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Springtime is military reunion time. Will you attend yours? PDF Print E-mail

Do you miss the old gang? Do you want to spend some moments again with them to relive old times? If so, now’s the season to plan to attend that big annual reunion you’ve thought of going to for too many past years, but never did.

Were you a GI, swabbie, gyrene, WAC, WAVE, SPAR, WAF, CPO, flyboy, MP, SP, LT, EM3, SFC or anyone else who has served in the US, UK, Iwo, Inchon, China Beach, Okie, Iraq, Ketchican, Afghanistan, Kahsakstan or with a PVT name Stan? If so, maybe you’d like to see how the years have treated others from your old unit.

You know your old shipmates, squadron pals and foxhole friends are not getting any younger, and neither are you. For more complete information, contact people in your old unit who do the annual planning. Or go to listings on your internet under 2009 military reunions.

Here are just a slight sprinkling of the hundreds planned for upcoming months:

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Bargain Travel Hints for Seniors PDF Print E-mail

We’re a bit prejudiced, but the best way to keep up on all the latest about senior travel services, news, bargains and recommendations is to click in to www.travel55plus.com. Additionally, interesting new articles and other features are posted daily.

One of the best ways to find travel bargains for seniors is to join AARP. Membership is inexpensive, and you can call the organization's 800- phone line or check its online website www.aarp.com for all kinds of information, including travel. AARP is an enormous organization with about 20 million senior members, and can provide service and suggestions for any travel schedule.

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Travel Troubles: Five steps to take if your I.D. has been stolen PDF Print E-mail

The very first thing you must do about credit card or I.D. theft is to do everything possible to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. Study up on security information from your credit card company and look for credit card protection suggestion from experts on the internet.

When you’re traveling, keep your credit card in a secure pocket of your purse or wallet, preferably one with a zipper or velcro-closing tape. If you have any suspicions about your credit card number or other I.D. possibly being stolen when paying in a store, restaurant or other retail situation, pay in cash, report it immediately.

It's never a good idea to give your credit card to a friend and allow him or her to use it to buy anything. Keep a copy of your credit card number or a Xerox of all I.D. cards in a secure place at home. Keep handy in your wallet or purse a copy of the emergency 800 number of your credit card company. One more suggestion is to keep a low max limit of your allowable credit card purchase total; for instance $1,000 to $2,000.

All of that said, there are at least five important steps to take when your credit card is accidentally lost, or when it or its number has been stolen.

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Javelinas can be dangerous to curious tourists in Arizona & Mexico PDF Print E-mail

There was a recent story on our local TV news programs about two dogs that were gored to death by javelinas (pronounced hah-veleenas). In another case, a woman tourist filed a law suit against Saguaro National Forest because she was severely bitten while playing golf on a local course by a mother javelina.

Not many people outside of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest know about these desert animals. They closely resemble hairy, wild pigs, but are actually a rodent species. And they can be very bad-tempered when aroused.

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Ten tips on how to make airport check-in & wait easier PDF Print E-mail

Airport check-in processes are inconvenient even on the rare occasions when they go smoothly. We can’t help being angry about it, because the tight security was totally unnecessary when we flew in earlier years.

It started in the 1970s when a bunch of freaks decided hijacking, killing innocent people, blowing up their own insane butts and destroying commercial aircraft would advance their crazy causes.

Particularly since 9/11/01, the security agony continues for every flight to anywhere. That said, there are ways to make your own check-in process easier. While you can’t do anything to change the security system, you can take personal steps to help get through it with a minimum of &%$#§ (choose your own curse word) frustration. Here are some suggestions:

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