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Monday, April 28, 2008

Trip Insurance

We're going to Vancouver for a month. Any time we travel, and we plan on renting a car, we buy trip insurance.

Why? Because the collision insurance provided by car companies is usually very expensive, wheras the insurance provided by travel insurance agencies is cheap, just as good, and also covers any medical expenses, baggage delays, etc. IE: I save money, and I get full coverage.

We use InsureMyTrip.com (no, I don't get paid if you click on it). It's a model website for what medical insurance *should* look like ---- but doesn't. I don't understand how travel insurance for 1 month, which includes a half-million dollars in medical claims, is 8 time cheaper than regular medical insurance. Also, I don't understnad how any time we've made a claim (thrice, a damaged stroller and 2 foreign doctor's visits for my son), they pay, and pay quickly and without much fuss.

What I am sure of is that the medical insurance industry is extremely profitable, and is probably guilty of the biblical sin of usury.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Trip to Topsail Island

Since it was a beautiful day, we woke up and said "lets go to the beach", and drove down to Topsail Island. Stayed at the Jolly Roger inn, which has a great fishing pier where most people seem catch Spotted Sea Trout, but you really can catch anything (30lbs or more, and they ask to put your picture on the wall). A 9-year old ran up to us and showed us a porcupine fish he found washed up on the shore. Real estate on the beach is so expensive.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Eurotrip and Memebot status update

Well, we're one month into our 3 months of living in Europe.

I'm taking an online German course, which has already helped a bit. All my old web tools, like Google and Craigslist aren't very useful here. Try Berliner Stadtplan instead of Google maps. I still haven't found Craigslist or Yellow Pages replacements (we use paper for a phone directory, yuck).

Today I said to Noakai, at 14 months, "How do you like the trip so far?" And he looked at me, and then got sort of shy and played with his feet. I said, "I don't really talk to you eye to eye like I used to when you were a little baby. I just read books to you, or point thing out, or try to teach you things." Then he started laughing and handed his crocodile book to me.

I guess even one year olds don't seem to go for the "heart to heart" stuff. But, I'm going to keep trying. Maybe over the next few months I can make up for it by being realy honest with him, telling him what's on my mind, etc.

Because of my contract with the people who acquired ZoneEdit, I've had to stop advertising for Memebot, adding new features, etc. So the site's on autopilot. Seems OK for now.

I might have to close it for new sites, if it gets abused in a way that isn't already secured against. Dozens of people try to abuse and ruin that site every day. Maxim of human nature: the more generous you are with people, the more you have to police them and be strict about the rules to avoid abuse.

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