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by Airstud
Sun May 09, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Apocryphal capabilities of store credit cards
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Apocryphal capabilities of store credit cards

In the eleven years that I have lived in the Twin Cities, I think I have bought gasoline at a Holiday station not more than three times (need to minimize the risk of any of my money ending up at Shell Oil), however, it appears from the stickers on their pumps that you can pay there with a Menard's s...

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by Airstud
Sun May 09, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 85
Views: 4979

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

DocLightning wrote:
the original vaccine they gave you back in 1492


:irked:

OK fine I set myself up for that one.

Now time to set myself up a vaccimanation appointment. (I want the Johnson&Johnson vaccine because it'll go with my dental floss.)

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by Airstud
Mon May 03, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Killing of Osama Bin Laden
Replies: 22
Views: 1235

Re: 10 Years Since Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Was is really a very big moment in history? It's more a footnote in the book of US foreign military intervention failures. The US spent 20 years shifting dirt in Afghanistan with no tangible results. Lets not talk about the mess you've left the Middle East in. To be fair, we didn't make the mess - ...

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by Airstud
Mon May 03, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-gaming uses of Play Station?
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Non-gaming uses of Play Station?

I have been spending larger percentages of my spare time lately reading classic novels, The Atlantic, or Scientific American, for I rue and repent how very much of my life has been spent wasting away in front of video screens (useless reruns on MeTV, or playing Tetris four thousand hours in a row). ...

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by Airstud
Mon May 03, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 85
Views: 4979

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

See, it's this kind of "nobody knows the mechanism" talk that is why I have vaccine hesitancy: How do they know that the vaccine will have proven to be safe over the llllllong term? :boggled: Because it would involve some aspect of the vaccine persisting months or years into the future an...

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by Airstud
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 85
Views: 4979

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Nobody has any idea what the mechanism for this, but about 1/3 of "long-haulers" (by some estimates) are reporting this effect of the vaccines. See, it's this kind of "nobody knows the mechanism" talk that is why I have vaccine hesitancy: How do they know that the vaccine will h...

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by Airstud
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 1858

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

https://www.wate.com/news/west-virginia ... accinated/
-->

caliboy93 wrote:
How about we pay people to get vaccinated? Is that a good strategy?


It's being done:

https://www.wate.com/news/west-virginia ... accinated/

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by Airstud
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State
Replies: 107
Views: 5324

Re: Supreme Court Stikes Down Capacity Limits on Religious Services in New York State

More specifically the SCOTUS gave a temporary suspension of strict levels of attendance at indoor religious events and services, depending on the level of severity of 'hot spots' of infection rates of Covid-19, from 10 to 25 persons or low percentages of capacity for larger spaces issued by Gov. An...

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by Airstud
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MySQL ODBC Connector installation issues (Win 7)
Replies: 0
Views: 425

MySQL ODBC Connector installation issues (Win 7)

Maybe this is a more arcane-type tech question than the more consumery topics around here, but what the hey. See, I have MySQL installed on my PC; somehow it is installed both in the Program Files and the Program Files (x86) directory (this all happened months ago : / ). Since I want my VBA programs...

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by Airstud
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Android 11 Gotchas
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: Android 11 Gotchas

I'm still cussing a blue streak every day because my Galaxy S10 (still running Android 10) will not auto-correct when I accidentally hit a numeral.

Srsly, it thinks 5he is more likely to be my meaning than "the." 8'll be trying to get it to fix it and i5 n3ver 3v3r gets it 4ight.

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by Airstud
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Southwest customer gets an apology
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Re: Southwest customer gets an apology

Maybe denying boarding was a step too far but she really ought to have covered up a bit. 77 degrees isn't what you call sweltering - Midwesterners like her ate accustomed to far worse - and she could've put a light windbreaker on, then tied it round her waist when it got "sweltering."

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by Airstud
Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paschal's at ATL vs. actual Southern cooking
Replies: 2
Views: 594

Paschal's at ATL vs. actual Southern cooking

It must've been my first experience of ATL (September 2002) when I indulged in some heart-unhealthy fried chicken at Paschal's; and it must've been an unusual day at Paschal's in that the food was good. Anticipating my second transit of ATL a few years later I asked a.net if Paschal's was still ther...

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by Airstud
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What causes a 174℔ man's bathroom scale to suddenly go insane?
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: What causes a 174℔ man's bathroom scale to suddenly go insane?

tommy1808 wrote:
Corrosion on the PCB seems most likely, since modern typed don´t have much else that can break. In principle even embedded Software can go nuts, so have you tried taking the battery out and put it back in yet?


Well yeah as I said in my OP I put fresh batteries in... it takes two AAA cells.

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by Airstud
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What causes a 174℔ man's bathroom scale to suddenly go insane?
Replies: 6
Views: 574

What causes a 174℔ man's bathroom scale to suddenly go insane?

Been proud of sticking to my stair-climbing regimen these past few months and sometimes pleased, sometimes puzzled/frustrated but what I see on the scale's readout at my wake-up weigh-in. Promised myself shnazzy new running shorts if I had three consecutive days of weighing 174.9℔ or less; but fluct...

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by Airstud
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood and it's painless
Replies: 30
Views: 1306

Re: I just gave blood and it's painless

I need to give, I lapsed since March. Oh well. They will start banging on the door soon when surgeries pick up. I have "They" schmey, why put it off when you know there's always an urgent need? You know you're going to feel better about yourself on the day you give, so why put that off ei...

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by Airstud
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood and it's painless
Replies: 30
Views: 1306

I just gave blood and it's painless

See, I am at North Memorial Blood Center in Plymouth, Minnesota where I finally followed through on a commitment I've been "yeah yeah yeah"ing about for YEARS now. It took less than ten minutes and having that THING in my arm was uncomfortable; I won't bullshit you; but it wasn't PAINFUL. ...

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by Airstud
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Twin Cities Bulletin (with your host, Airstud)
Replies: 0
Views: 276

Twin Cities Bulletin (with your host, Airstud)

As communities worldwide grapple with the problem of how to expand everyone's List of Twin Cities Area Lakes Airstud Has Walked Around, I decided to do my bit and walked up the Theo Wirth Parkway (from the Cedar Lake Parkway, see, which goes near where I live) to Wirth Lake itself. I pronounce it &q...

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by Airstud
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Q for plumbing experts:
Replies: 14
Views: 1409

Re: Q for plumbing experts:

trpmb6 wrote:
make sure the one you have doesn't simply have extra mineral deposits or residue buildup.


Gross.

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by Airstud
Thu May 28, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Q for plumbing experts:
Replies: 14
Views: 1409

Q for plumbing experts:

I can happily report that my commode contained only clean water when it began to misbehave, so this is not a gross post (a grosst? : / ). It would sometimes just keep on running after flushing & refilling, sometimes for 15 mins or more; and I'd kibosh this by shutting off the valve. Hours later,...

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by Airstud
Mon May 25, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone have a credit relationship with BMO Harris?
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Re: Anyone have a credit relationship with BMO Harris?

If you’re happy with your current credit card(s), why add more? There really is no net benefit to your rating. Yes, you may increase your credit limit, but without a corresponding increase in salary, you’re rating takes a hit. If you close another card, you’re rating takes a hit. Fr8y-baby, you kno...

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by Airstud
Sun May 24, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone have a credit relationship with BMO Harris?
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Anyone have a credit relationship with BMO Harris?

It's many years now since my bad-credit days, and the signal that those days were WAYYY over was when I got approved for the - all bow - Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa card back in 2015. On the same app spree I got approved for cards from Citibank and U.S. Bank. This stoked my appetite to score appro...

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by Airstud
Sun May 24, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are there still American cities with police foot patrols ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Are there still American cities with police foot patrols ?

On a note of debatable relevance, the last town in the United States to employ people as gas lamp-lighters was San Luis Obispo, California.

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by Airstud
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A series of posts about virology
Replies: 60
Views: 4623

Re: A series of posts about virology

DocLightning wrote:
Some are greasy


Gross.

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by Airstud
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Android calendar app with flexible "snooze" option
Replies: 0
Views: 294

Android calendar app with flexible "snooze" option

See, one of MS Outlook's strengths is that when a reminder pops up for a appointment, you can snooze until x minutes or hours before start, or x minutes from "now"  When I set a appointment reminder in my Google calendar, once the alert pops up it seems the only option is to snooze it for ...

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by Airstud
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?
Replies: 93
Views: 4560

Re: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?

I work at one of the core data centers of one of the biggest banks; we are an essential service so can't be shut down but management is actually taking steps to let us work from home. Not sure if that's going to actually happen since we're some of the very few people who are allowed to access these ...

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by Airstud
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

If you check Bank of America's website, you wil notice that the Cash Rewards card is now issued as a Visa, and the workhorse "Bank of America Credit Card" (which has been one of the Visa cards I carry for about seven years now) is now issued as a MasterCard. I wonder what the reasoning is ...

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by Airstud
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will An AI Robot Ever Be Smarter Than Man?
Replies: 30
Views: 1314

Re: Will An AI Robot Ever Be Smarter Than Man?

Getting an answer to the question "Will An AI Robot Ever Be Smarter Than Man?" requires you to specify which man.

Or at least which sort of man.

(See, I currently have a pair of earplugs in my pocket. Each of one of them is significantly smarter than some men I've known.)

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by Airstud
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bucket Lists
Replies: 35
Views: 1725

Re: Bucket Lists

WesternDC6B wrote:
Play the Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto.


I think you mean play the piano part of the Rachmaninov 2nd concerto. (If you were playing the whole concerto, you'd have to change seats pretty frequently.)

Braybuddy wrote:
My bucket list is simply not suitable for a respectable website.


Fine, then post it here.

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by Airstud
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

You guys were all probably way worried when I barrelled out of my building to catch my cab to the airport for my flight to Boston this morning and then realized, halfway down Highway 100, that both my BofA Cash Rewards MasterCard and Sunoco credit cards (a New England must) were unaccounted for. It ...

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by Airstud
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Seneate Minority Leader Schumer threatens members of Supreme court
Replies: 98
Views: 2849

Re: Seneate Minority Leader Schumer threatens members of Supreme court

Aaron747 wrote:

There was no threat made


Except there was. "You won't know what hit you" is really weird language to use when addressing Supreme Court justices - whom he was addressing by name. And again, there are no "political repercussions" for life-appointed justices.

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by Airstud
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Seneate Minority Leader Schumer threatens members of Supreme court
Replies: 98
Views: 2849

Re: Seneate Minority Leader Schumer threatens members of Supreme court

The big takeaway from this is that - as some of us have known for a while - Chuck Schumer is simply an idiot. A United States Senator telling Supreme Court justices - over whom a Senator has zero constitutional authority - that "you won't know what hit you" is idiotic; idiotic in its adole...

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by Airstud
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

1337Delta764 wrote:
Wells Fargo issues both Visa and Amex


...whether you asked them or not.

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by Airstud
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1241

Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

I have just been approved for a Bank of America Cash Rewards Mastercard. You may PM me your effusive congratulations. For quite a few years now, I've had a Bank of America Visa yes VISA card, see; and since I'm always curious about ways to enhance my credit profile I spend a bit of time checking out...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs
Replies: 86
Views: 12197

Re: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs

What matters to me most of all here is the discovery (by me) of a place called "Yampa." Of course everyone knows about Tampa, Fla. and Boise, Idaho has a suburb called Nampa, and then last year I found out there is an NRHP-listed post office in a Texas town called "Pampa." So bas...

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden’s Tall Tale About South Africa
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Biden’s Tall Tale About South Africa

Mind you, we are talking about the Joe Biden who, after Boston's mayoral election called up, and congratulated for winning the election, a guy who

...didn't win the election.

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clint Eastwood dumps Trump for Bloomberg.
Replies: 18
Views: 1075

Re: Clint Eastwood dumps trump for Bloomberg.

The fact that he was ever a Trump supporter makes him someone whom I find it important to ignore.

I quit following, and severed all social media connections to, Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin once they voiced support for the infantile windbag.

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by Airstud
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden’s Tall Tale About South Africa
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Biden’s Tall Tale About South Africa

Aaron747 wrote:
in Soweto trying to reach Robben Island


Well that right there pretty much unravels the whole story... :boggled:

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by Airstud
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taxi stand bureaucracy
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Taxi stand bureaucracy

I worked as an MSP taxi starter once upon a time. The paper given to pax is not a "ticket". It is a customer information card. It contains average fares to various local locations and whom to contact if there is a problem on your ride. Which, is what I said basically. No, this is what you...

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by Airstud
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can AAdvantage miles be earned on an AS-ticketed flight?
Replies: 0
Views: 354

Can AAdvantage miles be earned on an AS-ticketed flight?

I haven't been aboard an American Airlines flight since 1977. :boggled: A few weeks ago I booked MSP-PHL-HVN round trip at AA.com, and completed the trip on the 16th, but all four trips were operated by Republic, so it is basically still the case tht I haven't been aboard an American Airlines flight...

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by Airstud
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

So I've actually operated this flight before, and can certainly attest that showing up at 5:05 for a 5:53 is generous. I'm surprised the Eagle ground staff at HVN would do this; I've found them to be both friendly and competent in my interactions with them. With that many passengers missing (especi...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

IPFreely wrote:
Airstud wrote:
From this experience this morning at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, we surely must conclude one thing:

:boggled:


Then we all surely agree: you should have shown up on time.


Departure was scheduled for 5:53am; I was there at 5:05.

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by Airstud
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If JetBlue Only Has Mint - First Class Seating On All Flights
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: If JetBlue Only Has Mint - First Class Seating On All Flights

I think the question might be answered by the story of Midwest Express

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by Airstud
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taxi stand bureaucracy
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Taxi stand bureaucracy

blockski wrote:
You also noted you arrived at 1:20, presumably that's 1:20am?


Oops. No, I said I arrived on flight 120 but I failed to specify that was SY120, which got in ≈ 5:00am

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by Airstud
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Re: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

this was known to happen because of weather conditions. They may be trying to meet a gate connection, and in his words it’s illegal But, the weather was benign on the HVN-PHL corridor today :boggled: watched the gate monitor change to boarding, and then to final boarding But, this was a live dude m...

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by Airstud
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Only Boeing Did Not Have CockPit Computer Programs
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: If Only Boeing Did Not Have CockPit Computer Programs

This morning I got a breakfast burrito from "Burrito Elito" near Gate C17 at PHL. It was really tasty.

However, the aircraft I then boarded was an Embraer, not a Boeing.

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

Announcement that "boarding is closed" when it ain't

Why, with AA4614 the ONLY flight scheduled out of HVN (Gate 3) this a.m., and with eight or nine people (including moi), some of whom had checked bags (including moi (the passenger; I'm not a bag)) still not past the TSA checkpoint, would the gate guy announce "Boarding for Gate 3 is now closed...

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by Airstud
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Today in Ansonia, Connecticut
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Today in Ansonia, Connecticut

Just now I mailed my car payment from the post office in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

So... that happened, too.

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by Airstud
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Today in Ansonia, Connecticut
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Today in Ansonia, Connecticut

I mailed my BankAmericard Visa payment from the NRHP-listed Beaux Arts-style post office . By my count it is the 14th NRHP-listed post office I have utilized, the second Beaux Arts one (after Somersworth, New Hampshire , and the first working post office I have visited in the Constitution State. Go...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you landed at the alphabet?
Replies: 76
Views: 4148

Re: Have you landed at the alphabet?

If you flew into an airport where it's code at the time was, IST but is now ISL (or was BKK but it's now DMK) would you update your log or would you leave it unedited as it was? Like eurotrader85 says, I would also update to the new IATA code as that is the airport it represents now. Well then you ...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Today in Ansonia, Connecticut
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Today in Ansonia, Connecticut

I mailed my BankAmericard Visa payment from the NRHP-listed Beaux Arts-style post office . By my count it is the 14th NRHP-listed post office I have utilized, the second Beaux Arts one (after Somersworth, New Hampshire , and the first working post office I have visited in the Constitution State. Goo...

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