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  1. In Nogales, Arizona, my favorite hotel just...

    In Nogales, Arizona, my favorite hotel just increased it's room rates by 30 percent!!! Next time I make a run for the border I will be staying at the next door motel - not quite as nice but now 1/2...
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    The Delta Variant.....

    So, I remember back in January 2020 starting the thread about the coronavirus - I was mildly spooked and even I had no idea things would turn out the way they have and continue to do. But now we are...
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    Hi and welcome! Rob

    Hi and welcome! Rob
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    Seriously, were it me living in China? Were...

    Seriously, were it me living in China? Were there any way to realistically remain in the countryside, fed, with some access to health care, and a small safe indoors place to sleep - I would not be...
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    My take is that China is a very very very...

    My take is that China is a very very very different system and a very different way of thinking that we experience in North America. I am against the constant US surveillance - at least to what I...
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    Simple Living Chinese Style?

    I've run across several articles lately regarding a trend of "lying flat" in China - basically rejecting the 9 AM to 9 PM six days a week that is expected of professionals in Chinese cities - also...
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    Due to my oft repeated posting that I am avoiding...

    Due to my oft repeated posting that I am avoiding controversy I will not directly address that in your post which I find of interest other than to say - interesting take regarding some employment...
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    Very good point, Jane. Ironic, isn't it? In...

    Very good point, Jane. Ironic, isn't it? In almost all other cases I'm very pro Union - but not in this one, for reasons I don't need to elaborate on at this late date. Rob
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    Something I am pleased about this year - my...

    Something I am pleased about this year - my Armenian Cucumber (a plant that loves heat, humidity, and hopeless desert clay soil) is doing very well this year. We have to date (unlike last year)...
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    Don't go into shock, folks. I am wearing a dark...

    Don't go into shock, folks. I am wearing a dark blue shirt with the US Flag on it and that says USA on it - .29 at the sold by weight Goodwill in Nogales, AZ. Why? The $3,200 USD during the...
  11. Interesting.....I almost waited tables there for...

    Interesting.....I almost waited tables there for a Season in the early 2000's and then turned around and worked at Lake Powell, Bullfrog Marina, instead. I've always wanted to check it out and from...
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    One thing I will say regarding increasing prices...

    One thing I will say regarding increasing prices - My last trip to Ambos Nogales (meaning I went to both sides of the border) - on the US side a few blocks north of the border there is a sold by...
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    The days of high school kids working minimum wage...

    The days of high school kids working minimum wage jobs to buy their first car for $500 and kept it afloat with their wages - they are truly Gone With The Wind - seriously. It's hard for me to...
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    Once again, I'm an outlier.....nothing new in my...

    Once again, I'm an outlier.....nothing new in my case LOL. With these price increases, I actually want to buy less and have less and save more - prices rising quickly makes me want to walk away from...
  15. Do You View Travel Differently Now?

    Just as I asked above, do you view travel differently now?

    Not just due to covid related hassles and cancellations and uncertainties. I'm also thinking of the recent 121F in British Colombia...
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    You are asking for a comparison of apples to...

    You are asking for a comparison of apples to oranges here, IL, and I will calmly tell you why. The neighborhood I work in is not the same one I live in - demographically nor socioeconomically. The...
  17. Today I close and I was not called in early for...

    Today I close and I was not called in early for once so I have had a little time to spend here and I've missed it! Thank You for your last two sentences.....not only do I suspect you are dead on,...
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    Remember my post a few months ago regarding my...

    Remember my post a few months ago regarding my friend from my college days who is actively trainwrecking his life via drugs and alcohol and who goes from mid range hotel to mid range hotel to...
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    jp1 - this is true for some hotel properties,...

    jp1 - this is true for some hotel properties, true - but I can also tell you that in the Phoenix market, make that Arizona at large - I can't think of a single unionized property. Perhaps the Hyatt...
  20. It was Cathy A who started this thread - sorry,...

    It was Cathy A who started this thread - sorry, botched that. Had a middle aged moment, what can I say LOL? Rob
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    Fair enough - but what of all the laid off...

    Fair enough - but what of all the laid off housekeepers, estimated to be an average of age 45? (I read this online an a hotel industry blog). I'm not entirely is disagreeance with you here, IL,...
  22. Given that I am making some effort to avoid...

    Given that I am making some effort to avoid controversy here, I did not begin a Cosby thread. All I'm going to say is that I am against Cosby being released given the nature/gravity of his crimes -...
  23. Catherine, I am posting here this time not having...

    Catherine, I am posting here this time not having read the prior posts, something I don't usually do but I find myself time crunched these days. Interesting question. I to this day have a great...
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    One thing as a long time survivor of the...

    One thing as a long time survivor of the hospitality industry that I am hoping for as a result of Covid and the seemingly wholesale reevaluation of the entire concept of working to begin with - I'd...
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    Thank You, TT. Rob

    Thank You, TT. Rob
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