July 2009


SPECIAL GUEST

We welcome back Mr. Michael Bennett, travel writer and entrepreneur. Bennett is back from a recent foray to Hot Lanta. He says it’s a moveable city in  the summertime, that everything is conveniently located. Michael Bennett joins Brian during the MIND YO BUSINESS Travel hour.

TRAVEL TIPS

Know before you go-go-go. Familiarize yourself with your destination or destinations. After all, knowledge applied is power. By familiarizing yourself with your destination, you’ll get more enjoyment out of your experience, save precious time and possibly avoid known dangers. As a traveler, it is up to you to become aware of any/all restrictions on items you tae out of the country. Even some over-the-counter medicines are banned in certain countries.

I remember the customs folk in Freeport, Bahamas confiscated some of my broadcasting equipment, simply because I didn’t request permission to bring it in. Customs was polite, but firm. Everything was cool. My items were returned just before I boarded the puddle jumper back to Ft. Lauderdale.

Oh yeah, some things you purchase overseas, may not be allowed in the home of the free, United States.

TRAVEL DEALS AND STEALS

Charlotte, NC to Negril, Jamaica
Flight & Hotel Included
5 Nights from $511 per person July 31 – Aug. 5, 2009

Departure City: Atlanta

Destination: All Destinations

Dates: Thu, Aug 6 to Sun, Aug 9

Change your departure cityStart a new search |  All prices are based on double occupancy.


Tampa, FL: The Surreal Life
Revel in Tampa Bay’s almost surreal lifestyle with its lively Latin bars, hand-rolled cigars, spring-training stars, and 20 miles of powdery coast.
Includes Flight, Hotel, Taxes & Fees

from $249
per person

Charlotte, NC: Have a Royal Time in the Queen City
History and high-rises go hand in hand in Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina. Home to lively nightlife, good eats, and pro sports aplenty, you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a good time!
Includes Flight, Hotel, Taxes & Fees

from $251
per person

Philadelphia Vicinity, PA: Venture Like George to Valley Forge and Beyond
Trace the steps of George Washington in the pretty country outside of Philadephia, then come back to the present-day like a high roller in Atlantic City.
Includes Flight, Hotel, Taxes & Fees

from $251
per person

This isn’t about a home-based business. It does relate to you and your family’s health and privacy issues. Please listen to the interview former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson had recently with a Patient Rights Advocate. Please comment here on the blog after you hear what she has to say.

Click here: Fred Thompson: Interviews

Listen to the Betsy McCaughey interview.  Unbelievable!!!!

I have just received an email from a friend who heard an interview on the Fred Thompson Show (7/16/09) from a Patient Rights Advocate, Betsy McCaughey. When I checked it out (and you can hear it, yourself), it chilled me to the bone.

PLEASE, PLEASE try to get into it and hear what she has to say!! She has read all 1400 pages of  the bill and points out many things that you will be shocked at, including whether or not, at our age, there’s any point of having any medical care for certain conditions to help us live longer. You will not believe what she has to say!

We must get the word out, because surely Obama and his administration don’t want us to know what is really going on, and they can ramrod this one through Congress just like they did the stimulus pkg.

Brian

Hoping you can help me out with an upcoming segment on the talk show. I’m scouring the nation looking for the best “All you can eat” restaurants. Obviously, I haven’t seen them or eaten in them all, so your eyes and taste buds are being put to the test.

I have a few categories:

  1. Seafood
  2. Barbecue
  3. Breakfast/Brunch 

Please post your choice(s) in the comments section of this Post. Your answers will be part of the Saturday July 18, 2009 MIND YO BUSINESS talk show, during the Travel Hour, 9am-10am [Mississippi Riverboat Time].

MIND YO BUSINESS on The Power, XM Radio, Channel 169 and now on the internet through www.xmradio.com, 9:00am-11:00am [Eastern Time]. Toll-free call in number (866) 801-8255.

Regards,

 

Brian

CHOO CHOO, Chug-a-lug.

Stimulated by Congress and President Obama, Amtrak has approximately 5 years and $15B in funding to improve the nation’s train track infrastructure. Our guest this Saturday believes this is a giant step toward a nationwide train service comparable to europe. Yours truly is highly skeptical, believing the economy is more ripe for more home-based businesses than a large pool train commuters. What’s your opinion??

Thomas Dorsey, Founder/Publisher of Soul of America.com is my guest Saturday July 11, 2009, on the MIND YO BUSINESS talk show, from 10:15am-10:45am [New York City Time].

Read the Soul of America article: “Amtrak Acela Shows Promise,” below. Check out the Soul of America website, by clicking on the Soul of America link on the right side of this blog.

MIND YO BUSINESS on The Power, XM Radio Channel 169 and now on the internet through www.xmradio.com. 9:00am-11:00am [Eastern Time] Toll-free call in number is (866) 801-8255.

Regards,

Brian

 

AMTRAK ACELA SHOWS PROMISE

 

 

    Beginning 1971, Amtrak has provided rail service for passengers in the Northeast Corridor between Boston, New York City and Washington. Since then, Amtrak radically improved service in the corridor via electric-powered trains, upgraded tracks and signaling, underpasses and bridges separating rail tracks from auto traffic, separating freight tracks from high speed rail tracks, and fencing track to prevent animals and people from wandering onto them.

 

    By the late 1990s, Amtrak reached a top speed of 135 mph in the Northeast Corridor. Taking it to the next level of service in the NYC-Boston leg, Amtrak introduced Acela trains in year 2000 that reached 150 mph and tilt around curves without spilling a glass of wine on the table. Acela trains have more creature comforts, electrical outlets at each seat, Internet access and a dining car that whisk you from downtown NYC to downtown DC in less time and cost than flying plus a taxi.

    Even when you factor in greenhouse gases emitted by the power plants supplying energy to the trains, Acela is significantly more fuel-efficient and greener per passenger mile, than driving or short flights. An important side benefit is that Amtrak Northeast Corridor service reduced the need for airport expansion to accommodate airplane flights of 45+ minutes that also take 90 minutes of queue time to board a plane and 30-90 minutes taxi time from airport to downtown. Similarly, Amtrak Northeast Corridor eliminated the need for a parallel I-95 Freeway.

 

    Divided in two, the Northeast Corridor consists of:

* New York-Newark-Philadelphia-Wilmington-Baltimore-Washington
* Boston-Providence-New Haven-Stamford-New York

    In the 237-mile New York-Washington segment, frequent Acela trains run from early morning to midnight at up to 135 mph for the 2 hour, 50 minute journey – that’s a New York-to-Washington average speed of 84 mph. At that average speed, Acela and other Amtrak trains traveing up to 125 mph attract more passengers than flights between NYC and DC. Since passengers can purchase tickets online and enter via a dozen train doors, many arrive only 5-10 minutes before their train arrives.

    In the 211-mile Boston-New York segment, much of it remains hampered by 100 year-old track, bridges and signaling, shared track with freight trains and 11 places where autos cross the tracks. But one recent 18-mile section between New Haven and Providence features state-of-the-art dual track (two lines north, two lines south) and new signaling that enable Acela to reach its top speed of 150 mph. That recent improvement project shortened time for Amtrak trains between Boston-New York from 4 hours and 30 minutes down to 3 hours 27 minutes or 61 mph on average. To no one’s surprise, a larger percentage of I-95 Freeway travelers switched to Amtrak.

    Given Amtrak was recently authorized $15 billion over the next five years, by 2014, funding will enable Washington-New York trip time to reach 2 hours 30 minutes or 95 mph average. By the same date, Boston-New York trip time should reach 2 hours 40 minutes — 80 mph average. The Northeast Corridor is also being extended to Portland, Maine and Richmond, Virginia.  That’s good news we can ride on.

(Courtesy Soul of America.com)