Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Travel Tips for Safety, Security and Health

(Thanks to Sunset Survival & First Aid for this info)
Holiday travel tips and simple steps travelers can take to prevent the spread of the flu:
“Following these simple travel tips will help expedite the screening process at airports and keep travelers healthy and safe throughout the holiday travel season.”
TSA’s holiday travel tips will help decrease the amount of time passengers spend in line at airport security checkpoints, increase the overall efficiency of airport operations and enhance security by engaging passengers in the shared responsibility of watching out for suspicious activity at airports across the nation.
TSA Travel Tips
· Pay attention to your health before traveling
o The best way to prevent the spread of the flu is to stay home if you’re sick or have flu-like symptoms.
o The CDC recommends you get both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.
· Practice good hygiene while traveling
o Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
o Wash your hands regularly to help prevent the spread of germs and illness.
· Ensure your government-issued ID and boarding pass are out and ready
o Getting all travel documents together and ready before you get in line will help security officers quickly verify that you, your identification, and your boarding pass match and are valid.
· Wear easily removable shoes and jackets
o Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the process for X-ray screening. Be prepared to remove all shoes, jackets and other outerwear for screening.
· Take out liquids and laptops
o Remember the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols at the checkpoint:
- 3-ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols;
- 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag; and
- 1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening.
o The liquid restriction applies only to carry-on bags. Passengers can pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked baggage.
o Be prepared to remove your laptop from its case and place it in separate bin for X-ray screening.
· Use TSA Family Lanes if you or your family needs extra time or assistance
o Last year, TSA expanded its popular Family Lanes to every security checkpoint in the United States.
o Family Lanes allow infrequent travelers, those with small children or passengers who need additional assistance to move through security at their own pace. Officers in these lanes work with passengers to screen medically necessary items like baby formula and insulin.
· Keep an eye out for suspicious activity
o Transportation security is a shared responsibility. The traveling public plays an important role in keeping holiday travel safe.
o Travelers should report all suspicious activities or items to airport security personnel.
· Remember TSA’s new Secure Flight program when booking new airline tickets
o Fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation, TSA is working with airlines to implement Secure Flight.
o Secure Flight prescreens passenger name, date of birth and gender against government watch lists for domestic and international flights—making travel safer and easier by keeping known or suspected terrorists from obtaining a boarding pass.
o In addition, Secure Flight helps prevent the misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watch lists.
o When booking airline tickets, use your name as it appears on the government ID you plan to use when traveling—along with your date of birth and gender. Providing this information will clear 99 percent of travelers to print boarding passes at home.
o Airlines are phasing in this program; if you are not prompted for this information when booking travel or if there are small variations between your name and your reservation, don’t worry—you will still be able to travel.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Boutique in Huntington Beach - a Fundraiser for Relay for Life

How about some holiday shopping and have it be with a purpose! Come on down to Old World on Saturday, December 12, noon to 5pm for their Holiday Event. All kinds of fun stuff going on: craft vendors, decorate ornaments and stockings, virtual snowboard machine, pedi-cab rides to and from Bella Terra, raffle & more...
And for the part with a purpose: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be joining forces with old world to have a fundraising holiday boutique with crafts, products and food. Merchants who wish to participate can have a booth space in the Relay section for free as long as they donate back 20% of the event profit to the Relay. How cool is that? Merchants can get some great exposure for their business while they do something good for charity at the same time. And all the rest of you, make sure to come on down and buy, buy, buy -what an opportunity to do some holiday shopping. There is bound to be some special surprises there too! If you are interested in participating, open this link for the flyer and vendor form:
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If you have a place of business, please post the flyer so everyone will know about the event. If you'd like to know more about what the Relay for Life is all about, visit: www.RelayForLifeHB.com. Everyone I know, including myself, have been touched by cancer in some way. Help us to make a difference in the fight against this terrible disease.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Businesses to be Found on the Huntington Beach Surf City Savings Discount Program

The Surf City Savings Discount Program is coming along nicely. We've recently had some new vendors come on board. This site is an effort by the city of HB to help keep our spending dollars local. It is free for the businesses participating in the program to offer a incentive on the site. When you are out and about, feel free to mention the program to any business owners you know so they can get involved too.
The businesses most recently added to the site are: Body & Sol Tanning Center, Absolutely Fabulous Unique Gifts & Decor, Avis Car Rental, Main Street Hair Company, Bethany Owen Woman of 1001 Voices & Faces and Fresch Electric Bikes. Go to the site,
www.SurfCitySavings.com and click on participants to see what they and all the others have to offer. Print out the discounts, use them and save!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Getting Tan in Huntington Beach - look good all winter long!

There is no reason to not look good with some color on our skin all winter long. At Body and Sol tanning Centers, you have all you need to do that! At Body and Sol Tanning Centers, each room is a comfortable private air conditioned oasis. They provide a spotlessly sanitized and clean environment providing fresh towels, tissues, make-up removers and spray deodorant for your use. Their staff is friendly, courteous and very helpful in designing your tanning experience. They carry a full line of indoor, outdoor and self-tanning lotions and moisturizers. Featuring Designer Skin, Supre, Devoted Creations, Pro Tan, Australian Gold, California Tan and Mystic Tan products.

Two location to serve you: 15053 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, 92647. Phone: 714-895-4440

or 6958 Katella Ave. Cypress, 90630. Phone: 714-895-6141

Save Money Have Fun on The Road with HB Scooters in Huntington Beach

HB Scooters is a newer scooter, electric bicycle and moped dealership here in Huntington Beach! Gas 50cc and 150cc scooters, really cool electric bicycles (no gas), and Ridley mopeds. HB Scooters is a full service dealership that services what we sell. From everyone I've talked to, they are the only place they take their scooter to be serviced. They Located in the Warner Springdale shopping center, 5960 Warner Ave, on the opposite end of the center behind Fritzankotter's Deli. They can be reached at 714.840.8090 or visit them on the web at: www.hbscooters.com - there are definitely some fun rides there!

Hey Huntington Beach, Here are Some Tips and Tricks for Advanced Surfers

To put matters into perspective, California is to surfing what the Himalayas are to mountain climbing. Indeed, California, which is located along the beautiful southwest coastline of the United States, is the de facto home of surfing in respect to the sport`s global commercialisation and growing popularity. As the most populous, fashionable and third largest state in the US, California is a major destination for all kinds of people from all over the world. However, the so-called `Golden State` is most commonly regarded as a surfing mecca by hundreds of thousands of dedicated surfers who make their way to the state on a regular basis. Renowned for its golden sands, regular hot sunshine, beautiful people and challenging swells, California is a true haven for surfers.

As might be expected of such a popular surfing destination, California is home to some of the world`s finest surfing spots. Surfrider Beach in Malibu, for instance, is notable for its exceptional waves that can be ridden for almost half a mile in perfect conditions. Furthermore, Surfrider Beach is home to a large community of muscular male surfers, model-hot females, A-list Hollywood stars and a handful of hardened professional surfers. In short, Surfrider Beach is a little on the crowded side but nonetheless thoroughly entertaining. By contrast, San Onofre State Beach is one of the most friendly surfing destinations in California for beginners. Moreover, its easy-breaking waves are a delight for novice surfers, who will also appreciate the renowned party atmosphere that precludes the otherwise ubiquitous `locals only` mentality.

Although there are many other top surfing destinations in California that are suitable for both beginners and advanced professional surfers, the Golden State does demand a certain level of quality in respect to aesthetic appearance and physical grace. Indeed, the body beautiful is a default standard for beach-bound Californians and it is also essential that every aspect of a surfer`s ability to ride the waves looks good too. Therefore, learning a few tips and tricks for advanced surfers is likely to impress even the most hardened of spectating Californians.

Hitting the lip is one of the first moves that will be performed on a short board and it basically involves accelerating up the face of a wave before hitting its lip and then surfing back down. This move can look more impressive than it actually is but is also a great deal of fun to perform. The frontside roundhouse, frontside bottom turn, frontside snap, backside roundhouse, cutback, floaters and the layback snap are all other examples of tricks for advanced surfers.

However, it is important not to rush straight into any such tricks without first observing other professional surfers and taking qualified professional instruction. Indeed, surfing remains a dangerous outdoor adventure activity that must be undertaken with great care and skill. Furthermore, it is necessary to wear appropriate gear, clothing and equipment on any surfing adventure, which will include items of safety such as a concealed pocket knife. Surfing in such a fashionable and highly populated area as California also requires suitable clothing to be worn when not on the waves, such as items from the popular animal surf range.