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Now Ride Around In Style

There are a number of people that love to get to places looking stylish. If you are one of those people and you are looking to make an impression each and every time then it’s time you hire a Limo. Not everyone considers hiring a Limo on a daily basis. However if you start going to work or your daughter goes to college daily in a Limo imagine the impression it would make. There are a number of benefits that a Limo rental has to offer and one of the major benefits is convenience. If you are looking for the best rent hummer limo service then it’s time that you go online and check the reviews for all the services that are on offer.

Once you are able to decide which Limo rental service is value for money you will be able to enjoy an amazing Limo ride and not stress about driving to and from work on a daily basis. Another trend that has started these days is the Hummer Limo. This magnificent beast looks amazing and will definitely make heads turn when you are on the road. The best part is you do not even need to drive this. All you need to do is sit in the backseat and let the driver will take care of the rest for you. You can just enjoy the ride and reach your destination very comfortably. All you need to do is make sure that you trust the right rental service because there are the number of rental services out there that would promise a lot and not deliver.

Another thing that parents are doing these days is hiring a limo for their children when they go to prom. If it is prom night and your daughter needs to get to prom you can ensure that she gets to the prom safely and get back home safely as well. This is because the limo rental service will ensure that she reaches safely and she is taken good care of. You can also hire a Limo in case you have to go out of town for the weekend and you do not want to take your car. All you need to do is book the rental service and the Limo will be at your doorstep to take you out of town and bring you back as well. While you may think that hiring a Limo is not affordable you couldn’t be more wrong. These days the right Limo rental service is very affordable and you will be able to enjoy the ride of your life time without burning a hole in your wallet.

People that used to stay away from limo rentals are now encouraging others to do so as well. This is because they have experienced firsthand how amazing a Limo ride can be. All you need to do is take a Limo ride today and change your mindset so that you can enjoy this smooth ride on a daily basis.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Planning your budget for a vacation doesn’t have to be a painful process. Even if you’re traveling light in the wallet, you can still have a fantastic trip. First, gather your list of costs for “must see” attractions and events, then use creative ways to painlessly cut corners so you can get the most fun from your cash.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Travel Budget Calculator

Independent Traveler created an online calculator where you can plug in all of your trip expenses, then tabulate a vacation budget at the push of a button. The form lists all of the common travel expenses like air and hotel, plus things you might not consider before your trip, like small admission fees and tolls. You can plan your spending down to the smallest detail.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Three Unique Ways to Save on Airline Tickets

Search for consolidator airfares. Consolidators are plane tickets that are purchased by brokers from airlines at negotiated rates. The discounts are then passed on to consumers as the tickets are sold to consumers at discount pricing.

The Travel Channel’s Lori Rothschild suggests several uncommon ways to save money when travelling. First, Ms Rothschild recommends checking regional airports near major metro locations within driving distance to shave big dollars off flight costs.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Lowering Lodging Costs

Check extended-stays or temporary apartment rentals, sometimes they’re considerably less expensive than hotels. If you are staying in a hotel, discuss the added room charges in advance and see if any unnecessary charges or services can be omitted.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Visitors flock to New York City for Broadway theater and the delights of Fifth Avenue shopping. If your next trip also includes sampling some of the Big Apple’s landmarks and museums, plus dining in legendary eateries, then The Muse could be a great choice, especially if you want to include the family dog. The Muse is a Kimpton hotel, a chain of boutique hostelries that specialize in designer environments, personal service, luxurious details and a pet-friendly policy. Centrally located on West 46th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, The Muse is a delightful oasis for the sophisticated traveler.

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The Muse offers tasteful accommodations that are designed for comfort with thoughtful, elegant touches. The marble bathrooms are well-appointed and the towels are generous. Flat screen TVs with cable, two-line phones with voice mail and complimentary newspapers are all nice details. The lobby just received a major face-lift, and the adjoining restaurant recently reopened with a new name, a new chef and a menu of upscale “comfort” foods, like bison meatloaf and sensational shrimp and grits. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and room service is available. In the late afternoon a wine tasting is offered gratis to guests. The selection of wines is excellent and the pour is generous. The Muse offers spa services in the privacy of your room, and there is also an on-site workout facility. The book rate for The Muse lodging is on the moderate to high side, so check the hotel’s official website for special promotions.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Pros and Cons

Even though The Muse is just moments from the excitement of the Theater District and Fifth Avenue, the hotel is a relaxed, quiet environment with excellent security. The lobby and public spaces are high-concept contemporary. The guest rooms are handsome and well maintained by an attentive, professional staff. Because of the hotel’s dog-friendly policy, if you are allergic to animals, inform the hotel when you make a reservation to avoid any problems. The menu in the adjacent restaurant is limited and room service is available only during specific hours, but the surrounding area is loaded with dining options. High speed Internet service is available for a fee, the daily charge for parking your car is steep, and the in-room spa services are pricey. Budget tip for theater buffs: The Muse is just moments away from the same-day, half-price ticket service TKTS, at 47th and Broadway.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Bottom Line

The Muse is a stylish addition to the New York hotel scene. Adjacent to two major transportation hubs, Times Square and Grand Central Station, the hotel’s location makes travel around the city easy and quick. The staff at The Muse are well trained and always happy to assist you with directions, suggestions and transportation arrangements to and from airports. In addition to a pet-friendly policy, the care and attention paid to pint-sized guests of the human variety is unusually thoughtful and impressive. Tucked right in the middle of the bustle of midtown Manhattan, The Muse is a chic boutique hotel that offers New York visitors convenience, comfort and more than a touch of luxury.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

The word “perfect” is such a strong and powerful one. Reaching perfection, while the goal of many, is not often reached. But if you’re a marketer or advertiser, just imagine a world where the Perfect Search Engine (PSE) exists. Well, the folks over at Search Engine Land did… and so did we.

The Search Engine Land piece touched on both what a PSE would mean for consumers in addition to the impact it would have on marketers and advertisers.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers
From the consumer’s perspective it would come down to speed and engagement. Speed in the form “how quickly can PSE return results that match the user’s real intent?” And engagement in the form of the simple act of asking questions “… in many circumstances, the fastest way to get comprehensive results is to ask follow up questions.”

From the marketers’ and advertisers’ standpoint, it would be a matter of competition and less thereof “Advertisers would benefit tremendously from this as well. Instead of competing for traffic they may not actually want they can compete for traffic after the user has clarified their intent. This would improve conversion rates, and save users time as well.”

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

So that’s what the good folks over at Search Engine Land perceive to be what a PSE would entail…

And here’s what some of our search engine marketing gurus – Russell Kalbach and David Arico, think a PSE would be defined as and how it would affect advertisers/marketers as well as consumers.

SO: What is your definition of the Perfect Search Engine (PSE)?
DA: I would like my PSE to interact with me. I’d like it to be able to look at my search history and provide me more customized results based on my habits. I’d like it to ask me to clarify a search if need be.
RK: The perfect search engine can decipher a users intent when typing in a query and provide the most relevent/useful results. That is my broad definition but we all understand there is a lot that goes into this; crawling, indexing, categorizing, learning user search behavior, trending real time results, location specific results, etc. However, when all is said and done, users don’t care how they get the results but they want the most helpful results and they want them fast.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

SO: How would your PSE affect advertisers and marketers?
DA: I would try to integrate them into the search engine results more seamlessly. In fact, I really don’t think there should be any distinction at all. I think ads can have just as much, if not more, relevance than many of the organic results the non-PSEs deliver anyways. That would translate into a boost in traffic for advertisers.
RK: The PSE would be great for advertisers and marketers because it would present users with the most relevant ads. Maybe organic and paid listings are blended without users even knowing. The perfect PSE would be able to determine the best results, whether it is paid or organic, and display them to the user. In theory, this may require advertisers to create ads that mimic the different search result verticals (image, videos, news, shopping).

SO: How would your PSE affect consumers?
DA: It would make it easier to interpret a user’s search query and get you the answer you want. After all, I really don’t care where I find what I’m looking for, just get me there, and fast!
RK: Consumers would find what they are looking for in the shortest amount of time possible.

So what do you think would be in the Perfect Search Engine?

If you’re a brand marketer or product marketer, how would a PSE help you get your brand/product in front of and engage with your customers and prospects?

Do you think we will ever see a Perfect Search Engine?

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORY

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORYOver 120 years and 29 Olympic Games, 25 Oakland athletes have participated in the Olympics and won a total of 19 gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals. The Olympic Games have a legendary past and continue to capture the attention and imagination of the world like no other athletic competition. The greatest international sports spectacle on the planet will be on display for the 30th time in London from July 27th to August 12th.. During these summer Games, 10,500 athletes from 205 nations will participate in 300 events across 26 sports, while the Paralympics will include athletes from 147 nations.

Over the history of the Olympic Games, several Oakland athletes have become Olympic legends due to their outstanding performances. 38th Notes historian Paul Brekke-Miesner introduces a few Oakland Olympic highlights below:

1924 PARIS OLYMPICS:

Al White, (left) the former Oakland Tech High prep, was the first Olympic diving double gold medal winner. In the 1924 Paris Olympics he won gold in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform.

1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS:

Archie Williams attended University High School and then Cal-Berkeley where in April of 1936 during the NCAA track and field championships clocked 46.5, passing the 400-meter mark in 46.1 to set a world record. In the Olympics in Berlin he won an exciting photo finish race over Godfrey Brown of Great Britain in a time of 46.5 for the gold.

1928, 1932, AND 1948 OLYMPICS:

The University of California rowers won gold medals in the eight-oared event in all three Olympics with Oaklanders in the boats. In 1928 in Amsterdam it was Hub Caldwell, in 1932 in L.A. it was Burt Jastram, and in 1948 in Henley, England it was brothers Dave and Ian Turner.

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1948 AND 1952 OLYMPICS:

Zoe Ann Olson (right) won an Olympic silver medal in 1948 in London and then married Oakland High and Cal football and baseball star Jackie Jensen. She had the first of their three children in 1950 and then decided two weeks before the Olympic trials in 1952 to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. Amazingly, she made the team and went on to win a bronze medal in Helsinki, thereby becoming the only woman diver to medal at both the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.

1968 MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS:

Jim Hines (top), McClymonds High alum, was the first sprinter to break the 10-second barrier in the 100-meter dash. He accomplished the feat at the U.S. Track & Field Championships before the Olympics but it was manually timed so not official. Hines officially broke the barrier when he was electronically timed in the world-record time of 9.95 seconds to win the Olympic gold medal and the title -”World’s Fastest Human.” Hines also won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay, coming from sixth place when he received the baton and winning by a yard, running his leg in an incredible 8.2 seconds. Hines later said it was the fastest he ever ran in his life.

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORY2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS:

Marcus Jensen, a Skyline High product, was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won a gold medal in 2000, the only gold medal won in baseball by the U.S. in the four Olympics when baseball was an official sport.

2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS:

Andre Ward (above) won the gold medal in the middleweight boxing division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. It was the first Olympic boxing gold in eight years for the United States. Watch him dominate his Olympic quarterfinal opponent, and world champion at the time, Evgeny Makarenko of Russia below.

OLYMPIC BASKETBALL GOLD MEDALS – 1948, 1956, 1996, 2000, 2008:

Oaklanders like Bill Russell, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Ron Tomsic and Don Barksdale have brought Olympic gold medals home with them over the years. Barksdale became the first African-American in U.S. history to play on America’s Olympic basketball team and win a gold medal in 1948. Russell and Tomsic were gold medal winning teammates on America’s 1956 team while Kidd and Payton teamed up to lead the U.S. contingent to gold in 2000. Payton also won a gold medal in 1996 while Kidd continued Oakland’s gold medal fortunes with 2008′s Redeem Team (below).

The Best Cheap Honeymoon Spots

Everyone wants to go on the honeymoon of their dreams. Unfortunately, after the wedding budget is all settled, many couples find that there is little money left for a honeymoon. Not to worry, however, as there are plenty of destinations both stateside and abroad that are ideal for honeymooners with wallets of any size. To make the most out of your budget, be sure to look into some free coupons and discount offers from sites such as NapaValley.com and TorontoontheCheap.com.

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Napa

Nothing says luxury like wine country–and nobody does “wine country” better than Napa. Though this Northern California town is full of high-priced inns, resorts and bed and breakfasts, those looking for a deal will not be disappointed, either. Most of the larger hotels will upgrade a couple on their honeymoon, or at the very least throw in a few extras as long as they have advance notice. Many of the major hotel chains are also prevalent in Napa, including Embassy Suites, Marriott, Hilton and Westin. A honeymoon would be a great time to cash in any points you’ve accumulated if you’re part of a hotel rewards chain. If not, there are plenty of discount hotel chains, like the Best Western, Travelodge and Hawthorn Inn. You may also want to consider getting a nicer room in a town outside of Napa, such as Vallejo or Fairfield. Grab as many free publications as you can and cut out the two-for-one or complimentary winery tour coupons before hitting the vineyards.

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Toronto

Some people just don’t feel like it’s a honeymoon if you’re vacationing in the same country where you got married. While there’s nothing wrong with either stance, honeymooners on a budget will enjoy Toronto. Those from a small city will appreciate Toronto’s bustling atmosphere, while those looking to get away will appreciate its serene lakes, rivers and bluffs. Toronto’s great for those on a budget, because the sightseeing is free–and endless. Aside from the gorgeous natural sights that the city has to offer, which also include Toronto Harbour and High Park, the city has spectacular architecture, which can be found in its downtown Chinatown, Dundas Square, CN Tower, Nathan Phillips Square and the Distillery District. There are also numerous museums and theaters in Toronto, which can be visited for relatively low prices. All of the major U.S. hotel chains are available in Toronto. Though Canada’s not particularly known for being a place to haggle, those booking last-minute accommodations or walking into hotels may find that asking goes a long way when it comes to deals.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi offers a diverse culture, which is always great for vacationers. You can get a great sense of the Texan, Gulf and even beach culture in this South Texas city. Numerous inexpensive activities abound, including a wildlife habitat, aquarium, botanical gardens and even the Texas Surf Museum. King Ranch, one of the most expansive ranches in the world, is also very close to Corpus Christi. Be sure to check out Padre Islands, as well as South Padre Island Drive, a local shopping mecca. There are also ample opportunities for inexpensive, daylong activities such as hunting, kayaking and fishing. Be sure to avoid Corpus Christi when the local colleges, including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are on spring break, as South Padre Island is a popular break destination. If you’re a young, extroverted couple, however, you may love the city at this time of year–especially as spring break deals abound.

How to Compare Digital Video Cameras

You should never buy a digital camera on an impulse. They are complicated and rather expensive pieces of equipment. Today’s cameras no longer simply take pictures, but allow you to photograph, edit and alter your pictures either directly with the camera or through the use of computer software. This opens up a whole new spectrum of digital cameras, offering features that give more advanced photographers options that others may not need.

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Step 1

Decide on what you will be using your camera for. Will you be using it simply to take photos for yourself? Will you be using it to upload albums to a public location for your family to view? Once you how you will be using your camera you can start filtering out cameras that have features you don’t need.

Step 2

Pick out the cameras with photo viewing systems you like. Most digital cameras have an LCD screen that allows you to instantly view the picture you’ve just taken. Try taking a few pictures with each camera and cycle through the pictures. If any of the cameras seem difficult to navigate or their screens are hard to see, then eliminate those cameras.

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Determine what kind of storage you would like. The most common type of storage is a memory card made specifically for that camera. This will determine how many pictures you can store, but normally the more storage you get the more the card is going to cost. Do a little research on the storage types for the cameras you are considering and make sure that you can purchase additional memory cards for a reasonable price. Eliminate the cameras that have too little or more storage than you need.

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Determine how you want the lenses to work on your camera. If you’re just looking for a nice camera to have with no real serious project in mind, then you’ll probably be fine with the standard lenses. However if you’re planning on using the camera in a job or anything that requires different types of high-quality pictures you should make sure that the camera make and model has different lenses that you can purchase. Eliminate the cameras that don’t have the lens capabilities you need. See reference.

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Figure out what kind of batteries you would like to have. Some cameras have battery packs that need to be recharged every so often, and other cameras run off of standard AA batteries. If you are going to be using your camera for long periods of time, then you would probably be better off with a more standard battery compared to one that requires being charged every couple of hours. Eliminate the cameras with batteries that you do not like.

Step 6

Explore the special features of the remaining cameras. Once you have gone through the basic functions of a camera, go through the different special features. Find something that has a lot of features you like and will use. Paying extra for features that you later realize you will never use can be quite frustrating. Once you have determined what camera offers the most use for its price then you’ll be ready to make your purchase.