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Jan 31, 2024

Join me today at 2pm Central for a discussion with Brian from The Lots Project. We will discuss the Amazon Influencer's Program and its potential role in your content creation project.

Featured Event: Fight Like a Girl with Sonny Puzika:

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Show Resources

The Lots Project

Brian's Amazon Storefront

Playlist of Brian's Amazon Influencer Program Videos

Main content of the show

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


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Jan 30, 2024

Tuesday Live With John Willis, Nicole Sauce and Agorist Tax Advice.

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival,


Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

Main content of the show


Make it a great week!


GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 




Jan 29, 2024

Today, We talk about how I make decisions on what to do, and what to leave  - and why this is an important place to make purposeful decisions.

It only takes 60 seconds to unload the dishwasher so why not just go for it if the dishes are in there. Even if you are running late those 60 seconds are not the reason. Featured Event: Earlybird Tickets are Up for the Self Reliance Festival, April 6-7

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Sponsor 2: Emp Shield, Coupon Code LFTN

Livestream Schedule

Monday, 2PM: Should I Do It?

Tuesday 12:30 PM: Tuesday Live With John Willis and Matthew Sercely,

Wednesday, 2PM: Interview with Brian from The Lots Project on Amazon Influencer Program

Friday, 9:30 AM: Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Last 3 Days of the Pantry Challenge and Tonight’s Dinner is the Problem - We are almost out of fresh greens (Thank goodness for the AP) and it is choir night so Taco Salad
  • There was some flooding in the Prepper Pantry but nothing was hurt - best to keep things off the floor in there FWIW
  • Mason Jar Storage Challenges
  • Use up vs fill up - not using as many jars of canned things as usual - I think we have just really moved more into a meat based diet
  • Canned Meats This Week

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Sorry for the hiatus. We were stuck behind 8" of snow last week and did not get out, but we returned to our usual routine this Saturday, plus a second trip today.

Dollar Tree was first on Saturday. The drink coolers were in very bad shape, with maybe one of them fairly full, but the others empty or nearly so. There were plenty of drinks on the shelves though, so I'll chalk it up to laziness. I stopped in here again on Sunday, and perhaps one of the empty ones had been refilled, but not the others; slackers.

Home Depot was second on both days. A 2x4x8 remains at $3.25. We forgot it on Saturday, so I returned for a snow shovel today, but they just don't stock them. I did grab one of the few remaining bags of ice melt. I will order a snow shovel; rare or not, when needed, it's needed.

Aldi was third on both days. They had no Masa in stock, which Sonia uses a lot (including for the birds, who love it). I asked someone today, and she said it's a core item and should be on the next truck. We found everything else we wanted. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.66; whole milk: $2.93; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25*; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; 80% lean ground beef: $4.49. Although the price of bacon had not changed, there was none of the low-sodium variety, and they added a couple boxes of the cheap stuff, which was priced at $3.99. We just got regular bacon.

Finally, I stopped for gas. A gallon of untainted regular at this particular Weigel's had dropped to $3.639.

Frugality Tip from Jed Froggy

During covid, all Ball products were hard for me to find, especially pickle crisp. Upon researching and realizing that it is just hydrated calcium chloride, I found some in stock at a home brewing supply. That supply line is obviously more robust, the container is larger, and the larger container was actually cheaper. Pickle Crisp is just pearled CaCl2 and this looks exactly the same. Despite Pickle Crisp becoming available, I have continued to shop at the brewer instead. While you’re in there, price check other food grade chemicals, and ask if you can leave your name as someone that wants waste mash.

Operation Independence

LFTN 24 is sold out - Wait List

Main topic of the Show: Should I do it?

I was up at 5 today and sat with my coffee for an hour working on the My3Things sales copy before taking the dogs for a walk, doing a 30 minute set on housekeeping, and evaluating My3Things for the day.

Along the way, I glanced over at my sink and saw last night’s dishes drying  - well really - DRY in the put away rack. I frowned at the dishwasher a few times. It was full of clean dishes.

We often spend time putting off doing things, worrying about doing things, and talking about doing things while not doing them – only to discover that they take less time to do that it was worth worrying over.

It only takes 60 seconds to unload the dishwasher so why not just go for it if the dishes are in there. Even if you are running late those 60 seconds are not the reason. And usually that extra minute will not hurt you any more than running late has already hurt you.

On the flip side, if you do fifteen 1-minute tasks instead if heading out to your appointments, then doing those things is, in fact the problem.

I often say, spending fifteen minutes in the morning deciding what is for dinner and making sure you have what you need to make that happen on time is the difference between a nourishing, home cooked meal and either eating at 9pm or getting takeout. Especially if you are lucky enough to practice homegrown cooking.

So when and how, then do you decide to do something, versus put it off for another time

The Underlying Problem: More to do than hours in the day.

>Ask why

>But why

  • Haven’t decided what is most important

Ah, now we are getting somewhere. To decide what is important, you must decide what is not important. Or said another way: If everything is important, nothing is.

Goal at home: Home that empowers me AND nourishing, home-cooked food that we grow.

Must haves

  • Systems that make it so I can find things and meals happen on time
  • Space for hyperfocus mode, my income earning endeavors, fun
  • Animals are cared for
  • We keep up with our food growing projects
  • Proper supplies, few household backlogs like Laundry Mountain
  • Not too much visual clutter
  • Food on time, most of the time, from here

Not important

  • Museum clean
  • “Going out”
  • Common entertainment like movies, etc
  • Pointless hobbies
  • Everything the same each day
  • Decore (Useful versus pretty)

That being said, a non-healthy environment does not meet my needs.

Question: When should I do it? Comes to mind.

Back to the dishwasher - mine did not get emptied until lunch time - why? Because to have clean clothing, I needed to do laundry. To have healthy food tonight - a tough night for it - I had to have my plan and supplies ready to go. To make my 8am call, I needed to do the most important things first to get the outcomes I wanted and there were only 30 minutes for household stuff after I did my book session and walked the dogs.

Laundry takes time to get done, but little interaction, so I knew I could start it, then be on that call.

Dinner has to happen at 5pm (1 hour early), so I made sure we had everything in place for taco salad night, which includes harvesting swiss chard that gets built into my day.

And Monday is pretty important here in the morning. Monday is when the discussion of who is doing what on which day happens, so we knocked that out.

By the time that was all done, there was not a minute left before my first call, so I took it, then hyperfocused on work until it was time to cook lunch - and only then was there space for the 1 minute dishwasher unload.

People often say women can multitask, but this is not how I work. I rapidly task - I fill the breaks with small things, like unloading the dishwasher, while I wait for other things that are not ready for the next input. Example: While waiting for onions to caramelize, I, in fact, finally unloaded the dishwasher. It takes 4 minutes to caramelize onions, so the dishwasher is the perfect thing to add into that tiny space.

And it is these spaces that make the difference between keeping up, and ending up way behind. Filling the empty spaces in your day makes a huge difference.

I know it sounds like a bit of torture, this filling of spaces but think about what it can give you:

  • Less to do at the end of the day
  • More forward momentum on important projects
  • A healthier outlook because when you fill tiny spaces, you make big ones for rest, rejuvenation

Now I know you expected me to dive into why you should ALWAYS do it as part of today’s show but that is not the point. Quite the opposite.

I was thinking today how these little domestic “tweener” projects are foundational to the functioning of the Holler Homestead. And this goes beyond the homestead.

In your “work mode” you also have important little maintenance things that must be done. We sit around waiting that ten minutes from calendar reminder to appointment, afraid we will miss it, when we could be sending a single email to someone, or paying bills, or sweeping the roasting shack.

But in my house, I manage to fit the 60 seconds it takes to unload the dishwasher during the 4 minutes it takes to caramelize onions

Why? Because I can tell at a glance that the onions need stirring so I know I will be successful at getting both done.

But that call? Ah the call is a different things altogether. If I wander off to do the 5 minute sweeping of the shack while waiting for the specific call time, I may not make that call. And there is a simple fix: A second notification.

Setting the calendar for the 10 minute warning AND a your need to start now alarm makes that space usable again.

It is a simple fix. It works. And it gives you back ten lost minutes to add to your afternoon focus session - a powerful gift.

So in answer to should I do it? I don’t know. It depends on you choosing actual, big picture priorities like I talk about in my book, My3Things. It depends on what you have set up to make yourself get the most important things TO YOU or FOR YOUR PROJECT done.

Asking the question is the first step - building purpose into your answer is the answer.

Here’s to a sink full of clean, drying dishes and a dinner that cooked itself while I ate lunch my friends.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 




Jan 26, 2024

Join us at 9:30m Central for a live discussion of managing the homestead alone, mud season, life without the grocery store, seed starting and more.

Featured Event: Sequatchie School Trapping Class, $125

Date: February 24, 2024

Location: Spencer, TN

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Careful what you pray for - Snow turns to rain turns to mud city

Update on the truck key situation

Freezer Probe Problems - 

Guest form is off until April 1, 2024


  • AP update: Plants lived and it did not freeze with a stock tank heater so we have watercress and swiss chard
  • Brussels sprouts is still alive
  • Rosemary is still alive
  • Good time to trim the fodder trees


  • Rabbit poop problem
  • Coop Cleanout Problem
  • Miles keeps getting out - wherever there is no electric fence - floppy fence problem
  • Need hay
  • Know your animals
  • No eggs - cold 


  • Time to start brassicas, peppers, lettuce
  • Round 1 of pea seeding
  • Indoor peppers are still alive
  • Longevity spinach 

Homestead Meals

  • Hamburger pizza
  • Eating while NIcole is Away - an update

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Mini Split Installation
  • 3 Seats left for the LFTN Spring Workshop


  • Operation eyesore next 2 weeks
  • Overall freeze resilience feedback


  • No trips to the store yet
  • Firewood vs electricity for heat

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!



Advisory Board


Jan 24, 2024

Today I talk about building your brand, remaining positive, the Ruckus and more with Bear Independent and John Willis.

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

Bear Independent


Self Reliance Festival

Homestead Apprentice

Main content of the show

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 





Jan 22, 2024

Everything that has gone well for me in building a business has started with the first step: deciding to take the risk. Today we will talk about that as well as our usual Monday segments.



10 AM - 12:30 PM




It’s open to the public here’s the Facebook link for the event.

Sponsor 1: John Pugliano and the Wealthsteading Podcast,

Sponsor 2: Homestead Apprentice, 

1 Million Satoshi Highlight Episode

3D Printing WIth Brad and Leslie Ferrier 

Submit Your Favorite Here! 

Livestream Schedule

Monday, 2pm, Take That Risk, Make It Work, Prerecorded But Live - A Test

Tuesday, 12:30pm,  Live with Nick Ferguson and John Willis

Friday, 9:30am, Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Pantry Challenge is Almost Through and I have Lost Four Pounds Just By Not Eating Out
  • Restocking: TP, Sauces and Spices, Medical Supplies, Onions, Cheese
  • Adopting the Sunday Freezer Meal Planning Method
  • Use It Up Curry

Weekly Shopping Report

Frugality Tip

  • Odds and Ends for Bone Broth

Operation Independence

  • Out This Week Working on #My3Things Marketing Plans and Book Edits (LFTN Spring Workshop Attendees will get a pre-release copy of the book!!)

Main topic of the Show: Take That Risk, Make It Work

I want to but what if I get too many orders and cannot fulfill them? The economy is looking really sketchy, what if people can’t afford my product? I may look stupid if I try that and it doesn't work.

What if no one cares? What if I cant do it? What if I cant make enough money to pay for amy family? What if I move and real estate crashes and I end up upside down in my mortgage?

What if we go to war? What if the economy crashes? What if I am not good enough.

What if I am not good enough?


Ever single thing that has moved me ahead in life. Every business that has succeeded. Every event that has sold out. Every big name speaker I’ve booked. Every time I have attempted to grow. And every time I have not gone as far as I wished, has involved taking a risk. An action. A decision. And lots of focus and work.

Nothing has come easy but imagin how things would be different if I had gone the more steady, conservative path? 

In the late 90s, I would have become a school teacher, despite the fact I could see the schools systems are broken training grounds for generations of kids to NOT learn the skills they will need in our modern future. Impossible to change from within.

<Executive training, but first, side hustles (Mad Science)>

In the early aughts, what if I hadn’t quit my relatively low paying job at a software and training start up? What if I handn’t jumped at the chance to have that mortgaged home and rent out rooms to make ends meet? (Rental business, side hustles painting and cleaning, website development, coaching, Public Policy Career).

In 2016, what if I had stayed with my secure income, not started this podcast, not sold my roasted beans at the farmers market for too little money? (Rentals added some stability, newspaper, egg sales, facilitation, story coaching, websites, speaking engagements)

In 2017, what if I hadn’t taken my last $400 to go to Jack Spirko’s? (Kickstarter Holler Roast, membership, facilitation, processing classes, rentals)

And 2018, the leap of faith into the LFTN Spring Workshop when my land wasn’t ready? (Workshop 7 will be sold out this week if it isn’t already)



2021: SRF



All of this has taken risk and then making it work. Some of if has been more successful than others. None of it abject failure. And we learned a few things along the way.

On risk taking:

  • Spreadsheets dont lie - go in with open eyes, know your best and worst cases. The truth usually falls in the middle
  • If you are passionate about making it happen, FOR REALSIES, your risk is lower than it looks
  • Community and Underground Communities matter the most, this is why there are networking groups of all kinds
  • Only YOUR opinion really matters when weighing if you should or should not do something
  • The Small Daily Decisions Matter Most

On Making It Work

  • Things often look different than you thought
  • Most people think they are not good enough, the ones who succeed don’t let that voice win - it is a choice
  • It is OK to stop doing things that dont work for you for any reason (EGGS)
  • Your World, Your Rules, Your Results
  • Forgiveness

The true question: What do you really want? Are you talking about the latest unstarted idea with worry an anxiety to have something to talk about, or do you really want to do it?

Do you want to have success, or a story about what could have been?

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 




Jan 19, 2024

Tickets go on sale tomorrow and here is who got added to the speaker lineup

Sponsor 1: Discount Mylar Bags

Sponsor 2:

Maine is colder but this sucks more because it is rare here.


  • You CAN dig down…


  • Missing Dog In the Snow
  • Watering the chickens
  • Sheep are grazing through the snow today
  • Ducks in the pond


  • Longevity spinach and sweet potato slips

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Game night tonight
  • Using KH’s Internet


  • Frozen cabin pipes (Het guns are awesome)
  • The Mud Room
  • Panic mode - rabbit waterer - still had water
  • AP update: we dropped to -4 and here is what happened
  • What it was like heating with wood in the holler 
  • Firewood for a week for this is great - and what that means you should always have it


  • Eating electricity because I took apart the rocket mass heater - needs to be redone

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!


Advisory Board


Jan 17, 2024

Join us for a roundtable discussion with Kerry Brown, Ryan Steva, Jake Reed and Lettie Lou.

Featured Event: LFTN Spring Workshop:

Sponsor 1: The Wealthsteading Podcast

Sponsor 2: Emp Shield, Code LFTN

Show Resources:

Lettie Lou, Backwoods Consulting

Jake Reed: Arsenal of Freedom

Ryan Steva: The Homestead Consultant 

Kerry Brown: Strong Roots Resources

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board


Jan 15, 2024

Today, we talk about addressing the things that keep you from doing what you love, from being who you are, and from building the life you choose. We also discuss an important tax code change and will do all our usual Monday segments.

Featured event, LFTN Spring workshop - sessions from folks who will come are awesome. Managing tragedy, rain water collection, starting fires, soap, bread, and so much more - the decision will be tough!

Ticket go on sale here on Jan 20 at 9am:

Sponsor 1: Agorist Tax Advice - play his segment

Sponsor 2: Holler Roast Coffee

Livestream Schedule

Tuesday Live with John Willis and Tag from Life Done Free, 12:30pm

Wednesday Live: TBD at 2pm

Friday Live: Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck, 9:30AM

(Subject to our having power)

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Pantry challenge: Milk and cream gift from Dawn Gorham - loving the cream!
    • Cheese: Making cheese for the rest of the month and into January
    • Resupply System - is it cheating if i reorder what i usually do without actually using it - my fear is if I do not adhere to my system, I will screw up February.
    • Deep Dive into the Black Upright Freezer
  • Pantry Meals Last Week: Roemertopf
    • Holler Stew
    • Venison Loin, Twice
    • Creamy Rabbit
    • Tough old rooster
    • Taco salad - thank goodness for cabbage
  • Homegrown Cooking Livestream - roemertopf and silverskin

Weekly Shopping Report - cant find it and I DO know that it was mayhem this weekend as folks prepared for coldmageddon.

Frugality Tip from Margot

I went to the store and all that they had was this giant bag of carrots. So I made roasted root vegetables, with carrots, butternut squash soup with some carrots, I shredded some for the salad and I cut some up to dip (and if there is some left they will be chopped for soup). And all the tops and bottoms and peels were saved with the onion tops and skins to go into a pot next week with that ham bone to become bone broth and pea soup. So that large bag of carrots, that the girl next to me at the store turned her nose up at, is getting used to the fullest in this house . And I am saving money buy using them in multiple ways. Also I was hoping to have some left to ferment, but I don't. So don't be scared of the big bag of carrots, just get creative. 

Operation Independence

We have eggs again which is Ducky - or chickeny - as the case may be

Main topic of the Show: 

Our focus this month has been all about blossoming into 2024, despite the fact that the start of a new year is just a symbolic experience. Truly, it doesn't matter if you blossom into 2024 or blossom into October, the blossoming is the part that matters.

In the last ten days, we have taken four trips to Goodwill, 1 trip to the auction house, 4 trips to the garbage dump, and 5 trips to the store to return unused items that we purchased - usually for projects or other things. I’ve posted things to Facebook  Market place that I would just give away but you have to charge money or people jerk you around.

My cash jar is full. My home less so. And I feel like I can soar. It feels great.

And it all comes down to garbage. What are you doing with your garbage?

Attia Book:

  • Your metabolism uses garbage cells when you fast before tearing into perfectly functioning one and uses those building blocks for energy - intermittent fasting

Hone - What stand in my wa

Story: The wood pile and moving wood

  • Junk
  • Clerical project of redoing the drive shaft or whatever
  • Storage of useful things being out an about

Hone - time to do better

  • Make space for what matters

As I journey through the household purge, which is taking weeks so far, I realize that in the same way that exercise helps improve your mental health, this process of removing physical road blocks is helping me get through emotional and mental garbage I have kept around because it is comfortable. It is also not serving me.

One can only conclude that cutting the garbage from your life is as important as building the life you choose. If you leave the garbage around, it gets in the way.

Deep Dive into Garbage:

  • Physical Garbage - Clutter - Things that may be useful “one day.”
    • That time you donated the thing, then needed the thing 4 months later
    • Craigslist/flea markets as storage systems
    • Every item you have requires maintenance
    • Mold, degeneration - tools example
  • Sentimental Garbage: Story of the family table. 
    • With parents, grandparents and step parents, my sister and I stand to acquire FOUR households of stuff. FOUR. 
    • The year of cleaning out a dead parent’s home
    • Grandma’s “Stuff” 
    • It is worth more than people are offering - the glory of the donation tax write off
  • Mental Garbage
    • My3things
    • Doubts, fears, panics, sleep problems, being unkind to people - all symptoms of mental issues
    • Nighttime emotion eating story and what I did - and what I plan to do next
    • Ongoing maintenance and down time (for me)
  • Association/People Garbage
    • Annually, make your list of 20 and be ruthless
    • Family example - extended family vampire (addiction etc)
  • Project Garbage
    • This one is hardest for doers
    • What stands in your way? (For me clerical things and saying Yes)
    • Start with No every time a new opportunity comes up to fix this
    • What projects are you doing because you are supposed to? Just because you are good at it does not mean the project is serving you

Yep - it is all about the garbage. I just spoke with Aurora about her developing off grid homestead in Texas and she is ALL EXCITED about her bio digester. She is turning her scraps into cooking gas. In other words, her garbage is being eliminated and turned into positive forward momentum in a very tangible way. And the stories about it are building her content business. She told me she cant cook with it every day but that she loves that is replaces some days worth of cooking energy. She is managing her garbage well.

Are you? If not, start with one thing, add it to your 3 things, and let’s do this together. Let’s bust through the garbage to create space for opportunities.

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 




Jan 12, 2024

Today we talk about winter, Tactical’s thumb, sheep infrastructure, managing woon on the homestead and more.

LiveFree.Academy - Free Webinar on Saturday - $57

Update on Tactical’s Thumb

Morning meeting - Morning routine got disrupted, now what


  • Dandelion greens
  • Watercress


  • Adjusted where sheep are being moved because of weather
  • New Sheep water
  • New routine for ducks delayed til after the freeze
  • Roosters need to go - causing problems
  • Bobcat Gun and other measures we are taking

Homestead meals

  • Rabbit in the roemertopf (Based on how it was processed), the creamcheese hack
  • Best salad ever from outside


  • No kill list - freeze preparations
  • Radish and arugula harvest  
  • Covering the AP before the freeze (Swiss chard)

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Thanks to the eversoled for leaf mulch


  • Rushing to do all the freeze stuff like the pump house
  • Basecamp drain project - still need soil
  • Wood, woodstove, and the deep freeze (The new chimney)
  • New Rabbit hutch pine tar work is done


  • Matthew’s Segment
  • Flubbed up the one card for all Farm stuff gam

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!


Advisory Board


Jan 10, 2024

Join us at 2pm CT for a discussion with Anthony Parker about how to find the best property for your homesteading goals. Show up and ask us anything!

Featured Event: Free Monday Buy Land Webinar - sign up on Instagram:  

Sponsor 1:


Did you know we have a Telegram Channel? 


Main content of the show

Anthony Parker, realtor, homesteader and land owner moved to Tennessee with his family in 2017 for a better life for his family with the dream of living off the land. After going through our own land and home buying experience and realizing that most real-estate agents don't know or understand land purchasing he decided he wanted to help others in the same process of buying land and beginning the journey to becoming more self-sufficient. Anthony and his wife are passionate about the rural communities of Tennessee and preserving farm land. We want to help others achieve their dreams of establishing their farming/homesteading goals and then finding the right piece of land to begin this journey on.

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board


Jan 8, 2024

Today, we talk about the economic environment and its potential impact. As well as ideas for positioning yourself to be resilient if things get tough.

LFTN Spring Workshop, April 25-27, $500, Information

Sponsor 1: Agorist Tax Advice,

Sponsor 2: Holler Roast Coffee,

Livestream Schedule: @LFTN on Youtube

  • Tuesday, 12:30PM, Tuesday Live with John Willis and Bear Independent
  • Wednesday, 2pm: Interview Show With Anthony Parker, Real Estate
  • Friday, 9:30AM: Homestead Happenings with The Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Menu from the pantry challenge
    • Roasted chicken over onions and potatoes
    • Two Roemertopf Roast Beefs over carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms
    • Fresh saute: Zucchini, peppers, onions, garlic
    • 1 crockpot roast beef with morels
    • Lamb bone stew left over from LFTN 23
    • Taco Salad with the rest of the lettuce (There is 1 salad left here and no more cheddar)
    • Chicken Alfredo with milk not cream over heart of palm noodles and sauted veggies
  • Holes I have noticed so far: Cheese, heavy cream, fresh veg
  • What I would do to fill those holes

Weekly Shopping Report for Jan 2

Dollar Tree was first. The food coolers are still mostly full, but the drink coolers are now around half full, mostly with "standard" fare from Coca-Cola or Pepsi, which I won't touch. The sad cooler with the compressor that can't get going has been left empty. Other stock in the store is in good shape; whatever minor thing we've come in here to get, week after week, has typically been here. Ours is out of nasal decongestant though, although they have some allergy products and multi-symptom cold medicines; many of the latter contain acetaminophen, a liver toxin, so are never on our list.

Home Depot was next. There is still no tag on the rack of 2x4x8 studs, but a check online shows it is still $3.25. The cordless tool area in the front that is rather prominently featured just before Christmas has been almost entirely cleared out, and there is a lot of empty space there now; I'll keep an eye on this on future trips.

Aldi was last. Stock levels are good. Produce isn't mounded up, but there are no empty spaces. They've had plenty of canned cat food lately. We found everything we wanted. Staple prices were: eggs: $1.65; whole milk: $2.98; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $1.99; 80% lean ground beef: $4.49 (+).

Despite the growing escalation of the Islam vs. Civilization conflict in the Middle East, untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.699/gallon.

I went out again later to Food City for dry cat food and another case of seafood Friskies cans, and there was plenty of pet food in stock there.

Operation Independence

Holler Roast Finances 2022 versus 2023

Main topic of the Show: If Things Turn South in 2024

Why would I do a show like this? Because it looks like the 70s on crack out there!

What is impacting the economy and culture

  1. High Inflation (look up inflation for the past two years and come up with a cumulative number of 11% conservatively and 21% by some estimates) - has your income also grown by 11- 21% 
  2. Real Estate, In migration, Out migration, and interest rates 
  3. Current rate
  4. Selling now and buying the same cost home costs more
  5. Where people are going and impacts on those markets
  6. Housing scarcity
  7. Long term population expectations
  8. Boomers moving out of the workforce, into retirement facilities
  9. Move toward subscription society AKA renting your house not owning it
  10. War in Ukraine, War in Israel, War war war
  11. Election Year
  12. Technological advancement, AI, unprepared workforce, unrealistic expectations
  13. Number of government employees versus private sector employees - 17% and rising - by one single measure
  14. Medical industrial complex
  15. Obesity, diabetes, overall physical and mental health of the population - weakening citizens
  16. Aging and undermaintained infrastructure and infrastructure spending that doest address them problem

I could go on and on, but without worrying about any conspiracy, there are many things in play that can, and probably will, have a negative impact on our economy at a rather large scale. Any one of these things is painful, yet navigable, but all of them together paint a picture that has been causing either panic or denial among our community and beyond

So why haven’t we talked much about it? (Making decisions from a place of fear is a bad idea)

What could the negative look like? (Setting aside an alien or nuclear or pathogenic attack, because, really, how do you even wrap your mind around being ready for such things, we are mimicking Japan in the 80s, and can learn from that as well as the rebasing of our monetary system and high inflationary period in the 70s and 80s).

  • Costs of things outpace income increases (This is already happening) (PANTRY CHALLENGE, FINANCE AUDIT) 
  • Jobs could become scarce (Currently, we are in a bizarre world where it is hard to find employees that are good AND hard to find a job that is good. Let’s talk about why.) Consequences of unemployment, return to a gig environment without any decent way to navigate it from a regulatory standpoint. In other words, the current environment of overregulation and overtaxation of every little thing does not play well with non-w-2 employees, but people are finding they must engage with the gig economy as a non w-2 employee to survive in a growing number of cases (GROW YOUR INCOME STABILITY).  
  • Gaining stability through home ownership or land ownership is increasingly difficult, though not impossible. Keeping hold of property in a world where it is taxed based on current market value will also be increasingly difficult. (THE WINDOW) 
  • Tangible assets and their value versus holding cash (RIGHT NOW YOU CANNOT SELL MANY TANGIBLE THINGS - THIS MAY CHANGE) 
  • Technological advancements leading to job loss, getting left behind (LEARN THE THINGS YOU ARE SCARED OF, INCLUDING AI) 
  • Necessary monetary rebasement - we’ve seen it before, it is a favorite tool of leaders, we expect to see it again. (IT IS AN ELECTION YEAR - MAY STAVE THIS OFF A BIT, OR EXPECTED PROSPERITY FROM TRANSITION MAY SPEED IT - ARE YOU READY? CRYPTO AND FROZEN ACCOUNTS STORY)
  • Election year and division, violence, hijinks (SITUATIONAL AWARENESS) 
  • Health of our population, the medical industrial complex, and more (BE HEALTHY) 
  • Underrmaintained infrastructure and failures - electrical grid, etc (DECENTRALIZE AS IT MAKES SENSE

All in all, it looks scary but we’ve gotten through worse and will again. Building the life you choose with an eye toward community, diversification and LONG TERM success is so important.

Stockpiling will only get you so far, skills, health, resilience and underground networks are the strength in struggle.This is why we do SRF, LFTN and all the other events and meetups that seem so prevalent. This is why I am going to Lenoir City on a day when I could just use a stay at home break.

It is always good to “know a guy, or be the guy that people know by knowing a thing”

So what are you building this year? What will you learn? Who will you get to know?

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Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 





Jan 5, 2024

Today, we talk about midwinter on the homestead, a new segment on homestead planning 101, lots of drama in the Holler, the new financial tracking system with Tactical Redneck and Nicole Sauce.

Featured Event: Self Reliance Festival April 6-7 in Camden, Tennessee

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Homestead Planning 101 - The 15 Minute Homestead

Tagline: Small Steps and Doing Less Give You More On Your Homestead

  • Why: Dealing With the VA On Your Worst Day
  • Morning Dinner = Success
  • Rabbit Watering System, Why We Did It - What We did


  • Roots
  • Stinging Nettle


  • Taking Care of Livestock in Winter
  • Eggs Are Coming Back From Chickens
  • Sheep Jailbreak incited by deer
  • Predator in the Woods

Homegrown Cooking

  • Beef Roasts in The Crockpot
  • Woodstove Cooking Season
  • Beef Bone Broth


  • Indoor Pepper Cuttings
  • Still Have Not Planted Garlic - priorities

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Mulched Leaves
  • Almost a Fire (Fires Safety)
  • Firewood and Repairs While At The Emergency Room/Injured
  • Bowling and Fun


  • New Year, New System

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!


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Jan 3, 2024

Today, I am talking with Kenny G from R3 Contingencies about being prepared for travel, both by car and by plane, as well as developing situational awareness while planning your trips.

Featured Event:

Save the Date for the LFTN Workshop Ticket Sales, January 20, 2024 at 9am Central. Theme, “Back to the Basics.” Workshop is April 25-27.

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Show Resources

R3 Contingencies Website

Main content of the show

Kenny G started R3 contingencies in 2020, Since then he has helped expand their services. So they can help if you lost everything from your cell phone charger to a full suit, to giving you a plan after a break-in.

Why should I prep for travel? I have a good travel agent isn't that enough?

What should I be concerned with road trips I have AAA is'nt the best thing to have?

What is the most common problem you see and what is the easiest way to prevent it?

How about flying?

What if I want to travel internationally?

What if it's for business vs pleasure? Does it change my travel plans?

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 


Advisory Board



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Howdy, everybody, and welcome to today's live interview with Kenny G. Kenny G, you going to play some music?

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Maybe a little later.

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I think I forgot my guitar at the show.


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Is Kenny G your real name?


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Close enough.


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That's right, guys.


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Kenny G's been on our podcast before on a different topic, but he reached out to me and said, hey, I want to talk about things people should know while traveling.


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I kind of added because I know you're going to end up talking about this like situational awareness, something that has really struck me in the last couple of years that I've been on the road is so I was driving to Texas and you know how those alerts come over your phone that everybody turns off because they're annoying.


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Okay, so one of those alerts came over my phone.


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I'm like, I have Amber Alerts.


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Shut off.


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Like, what's up?


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And a convict had escaped prison.


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So it was a different kind of alert.


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And he had taken people hostage.


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And they said, this is going on in this area.


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Well, I had made the critical error of following my GPS instead of my map to get around, to route around a traffic issue.


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So I didn't actually know where I was.


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And so when it said where it was, I didn't know where I where I was, where it was in relationship to that.


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And luckily, I had more than half a tank because I usually top off about every half tank when I'm driving somewhere long distance.


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And I got all the way to my destination.


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And it turned out I was within a couple of miles.


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And the guy ended up taking a family hostage, driving to Ohio and killing them before he was caught.


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And so that's what I mean by situational awareness.


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Like we get so used to technology that sometimes it's a really bad idea to just put your faith in it.


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But there's a lot of stuff you can do.


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Oh, I lost the light.


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There's a lot of stuff you can do between now and then.


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But let's start with before we jump into that.


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I'm just giving everybody the overview.


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Tell us who you are and how you ended up on LFTN anyway.


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Um, Ken or Kenny G if you prefer.


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And yes, that is the real first initial for my last name.


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Um, I am working or I work for the emergency concierge service, our three contingencies.


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We see a lot of things happen up, down, left, right.


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And I thought it would be a great topic here.


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And not to mention, I've reached out to Nicole for several things regarding business.


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So pay it back, right?


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So what is our three contingencies before we jump in there?


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They are, as far as I know, the world's only emergency concierge service that there is.


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What does an emergency concierge service do?


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For example, let's say you go on a flight and they lose your luggage and you have a business meeting.


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It would have been something that we prep for and we would have clothes delivered to your hotel room.


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Well, that's pretty cool.


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With, you know, a Visa gift card if you need it, a phone charger, standard stuff that you may have forgotten or gotten lost.


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Or example, you run out because your kid's in the hospital.


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We deliver a phone charger to you, food, basic necessities, toothbrush, toothpaste, stuff like that.


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That sounds really good.


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I found your website.


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So I thought I had to, you know, show it.


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Cause we have that capacity here.


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So let's go back to traveling though.


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Cause traveling has probably taught me more about prepping than anything else.


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One thing I learned is you never leave the house without a snack in your bag.


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Because you're going to end up on a train somewhere in the middle of the night in Eastern Germany and you didn't have time to get dinner.


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And luckily you have that snack in your bag.


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But why should I prep for travel?


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And if I'm like with a tour group, should I still should I still prep for travel?


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And if so, why?


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Absolutely, you should still prep for travel.


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And prepping for travel is essential because let's face it, you never know.


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I live in New Hampshire, I'm really close to Boston.


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When the big dig was happened, I have literally driven into Boston and had the road closed that I drove in on, on the way out.


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Yeah, what's that mean?


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Do you just get stuck on the road?


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uh yeah i had to get rerouted and i was stuck in a traffic jam for about four hours what should have been an hour and a half trip literally took me all day and had i not done things like you know make sure my gas tank is kept half topped off bare minimum i keep a gallon of water in the car i keep cliff bars in the car i mean i know they're not the healthiest thing for you but they do help satisfy your hunger and there is such a thing as driving hangry and i would not recommend it


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Well, why not?


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Because you make stupid choices when you're hangry.


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I mean, I know it says no U-turn, but I don't see anyone here and I'm starving.


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Yeah, I took a wrong turn on my way from Oklahoma City to Tennessee, which literally all you need to do is stay on the stupid freeway, which is I-40, right?


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But I got on the freeway going the wrong direction after getting gas.


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And then I took the next exit, which was a terrible idea.


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Ended up driving 28 miles one direction to where I could finally turn around after paying a toll and 28 miles back.


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And I kept looking at the gaps every so often that said, don't drive through here.


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And I finally like I was like, well, there's so many cars coming.


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I'm not going to do it right.


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But I was really tempted and I got to the toll booth and I asked about those things like, oh, yeah, we actually have cameras up.


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We would have busted your ass because people get into accidents when they do that.


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So I made the right choice in that turn and in that situation.


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But what does what does prepping for travel look like?


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Are you flying or driving?


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I mean, we're talking about driving, so let's go with that.


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A simple low-hanging fruit is get AAA.


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It doesn't cost much, and if you get one tow, just one in like four years, it pays for itself.


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I used to work for a towing company back when I was younger and had hair, and it started out like $150 to pick you up plus $15 a mile.


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That adds up really, really fast.


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So I have AAA for this reason and the poor people have had to tow me at least twice a year since I got it.


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And except for this year, because it's the second or third or something.


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What happened in 2020 with AAA is they would pick your car up, but not you.


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Yeah, that sounds about right.


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And they said they didn't want to risk giving the drivers COVID.


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So I was in 2020.


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Maybe it was 2021.


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It was still in effect.


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I get caught in the middle of the wilderness, basically, between Chattanooga and Sparta.


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So I'm like literally on the side of the road.


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There's nothing around.


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And they're like, well, you can't ride with the driver because of our policies.


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And I'm like, what am I supposed to do?


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You know what they told me to do?


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Get an Uber?


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Call a cab.


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I'm like, I don't know if you understand where I am right now.


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Because, you know, they're always like, are you safe?


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I'm like, no, I'm not safe.


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I'm on the side of the road in the middle of the winter.


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And so they were like, well, we don't know what to tell you, ma'am.


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This is this is the deal during covid.


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And that made me rethink my relationship with Triple A. Now, what I ended up doing was asking the driver if he cared if I jumped in and he said, are you sick?


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And I said, no.


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He said, then go ahead.


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And I did get it.


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Like it was a driver decision.


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And I did have friends coming to pick me up if that didn't happen.


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But they were going to have to drive like two hours to get me.


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Meanwhile, my car was towed, you know, because it was broken down.


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So what do you think about that in AAA?


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Like they're kind of dead to me, but not dead to me because it's the only towing service I've really found that seems to work at all.


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That doesn't cost you an arm and a leg when you have to get it.


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Yeah, like, okay, first of all, everyone went insane during COVID.


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I mean, let's face it, totally reasonable, rational people I know lost their freaking minds.


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So I can't fault AAA too much, and they've probably done away with that policy.


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Like way, way back in the day, 2010, they actually could not leave you on the side of the road.


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They had policies against that.


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If you had to like load five people into your tiny two person cab, you did it.


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You drive to the next exit and you let them off.


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But as I said, people lost their minds during COVID.


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Yeah, that happened once to my mom too.


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She was stuck in the middle of the freeway, like the middle left middle because the car went into limp mode.


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Do you know what that is?


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Yes, that is when it enters in when it only does 30 miles an hour.


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Oh, no, it did five, five, five in a rainstorm on I-40 won't go more than five rush hour traffic.


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She pulls into the left shoulder, calls AAA.


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And they're like, well, we can't get there for four hours.


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Are you safe?


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And I'm like, no, she's actually not safe.


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Like anybody could just reef into the back of that car and they go super fast and whatever.


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And you can't see.


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So the police came and they actually drove her to the next exit, which was nice.


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That is something you should probably look at depending on your location.


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Suppose the police had said, no, we don't want to wait for AAA.


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We're going to call one of our guys and they'll tow you.


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And a lot of AAA states, if they cannot get to you in a reasonable amount of time, they will pay for the tow.


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I have had that happen with them too, where they couldn't get there for four hours.


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And I said, what's my option?


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And they said, you get reimbursed.


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And then they reimbursed me 80 bucks.


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Yeah, that probably wasn't enough to cover the tow, was it?


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It actually was in that case, because I live in the middle of nowhere.


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It would not have been the case had it been that incident in the middle of the road.


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So we didn't know what limp mode was.


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So I didn't know why the car was only going five miles per hour and going doop, doop, doop, doop, doop.


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But I was like, hmm, sounds like a transmission problem, right?


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Had I known about limp mode, I would have been like, hey, cops, let us get over to the right hand shoulder and then we'll just limp to the next exit.


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Down to the next exit.


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It seems to me that limp mode is a really dangerous thing when it drops you to five miles an hour and won't let you do anything because you basically can't get yourself out of a situation at that point.


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I don't have that car anymore for that reason.


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They're dead to me.


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People become dead to me easily.


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Well, if it's between limp mode and the car not running, I prefer limp mode because, you know, at least I can move a little bit versus some cars.


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They will literally just shut down and tell you, nope, not moving.


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But you're capable of it.


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Don't care.


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Not doing it.


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I mean, I've driven on on rims before to get out of dangerous situations just because I'm like, I know this is going to cost me a lot, but I'd rather pay money for that than like die on the side of the road because my car had a blowout of some sort in a really dangerous place.


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Um, but you know, I'm a weirdo and everybody's like, why do women always do that?


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I'm like, cause I'm not going to get out of my car and get hit by a semi.


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That's why I, I feel like woman versus semi semi wins every time, every time.


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Red fire made it says waited six hours in Austin at night with a motorcycle.


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So, um,


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How what else should you do besides have something like AAA?


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Because I mean, it works.


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It is better than nothing.


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It's probably the best option I found out there from a price to benefit ratio.


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But obviously, I have lots of stories about being stranded by AAA.


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And we have some in the comments here.


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Like, what else can you do?


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something else this is just very basic stuff get a floor jack one with wheels on it i don't recommend the bottle jack and the reason i say the floor jack with wheels is because if you need to you can use it to help get your lug nuts off keep your car on the ground put those stupid little bar they give you and put the jack on the side of the bar so that way when you jack it up it turns the lug because some people out there like my wife she weighs 110 pounds soaking wet


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If she's driving an F-250, she does not have the body mass to get that lug off.


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It doesn't matter.


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It's not happening.


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However, she can jack it up, then stand on it, or use the jack in reverse to retighten the bolts if she needs to.


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And to know how to do that, how do you know those things to do besides just that one tip?


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Heard a lot of horror stories and found ways around them.


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The other thing is try to have more than your cell phone.


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I mean, I know, like you said, we've become so reliant on these things.


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It has a light.


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What do I need a flashlight for?


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You want a flashlight.


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If it's pouring rain out, you do not want your cell phone sitting there as you're trying to get your lugs off.


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And your cell phone is not as bright as something like a Streamlight or like a decent pocket flashlight even.


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Another thing is, and I hate saying this, but dollar store glow sticks, they're not road flares.


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But, you know, if you buy five of them and just crack them and toss them down the road, at least they give people something.


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And worst case scenario, you have a glow stick light.


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Yeah, that makes sense.


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You know, I have one of those...


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cigarette lighter plug-in tire inflator, like compressors, it has a built-in light too.


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So every time it's on, it's flashlights on.


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Cause they just assume you need me in the middle of the night and you can't see anything outside.


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So that's another good one to have.


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The only thing I worry about with those is if your alternator dies or


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Because most people don't know that their alternator dies until they're going, why are my headlights getting dimmer?


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And why did my radio stop?


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Oh, that's weird.


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So they just keep driving and then now your car is literally out of power.


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I mean, those you're using it because you have a flat tire.


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And I don't know if you know this about me, but I have the flat tire curse.


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I may have actually finally passed it on, but there was a series of years where every time I went on any road trip of any kind.


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There was a tire blowout or a flat or I came out from the hotel one morning and there it was flat.


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And so that's why I have that thing, because I was like, OK, I can pump it up, get to where I need to go to get it patched or whatever.


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I do have a patch kit.


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I'm not terribly good at patching tires myself.


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But I like I can plug them if I need to.


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Usually it's it's a strength issue of getting the thing into the hole.


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The reamer.


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That's that's my challenge with those.


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But I think like the more stubborn I am about it, the better it is.


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But having that way of inflating tires, no matter what, has been really helpful because I'm usually 20 miles from somewhere useful.


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at any given time when there's a problem.


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It's not like, oh, hey, look, there's a repair guy and my car just broke right here.


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Or there's a gas station and my car just broke right here.


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It's always like, okay, nope, no self service.


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Now what do I do?


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I got to get somewhere where I can go somewhere.


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So what's the most common?


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Another advantage to those is, at least around here, we get weather that's like negative 20.


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And when it is, those gas station compressors will not work.


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They turn on, but they don't pump air out.


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Those little plug into your lighter air compressors still work.


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Yeah, especially if your car is warm.


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What do you tell people to do who are driving in environments like yours where it is really cold?


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Like what else should they have in the car besides some, you know, basic water and food?


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space blanket you can buy 10 of them for like 12 bucks on amazon and they are a lifesaver and this may sound weird but believe it or not if you are broken down in a car with no gas the car will be colder than the actual outside because why is that a giant ice box something to do with the metal and thermal dynamics and some math that is just beyond me at the moment


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But yes, there have been multiple studies done, one of them actually done by AAA.


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And it turns out outside of your car actually is warmer than inside of your car at a certain point.


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Yeah, unless you have a windshield, I assume.


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That's insane.


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Oh, the cat.


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What else?


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Space blankets, water, food, anything else?


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Hand warmers, anything like that?


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Hand warmers are a nice one to keep.


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However, most people lose them.


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I've stopped recommending them because people throw them in their trunk.


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Then when they need them, I can't find them or they throw them in their glove box.


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And then, you know, I throw 10,000 other things in my glove box and I cannot find them.


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You mean they don't all have a little kit in their card with all the stuff in it?


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No, no, no.


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Most people don't.


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They just throw it in the back of their truck or in their trunk, whatever.


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Another thing I tend to recommend is just some basic toiletries.


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Toothbrush, toothpaste, face cloth, soap.


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I mean, if you happen to get stuck or God forbid sleeping in your car because the roads are closed, they washed out, they had to close down the road because some guy's holding a family hostage.


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If you can sleep in a Walmart parking lot, go into the Walmart and just, you know, wash your face, some other necessities.


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It makes you feel 10 times better.


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I know somebody who actually ended up in a Walmart parking lot.


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I think recently waiting for her husband when the past got just jacked up with truck trucks sliding all over the place.


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And luckily they got a hotel that night.


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That's the other thing is when they closed the highway snow or something, all of the hotels are instantly booked.


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So how do you get your hotel room in that case?


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If you see a road closing, how do you get the hotel first?


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Go for off the beaten path.


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Don't look for hotels next to airports.


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That's what everyone goes for.


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And those tend to be the first ones that fill up.


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And this is a little tweak here.


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Don't look for hotel.


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Look for motel.


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Everyone looks for hotel.


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Those fill up.


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Look for motel.


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And you might be able to find something a little better.


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Downside motels tend to be a little lower quality.


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So, yeah.


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Bed bugs are a thing.


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Oh, yeah.


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Well, that and fights outside your door at certain motels.


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Oh, yeah.


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Three in the morning.


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I like to when I'm going to be if I'm at a motel that feels sketchy, which I try not to do.


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I love to be on the front office side of the building.


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Because the fights all seem to happen in the pool area.


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where they can't see so just a little i mean if you end up in that situation and it's safer than staying in your car then you know see if you can get located somewhere where the people who are there all night and awake all night are are also able to see your door that's super helpful um


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The thing I noticed, so I was one time, I've done a lot of things on I-40.


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This was in New Mexico.


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Blizzard was coming through.


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And one person was driving, one person was calling.


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to make reservations.


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Calling was better than the websites at that time because the websites would allow reservations to go through when there weren't rooms.


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So it was better to call.


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It's almost better to pull over for 10 minutes and find where you're going and then go rather than drive as fast as you can out of that situation.


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But everything was booked for hours around that closure.


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And I-40 was closed for a couple of days because of that blizzard.


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I ended up actually driving south.


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We didn't get a hotel room.


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We drove south.


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Because you know what happens as you go further south?


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Usually, it gets warmer.


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And eventually, we got to the rain part of the storm instead of the snow part of the storm.


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And then we get heavy.


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So we just replanned our entire route around.


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I'm not driving in the snow and I-40 is closed.


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Oh, I get that.


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Something I've seen is if it's a blizzard, hotels actually will put a cot in like the gym and only be like, tell you what, 50 bucks on a choice.


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Is it pleasant?


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Is it better than sleeping in your car?


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That's actually not a bad play.


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Lots of cots in the gym.


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Who cares?


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I mean, it's actually better than dying outside.


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What's the most common problem you see when people are traveling and are there ways to prevent it?


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Most common problem, especially with flying, is lost luggage, believe it or not.


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There is, well, I haven't used this trick in a few years, but


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A friend of mine actually recommended this one to me for your carry-on.


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If you put a starter pistol in your bag, you have to declare that you have a gun in your bag.


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Starter pistols are legal in all 50 states, and they are then required to take much better care of that bag.


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So it increases the tracking on it and increases the odds that it'll get to your destination.


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Now, if you don't want to go this route, and if you don't have a starter pistol, it's just not something you want to do, it depends.


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Are you traveling for business or pleasure?


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If I'm flying for pleasure and I get there and they've lost my bag, whatever.


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My friends make fun of me a little bit.


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I wear the same clothes for a few days.


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I go to Goodwill.


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It's not a big deal.


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Suppose I'm traveling for business and my bag had my suit in it.


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This is now a significantly bigger deal because I need to go to the place and look nice.


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I can't show up in my travel clothes because let's face it, I look like a hobo at this point because I dress for comfort on the flight, not to impress anyone.


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In this case, something we recommend doing is if you're traveling locally, look up places where you could buy a replacement and get an idea.


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so you know i need a new suit well i don't want to buy one well there's a men's warehouse right here how much will this cost me okay cool if you're traveling internationally this changes significantly because at this point now you need to before you go look up the translations


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Europe does not use the same sizes we do.


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And if you go in there with American sizes, you are not going to get clothes that fit at all.


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And it can save you a lot of hassle in the long run, just looking up basic translation for sizes, especially when it comes to undergarments.


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The way I learned that was by being there and asking him, what size do you think I should try on?


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but I actually get really frustrated with the American sizes on Birkenstocks.


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Cause I know my Birkenstock European shoe size, which is different in a Birkenstock than other shoes in Europe.


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They are the same sizes, but yeah, anyway, something about the wider footbed means I can have a smaller size on that.


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You order them on Amazon and they're like, get size nine.


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And I'm like, but is it,


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Is it a 42?


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Is it a 40?


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Is it a 39?


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Like, what are you actually going to send me?


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So I've had a lot like it varies the translation a little bit.


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It varies, especially depending on undergarments.


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Bras in particular tend to go by much different sizes over in Europe than they do here.


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So that's something you need to prepare for and be aware of.


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I mean, I know women's sizes are all over the place anyway, but you're going to have to deal with the translation and the sizes being all over the place.


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Yeah, I was really frustrated because I had to order a bra here.


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And it's like you measure yourself under your boobs and there's a number.


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So one would think logically you use that number.


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No, you add two to four inches to that number and then you order that size.


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And I had to go look it up.


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I'm like, how do I stop getting bras that are like too tight?


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Cause I'm not going to wear these.


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I kept returning them.


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And I was like, Oh, because it doesn't make sense.


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That's why it does not make sense.


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Men's sizes are easy, at least in America.


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Like you just wrap a tape measure around your waist.


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34 inches.


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That's how it should be done for women.


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Like waist, this hip, that like, here's your size in seam.


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The other.


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Imagine that.


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No, we have to call them numbers so we don't admit how big around our waist are.


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I think it's a vanity thing here.


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Somebody in the comments is going to fix that for me.


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They're going to be like, no, it's based on blah, blah, blah.


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No, I agree with you.


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I think it's, oh my God, my hips are this big?


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Instead of just saying, oh yeah, you're a size 12.


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12 is beautiful.


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And then 12 has changed from the 50s till now.


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What hasn't?


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Yeah, that's also true.


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I mean, and it will again by the next 50s.


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I'm not sure I'll be alive for the next 50s.


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We'll see.


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OK, well, so let's go back to getting prepared for air travel.


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Like, what do you recommend people do for that?


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Okay, the key to being prepared for air travel is being prepared for the TSA.


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I hate to say it, but that is the number one thing.


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Make sure you wear shoes that you can take off easily.


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Try to limit the metal on you, like your watch, your ring, whatever, take it off, throw it in your carry-on.


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Always make sure when you travel, you have a carry-on.


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Worst case scenario, at least you have, you know, a spare pair of pants, boxers, shirt, and socks that you can change into.


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I mean, I always need that spare pair of boxers in my luggage.


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I figured you would.


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I got what I get pulled out for.


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I got I actually started setting off the the thingy on my last trip.


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And oh, I have a metal hair comb.


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that on you know in nashville didn't set it off but it totally set it off at this other airport and they were like you got to take it all the way out ma'am we have to make sure that's what it is i was like okay here yeah here's my non-sharp metal hair comb


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The TSA is not a group you want to play a F around with.


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And I will drag you into a side room faster than you can blink.


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I mean, whatever it's, it's, it is important to know that I, I travel a lot.


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So I work really hard not to have to get pulled aside.


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And in the last year, because I travel with my food now, mostly to stay on my eating plan, the food trips them up more than anything else.


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Like, if you have a summer sausage in your bag, you can guarantee that they're going to have to look at it and make sure it's not a liquid.


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Oh, yeah.


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I have problems with highly processed food.


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So a lot of the times I'll pack a protein powder with me.


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Every time I go through, they need to get someone to test that powder.


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Every time.


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The same goes for cheese starters.


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Like the cheese, I did a cheese making class and I had to go through and I, you know, like when you're teaching a class, you're not going to check under the plane, risking it getting lost the culture you need to teach the cheese class.


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So I had this little white packet of powder and they were like, what's that?


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And I was like, well, it's a mesophilic culture for making cheese.


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And they were like, yeah, we can have to get someone to do this.


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We need to make sure that's not cocaine, ma'am.


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I'm like, really?


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Do I look like I'm on cocaine?


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But I guess whatever.


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Maybe I do look like I'm on cocaine.


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I do drink a good amount of coffee.


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You and me both.


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I love me some good coffee.


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So let's go back to situational awareness now.


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Let's say I know I need to fly to Texas in May for Exit and Build Lamb Summit.


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And I'm going to go from Nashville to Austin.


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And then I'm going to like grab an Uber to wherever I'm staying for the exit and build land summit in Bastrop.


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How do I figure out from a just geopolitical slash whatever's going on standpoint, what I need to be aware of there?


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And it's sort of like, I guess the background for this question is when I flew from California home for Christmas or home here after Christmas, I got a text from my dad saying, did you make it home?


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And I was like, yeah.


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He's like, well, there were protests that shut down the airport in LAX.


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And I was like, well, I didn't fly out of LAX.


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So because I just try not to.


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But I know I've been in one other incident where protests and riots kind of broke out at the hotel I was in in Ferguson.


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Which I totally, by doing a little bit of situational analysis, could have avoided that one by just knowing what was going on in the world.


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So like, are there steps you recommend people take or how do we prepare ourselves for that?


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Depending on where you're going in the world, as you know, most places have patterns.


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It's something to look into.


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Like last time I checked, France rioted around the same time every year.


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Don't go to France during that time.


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If you get invited to stay at a place, do a little bit of Googling.


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This may sound basic, but look at house prices around there.


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If you're seeing a giant four-bedroom house that's 2,000 square feet and it's only valued at $40,000, not a good neighborhood.


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Not a good neighborhood.


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Be aware of that before going in.


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And most of all, listen to your gut.


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If your gut says, uh-oh, bad things, bad things, don't go.


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It doesn't matter if you're Sac-A-Meal or Navy SEAL.


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There are certain situations that you do not want a part of.


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And even if you win, you lose.


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and this is a tip for international travel a lot of places they have signs that say beware of pickpocket everyone does the same thing they touch their wallet when they see that sign


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Don't touch your wallet.


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If you're a woman, keep your purse zipped up.


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Keep it going around your body, not hanging off one shoulder.


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If you're a man, keep your wallet in your front pocket.


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No one goes for your front pocket.


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It is way too close to the family jewels.


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If someone sticks anything in my front pocket, I am aware that they are there.


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I got pickpocketed in Prague.


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And it was not a lot of money, but I always kept a little change purse in my bag.


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And somebody got it out of my bag and that was it.


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And I was like, well, I'm glad I don't keep, like I always wear one of the undershirt


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things when i have to travel with cash and that's where you know my important stuff was but i lost five bucks man so they had a good day so even when you know you could be pickpocketed and you think you're situationally aware you can still get pickpocketed and not know it absolutely if you're going into a high pickpocket area it is not a good idea to carry cash in your wallet


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or in your bag worst of all um another place people usually get swiped is falling asleep at the airport oh yeah yeah tell you how many people i've talked to said hey i fell asleep in the airport and my laptop's gone my wallet's gone my cell phone's gone i'm calling you from a random person's cell phone can you please help me yes we could but still shouldn't have been in that situation in the first place oh i know somebody whose laptop got swiped on the airplane


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That's kind of impressive.


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It was.


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They were in the airplane.


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They worked on their laptop, put it in the bag, and at some point got up to pee.


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Came back to their seat, didn't notice it until they walked off the plane and were going to sit down and do something, and their laptop had been taken out of their bag.


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Presumably by the person sitting next to them.


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They were able to report it and catch the person before they got to the next flight.


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So they got their computer back, but...


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Like some people are very brazen about stuff, which is kind of interesting because now I'm making everybody paranoid about being around people all the time and their stuff getting stolen.


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But the other thing is when you travel.


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Do your best not to bring stuff that can't get stolen.


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That's that's something I've always thought like.


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If this gets stolen, it's going to be a bummer, especially if they can crack my password.


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But if they can't crack my password, what happens is this gets reset, right?


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And gets resold somewhere in theory.


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Everything that's on this, I can restore to another one of these in about 10 minutes right now.


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My laptop, it would actually really hurt if that got stolen right now.


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So that's where I'm like, oh, that's my weak spot.


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Because that's usually like this.


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It usually can be restored.


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But right now there are some decisions I made about the laptop that need to be unmade if it's going to travel with me.


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And some things like that you can't get around.


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I mean, I need to bring my laptop if I'm traveling, period.


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End of story.


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It has stuff on it.


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I mean, like you said, my phone.


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I can, you know, back up everything and get it all on my new phone in 10 minutes.


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Also, I have a nifty app that allows me to track this, take pictures, and listen to what you're saying.


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So, yes, I stand good odds of getting my phone back.


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But if it gets lost, eh, whatever.


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I can literally pick up a burner at Walmart and is it great?


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Will it do what I need?


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Will it get me through it?


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Another thing people can do is take photocopies of your identification and any cards you have with you and put them in your safe at home.


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And then if you're out and about and your passport gets stolen, at least you have the information you need to start the ball rolling to get some sort of identification.


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That brings me up to another travel tip.


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Take copies of your ID and email them to a friend.


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Oh, yeah.


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We keep copies of frequent travelers ID on hand.


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And if you lose your driver's license, your odds of checking into that hotel go way down.


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If we send them a picture of your driver's license, about 50 to 60% of the time, they'll take that.


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And they'll go, okay, you lost your driver's license.


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Totally get it.


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We'll work with you on this.


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Hopefully your card was already on file.


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Well, and if you if you store things in more than one place in that situation.


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And this is because I've done months of travel with a backpack.


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If you don't have all of your identification with you.


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So if you have some at home, that's real.


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that can be overnighted to you.


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If you have a passport and a driver's license in two different places, if one gets stolen or lost, you probably have the other one.


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If you have them all in a nice, neat little container with your credit cards, you just lost everything at once.


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So I usually would have two different credit cards, separate places, two different IDs, separate places and cash separate places.


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And sometimes you lose your social security card too.


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I do not walk around with that thing.


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Me neither.


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No, don't walk around with your social security card.


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Like some of our frequently travel clients, what they do is they keep an Amex on file with us.


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So that way, like, and they just leave their Amex at home.


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So no matter what happens, oh crap, I got here and the border patrol literally stole my wallet.


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They do that depending on where you go.


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Okay, we got you, call up, get you this, get you this, get you that, charge it all, you're set.


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What could have been a major, you know, hiccup now just became a slight little bump in the road and you can go on with your trip in relative ease.


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So with your concierge service, if I lose my ID, like how do you help me out?


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We'll email you a copy of your ID that we got previously from you because you told us that you travel.


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We'd also get a general indication of the sizes and type of clothes you like to wear, long or shoe sizes.


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Know what type of phone you have, whether it's an iPhone or Android.


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So that way we can send you an appropriate charging cord.


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Do you ever like shoot out phones to people?


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We had one guy who called us.


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I remember this one because it was from the Washington airport.


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And he's like, hey, can you help me?


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Everything just got stolen.


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I'm like, okay, you got your phone?


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No, I'm calling you from some random stranger's phone.


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Okay, what's around you?


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I'm at the Washington Airport.


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No, no, no.


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What is actually around you?


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There's the five guys.


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You like burgers?


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We're going to order you a burger, fry, and a drink.


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Go over there.


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Get it.


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Sit down.


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And we had someone deliver him a cell phone, a $500 Visa gift card.


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We emailed a copy of his ID to the hotel and had an Uber pick him up and take him there.


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I bet he was happy about that.


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He was, he upgraded it next time he got home.


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So how does that get paid for?


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It's like, okay, so this $500 gift card, is that you pay in addition to it and the subscription that you're paying is like for the service or how does that work?


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In his case, the $500 gift card was wrapped up in his subscription fee.


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So that was just part of part of the service.


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On the financial side, does that work because you have multiple people you're working with and it leverages together or do you buy insurance policies on top of that to cover costs?


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So we refer to it as flex funds per account and your flex funds can be used for anything.


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I need a $500 gift card.


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I need a phone.


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I need Uber Eats delivered to me for a week straight because my kid just got into a motorcycle accident and I'm not leaving his side.


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So you pay, I noticed on your site, it's like $50 a year up to $1,200 a year.


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Are you adding flex funds on top of that?


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Or is that part of that?


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Flex funds are wrapped up into the subscription fee.


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Some guy, he travels in and out of Canada a lot.


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He cannot stop mouthing off to the border patrol.


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So they take his cell phone every single time.


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So every time he gets out, he's like, hey, can I get another cell phone?


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He should just not have a cell phone in Canada.


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You know, he actually tried just deleting everything off it so they wouldn't have anything to hold them for.


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And they held them for that.


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Wait, why'd you delete everything off this?


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What are you hiding?


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Because at the border, you're required to open your cell phone.


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You didn't know that?


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No, because I don't know that I've gone to Canada with a cell phone since before flip phones went out of fashion.


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When you come back, they will tell you to open up your cell phone.


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What are they looking for?


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Nefarious text messages?


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Proof of nefarious acts, stuff like that.


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It's one of those, what I believe is government overreach.


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That is awful.


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Isn't it?


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Is that going into Canada or coming back to the U.S.?


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Coming back.


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So it's the U.S.


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government doing that?


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Well, at least he always gets held up coming back.


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So, yes.


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It must be.


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Yeah, those are U.S.


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agents asking to see yourself.


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Yeah, so I have traveled with smartphones to Europe and back and not had that.


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I don't know why Canada would be different.


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They're more worried about it because we're their neighbors.


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I don't know what to tell you.


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I mean, but it's our agents on your way back in, not their agents.


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And heck, screw you.


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just gave up my rights.


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We have a question.


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Do they, do you help people with alternative travel arrangements?


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Example in July, I took a train from Hungary to Romania.


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There was a train wreck and one train for eight hours became a five plus a bus for 22 hours.


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So basically in that situation, do you help them find a better way to get somewhere when, when stuff goes wrong or.


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Yes, that is one of the reasons we are here.


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We have done everything from getting you a ride service because they have different ride services depending on where you go.


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And we also partner with various travel agencies.


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I mean, generally speaking, if you book through a travel agency and something happens, they got you.


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They will help you work around that.


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Will they answer the phone 24 hours?


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Usually not.


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But when they do pick up the phone, they will help you.


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we had a client who his flight got canceled and he's like, I don't know what to do.


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I just need a ride home.


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I just need a ride home.


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I just need a ride home.


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I'm like, relax, relax.


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Ended up calling everyone.


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No one had a ride for him.


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The only thing was like one taxi service and it was going to cost a small fortune.


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Well, it turns out it was off season for limo services.


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So they were offering rides like dirt cheap.


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So we got this guy to stretch the limo.


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That's actually hilarious.


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Screw the taxis.


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I'm taking a limo.


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If it's cheaper, why not?


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Well, what basic overview advice would you give anybody who's looking to travel in 2024?


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Just like around the U.S.


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Number one piece of advice is know where you're going and know the local culture.


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I mean, I know that seems simple, but it's...


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Really not.


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Example, you go to Hawaii.


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They don't like to be rushed there.


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End of story.


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I once lived there for over two years and I never once heard a car horn.


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Versus you go to Boston and it's, hi, welcome to Boston.


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I mean, it's just the way it is.


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Same thing with New York.


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Verse over there, you'll never hear a horn when the emergency vehicles come down.


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Everyone just pulls over.


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It doesn't matter what side of the road you're on.


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They don't like to be hurried.


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Your meal's coming out slow.


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And if you're a tourist, they're going to refer to you as a Howley.


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They will be very polite to you because you are bringing them a large amount of money.


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However, you are not one of them.


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Do not confuse it.


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Go down south, people tend to be a bit more on the polite side when it comes to customer service and a bit more rude in their personal lives.


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It's a weird formula, but is what it is.


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You go to New York, Boston, California, people talk fast, people drive fast, and you might as well get used to hearing the sounds of horns with red lights because that is your life.


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I'll tell you what, I live in the south and I flew home to Portland, Oregon.


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Well, it's not home anymore, but at the time, and I'd been here for years.


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And what happens in the checkout line here is you talk to people you don't know and nobody thinks it's weird.


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So I'm at the airport and we're going down the escalator and it's like kind of backed up.


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And I say something to the people in front of me and they're like, like, I'm going to ask them for money.


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Why did you talk to me?


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Northwest, you don't talk to strangers, apparently.


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And it seemed very unfriendly to me because I had apparently acclimated to polite conversation here out and about.


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And I thought, man, I'm from here and you guys are rude.


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Or you go to New York and you try that, people are going to be reaching behind their back or backing up slowly.


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Because, oh, they're going to rob me?


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I talk to people in New York all the time.


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And what I learned is usually I'm asking directions.


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Like, is it that way to this street or that way?


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Because they all pop up out of the ground like a freaking prairie dog.


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And I'm like, I don't know where I am.


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And they'll be like, it's Fifth Avenue that way.


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And as long as you're walking the direction they are, they usually be like, yeah, that way.


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But if you try to stop somebody and ask them, they'd be like, screw off.


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So that was my hack in New York.


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New York, New York, and like Pine Bush, New York, very different cultures.


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You think that you just crossed six borders in a time zone.


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That is how different they are.


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Pine Bush, New York is out in the country.


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Last time I checked, it was a UFO hotspot.


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People went out there, watched little lights dance in the sky.


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Everyone's all friendly, whatever.


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You go to New York, New York at like two in the morning, you step outside.


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Very different environment.


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Yeah, I don't I haven't really been to rural New York much.


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I had an uncle who lived in Manhattan, so he used to always go there and visit him.


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But I don't know if he's still there or not.


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OK, well, if people want to learn more about your service, like how do they do that?


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Go to


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Also, we are starting up a YouTube channel, giving various sorts of advice, like how to avoid bed bugs, especially if you have a job that requires you to travel and puts you up in cheap hotel rooms.


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All right.


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Any last words?


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All right.


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Well, thanks for being on today.


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Thanks for having me, Nicole.


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It was a great time as always.


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