As I write this on Sunday morning, it’s difficult to believe that I was playing in a golf tournament a week ago.  It snowed Friday night in The Middle of Nowhere, and this morning the temperature is 27°F.

As a result, the weekend has been devoted to cooking (pulled pork, Cajun seafood over linguine, corn chowder – in other words, comfort food), watching the President’s Cup, and working on the blog a bit.  Yesterday I added a plugin which enables commenters to respond to one another, creating “nested” or threaded comments; to take advantage of this feature, click on the small “Reply” link at the bottom of an existing comment.  Oh, and I’ve done one other thing this weekend – I found several posts I think will be of interest to you:

Everyone loves getting airline upgrades, yes? A few days ago I stumbled across an article by Jonathan Marks titled “How I Almost Always Get a Flight Upgrade.” Jonathan offers a few good tips and his post is certainly worth a read; for a completely different perspective, check out this FlyerTalk thread – the original poster was a United gate agent for years:  Operational Upgrades from a gate agent’s perspective.

Next time you’re on the road to some exotic (or not so exotic!) locale, these tips could be handy:  10 Tips for Taking Great Street and Market Photos (from Uncornered Market)

Speaking of which, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger has another excellent blog called Digital Photography School; here’s a post in which he covers what to bring along on your next trip (from a camera/gear standpoint):   Travel Photography – What to Take in your Kit

TripBase blogger Katie Erica offers up some good recommendations in Tips to Avoid a Disappointing Vacation at CheapOAir.com  Odd, she doesn’t mention avoiding New Jersey.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to pick up Rolf Potts‘s excellent Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, you can get a taste of his writing on his blog, Vagabonding; in a recent post, he thoughtfully explores the value of the custom of saying goodbye:  Traveling and the art of goodbye

I usually hate articles with lists about essential travel gadgets because a lot of such gadgets (my opinion) are crappy, but this one, from Matador Network, includes a number of worthwhile tools:  Top 10 Useful Travel Gadgets & Accessories (I’d personally leave the radio at home, but most of these are solid.  I assume the author is talking about compact binoculars – not the gargantuan ones shown in the photo.)

If you know someone who’s engaged in a job search, please pass along this link from Freelance FolderHow to Build The Ultimate Job Finding Dashboard with Google.  Hardly a substitute for networking, this is nevertheless a great idea for anyone’s search.

Finally, a product I happened upon as I was composing this post (read:  ADD).  If you’ve ever struggled with keeping your earbuds’ cord straight while exercising or otherwise, check out the Magneat:

See it here:  Magneat ($12.90 + shipping)

That’s it.  Have a great week!

The Fine Print:  I have no connection to any of the companies mentioned in this post, nor does this post contain affiliate links

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