Cape Canaveral FL: Visit Space Center Launch Pads

According to a USAToday report, the Kennedy Space Center has expanded its visitor program. To allow visitors to get a more detailed understanding of the facility, NASA will give close-up views of launch pads and other areas. Most have been the sites of highly-secret operations for the past half-century.  

One tour feature is to Launch Pad 39-A, famed for the lift-off site of the six Apollo missions to the moon and other space flights. At Launch Pad 39-B, visitors will see where similar missions originated, including shuttles, Saturn and Skylab operations.

Tickets for the NASA launch pad tours are $25 for adults and $19 for children 3-11. There is also a fee of $45 for entering the Kennedy Space Center. For more information, go to kennedyspacecenter.com

New Orleans & San Antonio Celebrate 300th Birthdays In 2018 PDF Print E-mail

And for senior visitors, both look as young as springtime with great events.  San Antonio begins with a free New Year’s Eve outdoor commemorative concert. Featuring popular bands and music, along with local food displays and demonstrations in the city’s Main Plaza.

There will be an impressive schedule of art and educational activities throughout the year, as well as a Day of Reflection on May 1. That night features a community candlelight vigil and sunset services in San Antonio’s Main Plaza.

Tupelo MS: Relive Memories At Elvis Presley’s Birthplace PDF Print E-mail

We ardent fans of The Pelvis remember younger days when we listened to his records, watched his movies and attended his sold-out concerts. It may be a bit difficult to believe, but if he were alive today, Elvis would celebrate his 83rd birthday on January 8.

Would he still be the handsome guy with black sideburns, sexy voice and swiveling hips? Or would he look like an elderly Willie Nelson, and feebly pluck his guitar and croak to long-ago tunes? Or just remember him as he was in his glory days.

USA Today Lists 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities For Pedestrians PDF Print E-mail

The familiar news source is usually very informative and accurate, but a recent news item makes little sense to savvy seniors. It rates eight of the ten cities in Florida, while ignoring much more lethal streets of New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and others.

Later in the article, it states the obvious: pedestrians age 65 and older are 50% more likely to be killed by cars than any other age group. If seniors get anything sensible from this curious information, it’s that you must be extra careful when crossing streets in cities. Wait for the proper light and look carefully in both directions before proceeding.

Additionally, because of the latest in tech stuff, be extra alert while walking on city sidewalks and when crossing streets. Watch out for dumb people walking and driving while staring and gabbing mindlessly into little hand-held smartphones.

Savvy Seniors Hit The Sky Without Paying Bag Charges PDF Print E-mail

As ticket prices continue to rise, along with all the other piled-on fees involved with air travel, you can actually do something about it. Simply, don’t drag any big, fat, rigid suitcase on your journey.

When packing for an air trip, if you can't fit all your extra gear into a 21-inch soft side carry-on, leave the heavy stuff at home. Then you certainly won’t have to pay an extra $100 or more every time you’re forced to check each overloaded suitcase.

Southwest Air: Seat Saving A Problem For Late Boarders PDF Print E-mail

Our fave airline is usually the most economical, and a pleasure to travel with its friendly staff. However, its ABC line-ups for boarding can be a hassle for those C passengers who must wait for the A and B early birds to board.

First in line are those who paid extra to board ahead of everyone else. Of course, they grab the best window seats in front. That’s OK, but some of them also hold and put gear on other choice seats. Then, family members or pals from the back of the line who did not have to pay extra can join the early boarders.

Apparently, flight attendants can’t prevent the practice. Therefore, when you fly Southwest, get to check-in as early as possible or pay extra for early boarding. Then, your A ticket will get you a comfy window seat up front.


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