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National Harbor MD: Will There Be an MGM Casino?

Other than what Congress does with our tax dollars, is the Washington DC area ready for gambling? It’s still very early in the approval stage, but MGM has proposed a casino resort development in the Maryland town of National Harbor. It’s just eight miles and across the Potomac River from the White House.

The Beltway location is very popular, and a year or so ago, Disney seriously proposed a theme park there. Although it never happened, the urge to develop the riverside area is still alive, and this MGM project is just as ambitious.

We thought and thought about it, and now suggest some not-too-sane ideas for appropriate features for that proposed gambling mecca facing Washington DC:

Capitol City One-Armed-Bandits: You bet U.S. Treasury money with Congress and never see it again.

Plush Pentagon Resort: Here you get to play with drones. Not the flying kind. You’ll frolic with real drones, the Pentagon’s armchair generals and admirals.

Smithsonian Casino: Visitors will see now extinct objects, such as an honest politician, vintage gas pump showing the price of $1.50 a gallon and an ancient airline ticket without the 50% add ons. The exhibit would include Barack Obama’s actual birth certificate, and Mitt Romney’s Book of Mormon. The one he carried door-to-door to convert heathens and independent voters.

Hillary’s Pillory: If you gamble against the Secretary of State running for President in 2016, you could end up in stocks. Not the wooden torture kind. Much worse, you’re forced to buy Wall Street stocks from Bernie Madoff.

Finally, visit the Clinton Oval Office and Bingo Palace on Halloween night. Write your own disturbing description for Bill’s trick or treat surprise.

Always Be Aware Of Anti-Tourist Demonstrations PDF Print E-mail


According to the London Daily Express, the most recent episode of anti-tourism in Europe happened on the streets of the Majorca capital city of Palma. The outspoken problems expressed by the marchers are inflation, street crowding and wage disputes by hotel and restaurant service employees.

Other popular tourist locations that have experienced street unrest are Barcelona, Venice, Rome and Dubrovnik. If your travel plans include destinations where anti-tourist street demonstrations are happening or threaten to break out, reconsider your plans.

 
Autumn Hiking Tips For Adventurous Seniors PDF Print E-mail


Hiking during this season can be the most enjoyable time of the year when you can be active outside. You'll relish the cool air, while surrounded by nature’s annual display of cloud-filled skies and colorful leaves. Along with participating in that great activity, there are things you can do to make the experience even better.

1. Don’t go alone: One of the first considerations is senior safety. If you plan to hike where many other people gather, such as in a national park, going alone is usually safe enough. However, if you’ll be out in a less-traveled forest, seashore, mountainside or other isolated place, do it it with at least one hiker friend. Carry well-charged cell phones at all times in case of emergency.

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Surfside FL: Vintage Celeb Hangout Now Hotel PDF Print E-mail


Opened in 1930 by tire maker Harvey Firestone, the once- exclusive and private Miami club has gone public as a Four Seasons Hotel. Surfside established its fun rep in those prohibition days and beyond, when only the rich and famous few could enjoy the boozy elegance.

Wall Street, European royalty, Broadway and Hollywood’s elite of the time let it all hang out at the Surf Club. You could rub shoulders and other body parts with Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, General MacArthur and/or Al Capone.

The upscale hotel features 77 luxurious rooms. Outdoor cabanas have terrazzo floors and expansive wood deck lanais with beautiful ocean views. Rooms are from about $1,000. The Four Seasons, 9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, FL; fourseasons.com

 
Q: Is It OK To Tip A Helpful Flight Attendant? PDF Print E-mail


P.L., Memphis TN: This senior citizen requires help to get through the airport to check-in and to my flight. I always tip the airport employee who pushes my wheelchair.

Once aboard, a flight attendant helps me get settled in my seat and my carry-on into the overhead. Then, for bathroom trips, I’m escorted up and down the aisle. Should I tip for those services?

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China: Super Bullet Trains On Track For Debut PDF Print E-mail


According to reports, the new cross country trains are capable of speeds of 250 miles an hour. Expectations for actual schedules are predicted to happen within two years.

If and when super bullet trains come to America, passengers will get from New York City to Washington DC in one hour, and Los Angeles to San Francisco, as well as Chicago to St. Louis, in 90 minutes.

It means the train trips will be downtown to downtown, with no drive required to distant airports, comfortable seats and walking freely in the aisles. Instead of just blue sky and clouds, passengers will be able to enjoy passing window scenery.

 
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