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  1. Yeah, if you don't fly even on a semi-regular basis, then there's no need to accumulate airline miles. On my end, my family and I fly perhaps one time per year. Some years, maybe it's twice a year, but most years, it's only one trip. And in our case, I've paid for our flights using airline miles 90% of the time over the past decade. Airline miles have lost value over the years (and have gotten harder and harder to redeem), but at the same time, the cost of a basic airline ticket hasn't gone up much at all over the past 15 years. And in terms of being looser with your money if you are paying with a CC versus cash, there's definitely merit with this argument. It all comes down to self-discipline with this. Some folks are able to do this, and others, well, they're not so good at it.
  2. United points don't expire. Delta Skymiles don't expire. American has extended their mileage expiration dates. Not sure on the smaller airlines, but I'd imagine it's probably similar. And it's actually really easy to extend your miles if they're close to expiring. There's really no need to ever have your miles in your account expire if you know what you're doing. And yes, you are missing out on CC benefits if you're making big purchases with cash. Especially if you pay your full CC amount each month.
  3. Two members of Congress have now tested positive (add Utah Representative Ben McAdams) https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-18-20-intl-hnk/index.html
  4. UC Health is now confirming its first 4 positive CV cases at its West Chester facility. This the first positive confirmation that CV is definitively in southwest Ohio. https://www.wcpo.com/news/region-north-cincinnati/west-chester/uc-health-4-people-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-west-chester-hospital
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    Airbnb

    Airbnb isn't a joke if you rent from a reputable person with with many positive reviews on the site. As the renter, if you go with a site with very few (or zero) reviews for the listing, then you are taking a huge gamble on how the place will turn out. I've rented numerous vacation rentals through VRBO/Airbnb over the years and if you stick to only considering rentals with lots of good reviews, the chances of running into issues with your stay are greatly minimized.
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    Airbnb

    Cleaning costs are justified, and if you're staying in a house with multiple bathrooms/bedrooms, it's very conceivable that it would take a cleaning crew several hours to thoroughly clean and get the rental ready for the next occupant. As for the issue in not including the cleaning fee within the daily rate on Airbnb, I'm in full agreement that it would nice to see if listed in actual daily rate, but this is how almost all vacation rental sites work in displaying their price. You either need to get all of them on board to do it, or no one is going to do it. When you factor in cleaning fees, administrative fees, etc., hotels are often more attractive for short term stays (i.e., a night or two). But when all of the extra "fees" are constant (whether you stay 1 night or 10 nights), they're easier to absorb when you balance it out over more than just a night or two.
  7. Here's the graphic with the Y-axis set to "actual":
  8. Toggle the Y-Axis to "Actual" (at the bottom of the graph), and you'll see the number of new cases is skyrocketing and isn't anywhere close to leveling off. The y-axis is misleading when it is logarithmic.
  9. If the rendering is accurate, I'm counting about 30 stories above the top of the convention center expansion.
  10. I worked on the construction project that expanded Concourse C back in 2002 - you're right when you say that that terminal (and the entire airport) was buzzing with folks everywhere during that time period. It's almost sad to see how much of a dropoff there has been since 2002 (even with the recent resurgence of the airport in recent years).
  11. Both sides should be ashamed of their actions. It's a pretty low blow on PG's behalf to take shots at a council opponent whose wife was suffering from terminal cancer, and it's an equally low blow for Smitherman to have his wife record a message like this. Both sides need to grow up and move on from this.
  12. So you're saying Tom Brady and New England have been "lucky" by building around a solid offensive line? Instead of luck, it sounds more like a franchise that knows how to properly construct a roster by having a good line protect your most valuable asset.
  13. It's rare that my political views align with Christopher Smitherman. Regardless, my heart goes out to him and all of his family. 48 years old is way too young to lose your spouse to cancer.
  14. I'm somewhat up to speed on local politics, but I'll admit today that prior to today, I didn't even realize this was going to be a competitive race between Monzel and Dumas. I had heard a handful of radio commercials over the past few weeks for Monzel, but I had heard zero coverage for Dumas. I had kind of assumed Monzel was a lock to win yesterday and that the results would be similar to what we saw in 2014 (when an unknown from North College Hill ran against Monzel and lost fairly handily). I did happen listen to 550 on my way into work this morning and heard Brian Thomas interviewing Chris Monzel. You would have thought the end of the world was coming with how much doom and gloom they were saying would become of these results.
  15. Some "hidden" streets that have intrigued me (although I have never driven on the first two listed): Reemelin Avenue (Northside) - it appears only a single house remains on this street at the far end of this street https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1742753,-84.5506447,3a,75y,117.9h,90t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sHkYzvcGkCPJ7jn6xstW2DQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DHkYzvcGkCPJ7jn6xstW2DQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D124.32705%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100 Vinecrest Place (Avondale) - a small dead-end street hidden behind the homes along Vine Street https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1469058,-84.5136024,3a,75y,232.06h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sk1HPv-NH2MyMybIU8_WqjQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Lafayette Lane (Clifton) - this apparently is a private drive that snakes downhill through the woods to a handful of homes https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1558769,-84.5144311,3a,75y,105.3h,70.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sW7J3D0_fB73QyvAjgWIKBA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  16. So is someone going to bring in Port-A-Lets for the homeless to use, or are they just gonna start using every nook and cranny and alley in that area as their restroom?
  17. I flew out of CVG last weekend and parked in the ValuPark lot. I also think this was the most full I have ever seen the lot, as I was directed to park in the very last row of the parking lot. All of the rows in the lot appeared to be at least 90% full.
  18. Those One River Plaza renderings on the Glaserworks site are several years old. That plan is long dead (and was dead before Skyhouse had even come to fruition).
  19. Interesting. I hadn't heard/seen anything regarding NCH and the FCC practice facility. I can assure you that FCC has invested a considerable amount of energy and money for a facility that is not in NCH. I'm not gonna reveal where exactly the current proposed practice facility is to be located, but it has been correctly mentioned by other folks online outside of this message board.
  20. https://www.sibcycline.com/Listing/CIN/1579916/7897-Barret-Rd-West-Chester-East-OH-45069 ;D ;D ;D ;D Listed at $165,000,000 - I wonder if the sellers got close to their asking price of $165 million?
  21. It always amazes me when people try to sell houses worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars without paying someone with a decent camera and an eye to take photos. It puts you out a couple hundred bucks at the most. For example, here's a listing in North Avondale just shy of $900,000 and the photos look like they were taken with somebody's flip phone: https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/oh/cincinnati/961-avondale-avenue/pid_22836482/ Agree 100% here. When we sold our former home last year, part of the reason we chose the realtor we used is because her pictures in here listings looked professional. As it turned out, she actually uses a photographer to take the photos for her listings, and the photos in our listing looking amazing that they included.
  22. I don't see it. It looks normal to me?
  23. I don't think it's officially dead yet, but I also don't think anything on the design end has progressed since it came back to life last summer. Last time I heard anything on this was several months ago, and at that time, it was still supposedly moving forward. I wouldn't hold your breath in expecting a groundbreaking anytime in the coming months.
  24. I don't know if the backyard and driveway are quite as long as they appear in the photos in that listing. We actually used the same realtor as these sellers when we sold our home last year, and our realtor's photographer did a nice job of making the rooms and yard appear a little larger than they actually were. Our rear yard was very similar in size (yet it appeared rather spacious in the photos). This home's lot is 120' deep, so you end up with a rear that is roughly 50' deep x 30' wide (including the concrete driveway). At my previous home, that worked fine for our two children of toddler age, but it didn't give our dog much room to run around. I believe there's only been 1 or 2 single family homes in Northside that have sold for more than $400K over the past couple years. Housing prices have definitely been on the increase in Northside, so I'll be curious to see what this house ends up selling for.
  25. For the council members who are on record as being against firing Black (PG, Young, Dennard, and Seelbach), do they truly support Harry Black, or is this just one of the instances where they oppose whatever Cranley wants? Over the past 4+ years, have those four shown support toward Black?
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