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Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by irish, Apr 3, 2016.

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  1. LAdiablo

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    i feel sorry for you brother
    those are the 3 of the worst airlines in the world and i avoid like the plague
     
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    They been flying avianca and while thenin flihht service is good their customer service is horrible.
    Cancel flights at the drop of a hat and dont even email yoi much less call.
    I kept calling to confirm on the day before the flight and in a span of 24 hours the departure time changed 3 times. Only knew because i kept calling to check.
     
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    We fly to Ohio about 3 times a year. United is just about the only viable option from the airports located within a hour of us. For the most part, we've been pleased with their service. The exception being having our Christmas flight itinerary changed four fucking times from the time we booked it in Aug. until a couple of days before we left Calif. this included cancellation of our Christmas day flight, which forced into flying on Dec. 26, which is a nightmare.

    We've got the United Club card, which gets priority boarding, free bags and club privileges. Costs about $450 a year and it's worth it.
     
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    The free bags thing... How many bags does it allow you to take?
    Problem we have is that we love getting gifts from down south and sending back gifts from up here.
    Like ill go to best buy and get 6 nokia lumias for 30 bucks each and unlock them before loading them with apps and sending them with thr fam to ecuador.
    Over there they can make some money selling them for 200 bucks a pop easy. They retail from 300 to 400 in the grey market.
    They bring me back this good cornmeal to make arepas and little handmade wallets. My favorite are the pants made out of indigenous fibers the natives wear. Sooo comfortable. And i loke to pretend they made out of coca fibers.
     
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    United gives you one free checked bag per person (no charge for carry-on).
     
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    i once packed an entire club set up w sound system, professional speakers, lasers and everything to hook it up in 4 large duffle suitcases ($40 at costco) and they only charged me $20 or so for weight on avianca.
    never had a problem but it was so much better when it was lacsa/taca
    i used to do exactly what you are talking about and it was a great supplement to my trip
    people tend to think electronics but be cheap in CA/SA but that just isn't the case w the high taxation on imports down south
     
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    ever try virgin america?
    not sure if they have a hub there but they usually are priced very close to market rate and absolutely zero comparison to united etc
    then again they just got leveraged and taken over by alaska so we will see
     
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    Not an option at our nearby airports.

    We would have to drive about 3 hrs or so to either SF, San Jose, Burbank or LAX. Just not worth it in my opinion. To get to Cleveland at a decent hour we need to leave Calif early in the am, so that would mean either spending the night in a hotel close to the airport the night before or leaving home about 2 am the morning of the flight.
     
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    how much weed do you have? :poke:
     
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    I count my wife as one.

    <ducks>
     
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    I do live in the woods.
    You should have seen this place back when i ingested.
    I lost count of all the plants i had.
    They went native and startrd propping up in the wild.
    The fire chief came to inspect one day and saw my fields and gave me knowing look. Super cool guy.
    Moral od the story is that for the next 3 and a half years we didnt have any snakes anywhere in the area. Very few mice and gophers too.
    But man did the birds sing during that time. They loved the plants.

    Now the gophers mice and snakes are back and i have never seen so many squirrels in my life. Infestation of squirrels.
    We have a forest of black walnut trees all over so they have lots of nuts to eat. For the first time i have considered a pellet rifle to scare them away. Rabbits are everywhere too but thats normal in spring.
    The walnut trees are super robust this year and thr nuts are huge. I used to forage them but usually they are tiny and not worth the work. But they are fat now. Something has changed in the climate that they are loving.
    Maybe i should plant weed again.
    For the hemp seeds of course.
    Very high in nutrients.
    They have an egg like quality when whipped in thr blender.
    They foam up pretty high.
     
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    yeah I don't know what's going to happen with Virgin America but I've enjoyed each of the Virgin flights I've taken

    they DO treat you better

    United is one of the worst if you haven't flown Ryan Air (Irish airline makes you pay to use privy)
    American sucks too but as stated once you have priority they turn nicer

    International airlines actually seem to care about you
    Loved Singapore Air, Cathay is fair, Nippon Air is OK
    whereas United, Delta and American simply don't care at all it seems (we're big, you have to fly us so fuck you)
    Alaska was slightly better but their planes are aging rapidly so I don't know what will become of them

    Re earlier answers Diablo is laying it straight
    Frequent flier programs get shittier every year.. but they are (mostly) free
    and you have to pay way too close of attention to make sure that you're not getting screwed
    Airline credit cards help a bit if you use one as a business card
    and can run lots of reimbursed expenses through it
    my buddy ran up $2,000,000 through a card funding a start up that was truly being funded by his brother
    he got reimbursed but kept the 2,000,000 miles
    of course those schemes are few and far between
     
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    The international carriers are better for a number of reasons
    They don't have the unions to burden them in perpetuity
    They don't have the regulations and laws in place that prevent competition
    And I find their pilots every bit if not better than american carrier pilots
    Plus the planes are almost always from the last decade as opposed to the 50 year old AA planes that still have ashtrays
    The reason Branson lost virgin is some arcane law that limited his ownership percentage and he was leveraged
    He was heart broken and yeah that was a great airline just like virgin atlantic
     
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    posting at 4am in the ongoing saga of psycho indio neighbor
    in the latest round i hear my rott;s booming bark at about 230am and grab my flashlight and .40 to check it out
    a can hear psycho screaming "bitch azz nigga (my name) i'm gonna kill you" over and over
    ok im going to follow cops instructions and not get involved emotionally and call 911
    dog is going nuts and then a loud crash to my right as he throws a 2x6 through my moms glass outdoor table
    i can here his father trying to get him under control and i just hold out for the cops
    20 minutes later i see LAFD beating them there and take my flashlight and shine it in his room and he goes off
    perfect and within minutes 5 cars are there and cart him off
    filing charges, getting restraining order and...he will likely be out within 72 hours if not sooner
    talking to officers they said 5150 is the biggest problem they are facing in the valley especially w kids that parents are enabling
    and they say he is off his meds but im pretty sure its meth
    oh and one of the cops tells me that mayor garcetti just signed a bill importing a significant number of homeless from the city this way
    my comment to him was that all these zombie apocalypse shows are coming tru
    his retort was "go for the head"
    we are in serious trouble as a society
     
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    Damn sounds like a nightmare
    Shit gets me irate
    Neighbor needs to get his body filled up with lead for bein that crazy
    Sounds like meth or pcp for sure tho
     
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    Hang in there. That's some scary stuff, especially with your mother involved. I can't imagine your emotions.
     
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    follow the cops advice
    go for the head
     
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    My friend and I have my parents car for the week and are tempted to drive down to LA. We're about 45 minutes south of sf right now anyway. Anyone have a place the two of us can crash for a night?

    @LAdiablo
     
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    free legal representation in return?
    i swear, i didn't know she was 14...
     
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