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Help Us Plan Our Summer Trip AND Do Some Good At The Same Time!

I’ve got $500 burning a hole in my pocket.  Can you help me with that? I was planning to write up an article asking folks to send suggestions for our summer vacation, but a friend of mine popped an idea in my mind for a little twist. In case you missed it, our family bought an RV last summer.  While we love to travel to far away places the COVID-19 pandemic definitely got in the way of that.  We started out by renting RVs, which I highly recommend before buying.  […]

AMEX Is Matching Your Donations 10:1 Today. And, I’m Matching Their Match!

Today is Giving Tuesday, an informal “holiday” that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage a bit of charitable giving to go with all those purchases you may have made the past few days.  There’s an opportunity to help today that can be done with your Membership Rewards points or cash. American Express sent me a note that they’re matching donations 10:1 to Feeding America today.  Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks.  In the midst of the pandemic, food banks are a critical source of nutrition […]

It’s Time We Have A Talk

I realized as I started writing this some folks will think I sold my blog or some other craziness.  None of that, I promise.  I really appreciate everyone that has followed this blog for over a decade and I’m committed to another ten years with you.  And, while the blog posts may not have been as frequent as they used to be lately, you’ve always got my podcast.  You’re stuck with me. But, I Need Your Help Simple words, but sometimes hard for people to say.  We’ll dig more into […]

DC/MD/VA Residents: Support the AVGeek Toys For Tots Drive

The holidays are a great time to remember that not everyone is as fortunate as my family is.  Over the past few years, we’ve done a holiday toy drive benefiting Toys For Tots in the DC Area.  Trevor from Tagging Miles reached out to me again this year to organize some donation efforts. He’s back in one of our frequent happy hour haunts, Bar Bao in Arlington: Bar Bao 3100 Clarendon Blvd Clarendon Metro Station Arlington, VA 22201 The event will be 6 December, 6-9pm.  You can register free for […]

Making The Connection: The Argument For Being There

I sat my daughter down with her mother recently to show both of them a video.  I told my daughter, “You might be bored for part of this, but give me 13 minutes.”  As a parent of a teenager and one younger child, patience is something that can be in short supply.  But, she’s generally a good kid.  So, she stuck out the 13 minutes. I first met Maya Leibman 6 or 7 years ago at an industry event.  I had been assigned to make sure that she got from […]