NYC: Carnegie Hall Marks 125th Birthday

Remember the old joke: Q: How do I get to Carnegie Hall? A: Practice, man, practice! Since Andrew Carnegie’s dream became a reality in 1891, thousands of practiced musicians and other entertainers have found their way to the classic building at Manhattan’s 7th Avenue and 57th Street.

The lists of famous performers is nearly endless: Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Horowitz, Rachmaninoff, Billie Holiday, Sinatra, the Beatles, Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis and many, many other entertainment immortals.

If your travels take you to Manhattan, for schedules of year-long birthday celebrations, go to carnegiehall.org/125

Hotel Room $nack$: Hike To A Local Store Instead PDF Print E-mail

Recently stayed at a nice beach hotel. Room rates were modestly high, with a lunch included. However, scan the prices of stuff in the so-called honor bar. Are you old enough to remember when a candy bar, bag of jelly beans and soda were a nickel or dime? And a beer or shot of whiskey just 50¢? Here they cost many, many times more.

Do yourself a favor next time you check into a posh hotel. Stop first at a local store and load up before going to your room. The prices of the store-bought snack stuff aren’t as cheap as they were when you were young. But they won’t be 1,000% higher, as they are in hotel room fridges.

They Shouldn’t Allow Little Kids On Cruises!! PDF Print E-mail

Q: OK, before I begin my gripe, call me a nasty old man. That said, I believe cruise ships should ban kids under age 12. I spent many years working so I could enjoy my well-deserved retirement.

I love cruises, but not when the ship is full of screaming, out-of-control brats who hog the pools, spas, buffets, passageways, elevators and everywhere else. Am I wrong with this mean old Scrooge attitude? LBL, Birmingham AL

Manhattan, New York NY: Waldorf Astoria Memories PDF Print E-mail

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the famed 85-year-old hotel where Frank Sinatra, the Duke of Windsor, President Eisenhower and other past luminaries once dwelt is going condo. Purchased by a Chinese firm, a three-year plan to completely convert the building will soon begin.

The news brings back this travel4seniors.com writer's personal Waldorf Astoria memories of 65 years ago. On Korean War Navy duty in 1951, I was in a six-week training course in Manhattan. On weekend nights, we Navy students hit the streets. Junior officers and CPOs, all with WWII service, we were hot stuff in cool dress whites and chests full of campaign ribbons.

Philadelphia PA: Taxing On Your Bubbly PDF Print E-mail

We can only guess this new tax is because Philly needs more money to fix the streets and/or fix the politicians. Starting January 1, there will be a 1.5¢-per-ounce tax on soft drinks you may consume while visiting the City of Brotherly Love.

The new levy applies to sodas and other sugary drinks, including teas, sports and energy drinks. No tax, at least for now, will be on liquid products of more than 50% fruit juice, vegetable juice or milk.

At this very moment, is it possible Philly officials are considering yet another way to get more money? They may be studying how to install coin-operated water-drinking fountains at local schools, parks and other public locations.

Travel Tips: Set Your Budget And Stick To It PDF Print E-mail

While grocery shopping at home, savvy seniors carefully take stacks of coupons and drive all over town to different stores to save pennies. However, when many go traveling, they think nothing of shelling out $200 for dinner at a posh restaurant or betting $100 a hand at the blackjack table.

When taking a trip, it’s easy to get into the anything-goes mood and toss caution and money out the window. The excuse is: let’s have fun now, and worry about budgets when we get home. The smart travel industry always deliberately sets the scene for unlimited tourist spending. The mood is contagious, but there are ways to modify it.


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