In this post I begin with a couple of ideas that concern Google. One is a time and money saving tip, and the other is just for fun.

Everyone should put 1-800-goog411 into the speed dial on your mobile phone. By calling this number, you can connect with any business within the U.S. for free. No more fees for calling information, and it’s much easier. Just dial the number, and a voice will ask you for, “City and State?” You will then be asked for the “Name or type of service?” The voice will say, “Connecting,” and the next thing you will hear is the business answering. Simple as that. I want to thank my good friend LaReign for passing this information along to me. Here is a link to the video that describes the free service:

1-800-GOOG-411: Find and connect with local businesses for free from your phon

The next Google idea I want to tell you about is interesting and possibly a bit disturbing. I’m sure most of you have “googled” your own name. But what about your image? When you go to the Google Search connection, you will notice there are a number of ways to search. Find the one that says, “Google Images,” type in your name and see what comes up. When I tried this, the first image I saw wasn’t me, and was a bit disturbing. Actually, it made me laugh out loud. Yikes!!!!!

Try it and see what you find. I hope you have better luck than I did.

Super Travel Tip

If you have read my blog before, you know I try to provide valuable travel tips when I find them. Here is one of the best I’ve ever discovered. While traveling, we all know that feeling of going into a public restroom, or worse yet, that uncomfortable feeling of sliding into the sheets of your hotel room wondering if they changed the sheets and pillow cases. Here comes the Nano Wand Sanitizer to the rescue.

This little handheld battery operated device is a must for the traveler. By passing the wand over almost any surface, you can kill up to 99.99 percent of bacteria, viruses, eggs of dust mites, fleas, and lice in 10 seconds. Incredible. Just think of all the other uses beyond those for travel. Sickrooms, offices, restaurants, virtually anywhere you feel could be a threat to your health. Here is the link:

Zadro Products

Shopping Tip from Trisha

As many of you know, my wife Trisha is a world class shopper. I don’t mean she shops constantly, but when she does, her goal is to save as much money as possible. She’s not cheap, actually, she’s a very generous person. She is simply very careful when it comes to spending our hard earned money.

Yesterday, I was in a store buying a pair of shoes. Unless you have feet my size, you don’t know how frustrating this can be. Not only did they have the shoes I wanted in my size, they had two pair. Well, Trisha noticed that the store was offering half off on the second pair. Cha-ching. When we went to the cash register, she remembered that she had recently received an email from the store offering more saving with the emailed coupon. Not having the coupon with her, she took out her smart phone, looked up her email, and showed the clerk her coupon. He jotted down the bar code number and gave her the further discount.

I was impressed and so was the clerk. Now we don’t have to print out all the coupons we might possibly use. Hope you can do the same.

New Gadgets

I’ve got a couple of very cool new gadgets for you. Have you ever been driving on a long trip, or even a short trip for that matter, and started to feel a little drowzy? I’m sure everyone who has lived to the ripe old age of retirement is smart enough to stop and get some rest. But what if it’s been a long day, you feel fine, but would like a little insurance you won’t accidently nod off.

A wonderful new little device called the Drive Alert Master fits into your ear like a hearing aid and monitors your head movement. Any slight tilt forward will send you an alert signal to keep you awake. I have a good friend who recently fell asleep for the second time while driving, so I’m pleased to tell you about this product. It’s a great and inexpensive insurance policy for you and the passengers in your vehicle. Let’s face it, nobody knows they are falling asleep when it happens. Right now this company is offering $5 off from an already reasonable price. Here is the website:

Drive Alert

The second gadget I want to tell you about is for those folks who like to make notes or record information. Whether it’s keeping track of your parking spot, making up a shopping list, or keeping track of some valuable records or ideas, this is for you. It’s a magical pen that not only records vocal or other sounds, it registers and stores your written notes. In addition, it can be attached to a computer and gives you the ability to send recordings and/or written notes to others. Lose those notes, just grab your pen and retrieve them. Wish I could remember all those songs I wrote when I was much younger.  Here is the website:


Health Alert

The recently published results of a long-term health study begun in 1996 indicates a strong corrolation between low levels of folate and a decrease in brain function. This, the study concludes, results in the increased possibility of dementia and depression. For some reason that likelyhood is even greater for women than men.

The researchers suggest that taking Vitamin B complex  supplements may increase your folate levels and be the key to opening the window to the “brain’s power and function.”  I’ve been taking this type of supplement for almost two years just to be safe. Much like chicken soup, it can’t hurt.