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Tampa FL: Tasty Trio Of Great Local Restaurants PDF Print E-mail


Fortunately for Florida, Hurricane Harvey decided to do its damage mostly in Texas. Tampa has been lucky, and so you will be when you dine there. Here are three favorite restaurants in that senior-friendly town:

Bern's Steak House: For more than a half-century, this upscale eatery (1208 S. Howard Ave.) has been a great favorite of locals and visitors in the city's upscale SoHo district. The setting is palatial, and the exotic menu offers a culinary investment in the best steaks in town.

Bern's has won many honors, including a very high compliment from TV chef Rachel Ray. She called it the best steak restaurant in America. A favorite is the traditional porterhouse, served with side dishes of asparagus, caramelized red onions and a twice-baked potato.

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Help, I’ve Fallen And Can’t Get My Old Butt Up PDF Print E-mail


Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, 73, fell the other day and was hauled off to the hospital. Fortunately, his injuries were relatively light and he should be walking again soon. Other famous oldsters, including astronaut John Glenn, Hillary Clinton and Justice Sonia Sotomayor have had injuries after falling in bathrooms and elsewhere.

Of course, you can’t possibly prevent all such accidents, especially if you’re an avid senior traveler. Areas in airports, stairways, escalators, cruise ships and city streets can become dangerous as we get older and less physically capable.

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Know Where You Can’t Stick Your Selfie Stick PDF Print E-mail

It has caught on around the world in just the last decade or so. After the intro of smartphones and their many capabilities, some smarty invented the selfie stick. Connected and pointed, it allows you to hold it out at arm’s length and get your face into every photo you shoot.

However, not all are thrilled with the snoopy little device and the disruption it can cause. When traveling, before pointing and shooting, know the rules about selfie sticks at all public locations.  Don’t make a selfish pest out of your selfie efforts.

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Seniors: Fight The Battle Of The Shrinking Airline Seat PDF Print E-mail


According to a recent USA Today article, a federal appeals court has gigged airlines for their constant narrowing of economy seats. It was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Flyers Rights consumer group.

One of the three presiding judges, obviously in sympathy for the ever-more cramped passengers, called it “the case of the incredible shrinking airline seat.” When you’re making flight plans, keep up on the news of how or if any positive actions will result from the lawsuit.

Then, as a senior passenger in one of the squeezed cheap seats, you’ll just have to grit your teeth and bear it. However, especially if you’re elderly, in a wheelchair or otherwise obviously physically challenged, you may be able to squirm out of the squeeze.

Before take-off, as boarding the aircraft is ending, check to see if there are empty seats in the higher-class sections. If so, politely ask the flight attendant if you may move to a larger, more comfy seat. You may be turned down or required to pay a higher fee, but it’s always worth the try.

 
Cuba Tips: Get Best Deals By Smart Senior Gringo PDF Print E-mail


The decades-old animosity between the US and Cuba is still not completely over. Just the other day, there were accusations that Cuban government guys drugged some American diplomats.

However, more and more U.S. senior tourists are taking the short flight to the feisty island. Just because it’s still Castro Commie shouldn’t stop you. After all, so are China and Russia still pinko, and millions of US tourists flock there annually with no restrictions.

So, if you’re brave enough to plan a Havana holiday, and your ID and other paperwork is up-to-date, consider some tips for making it more pleasant, and just maybe, more economical.

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