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Just Shmooze / Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
« on: April 10, 2017, 10:48:15 AM »
I'm glad it worked out for you, I don't think everyone was so fortunate.

I wouldnt call it fortunate. Also, ppl had options. I just think most ppl didnt press hard enough or were willing to take DL up on them.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
« on: April 10, 2017, 10:35:49 AM »
Ouch

Maybe you'll catch the end of the cavs game in Atlanta lol
Why?
I'm assuming it has something to do with deltas issues. Knowing benjie, wouldn't be surprised if he's getting a few grand out of it

It was a crazy day but we made it with some Pesach miracles in tow. Compensation has been worked on this AM. We are on a very good track to make - what are usually very pricey Pesach tickets - seem like a very good deal.  :)

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Just Shmooze / Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
« on: April 09, 2017, 02:23:31 PM »
The journey has begun




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Just Shmooze / Re: What's your favorite (kind of) wine?
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:48:35 PM »
Carmel Limited Edition '09
Yatir Forest '12

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Pick The Itinerary
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:45:16 PM »
Thanks for the input! Do you have a preference as between Shabbos in Vienna vs. Prague? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

Vienna.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:11:53 PM »
I'm scheduled to go to Kauai on April 2 with my wife, and something came up (woman related issue) Is it still worth the trip?

Take a different woman?

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Credit Cards / Re: Where Did Your Inquiries Pull From?
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:59:14 AM »
Chase? You got past this?

Whether approved or not, you still have an inquiry.

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Credit Cards / Re: Where Did Your Inquiries Pull From?
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:52:04 AM »
Amex chase and Citi all pulled from Experian and Barclay pulled TransUnion

Would help if you listed which state you are in.

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Thats ridiculously cheap. Wow, really not bad.

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Saturday, January 7th

Shabbes was really chilled and delightful. As was posted earlier, there is something so serene and calm about spending an entire day doing close to nothing while in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with immaculate weather.

We basically got up, had some breakfast and then headed to the pool to relax in the Cabanas. One great benefit we had was that due to the way I had booked this trip (many individual bookings for each segment comprised of free nights, points and C+P) that my main concierge contact at the hotel was insisting that I get a Diamond Amenity for each time I rolled into a new reservation as its technically a new stay. I obviously wasn't going to say no to that. :)

So while I mostly picked Hyatt points for my amenity, for my reservation starting Saturday I had picked the Cabana-amenity you can choose for the day. What great value if you know you will be hotel-bound for the entire day. Those cabanas go for well over $100 a day and were a great perk to have access to all day.



After eating lunch and relaxing pool-side for several hours we then walked around the premise of the hotel before taking a nap. By the time we woke up Shabbes was almost over and after reading through the magazines the room had to offer the day had come to an end.

We showered and decided to make our way down for some drinks at the Stevenson's Library which many locals we met during our stay rated very highly for everything from ambiance to drinks and sushi. I can only agree that the vibe on a Saturday night was tons of fun and very enjoyable. The drinks weren't too shabby either.









Stay tuned for the last full day..

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I figured I was gonna get that response. Im pointing out that it was quick for a management/ownership team to go down that quick, especially with a concept that anyone would think would succeed in a place like the 5 towns.

They paid waaaayyy too much for the place.

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And just like that - Courtside is closed. That was quick.

http://yeahthatskosher.com/2017/03/5-towns-courtside-grill-has-closed-will-reopen-under-new-management/

Under current management. Yes. Re-opening soon though. (Not that I ever enjoyed their food much)

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This TR makes me wanna go (back) to Hawaii so badly. Coming fresh off the Maldives less than 2 months and I'm still jealous. Great pics and great TR!

Thanks! Appreciate it!

Maldives is on my list too at some point. Then again, I could go back to Hawaii so many times again.

As they say: So many places, so little time..

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In terms of you and your wife's vacation views,
Next time leave the last day to do nothing but relax.
Maybe it would be a nice balance.

You haven't read about my last day yet. Furthermore, we do a good chunk of relaxation. I am certainly not worried about our balance as we make sure to get a good chunk of both in. My wife just happens to like a lot of relaxation but again, we mix it up and are both very happy with the way our vacations turn out. All about compromises.

ETA: Nice installment! U should have gotten into the commercial for all your hard work lol

I clearly was. And got cut.  >:(

Nice installment.  I remember those one lane bridges; could not believe it when I first saw it.

I am totally fine with them just not when I have no light and the rain is hammering down on me.

Did your pilot tilt the helicopter at the top of the falls in Wai'ale'ale Crater?  Ours said he was going to show us his favorite view.   :)  Nothing but the seatbelt between me and the falls.

We did tilt around a bit but not there. The idea of basically being able to unbuckle and just jump out is thrilling and nuts. Still unforgettable and I can't imagine doing a Heli now any other way.

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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: $250 to open a Wells Fargo Checking Account
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:36:59 PM »
Can it be online or must be in store?

Online is fine.

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