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  1. Thanks everyone for the recommendations. Here's what I've got booked: Arrive in Florence on Monday and spend the first 3 nights there Take the bus to Siena and stay one night, before picking up rental car in the morning. Staying 3 nights at Borgo San Luigi. Booked dinner there for the first night. Plan to hit up Montalcino/Montepulciano, Panzano/Greve/Radda, and Piombino/Maremma/Porto Ercole on the three days I'm in Tuscany Drop rental car back off in Siena and bus/train back to Florence before flying home the next day A couple more questions: Do I need reservations at any of the wineries or can you just show up? Do I need to book reservations for restaurants around Borgo San Luigi for dinners or is it pretty easy to just walk in? <36 hrs until I'm on my way. I'm getting pumped.
  2. I am going to get a car for driving around Tuscany, but was just thinking of changing the reservation to picking it up in Siena vs Florence. My hotel in Siena has free parking, so I can leave it there while I explore the city the day I'm there. Does Google maps work fine over there for GPS? I will have a data plan on my phone. Thanks for the recommendation on a place to stay. I'll check that out.
  3. Just finished reading this entire thread. I just booked a last minute flight to Italy over Thanksgiving. I'm flying out on Sunday the 20th to Florence and will return on Nov 30th, but my return flight isn't booked yet. All I have booked so far for accommodations is 3 nights in Florence and then one night in Siena. I have a rental car booked to drive from Florence to Siena and then was going to continue down to Naples/Sorrento/Salerno area, drop the car off in Naples and fly home from there. After reading through the thread I think I may scratch driving down to the Naples area, spend another night in Siena, and spend more time in Tuscany. Driving around the countryside hitting up wineries and restaurants in small villages sounds appealing to me. I could then fly back from Florence. A few questions to the Surly Italian Mafia: Should I skip picking up the car in Florence and just take the train/bus to Siena and get a car there? Sounds like driving in Florence kind of sucks and the rental car place I'm booked at is in downtown Florence. Are any of the coastal cities around the Tuscany area worth driving to and visiting? Any other recommendations for things to do in the Tuscany area? Any specific recommendations for an Agriturismo to stay at in Tuscany? Should I just book one as a base and then day trip to other villages/wineries or should I stay at different ones? For context, I went to Italy once back in 2012, but only visited Rome. I spent 5-6 days there, so don't feel the need to go back on this trip.
  4. I didn't even know there was a Rudy's here until I drove past it on a trip down to the Springs last summer. Stopped in and it was by far the best BBQ I've had here. Would definitely stop in more often if I lived closer. I've tried quite a few in the Denver area (Brothers, Jabos, Yazoo, and Smokin Yards) and they are all pretty terrible.
  5. Cool interview with Danny Ric on the Daily Show
  6. Don't know if this is the best thread, but wanted to give a data point for anyone who might need to get a passport renewal. I mailed the renewal application on 4/8 and it was marked delivered on 4/12. I didn't receive an update that they received it until 5/4, but based on how quick the rest of the process went, I'm assuming that is the time they started processing the application. On 5/14 received an email that everything was approved and it would be shipped back to me in 1-2 business days. I received it back yesterday 5/20. It was basically about 6 weeks including the shipping back and forth. I was given an estimate of 10-12 weeks when I sent in the application, so it ended up being much faster than I was expecting.
  7. I just watched this podcast with a lawyer who primarily does lemon law cases, but also works to fight unsolicited robocalls and collection calls. He said most of these operations (like the car warranty calls) make about $5mm per year and pay out about $500k in penalties, which they consider a cost of doing business. He claims his practice can get you $500 per call for robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, but I know nothing about that so would defer to the legal eagles. Thought it was an interesting interview.
  8. What are the thoughts on GBTC. I just rolled my 401k over into an IRA and am looking at this to get 1-2% exposure to bitcoin here. I see it is currently trading around -14% to NAV and looking at history it appears to trade at a premium during run ups and a discount during downturns. Other than the risks with BTC itself are there any unique concerns with GBTC that I should be aware of? I've just started doing research on this.
  9. Ok, just reread your quote. I never wrote about Chili's. I said I got chills (ie. shivering, feeling cold).
  10. Maybe my sarcasm meter is off, but didn't mean to upset the grammar police while reporting my vaccine experience. I had some chills and a low grade fever around 11pm on the day I received the vaccine. Is that better?
  11. I got the J&J shot yesterday afternoon. Felt fine an hour after and went for a couple mile hike. Got some chills and was running a low grade fever right around 11pm while laying on the couch watching a movie. A couple hours later when I went to bed I got really hot and had a hard time falling asleep. Felt ok today, just a little tired, some soreness in my arm, and some light muscle aches, but that could have been from the hike. This was not my experience. The needle was only in my arm for a short time. It was over before I even had a chance to wince. I wasn't really counting but it couldn't have been more than 5 seconds.
  12. In my very quick research I've found a few companies like Bit IRA, Bitcoin IRA, and Equity Trust that seem to specialize in self directed IRAs for investing in bitcoin, but it seems like the fees on them are pretty high. I'm doing more research and will probably reach out to a financial adviser friend of mine to see if he has any advice, but was just wondering if anyone on here was already doing something like this.
  13. Is anyone here investing in bitcoin inside of an IRA? I have a 401k I'm going to be rolling over and would like to put some of it into bitcoin.
  14. Did you call Matthew's in HR? They serviced my Omega a few years ago. I did call them. They were the ones who hadn't heard of Sinn.
  15. The two places I called were Oster (they wanted to send it off) and Matheu's (hadn't heard of the Sinn brand).
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