One of my greatest friends is a survivor of flesh-eating bacteria. Like many of my closest friends, I consider him family. My family lives in SoCal, where we met, and his family has been living in Las Vegas for several years.
The WIN Foundation
Eddie started a foundation called The Win Foundation, which provides scholarships to high school students have overcome adversity and demonstrated the WIN attitude of What’s Important Now. Please consider making a donation.
Here are some links to articles and videos of Eddie overcoming his own adversities of being a quadruple amputee:
Renewal of Vows
This weekend, he and his beautiful wife celebrated their 13 year wedding anniversary with a party and a renewal of their wedding vows.
Why I Love Airline Miles
In all honestly, being frugal like I am, spending over $200 on airplane tickets for a 7-hour day trip to Las Vegas for me and my son would have been something that would have made me think about whether or not to go, or if I should go alone to save money. My wife, Anna, couldn’t make the trip because she is working on her final paper for her MBA.
However, because I have a nice stash of airline miles, I didn’t even give it a second thought… OF COURSE, Timmy and I will be there!!!
I booked flights for Timmy and me using 7,554 points and $5 in taxes for each of us, round-trip (or 15,108 and $10 total for both of us; which is the equivalent of $216 airfare) and booked a car rental through Expedia for $21 – Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway! Choose from great hotel deals in your favorite cities only at Expedia.com! (affiliate link).
Once we got to Vegas, we had a little time before the party started, so we stopped to get Timmy a magic potion “to keep the bananas away” (don’t ask me, 3 year olds have strange logic!).
The Anniversary Party
Timmy and I got to their hotel early because we couldn’t stay out too late. It was great seeing Eddie, Antoinette, and their family and spending a little quality time before they would get pulled in multiple directions during the party.
After hanging out for a little bit, we drove over to the party. Everyone had a great time… dancing, talking, eating delicious food, and having a few drinks. Except Timmy… he was handling business on the iPad like a tycoon.
Timmy soon became cranky since he hadn’t had a nap and wasn’t used to the Las Vegas summer heat. So, I drove him around the Las Vegas Strip until he passed out before our flight home.
We finally made it back to SoCal later in the evening, but because we brought a car seat, we had to wait for our bag.
The Bald Thoughts
Having airline miles and points means not having to worry about what it costs when life’s important moments present themselves. Never miss out on something special because “you can’t afford it”. Please consider building your point balances so that you can take your family on great adventures and spend time with those you love. You never know when it becomes too late.
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