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Burbank CA: High-priced food dispensers debut


The vending machine is called Beverly Hills Caviar. However, the first one has just been set up in the modest bedroom town of Burbank, about 20 miles and billions of dollars away from the other snooty and grossly wealthy Southern California city.

It’s a digital touch-screen vending machine now in operation on the second floor of the Burbank Towne Shopping Mall at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. For a high price, you can choose from what the company calls “a large selection of the world’s finest caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, blinis, oils, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons, gift boxes and gourmet salts.”

If you happen to be visiting Burbank and in the mall there, take a look at the example of excess that few people can afford these days. According to price listings, the items can each cost anywhere from under $50 up to $500. 

Public dispensing machines have come a long way. How many of us can still remember the penny chewing gum and tiny Hershey bar machines? Back in the 1930s and 1940s, they were on el and subway platforms in Philly, New York, Chicago, Boston and elsewhere.

From A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Is It An Alien Spaceship? PDF Print E-mail


Scientists say an interstellar object they named A/2017 U1, recently passed close enough to our planet to be seen on telescopes. It’s the first time ever such a large object from outside our solar system has been so clearly visible. What would our scientists see if they could get a closer look at the strange vehicle?

We’d guess the aliens aboard would seem somewhat familiar. They’d be grey-haired, lounging on deck sunning themselves. Some would be playing shuffleboard, munching sandwiches and sipping drinks. The close-up scope could also see through the portholes, revealing others inside playing blackjack and video poker machines. The Earth scientists managed to interpret a sign in an alien language: ALL-INCLUSIVE SENIOR INTERSTELLAR CRUISE

 
Bankrupt Airline Grounded: Don’t Get Stranded At Holiday Time PDF Print E-mail


It happens frequently in these days of mergers, splits and confusion. Niki, a small regional German airline just suddenly went broke and out of business. It was a branch of Air Berlin, which had previously gone broke.

If you’re booked to fly, especially at this busiest travel time of the year, check frequently on your airline’s schedules. It isn’t just sudden bankruptcy that may cause you to be left stranded in the airport. It could be weather, sudden aircraft repairs, overcrowded skies or other reasons. And when the bad news hits you, always have alternate plans to get you where you’re going

 
Q&A: Best Time To Cross Mexican Border To Tijuana? PDF Print E-mail


Q: We plan to drive from San Diego into the Mexican border city to meet with friends. We’ve heard from recent U.S. visitors who said they had to wait three or four hours to get through the border police hassle. What’s your advice?

A: It’s similar to planning a trip to any big city or airline flight. A crowded time at border stations is any weekday six to eight am and four to 6 pm, when people need to cross in both directions to get to and from daily work.

The most crowded is from about 10 am Saturdays and 6 pm Sundays, when tourist traffic is heaviest. Those hours are often made even slower because of time-consuming security and legality checks on items and people going into the US. Of course, be sure you have all necessary ID with you, and are not taking any banned liquids or other materials.

 
New York NY: Visit Shorakkopoch Rock in Inwood Hill Park PDF Print E-mail


The big stone commemorates the alleged spot where in 1626, the leader of the New Netherlands Peter Minuit in 1626 “purchased” the island of Manhattan.

He got a pretty good deal from the Mohawk and Lenape tribes. It cost the shrewd Dutchman a trunk full of trinkets and beads “then worth about 60 guilders.” At the time, where Inwood Hill Park in lower Manhattan is located today, lived Native Americans who called themselves Reckgawawang.

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Osmonds Mark 50 Years In Las Vegas With Full 2018 Schedule PDF Print E-mail


Would’ja believe it? Young Donnie celebrated his 60th birthday this month. And former teeniebopper Marie is 58. Donnie has five sons, Marie has eight kids, with both boasting scads of grandkids. Marie, ever youthful and beautiful, still makes those TV weight-loss Nutrisystem commercials.

Their show, most likely containing A Little Bit Country. A Little Bit Rock n' Roll, offers tickets starting at $95.

 
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