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Weekend Photo - Maine Restaurant


Over 90 of the finest restaurants around the State of Maine will be part of Maine Restaurant Week running from March 1st to the 10th.  During this time chefs around Maine serve three-course, prix fixe dinners, at set prices. Depending upon the restaurant, menu pricing for 2010 is $20.10, $30.10 or $40.10.  This is the second annual Maine Restaurant Week. More at

Beverly Hills for the rest of us |

Woman shopping on Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills CA 

As a kid growing up in working-class Los Angeles, I thought Beverly Hills was a faraway place reserved for privileged playboys and the Hollywood haves. Rich people lived in Beverly Hills; I watched "Beverly Hillbillies" on TV. I bought baubles at Target, not Tiffany. And I was in my 20s before I realized that Rodeo Drive wasn't pronounced like the cowboy cattle-roping event.


Airlines grapple with fat flier issue -

This is going to be a bigger and bigger problem in the future.  I see it moving beyond weight issues as travelers become older and need more assistance while in-flight or need/require aisle seating. Good video embedded on page.  View Southwests Guidelines For Customer Size.  And here is a story about a smelly passenger being tossed off a flight. TB

When film director Kevin Smith was recently kicked off a flight because of his size, he focused his anger on Southwest, but the incident put the spotlight on all airlines and their heavy passenger policies.

Smith said that he had no trouble buckling his seat belt and lowering his armrests on the flight Saturday and that his neighbors didn't complain about him invading their space.


Cash-strapped Hawaii considers legalized gambling |


HONOLULU - Hawaii has always been known for its sun, sand and surf. It may soon add another attraction: slots.

Hawaii is one of the last two states with no legalized gambling, but lawmakers facing billion-dollar budget deficits and hunting for ways increase revenue are thinking about allowing casinos in tourist-filled Waikiki or on Native Hawaiian lands.

Proponents say casinos would draw much-needed new money and jobs into the long-troubled, tourism-dependent economy.


The World's 18 Strangest Airports | Popular Mechanics


Denver made it onto the list for being the largest airport in North America at 53 square miles.  But that doesn't top the worlds biggest at 300 square miles, King Fahd International in Saudia Arabia. TB

Engineers tasked with building an airport are faced with countless challenges: The ideal location needs ample space, endless flat ground, favorable winds and great visibility. But spots in the real world are rarely ideal, and engineers are forced to work with what they have, making sure that the end product is the safest possible structure for pilots. A survey of airports around the world turns up a mixed bag, ranging from dangerous and rugged landing strips to mega-size facilities that operate like small cities. Here, PM explores the world's most remarkable airports and why they stand out.


Staying Connected Gets Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper


Voice over internet Services like Skype,, and Google talk,, have changed the way I communicate while on the road. TB 

When I was a gawky teenager, my parents took me to Europe, broadened my horizon, and changed my life. After I graduated high school, I was ready to travel to Europe on my own, but my parents were nervous. To earn their blessing, I had to make two promises: I wouldn’t go to Turkey (because they were worried I’d be sold into the white slave trade) and I’d write home every other day. My dad figured that if the postcards stopped coming, at least he’d know where to begin looking.

Today, it’s a new world. When my kids travel to Europe, I can track them down instantly on their cell phones. What’s even more remarkable, if we both use a computer, I can see them while we talk — usually at no cost to either of us.


Mexico - Security Travel Alert | US Dept. of State

Mexician federal police   

This alert doesn't suprise me...  I took the above photo a few months ago while with a Carnival Cruise shore excurson in Ensenada Mexico.  We were the only people in the area, they arrived just after we did and watched over us during our stay. TB

February 22, 2010

The Department of State has issued this Travel Alert to update security information for U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico.  It supersedes the Travel Alert for Mexico dated August 20, 2009, and expires on August 20, 2010.

While millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year (including tens of thousands who cross the land border every day for study, tourism or business and nearly one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico), violence in the country has increased.  It is imperative that U.S. citizens understand the risks in Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and whom to contact if one becomes a crime victim.  Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.
Recent violent attacks have caused the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Michoacán, Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua (see details below), and to advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution.  Drug cartels and associated criminal elements have retaliated violently against individuals who speak out against them or whom they otherwise view as a threat to their organization. These attacks include the abduction and murder of two resident U.S. citizens in Chihuahua.