Audi Takes The Lead On Making Toll Payments

Image: Audi

One of the strangest things I had to get used to when we moved to Miami from New York City was calling the electronic toll collection program, the SunPass. In New York it’s known as E-Z Pass.

Now I may not have to remember any name at all if car makers follow Audi’s lead. Audi is integrating a toll payment system on some of its models so that the devices automatically pay the road tolls.

Audi explains that “the Integrated Toll Module (ITM) is a toll transponder built into the vehicle’s rearview mirror. The technology is compatible with existing tolling agencies nationwide, which can be linked with a driver’s new or current account.”

I think this is all pretty cool.

If You Had All The Money In The World

What would you wish for?

Ellen DeGeneres obviously makes a lot of money. She can buy anything she wants. I recently read a story that she still felt like there was something missing. Her wife, Portia de Rossi, figured out what was causing Ellen’s aching heart and then found a cure. She presented it to her on her birthday. Please watch the video.

In Other News …………..

The new three story slide at Aventura Mall.

If you love Ceviche, eat here at Aventura Mall.

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In the last few days, three different friends sent me photos of our home on Miami Beach.

Steve Greenberg took this photo with his IPhone X when his flight took off from MIA to NY.

Steve Greenberg took this photo with his IPhone X when his flight took off from MIA to NY

Richie Grand found this photo at the Coconut Grove Art Festival

Andrew Preston took this photo from his boat.

Thank you to all three.

The Students Take Over

I’m in a much better mood today. For the first time in over a year, I think this country may actually have a chance to get out of the mess it has been in under the Trump administration. The students are going to save us.

I very much want to be a part of the March 24th nationwide demonstration. I want to be there when every politician, who gets funded by the NRA, gets called out, then kicked out.

I am so sick of certain people, on the other side of the aisle, telling me guns don’t kill people, people do. These now former friends make me feel like I’m living in the twilight zone. Trump now says he is willing to talk about instituting gun background checks. What a phony. Just weeks ago, he removed more than $12 million from the budget that was designated to improve the screening of people who buy guns.

He wanted that money for his wall and tax cuts. The rich get richer, and nothing gets trickled down to the masses. It never does. Thankfully, some sanity will be restored. I have great faith in the youth of America to save us.

I will do my best to support the students. I hope you will join me. Thank you.

My recent Facebook posts.

Bios For All Ages

Two years ago, my niece Mara told me that her then five year old was reading biographies. I was immediately fascinated. I love biographies, but it usually takes me weeks, or months, to finish a book. I learned that my grand nephew, Ari, was reading a book in one night, or a few days. I was amazed.

Mara is a librarian so I knew this was something I wanted to know more about. She gave me the information, but I tucked it away someplace and then forgot about it. Two days ago, I was at Books & Books, in Coral Gables, and noticed a section of the children’s area devoted to biographies. I realized I was staring at the biography books Mara told me about.

I know I’m not five years, old but I couldn’t help myself. I bought five books. While they are written very simply, they are filled with facts that I didn’t know about. These books are a quick read for you, and perfect to share with young ones. There are hundreds of them. I plan to read the five I bought, and keep ordering more from Amazon, or make more trips to Books & Books.

I am fascinated by biographies. They teach us so much about life. After I finish each one, I plan to send my copy to any parent or grandparent who expresses an interest in sharing it with a child.

Memo to Mara. Thank you for the heads up. These are terrific. I am so happy you shared this with me.

When Your Cell Phone Doesn’t Work

Rob Reis, creator of Satpaq.

For the last few years, HWH PR, has been helping a client work on a texting technology that will one day be a major feature in smartphones. Called Satpaq, the accessory connects to satellites in the sky so that you will always be able to communicate with others when cells go down. This is a common occurrence during hurricanes, fires. earthquakes, floods, and mudslides.

We also experience dead zones where there are no cell towers in many parts of the world. There are even many places in Silicon Valley and the Hamptons where cells don’t work. The Satpaq is desperately needed to keep you in communication with loved ones or first responders, if you are in trouble.

The creator of SatPaq, Rob Reis, CEO of Higher Ground, visited me in Miami Beach, last Thursday. We spent the day checking out the Satpaq connection from the balcony of my 36th floor condo to the board walk on the first floor of the side of my building. Rob even checked the communications skills of the Satpaq from inside my living room windows. We scored 100 per cent connectivity.

We are almost ready to launch. Bravo!

Oh, What A Night

We just came back from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fl. We went to see Frankie Valli in concert. At 83, he was amazing. While he definitely looks older and moves a little slower, the voice and spirit was as young as it was in 1962.

He may not hit the high notes as well as he did before, but compared to most of the male singers today, he did very well. It’s astonishing how much energy he exuded for almost two hours on stage. I was a little nervous that he would pass out, but that was my neuroses, not his. He showed no signs of exhaustion, and knew how to pace himself.

It would have been fun to ask Frankie about getting older. How does he maintain his energy and strength. Other men his age are sitting in front of a TV set not moving. He can’t sit still. What gives? The answer is probably pretty simple. If you like what you are doing, you can go on forever.

A Friend Collects These Cartoons

I promised I would share a few if I lost a bet. I lost the bet.

I’m really not in the mood to write anything special today because of the 17 people who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This is what I posted on Facebook.

Back to the days when children didn’t have access to guns the way they do today.

Flash Alerts

I was having dinner with my cousin Irene Monday night, when I saw something flashing from her handbag. “What is that?” I asked. Irene told me that every time she gets a new cell call, her phone flashes. A bright white light appears, and then it starts flashing, on and off.

Wow, this is a great way to find my phone when it’s buried in my handbag. It’s also great when you don’t hear your phone ring. You get a flash alert. I’m pretty sure this is the way you get it to work. Try it and let me know.

Happy Valentine’s Day

This photo was taken of Eliot and me October, 2013 in Cuba. It seems so appropriate for today. We were visiting the home of Jose Rodriguez Fuster, a Cuban artist who produces ceramics, paintings, drawings, engravings, and graphic designs.

I fell in love with his work. Please watch the videos because it will show you what he did to rebuild the fishing town of Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana. He turned the entire town into a huge public art exhibition. He is considered as great as Gaudi.

I would go back to Cuba over and over just to be in the company of Fuster’s work.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love,

Lois

The Smallest Flashlight

My cousin Jeff collects flashlights. We all thought he was eccentric until there was a hurricane in Miami, mudslides and fires in California, and a heavy duty snowstorm in New York.

When the lights went out, and the flashlights that he gave us guided us though the dark, we too fell in love with these handy little gadgets. That’s why I loved learning about the Slughaus Bullet 02. It’s suppose to be the world’s smallest LED flashlight.

It measures just over an inch long, less than half an inch wide, and weighing just .211 ounces. You can take it with you anywhere. You can attach the miniature flashlight to anything you own. It’s super powerful and retails for $9.99.

I just may buy two or three at that price.