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Bored? Missed travel? Love going to museums? Here is a great resource to keep you busy! Joy of Museums Virtual Tours (HT: TBB reader YR).
Some of these are great! 50 Times People Spotted Simple Yet Genius Solutions In Their Hotels And Shared Them Online.
You probably wondered about this at some point in your life: Why do so many companies incorporate in Delaware? It is all about taxes, privacy and expediency. Well, now you know!
The scammers are getting better and gift cards are highly preferred by them. I know this will not happen to you but please be on alert for signs it may be happening to your loved ones, especially the elderly! Pennsylvania widow drained of $39K in gift card scam by a man she fell for.
I found this to be a difficult read. This person is not happy. You know, many people think getting rich will solve all your problems…which is definitely not true! It could but you need to work on yourself first. And many times the money makes that even more difficult. Or maybe she needs a really good financial advisor to help her sort things out…Confessions of an Overnight Millionaire. Another link to it. If she called me and asked “How do you evaluate a tech stock?”…well, we would never get to this stage because this is not the type of potential client a good financial advisor should want in the first place. In my career I said no many times to potential clients with more money than her…I hope she finds a good fit and good luck to her and whoever she works with (if that ever happens).
I said it before and will keep saying it that we must do a better job communicating about what we are dealing with! Can the Covid Vaccine Protect Me Against Virus Variants? Vaccines do a good job of protecting us from coronavirus, but fear and confusion about the rise of variants have muddled the message. Here are answers to common questions. This article should help imho. Archived link.
We have talked here about Israel’s success in vaccinating most of its citizens and how they are now on their way back to normal. But for every Israel…there is a Chile where they have also done an amazing job in vaccinations but cases continue to rise! Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from Chile and Israel. And dead around the world by this awful virus is now over 3,000,000!
USA is back baby. Maybe we can get our credibility restored by the great job we are doing getting vaccines in people’s arms, one shot at a time…as in three to four million shots a day! What America’s Vaccination Campaign Proves to the World. I actually think when we reach herd immunity here we can…then save the world and overcome the lead China and Russia have in the vaccine diplomacy front! Archive link. Update: Reader DML let us know in the comments that the vaccine Chile used was the Chinese one (Sinovac)!
Remember here how we were wondering how come India was doing so well during the pandemic. Well, scratch that, the country is back in lockdown until April 26 amid its worst wave…And this virus just keeps rolling marching in its own beat it appears.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Website recommendation: Animals in Action. Exactly what it says. You may love it so you are welcome.
A wonderful collection of amazing few short stories, must read and the lessons from them:
One of the strongest forces in the world is the urge to keep doing things as you’ve always done them, because people don’t like to be told they’ve been doing things wrong. Change eventually comes, but agonizingly slower than you might assume.
Your competitors can probably innovate and execute as well as you can. So every time you uncover a new talent you’re proud of, temper your thrill with the acceptance that other people who want to win as badly as you probably aren’t far behind.
Incentives drive everything, and most of us underestimate what we’d be willing to do if the incentives were right.
…risk is what’s left when you think you’ve thought of everything.
Irrational trends rarely follow rational timelines. Unsustainable things can last longer than you think.
There’s a powerful urge to think risk is something that happens to other people. Other people get unlucky, other people make dumb decisions, other people get swayed by the seduction of greed and fear. But you? Me? No, never us. False confidence makes the eventual reality all the more shocking. Some are more susceptible to risk than others, but no one is exempt from being humbled.
Every goal you dream about has a downside that’s easy to overlook.
A lot of history is just gawking at how wrong, how blind, people can be. Disastrously wrong, embarrassingly blind. Millions of people, all at the same time. When you then realize that today will be considered history in a few generations … oh dear. It’s unpleasant. But also fascinating.
If walking on the moon left astronauts underwhelmed, what does it say about our own earthly goals and expectations?
No one should be shocked when people who think about the world in unique ways you like also think about the world in unique ways you don’t like. Unique minds have to be accepted as a full package.
These are absolutely amazing! Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest. It was tough to choose one to feature here…I chose this haunting picture below. Archived link.
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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: When you read posts in the big commercial travel “hacking” blogs and writers are very excited about something…just be aware that these are more excuses to conveniently insert direct credit card affiliate links because…they gotta get paid!
You know, can you imagine you finally venture out to travel somewhere and…can’t get a rental car after you had what you thought was a valid reservation? Lots of these car rental companies unloaded lots of cars to survive after the pandemic and now supply is so low and…get used to this for a while and, sadly, higher prices! Some ideas here: Surviving the car rental apocalypse by stepping outside the box.
If you were targeted for this, go ahead and register then: Hyatt: Earn 1K AA Miles Per Night (Targeted) + Stay Five Nights & Get Free Day Room. Not targeted here…not that I plan to take any flights in the near future anyway.
Big loss of course: Plaza Premium Lounges Will No Longer Accept Priority Pass Starting July 1st. No worries, the big bloggers will still sell premium credit cards as enthusiastically as before $$$$$$.
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.
You know what would make this post a must bookmark? Maintaining the specific routes! Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets (British Airways & Iberia). As I need to start looking at award flights for next January to Kauai…because I did manage to find a Standard Suite open at that time and I applied one of my Globalist Confirmed Suite Upgrades to it ( and had Hyatt Concierge on Twitter take care of it, they are great). The more I read about the car rental nightmares the more wary I get going to a place where lots of people would be going…
God Covid willing.
This post makes the case for the Increased Offer On Southwest Performance Business Card. I would not go for it but we are all different! If this applies to you, please consider applying with my daughter’s REFERRAL link so she can get the coveted Companion Pass…so she stops asking me about it every day, thanks! Actually, the link presents you with five different Southwest card offers, with only the two Business cards offering 60k and 80k (the three personal cards are down to only 40,000 points—->definitely, do not hurry!).
It appears Singapore Airlines will be extending the expiration date of KrisFlyer miles. But it appears if miles were already extended you are out of luck. Very confusing email so I guess I need to book something to save about 133k miles…If you are going to extend expiration of miles you do it across the board to spare the rage by members in my situation who had extended miles previously. The pandemic is not our fault and it is not over. Very poor job by Singapore Airlines. Pick programs that do not expire your miles first!
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Old Detroit techno track featuring the city, dedicated to all Latin immigrants to the city
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Nick @ PFD says
“A lot of history is just gawking at how wrong, how blind, people can be. Disastrously wrong, embarrassingly blind. Millions of people, all at the same time.”
A lot of people don’t get this. They look at past wrongs like slavery, etc and think, “If I’d been alive then, I certainly would have been opposed to it!” Well…. *maybe* you would have but odds are you would have gone along with whatever cultural/political milieu you were born into because that’s what most people do. There’s a good chance you’re blind about something right now. Which, incidentally, is a point raised about a Netflix documentary I like to recommend: “Behind the Curve”, about flat-earthers.
Good morning Buzz, thanks for the great post. The photos are amazing. I’m looking forward to a brief report on the Kauai Hyatt, looks very tempting.
My wife and I got the J&J two weeks ago, and so far no new springs loose…emphasis on “new”
Thanks for all the interesting links. I certainly have been to many of the “worst” tourist sites on the list. I don’t know how I missed the “ball of twine.” I’ll catch it next time I’m nearby.
The Guardian story of the experience in Chile seemed to have missed that the vaccine used is the one out of China with something like 16% effectiveness after one dose.
The WSJ story is behind the paywall but the headline gives the bottom line.
Israel vs Chile =>mRNA (Pfizer vaccine) versus China vaccine. One is amazing the other one doesn’t provide much protection after the first injections and could be a lot more effective.
The US could easily “win” vaccine diplomacy by distributing the 3 approved vaccines starting with North America in a month. BTW why isn’t Novavax’s available?
Carl Pietrantonio says
Much good stuff! I liked the short stories a lot! And though I normally do not care for the list thing-ees, the 50 Hotel Hacks was fun.
Gotta say though, the map…, Route 66 doesn’t even GO through Nevada, so whoever made that was a tad sloppy. I know it wasn’t you and the rest of it is great anyhow!
Completely agree the Gum Wall is a lousy (and icky) attraction as far as I am concerned.
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Been a very long day in my end…so I am late responding.
@ Nick: I think you liked it 🙂
@ David: I need to start looking at airfare. Still…not sure going to Kauai in January is a good idea, maybe you are smarter going the other way! Developing. Wife got #2 today too. We all had 2nd shots!
@ DML: Great catch on the chinese vaccine in Chile, I updated the post to point this out, thank you. I did not get to the WSJ today before posting…I usually do and I would have caught it.
@ ABC: Yep, it sure looks like it. No idea about Novavax…will need to look at this, not sure why/how this one just kind of fell off the map, at least here in the US.
@ Carl: I have had that worst map in the queue for a while and needed a third link…so it was either post it today or it was time to trash it. Barely made it on TBB 🙂
For the record, TBB does not support the new European Soccer League…this is why I never got into much club play…I prefer national teams where they play for the nation jersey instead of who pays the most money
The ‘Overnight Millionaire’ seems to pragmatic in one sentence and delusional in the next. I would imagine that money in San Francisco will go poof pretty quick.
Yeah, certainly conflicted a little bit. She could use some help I think…before she blows it all on Tesla and Dogecoin 🙂
Kauai anytime is great.
That said, January can be rainy, in which case you’ll want to stay on the west side of the island most of the time as it has more sun.
Plenty of great hiking, and there’s easily enough going on to fill a week. Is Breneke’s still going? Poipu Beach-saw a huge turtle who came ashore to sun for the afternoon there. Lifeguard roped it off so the tourists wouldn’t interrupt his sleep. Tide came in, woke him up and off he swam.
If the weather gives you a break, head up to Hanalei and beyond that to the end of the road and the trailhead of the Kalalau hiking trail. 11 miles of up and down-a mile an hour over 2 days is about average. We did it twice back in our early 40s but that was then.
My wife literally cried when we boarded our first flight home from Kauai. Can’t blame her-we were flying United.
Ok, that’s not fair. UA was pretty good back then. The lasagna was much better.
Good to know…I have time to plan, thanks.
This made me laugh, thanks:
“My wife literally cried when we boarded our first flight home from Kauai. Can’t blame her-we were flying United.”
Best of Web type post tomorrow, been a while!