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Looking For Trump Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re planning a Los Angeles trip with a booked bus tour in Hollywood. Our grandkids were there last month and talked about all the fuss people make at the Donald Trump star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Where is it located, so we can pay our respects or disrespects? Margaret P., Evanston IL

A: It’s located on the 6800 block, between two metal elevator grates, and retail stores Sephora and American Eagle. It does get a lot of attention from both pro- and anti-Trump tourists. It’s next to the star for the recently disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, so you can expect some creative posing and other antics by tourists. Bring your camera

Is It Safe For Seniors To Take The Hollywood Walk Of Fame? PDF Print E-mail

Q: We’re scheduled to visit Los Angeles next month, and since we’re old movie fans now in our 70s, we have one bucket list location we want to experience, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We’ve heard rumors that it isn’t safe. What do you think? Mrs. Laura E., Pueblo CO

A: The Hollywood Walk of Fame is often crowded with tourists, plus souvenir hawkers, costumed characters and street people. As you wander, you’ll be prime targets for those who earn their living making money from tourists. If you do your visit during weekday daylight hours, you should be safe. Also, there are interesting souvenir shops and eateries, as well as the famous Walk of Fame sidewalk plaques and movie star footprints at Grauman’s Theater.

Q: I’m Worried About What To Do If My Hotel Has A Fire PDF Print E-mail

Though I must now use a wheelchair, I still want to do as much traveling as physically possible. Recent news about a sudden hotel fire in the Philippine capital of Manila that killed 75 people frightens me. How can I prepare in case I’m forced to get to safety in a hurry.
Mrs. WLA, Baltimore MD

A: Now that you’re not as mobile as you were in younger days, be alert to potential travel dangers at all times. When checking in to a hotel, get familiar with all the safety rules, including fire alarms and other warning systems.

Book a room on a lower floor, preferably close to the elevators and exit doors. Travel with a physically-fit companion who can help, especially if you must use the stairs. If you see fire or smell smoke in your room, have your smartphone close at all times to call the front desk and/or local fire department for help.

Q&A: I’m Allergic To Dogs And Encounter Too Many In Airports PDF Print E-mail

Q: Recently I read an article on the Los Angeles Times website about the continuing increase of dogs in airports. They include traveling pets, service dogs and volunteer comfort dogs. Every time I fly these days, I’m surrounded by them, both in airports and aboard flights. My asthma gets so bad I can’t stop sneezing. What can I do about it? MMJ, Portland ME

A: Not much to change the situation. It seems increased crowding, tougher security and other contemporary airport situations encourage more presence of dogs for various reasons. The best way to address your allergy is to have a session with your family physician, and get an effective prescription to ease your allergy.

Take enough medications you can use while being confined at airports and aboard flights where dogs are present. If weather permits, spend as much airport waiting time outside in the fresh air. When your seat is being assigned, tell the online or live airline contact about your medical condition. Ask for seating, usually near the rear the plane, where there are no dogs during the flight.

Times Square NYC: How Do I Deal With Costumed Characters? PDF Print E-mail

Q: I recently took my two grandkids to Manhattan for a day at the theater. Everything went OK until we walked through Times Square. When the kids went over to the costumed characters to shoot some selfies, they heard nasty cursing and loud demands for money. I quickly pulled the kids away without paying anything. Was I right? AAL, Scranton PA

A: Of course, if you were offended by the language in front of the kids, you were right to leave. That scene happens often because all of the characters expect to be paid for posing for photos. Now that kids of all ages use smartphones frequently, on crowded days among the costumed characters many snap and leave without paying.


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