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Travel Tip of the week - when you're traveling, avoid taking pictures with characters in Times Square. There are very aggressive people trying to get you to pay them for a picture. They're very in your face. So it's best to avoid it altogether. Also, prices for taking a PediCab can be more than you think. Often up to $7 a minute. So make sure you know upfront how much it's going to be.
Al uses a VPN with YouTube TV on a Linux computer because he doesn't live in California anymore. Sometimes it gets disconnected and YouTube thinks he's somewhere else. Leo says that YouTube may decide to block your VPN. Netflix does that.
Gary uses TMobile's home service for $50 a month. Speeds fluctuate from 25-115 MBps. Leo says that's pretty usable. Gary likes YouTube TV, but TMobile thinks he's in another city, and so he can't get local TV. Leo says that's the problem with mobile-based internet. It's based on where your IP is located. It's a universal problem because people trust geo-located IP and it's never accurate. Leo says that there may be a way by contacting YouTube.
Doctor Mom says that YouTube now has a page where you can tell YouTube TV where you are.
American Airlines ran a fundraiser with Stand Up to Cancer, where you can donate to get your name on a plane, and his mother's name is now enshrined on one of their fleet of planes. You can still donate $25 and have a chance. Plus AA will give you miles for doing it.
The FAA has ruled that airlines must allow passengers with horses as service animals, to provide space for them.
Tip: Always do your research to see if you can bring a carry-on for free or not, especially with low-cost airlines (i.e. Spirit)
Tim's internet is terrible because he lives in a rural area. His router managed to give him decent speed, but it went bad. So his wireless ISP gave him another one and it's terrible. Leo says that Brainstorm is a WISP, or wireless internet service provider, and you're most likely required to use their dedicated hardware. But you may be able to use your own router. But Leo suspects the problem is on their end. Routers to look at are TPLINK. Asus. NetGear. Check out thewirecutter.com for their recommendations.
Johnny Jet was recently at LAX, and there's a terminal that houses an In and Out Burger, and it's become a prime spot to eat lunch and watch the planes land. Johnny also got a private tour of the Brady Bunch house in Studio City, which has been remodeled by HGTV to look like the set from the sitcom. The outdoor house looked nothing on the inside like the set, so HGTV created it. There's a picture of Johnny on the stairs in the house here - B2HCHSpFytI
Randall is a truck driver and is curious about VPNs. Leo recommends ExpressVPN, but there is also TunnelBear (recommended by The Wire Cutter). A VPN is great on the road, but Leo wouldn't use them while actually driving.
As a frequent traveller to Florida, Johnny Jet is paying close attention to Hurricane Dorian's expected reach of landfall.
He's put together a list of Travel Resources here - https://www.johnnyjet.com/hurricane-dorian-travel-resource-page/
App of the week - Max Tracker Hurricane. Free iOS and Android.