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  • Thu, Jan 9, 2020 12:27 PM

    I worked in Midtown West for years. This was one of my regular happy hour spots. Japanese BBQ. I've never actually done the BBQ, but all the food I've had was solid.

    https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

    Thu, Jan 9, 2020 1:51 PM
    posted by Automatik

    I worked in Midtown West for years. This was one of my regular happy hour spots. Japanese BBQ. I've never actually done the BBQ, but all the food I've had was solid.

    https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

    I went to the one in Boston, pretty good and paleo friendly for verbal.

    Thu, Jan 9, 2020 3:11 PM

    back to destin this year after 2 years off. planning something like Turks or something Caribbean after the baby gets a little older 

    Thu, Jan 9, 2020 5:08 PM
    posted by Automatik

    I worked in Midtown West for years. This was one of my regular happy hour spots. Japanese BBQ. I've never actually done the BBQ, but all the food I've had was solid.

    https://www.gyu-kaku.com/

    That place looks awesome, Thank you!

    Thu, Jan 9, 2020 5:16 PM

    Keen's Steakhouse is also right there in the area. I've never been, but supposedly it's an NYC staple.

    Tue, Feb 4, 2020 4:16 AM

    Will be in Vegas by about 6 tonight. 3 nights at the MGM, should be a damn good time.

    Tue, Feb 4, 2020 10:12 AM

    Just got back from Vegas, and now I've got a cold.

    Two years in a row now that I've come home from Vegas sick.  It's not as bad as last year, but still.  I think the shift in temperature and humidity just does a number on my sinuses.

    Tue, Feb 4, 2020 10:46 AM

    My friend is staying at Aria until Thursday and I'm insanely jealous. I've taken a February trip the last three years, and I'm really missing it this year.

    Luckily I've got Orlando in March to look forward to.

    Tue, Feb 4, 2020 10:57 AM
    posted by Fab4Runner

    My friend is staying at Aria until Thursday and I'm insanely jealous. I've taken a February trip the last three years, and I'm really missing it this year.

    Luckily I've got Orlando in March to look forward to.

    Nice hotel.  I stayed there one year.

    This year, it was the Palms Place, the "spa" side of the Palms.  Much more low-key.  Separate from the casino.  GREAT rooms, though.  Lots of space, two televisions (plus one in the bathroom), a balcony, a jacuzzi, and even a kitchenette.  It was reasonably priced, too.  I'm probably going to try to stay there every year from now on, as long as the price doesn't get out of control (about $100 a night, give or take).

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 10:54 AM

    We're about 2 weeks away from our trip to Costa Rica. We're flying out of Chicago.  What is the suggested arrival time before departure for international flights?  I haven't flown out of the country in over 10 years.

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 11:09 AM
    posted by ernest_t_bass

    We're about 2 weeks away from our trip to Costa Rica. We're flying out of Chicago.  What is the suggested arrival time before departure for international flights?  I haven't flown out of the country in over 10 years.

    I believe they suggest 2 hours. I'm a get there early guy, so I'd probably end up there even earlier.

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 11:12 AM

    All depends on where you're leaving from and the day/time. They say 3 hours for international (2 for domestic), but in my experience it rarely takes that long to go through security to get to your gate. 

    I've only had one close call and that was leaving from LGA on a Friday evening after work.

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 11:33 AM

    Our flight is 2:45 CST, so I'm thinking 12:00 CST should be sufficient.  We live EST, and we're meeting some friends in Chicago before (who are going to take us to the airport).  We'll probably leave 8:00 EST.

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 12:10 PM

    I’m a walk into the plane person. So for a 2:45pm flight out of ORD, I’d leave at 12:45pm. Probably 1:00pm if being dropped off (I’m like 35 minutes from the airport). Dropped off at 1:30pm. ~5/10 minutes for bags. ~5 minutes for security and a 5 minute walk to gate. Should be arriving there as they are about to board.

    You really shouldn’t have any traffic on that day (unless it’s Friday) and the airport will be relatively quiet at that time as well. Especially if you have TSA Pre-Check. 

    I had a 6:00pm flight to Paris and left my house at 3:45pm. Parked, shuttle to airport and checking a bag was still at my gate at 4:45pm. Plenty of time. We didn't even start boarding until 5:15pm. 

    Wed, Mar 4, 2020 1:34 PM
    posted by iclfan2

    I believe they suggest 2 hours. I'm a get there early guy, so I'd probably end up there even earlier.

    Same. I plan to be inside NLT 2 hours before hand and just hang out and chill mostly. Last thing I wanna do is be running late because that is the one time everything gets messed up.

    Fri, Mar 6, 2020 11:41 AM

    Here is a question for Ohio folk.  We have not traveled via plane since the new State ID cards.  We updated our passports last summer, but my wife and I have driver's licenses that are not expired, however, not the new ID cards.  Are the new ID cards necessary for all travel, or should we be good?

    Fri, Mar 6, 2020 12:00 PM
    posted by ernest_t_bass

    Here is a question for Ohio folk.  We have not traveled via plane since the new State ID cards.  We updated our passports last summer, but my wife and I have driver's licenses that are not expired, however, not the new ID cards.  Are the new ID cards necessary for all travel, or should we be good?

    I'm not in Ohio but I have looked it up before, I believe your Passport still works over having the new ID.

    Fri, Mar 6, 2020 12:05 PM
    posted by ernest_t_bass

    Here is a question for Ohio folk.  We have not traveled via plane since the new State ID cards.  We updated our passports last summer, but my wife and I have driver's licenses that are not expired, however, not the new ID cards.  Are the new ID cards necessary for all travel, or should we be good?

    Passport is still good. The new driver's license aren't needed for flying until October of this year.

    Fri, Mar 6, 2020 12:37 PM

    That new rule is BS. I'm waiting until my current licsense expires to get the Real ID. DMVs here are hell on earth.

    Fri, Mar 6, 2020 12:42 PM
    posted by Automatik

    That new rule is BS. I'm waiting until my current licsense expires to get the Real ID. DMVs here are hell on earth.

    Agreed. My license doesn't expire until 2024 so I'm sure the dumb lines will have slowed down by then. I'm sure mine are nowhere near as bad as yours though. 

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