Thursday, October 30, 2014

friday fragment breakthrough

Break through what? A digital ceiling? My creaky floor? My aching back?

I suppose a fragment implies breaking something. Often we just need to put the brakes on and slow down. Ease on over to Mrs. 4444’s blog for more Friday Fragment posts.



bad breakdown


The blog, Cup on the Bus, written by a sock aficionado recently posted a socking story. In the post she mentions her sister's theory of a universe of missing objects. I should investigate this missing object theory. I always wanted to publish a theory. There could be grant money from the government.





White House fence jumping (very different than crazy pogo backflips shown above) - hey this craziness should not become another extreme sport for thrill seeking disturbed people. Let’s hope it stops before someone is killed.





On the subject of dangerous, we were reminded this week that rocket stuff is still very dangerous. Things tend to break with a bang.  Remember the two space shuttle disasters? Did you see the news of the rocket explosion this week? No injuries since it was an unmanned resupply mission to the space station. Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket failed seconds after liftoff. The video clip reminds me why it’s prudent to watch a safe distance away from the launchpad.

It was reported the next day that the company used refurbished old Russian rocket engines.  Low priced stuff is not always a bargain!
 





For all you non-morning people - you might have missed daybreak but don’t be bothered, take a break, or make a break for it. (Why don’t we use the word nightbreak as often as daybreak?)





Does a breakdown lead to a breakthrough or vice versa? It was not planned ahead of time, but somehow a theme of breakdown, breakups and breaks formed in this post. Enjoy a listen to Jack Johnson’s Breakdown song:

My favorite part:

And I got no time
That I got to get to
Where I don't need to be


Oh and be sure to check out the other FF posts over at Mrs. 4444's blog.


Half-Past Kissin' Time

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

from premier to dirt bag



(a revised 2007 post) I just used some frequent flyer miles on United. At one time (actually twice I recall) I had  Premier frequent flyer status. Now - forget it I'm just a dirt bag to them.

Had you ever heard of "mileage runs"?  It's the practice of making special trips just to keep your frequent flyer status at a higher level.  You know those desired seats with the extra space between them (called pitch)? You need to be a "Premier" to select those or pay extra money.

After the company where I worked cut back on travel, I went to dirt bag status on United.

What a difference - there was a time when they sent me free upgrades in the mail - sweet.

Oh this fickle relationship leaves me annoyed.  My dirt bag status became very apparent during a recent mileage transaction. As most travelers I wanted to fly direct. Well I found some good direct flights but when I tried booking at the 25,000 per trip rate - NO those flights were not even offered. I changed some setting and found the direct flights (more than one) were ONLY offered for TWICE the miles = 50,000!  Still economy seating just a direct vs. layover trip.

Reminds me of being dumped once by a cute girlfriend after the summer and our trips to the beach club were over.  I became worth less than a bottle of suntan lotion.

I flew the connecting flight but it sucks to know there were better flights, for the Premiers.

(oh Mr. Spaceman at the top? - he just looks upset like I feel.  Maybe they cut off his fresh air or the helmet is too tight?

Lastly, a 2014 update on reward programs.  Things have gotten even worst by comparison.  Back in 2007 baggage fees were not common.  Now there is minimum spending requirements to obtain elite status (vs. just miles flown) and the definition of “frequent flier mile” is no longer tied to distance but rather money spent on the ticket. See this article for more details.


I should probably find some good shoes and practice extending my thumb out.





Monday, October 27, 2014

tell me this happens to you too

I'm out cruising the blogs.  Running down a link or two.  A post reminds me of a similar story I posted years ago.  Now I am inspired (I've lost that inspired feeling long ago) to find my old post and share the link with the blogger.  The search box I placed on my sidebar is less useful than a sidekick with no money or humor.




Fortunately, my labels/tags offer some help.  But which label should I scroll through?  I guess one with no luck.  The next one works after a few pages of posts.

Browsing over those older posts leaves me more annoyed.  Broken links, missing pictures, empty youtube clips, - wow it's starting to look like the man-cave corner of the basement.

 

This digital exercise leaves me wondering about those other social diseases sites such as the one where you get your face booked.

Given all those profound short status updates, how will anyone ever be able to quickly find that great status update written a year or was it two ago?

Twitter must be even worst.  Would anyone want to read a three year old tweet?

Oh, if you're curious and you must be if you are a blogger right?  Here's the post that reminded of this post. 

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