Being Pushed Around

There have been many times over the years that I tried to remember what it was like being pushed around in a stroller. I sometimes remember a quick, few seconds. It doesn’t matter if it’s real. It’s my fantasy.

If I lived in Chicago, I could experience the delight of riding in a stroller again. Kolcraft, a baby product manufacturer, provides adults with rides in their Contours Bliss baby strollers.

What a brilliant PR move. Kolcraft realized that adults shopping for strollers can’t ask babies what they like, so they decided to give parents and grandparents the chance to take a ride themselves.

I wish I were there. A wheelchair just doesn’t cut it. Andy Newmark, Kolcraft’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, reported to members of the press that his mature customers love being wheeled around.  

It is something 99.9 per cent of all adults never get to experience. A ride in a stroller can possibly make you feel young again. It will certainly make you feel special.

 

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A 360 Degree Swing

If you were like me, you spent many hours on a swing when you were a youngster. Those were the days. I can remember swinging very high and jumping off. 

Today, I would get vertigo. That’s why when I heard about Colin Furze’s 360 swing,  I really got dizzy. I wanted to show you what we missed not being a kid today.

Furze built the swing in his yard. Propelling  360 degrees, it goes as high as 31 feet in the air. You just keep going around and around.  I am not even sure if this swing is legal. You must watch the above video.

Furze is a plumber, stuntman, inventor, filmmaker, and YouTuber from Stamford, Lincolnshire, England. He uses his plumbing and engineering experience to build many contraptions. Some of them include a wall of death, the world’s longest motorbike, the world’s fastest stroller, and a jet-powered motorcycle made with pulsejet engines.

Watch the video below to see what his other dare-devil inventions are all about. Take a Dramamine at least one hour before viewing. 

Press here for CNET in order to learn more about the 360 swing.

CVS Debuts Payment App  


Good news for CVS iPhone and android customers. The drug store chain is debuting its own mobile payments app that allows customers to pay for products, pick up prescriptions, and earn loyalty rewards. All you have to do is scan the barcode. 

This is certainly going to speed things up at the checkout.

Called CVS Pay, the app is launching today in certain stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Every store will be using the app by the end of the year. 

CVS doesn’t support any other mobile payments plan.

These are all the facts you need to know, but if you want to more about the CVS program, read the Tech Crunch story

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Restaurants Vs. Baby Boomers 

I’m not implying that the New York Post is a trusty news source, but I did read a story they recently wrote about restaurants that might impact you. The newspaper believes that “restaurants are discriminating against old people.” 

Just to clarify, New York Post refers to old people as baby boomers. The story points out that more and more restaurants are eliminating phone reservations. Some restaurants are even eliminating phone numbers for patrons. 

The reason why I zeroed in on this story was because I, too, noticed a change in recent months when I call to make dinner reservations. The hours to make a reservation have been shrinking and the hosts leave me on hold way too long. 

The New York Post revealed that restaurants need to save money and one way they are doing that is cutting back on employees. This is also a maneuver to discourage older customers from going to  certain restaurants that are aimed at younger hipper crowds. Baby boomers are supposedly not comfortable making reservations online.

I’m don’t really think this story has much validity to it, but I do encourage seniors to use OpenTable, the website for online restaurant reservations, as much as possible. Let’s show them that we have what it takes in today’s society. Don’t fret. OpenTable is very user friendly. 

 

Thriving And Well-Funded

There is a new app called Thrive Market that  will allow you to buy natural and organic products right from your smartphone. 

I guess there are a lot of major personalities who think this is a good idea because they funded it.

Investors include John Legend, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Vergara, Dr. Mark Hyman, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Mark Sisson, Jillian Michaels, Brian Lee (of Honest.com), Blake Mycoskie (of TOMS Shoes), Gary Hirshberg (of Stonyfield Farm), Mark Rampolla (of Zico Coconut Water) and David Barber (of Blue Hill Farm).

That’s a pretty impressive list. With that many notables, Thrive Market is sure to get a lot of publicity. Tech Crunch did a nice piece on this app. 

The company claims to have more than 200,000 paying members. Thrive Market charges $60 a year and has two fulfillment centers: Commerce, California and Batesville, Indiana. It  is based in Los Angeles. Thrive Market is exceeding all sales expectations, even though it’s not profitable yet. There’s no rush. It was funded by $58 million to date. 


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Iris Scanning Technology     


The next time you see someone glaring into his or her cell phone it may not be for a selfie. We all will be using our eyes for digital security reasons. Samsung just introduced the Galaxy Note7 smartphone that features the new iris scanning technology. No more touching your phone to verify your identity. Now you simply look at the screen.

Samsung explains that iris scanning is “an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern recognition of images of an individual’s iris, either from one or both eyes.

“An authentication device scans the iris—which is the thin, colored ring of the eye that opens and shuts the pupil like a camera shutter, thus regulating the amount of light that reaches the retina.

“Each individual has a uniquely different and highly intricate iris pattern in each eye, which is completely developed at a very young age and remains unchanged throughout one’s lifetime. This, combined with the fact that iris patterns are almost impossible to replicate, makes iris scanning one of the most secure and reliable biometric techniques available.”

Iris scanning technology is in its infancy. For more information, visit Samsung’s website.
 
 

 

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Say Hello To Amazon’s New Fleet Of Airplanes 

Photo from Associated Press

If you live in an apartment building, you know the problem most doormen and concierge personnel are facing these days. They need larger storage areas. Ever since e-commerce has become the popular way to shop, apartment lobbies are getting inundated with delivery packages. 

You have never seen anything like it. Building staffs can’t log in the packages fast enough before another new shipment comes in. Now that Amazon wants to expand its delivery service by leasing its own fleet of airplanes called Prime Air to speed up shipments, watch out. Packages are going to pile up even faster. The new airplanes are meant to supplement partners such as United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) and FedEx Corp.(FDX).

Amazon also revealed that shipping costs have been increasing more quickly than sales. Using their own airplanes could help control costs. The Wall Street Journal said Amazon’s second-quarter shipping expenses rose 44% to $3.36 billion, while sales rose 31%.

What an interesting predicament to be in.

Photo from the Wall Street Journal


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Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go

After 40 years of living at 301 East 62nd St., we decided we needed a different view when we are in New York. We’re opting for hotels in different parts of the city for the next year or two. Call us crazy. We are giving up a 2,000 sq. ft. co-op, three bedrooms, three baths, that costs us less than most studio rentals, for the unknown. All we know is that it’s time to shake it up.

A wall filled with Eliot’s collections

Eliot’s car collection ready to be packed

What’s in the boxes?

If the walls could talk.

It looks bigger now that it’s empty.

Joe Koch, Comic Book Warehouse, Brooklyn, checking out Eliot’s collections.

Standing where no man has gone before.

Famous Joe starting to catalog his buys

It seems like boxes are giving birth to boxes.

Goodbye to living room furniture.

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