I wasn’t going to post tonight, but I had to. You know how it happens: you read something so funny sometimes; you just have to spread the news, or it will eat you inside out.
I checked today’s Gary Leff’s View From the Wing post and found out that Greg from Frequent Miler was featured in Yahoo Travel. Actually, not him, but his “successful quest to earn a million miles in a month“. Why have I not found it on Greg’s site, I don’t know. He’s a humble, humble guy.
I absolutely love Greg’s blog and not because he gave five stars to my book once (oh, who am I kidding–that too!), but mostly for his meticulous, almost scientific approach to our hobby. He is incredibly detail-oriented, and if you are paying attention and determined to learn the ins and outs of our game, his blog may turn you from a timid hobbyist into a real pro.I will admit, while I enjoy his blog a lot, I don’t use Greg’s crazier manufacturing ideas, and I don’t recommend them to anyone who is not yet comfortable enough with advanced spend manufacturing techniques. Me? I’m just a guy who loves to travel; who loves to travel in style; and who loves to travel without losing his shirt. I guess, I’ve just listed my priorities. Oh, OK, you’re right, this is not about me. My bad! Anyway, at one point Frequent Miler decided on a challenge to earn one million miles and points in one month. And you thought my book about earning one million miles in a year was crazy! Now you know better. And he succeeded, too. He earned his one million miles and points having spent only $1,000. Big success! Yahoo Travel thought so too. That’s why they ran a story about him titled
The story was OK. It was slightly formulaic, a bit cursory, but it’s an internet post, not a White Paper. It briefly described some techniques used by Greg, and it had some tips from Gary and Randy Peterson. Fair enough, I thought.
And then there were comments. Oh! My! God!
No, not like this. Perhaps like this: ohmygodohmygodohmygod!!!
Folks, let me tell you something. I’ve read and heard a lot of things about our hobby. Many idiotic things. Some things I’ve read in blogs. Some I read in the reviews to my own books. Some things I’ve heard from friends and strangers. A lot of things that have evoked the need for a proverbial double facepalm, which–let me tell you–was never adequate enough to convey my disbelief. But some comments to this article easily take the cake–with gusto!
First comment from someone called Bigtime immediately hit me like a lightning bolt!
Bigtime! • 14 hours ago
Well, I have no idea if Greg has a life or not, but even if we forget that blogging is his job, still: seriously? One million miles and points in a month is not good enough for a side income? OK, OK, not income. It’s a hobby, why do I keep forgetting that!
Well, you know me! But in case you don’t, I’ll tell you what I did. I logged on to my Yahoo account to give this dude a snappy response, when the next comment stopped me right in my tracks. Please forgive me for not using a spell checker on this passage. It’s better this way.
rick b • 9 hours ago
Yes Rick. Go and buy quarters. But first, build us all a time machine that would take us back to 2011. You know, one small step for a man…
At this point, I realized that responding to every insanely ridiculous remark in that thread would be a dubious task indeed. Instead, I copied the most outstanding ones so my readers could enjoy them as much as I did. So… enjoy.
Craven Moorehead • 9 hours ago
Apparently, the ability to use special characters is the most important asset for any intelligent individual who values his time above zero. Like vous.
Capn S • 15 hours ago
Dick Hertz • 17 hours ago
tsa, Dick? No capital letters? That’s fine. I don’t have too much respect for them, double dipping mile police, them.
ScottD • 1 day ago
Bull ship? Moo ahoy!
ibinaround2 • 13 hours ago
TV! Smart! A penny for a mile! Hallelujah!
Terry • 1 day ago
I know, right? Carpool to Paris, anyone? I‘m in Brooklyn.
G-money • 1 day ago
Yes, but you can upgrade to chocolate chip cookies for free.
A Yahoo reader • 10 hours ago
Lolololol, indeed! How crazy it is to pay your balance in full every month and avoid all the debt and crazy interest! I mean, who in the right mind…
Christopher • 23 hours ago
What? No, really! What? Seriously, dude, you’re freaking me out. I know, you’ve pulled it out of your ass, but still… What???
J. • 1 day ago
Well, it is actually, but please don’t let me slow you down. You were saying? Therein, where does the problem lie?
Keith • 1 day ago
Almost? You’re almost too generous, sir.
Wow! What a read! Hope you’ve had at least a few chuckles, too.
What really boggles the mind about these and other “civilians” is not that they don’t get it. It’s their extreme and unforgiving arrogance that can only compete with equally extreme ignorance. Not only are they unwilling to learn a few elementary tricks that can dramatically change their quality of life, but they will cheerfully ridicule anyone who does something they don’t understand without the slightest grasp of what they are talking about.
And that’s the Yahoo Travel audience. Imagine other folks, those who have no interest in travel at all!
Do we really need more evidence that nobody cares about our secrets? You can yell about them from a rooftop or jump up and down on the Oprah’s couch; no one is listening…
Gee, it’s 3:00AM already, I’ve gotta find a new hobby. Pronto!