U.S. State Dept.: Stay The Hell Out Of North Korea

Now officially in effect, U.S. citizens are banned from traveling to the avidly anti-American nation. Current U.S. travel passports are now invalid there, with few exceptions.

Certified journalists and some charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross, may still have permission to visit the country. There have been recent incidents, particularly the jailing and mistreatment of the American college student. The cruel act of sending him home to die should be warning enough for any sane senior traveler.

Welcome Springtime And Annual Gas Price Robbery PDF Print E-mail

As usual, it starts with the same old tactics of pleading need for more money to dig for oil. Of course, the plan is to dig their dirty claws deeper into your pocket. You can expect all the crooks, including foreign oil barons, American oil companies and your friendly neighborhood gas station owner, to do the annual thievery.

It began back in the 1970s when they discovered they could fake artificial shortages and hike prices sky high to grab more loot. They also started the ever-rising inflation in our entire economy that still plagues us today.

What can senior travelers do about the current scam? Not much on the prices, but we can try personal savings actions. Walk more, share rides with neighbors, use public transportation and/or car hailing services. When it’s time to buy a new car, go partially or totally electric. And finally, although it won’t save you money, when filling up, let the greedy station owner know your anger at being robbed.

London & Paris Apartment Short Stays At Bargain Rates PDF Print E-mail

If you’re traveling to one of those popular cities with a group of friends or relatives, consider private home rentals. They’re much cheaper than today’s grossly overpriced city hotels, and you get an entire house or apartment at bargain prices. Two agencies are offering discount deals through March 31. For info, go to londonperfect.com and parisperfect.com

Lake Elsinore CA: Poppy Fields Cause Highway Problems PDF Print E-mail

Because of this season’s unusually heavy rains, many California landscapes are covered with brilliant blossoms of orange, red and purple poppies. However, the overwhelming masses of visitors blocking roads have caused local police to cut off access to many of the areas of Lake Elsinore, including Walker Canyon.

If your travel schedule includes current visits and the upcoming 2019 California Poppy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 - 28, keep in close touch. Check breaking news reports that could affect your plans.

Hollywood CA: Relive The Glamor At The TCM Film Festival PDF Print E-mail

The exciting program is from Thursday to Sunday, April 11 to 14, at the 10th annual celebration and 25th anniversary of Turner Classic Movies. Iconic films at the festival include Gone With The Wind, The Dolly Sisters, From Here To Eternity, Hello Dolly, The Sound Of Music and many others.

In the long list of invited special guests are Billy Crystal, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine, Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan and many other familiar faces. Programs will be in nearby tinseltown. They include Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), Egyptian Theatre, and Legion Theater at Post 43 celebrating its 100th birthday. For event schedules, membership, ticket prices and other info, go to filmfestival.tcm.com

Sniffing Beagle Brigade Police The Busiest U.S. Airports PDF Print E-mail

Waiting for your flight, you may see them nosing about on duty. They’re now performing their skills at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago's O’Hare, but soon may go to work at other airports. With their sensitive noses, the trained Beagles sniff out grains and meats in passenger luggage that could bring in serious diseases and insects.


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