I bring you my latest collection of eclectic links on how to travel to Greece, explore vaccine doubt, Titanic Chinese survivors, learn bank weaknesses, travel to Portugal and the Arizona desert, how companies got their names, have fun with business terms, the vaccines ARE amazing, India is reeling from the pandemic, an amazing story that took place years ago in remote Newfoundland, Canada, someone is messing with them sonic weapons again it appears, credit card beginner guide, power up credit cards, Travel Is Free website dies for real this time and lots more, enjoy the month, it is
going to be May!
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It appears Greece is going to open up on May 15. I hope everything goes all right but I am staying away until the pandemic is under control there. So, you Want to Fly To Greece? Here are the Non-Stop Flights from the US to Greece. It has been many years since I have seen so many flights from/to Athens!
When this is finished…it will be AMAZING! An Exclusive Look at James Turrell’s Roden Crater. In the Arizona desert, James Turrell is creating one of the most ambitious artworks in American history.
I always scratch my head how they build things like this, wow! The World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Stretches Across the Paiva River Gorge in Portugal.
Sometimes this section just turns out to be just business stuff. Have you ever wondered how companies were named? Well, no more! List of company name etymologies.
Okay, one more. Business terms—-> Unsuck It. Hilarious, enjoy!
Passionista -Unsucked: Person who is interested in something. Usually whatever cheap trinket you’re hawking to hide the shame that’s become your life.
value proposition -Unsucked: The central, most important lie you tell your customers about your product.
Strategic Partnership – Unsucked: Sufficient fanfare about working with another company to obscure a portion of the incompetence or malfeasance of each.
Top of mind – Unsucked: Important to the douchebag speaking or their boss.
When you hear people say “this is a bubble, it is going to crash!”, you should respond with: “Give me the day and time please”. Of course then you put them on the spot and they either shut up or they will look like idiots. The correct answer is “I don’t know”. Nobody knows so focus on things you can actually control. And…Diversify!
When we look back decades later, we may realize what epic achievement these vaccines were! How Good Are Vaccines? Try 99.9999% Effective.
In early January, when an estimated one in 34 people in the U.S. were infected, one could have expected inoculated people to have about a one in 700 chance of contracting Covid. Now that cases are down to less than one in 100, vaccinated people are even safer. Keep in mind, too, that so far we’ve been talking only about infections. Vaccinated people are even less likely to actually die of Covid. And that’s where the evidence is extremely good. According to the government website tracking “breakthrough cases” in the general population, only 88 out of 87 million fully vaccinated people in the U.S. had been reported dead as of April 20, and 11 of those were unrelated to Covid. That’s a death rate of less than one in a million. [Bold font added for emphasis]
This is shocking to read by a physician in Mumbai: India’s Covid wards are like scenes from Dante’s ‘Inferno’.
There is absolutely no doubt we finally did something here to restore our nation’s credibility. We have done an outstanding job in vaccinating people! But now…it is not going to be easy. Because of people like the dude in this article: The U.S. Has the Shots It Needs, But Vaccine Doubt Is Prolonging the Pandemic. The dude saw some video from a conspiracy dude and…I guess started doing his own homework, sad lol. It is time to get innovative and cruel imho…start paying people, start requiring vaccinations to do LOTS of things normal people enjoy and, for crying out loud, get your vaccine to help yourself and help your loved ones too.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Been holding on this one for a while. It is long. And I loved it: The Lives of Others. Two women gave birth on the same day in a place called Come By Chance. They didn’t know each other, and never would. Half a century later, their children made a shocking discovery. It is an incredible story and not an easy read, you have been warned. All set in a beautiful remote part of Newfoundland, Canada…
And here we go again! There are some really big time spy weapons related activity going on you guys…the truth is out there! U.S. probing suspected directed-energy attack on government personnel in Miami. The attacks, which have caused varying symptoms including brain damage, are difficult to track and attribute with confidence due to their nature.
Well, I had no idea about them. Titanic: Searching for the “missing” Chinese survivors. There is a new documentary about them, I would love to see it.
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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: A good reference guide to spend some time on is this: A Beginners Guide To Credit Card Bonuses.
We bloggers get asked this a lot: Can My Spouse Check In For My Hotel Booking? Here are most of your answers.
Another good reference guide: Points Power-Ups – Credit cards that make your points more valuable.
I guess this is good…if I remember to actually do it. Maybe I do like seeing my miles/points balances go up…until they get devalued again lol: Chase Extends Pay Yourself Back Until September 30, 2021.
Register for the new Hilton Honors Promotion HERE.
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.
The hits keep coming from all directions, sad! And there goes Albertsons and Safeways…
Let’s all have a moment of silence for the Travel Is Free website, according to this tweet and its own thread. It now links to Million Mile Secrets…Sad to see it gone for ever, at least the Frugal Travel Guy website is still up…just laying there like a dead corpse. For readers who do not know, TIF was the best miles/points blog that I linked to here numerous times (only to catch grief for challenging Drew to improve his writing skills to make it even better, oh well). The site was sold to The Points Guy Inc and Drew went to work there…When The Points Guy Inc offers to buy my site I will make it a condition to keep my TBB blog site up for ever so my kids and grandkids can go back and read the amazing posts I have unloaded here for you all. Ok, that last sentence was a joke. I am laughing, you are laughing…
I think I am in agreement on most of these points: This is each bank’s biggest weakness from a travel hacking perspective.
Today it is the end of the American Airlines AAdvantage 40th Anniversary Celebration game and it has been good to me. As in winning over 30,000 AA miles and several other prizes, hooray!
I long for the old days when playing for the jersey mattered…before billionaires knowing nothing about the sport came into this and turned into an orgy of money and debts! And yes I LOVED this! Man United fans’ disdain for Glazer family led to Liverpool postponement; what happens next?
Greek Orthodox Easter was yesterday. Kids abandoned us so it was just me and the Mrs and…Lamb, oh lala!
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