We bring you big spend bonuses, we fly to Hawaii using miles, check out world sex laws, a vicious stock market freakout, some cute videos, languages by number of speakers, some good advice on what to do in this market correction, some overlooked tax breaks, a record of all small and big corrections since the last major stock market crash, catching marathon cheaters at a price, some weird hearing phenomenon I discovered to explain some of my symptoms, weird baby doll collectors, check to see if United’s Mile Play promo is for you, an animal that does not breathe is discovered, light Blog Buzz area as I ran out of gas, I support Mike Bloomberg in case you did not notice and this blog has no advertisers or sponsors or anyone who tells me what to post. I also turn down all bribes too! Thank you for reading and enjoy your weekend!
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MILES & POINTS
HOT CREDIT CARD OFFERS: Two new offers on United credit cards, a personal for 60k and a Business one for up to 100k miles. The IHG Rewards Club card offering 140k points too, highest ever. Other credit cards offers that stand out for now are the 100k Southwest Performance Business card, the 100k Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card and of course the 80k Ink Business Preferred. In addition, there are personal and business offers for the 70k Amex Delta Skymiles Gold, 100k Platinum and 100k Reserve credit cards. Available with my links. Lets move on!
Several travel rewards credit cards have spending bonuses, here are some of them: Big-Spend Credit Card Bonuses & Benefits for 2020 – Yes, No or Maybe? We get someone to talk about opportunity costs at last. Like they do at The Points Guy, bwahahaha!
If you wanted to go for free: Best Ways to Get to Hawaii Using Points & Miles.
United Airlines keeps having this Mile Play promotion. You get some tasks to do (mostly flying) to earn more miles. I have never been targeted and I think it is because I have not paid for a United ticket in years lol. Check it out to see what you get: Mile Play.
These will shock you! The strangest sex laws around the world. Apparently, you can’t masturbate in Indonesia without risking jail time and in the UK you can not have sex on a parked motorbike. This means you can have sex while riding (pun intended) on a motorbike, so knock yourself out lol.
One of the cutest videos you will see today. Wait until 0.45. I think it is in Indonesia? What a beautiful setting for a school!
Are you stressed? Take a look at a live camera with pandas!
As more snow has fallen in Michigan and local schools called two snow days in a row to make a bunch of students very happy, many of us are dreaming of beaches. Check out the stones in some beaches, wow!
If you are looking to improve your skills by learning a foreign language, well, maybe this chart will help you: Languages by Speaker Count & Type
Obviously, you may have noticed your 409k is suddenly back down to a 401k. It happens when you are investing for the long term. If you can’t sleep at night, maybe you over rated your risk tolerance like most people? Anyway, here is a really good article that perhaps could help you: Freaked Out by the Stock Market? Take a Deep Breath. Finally we get back to reality as most have been getting way too comfortable looking at the size of their portfolios. I have a standard piece of advice I dish out: “Never fall in love with the highest number in your portfolio”. I have been looking like a moron for repeating myself for so long, not anymore. Hang in there!
Have you filed your taxes yet? Why not? What are you waiting for, a scammer to do it using your Social Security Number? Get on with it! Here is an article that may help you pay less taxes: 10 often overlooked tax breaks.
Ok, lets get serious. More than 10% drop in the stock market in a week is yuge, however you slice it. I remember I was in a financial conference in early 2017 and the speaker was Ian Bremmer. I distinctly remember one question he answered in the Q&A section. He was asked: “What do you fear the most?”. And his answer was: “I am afraid in a big crisis how this President will respond”. We have been pretty lucky so far to avoid one but it looks like we may not escape it all together. And if you cringed every time Trump touted the stock market highs and you shook your head how can anyone do that considering the nature of the beast…yeah. I guess we won’t be seeing any glowing tweets about that.
At the end of the day:
-Never ask why you hold bonds again ok?
-Stop looking at stock market tickers & your portfolio every day!
-Don’t open your 401k statements
-Always have some cash
-Wash your hands
-This too shall pass
Let me insert this one here since I referred earlier to the stock market’s nature of the beast…THIS is normal you guys!
Some stories take an unexpected tragic turn. Apparently, many marathon runners cheat. And there is a blogger obsessed with exposing them. And then one runner felt so ashamed he took his own life. Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters. I have been accused of being very tough on credit card salesmen masquerading as “expert” miles and points “hobbyists”. But come on, compared to this guy I am an angel!
As I have had some issues with my right ear (tinnitus due to hearing loss) I was fascinated with this article! The Other as Noise – Real Life.
For a while I thought this tendency of mine to be highly irritated by the personal noises others make just made me an asshole, but I recently found out that it’s common enough a phenomenon to have its own term: misophonia, which was coined by the audiologists Pawel and Margaret Jastreboff in 2003. The condition, which is also known as sound rage or selective sound sensitivity syndrome, has been associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, hyperacusia, and Tourette’s syndrome. [For me, hearing sounds from cell phone speaker phones and plates touching each other really irritate me! Learned a new term for this, wow! I think this is one of the main reasons I like running outside alone, me and the silence of the nature is very serene…]
One of the most bizarre stories I read recently. Sometimes I shake my head wondering WTF is wrong with some people! ‘People don’t get it’: inside the world of hyper-realistic baby doll collecting.
From Sydney to Manchester, Tokyo to San Jose, its members spend upwards of $20,000 for one doll to add to their nurseries. [Say whaaaat?]
In the more than two decades since Eldred-Smith discovered these dolls, the rise of social media has expanded the number of worldwide collectors by an order of magnitude. Today, more than 30,000 people subscribe to her YouTube channel, where videos of her cuddling, changing and talking about dolls have amassed more than 14,450,000 views. [Here I am whining and moaning to get 10 credit card conversions per month when this lady…Phuck meeeeeee!]
If you were not blown away by the previous link, how about this one? Scientists discover the first-known animal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive. Mind Blown!
Another awesome link with incredible photography: The Winners Of The 2020 Underwater Photographer Of The Year Contest.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
Not sure how they came up with the name “corona” by the way. Is this like the hurricanes that are named after first names or something? Can you imagine being the Corona brand marketing chief, the drink? Yikes.
If you feel safer with Pence in charge on how to deal with the corona virus…you never voted for and will never vote for a Democrat lol!
At this point, I doubt my mother will be visiting us in May. Son arrived in Delhi, India after strolling and eating around London during a Heathrow stop. The AA miles have already posted and he has already completed the AA Platinum Pro elite challenge and secured it until January 31, 20121. Hooray!
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