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Jun 042008
 

NYC really is the town I love to hate and hate to love. I live so close, but never get the chance to go to New York. Part of the reason for that is my fear of driving in such a huge city. I am not just afraid I am terrified. And this was even before I ever had my accident.

So how does someone get around the Big Apple if they are afraid to drive there? Get a drive that’s how. There is this limo service Brooklyn and Manhattan called Dial 7. They’ll get me where I need to go and I don’t have to worry about the traffic or the parking.

May 302008
 

The Telectroscope is an art project on a transatlantic scale. This huge interactive piece will be up in New York and London now through June 15th. Shame that it will only be available for such a short time, something this amazing should be in place all year long.

The artist’s site tells us that “more than a century after it was begun, the tunnel has finally been completed. An extraordinary optical device called a Telectroscope has been installed at both ends which miraculously allows people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa.”

For more information check out artist Paul St. George’s Telectroscope website.

The Telectroscope

May 282008
 

511 Tactical ShortsI thought Dickies had cool shorts, but compared to the 511 Tactical Shorts I am not so sure any more. These puppies are pretty sweet. They are stylish, built to last, and designed to carry bulky stuff. (You know, like your PDA, cell phone, iPod, etc. Gotta love those pockets.) Besides that you get to look like a cop instead of UPS man. Which is better? I’ll let you decide on your own as for me I like the stuff at LA Police Gear’s website just as good if not better.

May 152008
 

A few years ago one of my best friends and I had a whirlwind vacation out to Los Angeles. I had just returned from a family vacation to southern Germany and the very next weekend I am back on a plane to LA for the weekend. Yes, you heard me right, I said for the weekend. Normally, when I go places I like to go and stay for a while. That way I get to see things and experience the area more.

We flew into LAX and went straight to our hotel. We were in town for the very first Farscape convention which was being held in our hotel. We really did not have the need to drive anywhere so neither of us had rented a car. So no going anywhere other than the convention or so you would think.

Between convention events we went out to Griffiths Park to visit Forrest J Ackerman’s sci-fi museum, which was amazing. Then that evening my best friend from high school who was now living in LA picked us up and gave us a late night tour of the city. Renee drove us all over the place. She took Mary and me to this neat little sci-fi cafe and out to the coast so Mary could touch the pacific ocean. This was my Mary’s first trip to Los Angeles and it would have been more interesting for her had we had the time to actually take some sightseeing tours a bit, but we did not.

We;ll just have to plan more carefully and take the time to schedule something through TrustedTours.com. Hey, they may even be offering up a contest to win a tour. That would be cool. I know right now you can win $150 iTunes gift card just for signing up to their newsletter.

For vacations across the country look to TrusterTours.com for Things to do in New York City to LA.

May 132008
 

This is a really weird coincidence that golf has come up in my conversations about four times in the past week. So it only seems fitting that I bring it up now. I am not a golfer. If I were I would have had a free day of golf at a local course. That was my first conversation this week. The next was about my uncle who used to play, but my mom and I weren’t sure if he still does or not.

Golf might not be the most exciting spectator sport but it must be fun to play. I think playing golf could be a very fun, relaxing way to spend a day. Out in the sun and fresh air doing something you enjoy doing.

My best friend’s dad travels the country playing different golf course. He usually golfs on the east coast, but I am going to tell him about Las Vegas golfing. I always wanted to go to Vegas, but never thought I wanted to spend too much time on the strip. These trips would be a great way to travel. Visit your destination then stay and play golf in essence killing two birds with one stone. If you are a golfer this is not a bad way to travel, not at all. You might want to check out the Las Vegas Golf Authority to book a fabulous golfing trip now.

May 132008
 

Holy crap have you folks driving your SUVs noticed the price of gas per gallon lately? Don’t you realize you are going through it twice as fast, or faster, than the rest of us? It just might be time to dump the gas guzzler and get into a smaller vehicle or a hybrid.

Okay, so along with gas prices the economy is crap too and you can’t seem to get the car loan you need, or even worse you have maxed out all your credit cards and now have bad credit due to the current economic state (it has happened to a lot of people). Well you might want to look into the Complete Loan Source for your bad credit car loans they’ve got options you might be interested in.

This post about Gas Prices, Car Loans and the Economy was brought to you by the fine folks at CompleteLoanSource.com.

May 122008
 

Next time you need a car rental why not check out one of the smaller companies. Now mind you they are all that small as you will find pick up and drop off points and numerous US and international airports. They just aren’t every where like some companies, at least not yet.

First thing that struck me about this company was the announcement on their website that says they are the first major car rental company that is committed to going 100% green by the year 2010. So while we might not have our flying cars by 2010 you will be able to rent a car from an environmentally friendly company. Pretty cool.

Don’t forget to check out their special deals while you’re at their website. Who could pass up a deal like only $19.99 per day? With gas being as expensive as it is you need the break on the cost of the rental. That way you’ll be better equipped to enjoy your trip without further worries. Another way to save on your car rental is to fill out their survey once you have rented. If you do you’ll get a free day.

May 092008
 

It’s a small world after all and with technology it is getting even smaller. It is amazing to think we can pick up a phone and speak to someone half way around the world. I never gave international calling much thought, but I live in an area with a high immigrant population, which makes me wonder sometimes how big their phone bills must be. You move away from your family and friends to make a better life for yourself, but you still want to keep in touch and hear their voices. Luckily there are international calling cards, which can be a fraction of what you phone service would charge you.

With GetMeCallingCards.com you can get low rates on all your international calls like Mexico calling cards that let you call from the USA for only a penny a minute.

May 082008
 

The other night coming home from work I heard a report about a motorcycle accident on the turnpike that had caused traffic in both lanes to be closed due to a helicopter landing to airlift the person to the hospital. You know it is a bad accident when you hear the word “airlift”.

Thank goodness for companies like AeroCare. They are a 24 hour air ambulance service that offers the life saving Medivac services of transporting patients from just about any where in the world. While the services that AeroCare offers differ from those of the accident victim’s swift flight to the hospital they do offer an invaluable service to transplant patients around the globe. Which is a cause near and dear to my heart.

If you ever find yourself in need of medical transport you’ll be glad you heard about AeroCare and their professional medical flight team.

Apr 302008
 

Texas is a big state with lots of things to do. I am not sure one visit would be enough. I luckily have friends who live in different areas of the state so I should be able to plan several trips to get the most out of the state especially when it comes to making plans to visit my friends in Houston.

I just came across this beautiful historic site, W.H. Stark House that I have to fit into one of the trips even if it is on the wrong side of the state, but thank goodness for those friends in Houston. It is a huge Victorian home turned into a museum located in the City of Orange about 120 miles east of Houston. I absolutely love the Victorian time period. Not that I would have wanted to be a female back in those days as I am certainly not into wearing all the dresses and lace, but I can appreciate the beauty of it all.

Lately I have been really getting into the whole steampunk scene too and this place fits that bill to a tee. Just seeing the outside of this place makes me want to go. It is huge and gorgeous! The folks that built it, William Henry Stark and Miriam Melissa Lutcher Stark, were avid collectors. And we all know collecting is an obsession and not just a hobby. You have got to see the stuff they have online and that is only a small portion of the entire collection on view at the W.H. Stark House.

They even have a bronze death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte. This is right up my morbid little alley. Besides that there is other artwork, beautiful vintage household items (that only the rich then and now could ever hope to own) and not to be missed is the wonderfully steampunk 1909 Hupmobile Roadster. What an amazing looking automobile. What H. G. Wells or Jules Verne fan wouldn’t want to have that vehicle?

While the online images of this place are beyond amazing I truly do suggest that anyone near this place goes there.

Mar 192008
 

Speak EnglishGeno’s Steaks in Philadelphia has a sign out front that says, “This is America please speak English when ordering”. The city of Philadelphia was trying to make the owner, Joey Vento remove the sign.

Personally, I feel it is his business and he has every right to expect his customers to order in a way that is understandable to himself and his employees. Therefore requesting they speak English when ordering does not seem to be asking too much.

I worked for a Greek boss who demanded that when ordering a gyro that you pronounced it properly [year-roh] or no sandwich. He would spend 10 or 15 minutes trying to get folks to say it correctly before taking their order for the sandwich.

I just heard that today the judge ruled that he did not have to take the sign down at least not just yet. Good as there is this little thing called freedom of speech. I think this falls under that. In any case Geno strikes a chord with many, especially in a time when almost all customer service calls are outsourced to India. It is hard dealing with someone in a busy environment when they do not speak English or do not speak without a heavy accent. I just saw an audio book in my local library that taught you to speak English with an American accent. Hey if Nicole Kidman can do anyone can.

That said if you are ever in Philadelphia you have to have a cheese steak, best hot sandwich in the world.

Jan 062008
 

We need to enact a ban of newspapers in public places. They are just too big and violate other personal spaces on buses, trains, planes, and even in waiting rooms. They just should not be allowed in crowded public areas. Sitting in a full waiting room I was constantly being nudged and annoyed by the person next to me as they flipped through their paper with no thought to the person 2 inches away from them. It is even worse on a plane. The last time I flew some where I was next to this guy who first of all showed how annoyed he was to be next to me then proceeded to fully open is paper over both his plane seat and mine! He was on the aisle but he just had to stick his paper right in front of me. Man I hate middle seats on a plane.

The average seat is about 15 inches and the average newspaper is almost twice that. How can someone reading a paper in public help but aggravate the person next to them? There would not be a need for a ban if the average human being was considerate enough not to push their paper into the face of the person next to them, but they are not.

Heck, a magazine is even pushing it in closer quarters, so please think before you spread your wings completely. The person next to you might want to read the same thing you are.

Dec 122007
 

I am so sick of being cooped up in the house. And now the weatherman is threatening me with horrible weather. Last weekend we saw how an ice storm literally froze the mid-west. Heck, it looked like Mr. Freeze from Batman hit the area with his freeze ray. The poor folks in three states, which have now declared states of emergency, are sending their bad weather my way.

I don’t want to be stuck in the house with freezing cold temperatures outside and ice and snow swirling around me. I want to be somewhere warm.

Now is the perfect time to get away, unless of course you’re me, because the fine folks down in Florida (gloriously sunny and warm Florida) are having a great lodging special. Right now when you buy two nights you’ll get a third night free. You can book your stay at Amelia Island in any number of participating hotels and bed & breakfasts. Amelia Island has more to offer than simply escaping from the winter weather. They have historic tours, fishing, sailing, hiking, and golf just to name a few of their fun in the sun things to do.

Can you think of anything better than escaping the ice-cold winter weather and exchanging it for a warm glowing sunset on a beach? Since I am stuck in the cold of north eastern united states why not head to warmer climes and enjoy that sunset for me.