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Who thought it would be a good idea to have this massive project right at the exit of our biggest artery out?

Just Shmooze / Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions)
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:23:27 AM »
Fried's Relax is available (I got it on MostlyMusic, don't know where else it's available).

Interestingly, the download comes with two files, one split into medleys and one into tracks.
They also did that with Shulem Brodt's previous album, Mashmia Shuloim.

Thx. Is there a way to download on Amazon based on melodies and not songs.
Is there anything to do about the breaks between songs in the melodies?
I bought it on Amazon so I could use my digital credits and also because it might have been a few cents cheaper.

I did not check this carefully for this particular album, but it's possible that how bad those breaks are might depend on which player you use. If it's just a delay due to the player, you could fix it by using an editor to string the tracks together to get the same result as Mostly Music's medleys.

Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: June 25, 2020, 02:24:04 AM »
Are there any offers now for paying cell phone bills?

Spend $100 or more, get $5 back. Up to 4 times (total of $20).

On your cell phone bill

Expires in 5 days
Get a $5 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to pay your cell phone bill  of $100+ in one or more transactions online directly with a US-based wireless telephone provider by 6/30/2020. Limit of 4 statement credits (total of $20). See terms.

Enrollment limited. Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid only for payments for wireless telephone service charges made directly with US wireless telephone service providers via online, mobile app, or by phone. Purchases made with third parties, authorized retailers or resellers are excluded. Excludes purchases for VoIP, hardware, equipment, and bundled home/cable services. Offer is non-transferable.   Limit of 4 statement credits (total of $20 back) per Card Member. The enrolled Card account must not be cancelled or past due to receive statement credits. Any benefit earned from this offer is in addition to the rewards (i.e. Membership Rewards or cash back) earned as part of your existing Card benefits, but your ability to earn spend-based rewards for the purchase will be based on the amount after any statement credit or other discount is applied. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 6/30/2020, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. Merchants are assigned codes based on what they primarily sell. Your transaction also will not qualify if the merchant’s code is not eligible. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: K0KT:0001

General Discussion / Re: Bingo wholesale club in Brooklyn
« on: June 18, 2020, 04:49:05 AM »
It is a grocery.
As per their MCC is 5300, which is the same as Costco and BJ's.

General Discussion / Re: Bingo wholesale club in Brooklyn
« on: June 18, 2020, 01:56:31 AM »
Does Bingo Code as 5× for grocery shopping with the sapphire reserve/Freedom?
Not now; that was 2018 Q4.
For this quarter, Discover IT gives 5% cash back at Bingo.

Credit Cards / Citi doing away with Amex cards?
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:32:43 AM »
I was recently notified that Citi will expire my AAdvantage Platinum Select card at the end of 2020, which is before the expiration date embossed on the card. They will replace it with a Mastercard.

Did anyone else get this notice for the AAdvantage Amex or for any other Amex card issued by Citi?

They used to offer a choice of Visa, Mastercard and Amex. Now the only non-Mastercard credit card available for new applications on their site is the Costco Visa.

COVID-19 / Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Discussion / Re: Tischler Made It
« on: June 17, 2020, 11:40:30 AM »
I think the title to this thread answers these questions

Have you ever heard of Tischler before? Well now you have
I wouldn't think he's capable of challenging them
He lost to Kalman Yeger in the 2017 City Council election.

Temporarily out of stock but still accepting orders.

when I login I see only .03 discount silver status and yes alt id enabled so I am not sure what I am doing wrong Maybe I will contact them
Is your Stop & Shop card linked to Fuel Rewards? Check here:

I still have silver but my question remains can I combine gas points($1.50 discount) and silver status(.03 discount)?
Yes. When you log in to or the Fuel Rewards app, it should clearly show what your combined discount will be.

If you will be using your alternate ID, make sure it is enabled in Fuel Rewards under Account > Profile.

also how do you rack up a lot of fuel rewards points to combine with gas points?  Meaning I mostly shop for GC purchases at stop and shop and have silver fuel rewards status(.03) but the (.03) is minuscule. How else do people add on the fuel rewards discounts?  Most of the fuel rewards offers are places I don't shop.
Every once in a while, a worthwhile Fuel Rewards earning opportunity arises. I have earned points for linking a MasterCard when I signed up, for linking to the Shell app, as a rebate for buying motor oil, and probably a few other times that I don't remember.

If I understand it correctly, you can also add other partner accounts such as Giant.

I thought you can combine gas points and fuel rewards points at the pump?
but last time I went it only took off $1.50(1500 gas points) not the additional silver status discount (.03 fuel rewards discount)
Which card did you swipe at the pump - Fuel Rewards or Stop & Shop?

General Discussion / Re: Optimum internet
« on: June 10, 2020, 05:05:17 PM »
  That could very possibly be.
 Either it could be the wiring going into my home or the actual CAT5 wire.
 We'll swap it out and see what happens.
Make sure the maximum speed your cable modem is rated for is at least the speed you are paying for.

If you're paying for 100Mbps or more, you need a gigabit connection from the cable modem to your router, which requires:
The cable modem's Ethernet port has to be gigabit capable.
The router's WAN port has to be gigabit capable.
The cable connecting the cable modem to the router has to be gigabit capable, which is Category 5e or better (I would use at least Category 6) with all 8 conductors intact.

Just Shmooze / Re: Why I Hate USPS
« on: June 04, 2020, 04:34:02 AM »
um, ok...   (delivery address is in Brooklyn)

Mileage run.
It's happened to me before. They eventually figured it out and sent it to the right address.

There is no actual curfew in Nassau, is there?

I don't know about the whole county, but there will be a curfew in at least one village:

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