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Well I am finally putting those 40,000 hilton points to good use. I got them 2-3 years ago on the amex card signup bonus and they have just been sitting there.

 

My buddy won 4th row concert tickets for Phish at the Shoreline in California and is giving me a seat for free... I figured I should cover the hotel. the 40k points get us a $299 room for a Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn.

 

Really not all that bad... people really knocked this card when I applied because hilton crippled their rewards program, but for a no AF card that gets you a free $300 hotel room based on small first 3 months spending... I am happy :)

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Saying goodbye to India today after four tours and sixteen months... For at least a few years and possibly forever. My goodbye today is completely overshadowed by the earthquake in Nepal, and it just goes to show you that we never really have a clue what is "good" or "bad" in the events of our life. All year I had been planning to trek Nepal in the month of April ... Annapurna circuit and Everest base camp. An avalanche wiped out the base camp today. 8 dead and many missing.

 

India made me so sick this year... Giardia, staph infection, one cold after another and three rounds of antibiotics. Lost 15-20 pounds of muscle... And the realization dawned on me about six weeks ago that my body wasn't going to be strong enough for the treks I had been so excited about all year. So I cancelled Nepal. Then today the earthquake hits, and there are major avalanches reported on the treks that I had planned all year to be on... Where I planned to be at this exact time. The illnesses I had been cursing at the last three months might have saved me from disaster. Praying for my friends on both treks right now... And everyone in Nepal. Very thankful to be alive. Reminds me of a story from Charlie wilsons war about the Buddhist monk which I shared below.

 

Goodbye India. You are the absolute worst and I love you. Prayers for everyone in Nepal... We felt the earthquake 1100 km away from epicenter and it shook for at least 30 seconds.

 

A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how wonderful.” But a Zen master who lives in the village says, “We'll see.” 'The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how awful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.” The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, the boy stays behind. Everyone says, “Oh, how wonderful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.”

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Saying goodbye to India today after four tours and sixteen months... For at least a few years and possibly forever. My goodbye today is completely overshadowed by the earthquake in Nepal, and it just goes to show you that we never really have a clue what is "good" or "bad" in the events of our life. All year I had been planning to trek Nepal in the month of April ... Annapurna circuit and Everest base camp. An avalanche wiped out the base camp today. 8 dead and many missing.

 

India made me so sick this year... Giardia, staph infection, one cold after another and three rounds of antibiotics. Lost 15-20 pounds of muscle... And the realization dawned on me about six weeks ago that my body wasn't going to be strong enough for the treks I had been so excited about all year. So I cancelled Nepal. Then today the earthquake hits, and there are major avalanches reported on the treks that I had planned all year to be on... Where I planned to be at this exact time. The illnesses I had been cursing at the last three months might have saved me from disaster. Praying for my friends on both treks right now... And everyone in Nepal. Very thankful to be alive. Reminds me of a story from Charlie wilsons war about the Buddhist monk which I shared below.

 

Goodbye India. You are the absolute worst and I love you. Prayers for everyone in Nepal... We felt the earthquake 1100 km away from epicenter and it shook for at least 30 seconds.

 

A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how wonderful.” But a Zen master who lives in the village says, “We'll see.” 'The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how awful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.” The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, the boy stays behind. Everyone says, “Oh, how wonderful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.”

Glad you're safe. Actually thought about you when I saw the news and saw that you last updated yesterday and was concerned. Travel safe.

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Saying goodbye to India today after four tours and sixteen months... For at least a few years and possibly forever. My goodbye today is completely overshadowed by the earthquake in Nepal, and it just goes to show you that we never really have a clue what is "good" or "bad" in the events of our life. All year I had been planning to trek Nepal in the month of April ... Annapurna circuit and Everest base camp. An avalanche wiped out the base camp today. 8 dead and many missing.

 

India made me so sick this year... Giardia, staph infection, one cold after another and three rounds of antibiotics. Lost 15-20 pounds of muscle... And the realization dawned on me about six weeks ago that my body wasn't going to be strong enough for the treks I had been so excited about all year. So I cancelled Nepal. Then today the earthquake hits, and there are major avalanches reported on the treks that I had planned all year to be on... Where I planned to be at this exact time. The illnesses I had been cursing at the last three months might have saved me from disaster. Praying for my friends on both treks right now... And everyone in Nepal. Very thankful to be alive. Reminds me of a story from Charlie wilsons war about the Buddhist monk which I shared below.

 

Goodbye India. You are the absolute worst and I love you. Prayers for everyone in Nepal... We felt the earthquake 1100 km away from epicenter and it shook for at least 30 seconds.

 

A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how wonderful.” But a Zen master who lives in the village says, “We'll see.” 'The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how awful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.” The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, the boy stays behind. Everyone says, “Oh, how wonderful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.”

Hey kayvebear, you seem like a good guy so if you haven't gotten on the plane yet...

 

Go to Nepal, as a pair of arms to help out, for a week, two weeks, whatever. There will be emergency people there that will give you something to do in a heartbeat, from handing out water, to taking notes, to digging if you're so inclined. You seem like a guy that understands life is about experiences, and the stories you have to tell later, and this is one of those moments. Did something similar with a buddy when Katrina hit New Orleans (we were about the only car going in) but we were needed, and it was so satisfying. Gave me some clarity on some things, and now I like it when a big storm comes through, cause I can jump in the car with my chainsaw afterward and make someone's day by moving a tree from a road or a car.

 

No matter what you decide to do good luck with the next chapter!

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Saying goodbye to India today after four tours and sixteen months... For at least a few years and possibly forever. My goodbye today is completely overshadowed by the earthquake in Nepal, and it just goes to show you that we never really have a clue what is "good" or "bad" in the events of our life. All year I had been planning to trek Nepal in the month of April ... Annapurna circuit and Everest base camp. An avalanche wiped out the base camp today. 8 dead and many missing.

 

India made me so sick this year... Giardia, staph infection, one cold after another and three rounds of antibiotics. Lost 15-20 pounds of muscle... And the realization dawned on me about six weeks ago that my body wasn't going to be strong enough for the treks I had been so excited about all year. So I cancelled Nepal. Then today the earthquake hits, and there are major avalanches reported on the treks that I had planned all year to be on... Where I planned to be at this exact time. The illnesses I had been cursing at the last three months might have saved me from disaster. Praying for my friends on both treks right now... And everyone in Nepal. Very thankful to be alive. Reminds me of a story from Charlie wilsons war about the Buddhist monk which I shared below.

 

Goodbye India. You are the absolute worst and I love you. Prayers for everyone in Nepal... We felt the earthquake 1100 km away from epicenter and it shook for at least 30 seconds.

 

A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how wonderful.” But a Zen master who lives in the village says, “We'll see.” 'The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how awful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.” The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, the boy stays behind. Everyone says, “Oh, how wonderful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.”

Hey kayvebear, you seem like a good guy so if you haven't gotten on the plane yet...

 

Go to Nepal, as a pair of arms to help out, for a week, two weeks, whatever. There will be emergency people there that will give you something to do in a heartbeat, from handing out water, to taking notes, to digging if you're so inclined. You seem like a guy that understands life is about experiences, and the stories you have to tell later, and this is one of those moments. Did something similar with a buddy when Katrina hit New Orleans (we were about the only car going in) but we were needed, and it was so satisfying. Gave me some clarity on some things, and now I like it when a big storm comes through, cause I can jump in the car with my chainsaw afterward and make someone's day by moving a tree from a road or a car.

 

No matter what you decide to do good luck with the next chapter!

 

 

I wish I had. I am already on a layover in Malaysia en route to Indonesia. All flights to Nepal canceled - airport runways destroyed at kathmandu. Would have been a 35 hour bus / train ride in on a normal schedule (prior to earthquake)... I was too far away in Delhi.

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Saying goodbye to India today after four tours and sixteen months... For at least a few years and possibly forever. My goodbye today is completely overshadowed by the earthquake in Nepal, and it just goes to show you that we never really have a clue what is "good" or "bad" in the events of our life. All year I had been planning to trek Nepal in the month of April ... Annapurna circuit and Everest base camp. An avalanche wiped out the base camp today. 8 dead and many missing.

 

India made me so sick this year... Giardia, staph infection, one cold after another and three rounds of antibiotics. Lost 15-20 pounds of muscle... And the realization dawned on me about six weeks ago that my body wasn't going to be strong enough for the treks I had been so excited about all year. So I cancelled Nepal. Then today the earthquake hits, and there are major avalanches reported on the treks that I had planned all year to be on... Where I planned to be at this exact time. The illnesses I had been cursing at the last three months might have saved me from disaster. Praying for my friends on both treks right now... And everyone in Nepal. Very thankful to be alive. Reminds me of a story from Charlie wilsons war about the Buddhist monk which I shared below.

 

Goodbye India. You are the absolute worst and I love you. Prayers for everyone in Nepal... We felt the earthquake 1100 km away from epicenter and it shook for at least 30 seconds.

 

A boy is given a horse on his 14th birthday. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how wonderful.” But a Zen master who lives in the village says, “We'll see.” 'The boy falls off the horse and breaks his foot. Everyone in the village says, “Oh how awful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.” The village is thrown into war and all the young men have to go to war. But, because of the broken foot, the boy stays behind. Everyone says, “Oh, how wonderful.” The Zen master says, “We'll see.”

 

For no reason I can find words to express, I'm glad you were not injured, or worse. Safe travels.

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Just called direct underwriter for GECRB (Synchrony) ... last time I asked for 50k on both Paypal and Walmart TL's, but they countered at 45k (that was my highest limit at the time). Now that I have PenFed and NFCU reporting 50k each, I figured I would give it a go again.

 

Approved on both... Paypal Smart Connect now to 50k and Walmart MC to 50k as well.

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Just called direct underwriter for GECRB (Synchrony) ... last time I asked for 50k on both Paypal and Walmart TL's, but they countered at 45k (that was my highest limit at the time). Now that I have PenFed and NFCU reporting 50k each, I figured I would give it a go again.

 

Approved on both... Paypal Smart Connect now to 50k and Walmart MC to 50k as well.

You should start a business as a CLI/recon coach.

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Just called direct underwriter for GECRB (Synchrony) ... last time I asked for 50k on both Paypal and Walmart TL's, but they countered at 45k (that was my highest limit at the time). Now that I have PenFed and NFCU reporting 50k each, I figured I would give it a go again.

 

Approved on both... Paypal Smart Connect now to 50k and Walmart MC to 50k as well.

You should start a business as a CLI/recon coach.

 

 

Truthfully ... it is probably my strongest ability in re: to credit. I am clueless as to the harder areas of repair (repairing my reports was pretty easy compared to most).. and clueless in many other areas of credit... but with CLIs / Recons I am on it :) lol

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Got final approval today for my first business card... Chase Ink Plus .. $10k starting line.. they are expediting the card to me (god bless em'). 60k bonus points if I spend 5k in first 3 months.

 

I also moved around Chase credit lines today... now Amazon is 5k, Freedom is 23k, Slate and Southwest 10k each.

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Making some moves... starting to churn offers for the first time and using M$ to hit spending reqs. Posting about it in here because since there is potential for ramifications from my creditors it could affect what I have been building so figured it should be included.

 

1) Upgraded BCE to BCP to hit 6k in grocery spending

2) Got Southwest Chase card.. hit 2k in spending. Awaiting bonus points. Will probably close or downgrade once I do

3) Got Citi TYP - Almost at 3k spending .. will convert to double cash card to avoid AF if they allow me

4) Using Ink Plus now for my business. Not really sure what to do here as I like this card and it would be decent for my company. Might keep it, might close it. I am new to churning so I could use some advice here.

5) Dipping my toes into M$. Have done about $5k so far... WM MO's and RB's... so far it seems best for churning for me... but if I start learning more about UR's I could build a nice little collection for some business international tickets someday.

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Don't know if this has been asked... What income are you putting on these apps?

 

At the beginning of this journey I was making 40-50k. That jumped up to the 90's a couple years ago and is continuing upwards. God bless Yelp.

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