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Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, any citizen worth his or her salt is following the action. But what are you to do if you are camping and do not have a television set at your disposal? Easy, stay up to date with your smartphone! There are numerous apps available to enable you to follow the action wherever you are. I will discuss three of my favorites in this post. All three are free of charge and available through either the Itunes store (for iPhones) or Google Play(or Android users). The one to which I refer most often is the official NBC Olympics app. The opening page is simply SOCHI2014 with the NBC peacock logo. This app provides nearly anything you could want to know about the games. Looking at the first open page, you have a choice of viewing “Top Videos”, “Results and Schedules”, and “What’s Hot”. Results and Schedules gives you a schedule for the current day and any results (if you with to view them) of events already completed for the day.  The most popular... [Read more...]

A New Way to Travel

January 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A New Way to Travel

In this age of repeated technological advances it is in our best interest to embrace new tools to make our lives easier when they become available. I have always been a confirmed atlas traveler. While my husband is most comfortable when driving when we are on road trips, I am most comfortable with a road atlas in my hands navigating us skillfully (most of the time) through hill and dale, through cities and countryside. Maps app informed us when we needed to exit I80 and take I235 near Des Moines, IA In the past month, we have undertaken an extensive three-week road trip in order to spend the holidays with family back in Wisconsin and Iowa. I loaded my travel tools in the Dodge Durango, my trusty atlas within easy reach on the dashboard in front of me. Sunrise on the first day of our trip, however, found me playing with my iPhone 5c, exploring new options and applications (aka apps). While I had used the MAPS application to find a particular department store in a new city, I had never used... [Read more...]

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

September 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

See how well you do on this quick quiz: Which iconic company character is the most recognizable by our US population? a. The Geico Gecko Lizard b. Progressive’s white-suit clad “Flo” c. The Aflac Insurance Duck If you guessed the Geico Gecko Lizard, you are correct! The little green walking, talking, Australian accent speaking Lizard is the most recognizable icon used in television advertising today. The result is, as expected, an advertising boon to the parent insurance company that is often copied by other companies wanting to get your business. Well, in Virginia, the Geico Gecko is about to get a lot more recognizable as his image appears on signs erected along the highway by the Virginia Department of Transportation as Geico forks over some badly needed infrastructure dollars to pay for what will be known as “Safe Phone Zones” at Virginia’s Welcome Center Interstate rest stops. This first ever (for Virginia) venture using a large company like Geico to help offset the cost... [Read more...]

I LIKE SAVING MONEY!

January 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

I LIKE SAVING MONEY!

I like saving money. Do you like saving money? Hey – I bet you think I am getting ready to front yet another insurance commercial.  You know, switch from Lizard to Mastodon, save $500 a year, then switch from Mastodon to Flogressive, and save even $500 more but if you come back to Lizard you can save even $385 more than Allstale, which is $275 lower than E-Assurance? Nope – this one is for real and it can save you more than enough the next time you fill-up that big motor home fuel tank to buy you and the DW a nice lunch. When I first saw the details I thought, “Yea – right, just another credit card trick to sock you with big interest rates”. BUT WAIT! It is not one of those tricks at all.  This one is the real deal. So, you ask, “Just how good is this money saving deal?” Well, how about 11 to 14-cents a gallon off the pump price of diesel fuel – and this is not one of those limited purchase deals where you collect points by spending a couple of your pay checks on groceries. THIS... [Read more...]

SHINGLES, CHRISTMAS 2011 and HAPPY 2012 CAMPING

January 8, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SHINGLES, CHRISTMAS 2011 and HAPPY 2012 CAMPING

WOW – Christmas came and went so fast it is hard to realize it was ever here!  It’s not like it was when I was a kid and the days, hours and minutes crept by slower than molasses dripping out of a jar on a cold day.  Now, time just flies by – you know, ZAP!  One day you are 20 and before you know it 40 is here.  Then, blink your eyes and 65 appears.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait and see (which I hope you will ). A lot of gifts were given and received.  I gave Nancy a new Kindle Fire to replace the old (but still neat) B&W plain Kindle along with a big Amazon gift card so she can download plenty of new books.  She is having a ball learning about the new features and of course, playing Angry Birds. Me?  Well, I got everybody to stop giving me ties, shirts and socks years ago.  Now, they know to give me tools, electronic gadgets, or gift cards to Camping World or Tractor Supply.  I love them all!  Oh, BTW – if you are a member of the Good Sam Club you are now... [Read more...]

I.C.E. – In Case of Emergency Information & Apps for your Smartphone

August 3, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

This week I chose to write about a serious issue; having enough emergency information available on your person, if your are ill or injured and unable to speak, to give police and emergency caregivers the kind of information they need that might save your life or meet your wishes. Especially if you have a chronic illness, but even if you’re healthy, you might find yourself unconscious in an emergency room following a vehicular accident. If so, seconds count. While caregivers rush about, trying to stabilize you, one of them will be looking for pertinent information about you that might help them save critical time and avoid doing anything that might make your condition even worse. Their knowing what your current medical condition is, what medications you might be taking and who to contact on your behalf could save your life. There are a number of ways to do this; writing the important information down on a small slip of paper or a card, to be carried in your wallet, is one way. Immediate... [Read more...]

Red Laser: My Favorite Smart Phone App!

August 3, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Red Laser: My Favorite Smart Phone App!

I am excited to write this post as I am really excited about this application that I downloaded around the beginning of the year for my HTC Desire Android Smart Phone. There was no charge for it and it has already received several updates and saved me over $30! It is the Red Laser app, offered by EBay. Phone w/Red Laser app in upper left corner I was first made aware of this application by my son-in-law Nate Lyman (actually he just became my son in law June 24, 2011, but has felt like family for a long time). Nate is a Senior Software Engineer with EBay and, while Red Laser was initially developed by someone else, EBay bought it last year. Nate “wrote the code” for the app and basically created it for Android phones like mine. He also added a lot of new features for both the Android and IPhone versions.  I think he’s a genius! But, back to my love of this app. Shortly after I downloaded it, my husband and I were out shopping for a mount for a new flat screen TV we had received for... [Read more...]

A potpourri of useful apps when you are camping

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This week our theme is all about apps you could use while camping.   I was debating on which app I could concentrate my time on but it dawned on me that there are many good apps out there for various things.   So I thought I could present you with some of the apps I consider essential for your camping trips whether you have an RV or a regular tent. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word potpourri as a miscellaneous collection : medley So I thought this word would perfectly illustrate exactly what I am trying to do in this post – presenting a variety of apps that could be useful for RVers and campers everywhere! *************************************** SAS Survival For over 20 years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world.  Written by former SAS soldier and instructor, John “Lofty” Wiseman, this application brings you the elite training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force in the most... [Read more...]