Archive For The “Travel” Category

Maybe we do need speed and red light cameras

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Maybe we do need speed and red light cameras

Maybe we do need speed and red light cameras In teaching my son to drive, I get a front seat to the reckless driving of the “adults” who abuse traffic regulations, the rules of the road, and pose a real danger to the public. Drivers are speeding recklessly down streets, blowing red lights and stop…

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Candlewick Lake offers American parade & spectacular fireworks

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Candlewick Lake offers American parade & spectacular fireworks

Candlewick Lake offers American parade & spectacular fireworks. Candlewick Lake residents in Poplar Grove near Rockford, Illinois came out in force both to cheer on their annual Fourth of July parade and to donate more than $10,000 to fund a community-sponsored fireworks display that rivaled those of some big cities By Ray Hanania You just don’t know…

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In honor of that rare breed of good state employees

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In honor of that rare breed of good state employees

In honor of that rare breed of good state employees By Ray Hanania The saga of getting my boat registered continued this past week. The process is so complicated when you buy a boat from a private seller (non-retailer) because you are dealing with several government agencies that really should all be merged into one….

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Gilligan didn’t have to deal with “the DMV for Boats”

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Gilligan didn’t have to deal with “the DMV for Boats”

Gilligan didn’t have to deal with “the DMV for Boats” By Ray Hanania I always wanted captain a boat. I never lived near a lake, but I watched enough “Gilligan’s Island” and “Love Boat” as a kid to know it would be fun. This year, I bought a place near a lake, and what’s a…

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No Aloha for Obama in Hawaii where he was born

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No Aloha for Obama in Hawaii where he was born

President Obama was born in Hawaii, something that under other circumstances would be considered a big deal for any state in the union. But President Obama is African American — Black — and Hawaii is very conservative, the hub of the remnants of the old Pearl Harbor military heritage. And apparently they don’t think too much…

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Oahu Travel: How to really enjoy the Hawaiian island

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Oahu Travel: How to really enjoy the Hawaiian island

Hawaii is described as an archipelago of eight Islands long ago known as the “Sandwich Islands.” After the Pineapple lobby based in San Francisco flexed its political and military muscle in 1893 to de-thrown Hawaii’s  Queen, Liliʻuokalani, and grab land and resources, the Island became a major vacation resort for wealthy American tourists. Today, Oahu, which is…

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Travel: Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic

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Travel: Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic

Travel: Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Epic By Ray Hanania We cruised the Eastern Caribbean and the ports of the St. Thomas, St. Marten and Nassau in November 2013 over Thanksgiving and we decided to do it again over Thanksgiving in 2014, this time visiting the port cities of Ocho Rios, Cozumel and George Town…

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Travel: Norwegian Epic cruise to the Eastern Caribbean

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Travel: Norwegian Epic cruise to the Eastern Caribbean

Travel: Norwegian Epic cruise to the Eastern Caribbean By Ray Hanania Last Thanksgiving in November 2013, we cruised the Eastern Caribbean on the Norwegian Epic, a phenomenally large boat that featured an outdoor water park with several water slides and a cyclone funnel, as well as the only ship to offer performances of Blue Man Group….

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Travel: Secrets of the Souq of East Jerusalem’s Old City

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Travel: Secrets of the Souq of East Jerusalem’s Old City

Secrets of the Souq of East Jerusalem’s Old City By Ray Hanania (Archived, from 2009) On a very windy day, they tell, you can stand at the entrance of the ancient Damascus Gate and hear the sinuous whisper of the wind as it rushes through the labyrinth of streets and alleys of the Souq, or…

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Travel: Vacation in Chicago; Targeted, managed, and why not?

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Travel: Vacation in Chicago; Targeted, managed, and why not?

Vacations: An Excursion to Chicago By Ray Hanania Normally, I stay away from Chicago. The City is plagued by so many incidents of violence that it can be frightening. But, for the out-of-towner who has no choice but to be in Chicago, there are a few things worth seeing. Here’s a targeted day of adventure…

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