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Hippie Van Travels: Cheap Camping In The Florida Keys

About eighty-miles down Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys…lies a little-known gem, hidden within the mangroves, where you can camp for twenty-dollars a night all summer long. Right at Mile Marker 20…in the middle of Key Deer habitat on Sugarloaf Key, road-trippers will find Lazy Lakes RV Resort amp; Campground, along with a friendly staff and amenities galore. Situated at the end of Johnson Road…on a seven acre salt-water lake that just beckons a fishing line, a splashing swimmer, or a row boat to skim-along its crystal clear waters; this ‘bargain-of-a-campground’ is sure to impress, with all it has to offer the budget-conscious traveler.

But if fishing, swimming in the lake, or boating and canoeing isn’t part of your itinerary; leisure time by the sparkling pool…enjoying the free WIFI that Lazy Lakes provides at the clubhouse, just might be the fun you seek. If you’re lucky, and close-enough to the office, you might even be able to pick-up the free signal from your campsite. I did a few times, and our camp was pretty far away.

While the leisure activities and amenities at Lazy Lakes are many, Key West is just a fifteen-minute drive down the scenic route of tropical-green Caribbean waters along U.S. Highway 1. The speed limit is 55 all the way, so you can lollygag a bit until you reach Stock Island. Crossing over Cow Key Channel– a popular anchorage for sailors –first sight of the most-famous key in this chain of flat-land islands is like a breath of fresh air, followed by a sigh of relief that finally…you are there.

There’s just something about making the entire 113 mile journey down The Highway That Goes to Sea– better-known as Overseas Highway –and the exhilaration of crossing Seven-Mile-Bridge; knowing that this is-as far south as any land-lubbing snowbird can venture. As for us sailors who welcome the mysteries of the ocean, we could’ve hopped aboard a blue-water cruiser and just kept right on going. Having acquired a sailboat since our visit to the Keys, perhaps we can someday make that dream a reality.

Even though the allure of Key West was only fifteen minutes away, we found ourselves quite-comfortable nestled into our campsite there at Lazy Lakes (I think it was site-number 61); where the previous ‘tenants’ had left a string of Christmas lights wrapped around the trunk of a palm tree bordering our spot. We took advantage of the warm ambiance that the lights on the palm evoked; lighting-up Camp Peniki each night of the three weeks we were there in the Florida Keys. Sitting out by the lake, which was right behind our camp, we’d visit with new-found friends; singing and playing guitar into the early morning hours. I recall a few of those late evenings with our island friends. Baby had long-been sleeping, so it was a nice time to enjoy some relaxation and music; writing some new songs along the way.

I look back on our days at Lazy Lakes with fond memories of swimming with Baby in the pool, riding down to Key West with our beach cruisers on the back of our old VW van, seeing the Southernmost Point, and the tropical macaws at one island eatery in Duval Square Mall: chatting with the nice owner, as we dined alfresco and sipped mango daiquiris at New York Pasta Garden; all-the-while being entertained by the chattering birds. But the shining moment, I have to say, was the night we took Gypsy Vin Rose (the vocal-acoustical duo of mine and my husband’s) to the Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square.

We entertained locals and travelers alike that evening, with original songs we’d written and composed along the way of our road-trip…and for years prior. I can still see the sun-setting into the ocean, dipping-behind Sunset Key (formerly known as Tank Island). I recall from my mind’s eye: sailboats cruising past, onlookers in awe of nature’s show, storm clouds coming from out of nowhere, and once again, I am there. Just in time, we close our show as the sun disappears and the rain begins to fall. Our time in Key West is coming to an end; this we know. But the memories of our three weeks in the Florida Keys, and the Blessings of new friends and a great place to be– as Lazy Lakes was –will forever remain a part of the journey…and a life so very-worth every mile.

Harrah’s, Council Bluffs, Lowa

Located on the banks of the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the jewels in the Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation’s network of hotels and casinos. With 251 luxurious rooms, it is a highlight in the network of facilities.

The driveway through landscaped areas to the portico of the hotel/casino passes through a couple parking areas The drive to the parking garage is to the left. Covered parking is convenient and elevators from the parking garage open into the hotel lobby area on the opposite side from the main entrance. As you enter the large foyer you see a fountain like area in the center with seasonal decorations. 

The hotel is just north of the main entrance where 12 floors of quiet, well appointed room and suites are located. During the week, starting price on the rooms is $69.99. On the lower level is a fitness center for the use of hotel guests.

To the south of the main entrance is the convention center.

.Two restaurants are located just off the main atrium. The Fresh Market Buffet is a gourmet buffet that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just across the pathway is Ace’s Diner which serves snack foods along with sandwiches and gigantic pieces of cake. Also located in this area is the nightclub Stir – Live And Loud where they have live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.

A wide walkway leads to the security station and parking garage elevators. The security station separates the hotel area from the casino area at the hotel end of the walkway. There are overstuffed leather upholstered chairs placed strategically about for the comfort of the patrons on the walkway to the casino.

The casino is entered on a level that contains tables games and slot machines. It is the center level of the public parts of the boat. The entryway contains stairs up and down as well as an elevator. The restrooms are at this location on the three public levels.

The Players Club (known as The Total Rewards Club) is located to the left of the main entrance. Table games run down the center of the room. At each end of the table array are one roulette table and one craps table. Between them are thirteen tables that are mostly blackjack tables but do include a Let It Ride table, a 3-card poker table, and a pai gow table. The tables are surrounded by slot machines mostly in the penny denomination.

The room on the lower level contains video poker machines and slot machines in about even numbers. There is a bar (with bar top video poker machines) on the left side of the area.

The third floor is home to the Captain’s Lounge. Admission to the lounge is restricted but there are several ways to gain admission. Details about admission are available at the Player’s Club on the main floor. The Captain’s Lounge has a complimentary bar, complimentary food, some video poker and slot machines, and 14 flat screen televisions where patrons can watch their favorite shows.

Employees are bright and cheerful and a short stay in the casino or a longer stay including the hotel can be a pleasurable experience.

Green Rydel

The only Vacuum cleaner shop that I have used is Rydel’s in Lodi, California. I have purchased my cleaners from them along with my Allergenic disposable vacuum cleaner bags. A time or two ago when I went in to the shop I noticed a big difference in the shop’s appearance. Everything was new and modern with an earthy feel. Fresh new wall colors, counter tops and new styles of deep cleaning allergy relief vacuums, Miele, Simplicity, Sebo, Oreck and some bargain models. I commented on the new look and the clerk was very appreciative as he began to describe not only the new look but their new approach to going Green. He was not pushy about it only very informative. I loved all his advice and took to heart the smart choices that his new and returning customers will soon be making. I am glad to see he is doing so well as all the times I’ve been in there he has someone waiting to be helped.
Meet the new Rydel’s Vacuum Shop,

Rydel’s Healthy Home

26 W. Lodi Avenue

Lodi, California 95240

209-333-2941

rydelshealthyhome.com

Rydel’s in downtown Lodi on Lodi and School streets is centrally located to better serve the entire community. Along with their many deep cleaning allergy relief vacuums they have air purifiers, steam cleaners, air sterilizers, central vacuums and micro-fiber cloths and mops. Rydel’s has been in business since 1954 and offers every environmentally safe household cleaning product imaginable.

Also available at Rydel’s Healthy Home store is safe non-toxic household cleaners, Mrs. Meyers cleaning products like laundry and dish soaps, tile cleaners, air fresheners and natural soy candles that are all healthy for the environment. I purchased some air refresher that is an oil based product in a pump spray. With only one or two short squirts the job is done. I need to replace my filters so those were ordered for me with no problem, but in the mean time I will freshen the vacuum cleaner bag and the filter with a couple of squirts of my new fresh peach scent freshener to relieve the dog odors in my carpets.

By going green we can do our part by supporting a healthy home. I know I need to get some sound advice from the knowledgeable sales people at Rydel’s, in Lodi on how I can better clean my bedroom, my husband gets a stuffy nose as soon as it’s time to go to bed. My guess is my hairspray, that I use in the morning that lingers; I’m not too keen about spraying my hair outside.

GOP Presidential Roulette

Round and round she goes. Where the wheel of fortune stops; nobody knows.
For some of us in the media the wheel of fortune recently stopped at double zero. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, etc, along with poor me, were sadly disappointed by fate this past week when both Mike Huckabee and Donald the Trump announced they were dropping out of contention for the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States. To be most accurate, both candidates were not so much dropping out of the race, but actually not dropping in. They really meant that they were no longer going to drop statements that they might make a run for the GOP top spot on the 2012 ticket. And that meant they might not be babbling so much about national policy or attacking President Barack Obama so gratuitously. And that is really what TV comics and political writers will miss; their shooting their mouths off for media consumption.

Huckabee was a semi-serious presence on the GOP Presidential scene since 2008. He was at or near the top of most early polls; mostly due to his high numbers among the Evangelical-Right Rep caucus goers in Iowa ‘” the first caucus state. But Big Mike said though those numbers looked good and said yes, his great big preacher’s heart said a great big no. So Mike said fare thee well to his White House dreams. And nothing imparts the dignity and gravitas of Presidential aspirations as jamming with the right-wing’s classiest elder rocker Ted Nugent on his sweet ode “Cat Scratch Fever”. We’ll both miss and treasure those fine wholesome values the Big Country Preacher, turned Governor, turner Rocker tried to leave us with.

But we won’t miss Huckabee anywhere near the way we are going to miss the Trump. We’ll miss; the tougher than thou, foul-mouthed attitude he would have used to put China in its place; the smug, smart-mouthed accusations and aspersions he spewed indiscriminately without any proof or justification; and the hair, oh that hair, which made this self created reality TV show big shot into the laughing stock of the civilized world; and so much more. Hopefully all the fun he had being the media’s center of attention for a week and a half will motivate the publicity addicted Trump and his oversized ego to keep spouting off on all the things he knows nothing about and congratulating himself for other’s accomplishments and all the rest that made him so easy and enjoyable to make fun of. Yes we will surely miss the Trump.

But the big wheel of GOP roulette keeps spinning and before we can dry our tears about Big Mike and the Trump, it stops on another jackpot; Newt Gingrich! Just when one might think the universe has been good enough, having provided Palin, Bachman, the Trump, not to mention Glenn Beck; fate once again comes up big and gives late night comics and political writers a gift that seems bent on forever giving. Newt Gingrich has been supplying all kinds of grist for the mill since the 1990’s, and he is still going strong.

His attempt at trying to cozy up to the religious right-wing of the GOP (despite multiple marriage scandals) gave us the very funny ‘” I was so committed to my pursuit of vicious, dogmatic politics, that I forgot any sense of personal morality. That was the excuse that allowed Gingrich to persecute then President Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinski business, while he was himself having an extra-marital affair that lasted six years.

Gingrich then, in pursuit of the T-Party Mob of the GOP, went into his anti-Obama campaign of criticizing everything about Obama except the Pres’ choice of neckties. When Obama gave support but no military aid to Libya; Gingrich said he would have sprung into action immediately. Just days later, when Obama began incrementally ramping up U.S. involvement in Libya; Gingrich reversed course and said Obama was acting too fast and forcefully. If Obama had commented casually on how blue the sky was; Gingrich would have ranted – that it only looks blue, but is really some other color.

Recently in his transparent effort to portray himself as a moderate, to attract independents; Gingrich has agitated his own party by broadly criticizing the Ryan Budget Plan as too radical, because the polling told him that the GOP rank and filed didn’t want Republican big government messing with their Medicare. It seems the man often touted (by some Republicans for real and some Democrats as a joke) as the brainiest Rep of them all, actually is your standard pandering politician who says one thing to one audience and another to a different audience.

Gingrich has been telling each group of potential GOP voters only what they want to hear and tingeing every reference to the current President with racism by using phrases like “food stamps” and “welfare state”, which have been code since the Reagan days of the “silent majority”, better known as; bigoted white people. He may think this familiar, decade’s old, traditional GOP political style will still float, but hopefully he is as behind the times in his thinking as he is in his heavy handed presentation.

But despite his way out of date social and political ideas and style, I for one, as a member of the 21st Century media welcome Mr. Gingrich to the fray. I am grateful for the opportunity to show a whole new generation of Americans the exhilarating possibilities he provides to expose the prejudiced, narrow minded, ethnocentric, provincial kind of politics America had to overcome just a generation ago. It’ll be worth re-fighting, the already won, battles for civil and gender rights over again, just for the immense humor that can be created in the process, in addition to the education that some Americans still need about what this country really stands for. You know; just for the fun and democracy of it.

Fuzz Away: Does This Fabric Shaver Really Get The Fuzz Away?

First, I just can’t pass by the obvious joke, so here goes: When is having balls not a good thing? (Pause.) When they’re on your sweater. Oh, stop. I know, I’m a pill. But seriously, folks… Now that I got that out of my system, here’s a somewhat serious review of Remington brand Fuzz-Away Travel Fabric Shaver.
Since Hubby’s been feeling better I’ve handed his one and only household chore back to him: laundry. Laundry is my least favorite household chore, so I will -and do- do everything else but laundry, save for the occasional load or two.

Before anyone gets too jealous here, you need to know that Hubby has a little problem when it comes to washing my sweaters. He’s made some of them look like they got in a fight with a cheese grater and lost. At first I thought that he was doing this on purpose. You know, taking the man’s way out of doing a chore by doing it poorly. This being my second marriage, I let him know that I was hip to that trick. “I didn’t come out of the womb knowing how to do laundry. I had to learn it, too, ” I’d tell him. No sale. So I put my foot down, “These sweaters will go out of style, but we’ll still be married.” Game on.

I’m over 40 so I no longer believe that a man who can rebuild a transmission can’t figure out how the washer works. So when he offered to “fix” some ruined sweaters I figured there was a 50-50 chance that it would actually happen.

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work to find a pile of sweaters that looked brand new! Literally, my jaw dropped! “Lubby! How’d you do it?” ( I call Hubby “Lubby” sometimes. Sort of because it’s a variation on “lovey”, sort of because his name starts with an “L” and Lubby rhymes with Hubby, but mostly because it rhymes with “chubby”, which he is. Actually, Lubby is his childhood nickname, so he’s not offended by it.)

He told me that he went to the “As Seen on TV” aisle at Rite-Aid. (No big surprise. I think it’s one of his favorite places in the whole wide world.) Anyway, he picked up a Remington brand Fuzz Away for $6.99. He thought it was a good deal because he told me that he almost paid more for a pack of AA batteries for it. ($5 for two batteries, in case you want to know. Lubby’s reading over my shoulder.)

“It was easy to use. I even found it fun. I didn’t think it would work as well as it did, ” Lubby’s telling me. “It worked really quick and you said it did a nice job.”

The Lub-ster’s overall rating of Remington Fuzz-Away is an 8 out of 10. I didn’t actually use it, but based solely on the results I’d give it a 10 out of 10.

Online Review Of The Best Vacuum cleaner

  1. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

To put it simply, Dyson Cyclone V10 is the greatest vacuum cleaner that is made by the Dyson company. The dyson v10 motorhead is very powerful, allowing it to effectively do the job even while on low power mode. The expanded cyclone innovation generates more suction strength compared to previous models. It is 20 percent stronger when compared with the old V8 model.

  1. Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor

For people who want considerable suction from a vacuum cleaner, you can never go wrong with a Dyson model. It has a cyclone technology that is marketed as the best sucker, which is very true on their corded model, Light Ball Multi Floor.

Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor features 90AW of suction strength. This model can clean carpet, wooden flooring, laminated floors and much more. Every pass vacuums up dirt, hair along with other debris trapped within your carpets and floors.

Once the big bin container becomes full, you can just press a single button to release the bin from the body of the vacuum cleaner, and then a different button to dump the trash contents into a trash can. This easy and uncomplicated process of emptying the vacuum cleaner is another great feature of the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor.

  1. iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum cleaner

This vacuum cleaner features a sucking disc that is low clearance, allowing it to reach surfaces that can be hard to clean. Additionally, it features an AI that is intelligent enough to clean on its own without input from humans. iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum cleaner is perfect for people who want an autonomous vacuum cleaner that has a mapping technology, allowing it to clean effectively without supervision from humans.