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Costco isn’t just about bulk toilet paper, Kirkland brand olive oil, and free samples of cheese. Though those are all very good reasons to go there.

The wholesale company is now also selling private jet memberships, the Washington Post reported. Yes, now the warehouse store truly does have everything.

According to the Washington Post, the private jet memberships come courtesy of Wheels Up, a private jet charter company that lets members use their jets at an hourly rate.

For $17,499.99, members will get a 12-month membership plus $3,500 Costco Shop Card, a $4,000 flight credit, travel on private aircraft (of course), guaranteed nationwide aircraft availability all year (even on short notice), access to special events, a complimentary 1-year Inspirato Membership for luxury vacations, dedicated account management to help you plan, and more. Wheels Up has a fleet of 300 private aircraft as well as 1,250 partner aircraft (including a fleet from Delta) that range in size to fit members’ needs.

Traveling by private jet is becoming increasingly attractive for travelers. The private access makes it easier to social distance and stay healthy while also keeping your travel plans in the midst of the pandemic. If you’re itching to travel but anxious about crowded airports or planes, chartering a private jet could be a good option (if you can afford it).

For more information about the private jet membership, visit the Costco website.

All jets include Wi-Fi and services for calls and texts, as well as separate bathrooms and refreshments.



Recently, I had a cold and I knew it was a cold, but people didn't believe me. I took cold medicine and isolated myself for 4 days and then it was gone. It's hard to distinguish these days, what is a cold, flu or Covid-19. Maybe this will help with some answers.

However, since the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 and are all forms of respiratory illnesses, differentiating between the symptoms of all three can be tricky. "Some of the early symptoms of a respiratory illness are similar, regardless of the virus causing it," says Dr. Evelyn Darius, a physician with PlushCare, a leading provider of virtual primary care. "As a result, it's difficult to tell the difference, especially in the early phase." We asked Dr. Sherman, Dr. Darius, and Dr. Carl Cameron, the Chief Medical Officer at MVP Health Care, which symptoms are unique to the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, and here's what they had to say.

Common Cold Symptoms

Dr. Darius says the symptoms of a common cold usually peak within two to three days and can include sneezing, coughing, fever, watery eyes, a sore throat, headache, and a stuffy or runny nose. "Symptoms related to a common cold are usually milder in severity than influenza or COVID-19," she explains. "People with common colds usually do not become short of breath or experience difficulty breathing." However, Dr. Darius says that it is important to note that people who have a mild presentation of COVID-19 or the flu can also appear to have a common cold. "We do know there are people who acquire COVID-19 who are asymptomatic (i.e., have no symptoms); hence it is imperative not to make assumptions based on symptoms alone," she adds

re How to Distinguish Symptoms of the Common Cold, Flu, and COVID-19 This

Flu Symptoms

Since the symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 present themselves in similar ways, it's crucial to see a doctor if you are experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, body aches, or fatigue at any point this season. "With the flu, the symptoms tend to be more sudden in appearance, whereas with COVID-19, it's a bit slower to appear," Dr. Darius notes. "Flu symptoms usually respond to antiviral medications like Tamiflu if started at the appropriate time, and most people will recover from the flu in days to less than two weeks."

COVID-19 Symptoms

Dr. Sherman says that the biggest challenge in differentiating between the coronavirus, a cold, and the flu is that COVID-19 reveals itself in so many different ways: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea are all symptoms. However, Dr. Sherman says there is one key trait that is unique to COVID-19. "The only symptom that can clearly differentiate COVID-19 from a cold or the flu is if a person has new loss of taste or smell," he says. "Another way to potentially differentiate is that cold and flu symptoms usually resolve within a week, so if symptoms last longer, it's probably COVID-19—but waiting more than a week is waiting too long to figure that out."

Preventative Measures

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to lower your chances of getting a cold, the flu, and COVID-19 this winter. "You can prevent contracting all three illnesses by taking preventive measures like wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, washing your hands regularly, social distancing, and getting a flu shot," Dr. Cameron says. Additionally, Dr. Sherman recommends cleaning and disinfecting any frequently touched surfaces in

your home at least once a day, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. "Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection," he advises. "Then, use an EPA-registered household disinfectant."

When to Call a Doctor

If you experience any of the symptoms of a common cold, influenza, or COVID-19 at any point in time this winter, Dr. Darius says it's imperative to contact a doctor and get tested immediately. "The clinical features of COVID-19 overlap substantially with influenza and other respiratory viral illnesses, and there is no way to distinguish among them without testing," she explains. "People should monitor their symptoms closely and get tested for the flu or COVID-19 as soon as possible."


The History of the Pioneer Saloon and Goodsprings, NV

If you live in Las Vegas, you've probably been to the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, NV at least once. Just a quick 45 minute drive from Las Vegas.

Head south from Las Vegas, as though you were on your way to Los Angeles and after about 30 miles, turn left and drive through a cacti-dotted landscape, up the hill toward the setting sun, and you’ll find the time-warped oasis that is the Pioneer Saloon. The Pioneer continues to pour for over 100 years; it’s the location of gunfights and ghost sightings, movie shoots, and video games.

Built in 1913 by local businessman George Fayle, the bar was formed out of stamped tin from the Sears Roebuck Company—indeed, the Pioneer looks like something out of a ghost town or Western flick with its false front and porch of well-worn boards. Inside, a 19th-century bar dominates the room, the wood worn to a soft, polished glow. The brass rail at the foot of the bar and the potbelly iron stove are both original. If you look beside the stove, you’ll see a few old bullet holes, the result of a long-ago fight over cheating at cards.

Another tragedy in the otherwise good-time history of the Pioneer involves Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. In 1942, Lombard was flying back to Los Angeles after a tour selling war bonds and her plane crashed into nearby Mount Potosi. As a team struggled to recover her body from the isolated crash site, Lombard’s husband, Clark Gable, waited at the bar in Goodsprings, drunk and inconsolable.

The legend of Gable and Lombard also contributes to the Pioneer Saloons’ reputation as a place rife with otherworldly activity. Both of them are said to have a presence there, as is the target of the bullets that went into the aforementioned holes, a depressive bartender and one of Nevada’s “working girls” of another era.

The saloon’s cast of astral character resulted in featured spots on TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and made it the site of meet-ups for fans of the paranormal. The Pioneer Saloon also occasionally hosts “ghost lockdowns,” where visitors can hang out from midnight until 4 a.m., playing with EVF meters and spirit boxes and attempting to contact Carole, Clark, or perhaps just an anonymous miner.

Pioneer possesses other silver screen connections, too. It was featured in The Mexican, Miss Congeniality 2, and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, as well as a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that landed on the cutting room floor. It has also manifested as the “Prospector Saloon” in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.

Heading into its second century, the Pioneer Saloon remains a beloved watering hole for both locals and visitors from around the world. It’s a popular spot for motorcycle riders as well as star gazers who appreciate the dearth of artificial light. The bar now offers a menu of sandwiches and burgers (try the ghost burger) as well as breakfast. Entertainment is provided by a jukebox, karaoke, and live bands, but the atmosphere of the Pioneer Saloon is thrill enough.





Enjoy a private and relaxing camp out on 130-acre organically farmed Alta Colina Vineyard, located in Paso Robles highly-acclaimed Adelaida District! Take a step back in time and spend the weekend camping in a boutique vintage trailer. Wake up well rested to a morning cup of coffee with sweeping views, hike and explore the property, and watch the sunset on the dock with a glass of Alta Colina's awarded Estate-Bottled Rhone varietal wines! ​ In partnership with Tinker Tin Trailer Company, Tillman and Maggie decided to share the winery’s gorgeous setting to create a unique visitor experience. Each meticulously restored trailer sleeps two and comes with ice box, coffeemaker, and linens. In true camping style, the bathroom and shower are conveniently nearby. A communal cooking area includes barbecue grill, cooktop, cookware, and a large farmhouse table that seats 12. Catered meals can be arranged, and restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores are just minutes away.

Guests can hike among the vineyards, swim from the shaded platform that extends into the pond, sunbathe, arrange yoga or massages, or gather outside for dining and, of course, wine tasting. Private tastings and wine blending classes are available, and the sunset view from the scenic Sundowner Deck while sipping a glass of wine is sublime.


I hope you're enjoying these articles as much as I enjoy writing them. Till next time.

Val Brown


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