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MUST READ POST OF THE DAY
I am singling this one out because it is a fine gem and you should make time to read it! I could excerpt the whole thing but I won’t. Theme of it is about how true innovation happens at the darkest times when fear runs rampant, enjoy.
We keep seeing confusing reports regarding immunity from the virus. They range all over the place. The thing is, as in everything with this virus, we need time to study it as it is so freaking new! We will answer this question “soon”: Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections.
Another must read by Ed Yong of The Atlantic: Long-Haulers Are Redefining Covid-19. Very disturbing! Maybe this was never like the flu hey?
Meanwhile in Wuhan: Massive party held at swimming pool in COVID-19 epicenter Wuhan while we have tens of thousands of new cases and lose over a thousand of our fellow citizens EVERY SINGLE DAY!
In the meantime, we have to waste time with people who just keep falling for stupid crap! Nine COVID-19 Myths That Just Won’t Go Away. Can you tell I have no patience for conspiracy nuts?
MILES & POINTS
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As a lifetime former Platinum Fairmont President’s Club member (now Accor ALL Platinum)…this was very disturbing to find out: Accor Shows Interest in Merger With IHG to Create Global. Hotels Behemoth. Then again, this is par for the course when you are dealing with Accor. I wonder if we will soon start seeing a wave of mergers in the travel industry induced by, what else, the virus…stay tuned.
Bloggers, in an environment where the main thing we are dealing with, travel is so curtailed jumped on some “news” by an airline that will likely not make it in the next months: Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Updates. I guess the “big” news is getting elite credit for award flights. Only to be offset with even higher fuel surcharges lol.
Comprehensive resource if you have any. Citi ThankYou points sweet spots for high value redemptions.
Newbies: The name of the game is earning credit card signing bonuses for free travel. In these pandemic times when travel is mostly not happening it may be a great time to start accumulating miles and points to start burning for epic trips when we eventually get back to normal. Offers north of 60,000 miles/points are attractive. You get one, you satisfy the spend requirement, you earn 60k+ miles/points and then “do the work”, as in maintaining the card, ALWAYS paying the balance EVERY month, keep for a year or cancel and…keep rinsing 😉 Or at the very minimum get ONE 2% cash back credit card and use it for all your purchases, you can handle that right? If this is all too much…you should be skipping this section of my blog, you are just not cut out for this. No shame about it, your life will be simpler no doubt. Oh, my wife just got one of the Southwest 65k cards for future travel #diversify!
The hotel boom in Ann Arbor shows no sign of stopping: 2 hotels approved for former Michigan Inn site in Ann Arbor, an Aloft by Marriott and a Home2 by Hilton. And keeping it local, the new Indigo Hotel in downtown Detroit looks very nice.
Amazing photography by Ekaterina Busygina of South Korea.
I really liked my second passport (Greek), it allowed me to travel to Iran (when other US passport holders could not go) and to Brazil by avoiding a visa back when it was required. I could travel to many more countries now that do not allow Americans in. And we have friends who come from all over the world and the passport discussion is becoming a lot more frequent after the pandemic hit! The New American Status Symbol? A Second Passport.
Some interesting properties listed here: The Most-Wishlisted Off-the-Grid Airbnbs in the U.S.
Be careful out there of financial advisors who are not fiduciaries okay? Because this can happen to you!
Wild story, beware of scammers! How a Fake CIA Spy Fooled Everyone and Swindled Millions.
We’ll start off with two presidential speeches. Here is the first one by Joe Biden. Seeing the kid who used to stutter give a speech was one of the most heart warming things I have seen lately, what a change from the current tweeting lunatic nastiness!
One more: A speech by the former President. Just to piss off the few remaining Trump fans here woohoo. I actually deleted the speech by Michelle Obama for fears of being accused of partisanship lol. One day I am going to start doing things that drive conversions… 🙂
Europe may come well ahead after the Covid pandemic actually. Europe’s Geopolitical Awakening.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Fantastic resource: THE BLACK MUSIC HISTORY LIBRARY. Enjoy!
Wow, stunning clip. “Newly-declassified” footage of the Tsar Bomba nuclear test back in 1961. 50 megatons boom, biggest explosion on record to date. For aviation geeks, start watching around minute 18, you are welcome. The explosion happens at minute 22. Thanks for the HTs bloggers smh.
LOL2: Facemask prevents store from ID’ing man who stole a 3-foot, 40-pound dildo in broad daylight. Hope he is not a relative of yours bwahahahaha.
I like these Index posts at Harper’s Magazine, some selected ones:
Total value of surplus military equipment distributed to U.S. police departments under the Trump Administration : $964,962,803
Percentage increase since February in the number of American Jews who have applied to emigrate to Israel : 64
Average number of times per day that Donald Trump tweeted in 2017: 7
Percentage of Americans who want Trump to tweet more frequently: 3 [WTF to infinity!]
Enjoy these amazing photos! 2020 iPhone Photography Award Winners.
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.
I hope these brothers are not anyone in our hobby who got way carried away with reselling hacks, wtf! How Four Brothers Allegedly Fleeced $19 Million From Amazon.
Have fun dreaming I guess…You Can Now Book Some Cathay Pacific and GOL Rewards on Aeroplan.com.
These guys at American Airlines are just plain mean now, WTF! American Airlines Going After Hidden City Ticket ‘Abusers’.
The writing is on the wall. I have only had two credit card conversions this month here. One by my daughter (Discover it for Students, her first card as an adult to build her credit) and the other one by my wife (one 65k Southwest card). I mean, how sad is that. Ingy is laughing, even after leaving millions on the table as he sold years early. And so it goes…Aiming for an 8 year blog anniversary and a new direction, it’s been fun you guys.
When travel “thought leaders” copy what you post ten days later showing off to their own readers and try to “bury” it on a Sunday night…If I had a dollar for ever time I never got an HT, it is what it is I guess.
Last week: 25 miles running, 28 miles biking #consistency
Another pic from Michigan Upper Peninsula road trip.
And I leave you with this…
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