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by Airstud
Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge

Random question, if a bridge can last 80 years at original specification, why not 120 years… The US and Europe and Japan have a whole bunch of infrastructure (post WW2) that is nearing 80. The US also has a bunch of pipelines already going beyond 120 years. So long term maintenance of old infrastru...

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by Airstud
Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Seeking Chromebook recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Seeking Chromebook recommendations

Time to get a Chromebook, and I need recomammendations. Major purpose will be working on spreadsheets (Google Sheets, obviously), writing (have not yet tried Google's cloud-based word processing options (is "word processing" even still a phrase, or am I stuck in the 90's...)) also light we...

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by Airstud
Wed Aug 03, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1831

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge

BlueberryWheats wrote:
Airstud wrote:
Can you name a subway system that's entirely 100% underground; with nothing even in open air, let alone over bridges?


The Glasgow Subway running lines are completely underground.


Which, is what I said basically.

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by Airstud
Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2483

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

It still affects how much money a lender will give you. Not so much, if the credit is — as mine is — healthily unused. I believe you are thinking of debt-to-income ratio, which lenders absolutely do consider when evaluating how much credit to grant. But that's actual debt that they're looking at, w...

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by Airstud
Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2483

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

Too much available credit compared to annual salary can suppress your score. That's actually not true; salary does not figure at all into the calculation of your FICO score. It still affects how much money a lender will give you. Not so much, if the credit is — as mine is — healthily unused. I beli...

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by Airstud
Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1831

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge

I know they go above ground quite often but think of the actual definition of "subway". And Chicago's entire system is called "the el" even though parts of it go underground. Can you name a subway system that's entirely 100% underground; with nothing even in open air, let alone ...

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by Airstud
Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2483

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

No. I can't imagine why someone would have that much available high interest credit. Of course, I haven't paid any interest on a credit card in 30+ years. I don't pay credit card interest either. Since utilization ratio is the single biggest component of your FICO score after payment history, it is...

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by Airstud
Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1831

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge

Does anyone else see the irony of a subway train on a bridge? What irony? Subway trains go over bridges all the time, the Red Line in Boston goes over the Longfellow Bridge - in fact that's the whole reason the Longfellow Bridge was built; it was in the 1894 charter of the Boston Transit Commission...

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by Airstud
Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2483

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

That's quite unusual. Don’t you mean quite usual? No. I can't imagine why someone would have that much available high interest credit. Of course, I haven't paid any interest on a credit card in 30+ years. I don't pay credit card interest either. Since utilization ratio is the single biggest compone...

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by Airstud
Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2483

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

For me the neato question is, if you win, what's the very first thing you'd do? NOT "what's the first thing you'd do with the money " 'cause I think it's like 90 days till you actually get the money. Despite not being extra cash-laden I do have more than $100,000 of credit available to me ...

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by Airstud
Wed Jul 27, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walgreens Religous Exemption for Condoms
Replies: 32
Views: 2008

Re: Walgreens Religous Exemption for Condoms

johns624 wrote:
If they stock the product, the employee should be required to sell it.


I think this is where I land as well. Dude should work somewhere else if his current job's basic duties are against his religion.

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by Airstud
Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1831

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge

According to Google Maps, near the Wellington Orange Line station is a place called "Crumbl Cookies." (Are those good cookies?) I've seen that name before - I think they're a chain? Never tried, though. Yeah, here in Minnesota I've seen them in Edina and Apple Valley. The news story went ...

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by Airstud
Tue Jul 26, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1831

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge

According to Google Maps, near the Wellington Orange Line station is a place called "Crumbl Cookies."

(Are those good cookies?)

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by Airstud
Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dominoes Pizza
Replies: 57
Views: 2772

Re: Dominoes Pizza

I only get pizzeria pizza from the big chains when it's 50% off. Tried Domino's for the 1st time coupla years ago and have nearly no complaints but no enthusiasm either. The Brooklyn one was actually way gross, but trying to be a grown-up about money I decided to put it in the fridge and endure the ...

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by Airstud
Thu May 26, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ray Liotta Passes Away, Aged 67
Replies: 22
Views: 1509

Re: Ray Liotta Passes Away, Aged 67

Tugger wrote:
Very sad, I hear he was a goodfella...

...OK, moving on... :spin:

RIP Mr. Liotta, you made some great films and will be well remembered. Condolences to his loved ones and friends.

Tugg


Which, is what I said basically.

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by Airstud
Mon May 16, 2022 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

Two other thoughts, where did you live before Minneapolis. Do you have friends/family there?. Secondly, those hours are not ideal. Can they be changed. If not, can you build a social around them?. I lived in San Francesspool from 1993-2010. No family there and, as a person who is neither gay, nor a...

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by Airstud
Fri May 13, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al Jazeera Reporter Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin
Replies: 27
Views: 2840

Re: Israeli military kills reporters.

Perhaps the title of this thread should be changed as it is unknown at this point who actually killed the reporter? Yes sure, everyone should keep saying that to themselves while forgetting the 45 press members Israel has killed before (that we know of). https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/12/inf...

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by Airstud
Thu May 12, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 162
Views: 21191

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

Widebody - gotta be BOS-LGA on an Eastern Airlines L1011 circa 1984

Narrowbody - a tie between LAX-IAD on a 757, SFO-EWR on a 739, SFO-BOS on whatever United was flying on that route in 2009 (A320?) and LIH-SFO (probably SFO-LIH also) on a 757.



You heard me.

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by Airstud
Thu May 12, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting from a premium product to economy
Replies: 15
Views: 1702

Re: Connecting from a premium product to economy

Flew into London from Singapore in Business Class, then took a National Express coach the five hours back home. That sucked. Well how uncomfortable are these National Express coaches? :boggled: I've been on Greyhound buses and Trentway-Wagar ones in Canada and they were pretty comfy. Upholstered, r...

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al Jazeera Reporter Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin
Replies: 27
Views: 2840

Re: Israeli military kills reporters.

The Ha'Aretz article in the OP's own link says that the IDF was responding to gunfire and explosives-hurling from Palestinian militants.

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

I haven’t - but I’ve been lucky to have lots of people checking on me daily to make sure I’m coping okay. I probably most needed it the first week when I was in hospital and then when I first got home and being in pain all the time. In hospital I had plenty of people checking on me all day doing us...

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

Lately I have been having more severe emotional problems than is usual (even for me). I moved here to Minneapolis in 2010 because I'd gotten a job offer and national unemployment at the time was 12%. I therefore couldn't object to the fact that the job was three overnight 12-hour shifts Thursday, Fr...

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

PixelPilot wrote:
How do you disconnect the computer? Power off or sleep?


Power off, all the way.

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

When I get the "disconnected" message, the icon has gone from the task bar; the icon remains there when I haven't gotten the message (and have to switch the feature off manually). (Though I'm starting think this is all just because the Galaxy S10 is an absolutely exasperating steaming pile...

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

I use my Galaxy S10+ mobile hotspot type feature to connect to work when I'm working from home, see. Sometimes when I am finished with work and I shut down my ProBook10, five minutes later or so a little message fades on to my phone's screen saying "Mobile Hotspot disconnected." Makes all ...

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by Airstud
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Personal lines o' credit (not credit cards)
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Personal lines o' credit (not credit cards)

Among the major banks here in the Twin Cities, the ones that offer personal revolving credit lines are U.S. Bank and BMO Harris. The one that U.S. Bank offers has no annual fee, transaction fees of either $15 or 4% of the amount utilized, and a credit limit up to $25,000. BMO Harris's's's offering i...

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by Airstud
Mon Apr 04, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 48
Views: 2254

Re: Favorite Quotes

"The key to life isn't accumulation — it's contribution." - Stephen Covey

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by Airstud
Fri Apr 01, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13198

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

I really don't think it was staged. If it was rehearsed under the pretense of Smith being violently angry at Rock for the joke; we wouldn't have seen Smith sitting there having a laugh at the joke right after Rock told it. (and enough with this "health condition" BS; a lot of black women c...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2355

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

I'm more interested to know where to find an IRA that has an 11.5% per annum ROI. A nasdaq 100 index would have done this easily over the past 20-30 years. That is not necessarily a promise of future performance…. But, it is proof that it does happen. LCDF Update: I looked up one source that said N...

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2355

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

frmrCapCadet wrote:
And to stack the deck, maximize those contributions the first few years.


It's a IRA, though. Contributions are capped at 6K.

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2355

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

Would year two be $7459 and year three $8317? Remember there is a $6K contribution each year so those years could not possibly be less than $12K and $18K respectively. Tugg: Yes. I know about spreadsheets. My debate opponent insists - without substantiating this - that my formula is wrong. That's w...

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2355

Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

I find myself in an argument with someone. None of the gory details are needed, let me just ask y'all: Assume opening an IRA this year with a $6K contribution. Assume a $6K contribution every year for the next 22 years, and assume also an 11.5% investment return each year (the plausibility of which ...

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by Airstud
Wed Feb 02, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2918

Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

I just watched a Gad Saad video on YouTube in which he made reference to "voting for Justin Trudeau" in the (what do you call it? "Prime-Ministerial?") election. I haven't lived in the Canada since I was about 18 months old, but I remember "explaining" to my fellow Amer...

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by Airstud
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Denon vs. Audio Technica
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Denon vs. Audio Technica

Soon it will be time to purchase an phonograph/record player/whatever those things are called nowadays. The most cursory Google search has revealed that Audio Technica is in this game, which threw me for a bit of a loop since I thought they just made microphones. In any case I've always liked that c...

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by Airstud
Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to
Replies: 61
Views: 4530

Re: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to

BDL, 1992. Flew in from LAX via IAD, then drove up to Boston & flew home from Logan. Haven't been back to BDL. SJC, 1996. Was booked on HP to SFO but HP was its usual calamitous self & I got rerouted to SJC and bused up to S.F. Have not used SJC since. Also took Amtrak from S.F. to Reno (gro...

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by Airstud
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years of the Euro
Replies: 78
Views: 4671

Re: 20 years of the Euro

I could maybe see Canada but Mexico's economy is too different (and screwed up) to include them in it. Meh, buying my cerveza and tacos without having to switch currencies is much more interesting than the whole economics of it all :biggrin: As long as I can get my Timmy's and Molson's, eh? The cor...

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by Airstud
Fri Jan 07, 2022 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Entering [Open]VMS hobbyist-hood
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Entering [Open]VMS hobbyist-hood

I find myself in possession of an VAXstation 3100-30, and out of the cat-killing sort of curiosity, want to see if I can, rather than find a proper way of disposing of it, make it an active participant in my overgrown home computing rig. I'm still seeking out the cables & adapters I shall need t...

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by Airstud
Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Delta bag-drop line at Logan Terminal A
Replies: 0
Views: 645

The Delta bag-drop line at Logan Terminal A

Is it ever not an unending fustercluck? I don't think I've ever had a less than 45 minute wait to drop off one (1) checked bag when taking Delta from BOS. Today, the Green Line was empty @ 1pm from Copley to Gov Centa, the Blue Line was empty to Airport station, the Massport shuttle bus was empty ta...

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by Airstud
Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?
Replies: 21
Views: 1311

Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?

Some doctors (M.D.'s; practitioners of whatcha call "Western medicine) whom I quite respect have stated that acupuncture and certain other alternative medicines such as your Chinese herbs have been shown to be quite effective in certain applications, and that the best Western doctors will tell ...

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by Airstud
Fri Dec 17, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2136

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

My DM to @AskTarget (after the part where I summarized the problem & provided the order number): ... Fix this, please.  I like $75.90 worth of free stuff, but that wasn't the promotion, and this is a screw-up that needs fixing. (Once fixed, this will, I quite trust, qualify as one of the 3 $70 o...

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2136

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

If I thought the clerk you dealt with could be in some hot water over this, I'd certainly try to correct it, but that is extremely unlikely. She did scan the pickup barcode on my phone, which I'd assume transmits to their systems that the order is being picked up. Or... does the barcode only tell h...

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2136

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

Dutchy wrote:
Anyhow, let us know what you decide. 8-)


Already decided, hours before I posted this.

My decision is known only to the independent accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers until the sealed envelopes are opened on the air.

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2136

Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

Interested in hearing y'all's ethical takes you might have on this: Days ago, I placed an order (same-day-pickup) at target.com, and then I went to Target and picked it up (on the same day(see)). The gal scanned the pick-up barcode on my phone, disappeared, came back with my order and off I went. In...

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by Airstud
Tue Dec 07, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2814

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

See, a few days ago I was approved yes APPROVED for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card from Chase. I had put a rule in place that I wouldn't open any new credit cards that had annual fees, but this 100,000 bonus points promo was too good to pass up. What's odd is that they opened the acco...

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by Airstud
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Byzantine Empire (491-1453 AD) and coupons
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

The Byzantine Empire (491-1453 AD) and coupons

Ever a personal finance champion, I snagged the 25%-off-a-single-item coupon that Barnes&Noble was emailing out last week, and on Sunday evening after work I wound down on the sofa with my laptop opened to both BN's page and Amazon's. I wanted to find something at BN that wasn't already priced m...

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by Airstud
Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline
Replies: 27
Views: 2642

Re: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline

I guess I misinterpreted his quote. I thought Clooney said he wants to be with family, and one day’s work for $35 million would simply be too much work for him, given his privileged and aloof lifestyle. But if he is guarding his reputation versus Qatar, good on him. I don’t know enough about Qatar ...

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by Airstud
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 2714

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

A101 wrote:

Yes happy for them that is what they have chosen



Is it really what they have chosen, though? It might not be.

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2814

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

As for credit cards, they're not really a thing, here. What's the point of getting a credit (and pay for it) if you have the cash on hand ? Points/miles so you can take a nice vacation ? If you like. My AmEx SkyMiles card gives me 1 SkyMile for every dollar I charge to it; extra ones for Delta purc...

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2814

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Your FICO score doesn't thank you... Your FICO score wouldn't be affected until you reached at least 30 days past due and then only if the bank or their algorithm chooses to report it. FICO scores are overhyped anyways. All they measure is you're credit to income ratio and whether you pay bills on ...

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