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Airport Nintendos Bring Back Pinball Machine Memories PDF Print E-mail


With some opening of game lounges at U.S. airports come memories of youthful years. Way back then we played for a nickel a game at the corner drugstore. Now it requires quarters and more to use the newest varieties, including The Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey.

There are Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up lounges at select U.S. airports, including Dulles, Tacoma, O’Hare and Dallas Love Field. www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/02/13/nintendo-opens-game-lounges-at-us-airports\

 
Las Vegas NV: Homeless On Sidewalks Growing Problem PDF Print E-mail


If Sin City is on your travel plans, be aware of possible encounters with ragged people and beggars. You’ll see them night and day on popular tourist sidewalks including downtown Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip). Many live in tents on parking lots, lawns and alleys. Some actually camp in storm drains under popular Strip hotels.

A new city law now is intended to reduce the problem with fines and forceful removing of homeless from the streets. There are also various relocations to city-run shelters. However, on your next visit to Sin 
City, be aware that the problem on the streets is not yet solved. www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/13/las-vegas-homeless-sleeping-ban-no-lodging

 
Survey Sez New Yawkers Are Baddest Tempered In The USA PDF Print E-mail


A Business Insider survey claims 34.3 percent of the senior travelers who voted believe Big Apple residents are the meanest. The study asked 2,000 adults online to name the rudest city in the country.

The Big Bad Apple residents finished first by far, with Los Angeles a distant second with 19.7 percent. Next in the nasty cities were Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco.  The opinion about NYC isn’t new.

When John Adams visited New York in 1774, he wrote in his diary: “With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found. “I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town,” he griped, according to the New York Times.

 
U.S. News & World Report: Best Hotels In The U.S.A. PDF Print E-mail


According to those famed travel experts, you’ll get your finest luxuries and accommodations at the following, in rank order: 1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii,  2. The Langham, Chicago, 3. The Peninsula Chicago, 4. Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, and 5. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Of course, some seasoned senior travelers have other ideas on the best hotels. How about the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California, The Peninsula and Beverly Hills Hotels, Beverly Hills, California, and the Fairmont, San Francisco, California? In other words, if you want to find the top American hotels, but not necessarily at the best prices, travel to the Sunshine State. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2020/02/04/best-hotels-us-mexico-canada-per-us-news-world-report

 
Uber Drivers At Airports May Now Charge Taxi Fares PDF Print E-mail


Uber calls it "Project Luigi." The company planners claim it allows Uber drivers more control control over their income as independent contractors. So far, the system is being tried at California airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento.

Uber drivers there can set fares up to five times greater than Uber's original price, in increments of 10%. In other words, now Uber drivers can rip off riders for typical cabbie high charges, especially in busy airports. Ten years ago, newly-introduced Uber charges averaged less than half of taxi fares.

Them wuzz the days! So, whenever you book a Uber ride at those three airports, and soon everywhere else, be prepared to pay as much as you would for a taxi.

 
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