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On The Road / Re: Hyatt question
« on: Today at 12:06:31 PM »
I wanna make a booking for my sister, I won't be checking in.
I want the booking made through my account, I know I can add her.
But I also want the booking be paid with my CC. Any way to do that?
Why not prepay with your CC on your account?


Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Mystic, CT
« on: Yesterday at 11:41:40 PM »
Planning a trip to Mystic
Any kosher food around?
Did you go? How was? Where did you stay?

General Discussion / Re: Site Suggestions
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:59:03 PM »
Conversation mode, where sidetracked conversations are separated by replies to a comment and are collapsible (like Twitter and Reddit)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:52:26 PM »
how much did you pay?
When I bought a couple of years ago, all local stores were offering 3 basic options, for around 375, 425, and 450. Most went with the 450 option.

Credit Cards / Re: Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More Card
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:55:40 PM »
miles and more never gave an extension for covid? any other way of extending if you dont have the card. there not easy to deal with sometimes, depends who you get on the phone.
I tried a few times, no dice
I have 3k points listed as expiring soon, is that over?
and what about the rest of my points will it help if i start using the card now?
You should cash them out any way you can, because theyíre toast. And no. :(

Credit Cards / Re: Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More Card
« on: July 28, 2020, 01:46:34 PM »
how does it work? as long as i use the card the miles do not expire or it extends it for some time period?
You need to use it every single month, never skip a month. Itíll keep extending expiration of the miles youíve earned to another 36 months out from that usage. But if you ever miss a month, itís over, and your 36 month clock starts ticking.

Trip Reports / Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
« on: July 27, 2020, 06:02:26 PM »
With Quarantine blues, some of the kids camps cancelling, and trying to bring some fun as we try to transition back into normalcy, I tried to find a 2-3 day getaway to have some good family time outside the house.

I was hoping Busch Gardens Williamsburg would open as that has been a fun safe getaway for us in the past, but they kept delaying their opening so I ruled that out.

With just about everything indoor closed, and many hotels closed, we needed to find something outdoors where in the same area we could find normal (affordable) lodging....but we kept encountering closures.

In the end, we managed to find a real nice getaway, so my wife and I (and 8 kids) headed north to Massachusetts. I literally spent 10+ hours planning this short getaway, so I'm sharing in the hopes that if someone is in my situation that they will benefit from my research.

Transportation - We departed from Lakewood with both our cars. My oldest daughter drives, so that allowed my wife and I some quality time together in the front seat (which is almost non existent when the kids are practicing to drive and we're travelling as a family).

Lodging - With absolute divine intervention, I came across a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Williamstown MA, for 5K Marriott points a night! We needed 4 rooms for 2 nights, which was a total 40K point total. The hotel opened in December and it was clean and comfy and a great base to some of the places we planned to visit. The pool and fitness room were closed, and they make you wear face masks in the public areas. Overall, I felt I finally some good usage for my Marriott points.

Food - Fairfield Hotels only have mini fridges and I'm always wondering if those things really work or not, so thanks to our trusty bear bags (we brought 3 of them) we're able to keep everything cold or frozen without the fridge. We got one of these Portable Gas Grill from Walmart ( with a few mini propane tanks. We also brought a sandwich maker. So sandwich makers and homemade muffins for breakfast, cold-cut sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and marinated shnitzel, hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. We usually bring a few cases of Tradition Soups as well as an insurance policy. The hotel served a grab and go breakfast that consisted of a OUD granola bar and muffin as well as a water bottle. For us it was was a waste of time, but they did say it varies by day.

Activities -
Day 1 - We departed Lakewood at about Noon. The drive direct to the hotel was roughly 4 hours, so I was looking for something en-route that we can break up the drive. Literally 10 minutes out of the way I came across Minnewaska State Park that was the perfect find. Entrance fee was $10 per car. We did a beautiful 1 hour small hike to Awosting Falls. It's beautiful and the kids loved it! We also did a 2 mile walk around the Lake Minnewaska Loop. Both would be accessible with a decent stroller. We then had a picnic dinner before heading towards the hotel.

Day 2 -
Natural Bridge State Park - Literally 10-15 minutes from hotel, this (free) stop was beautiful and fun.
Berkshire U-Drive Rent-A-Boat on Pontoosuc Lake - Just 25 minutes from hotel this was also a great find. 10 person pontoon was $206 including tax for 2 hours. The kids got to jump in the water and it was great fun.
Burbank Park by Onota Lake - The locals told us to park alongside the road that takes you to beach access where we'll find picnic tables by the water to make our BBQ dinner. Pretty.

Day 3 -
Jiminy Peak - Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, Zip Lines. $39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride, but you do have to reserve ahead of time a 4 hour slot. (This is tomorrows activity as I'm here in the hotel typing this as I had some down time. I hope we'll have a blast. )
BBQ at Jiminy Peak and then head back home.

I hope this helps :)
@kivabb This post was super helpful and detailed, and I am planning a trip around it. Any chance you can follow up with the rest of the trip?

It boils down to this: everyone has some way to look at what they're doing as smart.  Without clear rules (e.g., "everyone must wear a mask"), everyone does their own thing.
How about: Everyone who hasnít had the virus must wear a mask after visiting a hotspot?

Wow, lying is a pretty strong accusation, and a baseless accusation at that. While you may not have said ďdefinitelyĒ (just a tad of over the top hysteria is more like it)
others have not been shy about their predictions. For example:
Did you miss the word *potentially* with two asterisks around it? Thatís what I said then and what I say now. This virus can *potentially* kill many more than car accidents or the flu, *as it already has*. I was pointing out how your comparisons to car accidents and the flu are ridiculous. They were then and they are now.

Is that hysteria? Then I guess Iím hysterical.

Far cry from ďwe were assured that we are not close to herd immunityĒ and ďIím amazed at the emunah of some peopleĒ. Thatís the definition of a straw man- inventing a false argument that was never made.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Teaneck, NJ
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:27:26 PM »
Any open Shacharis tomorrow later than 7:15? Thatís when the masked outdoor minyan I davened at tonight is davening

It's about mask used to prevent flu so not sure how it relates to covid. But it's still interesting
I just read the abstract, and it appears totally blasphemous! I wonder how long before the thought police finds out.
Itís been posted here before, and obviously nobody wears a mask during flu seasons so Iím not sure what chiddushim we are expected to be seeing.

Do you believe eventhough G-D decided his time is up he would still be alive if he hadn't gone to shul?
Do you believe a murder victim would still be alive if G-d decided his time was up?

The problem is that you can never test the theory of herd immunity in Lakewood if the bar keeps changing. When shuls opened en masse, followed by schools over two months ago with no social distancing we were assured by some on this forum that Lakewood was not even close to herd immunity and we would likely see a surge of infections. When that didnít materialize we were told it was because there was no exposure in the community but once people started bringing it in from Florida it would rapidly spread. Now we have had lots of exposure and contact with no precautions but that still doesnít indicate herd immunity because we actually need a critical mass of spreaders to get anywhere.

How about we pick one benchmark and stick with it. To me it seems that we should take a look at where things go the next couple of weeks and if we donít see a massive wave of new home grown infections we can be reasonable sure that Lakewood has a decent amount of herd immunity. To be sure, if you manage to introduce a large amount of any virus be it measles, covid etc. into Lakewood there will be some limited spread as long as there are any non immune individuals. But thatís  not what herd immunity is about. Florida is a different story as it never had the opportunity to achieve herd immunity so it was a matter of the virus being present and people letting down their guard. That will continue to happen in other locales until a vaccine is introduced.
Youíve made this claim before, Iíve challenged you, and youíve come up short, so letís do it again: who has claimed that Lakewood has definitely not reached herd immunity and that we will definitely see a new surge in infections?

Iíll tell you the answer: youíre lying. Nobody said that there definitely isnít, they said you have no proof that there *is*.
I have a different idea. How about we don't make up our own goalposts for herd immunity and continue with life the way it is now, which is mostly back to normal, but keep in mind that we should not turn our brains off and be on the lookout for the chance that maybe there is not enough immunity to give a shtemple of herd immunity.  This way we will be on the lookout to catch any potential resurgence and nip it in the bud. This is what makes sense considering that we still do not know how much immunity is needed for herd immunity or what a resurgence would really look like. No need to go crazy, just keep our eyes open and our brains on.
This is a reasonable approach and the one that most of the leadership in Lakewood is currently taking

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