Avoid these common insurance screw-ups

A few weeks ago, my parents received a disturbing call from their home security system company about their retirement home in Arizona: A door was open, and police had been dispatched to investigate.

Luckily, no one had broken in.

Unluckily, a previously undetected crack in a pipe had led to a full-blown leak, a collapsed ceiling and thousands of dollars worth of damage in the laundry room, garage and bedroom closet. Continue reading…

Beware of travel industry doublespeak

It’s for your own good.

Travelers are hearing these words more often than ever, and they are being applied to increasingly unwelcome scenarios. The latest example: being unable to access WiFi in your hotel without incurring an added charge. In August, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Marriott filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking the government for permission to block wireless devices in hotels.
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The war on snark is over and the good guys won

Note: Effective Jan. 1, this site shifted from a travel advocacy site to a general consumer advocacy blog. But that isn’t the only change for 2015.

When I enrolled as a graduate student at the University of California, one of the first things I did was visit Sproul Plaza, where the Free Speech movement was born in 1964.
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