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Soaring in a Hot Air Balloon

Sunday, December 4, 2016 posted by Joan
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Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?  Other aircraft are propelled by jets or propellers, but not hot aircraft.  They are steered by natural winds surrounding the earth.  Winds travel at different speeds and in different directions based on their altitude.  Other conditions such as ground and water temperature cause these differences.  So, if you wanted to fly a balloon from Tampa Florida to Orlando Florida, you would need to get airborne early in the morning and elevate your balloon to find easterly winds to make the 80 mile trip.

This is the “Way to Go” according to my favorite engraved stones. The balloon pilot begins by laying the envelope (top) of the craft on the ground.  Blasts of hot air (propane) continue until the envelope is airborne.  Then the passengers climb aboard into the basket.  Eventually, the entire aircraft is airborne and the chase car is in contact with the balloon pilot for the entire trip.   It is truly amazing that fear of heights becomes a non-issue.  I can’t explain why, but it is like floating in heaven.

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US Places to Visit

Saturday, July 2, 2016 posted by Martin
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As Americans, we look all over the world for places to visit.  However, here in the US, there are marvelous places that can be overlooked.  If you visit the Rocky Mountains, you will probably find engraved polished stones, but the majestic views are something to behold.  Seeing the views in real life is breath taking.  Here are other places to visit that will leave you with life long memories:

  • Orlando is great for kids, but oldsters enjoy it just as much.  Be sure to visit not only Disney, but the other theme parks and the Kennedy Space Center as well.
  • Niagara Falls gives new meaning to the word awesome.  Be sure to see it from the Canadian side and plan for a short trip to Toronto.
  • Arizona should be seen when the weather is more tolerant.  The Grand Canyon is very special and the IMAX Theater brings you right up close.  The Phoenix area has great golf courses if you are a golfer.
  • Of course, New York City should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Besides the theater, you will never run out of things to see and do.  Plan at least a four-night stay.  Also, tickets to many Broadway shows are available at deep discounts on 47th Street and Broadway.
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Mount Rushmore Presidents

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 posted by Martin
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Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

The magnificent images at the top of Mount Rushmore go far beyond that of a personalized stone etching. Do you know which Presidents images are memorialized? They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Why were these presidents chosen and why was Mount Rushmore chosen for this project which lasted for 14 years? The actual carving however lasted for about five years and was completed in 1939. The entire project including the visitor center was not completed until 1998.

The four Presidents were chosen because of their role in preserving and defending our republic during the first 130 years. Originally, the plan was to display the Presidential images down to their waists. Limitations on funding meant that only their faces were carved. In addition to Washington, it was decided there would be two Republicans and one Democrat. The project concept came about as a means to attract more tourism to South Dakota. Mount Rushmore was chosen because the view faces southwest, ideal for viewing. Ecologically, there is sufficient rain and granite for the carvings to last over time.

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2016 Baseball Season

Monday, March 21, 2016 posted by Joan
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The 2016 MLB season will start in just a few days. Baseball is still our national past time. The pitchers and catchers are loose now and the position players are in the swing (no pun intended). We often watch the games on TV and sometimes in the ball park. On March 17, I attended a grapefruit league season game between the Marlins and the Mets. Jacob deGrom was pitching for the Mets that day. His pitches looked like tiny marbles or engraved polished stones whizzing by.

Our seats were in the 5th row along the right field foul line. We were looking directly at the bullpen home plate. The warm ups were coming in at about 100 miles per hour, except for the sinkers which dropped without warning. This is about as close as I have ever been to understanding how quickly a batter must decide to swing at a pitch. It is almost unfair. If you are ever in Florida during March, get good seats so you can experience what I did.

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Who Loves A Bagel?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 posted by Martin
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Good Luck Engraved Stones

Most dentists love bagels because they derive lots of work fixing bridges that come loose from people eating them since some bagels are almost as hard as engraved river stones.  The bagel originated from Europe where it was a specialty bakery product among Jews.  Today, most everyone enjoys a bagel.  It is not limited to Jewish people.

Bagels were introduced in New York and were hand made.  A block of dough was formed and cut into strips.  Each strip was then rolled and rounded into a doughnut shape, steamed with water and then baked until golden brown.  Brooklyn was the heart of the bagel industry.  Later on, flavorings were added to enhance the appeal for the bagel.  In the 21st century, most bagels are machine made and the flavors are more extensive.  Bagel chain stores are everywhere.  They offer bagel sandwiches and accompanying items such as cream cheese and smoked salmon.  Commercially frozen bagels leave much to be desired.  They are of lesser quality than the original Brooklyn bagel.  Next time you are in New York, try a real New York bagel from a local bagel shop.

 

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Sedona

Friday, August 7, 2015 posted by Martin
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Merry Christmas Engraved Stones

If you have never been there, Sedona should be on your bucket list.  This area is home to the red rock backgrounds you will see in some old western movies.  Awesome, is an accurate description.  Millions of years ago, the area was filled with water which receded over time providing a time release view of the rock erosion.  Some rocks have names like Tea Kettle, Snoopy and Thunder Mountain.  If you have been to Disney World, Thunder Mountain should ring a bell.

We were there during July when the temperatures were about 100 degrees.  Pick a cooler month if you are adverse to the heat.  Plan to dress casual and be sure to bring jeans in case you choose to go horseback riding.  There is also a natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park; so bring an old swimsuit as you will be sliding on real rocks.  Sedona is about a two hour drive from Phoenix. A wedding anniversary inscription is great but a trip to Sedona to celebrate is much better.

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All About Mount Rushmore

Friday, July 17, 2015 posted by Joan
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Forever In Our Hearts Stones

The most famous engraved stones in the United States are  refered to as  Mount Rushmore. This national landmark was carved from the granite mountains of the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gigantic sculpture features the faces of four U. S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theordore Roosevelt.

Work on Mount Rushmore began in 1927 and was led by the Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum. It was completed in 1941. More than 400 workers worked on the scupture under extremely dangerous conditions. To create the gigantic carved heads, more than 450,000 tons or rock was removed.

Mount Rushmore is known as the “Shrine of Democracy,” and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. Each year, more than 2 million visitors come to Mt. Rushmore to see the colossal carved heads of the  four presidents. Today, it is part of the National Park System and is located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD.

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Summer Vacations

Monday, July 6, 2015 posted by Martin
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In these days of tight money, and the arrival of the vacation season, there is a need to come up with ideas for vacation locations.  If you are well heeled, there are always the logical options. Disney is always a winner.  You can stay on the Disney property, but there are many hotels in the area that are more affordable. Often, last minute deals can be found on Hotels.com or Trivago.com.  You don’t need messages of encouragement to prompt the kids to say yes.

There are also other low budget options for kids. Driving or buses are far less costly than plane fare.  Water is a great attraction for kids.  In New Jersey, the Wildwood area and Point Pleasant are always popular because of the close proximity to the beaches and the rides.  In New York City, Brighton Beach is only a subway train ride away.  Out west, Lake Tahoe is fabulous because of the water and horseback riding.  Make sure you take a vacation so you have something to look forward to this year.

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On The Town on Broadway

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 posted by Martin
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If you will be visiting Manhattan shopping for souvenir trinkets and engraved polished stones and you enjoy Broadway revivals, don’t miss On The Town. You might ask why?  The choreography is great, the music is great (performed by a live orchestra) and the show it is funny. Decent tickets are often available on the half-price tickets line.  The story is about three sailors who are in port in New York and have leave for just one day. They want to make the most of it by seeing the sights and naturally, meeting girls. Sound good? The acting is superb and the story line is very easy to follow.

The show is performed at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street just west of 8th Avenue. It is easy to get there from just about anywhere and this recently renovated theater in the Broadway area has comfortable seats and great acoustics. Plan on enjoying yourselves for the next two and a half hours.

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Driving North From Florida

Sunday, May 17, 2015 posted by Martin
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Our plan was to sleep out two nights and limit our driving to no more than about eight hours per day. If you follow this advice, you won’t need a good luck stone for help. We left Boynton Beach at about 10:00 AM and drove to Walterboro, SC. This is a lovely place to spend the night. It is a very quaint southern town with very hospitable folks living there. The hotels are within a mile of I-95 so there is no loss of time when you leave in the morning. Most of the hotels provide free breakfast.

Next morning, we drove north and stayed at the Hampton Inn near BWI Airport. This is a great hotel because the rooms resemble more expensive hotels at a fraction of the price. Also, they have a free shuttle service to take you to any area restaurant and return you to the hotel. Here again, we had a free hot breakfast in a businessman atmosphere. I recommend the hotel highly. Everything is clean, spacious and even has a microwave and a fridge. There is lots of space for clothing.

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