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LONE OAK IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Crest Management • 17171 Park Row, Suite 310 • Houston, TX 77084
Community Manager: Karina 281-945-4677
Community Asst. Manager: Abbie 281-945-4633
Accounting Rep: Debbie K 281-945-4687
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Hart – President
Kisha Guillory – Vice President
Mike Kinion – Director
Leslie Phillips – Secretary
Will Duvant - Treasurer
LaNea Hartless – Director
Christopher Johnson – Director
Harris County Sheriff’s Department
Aubrey Heimbaugh 281-376-6510
LONE OAK TRASH PICK UP
Rennell Elementary School 281-213-1550
Postma Elementary School 281-345-3660
Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303
Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660
Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645
Cy-Springs High School 281-345-3000
Cy-Woods High School 281-213-1727
Poison Control 800-222-1222
Animal Control 281-999-3191
Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972
Precinct 3 Mosquito Spraying (Nuisance Spraying) 281-531-1592
HCPHES Mosquito Control (Disease Control) 713-440-4800
Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000
Harris Co. Public Health & Envir 713-439-6000
U. S. Post Office 800-275-8777
Comcast Cable 713-341-1000
En-Touch Systems 281-225-1000
Reliant Energy (Repair) 713-207-7777
Centerpoint Energy 713-659-2111
Street Light Repair 713-207-2222
To report gas leaks 713-659-3552
Street Repair 281-463-6300
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LONE OAK BOYS & GIRLS
Come on out and have a fun time at the Lone Oak
Community Playground! We will be playing and
making new friends every Friday from 10:00 AM
- 11:00 AM.
Over the last several months the Board has
received several complaints about vehicles
parking on the streets within Lone Oak. For the
overall safety of our residents, as well as ensuring
emergency vehicles are able to quickly maneuver
through our streets, the Board has asked the
deputies patrolling Lone Oak to address any/
all vehicle violations; including speeding and
parking. Section 7 of the Texas Drivers Handbook
covers parking and states:
DO NOT PARK VEHICLES:
• In front of a public or private driveway.
• Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
• Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing
signal, stop sign, yield sign or other traffic control
signal located at the side of a roadway.
• Do not park more than 18 inches from the curb
or in a way that obstructs the flow of traffic.
For more information, a copy of the Texas Drivers
Handbook can be found at www.txdps.state.tx.us
• Please make sure to address yard care such as mowing, edging, removal of
weeds and trimming of overgrown shrubs and bushes.
• Architectural Review - prior to starting any project, please review the
Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Lone Oak. Please
remember that all improvements to the exterior of your home or other structures
in your yard must be approved by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)
prior to commencement. The ARC forms are available from Crest.
If you have a concern or need to report a violation, please contact Lexi at Crest,
the phone number is 281-945-4615.
TRASH PICK-UP DAYS
Wednesdays and Saturdays are the Lone Oak scheduled trash pick-up days.
Please do not set your garbage out early. We continue to see many residents
put trash out 2-3 days before trash day. Please keep your garbage out of sight
until the night before or the day of the scheduled pick up. Also, please be
courteous and do not block the sidewalks with your bags and or trash bins
and remove them in a timely manner after pick up.
HIT THE BRAKES…
Speeding in Lone Oak has been a hot topic of discussion lately. There have
been numerous reports of speeding and of running stop signs. We have
notified the Sheriff of these reports and have asked that tickets be issued
to offenders. Several surrounding schools and residents have purchased
kid alert safety signs to be placed in front of their homes and or buildings
to remind people to slow down. If you would like to purchase a safety sign,
here are a couple websites that sell the signs, www.kaplantoys.com and www.
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Lone Oak’s Crime Watch Chairperson would like to encourage
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responsible for contacting the residents who are assigned to them
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Lone Oak or surrounding areas. Most Block Captains set up their
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who their Block Captain is. The time required is minimal - attend
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happenings in your neighborhood and host a National Night Out
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more information, please contact your Board.
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fun Things to do
Houston Día de los Muertos Parade
November 6, 2021, 2 PM - 10 PM
Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston
With this heartfelt parade, it is our mission to celebrate
the living and honor our beloved. No matter
who you are, no matter where you are from, we want you to attend
the parade and festival. If there is something we all share is the love
and grief for our family and friends who left us and in this Dia de
los Muertos, we are all one.
St. Cuthbert Church Sixteenth
Annual International Festival
November 6th, 3-5 PM
St. Cuthbert Church will host the Sixteenth Annual
International Festival on Saturday, November 6 th
from 3-5 PM in the front yard of the church. The International Festival
honors all the different countries, heritages and backgrounds
represented in our very unique and diverse congregation. With
health and safety precautions at the forefront, the Festival includes
food, entertainment and so much more to learn about our world.
St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road, Houston, 77095.
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Thurs, November 11, 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday, November 12, 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday, November 13, 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, November 14, 10 AM - 5 PM
Whether you are a shopper, committee member, staff member, donor,
volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU
have been an integral part in making this Market the success that it
is. Without your interest, curiosity, passion, dedication, enthusiasm,
generosity, hard work, commitment, and love… the Market simply
wouldn’t be where it is today. Since our inception in 1981, YOU have
helped us contribute over $75.3 million dollars to the Houston Ballet
Foundation in support of its Academy and scholarship programs.
Although saying “Thank You” does not seem to be enough, we are
truly grateful for 40 years of support.
November 13th & 14th
11/13-11/14 Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Pkwy
A two day Native American Powwow with colorful
tribal dance contests, and arts & crafts show, tipis,
honoring ceremonies, singing and much more! Presented by the DFW
Inter-Tribal Association. https://tradersvillage.com/houston/events/powwow/
Dickens Market at Cypress Creek
November 12th & 13th, 9 AM - 4 PM
This year’s annual Dickens Market features all types
of vendors from food, crafts, Christmas gifts, books,
and anything else you can think of to check off your
holiday shopping lists. The market also features carolers from the
Cypress Creek Community Chorale and guest elementary school
choirs. In addition, we have raffles for items donated by our vendors.
Raffle tickets are on sale only during the market and winners will be
contacted via phone call after the drawings take place. Winners will
have 24 hours to respond.
The market will take place as long as the pandemic has been contained
and the community center/church reopened to the public.
Please help protect our wonderful vendors and patrons who may be
more vulnerable than you by socially distancing, wearing a mask,
and washing your hands.
YMCA Turkey Dash -
A Community Tradition
The Katy Area YMCA’s will host the 19 th Annual
YMCA Turkey Dash to be held at Monty Ballard
YMCA at Cinco Ranch Providing Fitness, Fun and Holiday Fellowship
safely for the Whole Family on Thanksgiving Day, November 25,
2021. The tradition returns for 2021 and we are excited to return
to hosting a live race that will run through the Cinco Ranch
community as in years passed. With four events to choose from,
there’s something for everyone; a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, a 1
mile Kids’ Run and also a Virtual Race option. Live races will be
start and conclude at Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. All
registered race participants will receive a t-shirt with their race
packets and those completing their Live 10k and 5k will receive
a finisher’s medal. Youth participating in the Live 1 Mile Kids’ Run
will receive a kids’ run finisher’s medal. 5,000 participants and
more than 1,500 spectators and volunteers are expected to take
part in this year’s event. Race day highlights include 10K and 5K
awards in age categories, a post race party featuring refreshments,
local businesses, games and a Kids Fun Zone. A runners’ costume
contest will be held with awards for most creative, best theme and
judge’s choice. In addition to completing a good race, participants
have the satisfaction of knowing their race fees go toward a good
cause, the YMCA Be The Change Campaign. This annual fundraiser
ensures that Katy families have access to Y programs and services
regardless of their ability to pay. Interested in participating,
volunteering or becoming a sponsor? Visit https://runsignup.com/
Race/TX/Katy/KatyYMCATurkeyDash, email ymcaturkeydash@
ymcahouston.org or call the YMCA at 281-392-5055
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Fairfield Christmas Market
December 4, 2021, 9 AM - 2 PM
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress
A variety of vendors selling an assortment of products
- perfect for Christmas shopping! Come early, as we hear many of the
vendors often run out of their goods before noon!
Texas Renaissance Festival
Weekends, Now - Nov 28 &
Thanksgiving Friday, 9 AM - 8 PM
Since 1974, there has been a magical kingdom
about an hour north of the Houston area, where
guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world
filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves,
pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights.
CFISD Country Christmas Craft Show
December 4th, 9 AM - 5 PM •
December 5th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Cy-Fair ISD Exhibit Center,
11206 Telge Road, Cypress, TX 77429
Dickens on the Strand
December 3-5th, 2021
The Strand, Galveston
The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century
Victorian London, features parades, non-stop
entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers,
roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers.
Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and
rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired
crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.
Holiday Market Expo
December 2nd, 12-4 PM
The Hilton Rooftop, 6633 Travis St, Houston, TX 77081
Come enjoy rooftop vibes with breathtaking panoramic
views of Houston’s skyline. This event will be filled with
great networking opportunities, shopping, great food, entertainment,
resources and some of Houston’s most dedicated community leaders.
Wreaths Across America
December 18, 2021, 11 AM
Houston National Cemetery,
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston
Come by and take a few minutes to honor a veteran
and see what Wreaths Across America is all about. There is no charge.
For full details visit, https://waahouston.com
International Food Festival
December 18, 2021, 12 PM - 6 PM
The Zone, 10371 Stella Link, Houston, TX 77025
The Best caterers from around the world! Live
performances, cultural music & dancing, crafts,
clothing, service vendors and more! Free entry with RSVP to www.
texasfoodfest.com. For more info contact Ms. Clara at 832-461-6729.
Home For The Holidays
November 19th - 21st, 2021
First Call Friday, 10 AM - 2 PM
General Admission Friday, 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM
Leonard. E Merrell Center
6301 S Stadium Ln. Katy, TX, 77494
Three days of fun, holiday shopping is underway with Katy’s largest
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to find lots of new, unique, and One-of-A-Kind gifts all in one place to
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or daughter, and come enjoy the fun, while shopping and supporting
some of the cutest shops at Home for the Holidays Gift Market!
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10 Cyber Safety
Tips for Black
Friday & Cyber
More and more people are shopping online, avoiding lines, crowds and
interactions with others, especially in this time of COVID. This has created
the perfect environment for criminals to launch scams, phishing attacks,
and other malicious activities.
The amount of money spent over this cyber weekend is escalating year
after year, and due to the COVID pandemic, it continues to escalate to
staggering numbers. Cybercriminals follow the money, and this weekend
of crazed spending provides them with the perfect opportunity to scam
a large number of people. According to Barclays, nearly a quarter of
18-34-year-olds have fallen for a Black Friday scam in the past five years
and shoppers lose on average $910 after falling victim to such frauds.
With attacks becoming more sophisticated, shoppers need to be extra
cautious when looking for the latest bargains online.
Below are 10 Cyber Safety tips to keep you safe online this Black Friday
and Cyber Monday:
1. Watch Out for Fake Websites
This is one of the most popular ways criminals will try to trick shoppers
into falling for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams. The fraudsters
will clone websites to dupe consumers into thinking they are shopping on
a legitimate site. The website may appear almost identical to the real site;
however, subtle changes can indicate that all is not as it seems.
A web address that ends .com or .co may be changed to a .org, images
may be pixilated, functions on the site may not work properly and the
content will often be sub-standard. It’s always worth double- checking
the address of a site to confirm its authenticity.
2. Only Use Secure Sites
Before entering any information into a website, you should always check
that the site is safe and secure. The first step is to hover your mouse over
the URL and check the validity of the web address. You should look for a
padlock symbol in the address bar and check that the URL begins with a
‘https://’ or ‘shttp://’. The ‘S’ indicates the web address has been encrypted
and secured with an SSL certificate. Without HTTPS, any data passed on
the site is insecure and could be intercepted by criminal third parties.
However, this system is not totally foolproof. Within the last year, there
has been a significant increase in the number of phishing sites using SSL
certificates. Users are advised to be extra cautious and look for further
evidence that the site is secure. You should check for a website privacy
policy, use a website safety check tool such as Google Safe Browsing, or
do a WHOIS lookup to see who owns the website.
3. Use a Credit Card for Shopping Online
When possible, it’s always best to use a credit card when shopping
online as it offers additional protection over other forms of payment. If a
fraudulent purchase is made on your credit card, there’s a good chance
your bank will reimburse you straight away. However, if a criminal steals
your debit card details, they can clear out your personal account and it
can be more difficult to reclaim the money.
4. Beware of Phishing Emails
Phishing is one of the most popular ways for criminals to steal your
personal information and there is always a massive increase in these types
of scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The speed, convenience and
high return on investment makes phishing one of the easiest ways for
cybercriminals to steal your personal data without you even knowing.
As Cyber Monday approaches, be wary of any emails offering cash prizes
or last-minute deals. These emails are designed to trick shoppers into
clicking on a link which may appear to come from a well-known retailer.
Trust your gut if you think there’s something not right about the email
and delete it immediately.
5. Avoid Deals That Are Too Good to Be True
Black Friday and Cyber Monday feature lots of legitimate deals offered by
trusted and reputable retailers. However, cybercriminals know we’ll be
scouring the web for the cheapest deals and they take advantage of this
by slipping in lots of fake offers.
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Be wary of any emails, pop-ups, or posts on social media promising rock
bottom prices. Clicking on the link could bring you straight to a phishing
site or you may end up downloading malware onto your device. It can be
hard to distinguish between a real bargain and a fake so it’s best to do
your research to find out if the site is credible or go directly to a brand’s
website to determine if the deal is real. It’s always worth remembering
that if an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is!
6. Use Strong Passwords
You’ll have heard it a million times, but creating a strong password really
is one of the easiest ways you can protect yourself from being hacked
online. With so many passwords to remember, it can be tempting to use
the same password for multiple accounts, however, this puts you at great
risk of having your data stolen. If hackers can work out just one of your
passwords, whether it’s a Facebook account or online banking details,
they can potentially access every single account you have.
It’s always best to use a unique username and password for separate online
accounts so that in the unfortunate event of being phished, the attackers
won’t have access to your other online accounts. A great way to create a
longer and more complex password is to use a passphrase. A passphrase
is a sentence like string of words that is memorable to you but difficult for
anyone else to crack. The first letter of each word will form the basis of your
password and letters can be substituted with numbers and symbols to
make it even more secure.
7. Watch Out for Social Media Scams
Social media scams are rife on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The crooks
know that people are going online to specifically look for deals, so they make
it as easy as they can for shoppers to fall for their online scams. Facebook
and Twitter tend to be the favoured choice for these malicious posts and
criminals will ask shoppers to like and share their posts, so they’re boosted
to the top of news feeds and reach a wider audience. Users tend to be more
trusting on social media and it’s often more difficult to determine if a link is
malicious than it would be on a more traditional platform.
8. Avoid Public Wi-Fi When Shopping
Using public Wi-Fi to search for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday
deals could open you up to a range of security risks. Public Wi-Fi requires
no authentication to establish a network connection, allowing fraudsters
direct access to any unsecured devices on the same open network. This
enables hackers to steal valuable information such as login passwords,
credit card info and other personal and financial details.
Unsecured Wi-Fi networks can also be used to spread malware
allowing criminals unrestricted access to everything on your device.
This information can in turn be used to commit identity fraud, or the
information can be sold on to criminal third parties.
9. Ensure All Your Software is Up To Date
Before going online to shop about for the hottest deals, you should
make sure that all your security software is up to date. This will
prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your computer through
vulnerabilities in older and outdated systems. The installation of antivirus
software will also help detect threats on your computer and block
unauthorised users from gaining access.
10. Monitor Bank Statements for Fraudulent Activity
It’s always worth keeping a close eye on bank statements to make sure
there are no unusual transactions on your account. Criminals know that
during Black Friday and Cyber Monday there will be lots of online activity,
so they hope that any unusual debits from your account will go undetected.
Typically, the crooks will make a few initial debits for smaller amounts
then go in for a larger amount which could clean out your bank account.
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5 cups bread cubes
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup white sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon margarine,
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Lightly butter an 8x8 inch baking pan. Line bottom of
pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together
eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour
egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand
for 10 minutes. -- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons
sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over
the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50
minutes, until top is golden.
Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash
with Cranberries & Kale
2 medium butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds each
2 teaspoons olive oil divided
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped
(about 6 lightly packed cups)
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for roasting squash
1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus additional for roasting squash
1 can low sodium chickpeas (15 ounces), rinsed and drained
Zest of 1 orange plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/3 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
Grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese, optional
Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat
the oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the butternut
squash, scoop out the seeds, then arrange the halves
on a baking tray, cut sides up. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon
olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake
45-55 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Reduce the oven
temperature to 375 degrees.
While the squash is baking, place the broth in a small
saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, return
to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer
for 12 minutes, until most of the broth is absorbed.
Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 15
minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive
over medium. Add the kale and cook until wilted,
about 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium
low. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and
1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 30 additional seconds,
until is fragrant. Stir in the chickpeas, orange
zest, orange juice, cooked quinoa, and cranberries.
Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out
the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick border around
the sides and a 3/4-inch border along the bottom.
Reserve the flesh for another use (or if you don’t
mind a super duper stuffed squash, mix it in with the
rest of the filling). Stuff the kale quinoa filling into
the squash halves, then return the squash to the
oven. Bake at 375 degrees until hot, about 10 additional
minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.
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6 Gifts that Keep on
Giving But Cost Us Little
by Carl Phillips • “Only by giving are you able to receive more
than you already have.” - Jim Rohn
Whatever the time of year, here are some ideas for gifts we can
give that have the potential to improve the lives of those around.
Gifts that keep on giving.
1) Giving the Gift of Our Full Attention. Give the gift of your full
attention to others around you and allow them the stage they
2) Giving the Gift of Kindness. There are many ways we can
offer the gift of our kindness. Not expecting anything in return
except maybe the warm feeling we get from knowing we are
doing something good for someone else.
3) Giving the Gift of Our Time. We can do this by taking our
commitments seriously. By booking in time with friends and
keeping that time free for those friends. By making time to stop
and shoot the breeze for a while with a neighbor. By taking
time out to spend disconnected from the online world to spend
undistracted with a loved one.
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4) Giving the Gift of Judging Less. We’re all human and
sometimes we make mistakes in life. In such times it can help us
all if we can talk to someone that will just listen without making
judgements. Good friends will do this but we can also extend this
gift to others. Judge less and remember, none of us are perfect.
5) Giving the Gift of a Heartfelt Compliment. Closely aligned
with 1 and 2 on this list, this is also worthy of its own spot. A
well timed and earnest compliment can have an immediate
and positive impact on the recipient. It shows we have noticed
something in others.
6) Giving the Gift of Gratitude. Letting others know how grateful
we are for them being in our lives can mean a lot. Expressing
how we appreciate all they do for us. How they inspire us or have
been there for us in challenging times. Let others know you are
grateful for them just the way they are.
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TRAVEL TIPS AND TRICKS
1. AVOID TRAVELLING THE DAY BEFORE AND AFTER THANKS-
You may have heard that the day before and after Thanksgiving
are among the busiest travel days of the year, but did you know
that Thanksgiving Day itself is only a bit busier than average?
Thread the needle by flying in just in time for pre-dinner drinks,
and you’ll likely dodge the worst of Thanksgiving travel.
2. BOOK AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
Though this is true any time of year, booking your Thanksgiving
travel as early as possible will save you headaches in terms of
options, prices and agony. We’re pretty sure the film Planes,
Trains and Automobiles was inspired by some procrastinator who
decided to wing it while heading home for Thanksgiving.
No matter your mode of transport, you’re probably going to get
peckish during your journey. Forget the $12 airport tuna melt and
the dubious convenience store burrito, and pack some energy
4. YOU DON’T NEED THAT
You’d be surprised at how few items you need for a long weekend
away, particularly if you’re going to see your parents who probably
have three of everything anyway. Packing light will make your
5. ALL RESERVATIONS
In many cases, booking your travel as a package (flight, car rental,
hotel) through an all-purpose booking website will save you
6. DON’T GO HOME
You know where there isn’t a Thanksgiving travel rush? Every
other country in the world. Flights to Mexico, Central America
and the Caribbean are comparable to domestic flights in terms of
flight time. Or treat yourself to a continental hop.
7. JUST BE COOL, MAN
We just checked the whole internet and confirmed that losing
your temper with a customer service agent, no matter what injustice
you may have suffered, hasn’t ended well for anyone in the
entire history of humankind.
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