Ranch.

Driveway leading to the Parker Ranch:

DSC_8265 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8274 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Inside the main house:

DSC_8292 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Room inside another house at the ranch:

DSC_8318 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After Parker Ranch we visited Umauma Falls, which is considered by some to be the most beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island.  We received free admission as it was raining when we pulled up.  However, when we arrived at the falls, the rain stopped and we had a perfect view.

DSC_8344 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8376 by P Bryan, on Flickr

My little guy took this picture of me:

IMG_4349 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On Wednesday we visited the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm near the airport in Kona, information about which can be found here:

https://www.seahorse.com/

At the seahorse farm, our kids were able to feed and hold seahorses and it was one of their favorite activities.  We found out about the seahorse farm thanks to my buddy Mitch and his wife, who also happened to be on the Big Island at the same time.

DSC_8384 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8408 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8402 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8436 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Feeding some fish:

DSC_8460 by P Bryan, on Flickr

The touch tank:

DSC_8498 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8510 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8489 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After the seahorse farm, we went to the Hilton at Waikoloa, which has a saltwater lagoon that is open to the ocean but contains grates to prevent anything dangerous from getting in.  At the lagoon, you can rent hydro-bike, kayaks, or paddleboats and see colorful reef fish and green sea turtles.  Due to the expected Hurricane Madeline, boat and equipment rentals were ended early.  Luckily for us, neither of the two expected hurricanes affected us at all.  The weather in Kona and Volcano was perfect for the days that we were in each place.

Information about the lagoon can be found here:

http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/resort-experiences/lagoon-and-beach

While at the lagoon, the kids fed a sea turtle:

DSC_8665 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8689 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Since we were so close, we went back to the beach by the Lava Lava Club in Waikoloa for sunset.  Once again, there were no sea turtles to be seen.

DSC_8707 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On Thursday we went to Pololu Valley, a short but steep hike to a black sand beach.  Although it was pretty, Waipio is still my favorite valley and black sand beach on the Big Island.

DSC_8758 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8723 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8746 by P Bryan, on Flickr

After Pololu, we visited Kiholo Bay where we stayed until sunset.  Kiholo is another beach know for sea turtles but once again none were to be found.

DSC_8759 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8766 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8773 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On Friday, DW and the girls visited Mauna Loa Observatory while I stayed with the little guy at the Sheraton.  Principally NOAA is based there, with a few other agencies also conducting experiments.  A NOAA technician conducted the tour.

Road to the observatory:

IMG_5045 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Ozone detecting equipment is inside this telescope-like structure.  The technician was happy to rotate the dome and open it for them.

IMG_5071 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Touring the observatory:

IMG_5094 by P Bryan, on Flickr

List of famous astronauts who visited the observatory:

IMG_5135 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DW requests that I give you the following to ponder: is there more carbon dioxide in the air in the summer or winter and why?

After DW and the girls returned to the hotel, we prepared for Shabbos.  I made a fried potato kugel:

DSC_8792 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DW made chicken in a crock pot, which was transferred out right before Shabbos, and replaced with cholent:

12369 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On Sunday, DW and the kids went swimming and used the water slide while I helped pack out for our transfer to Volcano.  Along the way to Volcano we stopped off again at Greenwell Farms for delicious Kona coffee.  One of the employees, Chai, recognized us and came running over asking me if I was Mr. PBaruch.  When I responded that I was, she thanked me warmly for our return visit with an Asian greeting.

After Greenwell Farms we stopped off at two roadside fruit stands on the way to Volcano.

Cooks Bounty Fruit Stand:

DSC_8795 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8798 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Basket of lilikoi (DSC_8799) by P Bryan, on Flickr

Judy's Fruit Stand:

DSC_8818 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8811 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8808 by P Bryan, on Flickr

That evening, Bruce and I arranged to shoot the lava flowing into the ocean.  After we arrived in Volcano I did my best to get some rest but the noise from the kids jumping about coupled with my excitement precluded any sleep.  I was scheduled to meet up with Bruce at 1:30 a.m. at a gas station along the way to Kalapana.  I arrived at the gas station at about 12:40 a.m. and went into the gas station convenience store.  Afterwards, I sat in the car for a bit but became restless.  I then decided to linger outside the car for a while.  Several minutes later, four police cars showed up, which I though was due to the strange lurker hanging around.  Luckily I wasn't tackled or tasered that evening.  Bruce arrived at about 1:40 a.m. and we both went into the convenience store (right past the police officers) to stock up on drinks for the trip.  After we exited the store, the police asked us if we were coming or going.  I responded that it was "lava time" and asked if the police officers wanted to join, to which they all had a good laugh.

Bruce was able to drive his truck to the second gate down the county emergency access road (the farthest that anyone can drive), from which point we rode bicycles the rest of the way.  I rented a bicycle from Kaimu Rentals (808-333-4392), which is owned by my friend Junior (same person who guided me and my friend Alex to the lava in 2011).  I could not rent a bicycle from Kalapana Cultural Tours as they did not have anyone available to provide me with a bicycle in the middle of the night.

I mounted the bicycle wearing my heavy camera backpack and tripod, rode forward for a short distance, and promptly fell over sideways.  I hadn't been on a bicycle in years and was off balance with the backpack and tripod (that was hanging off to one side).  What happened next was quite comical.  I got back on the bicycle but must have looked like a drunk as I weaved back and forth.  Once I did get the hang of it, I realized how uncomfortable it was to sit on a narrow hard seat with a heavy load on my back.  My tuchus ached for quite a while but we managed to arrive at the lava at about 3:30 a.m.

Shooting lava is incredibly challenging and the magic light is only there for a very brief period of time.  Despite not always being able to properly capture the lava during the darkness of the night, Bruce and I both enjoyed the show.  At times the lava flowed like a river into the ocean while at other times it dripped as if from a leaky faucet.  We also saw lava exploding like a firecracker and lava balls rolling in the surf.

Pictures taken of the ocean entry:

DSC_8930 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_8958 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9272 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9302 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9392 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9686 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Videos taken of the ocean entry:





I returned back to the hotel in Volcano at about 9:00 a.m. and took a much needed nap for a few hours.  We ran a few errands in the afternoon and then visited Volcanoes National Park, where we saw the endangered nene.  We received a free one year family National Park Pass due to the following program for fourth graders:

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/

Pictures of the nene:

DSC_9778 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9768 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9730 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9737 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Flowers at Volcanoes National Park:

DSC_9702 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9749 by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9748 by P Bryan, on Flickr

Afterwards, we stopped off at Jagger Museum to observe Halemaumau Crater.  The lava level in the crater was quite high and, for the first time, we were able to see lava spattering from the overlook.  I did not, however, take any photographs at that time as I had previously seen better.

The following day we returned home:

ito-hnl-ewr map by P Bryan, on Flickr

DSC_9781 by P Bryan, on Flickr

On our flight home, we received Regal kosher meals which were absolutely horrible and barely edible.   On our return flight this past February we received kosher meals from Oahu Kosher that were quite delicious.  We were looking forward to receiving meals again from Oahu kosher and were very disappointed with the Regal meals.  I'm not sure of the reason for the change but I hope UA continues to use Oahu Kosher in the future.

In summary, we didn't have the opportunity to do everything we would have liked due to time constraints and the two threatened hurricanes.  Nevertheless, we had an extremely restful two-weeks on the Big Island which is unlike many of our other trips.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this trip report.

September 12, 2016, 08:51:58 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...

September 14, 2016, 10:48:45 AM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
Maybe he's a waiter?
Or a mohel.

September 26, 2016, 05:30:48 PM
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Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread @JTZ - I apologize for the wall of text, but I feel this is important context to provide for the discussion.

Most of us on this forum are visibly Jewish. If we don't have beards and hats, we have kippas and tzitzis, etc. I would be surprised if the number of people here who have had an anti-Semitic experience is less than 100%. The stats show that Jews are on the receiving end of more hate crimes than any other group.

I've gotten middle fingers in Johannesburg, been spat on in Durban, and often walk over a swastika etched into the sidewalk near my in law's home in one of the Mid-Western United States. When I was in Yeshiva in Paris for a year, friends of mine where beaten up (This was almost 15 years ago - now it is MUCH worse).

I was spat on in an airport when I was 13. At least a dozen people saw it. The spitter was more than double my age. No one did or said a thing.
Those fist fights in Paris? Some were on full trains. Again, no one did or said a thing.

I have never reported a hate crime. No one I know ever has - and I know people who have experienced far more violent things then I have.

I live in Brooklyn, a truly liberal and hip city (Hilary Clinton's headquarters). Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti are common occurrences - in alley ways, on subway platforms, and more.  When a group of thugs threw rocks at a school bus filled with little Jewish kids it didn't even make local news. A Chassidic guy was left unconscious under a car one night after a spate of anti-Semitic events - it only made the news when a few hundred of us marched to the precinct the next day.

You know what made news? When a swastika was painted the day after Trump won.

Weird, huh?

That Muslims and Neo-Nazis beat us is to be expected. But, in a sense, you know what is worse? Leftist, liberal self-righteous hypocrites who find it ok to mock, ridicule and antagonize "Ultra-Orthodox Right Wing Fundamentalist" Jews - while throwing fits of rage at every perceived micro-aggression against any other minority or race.

For example:

Gentrification is a big deal. Neither I nor any of my friends can afford to buy a home in our neighborhood. Renting an apt is nigh impossible. But whenever you read or hear about gentrification in Crown Heights, you will find out about Chassidic Landlords (Slumlords) who are mistreating and pushing out the Black community.  Of course lower and middle class blacks are being pushed out. So are the Jews! But it is ok for the media to paint the Chassidic community with the broad anti-Semitic brush of being hook nosed landlords cheating the poor blacks out of their money and homes. In actuality, it is market forces being driven by young artisanal, hipster farm-to-table vegans which are responsible.

This anti-Semitic attitude directly contributes to the violent antisemitism I sampled above, just as Al Sharpton’s “diamond merchant” rhetoric led to riots and murder.

This is just one tiny example that I deal with in NYC, one of the largest concentrations of visible Jews on the planet, in the shining pride of Western civilization. In other places, it is far, far worse. (Look at Jeremy Corbyn in the UK for a start, and we can go from there.)

So that's why we don't care about hate crime stats. We know firsthand that they don't even begin to tell the story. That's why we are so skeptical of leftists and the media speaking of hate crimes - we have a long history of them not only ignoring hate crimes committed against us, but agitating and prodding those who do us actual harm.

December 07, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
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Re: Israel's good friend Obama...
What is a "settlement"?
1 brick, wood, grain, and sheep.

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February 03, 2017, 11:44:29 AM
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Re: What Are You Eating?
that's the way to do it....

Anyone here ever had fresh fish
What I mean is Caught yourself cut open and take a piece of Sashimi
Many times.

This one time in Penang Malaysia, I was trying to find something lekovod shabbos but there was absolutely no kosher food to be found. An hour before shabbos, I had given up on the search and am riding my moped on the way back to the guest, I see an old man fishing at the pier. I stop and look into his bucket and sure enough, there's a beautiful parrot fish swimming around in there. Its got the scales & fins so I offer him $1 and he agrees. On my way back to the guesthouse I get lost in thought, trying to figure out what to do now as there's no time to light a fire or kasher a BBQ. Suddenly, I see a mechanic working on a motorcycle at a repair shop. I stop and ask him if I can borrow his blow-torch, he gives me his torch and his mouth dropped when he sees me pull out a brightly colored parrot fish from my bag. I sliced it open, fillet it and grilled it with the torch. Made it back to the guesthouse with plenty of time to spare before zman.

The fish tasted amazing BTW (not the best i've had, but definitely elevated my shabbos)

Has anyone else ever tried Parrot Fish?


February 08, 2017, 04:28:58 PM
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Re: What Are You Eating?
Many times.

This one time in Penang Malaysia, I was trying to find something lekovod shabbos but there was absolutely no kosher food to be found. An hour before shabbos, I had given up on the search and am riding my moped on the way back to the guest, I see an old man fishing at the pier. I stop and look into his bucket and sure enough, there's a beautiful parrot fish swimming around in there. Its got the scales & fins so I offer him $1 and he agrees. On my way back to the guesthouse I get lost in thought, trying to figure out what to do now as there's no time to light a fire or kasher a BBQ. Suddenly, I see a mechanic working on a motorcycle at a repair shop. I stop and ask him if I can borrow his blow-torch, he gives me his torch and his mouth dropped when he sees me pull out a brightly colored parrot fish from my bag. I sliced it open, fillet it and grilled it with the torch. Made it back to the guesthouse with plenty of time to spare before zman.

The fish tasted amazing BTW (not the best i've had, but definitely elevated my shabbos)

Has anyone else ever tried Parrot Fish?


Forget about the fish my life is so boring compared to yours.

February 08, 2017, 04:51:40 PM
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Re: What Are You Eating?
Many times.

This one time in Penang Malaysia, I was trying to find something lekovod shabbos but there was absolutely no kosher food to be found. An hour before shabbos, I had given up on the search and am riding my moped on the way back to the guest, I see an old man fishing at the pier. I stop and look into his bucket and sure enough, there's a beautiful parrot fish swimming around in there. Its got the scales & fins so I offer him $1 and he agrees. On my way back to the guesthouse I get lost in thought, trying to figure out what to do now as there's no time to light a fire or kasher a BBQ. Suddenly, I see a mechanic working on a motorcycle at a repair shop. I stop and ask him if I can borrow his blow-torch, he gives me his torch and his mouth dropped when he sees me pull out a brightly colored parrot fish from my bag. I sliced it open, fillet it and grilled it with the torch. Made it back to the guesthouse with plenty of time to spare before zman.

The fish tasted amazing BTW (not the best i've had, but definitely elevated my shabbos)

Has anyone else ever tried Parrot Fish?


This post won this thread. Everyone can go home now.

February 08, 2017, 05:14:34 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
February 12, 2017, 12:00:38 AM
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Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
What in the world does he think the story of Purim is?

Ummm, have you not read the Megillah? The evil occupying Jews went and murdered thousands of indigenous Middle Eastern refugee children.

March 22, 2017, 03:43:53 PM
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Re: Something Fishy's Trip Reports Thread
Any chance we see a TR of Banff or Svalbard

Yes

anytime soon?

No :P

March 26, 2017, 04:19:38 PM
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Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
When I was a bochur, a good friend of mine who used to do Hashgocho gigs for the OK told me, that the OK will not take Lubavitchers as mashgichim for Sukkos programs. The reasoning was that a "Lubavitcher" who would go on such a program, couldn't be makpid on not drinking outside the sukkah, so if he's willing to go somewhere where he can't keep up to that, he might not be so ירא שמים. While for a non-Lubavitcher drinking outside the sukkah is a non-issue.

I don't know if this was a strict policy, and whether it might be the current policy, or only an idea that came up in conversation.

Sure,  but the bochurim who want to go to cancun for pesach are probably spending their spare time drawing the kav

April 21, 2017, 04:32:05 PM
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Re: Shlichus Addiction?
Tell that to all the Chabadnicks davening to the Rebbe.
Sure thing. I'll do it at the next meeting.

April 25, 2017, 07:17:33 PM
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Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners
I should've not posted this
Eta: in fact...
Lechatchileh ariber doesn't question their decisions.

April 28, 2017, 02:15:16 PM
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Re: Viva La Revolución! Time-traveling to Cuba with Something Fishy, whYME, and CITH First a like, then scrolling back up to read.
May 03, 2017, 12:59:45 PM
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Re: Happy 9th Birthday DDF Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm looking for tickets to Israel for free for Sukkos. I have some chase points and a Southwest free drink coupon.


Thanks!

May 28, 2017, 04:43:32 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread .
June 08, 2017, 07:42:58 AM
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Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons
I daven in a chabad shul quit often even-though i am very far from being chabad. I love the shabbos night dancing (is that all chabad?) and singing. I also like the hagbah practice of putting sefer torah back down and rolling it. It is just more practical and simple.
What is a bit more perplexing is the obsession with chasidus and דירה בתחתונים and not much else.  I do get the point but its really over focused upon. (I'm sure its good for some, but with a open mind i just don't connect with it).
 Overall chabab peeps are amazing with hearts of gold and they bring so much joy to so many remote and close Jews.
If דירה בתחתונים is the purpose of my creation and the purpose of all the world's, it makes sense to be obsessed with it

June 12, 2017, 06:23:36 PM
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Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves
Could of. Should of. Would of. Must of.
That's because you're assuming people writing (or saying) those expressions are trying to communicate in English. Once you realize it's a different language that happens to sound like English, it shouldn't bother you anymore.

June 15, 2017, 09:17:29 AM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
Is it just me or has the stupidity level risen considerably since the creation of YouTube?

No, it's just that now they have an idiot-proof tool to easily broadcast their stupidity to the world.

June 29, 2017, 08:42:52 AM
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Re: Random questions.
Is there some type of digital signature I can get so individuals know they are dealing with the Real McCoy?
This is a case of reverse identity theft. Usually it is a few people using one identity. Here it is e few identities using one person.

June 29, 2017, 11:39:18 PM
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Re: Best way Brooklyn to GWB at night
though when isn't there traffic?!?!

I remember it well. It was a Tuesday, 1:45pm, to be exact, back in August of 2004. It was glorious.

June 30, 2017, 11:26:33 AM
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July 03, 2017, 12:46:56 PM
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Re: The New DDMS! Now I can't fall asleep. Watching for bugs. [ yes, this is a blatant placeholder for likes]. Let's break a record for the most liked post :-)
July 04, 2017, 11:27:17 AM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
it may be factually wrong but it reads
Are you responding to me or talking about your 6 year old?

July 05, 2017, 10:21:30 PM
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Re: The New DDMS! Ya know, I hate any and all change, so I was never a big fan of the new site. But i just noticed that you still use "linky" and haven't switched to "link", so I'm pacified.
July 06, 2017, 03:55:30 PM
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure We were up at 3:30 in the morning to head to EWR, and my bother in law was crazy enough to give us a lift, thankfully. Our premier upgrades to IAH didn't clear, but at least we got the exit row for free, so legroom was wonderful. Flight was completely uneventful, and we landed in Houston to a light drizzle.

The UA lounge in IAH was decent, and we spent an hour or so relaxing. The lounge is on the third floor, so we had a great view of the apron, which was completely dominated by UA (excuse the cellphone picture...):



We got upgraded to J for the second leg, but this being a United 737, legroom was absolutely horrible. Leave it to United to have a business product that's less comfortable than coach... In any case, the seats were wide, the flight was short, and we survived .

Approaching Roatan we flew over the incredible reef and the West End area, where our hotel was located. If you squint you could just make it out, past the half-moon bay on the top:



RTB is a tiny airport right on the beach. I found it interesting that the control tower is located way off the airport grounds, on top of a nearby hill:



The airport itself is pretty much a mess. Customs, immigration, and baggage claim all happens inside a single room with no A/C. There are a number of Americans hanging around trying to direct and move groups of people (apparently it's a thing here for retired American expats to volunteer at the airport when American planes land), but it wasn't working very well. A nice American lady directed my wife and I to the immigration "group line". I was processed first, but then my wife was left standing by herself for fifteen minutes (after which the agent was proud to tell her how much she "respects the Amish culture" ). And of course, the baggage handlers also made sure that all priority-tagged luggage came out dead last.

The good part about waiting for my bags was that it gave me an opportunity to observe the customs queue. As expected, all bags were put through an x-ray, but thankfully the operator was busy looking everywhere but. When we finally went through, he didn't even glance at his monitor once and lo and behold, we were in Honduras with all our kosher food intact.

We got picked up by the hotel van, which was driven by an incredibly entertaining local. He had his son next to him and they did this whole back-and-forth spiel all about the island and its history. "How many groups of people are there on Roatan?" "Five!" "And what are their names?" "Garifuna, Caracoles..." It was quite cute and enjoyable, and surprisingly informative.

Our room turned out to be in the main building and was quite adequate. Clean, good air conditioning, a fridge, and so on. Other than needing to kill a large troop of fire ants at one points we had no complaints.

We didn't have anything planned with what was left for the day, so we just took it easy, resting and exploring the resort grounds.

Late afternoon and sunset along the resort's oceanfront:





This little guy held on even as waves constantly crashed over him:







After an early night, it was another early morning for us. We wanted to head into town for some souvenirs and fresh fish, find some groceries, and then head to the airport to meet our chartered plane and fly to the next island, Utila.

The lady at the front desk suggested that we walk to town instead of taking a car, and that she'll meet us there with our bags to take us to the airport. Considering that we were running a bit late and town was just a quick stroll down the road, we took her advice.

Walking into town:





Seems legit :



A lovely crescent beach, with waters so clear that we were able to see fish swimming all the way from the road:







Looks like we've found our souvenir shop:



Who apparently have a couple of yeshivisha guys for sale:



Duly memento-ed, we needed to find some fish. We knew that fishermen often sell their catch on the side of the road, and indeed it wasn't long before we found one. $20 got us three yellowtail and a big red snapper, which he then cleaned in the ocean for us:





Cleaning the fish took longer than we expected, so we were technically running late for the airport. We still needed to get some grocery staples, so we stopped at a larger grocery near the airport. There was a ton of kosher food, surprisingly - it seemed that half the items for sale were regular American brands with an OU. We bought some fruits and veggies, snacks, oil, and things like that.

Our flight was scheduled for 10:00 am, but we got to the airport at 10:05. The beauty of chartering your own plane ...

And now the adventure began in earnest.

July 06, 2017, 04:55:23 PM
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Re: How to go on vacation without children I stupidly clicked on this thread thinking that I might find information on going on vacation without children. I've been here long enough, should have known better.

July 13, 2017, 07:46:34 PM
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Re: How to go on vacation without children Isn't the title of this thread what came up in Casey Anthony's Google search history?
July 17, 2017, 01:37:00 PM
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Re: Is this a scam or not?
Have you ever heard of a treadmill? Do you know what you do on it?
Sure, you hang your laundry.

July 19, 2017, 09:08:34 AM
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Re: Your Funny/Strange/Interesting/Random Story Thread

Mods, please rename the thread "FWDs From Grandma."

TIA

July 19, 2017, 04:16:17 PM
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Re: Website Developer
Anyone know of a good cheap website developer?
Good or Cheap?

July 24, 2017, 01:27:35 PM
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Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
It isn't a testimony and has never been meant as more than an illustration.

Do you feel that there are not any fringes at all who have gone too far and/or have gone off the deep end?

So far as to include the 13 ikrim in the siddur?!?!?!

July 25, 2017, 05:28:25 PM
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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
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Re: how to open a travel agency
Hi

Can someone walk me through to process to become a travel agency?

Step 1

August 23, 2017, 10:51:31 PM
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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
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Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread


August 29, 2017, 05:35:58 PM
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I'm not serviced by coned  :(

August 30, 2017, 04:34:40 PM
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Re: Jewish Philosophy

I want to start a new thread about Jewish philosophy. I searched the forums and couldn't find something like it, so I'm making a new one.
Funniest part of this whole thread! You couldn't find a thread that discusses Jewish philosophy?

August 30, 2017, 11:08:32 PM
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