Another TBB post featuring the most eclectic links around the web such as the most beautiful beaches, government speculation, Covid long haulers, River Runner, we travel to the Peruvian Andes to see people punching each other, personal finance rules of thumb, I see more and more fully vaccinated people get infected all around me, more about the long ordeal in Afghanistan, Biden deserves praise about ending the war, weird looking plants, see a baby cobra hatch that will surely shock you, register for some hotel promos, the United Quest card 100k signup bonus is ending soon, Amex goes crazy with transfer bonuses, I stay in Fairmonts for free because I am TBB (it rhymes lol!), enjoy the Labor Day weekend everyone!
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How about The 25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World to start things off? Which one is your favorite?
I loved this: Settling Scores at a Fist-Fighting Festival in the Peruvian Andes. Each year on Dec. 25, thousands of locals gather in the town of Santo Tomás — dressed in elaborate costumes — to dance, drink and duke it out. Sounded great until that last part. Peace!
Some good thoughts on “rules of thumb” we financial advisors use in our work with clients: Rule Your World. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a reference to the 4% rule! 🙂
Fantastic run through history how bubbles form. Or maybe I like this financial history stuff too much? Speculation is Necessary. Governments Can Help. You need three things: 1) Marketability (the oxygen), 2) Money & Credit (the fuel) and 3) Speculation (the heat). No doubt some element of that are out there, can you say crypto and NFT and ape avatars smh…
MUST read, new one by Ed Yong: Long-Haulers Are Fighting For Their Future. Many people with long COVID feel that science is failing them. Neglecting them could make the pandemic even worse.
My fully vaccinated colleague who is also a professor caught Covid-19 and he kept us updated: Even Vaccinated, I Got COVID. And It Isn’t Pretty, Folks. This reiterates my intention to lay low, as much as I can. Yeah, it sucks, but getting this virus may suck even more!
The blogger at the A Wealth Of Common Sense, one of the recommended Personal Finance blogs, also got it, fully vaccinated too. I may have a contest when you will see “I got Covid” in my blog too, I think it is a matter of time and not if...Update: Ben posted about it: Some Thoughts on My Experience Getting Covid.
I missed financial industry conferences a lot. That is where I replenish my free Tshirts from vendors and I am now running low and I may have to do the unthinkable…like buy one woohoo! Only a few conferences did not cancel and just saw a pic of one of them with a hall full of unmasked financial advisors. And I shook my head to oblivion, no thanks.
I hope we retire this section as the media will undoubtedly focus elsewhere shortly. But this is a great chronicle of the whole war: The US War inn Afghanistan 1999-2021.
I agree with this in case you did not know: Biden Deserves Credit, Not Blame, for Afghanistan.
Unlike his three immediate predecessors in the Oval Office, all of whom also came to see the futility of the Afghan operation, Biden alone had the political courage to fully end America’s involvement. Although Donald Trump made a plan to end the war, he set a departure date that fell after the end of his first term and created conditions that made the situation Biden inherited more precarious. And despite significant pressure and obstacles, Biden has overseen a military and government that have managed, since the announcement of America’s withdrawal, one of the most extraordinary logistical feats in their recent history. By the time the last American plane lifts off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 31, the total number of Americans and Afghan allies extricated from the country may exceed 120,000.
ODDZ & ENDZ
This is so cool: River Runner. Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends up.
These are weird! 10 Positively Peculiar Plants. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the last one, titty fruit, bad George! I am going to get in trouble about this oh oh…
If you have seen a baby king cobra hatch, do not click.
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This section is about my
hobby addiction of collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the early 1990’s! Feel free to skip this section and parts of the next one if this is not for you.
Newbies: BEST TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARD! The 100k Chase Sapphire Preferred card is now available with my links. If you are totally new and looking for a keeper card I think THIS is the card. Apply for it, get approved, do the required minimum $4k spend, get the 100k points signup bonus, transfer the points to United or Southwest or Hyatt or just cash out for $1,250 spend for groceries using the “Pay Yourself Back” feature assuming you do eat, right? For the annual fee of only $95, COME ON, do the math! Ok, here is the math: $1,250 – $95 = $1,155. So, if a bank offers you all this money what is your problem? Just ALWAYS make sure you NEVER EVER carry a balance ok? If you currently have the card, you can refer your spouse or significant other or third cousin or travel starved friend and you the referrer can earn 20k Chase points for the referral and the referred still get the full 100k bonus.
I must admit I am very surprised the Chase Sapphire Preferred 100k signup bonus above is still going on!
A reader who is totally new in this space asked how to get started in this addictive
hobby obsession so here is my answer.
Chase is going to kill this card’s 100k bonus on 9/22/21: Chase United Quest Card Review: 100K Points Launch Offer, $125 Credit & Up to 10K Miles Annually. I do have this card for the 100k bonus of course. I also have the United Business card. My plan is to cancel both and get the no annual fee United card that will still give me better access in United awards and save me the annual fees, I am all for the signup bonuses for the most part baby! Update: Wife’s Southwest card annual fee just hit, I think it is time to cancel it and then she goes for the United Quest card, I need to check my records! 🙂
Amex has transfer bonuses often. Never before it unleashed 12 of them at the same time, WOW! The 40% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios sure looks great and…I am thinking about it. If only I had fewer Avios #firstworldproblem.
Register here for the new Radisson Rewards of the Americas hotel promotion, 7,000 points per night is not bad at all.
Register here for the new Best Western Rewards hotel promotion, 3,000 points per stay.
Marriott Bonvoy has a new promotion to earn 1,500 bonus points on each stay and more. You know, when both Best Western and Radisson beat you in promos…maybe Bonvoy just sucks!
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 really like the weekly roundups The Lazy Traveler does lately: Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Aug 22 — Aug 28 2021. I also like that he links back to my blog too!
I am starting to run again, no more pains in my left back side. Slowly increasing the mileage and just ran seven miles non stop and it feels great! I may have a shot to finish the Athens Greece full marathon in mid November when it was only a dream a month ago…
Yours truly will be biking 30 miles this Sunday at the Bike The Drive event in Chicago. If you see me say hi! Staying at the Chicago Fairmont for two nights. In a suite. For free. Je suis TBB.
Let me leave you with this…I don’t have anything funny today, just this amazing shot, wow!
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