Another TBB post featuring the most eclectic links around the web such as the most luxurious trains, the 2022 tax season begins, the amazing history of potato chips, I am back from the Kauai trip, a Greek pilot hero from the past, some amazing travel photography, how watching celebrities ads hawking crap makes me barf, IRS wants selfies from us soon, the vaccines do not impact fertility, a Messi compilation from the past, lots of feedback from our trip, promotions to sign up for and lots more, enjoy the week!
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Back from wonderful Kauai and Honolulu, I missed you guys!
Let’s get back to traveling together here. How about The Top 10 Most Luxurious Trains in the World. Never heard anything about several of these. Surprised to see several in India!
I remember growing up in Greece and vividly remember watching reports on TV about this hero Olympic Airways pilot. The Olympic Airways Plane that Almost Crashed into Central Athens. Olympic Airways was this amazingly bad Greek state airline…hideous customer service and insane corruption with ghost employees and patronage to the nth degree. BUT, when it came to pilots and their skills…they were the best!
Amazing! Spectacular images of Italian town unintentionally shaped like a person.
More amazing stuff as in photography: 50 Times People Were So Taken Away By The Beautiful Scenery, They Just Had To Snap A Pic Of It.
I am saving some killer links for a special Best of Web “The Stock Market Crash” edition. Or correction if you prefer. Who knows, by the time I post it we could well be in bear market territory or at new highs, everything moves so much faster these days…
Tax season is here! How to get more child tax credit money and other tips for 2022 tax season.
This is scary: IRS online taxpayer account access soon will require selfies, more personal info.
Whenever I see them I cringe! Celebrity Ads Have Never Been Worse. Pitt. Depp. Wahlberg. Damon. Bad. Dumb. Stupid. Awful.
Get your free at home Covid tests HERE.
Your Local Epidemiologist with a State of Affairs update as of last week. In summary:
Bottom Line: The Omicron wave is peaking across much of the globe, but this may be drawn out due to a new sister mutation called BA.2. As expected, hospitalizations and deaths are closely following. Hang in there, it will get better.
I really can not understand people who do not get vaccines because they do not believe the science. But I do understand why some women may not do it because they feel that it may impact them having children at a later date. And, as this is developing, we can not be absolutely certain that this not going to be the case. But, hold on there. Latest: The COVID19 vaccine does not impact fertility.
Bottom line: There is no evidence that COVID19 vaccines impact any aspect of reproduction and sexual functioning. We do have mounting evidence that COVID19 infection does, though, especially among males. And, once people do get pregnant, there are dire consequences of not being vaccinated.
ODDZ & ENDZ
I had no idea How the Potato Chip Took Over America. A fussy magnate, a miffed chef and the curious roots of the comfort food we hate to love.
We all know of some weird guy out there. In our neighborhood or workplace or wherever. The Pandemic Brought Our Family’s Harasser Out Of Retirement. Here’s How We Finally Caught Him. So creepy…
A compilation of the greatness of Lionel Messi when he was at his peak 2009 – 2013.
Very interesting: Percentage of population born in state of residence.
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IHG Rewards continues to try to get better but I don’t care at this point because they may have gone the other way too far? Chase IHG Changes: New Business Card, Top Off Certificates With Points & More.
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.
This Milenomics podcast has me dreaming about the Hiltons in Seychelles you guys…
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is as wonderful as you may have heard, we loved our stay there. Burning one Globalist confirmed Suite Upgrade and 125,000 Hyatt points for five nights was absolutely wonderful. It was great to finally experience the fourth main Hawaiian island but I must admit that Kauai just did not do it for us. We expected the country feeling to it but maybe it was too much. We liked the other three islands more. And so many chickens everywhere! Loved the Sau Sai acai bowl at Anakes Juice Bar, a hole in the wall place hidden inside a grocery store in Poipu. And also loved the Ahi and Kenji hamburgers at Kenji Burger in the Lihue location. Rest of the meals were average at best.
On the other hand, Hilton continues to nickel and dime its elites. I guess I should have been glad to get a standard room with a great ocean view in the Rainbow tower in the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Huge sprawling property, never felt the warmth we felt in the Kauai Grand Hyatt. $30 food credit for two did not go far and having no lounge sucks. Great location, great pools, great beach. Certainly a great property to burn free Hilton night certs.
Other than masks, flights and tourism are back in Hawaii!
Our flights on AA from Detroit to Phoenix to Lihue were great and on time. Our flights on United from Honolulu to Denver to Detroit were not so great. Flight attendant service was much worse and the dinner served an hour out from Honolulu was not edible. The chicken was so awful prisoners will not eat it! Also, in Honolulu, we were not allowed entry to the United lounge because our club lounge passes were apparently not good. I thought I had them from the Quest card but they were from the Explorer card which I had closed before going for the Quest card. To this day, I have not been able to get inside a United lounge using a pass, the gate agents just love turning people away, it is bizarre. So, I will be closing my Quest card after that 5x on restaurants promo is done and will instead go for the no annual fee Gateway card that still gives improved award availability. Which is the only reason why I hold a United card.
Sending my daughter to Madrid in early May for 30,000 American Airlines miles. I need to look into getting her back…
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P T says
First! Can’t believe you didn’t like Kauai. You must not have driven around much, although it has changed, not for the better since we got married there 30 years ago.
Glad it sounds like overall the Kauai trip was a success. Could you share more about what wasn’t for you on the island? Im not a big Hawaii guy, as I’m not much of a beach vacationer and have only been to Maui. But from I have read, I thought Kauai would be my pick if I ever get back there.
I went to Maui with my parents and my son. THAT was wonderful. Good memories.
I almost died when I saw the train photos … gee … that doesn’t look like the DC to NYC
trains I take. Huh!
-Landed in tiny airport and chickens greeted us on the way to Hertz.
-Chickens appear to just roam around all over the island, never seen so many chickens around…and roosters guarding them lol.
-Tiny roads…got stuck a few times due to accidents.
-Overpriced food, ok it was expected. But I found the quality to be lacking as well.
-Napali coast and park. Well, this was my fault I think. We relied on a friend’s suggestion that no need for reservation to park and/or hike. Especially when there is a Hawaii resident. So, we were denied entry even with son flashing his HI drivers license. His girlfriend did not have her HI yet….then checked online and no passes for the next few days. Helicopter prices were too high and you only crash once, so no thanks. Wife gets motion sickness on boats so those were out. Bummed about this as this appears to be the BEST thing to see/do in this island.
-Running is just dangerous, not many paths so you run on the road and gotta watch for cars. So much for bringing my buds to enjoy a podcast/music, had to be alert!
-The drive to the Wimea valley and canyon was nice. But could not see much due to fog. And hiking there is so muddy you really need to sacrifice a pair of shoes and we only brought one lol.
-Saw some waterfalls. Which were nice. But we have seen better.
-Felt that we were not welcome…In one waterfalls which was harder to find there were signs KEEP OUT and NO signs showing how to get to that waterfall AT ALL!
-Visited some beaches…and they were nice. But not better than the other islands.
-Maybe I was too stressed because I did not have as much time available to really explore the island more….it was during the stock market fireworks.
Just felt the other islands had a lot more….that country feeling in Kauai was just a bit too much. Or, again, expectations were so much higher?
Nick @ PFD says
I loved Kauai, sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much. I recall Waimea hiking as being kind of dusty, not muddy, maybe we lucked out? In any case, I won’t demand a trip report from you for this one.
In light of recent market volatility and energy outperformance, I’m going to cite this comment of mine from last year:
I honestly think we’re headed for a 70s-style energy crisis. There isn’t enough gas and oil drilling right now and we aren’t building enough nuclear plants.
Carl Pietrantonio says
Man, I just adored my stay on Kauai, but every traveler has different needs and wants, etc. Sorry it wasn’t as great a trip as you hoped!
Love the Photos link, and I am gonna read that ‘Tater chip story in a bit once the coffee is ready!
Thanks for all this great stuff!
Hilton has always been good to me, so I’m loyal to them. I can understand why you didn’t feel the warmth at the Hawaiian Village, but that’s how I felt at the Resort at Squaw Creek in the Tahoe area – and that was my first stay at a Hyatt property. It was frigid! But the HHV will always be special to me because my room got me an awesome view of the Hawaii Five-O filming being done below, a dream come true for me.
I do not want to sound like I had this bad trip because I sure did not! It is Hawaii after all, it is hard NOT to enjoy it there. I just felt that Kauai for us (both me and my wfie) felt that Kauai was #4 on the scale of the main islands. Again, expectations were high so that sure did not help.
It rained while we were there so that certainly contributed to the muddy hiking conditions.
The days of super long trip reports in this blog are clearly over.
Used to watch Hawaii 5-0 growing up in Greece. Every Thursday at 11 pm…we used to sneak into the living room and watch it and then talk about it the next day at school.
Best thing to do is to stop looking at stock tickers and at your portfolio. I do…because it is my job doing some selective buying here and there managing client expectations that anything is possible in the short term and we are sticking to the plan. And I had been pounding on “this can’t go up infinitely” and nobody can time it anyway so focus on what you do best.
Thanks for the update and great links.
Was going to do a post tomorrow…but been two weeks since this blog made any money, sad.
So maybe I postpone it to Thursday…
One day this baby is going once a month like Milenerd.
Biggest snow storm of the season tomorrow…should have stayed in Hawaii.
And thanks David, you have no idea how far these comments/emails go in keeping this baby going…