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Everything posted by Toofarfromthesea

  1. I'm in exactly the same situation with the 11/7 cruise. It is particularly disappointing in that I had sailed in Meraviglia's YC (and was less impressed than when I sailed in Divina's YC) and I was looking forward to checking out the Seaside YC. Nevrttheless, if it sails I'll be on it, and I'll have a great time.
  2. Not from the OP, whose initial response was to argue about the reasons given and put people down (low brow activities?). You would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to go to Vegas, but I would never think to demand that people explain why they like something that I don't. And I HAVE read a lot of CC which is why I get irked at people who think everyone should like the same things they do. It isn't a one-size-fits-all-world.
  3. So you think that if something is not attractive to you it shouldn't be attractive to someone else? You seem more interested in debating the reasons people give than understanding the obvious point that sailing on a cruise ship and staying at a resort are completely different experiences with completely different ambiances. It's not about the parts, it is about the sum of the parts.
  4. If you are pre-paying your tips you have done what is required. Anything above that is at your own pure discretion. But you shouldn't feel like you have to tip extra in order to get routine service, like ice. You can certainly choose to, but whether you do or not should not effect your level of service.
  5. I'm still hoping we are able to sail on our booked 11/7 Seaside YC cruise. But I've been looking at spring 2021 cruises as possible fallbacks. Meraviglia will be sailing out of Miami and Divina will be sailing out of Port Canaveral. Having sailed in YC on both, M in the Baltic and D in the Med, I would definitely choose Divina, despite the inconvenience of the YC restaurant being at the opposite end of the ship as the rest of the YC. On my cruises both the food and the service were significantly better on D than on M, IMO.
  6. People are much more willing to virtue signal than they are to actually act on their putative values.
  7. You make the common error of thinking that what is said in a relatively small online community is somehow indicative of the whole world. People who obsess about Twitter (not implying that you do) make the same error.
  8. It is too late, many states have already had big, huge gatherings with the same politicians who are imposing one way aisles and preventing kids from playing in parks cheering them on and participating, while not themselves engaging in social distancing nor wearing masks.
  9. I don't disagree, but the point is that all of this is politics, not science. Listen to the experts, they tell us. The scientists. And then arguably the 2 most prestigious and respected medical journals in the world, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine, completely humiliated themselves by each publishing a major article about hydrochloriquine studies, based solely on "data" from a company that was a complete scam and has now essentially disappeared. And again, not a scintilla of actual science was at play. I think "too good to check" was in play, since the bogus articles were immediately exploited for political purposes. And although now they have admitted the articles were garbage, the original headlines and tweets are still out there just like the misimpressions people got. I'm glad I went to school at a time where the scientific method was taught, as well as critical thinking.
  10. Very little of what we are told is science is actually science. It is mostly the OPINIONS of scientists, not science. The Society of Actuaries, an organization I was a member of, has as it's motto a famous quote from John Ruskin: The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances and demonstrations for impressions. Very little of that has actuated our response. "Observational" studies are not science. At best they form the fodder of hypotheses. Which then have to be tested by the scientific method.
  11. Many of us here are in a position where we were not severely damaged financially by the shutdown. My wife and I still get our pensions, I still get my SS, and while the 401k took a hit, a lot of it is back already and I have every confidence the rest will come back in relatively short order. While everybody likes to have extra money, I would suggest that people who have not been hit financially and who are worried about the fate of their favorite restaurant (or other small business) can take more direct action than not ordering through doordash, they could just give them some of their pandemic relief money. The purpose of the money was relief, and if you don't need the relief, passing it on to those who DO need it just seems like a good thing to do.
  12. We have a booked cruise out of Miami in November. That is, hopefully, far enough down the road that we will be able to base a final yea/nay decision on how things worked out for the earlier cruisers. If we go we will fly into Miami 2 days early, because even in Nov there is a chance of snow issues flying out of denver. Really, other than the go/nogo decision I don't expect any of our travel logistics to change.
  13. For a lot of restaurants doordash or similar delivery services are all that were/are keeping them afloat. I think the restaurants don't mind the 'piling on' when the alternative is no business leading up to going out of business.
  14. I find it really sad that some folks seem to be so judgemental toward people who choose to do things differently than they do. I enjoy researching cruises, hotels, flights, etc., and have the time luxury to do so, so I am pretty much a do it yourself traveler. But I would never put other people down who chose to do things differently or, essentially, call them names. They aren't lazy and they don't have more money than sense, or any of the other nasty things people have said. Maybe it makes people feel superior to do so, but it is an illusion. It is not a one size fits all world, no matter how much anyone thinks their's is the only right size.
  15. One of my personal rules for a happy life is to enjoy the things and experiences we've had, and not to give a second of regret for thing we don't have and/or missed out on. I refuse to pine for things. I'm looking forward to a booked cruise in November, but if we don't get to go I'm not going to be overly upset. Similarly with a planned January stay at Cancun all-inclusive.
  16. We stayed at Hotel Vespasiano in Rome. A little quirky but very clean and comfortable - and we like quirky. And easy walking distance to the Vatican.
  17. Since June 1 both groceries and gasoline purchases are eligible for the 300 travel credit. We've already used our first doordash credit. I don't think we will get any value from the Lyft Pink bennie.
  18. So I noticed something strange in my Chase Sapphire Reserve statement and went to the Chase site to check it out. Since people aren't doing much traveling, the annual $300 travel credit might have been wasted in part or completely for some folks. But to ameliorate this, starting June 1, 2020 purchases at grocery stores and gas stations are being treated as 'travel' expenses eligible for the credit. Which made my last trip to the grocery store free. It isn't a HUGE deal, but it is a very nice little benefit.
  19. Winner winner, chicken dinner. The issue is not how unlikely you are to be caught, it is what happens to your life if you are. I bet the Molotov cocktail throwing lawyers thought they would never be caught, but they were - and now between felony charges, prison, and disbarment their lives are destroyed.
  20. Equally important is adequate study of whether the dog will give false positives for people who had the infection but recovered. That was the problem with the S. Korean "re-infection" issue.
  21. Um, WHAT, is a pretty good write-up? Did you mean to include a link? I do that all the time. Email my cyber-security daughter about an article I've read that she would find interesting and then forget to paste the link.
  22. If you are going to cite an article it would be nice if you included a link so we could evaluate the source for ourselves. Because without that this is just blah blah blah with no details, no idea who is making the claim or why, what it is based on, etc. The very epitome of context-less "information" - besides either you or the article reporting something as fact which clearly is opinion, i.e., the motivations of the pharma companies. Even if vaccine trials bobble the stock price, something asserted but not demonstrated, trials are expensive to run, and the payoff is not running the running of the trials it is coming to market with an effective vaccine. A pharma company that is just going through the motions and wasting corporate assets to do what you or the article call 'show' trials for a short-term stock bump would be killed by their investors, most of whom are very sophisticated institutional money managers who have research departments who follow this kind of thing closely. So I'd love to have a link.
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