Return to the Alameda Antiques Fair

I mean, where else can you go thrifting with a view like that?

Although I live in Alameda, I had only been to the famous Antiques Fair at the far end of the island a few times over the past decade. But my daughters have decided that browsing this place is their thing. So I foresee a lot more first Sundays of the month there.

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Flight Canceled By Southwest? Check Your Email

Well, they did it again. After having their outbound flight canceled shortly before heading to the airport, yesterday Erik and Pebbles had their return flight canceled by Southwest as well. This time, they were already at the gate, bags checked, when they got the bad news. And it was late afternoon/early evening, so they pretty much knew they would not be getting another flight out that day.

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Choosing the Right Hotel Card for You

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Recently I shared on Facebook that I had booked five nights for free at Gild Hall, a charming-looking hotel in Lower Manhattan, for the erstwhile Sweet 16 trip I was going to take my daughters on to see Broadway shows.

(That trip was supposed to happen in April 2020. Hahahahaha the virus had other plans. Now it will be more of a “You’re turning 18 and graduating from high school” trip.)

A friend wanted to know how I get free hotel nights. I post a lot about my Southwest Airlines miles, but what’s this hotel thing about?

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Our Family’s First Flight Didn’t Happen

If you’re anything like me, you’ve thought a lot in the past year+ about what it will be like when you finally board that first post-vaccination flight. Erik and two of our kids were scheduled to walk through airport security for the first time last week, and they were pretty excited and only a little nervous. Except, it didn’t go according to plan.

Maybe you heard that Southwest Airlines experienced two major disruptions last week. They had some kind of nationwide computer glitch, and ended up canceling a lot of flights. I bet you can see where this is going. I was supposed to take Erik and the kids to Oakland Airport at about noon on Tuesday, and I couldn’t wait to get them out of the house, because Tuesday was also the day that our cleaning crew visited for the first time since March 2020. Fortunately, there was only going to be about an hour of overlap between when the cleaners arrived and the family cleared out. I spent the morning nagging them to please put that document in your bag, yes I know you feel like the counter is the place it’s meant to be right now, but I’d feel so much better if I could watch you put it in there and zip it up. And, hey, did you pack a bathing suit? Did you pack a raincoat? Etc.

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Get Airline Miles While Shopping Prime Day Deals

Amazon’s periodic Prime Day is continuing today, and they have some pretty steep discounts on some items. But one of the many things that I don’t like about buying from Amazon is that I can’t earn any airline miles there.

Fortunately, other retailers are matching some Prime Day deals. The one that appears to be doing so the most aggressively is Best Buy.

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Win 50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards

Southwest is running a sweepstakes through the end of June, through its Dining Program. Two lucky winners will receive 50,000 Rapid Rewards points each. According to NerdWallet, Rapid Rewards are worth 1.6 cents each, so this is like winning $800. (Although the contest rules value the prize at $640. Cmon Southwest, don’t sell yourself short!)

The way Southwest wants you to enter:

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Perfect Day at the Ballpark (Minus a W)

If all goes well, this summer will be chock full of exclaiming “I haven’t done this in over a year!”

Our family will take our first flights in over a year. Hug our extended family members for the first time in over a year. At some point I hope to attend a live theater production for the first time in over a year.

This weekend, we enjoyed a big first: First sporting event in over a year.

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Family SF Outing: Haight Street and Panhandle

When we drove into the city to see the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit last weekend, I wanted to go a few hours early to hang out in The City. It’s something we haven’t done as a family since Covid started and I really, really miss it!

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