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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maine Master Thread
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:11:17 PM »
Does anyone know if there are summer minyanim now up the Acadia/Bar Harbor area?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Baltimore Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2020, 02:53:14 PM »
The closest hotel would be the Howard Johnsons on Reisterstown Road near Milford Mill.

The closest shul would be Beit Yaakov I am not sure if Sterling Care next door also has a Shabbos minyan

I do believe there is a crashpad for meshulachim on the top of Machzekei Torah which is more centrally located but that would probably be unsuitable for a family

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: London Master Thread
« on: January 15, 2020, 02:17:53 PM »
nothing is really that cheap there.  Try to buy a multiple day hop on and hop off tour, that will probably come out cheaper.  For  the underground, buy week passes, cheaper than buying individual rides
I wanted to do something similar - land 6:30 AM, take the Heathrow Express into the city, try to catch the Marble Arch minyan (or at least daven there) and then get on one of those hop on/off buses to see what I can from the deck before going back to LHR for the connection to Israel. What bus company did you go with?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Baltimore Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2019, 05:50:26 PM »
In the jewish Neighborhood?

I found this single AirBnB posting:

You are within walking distance to multiple shuls in the area.

On The Road / Re: Silvercar Master Thread
« on: August 13, 2019, 05:44:28 PM »
2 weeks ago I booked a Q5 in Denver 8/18-22 since both it and the A4 were the same price, $100/day. However I just checked the pricing, and the A4 is now $70/day and the Q5 is $90. With the AUDIPBFREEDAY2 the A4 drops to $35/day, $187 with taxes and fees. Throw in Dan's $25 referral code and the $25 Visa gift card, and the total comes $137 for the 4 days. I wonder if the price will continue to drop!!!

The occasion of the trip is RMNP and the other natural wonders in that region, and there is a LOT of driving!

Checking on Priceline, the lowest price for an economy car is $41/day with a projected total of $229.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Colorado Master Thread
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:13:52 AM »
Have any specific places that I should look into?
Where did you stay while there?
What did you do about food? Bought in Denver?

Going 8/18 for 4 days with DW and DS. Got the Audi deal for less than regular car rental. Booked AirBNB in Westminister, NW Denver. The only AirBNB rentals around the frum areas were 402/cannabis friendly, and I didnt want to risk a smoky smelling house.

We have a (Dan recommended) Polar cooler for food, and since we are flying WN we can check 6 bags :). It really does work very well.

TripAdvisor helped us a lot in planning, I would look at their travel forums. We are doing a good deal of driving as we would like to see the scenery and take some small hikes, like Emerald Lake.

Do you want to drive? hike? whitewater rafting? Beer tours? jeep/atv tours? Gold mine? Spelunking? Museums? I would figure out what your goal is and go from there.

Look at the local websites for the various towns in the area, they will have online coupons for this stuff.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / $20 off Prime Now order with code DISCOVER20
« on: July 22, 2019, 10:34:28 PM »
I assume this is a target offer since when I refreshed the screen to grab the URL, it disappeared

The 2 factor authentication and multiple platform support is great, plus with the random password generator I know I have another line of defense against password crackers.

While you can only purchase 2 codes per email account, use a different email/checkout combo for each pair
Go back via the provided link
Purchase a code
Repeat as necessary to purchase as many years as you want. The expiration date will continue to extend out 1 year for every redemption

So you can get 4 years of Premium for the same price as one year if purchased from LastPass.

From PC World:

LastPass is a password saver that requires just one master password to get into all your accounts. Once you log in with that master key, it will autofill your saved login data across all of your devices, even if you can't remember which letters were capitalized. And while the free version is still great, the paid Premium tier offers a bunch of extra options:

Share passwords, Wi-Fi logins, memberships and other items with as many people as you want for easy access.
Create your digital contingency plan with emergency access for loved ones.
Advanced multi-factor options (Yubico, Sesame-authentication-on-usb), priority tech support, LastPass for applications, and 1GB of encrypted file storage.

Offer expires end of day 7/30


Thank you so much for the reminder! It was just after the last post that Dan & co posted a Shutterfly unlimited photo album special for like $20 which we IMMEDIATELY jumped on.

I will post the pics, but in the interim there are several Twitter feeds that have been posting pics of the historical aircraft flying around now that we are hitting summer season, and boy are they even more magnificent in the air!

Up In The Air / Re: 3rd EL-AL Dreamliner delivered today
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »
Follow the flight live!

EDD to be delivered March 1

Up In The Air / 3rd EL-AL Dreamliner delivered today
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:03:16 PM »
4X-ELC just left Everett. Being leased to EL AL by Aviation Capital Group

Twitter post:

Welcome to the #Dreamliner family Aviation Capital Group! Congrats on taking delivery of your 1st 787-9 and placing it w/ @ELALUSA . We’re sure the efficiency, range & passenger experience will be a win-win for all! #Boeing

Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Shutterfly Master Thread
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:53:44 AM »
After ordering a photobook with the EXTRAPAGES and 40% off deal on Sunday using Visa checkout, I received a code in the mail for $25 offf any purchase good through March 31. According to the fine print it is stackable with certain promotions, I guess you will need to experiment:

*Offer expires March 31, 2018 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for $25 off one qualifying merchandise order of $25 or more (after select discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling) through, our mobile-friendly site or Shutterfly app. This promo will be applied to your order before any code-based %-off promos. Limit one $-off promo per order. Promo can only be redeemed once per account and/or billing address. This offer code can only be entered once. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on Tiny Prints products, personalized postage stamps, prepaid plans, annual savings plans, video plans, gift certificates, cards sent using mailing services, prior purchases and orders placed for in-store pickup. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with select offers or credits. Not valid for resale. We reserve the right to modify or replace any part of these terms and conditions without notice.
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OK folks, here is more detail:

We arrived in Sea-Tac Tues night 1/23 and took Lyft Line to our Seward Park Airbnb. The only cars that are allowed to pick up at the airport are those that can get 40MPG or better, so the pickup area was full of Priuses (Prii?). Made finding you driver pretty difficult

Wednesday thanks to an adventure with our carshare car,

parking issues and giving our Lyft driver the wrong ferry dock location, we had a modified itinerary. We originally wanted to take the Seattle - Bremerton ferry that is 1 hour each way and goes between some of the islands, but we missed it and opted for the shorter Seattle - Bainbridge ferry instead. Still a very pleasant ride in the rain, with decent shots of downtown and the Sound

We then took the Beneath the Streets tour @ 3:30, got the tickets on Living Social with 25% off. Very interesting on how Seattle was originally built, then another level added to compensate for the flooding. Some businesses still use the tunnels today.

Next was the Seattle Monorail (it was dark by now and pics didnt come out well), Bamboo Garden and the Amazon GO store.

Thursday we took an Uber to the Museum of Flight and arrived before the doors opened. On the way there I placed a "to go" order from the Starbucks a mile down the street from the museum, figuring that would be a 30 second stop at most.  However, upon arrival, we saw there was only a walk up window and a drive through, no store!!! So I had to wait in line at the window to get my coffee....It was pouring hard as usual but if you google Starbucks East Marginal Way you'll see what I mean in the photos.

We arrived at the MoF at 10 and left at 4:30....the docents are amazing and are worth spending time with. Here are some more photos including some panoramas that my son took with his iPhone:

The outdoor pavillion:

Overviews. The Model 247 in the foreground was the reason the Douglas DC family was developed. Fascinating story.

To the extreme right is 727 Frame #1. United and Boeing were closely tied together.

Looking towards the front of VC-137

Concorde cockpit

Back inside....
Looking towards the front of the historical display from behind the MR21

Consoles from Mission Control

Notes from Apollo 11

Lockheed Electra, same model that Amelia Earhart was lost in

Norden bombsight (anyone remember the Hogan's Hero's episode?)

Neil Armstrong took a piece of fabric and a piece of wood from the original Wright flyer (that hangs in the Smithsonian Air & Space) on the first lunar landing. Now next time I am down in DC I am going to ask where it was taken from! Coast to Coast history!

I could go on and on, this is just a small sample of what's in this place, I consider the museum hallowed ground. I would budget an ENTIRE day if you can, if not use their website to plan out a visit. There is a cafe with tables/chairs with a view of the field, so lunch is part of the adventure.

More to come with Pike Place Market, Combat Air Museum and of course Paine Field!!!!

I wanted to go there motzai shabbos since I had the rental car already (not worth it for a 20 min Uber ride each way) and they are CLOSED SAT NIGHT  >:( >:( :-\


Seattle is definitely NOT a kosher gastronomic destination; there are 4 eateries, all dairy/parve scattered over a huge area. For some bizarre reason, all the kosher establishments are 20-25 minutes away from the main Seward Park community. With that information in hand, we took a small cooler back with vacuum packed homemade corned beef & schnitzel and bought salad bags etc. locally. However we did make it to the following 2 establishments:

Bamboo Garden - This kosher Chinese vegetarian restaurant is very close to Seattle Center and the Space Needle, and we decided to try it since we were in the area. The website lists lunch and dinner specials but they were not offered with the menus. I had Stewed Oyster Mushroom, Vegetables in Satay Peanut Sauce, and my son has the lo mein. Both were EXCELLENT, and the portions were generous. It's quite amazing what these folks can do with tofu. Sorry, no pictures.

On the way to/from Everett, we stopped at the kosher Einstein Bros. bagel store located inside the QFC University Village store that also has a large kosher department. The cinnamon coffee is unlike anything you've tried before, and their fresh squeezed orange juice IS done right on the spot. Between our two visits, we had lox/bagel and egg/cheese/bagel sandwiches, which were very tasty and served up quickly. On Mondays, they sell a baker's dozen for $7, and there is so much demand that we got hot out of the oven bagels at 2 PM. They have a large variety of flavors, and we took back to Baltimore pretzel, potato, blueberry and cranberry bagels (sorry Goldbergs!)

I also made it to the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (technically the SECOND location, their first location burned down and they relocated to their current store) and bought a cup of Pike Place Reserve Roast, a smoother version of Pike Place that is brewed as a pour-over on the spot and is sold ONLY in this store, and no where else. It was VERY good! It even comes with its own "hot cup band".

Given the amount of interest and the fact that I don't see any other Seattle trip reports out there, I will expand my report to include the sightseeing and other aviation-related activities we did. I just need to upload my son's pictures to Flikr as we have some great ramp shots of the new Air Force 767 tankers and a FedEx 727! We did see two Poseidens but they were mostly blocked from view by fences.

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