My three most favorite blog posts in the history of my blog for your eyes only. One about my most favorite redemption, one about the men in one of the most memorable photos from past Olympics and then a link to the third for one of my most proud rant moments taking bloggers to the shed!
Support TBB by applying for CREDIT CARDS, shopping with our AMAZON AFFILIATE LINK & clicking our REFERRAL LINKS
You like my blog? Send a link to someone please!
I have been blogging here since November 2012. Which is an eternity in blog time! Enjoy my blog while it is still alive…
On Wednesday I take a break from the usual Buzz link fest posts that appear on Mondays and Fridays and the Best of Web posts that appears on Sundays. I want to help some good writers write here and compensate them well in the process, I am no intern beater you usually find in bigger blogs. If you have any ideas on what topics you would like to see covered here please let me know. I have an interest in practical information regarding booking awards and trip reports from obscure places. Things of that sort. Eclectic you know…and quality remains job #1. Just like at Ford lol.
Well, guess what? It is Wednesday, I am way too busy and I have decided to do a repeat again. But this time you get THREE posts instead of one. For Freeeeeeee, LOL!
Over the years these three were my most favorite (non trip reports) blog posts. Two in their entirety and then a link to the third for one of my most proud rant moments!
Written on January 6, 2013
Mr. C and Mrs C came to see me back in 2007. Mr. C asked me the most challenging questions, it was very clear he had done his homework. He had done very well over the years as he rose up the management ranks of one of the Big Three companies. At the same time, both were two of the most gracious and down to earth people I have met. Near the end of the meeting I asked them: “Why do you want to hire me, you have done very well on your own all these years?”. And Mr. C said: “The only reason I am here is because I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I don’t know how much longer I am going to live, I want you to take care of Mrs. C when I am gone, I need to find a good trustworthy professional to take care of her”. Wow, talk about being direct, huh?
As we got to know each other better I really enjoyed working with them. Mr. C knew so much (he was retired, career was in Finance) I was looking forward to our meetings because I always learned something from HIM! I started thinking of him as my father, always dishing out wisdom and life lessons learned.
So, where am I going with this? Mr. C did not like to travel much. Mrs. C’s dream was always to go to Hawaii with Mr. C. So I burned some Northwest Worldperks miles (yeah, back then there was no Skypesos crap to deal with, the Platinum line wonderful csr’s in MN handled it all, oh those were the days!) and flew them on First Class. They LOVED it! Mrs. C still tells me how she cherishes the memories of that trip. She now wants to travel more and always asks me for advice:-)
So…sometimes, in this miles/points world, you just can not be so anal about it ok? Sometimes you just gotta go with your gut, do what is right and what makes you feel good inside and make other people happy. So, don’t worry about trying to get the biggest bang for your miles like so many of you do, screw the calculators and the dilemmas whether to buy or burn miles and make some people happy. Travel memories are precious, giving other people travel memories are even more precious!
Mr. C passed away a few years ago. Mrs. C is in good hands, rest in peace Mr. C!
Written on October 11, 2015
There are not that many articles you read online that make such a strong impact on you. Until I read this today and decided to share it with you. I am still blown away by it…
The article is here: “The White Man in That Photo”
For the youngsters here, a history lesson. Back in the 1968 Olympics this happened:
It was a historic moment in sports and the fight for human rights. The two Americans were immediately suspended from the US Olympic team and expelled from the Olympic village. They received more punishment, even death threats after they returned home. But over time they were proved right and became champions of human rights.
But whatever happened to the white guy among them? Well, this is the story of that white guy and is truly extraordinary (and new to me!). He was Peter Norman and faced even more severe punishment when he returned to Australia! He and his family were treated as outcasts and had trouble finding a job because of what he did. He refused to condemn his co-athletes in exchange for a pardon and a chance for a normal life. He still holds the Australian record in the 200 meters! He died suddenly in 2006 and here he is being carried by his co-athletes in that podium to his final resting place:
Finally, in 2012, the Australian Parliament formally apologized to Peter Norman and rewrote him into history with this statement:
This House “recognises the extraordinary athletic achievements of the late Peter Norman, who won the silver medal in the 200 meters sprint running event at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, in a time of 20.06 seconds, which still stands as the Australian record”.
“Acknowledges the bravery of Peter Norman in donning an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on the podium, in solidarity with African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the ‘black power’ salute”.
“Apologises to Peter Norman for the wrong done by Australia in failing to send him to the 1972 Munich Olympics, despite repeatedly qualifying; and belatedly recognises the powerful role that Peter Norman played in furthering racial equality”.
Here is what Peter Norman said himself:
“I couldn’t see why a black man couldn’t drink the same water from a water fountain, take the same bus or go to the same school as a white man.
There was a social injustice that I couldn’t do anything for from where I was, but I certainly hated it.
It has been said that sharing my silver medal with that incident on the victory dais detracted from my performance.
On the contrary.
I have to confess, I was rather proud to be part of it”.
Well, I don’t know about you…but some things in life are much more important than stuff we usually deal with in this blog. Remembering and honoring these men and standing up for what you believe is bigger than us. So, don’t be an asshole, we are all humans!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Written on June 3, 2014
My best rant ever. My masterpiece. Blog historians may consider this post for a future nomination to the Blog Hall of Fame. Yeah, right bwahahaha. I must say sometimes I pull this post up, read parts of it and I wonder how in the world I came up with all of that. Feeling like an artist creating here you guys…for your entertainment and mine!
Guaranteed satisfaction or your money back!
No excerpts, just go read it.
And I leave you with this… Live healthy…or not!
Follow TBB on Twitter @FlyerTalkerinA2.
You can subscribe to TBB below, winners only!
Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.