Last week as I went to drop some documents at the new Fidelity branch in Tampa, the view of the nature preserve and a beach enclosed highway (in photo below) hit me what a pleasant time we have planned for the Republicans (and it sounds like VP Biden) next week.
As I flew Southwest today, I read about Tampa in the August issue of Spirit Magazine. Things have evolved so much from the many times I took the kids to the Museum of Science and Industry since they were young.
inquisitive guests can touch a 20,000-volt, 12-inch spark from the safety of a chain-mail glove. If that’s not electrifying enough, the more than 450 other hands-on activities at this four-story venue will certainly stir up some stimulation. Put the principles of physics to work by taking a spin on a high-wire bicycle suspended 30 feet above the ground. (Relax, it’s counterweighted and impossible to fall off of.) Or, let your young space invaders learn about gravity by donning Velcro suits and getting launched against a wall—just don’t forget to peel them off before you move on.
Ybor City, Busch Gardens, our Aquarium, the Dali Musuem, our Gulf beaches – everything has evolved nicely over the last few years. The Rays are away next week, but the Spirit article does a nice job summarizing so much more what we have to offer. Forget politics for a while and go explore.
This is one in a series of posts on how our summers have evolved.
Summer = vacations for many of us. And increasingly we are bypassing hotel chains, rental car agencies, even air with new services. Here are some:
“An ingenious service, AirBnB allows you to rent out any part of your house for any portion of time to anyone you like. Free to list, AirBnB lets you rent out anything from a single room to your whole home. You won’t pay anything unless someone books your rental.
The uniqueness of this site comes from its community style reviews: under each listing, guests leave formal reviews. But hosts too get to review the guests, so as an owner, you can select only guests who have successfully stayed elsewhere. This adds security and peace of mind on both ends. Additionally, AirBnB offers a $1,000,000 host guarantee as insurance. Now, add that to free professional photography and no wonder AirBnB is taking off, all over the world.”
San Francisco--based start-up RelayRides, which launched in two cities in 2010, went nationwide in March and now claims 20,000 members, is betting that neighborly car sharing can take hold across the U.S. Backed by $13 million in venture capital from the likes of Google and General Motors, the start-up will promote its service through GM's OnStar communications system starting this summer. It works like this: Car owners rent their vehicles for $5 to $20 an hour using a membership-based service that coordinates payment and logistics online. The business, started by Harvard Business School grad Shelby Clark, collects 15% of the hourly fee, with 20% going toward insurance. Car owners pocket the remaining 65%.
Suzanne Brocato who works from home as the receptionist from 60 miles away for AnyBots which shows the future of telepresence coming to our homes and neighborhoods. That could change the nature of future vacations not having to endure flights, TSA, lost bags etc. (BTW - she is wife of the web designer for my book sites, Tim Brocato)
"Most of us fly for speed, but French industrial designer Jean-Marie
Massaud believes that slow cruising in an airship could be the next
step in air travel.
... The design of the Manned Cloud calls for
a double-decker, 5.6-million-square-foot airship shaped like a whale.
Boasting a top speed of 105 mph and outfitted with all the amenities of
a cruise ship, it would ferry 55 passengers from Paris to Madagascar in
four days, offering a turbulence-free, unpressurized flight at an
altitude of a mere 9,800 feet."