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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Did you cancel your cleaning help?
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:31:10 PM »
I understand many women need cleaning help in order to stay sane, especially these days.
However, if we are going to practice social distancing, itís not logical to have cleaning help going house to house spreading germs. (If you have a live-in, you can keep her :) )
From what I hear, most of my neighborhood didnít cancel their cleaning help.

Did you?

Anyone know if this is true that the KCL told SSSS to take down their Israeli flag?

Just Shmooze / Why do so many people still support the Mir?
« on: April 08, 2019, 04:54:13 PM »
So last night the Mir held their annual dinner and it got me thinking: Why do so many people still support the Mir?
Obviously many people have tremendous Hakaras Hatov for the years they spent there.
But the Mir has changed radically with the passing of Reb Nosson Tzvi ZATZAL. It's under new management. The warmth, the achdus and the feeling of being part of something, that existed 10 years ago, just isn't the same today.
As it no longer has an open-door policy, many of those that attended the dinner last night wouldn't get accepted if they would be 22 today. And many of their sons won't be getting in when they become of age.
Rabbi Beinstock was shown the door. Reb Nissan Kaplan left as well, I'm not sure exactly why.
They both opened their own yeshivos.
Rav Berel Whitman was also told to leave, but I hear they let him back quietly.

True, they have thousands of people learning all day. But so do Chevron, Ponevezh and many other yeshivos.
And there are American yeshivos in EY like Eichenstein's, Feivelsohns, Rubenstien's, Yagdil, Reb Dovid, Reb Sholom Shechter.....
Why not support them?

Goods For Sale/Trade / Selling New Bugaboos- Starting at $650
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:45:19 PM »
I currently have in stock- (In Lakewood)

Bugaboo Buffalo- $650
Bugaboo Cameleon 3 Special Edition Avenue- $780
Bugaboo Cameleon 3- $700

PM me with any questions.

Just Shmooze / Screwed by a CPA-Any advice?
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:36:54 PM »
I always filed my taxes myself online. This year, because I moved, and got married I figured I would just pay a CPA to take care of it. I did some homework and heard good things about a certain CPA in Lakewood. I didn't know all the details but I heard by making an IRA I could take advantage of the Savers Credit and hopefully knock $2,000 of my tax bill. In the beginning on March I went into their office and they said they are too busy to file now but they can file an extension and take care of it after tax day. I said "Sure, no problem, just promise me I won't lose anything by doing it this way. They said "Yes." They gave me a short paper to fill out and one of the questions was "Would you like to discuss contributing to an IRA to lower your taxes? I checked off YES.  Afterwards they estimated my taxes, and instructed me to make my payments. Fast forward to May, when they called me to finish up my taxes. I asked about the IRA, and they said "That had to be done by april 15th.  It's not our problem to tell you that". I tried to argue that I knew about this deduction and I wanted to discuss the IRA with them back in March, and they had pushed me away until the summer, saying I wouldn't lose anything by filing an extension and taking care of my taxes after. 

The short story is they screwed me. I believe, as people rely on their advice and pay them nicely for it, they should be held accountable when they screw up like this. Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? Do you believe the CPA should accept responsibility?

Up In The Air / Air France cabin crew strike
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:29:13 PM »
They plan to strike July 27- August 2.

I'm sure there will be more details to follow.
Please post your experiences changing tickets.

I'm selling one year UNLIMITED USE Loungeclub memberships for $60.
They have lounges in JFK, Newark, Tel Aviv and most airports in the world.
You can check for more info.
PM me if you would like to buy.

This loungecard is valid for one year from when you get it.
You can use it as many times as you want.
You can even bring friends or family into the lounge for free.
It will take 10-14 business days for you to receive the card.

Up In The Air / Southwest vs. UPS
« on: April 18, 2016, 02:33:22 PM »
I need 100 pounds of food shipped Overnight. Instead of paying UPS, I was thinking of: booking a friend a southwest flight, he would check the bags and go home. I would pick them up when they arrive in my city.
I believe PPBM doesn't apply to domestic flights, so the bags will fly even though he's a no-show.
Any potential problems?

Goods For Sale/Trade / $50 for an unlimited Loungeclub membership
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:56:07 PM »
I'm selling one year UNLIMITED USE Loungeclub passes.
They have lounges in JFK, Newark, Tel Aviv and most airports in the world.
You can check for more info.
PM me.

Up In The Air / United $80 roundtrip LA to Chicago in May
« on: January 29, 2016, 07:50:57 AM »
May 3-7 and 14-18 and probably more dates.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Up to $50 off any SPG stay
« on: October 21, 2015, 01:36:37 PM »
I'm paying $25 to the next 2 people who book a PAID stay from my account (with your CC).
Reservations with cash & points don't count.
Stay must be before dec 31st.
I only need 2 more stays.
I'll keep this thread updated.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Marriot cat 1-5 7 night stay
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:46:44 PM »
I didn't see this anywhere so i started a new thread.
Selling a 7 night stay good at any Marriott category 1-5.
Good through August 31, 2016 and can be extended at least until the end of February 2017.
Asking $750.

First of all Thank you very much to the DDFers that helped me out planning this trip.
And especially to the one who was supposed to come  8)

This trip started out 4am motzai tisha bav on an hour of sleep heading to TLV.
We made a pit stop in RBS to pick some beef jerky that got sent in from USA.
After getting interrogated by israeli security "so your going to jordan for the day and then dubai for one day and then Hong Kong for only a day and then Phillipines..." we stopped in a glorified sitting area called the Dan Lounge.

Prob the best you can do with 30k AA-that's 22CPP!

Just Shmooze / How many Redcards do you have?
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:17:33 PM »
How many Redcards, bluebirds and Serves do you currently have IN YOUR NAME?
To Noobs: I know officially you can only have one.

The free night can only be used at Category 1-4 hotels.
Annual fee of $85 is waived the first year.
Great for families or road trips if you're OK with marriott 10-15k hotels.
This offer comes and goes every few months so you won't be missing much if you wait on it.(CMIIW)

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