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Trip Reports / William Vale in Williamsburg
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:07:32 PM »
We stayed at the brand new William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg earlier this month.

Right when pulling up to the curb we were met by concierge with a cart and they unloaded all of our luggage and brought it to our room for us. Checkin was really friendly and nice and upgraded us to a Gotham Corner suite with wraparound balcony on the 14th floor. The lobby has really cool modern chairs in all sorts of shapes and sizes and was a cool place to sit around and chat.

Up to our room on the 14th floor there were stunning views of NYC from the porch and nice porch furniture on a private porch high above the city to relax on. The rooms were really nice with modern amenities such as electronic blackout curtains, an electronic do no disturb button, and key cards that only need to be waved near the door and not inserted. The bed was really comfortable and as a suite we also had a nice couch a cool modern chair to chill on.

There was a really cool bathtub next to a large picture window with a great view of the city.... The amenities were really nice including a wooden comb that I still use, luxurious bathrobes that I miss terribly, and a Keurig coffee maker. We needed a crib and there was a really cool insert inside of the crib that ensures that every surface inside the crib is freshly cleaned and laundered. We liked that a lot better than when you get a crib and you wonder when the last time it was cleaned was....

On the top floor (24?) there is a really cool restaurant bar with a wraparound porch with outdoor seating. There are free tower viewers up there which can get really good magnified views of buildings in Manhattan. While up there late at night I looked down to checkout my car and I saw some guy trying to squeeze into the spot right next to mine. I clicked my lock button a bunch of times and scared the living daylights out of him making sure that he paid the right attention to avoiding friendly taps on my bumper.   ;) It's an awesome location to hang out for drinks either by night or day with amazing views of NYC.

There is a beautiful outdoor heated pool with a lifeguard and tons of outdoor lounge chairs and umbrellas making it a nice place to hang out and relax in the sun. There's an outdoor bar so you can enjoy drinks while hanging out at the pool.

All of the hotel staff were really nice and quick to respond to any requests. We were spending time at attractions in Manhattan and found the location very convenient both to kosher food in Williamsburg and to getting into Manhattan.


Note: I received a free stay in return for an honest review.

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Just Shmooze / Fauda
« on: June 21, 2015, 02:21:31 PM »
Anyone here watching פאודה (Fauda)?

Great show - In Hebrew/Arabic with Hebrew subtitles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauda

Here's the first episode if anyone's interested in checking it out   



Hard to find online - here's a good link with all 12 episodes of Season 1 (it's been renewed for a 2nd season)
http://www.sdarotfamily.co.il/choose.php?series=fauda&season=1
After clicking on the episode, click near the top where it says: ולחצו כאן לצפייה (Google translate changes it to:  And Click here to view) to watch that episode.


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Runs great, new breaks just put in.
Has valid inspection good through May 2016.
I've been driving this car for the past 6 years and have had no issues with it.
With only 118K - this should last you for a long time as a second car.

Car is in Lakewood.

PM me if interested.
AC works but only on Med/High, and occasionally shuts off and you need to repress the button to resume cooling.
Has some right fender/front bumper damage from a fender bender a few years ago.






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Deals/Deal Requests / Saers Patio Furniture on clearance up to 70% off.
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:06:54 PM »
I just picked up this $679 set for just $203!!

See also: 7 piece round table
5 piece round table

There's plenty of great deals.

Dining Sets
Casual Seating

Ht: SD

Edit: Oops, not such good reviews on my set... hope this wan't a bad purchase...

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Credit Cards / USAA not allowing new accounts for non veterans
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:40:03 AM »
I got this in the mail today

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Just Shmooze / Best temp. to leave oven on over Yom Tov
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:33:33 PM »
Whats the best temperature to leave the oven on over Yom Tov to heat up food?
It needs to be hot enough to make food hot without drying it out and don't wanna make the house too hot...
175? 200?

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I have a Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen and a Mamas And Papas Sola Stroller for sale.

They're both located in Lakewood and I'm asking $85 for the kitchen and $370 for the stroller obo.

Both are brand new in box.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Living Social - 3 Oil changes in Lakewood for $30
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:24:26 PM »
Good deal on Living Social
https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/556512?ref=conf-jp&rpi=98545456

Three Full-Service Oil Changes, Two Complete Tire Rotations, Two Flat Tire Repairs, Engine Light Diagnostic, and Complete Brake Inspection for $30.

It can be redeemed at:

Silvino's Automotive Repair
203A River Avenue
Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

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Deals/Deal Requests / FM transmitter FAR (with free shipping) = FREE!!
« on: September 16, 2012, 12:25:31 PM »

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http://www.shalomlife.com/culture/17827/agt-semifinals-finally-start-and-edon-doesnt-disappoint/

Voting begins now until 12:00
Go to http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote/ and vote 10 times,
then call
1-866-60 AGT 04 / 1-866-602-4804 another 10 times. (If you get a busy signal your vote wasn't counted, call back).

There is a total of 20 votes allowed (10 by internet, 10 by phone) so each of us can give Edon 20 votes!!!!!

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http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/24/technology/apple-samsung-verdict/index.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/apple-samsung-patent-lawsuit-ruling_n_1829472.html
The violated patents

Well this is a game changer!! Now they're going to go after Google!
While many are saying we will now see more innovation and creativity, it's a huge step back now that they are upholding/enforcing Apples monopoly.

From Samsung's statement: "It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners."


An interesting take on it seen on google+
Quote
I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.
Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"
Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:
Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"
I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"
"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied.
I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked.
So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.
... Now, the punchline:
I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything.
Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.

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DEAD!

Sign up for a free 1 month trial at freeshipping.com and get a $25 Walmart Gift Card.

As I posted elsewhere, it is a great site to get a 1 month trial to. On many sites they have instant free shipping, and on many others you just email them your receipt and get reimbursed (check in the mail) for shipping charges. When I did a 1 month trial with them, I finally bought all those small things that were too expensive once shipping was added. Many books on Amazon or B & N are a few dollars with $5-$10 shipping. Other things on ebay or Amazon are priced at .01 with $5 shipping etc.

As always, don't forget to cancel the trial when the month is ending!!!! You may want to use a VCC number to avoid charges at the end of the month. While some reviews online say they are a scam, I've gotten many checks from them and never had any issues.

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123Inkjets, 1-800 Contacts, 6pm, A Pea In The Pod, AccessoryGeeks.com, Ace Hardware, adidas, aerie, AllPosters, Amazon, American Eagle, Apple, Appleseeds, Art.com, Ashford, Avenue, Avon, Babies R Us, BabyAge, BabyEarth, Backcountry.com, Banana Republic, Bare Necessities, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Bath and Body Works, Beauty.com, Best Buy, Biblio.com, Blair, Blockbuster, Boston Proper, Buy.com, Cabelas, Cafe Press, Chadwicks, Cherry Moon Farms, Circuit City, Clinique, CompUSA, Computergeeks.com, CookiesKids, Cooking.com, Costume Express, Crayola, Danskin, David's Cookies, dELiA*s, Dell, Discovery Store, DisneyStore.com, Dockers, Draper's and Damon's, drugstore.com, Dunham's Sports, Eastern Mountain Sports, eBags, eBay, Eddie Bauer, Esprit, eToys, Extreme Halloween, FansEdge, Figleaves, Footlocker, Fossil, FragranceNet, fye, Gaiam, GameStop, Gap, Gardner's Supply, Gevalia, GiftBaskets.com, Golfsmith, Guess, Haband, Half.com, Harry and David, HSN, Jos. A Bank, Kmart, Kodak, Kohl's, Lane Bryant, LeapFrog, Lillian Vernon, Macys, Mens Wearhouse, Miles Kimball, Modells Sporting Goods, Motherhood Maternity, My Verbal Advantage, My Wedding Favors, Nashbar, Newegg, Newport News, Nordstrom, Norm Thompson, Office Depot, Office Max, Officefurniture.com, OmahaSteaks, Overstock.com, Peapod, Perfume Emporium, PETCO, Pet Food Direct, PETsMART, Popcorn Factory, Prescriptives, ProFlowers, QVC, RadioShack, Red Envelope, Reebok, RepairClinic, Road Runner Sports, Rooms to Go, Sahalie, Sears, Sephora, Shari's Berries, Sharper Image, Shoes Under, Shoes.com, Silhouettes, Smart Bargains, Snuggies, Sports Authority, Staples, Steve Madden, StubHub, Sunglass Hut, Target, Textbooks.com, The North Face, Tiger Direct, Timberland, ToolKing, Topsy Turvy, Toshiba, Toys R Us, UGG Australia, ULTA Beauty, Under Armour, Victoria's Secret, VistaPrint, Vitacost, Walgreens, WalMart, WBShop.com, Wine.com, Wolf Camera, Woman Within, Zales, Zazzle.com

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On The Road / Relay Rides - Better than Zipcar?
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:43:28 PM »
Just saw an interesting site https://relayrides.com

Basically, if your car is sitting unused most of the time, you can post it online for 'rent' hourly or weekly. Relay Rides provides $1 Million dollars of insurance coverage.
Or, if you need a car for just a few hours a week, there may be someone down the block from you looking to rent their car to you at either hourly or daily rates.

Seems pretty cool no?

Not always going to beat rental car rates, but as a possible alternative to buying a 2nd car - and it can definitely be more convenient than renting if there's someone in your neighborhood with a car that you like!


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General Discussion / Ride share master thread.
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:10:46 PM »
If you know anyone who is going from Lakewood-Brooklyn tonight or tomorrow morning and can take 2 bochurim with them please PM me!

Thanks!

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