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May 21st 2010 12:18PM 1.) I believe that God helps those who help themselves, so it always pays to at least have some survival skills in place.
2.) Being prepared is not just for people who think the world is going to end. Like a commenter said before, we've had some serious power outages here in the northeast, especially the big one in Feb. and had no power, heat, running water, etc. for several days. We were somewhat prepared because I had checked out some preppers websites over the last year or so, but this was a great drill to see where we were lacking. Weather is always an issue so it's always good to be prepared for it.
3.) As an American, I always grew up with the security of never having had to live through a war on our soil. 9/11 changed all of that for me. I'm in NY. A few weeks ago, someone tried to blow up Times Square in NYC. We have a nuclear power plant 30 miles away from my home. You had better believe that we're starting to take this stuff seriously. More and more people I know are growing vegetable gardens, canning foods, raising chickens etc. Even in NYC, people are growing food in containers on fire escapes and chickens in backyards and community gardens.
4.) The economy is a mess. If you think the recession is over, think again. If you are prepared, at least you can feed your family for a while if unemployment hits, until something comes along again.
Feb 4th 2009 11:00AM Yes, but Staten Island Chuck says there will be an early spring, and that's who I'm going with!
Jan 8th 2009 6:20AM There will never be a place like this in the states. Liability insurance would be a killer right off the bat -let's face it, there are enough morons around to do something stupid and someone will get hurt, plus many places require heavy machinery certification depending on the type of machinery operated, which most people don't have, plus just calling it a "man's" playground will inevitably produce a few discrimination lawsuits. I can't imagine anyone would be willing to jump through all the hoops to open a place like this here.
Aug 16th 2008 8:46AM We always went to amusement parks the first weekend after school starts in Sept. It's still warm and there are never any crowds, although the operating hours are usually shorter, but it's always so much nicer than dealing with large groups of people and waiting on long lines.
Jul 11th 2008 9:09AM According to the News reports last night, Palmer and her paramour were approached by a cop and told to stop, which they did until he left. Then they started up again and when the cop approached again, she threatened him with her shoe and swore at him and was quite obnoxious, so he arrested her.
Listen, when you're a guest in another country, you follow the rules. She's not a stupid child. She's an adult and should behave like one. That cop warned her and she ignored him. I'm tired of hearing about people who flaunt rules and laws think these laws don't apply to them and then don't expect to be held accountable for their behavior. You hear it over and over again these days. She deserved to be arrested, based on her behavior. Now she's whining to the world. She will have to face some punishment, out of respect for the local people and customs. However, Dubai is a major trading partner with Great Britain and has been aggressively courting tourism from there, so whatever punishment she gets will probably not be too severe. Hopefully, it will be permanent banishment from the country.
I also don't buy the argument that after a while, the guest status wanes, and people get horny. Does that mean they get to break the law? Maybe it means they need to grow the heck up and learn some self-discipline. Just because we might think a law is silly, doesn't mean we have the right to disobey it, especially when we're the guest.
Jul 11th 2008 8:44AM No great loss, believe me. I flew USAir in 2006 to Maui. They showed 1 movie during the first leg of the trip (NY to Vegas), then questions from the "Cranium" game and clips from old TV shows for the rest of the flight. 12 hours of this from NY to Maui. On the return flight, it was the same, in reverse order, with the same movie and all.
Jun 26th 2008 7:44PM There was an article this week about Carroll Spinney (Big Bird) in the Poughkeepsie Journal. No one asked him who irons his feathers, though.
May 24th 2008 12:43PM I used to tell my kids to close their eyes and pretend they're on the school bus. Sometimes you feel potholes in the road and the regular rumbling along of the bus, and with a plane it's a similar feeling. My son's friend's father is a psychologist and he said to close your eyes and listen to music on an iPod of mp3 player upon takeoff and landing if those are the times that scare you. My son seems to think that works.
Oct 26th 2007 8:53AM I'm noticing that this site is becoming increasingly political as time goes on. What's up with that? I thought this was a travel site.
I also agree with Brenda, George, and Winsomelewsome, whose comments were all presented much more adequately than mine would have.
Jul 18th 2007 5:02PM Red Bull, air conditioning turned up high, frequent stops and loud rock music seem to do it for my husband and I. The kids aren't thrilled, but they put their iPod headphones on, grab their blankets and seem to manage just fine!