Friday, April 22, 2011

What Happened To Spring?

So where is spring this April of 2011. We've had at least three days with snow flurries. Fortunately nothing stuck to the grass or ground or I would have really had a fit.

My daughter, who lives about 10 minutes away, has the exact same feeling and posted the following on Facebook:

INSTALLING SPRING...░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 44% DONE.
Install delayed.... please wait.
Installation failed. Please try again. 404 error: Season not found.
Season "Spring" cannot be located. The season you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please try again.........

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Word Travels Travel Guide

Word Travels turned up when I did a Yahoo! search on Moscow and St. Petersburg climate, two cities on my bucket list. There is some nice basic information on the site about the city, plus general country information.

On Word Travels' home page there is a list of countries and cities the site has information on. Definitely looks like it's worth booking marking the site for a quick first look at destinations. And, if nothing else, it made it quick and easy to find temperature and rainfall information.

There is also a travel forum. It's a bit slow to load. I checked the Central America forum because I have some familiarity with the area and there was not a lot of posts. But it might have potential. Will need to check it out over the next couple of months to see if traffic picks up.

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to Get a Real Person When Dialing an 800 Number

Before making that call to customer service, and wading through a load of telephone prompts, check out or Both sites have a list of customer service phone numbers and the instructions on how to get past the prompts and reach a live human being.

Another option is With LucyPhone you can avoid being put on hold until the live representative finally comes on the line. You enter the phone number and get connected, choose the option for live rep and then hang up. When a real person is actually on the line, you get a call back.

All of the above is free!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jet Makes Blind Landing In New Orleans

Did you read about the airbus that had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans? The pilots lost all instruments on the airbus shortly after takeoff, when smoke began to fill the plane.

Definitely take time to watch the video. What I find most amazing, and most impressive, were how calm the pilot and tower sounded. Listening to the tone of their voices, who would have thought this was a life threatening emergency?

I'm impressed.

Monday, April 4, 2011


I volunteer at our local library. Every year the Friends have a HUGE book sale. And I mean huge with anywhere from 80K to 100K books. We get donations all year long and they need to be sorted into one of the approximately 50 categories that we have. That's what I do, several times a week.

One of the rewards for doing this work (and it is work: sorting, packing and lifting boxes of books) is being able to get first dibs on anything donated. And this past week I found the book Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern, a coast to coast guide to barbecue joints, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, highways diners and other similar places to eat. Just the kind of stuff we like to discover when we take a road trip.

The copy I picked up is a few years old but it is going right into my car. Each geographical section in the book starts with a map of the states, showing highways and the locations of the eateries. Following is detailed descriptions of each place.

This book will definitely be with me next time we are on the road.

New Travel Resource

My previous post about wanting to start traveling again got me back on my computer researching travel information and travel destinations. I love to try and turn up new travel resources so I can get a different point of view or learn something really unique about a location. That's how I turned up Room Stays.

They've got a nice special deals page that can be searched by destination and even by hotel name. Would be a great place to start for someone heading out to a specific destination. But the site feature that I like the best is the travel guide.

The search can be done either by country, or if the country is the United States, by state also. The travel guides are brief and to the point. They provide just enough information to help decide if this is a place of interest for me. Then, to take it a step further, they have a tab called Location. This is where one can find more information about U.S. and Canadian cities. Scroll down, click on the appropriate state or province, then the city and the result is a list of restaurants and shopping in that city. A very nice list of information and a helpful resource.