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General Discussion / Recommendations for new portable office
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:15:35 PM »
A friend of mine is starting a new law office and wants to be able to expand in the future. He will not have physical space initially.
Any recommendations for:
1) phone system. was thinking google voice but he wants to be able to have extensions in the future. Can a GV number be ported to a more robust system?

2) conferencing service (where you distribute a number and everyone calls in)

3) email host


Deals/Deal Requests / Free $5 by using paypal through samsung pay
« on: July 25, 2018, 10:22:04 PM »
title pretty much says it all. link your paypal account with samsung pay and get $5 towards an in store purchase.

Who else already knows they can't go and has fomo?

Deals/Deal Requests / Folding Chair deal request
« on: June 12, 2018, 11:37:40 PM »
any good deals on nice folding chairs? TIA

Goods For Sale/Trade / Free Scrap Metal
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:56:02 PM »
I have 2 old air-conditioned (that may still work) and an old dryer (that probably doesn't) in front of my house. Pm if you want them.  Located in 5t. A/Cs are wall units with sleeves. They worked when we took them out but that was a few months ago.

Goods For Sale/Trade / 4 Ikea bar stools up for grabs
« on: February 26, 2018, 11:06:20 AM »
Must pick up in 5t by tonight.

Goods For Sale/Trade / BNIB Anova BT Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:53:06 PM »
MSRP: 133.48 (amazon)

Asking 110 obo (pick up in 5T)


Who is up to the challenge?

Not as good as google play music for free for 4 months but maybe there are songs on amazon that you can't get on google?

Deals/Deal Requests / $5 off Uber EATS
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:08:22 PM »
enter code TRYEATS5NYC

which airlines are ok with an infant car seat in j?

Trip Reports / Ush's "conference" in OGG
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:59:08 PM »
  DISCLAIMER: I am not a writer so will not attempt to engage you in a well written TR. Instead I will provide some of the highlights of my trip so you can use them when planning your own Maui trip. (I’ll also try to wow you with some pictures and videos)
This whole idea started last year when I was in HNL for Shabbos and sat near a fellow dentite who was heading to Maui for a dental conference. I thought that was genius: combining a business expense with a beautiful location. As soon as I got home, I googled “dental conference Hawaii” and saw that this company offers courses every year.
 The next stage came when my favorite travel agent, AH, mentioned that there was a really good deal on delta flights in business JFK-HNL. Since this was going to be a “business trip,” I decided that it’s worth going with a revenue ticket (ie tax write-off) and getting the exact dates I needed. Of course my “office manager” (read: DW) needed to be at the conference as well. This was all about 8 months ago. Talk about advanced planning.
FLIGHT: DL JFK-HNL J revenue. HNL-OGG on HA booked with UA
Flying with someone, take the middle seats. You actually feel like you’re sitting next to them, no big divider. Flying alone, take the window.
DL had no problem checking bag through to OGG even though it was on HA booked with UA. You do need at least a 90 minute stopover for the computer to allow it though.
CAR: Hertz using points I bought a long time ago. Went with an SUV and got a Ford Explorer.
HOTEL: Hyatt Regency using points. Was 27k a night.
This is where conference was so it was the most convenient for me
Got upgraded to an ocean view suite. Was in the tower right by regency club so that was nice. Only issue was that it overlooked the luau so we had to deal with the noise until 9 each night.
FOOD: Brought frozen meals from home and bought a toaster in Walmart. Also bought a case of bottled water because hotel doesn’t provide any.
Looooooong flight. I would consider stopping in LA for a few days next time. Ate airline food; served meat at 11:00am. Was ok
Eventually landed in OGG. Took shuttle to hertz- no hiccups. Drove to Walmart to pick up toaster and water
Got to hotel and hondled a little to get upgrade and eventually got it.
Ate cold dinner we brought from NY
First day of conference so I actually had to go. Was rainy and windy day anyway.
Went to aquarium. Was ok, not great. (Atlanta aquarium blows it away).
Walked down Front Street. Banyan tree is very cool. All the stores are basically the same. Lots of timeshare selling people, very pushy.
Woke up early for sunrise on Haleakala. POURING RAIN! Left early. Beautiful weather on the bottom of the mountain. Go figure. I would check next time. Not completely accurate but the best there is
Went back to hotel for conference. Boring lecture so I left early. Hung out by the beach and pool.
Whale watching with Same size boat as PWF but half the crowd. Whales EVERYWHERE. We saw tail flapping, groups of competing males, and dozens of breaches!
Back to the hotel for dinner.
Our RTH day. Left hotel about 7:30. We really just followed along with the book and stopped at whatever sounded interesting
Twin Falls first stop. Good place to swim under a waterfall if you want; we didn’t. Bought a massive coconut to drink out of
Forgot about rainbow eucalyptus
Lot’s of pretty waterfalls to try out my a6000
Got to Sacred Pools about 1.5 hours before sunset. Pools were closed because of rock slide. Didn’t feel comfortable hiking to bamboo forest
Took south loop home. Awesome Views and great sunset!
Sunrise at Haleakala take 2. TOTALLY WORTH IT!
DW hung out at spa while I went to part of lecture
Hung out by pool and beach
Warren and Annabelle at night. Best magic/comedy show I have ever seen!
Flight to HNL on Island air booked with UA. If you can, try to fly HA instead.
Our carryon was weighed and they made s check it for another $35.
Don’t participate in TSA Precheck so had to wait on regular line
Propellor plane smells like you’re driving behind an old truck the entire flight
Juice drink is only 5% juice vs 12% on HA!!!!
Booked Hilton revenue. Cheaper than buying weekend certs. Totally shabbos friendly stairwell. Only issue we had was that when we taped door, it kept opening so I did the “tie-a-gartel-to-the-door-handle” trick. Only 10 minute walk from Chabad.
Nice relaxing shabbos with chabad. Good food, good company.
Hanauma Bay snorkeling. Went through hotel concierge. $25 for transportation and rental.
Flight home

Just Shmooze / Casey Neistat is stopping his vlog
« on: November 20, 2016, 04:24:59 PM »


I discovered him through his snowboarding video which was entertaining, yet I can't get through any of his other videos. There's something annoying about him.

Casey Neistat is stopping his vlog

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Affinia Hotel Discount?
« on: June 07, 2016, 10:35:35 PM »
Anyone know how to discount an Affinia reservation? TIA

  I actually surprised myself by not planning too much for this. The idea started when I saw EWR-HNL saver tickets available on a Sunday near our wedding anniversary. This was about 6 months ago. I quickly opened a Singapore account and transferred 60k MR. After waiting on hold for a while we were booked on UA15 in J.
The flight back was booked when Dan tweeted about wide–open availability on UA from LAX-EWR. I quickly booked two J seats on the red-eye Saturday night. The rest of the tickets were pretty straightforward. HNL-LIH using 6k UA pp and LIH-LAX booked with BA. The original plan was to stay in LIH until thursady afternoon and spend Shabbos in LA.
This was the plan until I asked my Rebbe, R’ Belsky (Ztz"l :-\ ) about spending Shabbos in Hawaii and he told me I can hold Saturday as Shabbos. (Obviously ALOR.) This changed everything. I canceled my BA LIH-LAX and booked LIH-HNL. I was able to switch my LAX-EWR to HNL-EWR for $100. Unfortunately there were no saver tickets but I got setup for Plan B.(spoiler: plan b fail. business was completely sold out and everyone checked in)

Hotel was obviously gonna be GHK. A failed MS experiment left me with a few thousand in hyatt GC so I booked a cash rate :o . I tried using a DSU (from my newly tweeted Diamond Status) but it was no longer available. I emailed the GM and just hoped for the best. (spoiler: it worked out really well)

For the car, I had a lot of Hertz points from when I speculatively bought the daily getaway. I splurged and got a Cadillac SRX for 8,250 points and $60 (without points it would have been close to $1,000). I’m not a convertible kinda guy  so I passed even though I could have gotten a Camaro for the same rate.
We ordered food from Traditions in 5T and a couple of dairy meals from Mechy’s in Seasons. We bought a couple of snacks to bring along so we wouldn’t be busy with it when we got there. We also brought some bread because it is notoriously hard to find kosher bread, even from national brands (I guess it has to do with their suppliers.) I didn’t love how Traditions packed the box but it worked out in the end. They put the tins in a delivery box but there was way too much empty space. We ended up putting our dairy food and snacks in the same box and stuffing the spaces with newspaper. That seemed to work well.

In anticipation of out trip, I actually got fitted with contacts so I wouldn't have to constantly change from glasses to sunglasses or, heaven forbid, wear my transitions. I also assumed (correctly) that contacts would be easier in the water.

A couple of other things I bought for the trip included a rash guard which was awesome. I didn't want to worry about getting burned and this is UV protected.

Now that I got the boring stuff out of the way, I'm gonna start writing the actual TR.

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