Whoooops! Different kind of greening of America

After decades of seeing sick and drunken customers’ faces turn green and then decorate their taxis with barf, Chicago cabbies have had enough. They’re asking the city to enact a law that future in-cab sickos must pay $50 for each throw-up incident.

If enacted, Chicago will be the first U.S. city to make sick boozers and bad-food eaters pay for their offensively messy offenses. We've nothing against hard-working hack drivers, but the Chicago ordinance should also require cabbies to take at least one bath a week and not drive to O’Hare Airport via Milwaukee.

OPEC Ode To Memorial Day: We're Gonna Empty Your Wallets PDF Print E-mail

This holiday tradition is when we honor those who fought and died for our freedom. The Middle East and U.S. oil moguls feel free on the day by boosting already-inflated prices of gas to highway robbery levels.

According to the app GasBuddy, the national average will go over $3 a gallon. In California and other heavy driving states it could go as high as $5. All we senior roadies can do is find ways of fighting back. Patronize stations that offer the lowest prices, do ride-sharing for local and long holiday drives, and think seriously of getting an all-electric for your next car purchase.

Wanna Board Your Flight First? Take A Kid With You PDF Print E-mail

Beat ever-tightening, ever-changing rules your airline applies to keep you way back in the boarding line. Even if you buy the cheapest ticket, fly with at least one charming little tyke aged six or younger.

It’s especially good for passengers of Southwest and other airlines where seats are not pre-assigned, and by the time you get aboard all overhead bins are stuffed full. Of course, once you’re seated you may have to deal with emergency diaper changes, loud crying by the kids and dirty looks from nearby passengers.

Holy Hawg! Has It Been 50 Years Since “Easy Rider”? PDF Print E-mail

It seems like just yesterday when the two young guys went roaring for 900 miles along Route 40 from Los Angeles to Taos, New Mexico. Are you nostalgic enough to repeat what Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper did in 1969? Of course, your trip will not end in disaster as it did for the guys in the movie.

Plan a drive (not necessarily on a hawg) to some of America’s most beautiful scenes. Stop often for some creative camera pointing. And along the way, don’t forget to detour to Winslow, the Grand Canyon, Ojai, Joshua Tree, Sedona, Santa Fe, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Petrified Forest to enjoy the fantastic sights.

Game Of Thrones: How To Stay Clean In Strange Toilets PDF Print E-mail

Seniors who travel to such exotic destinations as Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Cairo and Santiago often have sanitation problems. Foreign restrooms not only have challenges on how to use the facilities, some are just plain filthy.

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go, and there are ways to meet the cleanliness challenges. Always carry basic kits, including disposable medicated wipes and small bottled or spray cleaner. Also have meds to deal with sudden attacks of diarrhea. Generally, to limit urgent need for potentially dangerous toilets, avoid unfamiliar ethnic and street vendor foods.

Q: Do We Need Travel Agents In This On-Line Age? PDF Print E-mail

We just retired and are making plans to do some cruises and other overseas traveling. With all kinds of the most updated info available every minute on the internet, is it easier and more economical to do it ourselves on our computer and smartphone? Mrs. PMO’R, Temple TX

A: Working in person with a qualified local travel adviser can help you sort out the best schedules, as well as find the most economical deals and packages. To start, check out the website of the American Society of Travel Agents for the latest info, go to www.travelpulse.com/suppliers/travel-associations/american-society-of-travel-agents


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