Visit Portland and Leave Smarter: Science Pubs and Lectures

Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos, being nerdy is cool again (or maybe for the first time).  Well here, in Portland we have known that for a long time, so I like to the think the rest of the country is just catching up to us.  For years now OMSI has been presenting adults only happy hours and lectures at local pubs.  Portland is also home to certified smart people organizations such as the the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center In Egypt, and the Linus Pauling Memorial Lectures.  In fact, American Research Center will be holding its annual conference in Portland this year and will be presenting an interesting public lecture about certain egyptian mummies (more on that in a minute).   Continue reading

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Springtime in Portland: Gardens, Wildflower Hikes, and more

Finally, winter is over!  Does that mean we are done with the rain?  Of course not, this is still the Pacific Northwest after all.  However, expect more sunshine and warmer weather ahead.   Us Portlanders may complain about the rain a little bit, but one upside is that all this rain makes for some beautiful scenery come spring time.  The gardens in town are starting to bloom, the wildflowers are out in the gorge, the waterfalls are flowing, the saturday market and farmers markets are up and running.  It is a great time to visit and get outside…when the rain stops.  If you want to take in some of this gorgeous spring scenery here are a few suggestions.  Continue reading

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Priceline Hotel Bidding Advance Strategy: Matrix Bidding

I am such a dope.  A few months back, I came across a new bidding strategy for bidding on hotels with Priceline.  By new, I mean new to me, this has been around awhile and I can’t believe I never caught it before.  The strategy is great and it will exponentially increase the number of rebids.  If you have enough safe zones you could probably set your bid increases by $1 or $2, almost assuring that you will get the rock bottom price.  Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Awards To Australia/South Pacific

Next stop in my series of posts about where your Alaska Mileage Plan miles can take you is the South Pacific.  Alaska has multiple partners that fly to Australia and the South Pacific. For many frequent flyer programs, awards to this region can be a weak spot in terms of cost, routing rules, and availability. Alaska has a lot of options for making it to Australia and the South Pacific, it is my opinion that with respect to this region Alaska beats out a lot of the competition.  Without further ado, here are Alaska’s South Pacific partners.   Continue reading

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