Friday, October 28, 2016

Delta Sky Priority

I have reached Silver Medallion status on Delta this year.  It doesn't get me much - but for one day yesterday it did.  I was upgraded to Delta Comfort+ seating, and got to board with Sky priority.  Both were little things, but both were enjoyable.  Both will help keep me loyal to Delta.

In an odd way, my current status will also keep me from wanting to fly until early 2017 (if given the choice).  There is no real way I can make gold medallion, and I get silver for all of 2017.  If given the choice of flying in mid-December or early January - the trip will occur in January.  That way the miles will apply to my 2018 status and either keep me at silver, or push me to gold.

One thing I don't want:  A sense of entitlement that can come with the status.  The guy seated next to me bitched about the fact we were delayed the whole time.  This despite noting that he hadn't had a delay for a very long time through Atlanta.  (This guy is one of the reasons I wear noise canceling headphones).  Just to make sure the flight crew knew he was mad he bitched at them on the way out - because apparently flight attendants have something to do with plane maintenance and/or the weather in Cincinnati.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Things I've learned - Be more like your dog

Especially if your dog is a Labrador Retriever.

They are happy with an old toy.
They are curious about the world around them.
If they are tired they get some sleep.
They are constantly hungry.
If someone gives them feedback they stop doing the wrong thing (at least for the moment).
They are happy with little.
They are always happy.

As soon as I wrote this the cat threw up and the dog went over and started eating it.  That's why the title of the post was NOT "Be exactly like your dog".

Monday, October 10, 2016


The 2016 Peterloon campout was a huge success.  It will probably be remembered for one important thing:  No rain!  After the monsoon in 2014 this is a huge improvement.

I spent Saturday afternoon hanging out with my son Tom.  By the time I caught up with him he had already welded an eagle, and collected all kinds of swag from the events, including a stuffed frog.

The stuffed frog was a used and somewhat nasty thing, but Tom loved it.  When we got home he cleaned it up.  Then he noticed it had a battery pack.  After putting fresh batteries in we made it talk.  It had a few cute sayings.

While we were playing with it Beth looked it up online.  It turned out to be a 1998 talking bull frog toy.  (So it's older than Tom).  New in box it goes for $50.

Tom needs to become a picker.