Cayman Islands: Sunken Ship For Scuba Diving

The newest attraction for scuba-diving tourists in the Caymans is the former US Navy submarine rescue ship, the USS Kittawake.

After more than 40 years of service in war and peace, the old ship was deliberately sunk, finding a permanent resting place on the harbor floor as an artificial reef. In the crystal-clear water, divers can swim down the 15 feet to explore the ship’s exterior and interior.

There are five decks, bridge, crew’s quarters, mess hall and other  declassified structures still intact. The Kittawake is just a mile offshore from Grand Cayman's popular Seven Mile Beach and other tourist areas.

Las Vegas NV: Lo Mejor De Los Burritos Mexicanos PDF Print E-mail

Take some time from grooving and gambling away your family fortune to enjoy a South of the Border feast at Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel. Order the Ultimate Burrito, deliciously stuffed with over three pounds of pulled chicken, pork, beef, refried beans, rice, queso, guacamole, crema, pico de gallo and lettuce. Cost: $24, but unless you’re a cerdo, it’ll feed at least three family members, your dog and cat.

See The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade PDF Print E-mail

If you’ll be in Tinsel Town on Sunday, November 25, be on Hollywood Boulevard at 5 p.m. to join in on the holiday festivities. Nancy O’Dell of Entertainment Tonight will be grand marshal.

In previous years, parade leaders have included Gene Autry, Bob Hope, James Stewart. Sammy Davis Jr., Mickey Rooney, Mickey Mouse and many other vintage celebrities. In addition to parade performers and marching music, you’ll see a jolly Santa, along with movie and TV stars as they celebrate the season.

Shoot Creative Photos & Videos On Your Next Trip PDF Print E-mail

If Warhol and other so-called artists can make millions of bucks on soup can photo copies, you can shoot niftier scenes while wandering the world. Remember the good old days when you had to buy film and reload your camera after 36 shots? Now there’s no film, more sophisticated cameras and endless opportunities for creative photo results.

Do a few selfies, but mostly seek out interesting moments you’ll treasure for many years. While wandering through Zanzibar markets, Grand Canyon rocks or Paris boulevards, scenic opportunities are endless. Capture candid travel scenes that happen once and never again. Then, long after you return home, you’ll look at your photos and videos and repeat what Bogart said to Bacall: We’ll always have Paris.

Holiday Travel: Anger Gets You Nowhere From Here To There PDF Print E-mail

Thomas Paine wrote: These are the times that try men’s souls. Of course, if you remember your history, he meant battles of the American Revolution. The same phrase could apply to this year’s holiday season, when embattled travel schedules are as unpredictably revolutionary.

Of course, impatience and anger on the roads and in airports are normal human reactions to the frustrating holiday surge. However, even firebrand Thomas Paine would tell you that consideration and courtesy are the best ways to overcome the problems of holiday travel. When the inevitable airport and flight schedule messes happen during your holiday travels, you’ll be ready to explode at employees at the front desk, flight attendants and fellow travelers bumping you in the airport.

Before it happens, take a deep breath and allow yourself to calm down. Of course, the anger won’t help the situation at all. Smile and ask courteously how you can help solve the problem. To your amazement, this approach may actually get you on another flight or a better seat on the scheduled one you’re able to catch. 

The secret is to be patient, courteous and understanding during holiday air travel. Considering all the potential and inevitable problems, it’s not as if you have any other choice.

USA Today: Five Worst U.S. Cities For Pedestrian Fatalities PDF Print E-mail

They’re listed as Detroit, Newark, St. Louis, Baton Rouge, and Miami. Maybe others should be listed instead. How about Philly, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago? And of course, New York City.

In 1931, Winston Churchill was in Manhattan on a lecture tour. Crossing the street he looked the wrong (British) way and was hit by a taxi on Fifth Avenue. He survived to become one of Britain’s most famous statesmen.  There have been thousands of similar accidents on the streets in America’s busiest city since, and they continue to happen daily.

City traffic can be most dangerous for seniors, especially those wandering as tourists. With endless distractions, including cell phones, cameras and rubber-necking the tall buildings, we’re most prone to accidents than other pedestrians. If your plans during this busy holiday season or at any other time include walking city streets, be extra careful for taxi cabs, cars, trucks and mindless smartphone walkers.


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