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So you think you’re an airline expert?

Do you like to fly just for the sake of being on the plane? Do you proudly refer to yourself as an aviation nerd? Does jet fuel run through your veins?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, and if you also like to help people, then I’ve got an opportunity for you.
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There’s no such thing as too prepared

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Milles/Shutterstock
You can’t be too prepared.

I understood that in the abstract sense — who doesn’t? — but it wasn’t until one day exactly 20 years ago that I learned what it really meant. That’s the drizzly, bitter cold Northern California day I discovered I was broke.

I lived in a rat-infested tool shed that had been turned into a spare bedroom in a run-down part of East Berkeley. Down to my last $20, I trudged up to Telegraph Ave., to visit my bank. There, an ATM delivered the bad news dispassionately: I didn’t have enough money in my account to cover next month’s rent.

Come March, I’d be homeless.
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