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Dec 30, 20, 7:43 pm
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Views: 195,097
Posted By codex57

Got Conditional Approval just now and made an...

Got Conditional Approval just now and made an appointment for later tonight [@SFO]. Hope everything goes smooth. DW can't remember what happened at her interview.
Dec 30, 20, 7:42 pm
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Views: 2,690,748
Posted By codex57

Applied 12/23/20 (I think, could have been 24th)....

Applied 12/23/20 (I think, could have been 24th). Just got Conditional Approval today, 12/30/20. Made an appointment for later tonight at SFO. Woohoo! I find it very bizarre that some people have...
Dec 23, 20, 3:35 pm
Replies: 629
Views: 195,097
Posted By codex57

Edit: Nevermind. Office is open and there are...

Edit: Nevermind. Office is open and there are appointments available over the holidays [@SFO]. The website to apply is funky and I need to apply first and get conditional approval (which may take a...
May 18, 18, 3:06 pm
Replies: 174
Views: 15,167
Posted By codex57

They allow two free bags in "exchange" for their...

They allow two free bags in "exchange" for their no reserved seats and whatever other "complaints" people have against them. They're different. Don't like it, don't fly them. They've always been...
Forum: Japan
Apr 27, 18, 4:11 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,758
Posted By codex57

I briefly looked at Rolexes when over there...

I briefly looked at Rolexes when over there (among other expensive things). Now I know why the Japanese fly to Hawaii and buy out the luxury stores in the US. Even without tax, there's a pretty...
Forum: Japan
Apr 16, 18, 8:54 pm
Replies: 204
Views: 78,350
Posted By codex57

LOL, I certainly don't mean to imply that Japan...

LOL, I certainly don't mean to imply that Japan should sort out it's tourists. In some ways, I think countries do need to set some basic guidelines and expectations across to even the tourists (like...
Forum: Japan
Apr 15, 18, 8:11 pm
Replies: 204
Views: 78,350
Posted By codex57

Actually, I had a fantastic time. I certainly...

Actually, I had a fantastic time. I certainly didn't mean to make it sound like I didn't or that Japan is that hard. It isn't. Except for a couple of bus drivers (which I get as being prompt is super...
Forum: Japan
Apr 15, 18, 5:02 am
Replies: 204
Views: 78,350
Posted By codex57

Bring a backpack. Eat your food where you bought...

Bring a backpack. Eat your food where you bought it, like locals do. That's because of the trash can issue. There are none. Not even in bathrooms most of the time. Food vendors typically have a small...
Forum: Japan
Apr 15, 18, 4:42 am
Replies: 32
Views: 5,217
Posted By codex57

I remember that too now. It's 108 for the first...

I remember that too now. It's 108 for the first 10,000, and then another 108 for any amount over that I think. My bank statement doesn't show any separate fee like that, though. It has the $5 Chase...
Forum: Japan
Apr 15, 18, 4:29 am
Replies: 149
Views: 33,727
Posted By codex57

LOL, granted it's been nearly 2 decades, but I...

LOL, granted it's been nearly 2 decades, but I distinctly remember LAX being even worse. Maybe they've improved these many years? Our travelling companion this past trip flew back there. She said...
Forum: Japan
Apr 15, 18, 4:20 am
Replies: 40
Views: 5,326
Posted By codex57

Well, there's a tiny discount of a few yen vs...

Well, there's a tiny discount of a few yen vs buying individual paper tickets. While the convenience far outstrips the tiny yen discount, it does make a difference towards the end of your trip as...
Forum: Japan
Apr 14, 18, 5:04 pm
Replies: 149
Views: 33,727
Posted By codex57

KIX was a breeze. As was Incheon. Coming...

KIX was a breeze. As was Incheon.

Coming back into SFO made it very clear how much immigration and airports in the US just suck. That and how much customs scrutinizes you based on where you came...
Forum: Japan
Apr 14, 18, 4:58 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 6,406
Posted By codex57

As a first timer who just got back, Tsukiji was...

As a first timer who just got back, Tsukiji was very underwhelming.

The area around Shibuya Station and Harajuku/Omotesando blew my mind. Take them there. Shinjuku at night too.

Tokyo Station...
Forum: Japan
Apr 14, 18, 4:51 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,746
Posted By codex57

Just got back last week from 2 weeks over there. ...

Just got back last week from 2 weeks over there.

With small children and just 7 days? I'd totally skip Kyoto and just stay in Tokyo. In Osaka and Kyoto, according to fitness apps, we were walking...
Forum: Japan
Apr 14, 18, 4:46 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,449
Posted By codex57

I was hanging around on Apr. 6 in the domestic...

I was hanging around on Apr. 6 in the domestic area pre-security dealing with my mobile wifi and just resting. I mean, there were a lot of people, but not crazy. International was pretty empty pre...
Forum: Japan
Apr 14, 18, 4:42 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 5,217
Posted By codex57

I used a 7 bank ATM on March 29 in Kyoto. Just...

I used a 7 bank ATM on March 29 in Kyoto. Just looked at my bank statement. They didn't charge a fee.
Mar 16, 18, 4:05 pm
Replies: 64
Views: 7,847
Posted By codex57

They have an amusing amount of high profile...

They have an amusing amount of high profile incidents. I still think they're run better than AA though.
Mar 16, 18, 4:02 pm
Replies: 112
Views: 18,330
Posted By codex57

These are all so patently stupid that this thread...

These are all so patently stupid that this thread should really just be deleted.

No, you can't gag a child. Kids cry. Let me gag you for tapping your feet or anything else I might get bugged about...
Forum: Japan
Mar 16, 18, 1:51 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,525
Posted By codex57

I paid $66 for 15 days. That's quite a bit...

I paid $66 for 15 days. That's quite a bit cheaper than $10/day. I'll have WiFi calling on and plan on having a power bank on me all the time so carrying an extra small device isn't gonna be a big...
Mar 16, 18, 1:30 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,604
Posted By codex57

How early are you guys getting these e-mails? ...

How early are you guys getting these e-mails?

I plan to be there at around 3 hours for my Intl flight because I'm checking bags. It's a redeye (11:30 PM) so it'd be nice if I had a little leeway....
Forum: Japan
Mar 15, 18, 12:18 am
Replies: 80
Views: 5,236
Posted By codex57

Can someone explain what it means at what stage? ...

Can someone explain what it means at what stage?

I mean, at first bloom, it's a few blossoms, but mostly bare limbs? What happens after full bloom? Do they just drop off fast or do you get some...
Mar 14, 18, 11:59 pm
Replies: 81
Views: 40,356
Posted By codex57

Hey, if you have the flexibility, congrats!...

Hey, if you have the flexibility, congrats! That's $5,000 to live it up at your destination.

My neighbor (a pilot) managed to get himself and his 3 boys to Maui for vacation. From his pictures,...
Mar 14, 18, 11:40 pm
Replies: 577
Views: 671,039
Posted By codex57

I think if the interior were 22", the exterior...

I think if the interior were 22", the exterior would be so big, there's no way it could pass as a carry on on any airline. It's pushing it already. Quality seems pretty good though, and it's nice to...
Mar 12, 18, 9:12 pm
Replies: 1,151
Views: 221,222
Posted By codex57

That's just a standard camera backpack design. ...

That's just a standard camera backpack design. Anything in particular you like about it?

https://www.lowepro.com/prorunner
https://www.thinktankphoto.com/pages/backpacks
Mar 12, 18, 9:09 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 12,053
Posted By codex57

It depends on what it's like. They've been...

It depends on what it's like. They've been getting progressively bigger and more expensive. We'll see what features it has and how it compares to the A7iii. I mean, if the thing gets even bigger and...
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