Washington DC: Is Gambling On The Way?

The slots, roulette wheels and card tables wouldn’t actually be right there in the Nation’s Capital city. According to the promoters who want to bring gambling to the area, they’d be just across the Potomac River at the National Harbor in Maryland, near the Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

MGM Resorts International, with hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Asia and other parts of the world, is bidding to open a posh community that will include hotels, casinos, office buildings, shops, restaurants and other upscale businesses in that very upscale and busy area.

If approved by the appropriate authorities, promoters predict the new enterprise will affect the local economy in many positive ways, including creating thousands of new jobs. When completed, it will attract tourists, residents and, of course, politicians who already gamble with our tax dollars every day. Sorry, we just had to get in that last dig!

How To Avoid Catching The Flu When It Flies With You PDF Print E-mail

With this season’s heavy wet weather come the unwanted colds and other infections. Most savvy seniors avoid them by staying away from crowded stores, restaurants and other locations where crowds gather However, when flying, dealing with busy airports and sitting in tightly-packed airplanes is a challenge.

How can senior flyers avoid the close-by germs sprayed out into your airspace by near-by people with the flu and other contagious ailments? Of course, the basic answer is you can’t. However, there are ways to at least reduce the danger.

First, be sure you’re in good health or postpone your travel plans. Throughout your trip, avoid being near sneezers and coughers, If it’s your seatmate, ask the flight attendant for another seat. And, as many people in Asia do, wear a medicated face mask when you go through the crowded airport and during your flight

Unwelcome Springtime: Snow Continues To Cancel Flights PDF Print E-mail

If you have plans to fly to and from the East Coast during this first week of spring, be aware. According to news reports, thousands of flights have been cancelled. As the system slowly recovers, additional schedules are delayed and/or rerouted. Keep in hourly touch with your airline for specific info about your flight plans.

Get Better Smartphone Photos, Videos And Selfies PDF Print E-mail

One of the pleasures of travel is to record your journeys so that you, friends and family can enjoy the visual memories later. However, if they look amateurish, blurry, dark and otherwise distorted, your lack of skills will ruin it all.

Photo basics have been around since photographer Matthew Brady followed Union troops into the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. His work is classic, despite the fact he had to lug around a huge box camera, easel, glass plates, processing chemicals and other heavy equipment. All you need is your Smartphone to get sharp images and video, and you can do it in color.

Select your composition, whether you pose subjects or the scene happens just right. Have the sun or other source of light behind you, unless you want a sunset or silhouette. Before you take your trip, read up on Smartphone photo skills. You’ll enjoy results you’ll review with pride.

United Airlines Temporarily Suspends Pets Flying Cargo PDF Print E-mail

After several mishaps, including destination error and pet aboard death, the airline won’t accept them during an adjustment period for about two months. The suspension does not affect certified service dogs and pets in containers passengers store under their seats.

USA Today: Top 20 Spring Break Sites. Senior Travelers Beware! PDF Print E-mail

Of course, they’re all great places to spend some vacation time, but if you like quiet and relaxation, stay the hell away during this crazy time of year. When selecting one of these spots for your spring destination, be sure to check on when it will be the busiest with young visitors, booze and noise.

Then simply make your plans for another, more tranquil time. Your sanity, ears, eyes and temper will thank you for it. For info on this year’s spring break destinations, go to www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2018/03/18/the-top-20-spring-break-destinations-for-2018.


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