Free Continental Silver extended

Get free trial Silver Elite on Continental from August 1st to October 15th. Sign up or call 1-800-346-6090 and use promotion code 54015.If you fly 3 qualifying round-trip flights: you get Silver Elite until February 2005. If you fly 6 qualifying round-trip flights: you get Gold Elite until February 2005. Only flights on Continental and Continental Express (not on partners like Northwest, Delta, Alaska, etc.) qualify, and then only on mid and high fares (not Q, S, T and L fares).They made this offer earlier this summer, and though it was targeted it seemed to work for everyone — at least anyone who called could get upgraded to silver instantly. Since I’m not signing up for this myself, I don’t yet know whether folks who didn’t receive the offer will be able to take advantage…

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Which is worse: the TSA or Air France?

An Air France co-pilot was arrested for making a bomb threat. What he actually said was `Well, what do you think, I have a bomb on me?’ This arrest was about as brilliant as detaining the teenager in Boston who put a note in his luggage saying he didn’t have a bomb.Annoying, but par for the course for the TSA. Except in this case it wasn’t just a single passenger delayed, or even a concourse evacuated — the Air France 747 flight had to be cancelled. And — blame both the TSA and Air France — the disserviced passengers weren’t even given a hotel room for the night. Most slept in the airport and made it out on the 10:30am flight the next morning.

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Where are you going while I’m here?

It’s August. While the rest of DC is vacationing, I’m stuck at work during my real busy season in the office — which lasts July 15 through November 15 — without even much business travel (well, much for me). So I’d love to hear about your vacations — or help you plan one. Drop me a line.

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Checking account miles

My BankDirect miles are posting smoothly. So far, the account is satisfying my needs quite well — automatically rebating ATM fees, processing billpays with ease (free) and paying interest. (But it’s not such a good deal unless you can keep a $2500 average daily balance.)

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Australian Government Agency’s Sex Recommendation for Older Women

Older women are being urged to become lesbians by Relationships Australia, a counselling organisation funded by both Federal and State Governments in Australia. “As they get over 60, opportunities to get a man diminish substantially. Men marry younger women and they die about eight years younger, so there is a real male shortage,” Mr Carney said. “And as women get even older it gets much worse, so we ask them to entertain the idea of lesbian relationships.” That advice may work well for some, but I have a really hard time seeing this as an “appropriate role for government.”

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$7 Garment Bag

Overstock.com has an American tourister garment bag for $10.99 + $1 shipping. If you’re a first-time Overstock.com customer, fill out this form first for a $5 off certificate that will bring the cost down to $6.99 shipped.

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Since most of us wear pants when we fly

Amazon.com has $40 and $50 Gap pants on sale for $9.99 with free shipping on orders of $75 or more.There are some pretty good coupon codes for shopping directly at Gap.com: $10 off $14 with code JEANCD10, $15 off $15 with code JEANCD15 if using a Gap credit card, and free shipping on $75 with code GAPDENIM. (Coupon codes via Ben’s Bargain Center.)

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Taking airline safety into your own hands

IMAO has some tips for fighting terrorism. A sampling: * If the guy seated next to you is named Al, watch him with suspicion; that’s halfway to Al Qaeda. * If someone tries to light a fuse on his shoes, that’s a sure sign of terrorism. Take away his lighter then hit him on the nose while firmly saying, “No!” * If someone takes out a boombox, quickly grab it and smash it over the person’s head. Even if he wasn’t a terrorist, what the hell is he doing with a boombox on a plane flight? * If you are worried that the people around you are terrorists, immediately alert the stewardess. She can give you booze which will make you much less worried. * The best defense is a good offense, so bring a…

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