Freebirds and the American Express black card

by Elizabeth on January 4, 2013

We drove up to Dallas last night with Joe’s coworker, Michael, and his intern, Ryan. Our trip included a stop for dinner at Freebirds for huge burritos and even bigger brownies. I always find it so interesting to talk to people I don’t know well and find out what they know a lot about and how they learned it.

I could talk for hours about running, babies, chocolate, and emotional health. Yesterday Ryan taught me about the American Express black card (you have to spend $250,000 a year to qualify and keep spending that much to keep it and the rewards are ridiculous.) Just thinking about seeing those monthly statements makes me anxious. It’s the world’s most exclusive credit card and it’s made of titanium. You get personal shoppers so you don’t have to deal with your normal mall traffic and it doesn’t have a preset limit. He even showed me a slide show on it. He also taught me all about partnerships (like law firms) and corporations and the difference between publicly and privately owned companies. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I didn’t know anything about this stuff until now. It just made me realize how different people’s interests are and how you really do learn something new everyday.


When we arrived at Ryan’s home his parents were amazingly welcoming and had drinks and even more food for us. They fell in love with Noah which I’m pretty sure is not the emotion Ryan’s dogs felt towards him.

Today began with an 11.5 mile run around White Rock Lake. I went pretty hard since tomorrow will more than likely be a rest day due to the fact our flight leaves super early!


Joe and I always talk about how being a runner is awesome because it allows you to explore parts of an area you might not get to see otherwise.


It’s hard to tell from this iPhone picture but there was a waterfall about half way through the run. It’s always nice to have a change of scenery!

I’m making this short and sweet today since we are headed to a Cotton Bowl tailgate. Have a great Friday friends!

Is there something you know a lot about? What sparked your interest? Let’s hear about it!

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1 Haylee January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

This is something I’ve thought a lot about too, how there are SO many different things people can be interested in. Like you’ll hear about people who are expert bird watchers or something random and I always think it’s the coolest thing. It makes you realize really how diverse this world is.
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2 Elizabeth January 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

So true Haylee! I’m glad someone can relate to my interest in learning what other people know haha :-)


3 kim@hungryhealthygirl January 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

Wow….I’m pretty sure that I’ll never qualify for an American Express Black card….unless I win the lotto or something. In 2011, I ran the White Rock Marathon….very pretty area to run. Hope you had fun at the game! It was a great one!
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4 Joe July 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I appreciated your intro paragraph about the Amex Centurion Card. I am a cardholder and always battle with ownership. It is a 5K Fee plus another 2.5K per year, and Amex now has all of my data and spending history. There are many, many perks though. For example: If you buy a first class international plane ticket, you get a free one for your travel companion by using the card. That in-and-of itself can be a $2,000+ value.
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