Thursday, February 28, 2019

Learning the world of AirBnB

So this week was my first at an AirBnB. I travel a lot back and forth to various cities around the midwest such as Chicago and St Louis. My work has been chaotic recently and our schedules have been all over the map. I work for a major computer systems an storage company and support accounts with technical and integration issues for a period of time during and after purchase.

Customers are driven by their own schedules and that impacts my schedule of where to be and how to support that stay. AirBnB is great for the weekly visits. Usually you can get a whole apartment or house for about half of the cost of a hotel.

But man you need to really look at the places you want to book. The verbiage can be misleading and the categories are confusing. If I say I want a house, sometimes that can be construed as a room in someone’s house. And it might not be as nice or private as you wanted. I know myself I like to relax after returning from a site and do paperwork and catch up on travel plans. I do not have a lot of time to socialize outside the customers until I get home on the weekends. So sharing a house can be awkward.  

Another thing to watch is neighborhood. I found myself in a nice little bungalow near the St Louis Arch that my co workers will not visit. It’s fine for my but getting I would not be able to entertain.

But there are huge advantages in AirBnB for business travelers. So much so that I think I will look into buying a few houses to run my own AirBnB for business travelers in the Tahoe area.

I will post more about my exploits traveling the country as I can.  

Friday, February 22, 2019

Tamara's Fight

My beautiful wife Tamara has been fighting a very painful condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia as the result of one of five surgeries to remove tumors from her brain. The initial surgeries were successful in removing the tumors but the after effect has been more devastating that the tumors.

The most common orofacial neuropathic pain condition is trigeminal neuralgia, a disorder of the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve, which causes sudden, severe shock-like pain in or around the face. Episodes typically last several seconds, though they can last up to two minutes, and may repeat in succession and throughout the day.

I have asked Tamara to tell her story to capture all that needs to be told about the fight she has endured against the insurance companies of Blue Shield of California, United Health Care and Providence healthcare. All 3 of these companies and denied her several times for a deep brain stimulator which in trials have shown a 70% or better relief for patients of her condition of neuropathic nerve pain.

So starting today Tamara will start telling us about her overall and daily challenges living with this pain.


Learning the world of AirBnB

So this week was my first at an AirBnB. I travel a lot back and forth to various cities around the midwes...