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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.

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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. 


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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.


Dec 25, 2023

Our final version of The Night Before Christmas for 2023 will be this version recorded by the Cookeville Mastersingers in 2017 at Wattenbarger Auditorium. Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2023

Tonight we have a reading of the Cajun version of The Night Before Christmas by The Ellender Family - listeners of LFTN. 

Join us each night at 6pm leading up to Christmas.

Dec 24, 2023

Tonight we have a reading of the Australian version of The Night Before Christmas by Aussieroo of the TSP Zello Group.

Join us each night at 6pm leading up to Christmas.

Dec 23, 2023

Tonight we have a reading of the Scottish version of The Night Before Christmas by Jaggy Little Thistle of the TSP Zello Group.

Join us each night at 6pm leading up to Christmas.

Dec 22, 2023

Tonight we have a reading of the Pagan version of The Night Before Christmas by Mia of the LFTN Mewe Group - join the group here:

Join us each night at 6pm leading up to Christmas.

Dec 21, 2023

Join us for the second in this year's series of versions of The Night Before Christmas for the Redneck version, read by The Tactical Redneck.

Join us each night at 6pm leading up to Christmas

Nov 1, 2023

Today's episode is a previously recorded session that I did with the Tactical Redneck at the Oct 2023 Self Reliance Festival.

Get all the recordings here for $95:

Oct 27, 2023

Today I am joined by Jenni Hill to talk about things she has learned through her battle with cancer about LIVING with dignity.

Jenni is a member of the LFTN and TSP community living with Stage 2 Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. While she introduced “The Word of The Year” to our community, she’s also exhibited her courage with being transparent and vulnerable in sharing her challenges and lessons she’s learned along the way.


Donate to Jenni's Recovery:

Q1: Give us an update on Jenni

Q2: What are some things you’ve had to prepare for while getting ready and going through the treatment process?

Q3: What sort of preparations did you make for yourself at home while having to navigate this alone?

Q4: How did you navigate conversations with people who wanted to help? Did you get any push back on your decisions?

Q5: Tell us some ways you took care of yourself when things were hard and overwhelming?

Q6: What are some things you learned while navigating this experience?

Q7: What advice or resources would you direct others to when thinking about end-of-life planning?

Q8: How are you keeping yourself positive and motivated?

Q9: What’s next?

Dec 23, 2016

Listed to a reading of The Night Before Christmas - both the traditional version and one from down under.


Merry Christmas all!


Dec 19, 2016

Today is Monday, December 19, 2016 and this is episode 16 of Living Free in Tennessee.

12/20 Update: re-recorded the first 5 minutes due to unpleasant audio.

What mother nature is providing

  • Cabbage
  • Persimmons
  • Mo’ Mushrooms
  • The watercress is still here!

Using the Prepper Pantry

Stories from the Holler

  • A postoffice story
  • Neighborhood Break In
  • Maybe a new neighbor?
  • Kittens

Interview with Samantha Comfort

  • First steps to getting your finances ready to save more money
  • Three tips to save money now: Store Rewards Programs, Get smart on using credit card rewards programs, Find ways to get cash back.
  • Ibotta
  • Zello Channel...

Christmas Dinner from the pantry

  • Roemertopf
  • Chestnut Dressing
  • Potato pancakes
  • Cabbage salad with Watercress
  • Persimmon Chutney
  • Home baked rolls
  • Green bean casserole with wild mushroom sauce and homemade “funions”
  • Holler roast coffee
  • Christmas Cookies and goodies for dessert

Which reminds me of my grandma’s story from the depression (Pig heart).

On Dec 24, we will have the reading of the Night Before Christmas for anyone interested!

Dec 5, 2016

Holler Homestead living is the topic of the day. Today is Monday, December 5, 2016 and this is episode 14 of Living Free in Tennessee. With the production of the Center Hill Sun absorbing the whole weekend, I thought it would be a good day to talk about what day to day life is looking like in December.

Show Sponsor: The Genesis House

What mother nature is providing

  • Watercress
  • Mushrooms
  • The super kale plant

Stories from the prepper pantry

  • Easy pantry management - load from the back, take from the front!
  • The Survival Podcast Recommended Episode:, FOOD STORAGE FOR MODERN SURVIVALISM
  • First thing’s first: Soft potatoes, potatoes with eyes, squash that looks at me wrong, soft onions
  • The last week of Watercress -time to freeze it for winter stews
  • Using up the canned goods from 2015 - by pulling them out

Stories from the Holler

  • The fires in the Smokies - 13 people dead so far
  • New Chestnut Recipe
  • Tennessee Food Summit - Joel Salatin and Jeff Poppin
  • Update on the new duck and chicken hoop coop

TN Food Summit --- Joel Salatin
Inform better
Create Loyalty
Become storytellers and teachers: Or food coaches

Three things you can do to start taking control of your food

  1. Establish a regular family meal 
  2. Build your pantry
  3. Find risk points: In the next two months, are there times that will be very busy? Where are they, how can you prepare something now to deal with that.

Yes winter is nigh,  go out and make it a great week!

Jun 12, 2016

One of the best ways to eat well on a budget is to buy produce when it is in season and preserve it for the whole winter. Last week, I spent $20 on 1/2 bushel of beets, an additional $5-10 on other ingredients, and ended up with fourteen jars of pickled beets. Had I preserved all the beets, I would have had 21 jars, making the cost to me a little over $1 per jar. Go try to get such a premium product for that price at the grocer. You can get crummy ones in the $1.30 range, but premium ones are $3-6 per jar.

This episode of Living Free in Tennessee walks through the process of water bath canning and shares my personal pickled beet recipe along with the recipe I inherited from my Great Aunt Helen.

May 21, 2016

Nine years ago, we started on an adventure in the country. What began as a weekend getaway quickly changed into a small homestead with chickens, gardens, laughter, neighbors, and sometimes the opposite of laughter.

The Holler Homestead is known in our area for our home roasted coffee (it takes less time to roast your own than drive to the store), elephant garlic, stone ground flour and hand rolled oats. We also help people learn how to preserve food and are keenly interested in self sufficient living.

In this first episode we cover:

1) What we're eating this week from the land

2) The independence fund

3) Managing an overwhelming list of homestead duties

4) Tea

5) My new daily planner (read about that here:

Let me know what you want to hear about next...

~Nicole Sauce

Apr 9, 2016

A recording of Sauce - the best drama rock band from Portland, Oregon! Music and words my Nicole Sauce. Performed by Sauce the band.

I wrote it about our last days together with my grandfather after we found out he was terminally ill. It was a beautiful time where we were visited by family from all over, where Grandma told stories about the past we had never heard before, and when my grandfather taught me one last lesson: death is natural and beautiful, not scary. And he loved my grandma so much that the last word we heard from him was her name.

Grandpa's Song by Nicole Sauce Williams

(Copyright 2004)

Light Love Life Hope

Light in darkness -love eternal
Life you showed us - hope - it's hopeless

Look into your eyes, now there's nothing left to say
Feeling of your hand holding on to mine today

Inside Out Bound

In the final hours together
Longed to show you - you remember

Fire in your eyes looked across the room to her
Feeling in the air taking you forever

Showed us how to right through small deeds
Speak with silence, love in all things

Look into your eyes, now there's nothing left to say
Feeling of you hand holding on for one last day