Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lookout Kids and Millennials - Seniors are kicking Butt in Pokemon!

When I was invited to a Community Bulbasaur hunt by my son and Grandson, I was honored and put-off;  I was never much of a game player.  I am, however, a good sport, and went along with the team, stopping at Pokestops (thank you Starbucks) and capturing Pokemon while traipsing across Queens (the Borough in NYC, not any royals).

I was very curious about the Pokemon GO game, and how it grew into a map based adventure.  Unlike Pirates' buried treasure maps of my youth, you can actually catch Pokemon overlaid on a moving map of the local terrain!  And catch them we did, moving up levels and feeling like the great Pokemon hunters we had become!  The Pokemon were successfully captured, and we rejoiced afterwards while feasting on sandwiches after the hunt.

It was weeks afterward, when I was googling around the internet, that I came across some fascinating articles:

These seniors are kicking ass in Pokemon Go - cnet

What can Pokémon Go do for the elderly ? - Silver Economy

'This is what 73 looks like': Seniors embracing Pokémon GO - Vancouver TV News

I learned that "Pokemon seduces people of all ages"; and  "In the US, Pokémon Go invades retirement homes".  Interim Healthcare posted this article, "Pokemon Go offers health benefits to seniors" - specifically noting the ways Pokemon can help seniors get more exercise and fight depression with Pokemon.  Perhaps the youngsters have gotten on to something.  And now the experienced and mature seniors just might need to show those upstarts "how it is done".


For me, a young resident of Leisure World (an over 55 community), I had to do some research, and discovered Pokestops at the clubhouses, a golf course park bench, and scattered around the community.  Clearly the Pokemon creators have not neglected my neighborhood, and this explains all the seniors wandering through the neighborhood - disguised as old ladies and men in sweats - walking in search of Pokemon and reloading at all the stops.  

Nest time you see a senior walking with a smartphone, don't assume they are just out walking or shopping.  They are craftily honing their "Poke skills".  So watch out, kids, we are catching on - and kicking some butt!


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Senior tools for catching Pokemon:
As Seen on TV Big Vision Glasses, 0.2 PoundMORPHEUS LABS M4s iPhone 8/iPhone 7 (Not Plus) Bike Kit, Bike Mount & iPhone 8/iPhone 7 Case, Cell Phone Holder for Apple iPhone 7/iPhone 8, Safe Bicycle Phone Mount, Bicycle Holder [Slate Grey]Loungefly Pokemon Crossbody Bag Cream-Multi
Big Vision Magnifying glasses (for viewing small phone screens) - eBay

Bicycle Mount for phone, works great for walkers and scooters too! -eBay

Pokemon bag - for catching the pesky Pokemon,  also hold knitting, casino winnings, and box of tissues - available on eBay

The Last Word:
Bulbasaur Heavyweight Canvas Messenger Shoulder Bag
Big enough to hold all your Pokemon swag, and the leftovers from the early bird dinner!





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

secrets of winning at the Casino Slot machines!

Slot machines are like an ATM for the Casinos.
They often outnumber the customers and will take back your winnings over time.
Does that mean you should not play?
-No, it means that planning on winning or using a “system” to win will usually result in disappointment.  
Here is my approach - Play the slots for FUN. Find one you like, observe the paytable (note the payouts, bet accordingly), and gamble for a preset amount of time or dollar value (google “how to become a session gambler”).
If you happen to win, be disciplined enough to pull out the winnings, and put them aside so you can gamble more next time.
While there are many books and systems on how to win at gambling, Slot machines are notorious for sucking you into a game where you may invest considerable money with a poor return, especially if you don’t observe the machines pay table - many slots do not deliver a jackpot unless you have placed the maximum bet (like progressive slots). If you play the smallest bets you are comfortable with (presumably to extend your playing time), be aware of this fact, and check the payouts. You will be very upset if you got a winning payline but it only pays if you are maxing out your bets. You will feel that your jackpot was denied, and that would make for a bitter trip to the casino, feeling you have been cheated - when you actually were not following the payouts.
Look at this paytable (from an older 3 reel machine)
The third coin more than triples the win, but you need to triple your average bet!
The penny slot paylines are more complex, with 20 to 30 (or more) paylines.
If you are going to the Casino to win at the slots, you can increase your chances of a win (no guarantee here) by predetermining your stake (how much money you bring), learning the paytables, and betting within your means at machines that look fun. (My opinion of a fun machine is one that has Elvis singing, superman, Haywire jackpots, stampeding, and the like, even if your win is small).
Check out this article in Freakonomics:
Once you abandon the idea of a guaranteed winning streak, you will have more fun at the casino. Enjoy your playing and relish the occasional jackpot!
Don’t let this be you:
Have fun at the casinos and mind your gambling, so you pay less and enjoy more.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Al, I am looking to rebuild a 1969 Camaro. It's trashed, but I really want to rebuild it- Where do I start?



When I was younger, my friends drove Camaro convertibles and played the Beach Boys all the time (on the 8 track player). While rebuilding a trashed muscle car sounds like fun, you have to have your head straight as to your motivation. Is this an investment, hobby, or an old car you want to drive around because it is “cool”? There are lots of old drivable Camaro’s that will never be “low-mileage collector cars in original mint condition”.

I have a cousin who restored a 1967 El Camino, and in money alone spent at least 3 times what it’s resale value is. It’s a show winner, but he is not in it for the money - it gives him pleasure at any cost. He is also not a mechanic, so he pays a premium for the mechanical and finish work.

I have another cousin who restores cars, has worked for Speed shops and small automobile collectors.  His approach is more geared to the owner's goal for the car, not just getting into another project.  Get in touch with me if you need his contact info.

If you are committed to the project, and want to go “soup to nuts”, I would strip the car and “rotisserie” it, taking the body off the frame and removing rust, welding reinforcement plates in, and giving the car a solid base to work on.
Chevy in a rotisserie. Make sure you have a big place to work, or send it out to a really good body $hop.

If you just want a cool car to drive, skip this and invest more money in a good paint job, nice interior appointments, and “chrome stuff” for the engine. You will save a ton of money, even though it is not a full-blown restoration. You also save a lot of time, as you can drive it without having to dismantle it, order parts, rebuild the engine, etc. etc.


Picking the Camaro is a good choice, (Ford mustangs and Jeep Wranglers are good choices too), because you can get almost any part you need without having to get it custom fabricated. You will also need a place to store spares, especially if you plan to keep the car a long time. Points, distributor caps, etc. You will need to keep them around like a Nascar driving team travels with spares. If you replace the engine, keep the old one around for hard to find parts. Just sayin’. EBay, Hemmings motor news, and google searches are your friends when parts hunting.

Make sure you document everything, so you can put it back the way it was, especially the car’s manual (get them; both the factory and aftermarket ones; you will need reference-these cars pre-date the internet as we know it). Get a good camera and take lots of pictures, and even some videos.

Find the original hard copy manuals; They may not exist on-line unless you can find it scanned into pdf format.

Once you start the rebuild, remember it will cost more than you budgeted, and take more time than you thought. Follow it through. Locate mechanics, engine guys, body shops, and parts outlets. talk to other owners who restored Camaro’s and get their advice. Get it to a finished and drivable condition so you can start to enjoy it.
Camaro Restoration Guide, 1967-1969 (Motorbooks Workshop)

Another thing you may consider is sending it out to be re-done; if your ego can handle someone else touching your “baby”, it will come back in finished condition, and you can focus on enjoying it. (as opposed to spending a lot of time fixing it). Even if you don’t send it out, what you will learn from speaking to rebuilders may influence your understanding of the car’s restored value, and key components that may require special attention. They also may be able to get you parts and advice, if you need it.

Within the confines of this answer, I can’t tell you how to do it all, but hopefully you have what you need to start, so you know as many of your options up front, before you are committed to the rebuild.
Best of luck, enjoy your project, and send me some photos when you have it together!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

What is the best inflatable mattress for camping - a Cubmaster's tale!

When I was a cubmaster, we went winter camping and I had a very basic air mattress - actually a “pool Float”, like one of these:
Inflatable Swimming Pool Air Mattress Raft (72" X 27") - Colors Will Vary (Ea)


I had a whole troop of volunteers to blow it up, and I thought it was pretty good… Until the morning came; It deflated slowly throughout the night, I hardly felt it, and left me on the cold, hard, ground. It was a major fail. When you don’t get a good night sleep, and the cold ground is sucking the life out your back, the next morning is not a good one when you wake up.
Most of the more experienced Dads had air mattresses that were more substantial, like this one:Etekcity Camping Air Mattress Inflatable Single High Airbed Blow up Bed Tent Mattress with Rechargeable Air Pump, Height 9", Twin/Queen Size
It had a battery pump, and was more durable than the pool floats. A lot more durable. What might suck is if the pump batteries are dead, which means watching my scouts taking turns hyperventilating as they try to get a lot of air into the mattress. Or even worse, me hyperventilating as I try to get enough pressure to firm up the mattress. Based on that experience, I got an air pump like this, foot powered so you can use one of the stronger muscles to inflate the air bed.

KingCamp Foot Air Pump for Camping Sleeping Air Bed Pad Mat Mattress


I believe that this was the most practical solution, but realized that it was lacking; I needed a tarp or movers blanket to put under the mattress, to prevent any errant pebbles or stick poking through the bottom of the mattress (which could mean a slow deflation to misery). So I got a movers blanket as a “mattress mat”. A blanket will also insulate you from the cold ground, even if your mattress deflates, and give you a little bit of cushioning.

Moving Blankets from Shoulder Dolly - 1 Blanket, 45” x 72” - Dual Sided Blanket, Heavy Duty, Thick, Durable, Supreme Quality - M1002
It’s smart to carry a movers blanket anyway, as a car blanket or in an emergency - to keep someone warm. (Please forgive my scoutmaster advice, but it really is a good idea).
Since you are looking for the best solution, I will ad that an insulating foam mat on TOP of the air mattress gives you additional cushion and warmth if the temperature drops. It’s like these:

Sleeping Pad, Lightweight Non Slip Foam Mat with Carry Strap by Wakeman Outdoors (Thick Mattress for Camping Hiking Yoga and Backpacking) (Light Blue)

I will add one more item, drawn from my personal experiences camping. Since I have some back issues, and did not want to risk waking up on the cold hard ground again - having a Camp cot is a blessing! I used the sleeping pad on top of it (or the movers blanket), and always got a great sleep.

Not being completely selfish, I got one for my son as well, although he preferred the air mattress and company of his fellow scouts. Leaving us “old guys” in the “command tent” to share war stories in the comfort of our fancy cots and inflatables.
If you are buying on Amazon, check the ratings and stick to reputable brands, and you will be on your way to a great sleep on your next camping trip!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Do you play Pokemon go? Get your guides, accessories, and more!

Image result for pokemon go game

My Grandson got me to play Pokemon Go  on a community day, and I spent three hours catching Bulbasaurus like a total NOOB.   I had a ten year old and his dad showing me some major Pokemon skill, and I was Impressed with their Pokemon catching chops!  



Pokemon Guides:
Pokemon Go: The Ultimate Guide(Pokemon Go Guide,Tips,Tricks,Secrets and much more)Pokemon GO: The Ultimate Pokemon GO Guide: All The Tips, Tricks, And Tactics You Need To Master Pokemon GOThe Unofficial Pokemon Go Field Guide

Having a fairly good smartphone, my battery was able to keep up, and I was a level 5 guide by the end of our adventure.  My grandson had an external battery for his phone, so he was able to maintain power during the entire adventure.

Battery Supplies for phones:
SOLICE 20000mAh Dual USB Output Portable Charger External Cell Phone Battery Pack Power Bank with LED light for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More (Blue)8000mAh PokeGo External Battery Ultra Slim PowerBank - Portable iPhone Charger & Samsung Galaxy - FREE BONUS Dual Lightning & Android Cable - Inspired by Pokemon GoPokemon GO Pokeball Power Bank - 3rd Generation Pokeball Charger by P46 Digital

The biggest problem with Pokemon Go is that you are walking around with your phone in your hand, on the hunt for Pokemon.  I discovered there is a new device, which alerts you to nearby Pokemon and Pokemon Stops via Bluetooth.

Pokemon Go Bluetooth accessories:
Nintendo Pokemon Go PlusCtrlDepot Brook Pocket Auto Catch for Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth Bracelet WristBand AutoCatch & Watch Collect Catcher for Android Versioncarriying case/ holder/ pouch/ cover/ skin/ keychain for pokemon go plus Bluetooth Bracelet, used with your key chain/ handbag, backpack. (ONLY CASE, NO DEVICE)

I got to be a level 5 Pokemon trainer, so I thought I was cool for an old guy.  But it does not stop there!  There is an entire Universe of Pokemon accessories and cool gifts you can get, not to mention party supplies and costumes (like Pikachu).  I am just going to list a few more, and hope you get into the Pokemon catching spirit!




Or you can Party Like Pikachu!

Rubies Pikachu Beanie-Rubies Pokemon Pikachu Toddler Jumpsuit Costume (Pikachu, 2T)Pokemon Go Pikachu Cosplay Hoodie Jacket for Halloween Party S-XL

The Pokemon universe is expanding pretty fast, so I hope you get a chance to try it out and join in the fun - it is engaging and a little challenging to capture the Pokemon's!

Thanks for reading my Blog, and best of luck with your Pokemon!

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