Manufactured spend, churning, and travel hacking are often hidden behind a veil of coded words and language, and whether or not that’s necessary is a subject for another time. Often the coding isn’t direct words, but rather what isn’t being said. That is, sometimes to find the weiner hiding between two sides of a hot-dug bun (you’re welcome Chad), we need to read between the lines.

Yesterday, an almost perfect, chef’s kiss example of reading between the lines graced churners. And, as if that weren’t enough, it came from a prior churning gamer turned gamee. (In case the post is deleted, I’ve archived an image for future generations):

I’ve never seen a more perfect and succinct object lesson. I mean, this is college textbook, honorary PhD, commemorative gold-leaf plaque level, but I digress.

There are at least two sides to explore this post from:

  • If you know exactly what this post is talking about: Try and view it through the lens of someone who doesn’t, and ask questions like, “what sticks out about this post?” and “What might help you recognize posts like this in the future when you might not know it’s talking about?” The better you answer those questions, the more effective you’ll be in the future.
  • If you don’t know what this is about: There are a few weird things about this post. To help with what those might be, some friendly redditors ask questions and make probably incorrect assumptions based on those questions. Do their answers make sense? What happens if you explore a little, do those explorations line up with those answers? Also, what do twitter X users have to say? Finally, who is this guy?

Good luck, and happy Tuesday! Also, sorry not sorry for another “so-cryptic-that-no-one-can-understand” MEAB post.

PS: I like Richard, he’s a decent guy and I don’t think he deserves the bad rap he gets. We need to separate the gaffe from the human on this one.

A churner consults the MEAB decoder book, unsuccessfully.