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Old 07-05-2014, 12:14 AM   #1541
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... I've found a provider or 2 who still don't have the ability for victims customers to pay on-line. Paper invoices and checks
My two bank's bill pay services send both online payments and paper mail. I hadn't realized that wasn't the norm. Banks are Capital One and USAA
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:08 AM   #1542
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Getting ready to travel soon to Portland West and decided to recheck the rental car rate that I had negotiated back in March. I was delighted to see that I could upgrade a size and still save $40 by re-booking.

I take the light rail into town and rent from a neighborhood Hertz location. Just for laughs, I compared the rental charge picking up downtown vs at PDX. Amazingly, it is $400 vs $1800. In either case the car is returned to PDX.

As Walt would say, not bad money for an hour's work.
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Gonna strap our two kayaks on top of our pickup and hit up a few different gulf islands in the next week. Quite a few of the islands have nice waterfront pubs - a nice reward after several hours of paddling. (To forum members, a heads up... I will be talking about kayaking a lot here - as my user name might suggest, it's an obsession)
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Gonna strap our two kayaks on top of our pickup...
Think I saw you on the road a couple of weeks ago...
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Old 07-05-2014, 01:54 PM   #1545
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Okay, I literally laughed out loud at that one!
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I was really impressed with how you came up with the idea of laying plywood on the hood to improve access to your overhead rack.
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I was really impressed with how you came up with the idea of laying plywood on the hood to improve access to your overhead rack.
Plywood? That's a redneck "Woody".
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My two bank's bill pay services send both online payments and paper mail. I hadn't realized that wasn't the norm. Banks are Capital One and USAA
I was talking about healthcare providers who don't allow you to go to their site and pay online and won't send you invoices electronically. When traveling it means that I have to have someone monitoring my mail. I can pay the invoices online by having my bank send snail mail checks, but healthcare are the only financial bills that still arrive by USPS and don't allow me to go paperless.
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Took a deep breath and booked Galapagos/Machu Picchu trip for 2016. Now need to find something to do in the meantime. Have a fall trip to the east coast and a bunch of days in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Love it there that time of year, lots of waterfowl festivals going on, and it's an R month. Also not going far but taking a 10 day advance degree herpetological course with The American Museum of Natural History, right here in town. When they asked why a semi-lay person would want to take the course, I had to tell the truth. Ms G. wants me out of the house for ten days.
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Ms G. wants me out of the house for no less than ten days at a time.
Fixed it for you.

Seriously, I've really struggled with that trip, but haven't reached the breaking (open the wallet) point yet. Hope you have a great time!
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That sounds like a fantastic trip, just curious, is this a smaller ship cruise?

This is in response to our Alaska/Canada trip. No, we are on a larger ship. We are in Juneau and couldn't ask for better luck with the weather. Sunny, warm, beautiful.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:09 PM   #1552
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I was talking about healthcare providers who don't allow you to go to their site and pay online and won't send you invoices electronically. When traveling it means that I have to have someone monitoring my mail. I can pay the invoices online by having my bank send snail mail checks, but healthcare are the only financial bills that still arrive by USPS and don't allow me to go paperless.
That's a pain. Some (most?) mail forwarding services scan incoming mail, then put PDFs online. Not paperless, but no one needs to monitor your paper mail.
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Just booked our one way fare to Bangkok on New Years eve. We have a cruise booked from Sydney on Feb 20. Plan to travel through Thailand, Malaysia and then to Oz. Better than staying home in the snow. Not certain what route we will take home in March. Lots of beach time in Southern Thailand.
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Just booked an overnight train from Amsterdam to Munich. Sleeper car.
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Just booked an overnight train from Amsterdam to Munich. Sleeper car.
I realize you may have many reasons for choosing the train. How does the price compare with airfare?
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Heading up to Newfoundland soon so DW can enjoy watching puffins. I think puffins are fine birds, but I'll probably be more interested in things like lobster.
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This is in response to our Alaska/Canada trip. No, we are on a larger ship. We are in Juneau and couldn't ask for better luck with the weather. Sunny, warm, beautiful.

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Gorgeous scenery thanks for posting!!!
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Heading up to Newfoundland soon so DW can enjoy watching puffins. I think puffins are fine birds, but I'll probably be more interested in things like lobster.
Hey, do not eat all the lobster. Leave some for me. I will be up in that region a bit later, in September.

PS. Uh oh! Just found out the lobster season closes in July. Arghh!

PPS. I remember getting lobster in Maine during a leaf peeping trip years ago. Looks like the lobster season is longer in Maine. I am saved!
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