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Keep Clean As You Wander This Dirty World PDF Print E-mail


Consider all the places you touch with bare hands when traveling, especially in this busy season. Doorways, railings, toilet seats, sinks, escalators, airport and store counters. In foreign countries, you expose yourself to new foods, cultures and experiences, but also to more species of germs.

On future journeys, bring sanitizing products, including disposable medicated wet wipes. Whether in airplane, train, store, public toilet or bus, first wipe down arm rests, tray tables, sinks and everything else with a couple of cleansing swipes.

 
Senior Sailors Beware: Avoid Cruise Ship Tragedies PDF Print E-mail


For seniors on ocean voyages, it’s a fun adventure with scenic waters, interesting port visits, onboard entertainment, great dining and much more. However, you’re also sailing into challenges aboard a large, mostly metal vehicle that can be much more physically dangerous than what older people normally face on dry land.

First, there’s boarding as you make your way up a steep ramp. You pass many outside railings as you walk through the ship, and during rough seas, you must be careful of falling at all times. Additionally, although the rules forbid it, some passengers climb on rails to shoot selfies and otherwise take chances that may cause injury or worse,

Recently a young father died after he fell four stories from a balcony to a lower deck on a Carnival cruise ship. The accident follows the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl. who was dropped accidentally out of a mid-ship porthole by her grandfather.

For cruising seniors, be sure you know all the safety rules, and while aboard follow them intelligently to prevent such tragic accidents.

 
When Flying Economy, Sit Up Straight, Cheapskate! PDF Print E-mail


After waiting in the jammed airport boarding line, once in your cheap seat there's no space to lean back and recline. Just isn’t much leg stretching room either. At holiday times and beyond, airlines are squeezing more cheap passengers aboard to make added money. Before airline deregulation, many economy class seats had a generous 36 inches in width and comfy legroom. Today, some have as little as 28 inches. So, while flying in your bargain seat, just sit back, squeeze your knees and try to relax.

 
Don’t Be A Buffet Buffoon: Keep Dirty Hands From Food PDF Print E-mail


Touching restaurant food you don't take is offensive and possibly dangerous to other diners. Always use spoons, forks, tongs or other utensils to serve yourself. But even if you do bare hand but decide you don’t want bread, fruit, cake or other food, take it anyhow. Better to waste a roll than spread norovirus or other germs on other buffet diners.

 
What To Do About The Homeless During Holiday Travels PDF Print E-mail


Many decades ago, I lived in a small 4th floor walk-up room with three other students near our college in Philly. The spacious first floor apartment below us was occupied by a legless beggar and his dog. Daily they went downtown and sat outside by a busy department store entrance. He wore an old Army uniform with campaign ribbons and cap, holding a tin cup. He told me he made about $50 daily, good money in those days.

However, in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, he proudly bragged that his tin cup runneth over with more than $500 daily. The same applies today, when the homeless and other beggars get the most hand-outs from kindly holiday-minded passers-by.

Homelessness is a growing problem. For example, in Los Angeles there are more than 44, 000 on the streets in 2019, up from 39,000just one year ago. It’s almost certain to get worse in 2020. If travels take you to Los Angeles and other large US cities during the holidays, you’ll encounter many unfortunate street beggars.

You may give them cash, not realizing much to be spent for illegal drugs and booze. You’ll do it more effectively if you donate that money to qualified agencies that work daily to help the homeless, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

 
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