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Re: DDF Demographics. Funny story: I have a frum neighbor whose mother is from South Africa. So when he applied for a college, he checked off that he is an African-American and of course, having a decent GPA, he got accepted. They were pretty surprised when a white Jewish guy walked in. :D
February 17, 2014, 03:46:56 PM
Re: Prison
@hvaces24 Can we ask questions?
You can ask, I reserve the right not to answer.

December 02, 2017, 09:29:31 PM
JJ1000's 10,000 Post Featuring: A day in the life of Dan, Giveaway, & More It's hard to imagine I joined DDF over 10 years ago, of course this was after I made the first comment on DDMS 14 years ago and joining ctown forums after that.

I really can't begin to count the memories I have here on DDF, one that comes ot mind is the first major DO where @Dan @AsherO @BrooklynCPA @Mikeoracle @Smirk @MOSES @whYME @yare @Avid Reader @Chachem Balaileh @mancunian @yid @SuperFlyer all had an amazing time.

Picture of the DO:

Back at that DO no one really knew who I was, besides that I was the guy who started the jokes thread, which I must say was one of my finest additions to DDF ;)

Since that DO I have made countless friends and received countless favors from DDF members, who truly are like family.

Some that come to mind.

@rots5 and @moish putting me up in Israel while @moishebatchy offered my friends and I extra sheets for our stay, this was of course when we went with the first El AL glitch tickets. @SamKey For hooking up his apartment for Pesach and @Emkay for some awesome kugel, that I am pretty sure had an ok hechsher. @Chaikel for setting up a sweet Jamaican honeymoon.

@steve2 and the fights other new comers used to love to pick like @AJK when he was a total troll back in the day and @HelpMe who IMO had no idea what he fell into when he got here, and I'd like to think was very happy that he stayed.

@TimT is always there to offer some advice and is obviously the best searcher on DDF, @AsherO and @aussiebochur used to be that helpful guy until he got too busy for us ;)

Of course there was @JEWDA who it's still hard to believe isn't here anymore, going to his widows house the day after my Lchaim/vort with my then fiance will always be very special to me. The way DDF comes together when someone is in need (@SBS thread) is so heart touching it's hard to explain.

@mileagejunkie @Marco Polo @myi @YossieW @stooges44 @davidmal @Yaalili @B.D.Da'ehu @ben89 and of course @Davidthebest are my 100 HT club peeps, and have helped ignite the great deals we post every day to help tens of thousands of people save (and maybe spend) money every day. I really appreciate every deal that's sent to us and that's posted on DDF.

I couldn't possibly remember all of the countless nights I stayed up to argue with someone that was wrong about the most random things imaginable. @churnbabychurn @ExGingi @aygart @ChaimMoskowitz and of course many others can always be counted on for some good popcorn when it's needed. And @sky121 can always be counted on for a balanced and positive view on any subject.

Some dude coming along looking to sell a stinky old fish tank has drastically improved the trip reports and photography skills of DDF, hats off to you @Something Fishy.

@DH Data Recovery practically owned the tech deals on ddf at one point, and he @chevron and @txtmax4  are always good for a wine recommendation.

Wrigley softball DO with @SrulyS @Moes Tavern @Redbull3 @MosheD @EJB @chucksterace @Bentch @grodnoking @AJK @Yitzshpitz @Dan@Yodai Dooma @ShmulieCFS @JTZ

One day I may even meet @henche though that is likely IMPOSSIBLE.

Big shoutout to @BAHayman, @Eli, and @Suave for making DDMS/DDF able to run and be what it is today thanks to them!

The first DDF shidduch was super cool @Lou Bob @MC to many more, spending shabbos together in Aruba on the Hyatt Price Mistake was awesome.

Crazy to imagine there are over 300 members with 1,000+ posts so my apologies, I'm sure I missed many memories.

I made a thread asking what I should do for my 10,000 post, and I will try to do most of them below.

Enjoy :)
A typical day in the life of Dan:

Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Dan wakes up from an amazing night's rest on his W Hotel mattress. and tell his Echo Dot which he got for free to turn on the Breville Coffee Maker plugged into his smart plug.

Get into hisNissan Altima and take the quick 2 minute drive to shachris.

After davening, @AJK texts Dan that AA has a Price Mistake to LA in F for $5, if they buys it in the airport and flies today. Naturally Dan just heads straight to the airport and boards the flight to LA. On the plane there is a dog next to him, which was strange at first until he realized it was just @meshugener flying in F as well.

In LAX Dan visits the United lounge, which he has free access to with his lifetime membership and his JMPRCC. He picks up his rental from Silver Car and heads to Tierra Sur for the Lunch DO.

In LA @Yehoshua @Cholentfresser @Yaalili @PlatinumGuy @yehuda @D93 @etech0 @ilherman and @David Smith all meet up for the DO.

All of a sudden Barto walks in and instinctively, the group makes a beeline for the door. But before they can bail, he stops them...And says he planned the AA Price Mistake in order to get a face to face with Dan after all these years.

Barto has realized after years of being the bad guy, he just wanted to hang out with the cool kids on DDF from the olden days like @Drago @Saver2000 @Cbs @Q274 @MarkS @aussiebochur , @chuchem and @myb821, he said even though it's @noturbizniss but he left his old job and as he was leaving he reinstated all the damage he's done over the years, returning millions of miles to their rightful owners.

Everyone was very happy and had drinks all around as well as
grilled to perfection.

After Lunch Dan drives back to the airport and rushes to catch his flight home as he realizes it is almost time for his UPS delivery. On the plane he uses the on board Wi-Fi to make some posts and read DDF (this is actually what takes up 18 hours of the day every day, besides shabbos).

He makes it home just in time to receive his UPS delivery of US Mint coins. He had set up delayed delivery back in 2009 and every day since then he has been receiving a $10k shipment of US Mint coins shipped via the UPS Method. To date this has netted a cool 30,000,000+ SPG points.

At the end of the day he reflect on life and remembers what is really important and what he is thankful for.

Now it's time to count to 10,000 and fall asleep.

(This is a fairly typical day)

Just some simple tricks for car rental status.

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Then match that status to National and hopefully get Executive elite, possibly Executive. (Can also apply here directly for executive)

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And apply for Enterprise Platinum here.

Avis you can try via social media or calling sometimes.

Fell free to add more matches in the comments.
A quick chazara of all my posts: Your attitude is what decides your mood, not what's going on. You can have a trip ruined if something goes wrong, or it can become one of the most memorable trips of your life. Roll with the punches. Always have a healthy dose of cynicism. Understand that someone with beliefs to the right of you or the left of you aren't wrong, just different, a rainbow would be pretty ugly with just one color. Enjoy life and always cherish what's most important to you, and try to keep that in mind every second of every day.

As a last note I'd like to do a small giveaway. just comment on this thread and I'll choose one winner to get a Google Home Mini and another winner to get the best card games IMO being Codenames and Monopoly Deal.

I can't thank DDF enough for giving me all the opportunities life has to offer, from making friends, traveling the world, to supporting my family, I couldn't do any of it without this truly amazing community.

Just to end off with a special thanks to Dan for starting it all and giving me the opportunity to grow the site and live the blessed life that I do.

July 09, 2018, 12:46:34 PM
Re: Dental and Vision Insurance and Plans
i am looking for info on dental insurance .. do someone know a good insurance for advanced dental work ?

Fidelity Health (not to be confused with Fidelis medical insurance) - This is a great dental plan, do your research pricewise - have this for a while now & covers lots more than other plans (approx. half the cost or less - paying $850 now for Root Canal instead of $1800), paying $220/yr. for couple, excellent choice of dentists. Agent is a Mr. Shraga E. Klein who has the patience of a saint & answers all questions, follows up if dentist was able to accommodate in timely manner & follows up with office on your behalf, etc would highly recommend. Contact # (718) 871-2882 / (845) 783-4537. I may be mistaken but it's possible it's for the tri-state / upstate NY area only.

Alternatively, this isn't too bad either:

Good luck.

December 04, 2019, 11:04:12 AM
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March 12, 2020, 02:06:23 AM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related ?s=09
March 12, 2020, 12:11:59 PM
What are the best arguments or articles for people who don't care about Covid-19 So many people don't care at all, and don't want to take any measures to help slow downt he spread, what arguments or articles do you send to these people?

There was a good 6 some minute voice note going around.

This title is great and sums it up

Most of those people have no considered this:

March 12, 2020, 02:54:21 PM
Re: What are the best arguments or articles for people who don't care about Covid-19

Most of those people have no considered this:

If this was what pushed from the beginning instead of all the hysteria maybe people would've been taking it more seriously. I think all the hype and hysteria just caused most people to tune it all out.

March 12, 2020, 03:01:08 PM
Re: How much is COVID-19 affecting your life now?
Worried about school shutting down, which means no payroll....

And a much greater domino effect. That is why you see what you see in the financial markets and attempts from officials to soften the blow.

March 12, 2020, 06:23:01 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
Do the math

COVID - 3% vs. H1N1 - 00021%
Don't forget this, From the op-ed on DDMS, heard the exact same thing from another doctor too.

"Although the current mortality rate is quoted as 3.4% when compared to the flu which has a 0.1% mortality, I personally believe that the mortality rate from this disease is much less than 3.4%. This is because a majority of patients have a mild illness similar to a cold or mild flu, and they do not come to clinical recognition, that is, they never see a doctor. Mortality rates are calculated based on putting the number of deaths in the numerator and the number of people with the illness in the denominator. Since a large proportion of people are not reporting their illness, because they’re not very sick, the denominator is actually much larger than the current data suggests, which would bring the mortality rate down significantly. I believe as we get more experience with this virus, and have more testing, we will see a fall in the mortality rate."

March 14, 2020, 11:30:57 PM
Re: What happens after closures to the infection rate of Coronavirus?
So it appears that isolation does help contain the virus. If we would all quarantine for the required 2 weeks we could get rid of this much faster...

Yes and no we have to look at the UK model as well.

The main problem is that everybody getting it at once will overwhelm the healthcare system. I mean everybody going to quarantine until they manufacture more respirators and come up with a vaccine might work.

The US is playing ketchup. I'm very surprised that we don't have a system in place to immediately make emergency hospitals for 1 million people at a minimum.

We should have the capacity to add 10k emergency triage facility in every major us city.

Obviously what do I know?

March 15, 2020, 01:12:09 AM
Re: COVID-19 Testing
And then there are people who are afraid to get tested as they do not want to be quarantined. Ridiculous

Sounds selfish.

March 15, 2020, 07:42:37 AM
Re: What grade do you give Trump so far for his handling of COVID-19? We are now a full month into the US getting affected. There are under 2000 known cases. How can anyone complain about the job Trump is doing? There are more tourist that travel into the US then practically any other country and yet we have managed to keep numbers to .001% of the country. The graph in the US is a lot better then almost every other country.

March 15, 2020, 08:33:59 AM
Re: Is it time for nation wide lockdown? How about quarantine of anyone over 60 or 70 and immunocompromised etc and everyone else do their thing?

Reach herd immunity as quickly as possible and then let them out.

Would very possibly save the most lives.

March 15, 2020, 10:09:29 AM
Re: CNN: How Fox News misled viewers about the coronavirus
My beef is with any doctor giving the impression that this is like the flu. The point can be made without saying it is like the flu.
There is a flip side to that. It is important for people to realize that their symptoms may be at such a level yet and be from this virus and be deadly for others.

March 15, 2020, 10:14:37 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Is losing some freedom temporarily to save lives worth it?
That is not some freedom. It is placing large populations in jail with little bssis. Is it even clear that it really worked?
What may be working is S Korea.

March 15, 2020, 10:59:11 AM
Re: Forex, futures and stocks trading Going to be a fun day tomorrow.
March 15, 2020, 04:18:27 PM
Canada closing borders to most travellers who are not citizens
March 15, 2020, 05:51:23 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
I've read this is utter fake news
...but expect Tylenol to fly off the shelves.

March 16, 2020, 09:32:02 AM
Easy solution for coronavirus If you have trouble touching your face. One thing you can do, go all morning without washing netilat yadayim ;)

I just heard my mom in my head "don't touch your face till you wash negel vaser" 

March 16, 2020, 10:48:03 AM
Re: How long before a nation wide lockdown?
I mean just take a look at the current restrictions, if the restrictions given today, were given a month ago, everyone would panic. Heck, I remember arguing (not so long ago) about Florida not reporting their COVID testing, if it's censorship or is the government rightfully preventing panic. I think you'll agree now how one sided that question seems now. As we get used to the new restrictions it makes it easier to place more and more restrictions.
The thing I am worried about now is the nutcases looking for an excuse to riot or take down the government.

March 16, 2020, 06:55:57 PM
Re: What are we going to do Chol Hamoed?? [UPDATE: And with kids home from school?]
Are you concerned about yourself or about spreading the virus everywhere you go?

I'm considering a road trip to California, my concern is really the latter.

My concern is the former. Obviously if I have even the slightest suspicion that I have it the only place I'm going is quarantine.

March 16, 2020, 07:35:36 PM
Re: What are we going to do Chol Hamoed?? [UPDATE: And with kids home from school?]
Everyone should share how they made it through day one
Not much of a head or voice left. Still walking

March 16, 2020, 07:50:33 PM
Re: Habits and lifestyle changes that should stick beyond COVID-19 • People stop licking their fingers as they’re counting money. Beyond gross
March 17, 2020, 03:14:35 PM
Re: Random Posts
With the current situation and foreseen future difficulty in doing basic shopping, DDF can come together to help keep everyone properly nourished. Please! At these trying times, be generous with granting likes to fellow DDFers.
Please take all my likes. It return I ask for your prayers.

March 18, 2020, 08:24:27 AM
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March 18, 2020, 12:05:39 PM
Re: Pesach at home 2020
The possibility that we may have to make pesach is becoming more distinct. I already ordered $225 worth of kitchen supplies from walmart.
also good return policy in case by some miracle this thing blows over

March 18, 2020, 01:48:49 PM
Re: Corona virus and your shull I think many just see this as some type of gezeira and better to daven and die than to live without shulls

Sadly this is simply not going to hit till it explodes.

And then they will claim to weren't warned

They will claim they didn't see it coming

They will blame the internet, gay parades, link shaitels red lipstick, Pink toe nails...

So sad...

March 18, 2020, 02:20:19 PM
Not a good enough reason to potentially kill people who are out for necessities.

It was an explanation, not an excuse

March 18, 2020, 02:54:33 PM
Re: looking for permission to repost "resources for kids" i have one addition to the resources and dont know how to get it out to all jewish mothers
March 18, 2020, 03:34:20 PM
Re: Habits and lifestyle changes that should stick beyond COVID-19
there will be people who eat machine shemurah and not hand made this year due to price and availability

Interesting observation. I dont want to hi jack this thread but in the chasidish circles if they had an opportunity to eat machine matzah or no matzah they wouldnt eat matzah, I think.

March 18, 2020, 04:55:55 PM
Re: Habits and lifestyle changes that should stick beyond COVID-19 Weddings can happen in a backyard, and should always be a option..
March 18, 2020, 06:37:21 PM
Re: BORO PARK CORONA UPDATES Boro park and willie mentality right now:

If we die from the virus, at least we will be matching

March 18, 2020, 06:44:10 PM
Re: Weddings in next few weeks
While this is true, put yourself into their shoes for a minute. Imagine you are the choson getting married. This is once in a lifetime for you. You dreamt of this day from the day you were born. Wouldnt you be disappointed? I applaud each and every one of such chasunos as it is absolutely the right thing to do in such a time. But I cannot imagine how tough it is for them.
Exactly!!   I spoke to a chosson getting married sometime soon(they arent even sure when!)  Sad situation

March 18, 2020, 06:46:23 PM
Re: What were your isolation activities today? Just cooked up a storm to last for the next 2 weeks. In case chv DW or I get sick at least we shouldnt have to worry about dinner.
March 18, 2020, 06:47:36 PM
Boro park and willie mentality right now:

If we die from the virus, at least we will be matching
People who don't spend much time online, are not aware how severe this virus is.

March 18, 2020, 06:49:45 PM
Re: Weddings in next few weeks
This is worth crying over?! Bh they are getting married! Hopefully everyone will stay healthy. With the zchus of not having blood on their hands, by not perpetuating the spread of the virus, they can go and build a bayis neman.
Yeah, it's worth crying over not having your parents or grandparents by your wedding.

My grandmothers are missing their granddaughter's wedding next week. They've been praying and dreaming about being at her wedding for more than a decade. It's absolutely the correct decision. Doesn't make it any less heart breaking.

March 18, 2020, 08:24:04 PM
Re: COVID-19 Testing First decent piece of information. Please read.

Message by Moriel Alvarez, Professor of Infectious Diseases at CHu: The four serious cases today are all young people with no basic pathology.  Everyone consumed anti-inflammatory drugs at the beginning of the infection, so be careful not to take anti-inflammatory drugs in the event of early symptoms as this can cause the disease to progress to serious form.
 : Advil, Nurofan, Ketopropane, Parapenid, Waltran, etc ...
 Information from a researcher who has collaborated with the work group fighting the viral virus epidemic:
 Here we send clear, simple and accessible information to everyone, describing exactly what the Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus) is, how it spreads from person to person and how it can be neutralized in life every day.

 Infection with the virus does not cause colds with runny nose or oily cough, but dry cough is the easiest thing to recognize.

 The virus does not withstand heat and is exposed to temperatures of 26-27 degrees, so hot drinks such as tea, herbal tea or soup during the day, or simply hot water should often be eaten: Hot fluids neutralize the virus, so avoid drinking ice water.

 And for those who can do it, expose yourself to the sun!

 1. The size of the virus is quite large (about 400-500 nm in diameter), so any type of mask can stop it: In normal life, special masks are not needed, enough simple masks.

 On the other hand, the situation is different for physicians and healthcare professionals who are exposed to high viral loads and must use specialized equipment.

 2. When the virus is found on metal surfaces, it survives for about 12 hours.  So when you touch metal surfaces like door handles, home appliances, bus rods, etc., wash your hands well and dispose of them thoroughly.

 3. The virus can live nesting in clothing and fabrics for about 6/12 hours: regular detergents can kill it.  For clothes that cannot be washed every day, you can leave them in the sun for a long time, the cubid 19 will not resist.

 How Covid 19 comes to light:

 1. The virus first sits in the throat, causing inflammation and dry throat sensation: this symptom can last for 3/4 days.

 2. The virus then passes through the existing airway moisture, descends into the trachea and then sits in the lungs, causing pneumonia.  This phase lasts about 5/6 days.

 3. Pneumonia occurs with high fever and difficulty breathing, but is not accompanied by conventional tremor.  If you feel that you are choking, contact your doctor immediately.

 How can you avoid it?

 1. The virus is transmitted mainly in direct contact, by touching the fabrics or materials on which the virus is found: it is essential to wash hands frequently.

 The virus only survives on your hands for ten minutes, but in ten minutes, a lot can happen: smear your eyes or scratch your nose for example, thus letting the virus get down your throat ...

 Therefore, for your benefit and for others, wash your hands frequently and disinfect them!

 2. You can gargle with a disinfectant that eliminates or minimizes the amount of virus that can penetrate your throat, eliminating it before it goes down to the trachea and then into the lungs.

 3. Disinfecting the keyboard of computers and mobile phones.

 In addition, Covid19 may not show signs of infection for many days, during which it is not possible to tell if a person is infected or not.
 But when you have fever and / or cough, the lungs are usually 50% clear.
 That's why experts offer a simple test that you can do yourself every morning:
 Take a deep breath and stop breathing for more than ten seconds.  If you do this without coughing, a feeling of suppression, etc., it shows that there is no healthy fibrosis, which actually indicates a lack of infection.

 At such critical times, this should be checked every morning in a clean air environment.

 This is simple information and advice from doctors who treat COVID-19 cases.

 Another simple tip, we need to keep the throat moist, as dry as possible.  Drink a few sips of water at least every 15 to 20 minutes.
 Why?  Even if the virus comes in here ... water or other fluids
  Pass through the esophagus to the stomach.
 After the stomach, stomach acid will kill the virus.  If you do not drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your lungs more easily.

 Share this information with your family, friends and acquaintances, solidarity

March 19, 2020, 01:31:18 AM
Re: Chizuk During Covid-19
March 19, 2020, 08:29:20 AM
Re: זאל שויין זיין די גאולה, און משיח זאל שוין ק
im pretty sure there are shortages of food and water
There really isn't. While there is an increased demand due to the panic and the supply chain is having trouble keeping up, there is no reason to believe the stores will run out of food.

March 19, 2020, 01:21:29 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
March 19, 2020, 02:33:26 PM
An Open Data Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Prevention
March 19, 2020, 02:42:51 PM
Re: Antisemitism related to Coronavirus
It might be. But again, no one but ourselves to blame.
The are small parks in NYC filled with more than 50 people, they happen to be black. Imagine a news story based on that that African Americans are not following rules.

Stop. Blaming. Jews. For. Anti. Semitism.

March 19, 2020, 11:07:07 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related .
March 20, 2020, 04:59:13 PM
Re: Good Shabbos! Good Shabbos all! Stay safe, healthy, and happy!
March 20, 2020, 05:54:07 PM
Re: Good Shabbos! Good shabbos my brothers! Let us all have oinag shabbos to the utmost!! We will get through this!
March 20, 2020, 06:13:15 PM
Re: Making Pesach For The First Time
I don't think so. It's true that more places require checking but bedroom closets are not coming in contact with food on Pesach.

I guess I have really messy kids then  :-\ .

March 22, 2020, 06:19:34 PM
Re: Everyday day things that you now say "Wow glad I have that". healthy lungs
March 22, 2020, 10:07:37 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
I'm having trouble filling my schedule. I'm only up to 3:15. Any ideas?

Daily Schedule for Quarantine
7:00   Read new replies
7:30   Read new Coronavirus-related posts
8:00   Daven + breakfast
9:30   New replies + posts
9:45   DDMS review
10:00   Review S&S, skip Pesach orders
10:15   Random @Something Fishy  Trip Report
10:45   New replies + posts
11:00   Get into political fight with @CountValentine
11:30   Snack
11:45   Write wiki for complex thread
12:15   New replies + posts
12:30   Reread @hvaces42's fascinating prison thread
1:30   Mincha + lunch
2:30   New replies + posts
2:45   Read @Dan’s Antarctica TRs
The first time pesach thread needs a wiki.
Can you share the prison thread?
And just now, over on the Prison thread:
What an amazing story @hvaces42 thanks for the free entertainment 😜 kept me glued to my screen.
Definitely going to keep my head straight if I ever get a chance to make $$ quick.
I'm shepping nachas  ;D

March 23, 2020, 11:40:57 AM
Re: This is getting serious... a somber thread about COVID-19 This conversation is reckless IMHO. Especially in a time like this. You have your personal grievances with institutions or shuls? Go ahead and take it up with them. Not on a public forum like this please.
March 24, 2020, 01:14:27 AM