Lots of stuff to highlight today. We ran a little behind today as TBB managed to escape the home office/Panera bread office to see two movies back to back, “Jack Reacher” with Tom Cruise and “The Guilt Trip” with Barbra Streizand and Seth Rogen, courtesy of gofobo.com. Both two thumbs up! I feel guilty for liking Tom Cruise’s movie now, it has lots and lots of shooting. Barbra has a phenomenal performance! I still prefer Seth’s “high” roles! And then I watched my soccer team finish the season with another win for a 5-3 record and joined them at TGI Fridays for some drinks!
READER QUESTION: “Do you think about teachers differently after Newtown?”
YES! I wish we supported them and paid them more than greedy investment bankers, hedge fund managers and traders (ok, my main point is that the latter group are wildly overpaid and teachers are way underpaid!!). The memory of the heroine teacher giving up her life to protect her students should NEVER be forgotten. Loyalty Traveler wrote a beautiful post yesterday “I gave a teacher a hug today“, thanks Ric!
Ok, one more on the guns debate and then we will get on with our show! There is something profoundly wrong how the US Handles Guns, here is proof!
New policy from AMEX – No More than 4 AMEX issued credit cards by Paddy in the Big Apple.
This appears to be a new AMEX policy. It is issued CREDIT cards and not CHARGE cards! The noose is tightening slowly…
Frequent Miler wrote “5x dangers and headaches“. Some really good points. Moderation people! Get your own system down & stick to it. You do NOT have to drive around town to find these cards or juggle a dozen prepaid cards, there are other a LOT more important things in life. And as always, never EVER break the law of course! If you got black listed by a bank or through a Financial Review…you probably deserved it:-)
Cranky Flier wonders if the Math Add up on American’s Fare Choice Bundles It is a pretty solid analysis of the new fare structure and confirms my original thinking: Basic and innovative idea in the right direction, perhaps a bit rushed out too quickly and everything will be judged on implementation of it (and first signs are certainly NOT positive!). We shall see…
A Pro’s Guide to Sleeping At The Airport [Infographic] This is a great infographic…just in case you are in an airport where you can not burn some points or cut off due to a snowstorm or something.
NOT SO BEST OF
The Points Guy ranks the top AMEX travel credit cards. 35 credit card app links, new record, our eye sockets have just been destroyed! And not even one that is worthy to apply at this time as they almost all have had higher bonuses in the past and AMEX will likely (hopefully) continue its short term promos with increased bonuses! Out of all of them the no annual fee Hilton AMEX card always made sense to us! We have had it for years and been Hilton Gold for years. No reason to reach for Diamond status, always in our own opinion of course. And why is the Jet Blue card even mentioned here, blah!
Points, Miles & Martinis wrote “AMEX Keeps Sending me 100k Business Platinum Offers“. Naturally, we were intrigued. Is PMM related to MrPickles who also gets many of the same offers? Anyway, interesting post and then, BANG, we get blindsided by Chase links for BA, Ink Bold, and Ink Plus, seriously??
Milevalue writes about how you can fly on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class for 35k Really? Why don’t you have the confiscatory fuel surcharges on the headline too? Commenter ASDF said “Say no to programs that impose fuel surcharges. No way I’m forking over all that money for an award flight.”
And we so agree and encourage every one to STOP flying airlines that charge award fuel surcharges, they SUCK!! And two nice cc app links to the Barclay’s Virgin America Visa are conveniently served (20k signing bonus, annual fee not waived…Wow, really?) near the end of the post. In addition, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 2:1 rate. In other words, avoid this crap! Thank you for the research. After all that effort this is NOT how to Recap this: “People with Virgin America miles have a new cheapest way to get into Upper Class. If you don’t have any miles, consider the Virgin America credit card or a Membership Rewards transfer.”
ODDZ & ENDZ
An interesting article about yet another social network, Nextdoor. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Interesting idea that this can introduce you to the people in your neighborhood. There are two hilarious parargraphs in this article:
I live in a 75-unit apartment building. I know only two of my neighbors by name. The woman across the hall (who once invited me over for a delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner) seems like a lovely person, and she returned my folding chairs promptly after she borrowed them. But then there’s this other dude.
This guy—let’s call him Larry—managed to invite himself into my apartment shortly after I moved in, when I was surrounded by open boxes and crumpled packing tape. Within minutes, he’d begun bragging to me about how he cheats on his wife. Since then, he has knocked on my door and 1) asked if I wanted to buy some cocaine, 2) insisted that he wanted to hire a prostitute for me—his treat, and 3) suggested we film some porn in my apartment, with him behind the camera and me as the star. I declined these offers.
No comment, only LOLs!
Quartz: Our Favorite Charts of 2012 Pretty good big picture economic stuff here, in case you are interested.
Or perhaps you are interested in the topic of oral sex? Here is a hilarious interview with Amsterdam’s Most Unusual Teacher. She gives a workshop in giving oral sex to men. She responds to questions such as ” Do you give homework?” or “Have there been any injuries yet, like choking or gagging?” or my favorite question….”Can you spot talent in the class?” Fantastic find! If you are offended you are definitely reading the wrong blog:-)
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