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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Safari Vacation

Going on a safari (African or otherwise) is often a one-of-a-kind experience that your entire family is unlikely to ever forget. Not only is a safari a great way to visit a strange and faraway land, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to build and foster an up-close and personal relationship with nature, flora, and fauna. When you’ve got a whole family to deal with, however, a safari can be a huge operation. Planning something like this can seem like an insurmountable effort, so we’ll talk about a few tips that’ll help you make your safari planning go off without a hitch. Continue reading…

The Top Five Things You Need to Bring on a Boat

Boating can be an enjoyable activity, but it is important to have a number of things along for the trip. With the right supplies, a boat trip can be safe as well as fun.

Boat License and Credentials

Depending on where the boat is registered, there may be different requirements as to what is required and what things need to be posted or displayed. Generally, the boat needs to have a current registration sticker displayed on the hull of the boat. In some areas, the operator of the boat is also required to keep paperwork on board while the boat is in use. If these items are not current, an owner could face costly fines.

Life Jackets

The hope is that these do not have to be used, but having the proper safety equipment on board is essential. It is usually required as well by the local or state authorities. A boat needs to have a life vest or flotation device for each passenger. These devices also need to be suited for the age and the weight of the passenger. Be certain to check this before heading out each time.

Radio Beacon

Like the life jacket, the hope is that the radio beacon does not have to be used. An emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) is used to alert the Coast Guard to the location of the boat in the event of an emergency or distress.

Food and Water

Regardless of the length of the trip, it is important to have an appropriate amount of food and extra water on the boat. Water is especially essential. While on the water, people often forget to keep hydrated. Having handy water bottles will certainly help with this. If the trip ends up being longer than expected, the food and water will be appreciated. Also, if small children are on board, these supplies will be quite valuable.

Repair Tools

Every boat operator should know some of the basics when it comes to minor repairs. Depending on the boat, there could be a variety of mechanical or electrical issues that could arise. Having a small supply of tools and knowing how to make these minor repairs could potentially save the day. There will be times when assistance needs to be called, but these basic tools should help to limit that.

Depending on the location and the duration of the trip, there are many other items that could be considered as essential. This would include things such as a first aid kit, cell phone, marine radio and extra rope. Customize the packing list based on particulars of the trip, but be sure that these top five items are included every time the boat is out on the water. For supplies and expert advice, a boater can check out Lake Hoptacong Marine.

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Politics And Fantasy Writing – This Could Be The Beginning Of Beautiful Friendship

As an American fantasy writer, the next few months show great promise. Presidential elections never fail to bring out some of the most creative fantasy writing. The distinctions between fact and fantasy blur, and large segments of the population redefine their willing suspension of disbelief.

Words are a writer’s stock and trade. During election campaigns, words take on new meanings and connotations.This is a good thing from a writer’s perspective. In the absence of such a thing as an “original” story, an expanded lexicon permits a greater variety of ways to retell an otherwise threadbare tale. If the leftist press is too slow to appreciate the new significance of a word, the politician’s followers can always explain it to these unusually obtuse individuals on Wikipedia.

Fear mongering is a staple of political campaigns. Demonizing portions of the populace is part of a standard political playbook. This is great for fantasy writers. I’ve got demons in my books, too. I’ve got major demons, minor demons, and even nano-demons. If the public is willing to accept half of the nonsense spewed by politicians, then the professional fantasy writer should be able to seize the imagination of at least, say, a quarter of it. This should translate into increased sales.

Let’s examine what can politics do for fantasy writing. Voodoo is no longer limited to zombies. It extends to economics. Huge treasures can appear or disappear by redefinition, without the aid of a magic lamp. Mana trickles down from socio-economic demi-gods to the plates of mere mortal day laborers. Rabid, drooling organized labor mercenaries drag poor unsuspecting workers from their travails, and force them to become mindless union members (defying the very plain, straightforward explanations of the feckless, deluded Supreme Court, that there is no such thing as mandatory union membership). People’s health and well being is improved by allowing companies to pour more pollutants into the environment. This is great stuff. Why didn’t we published fantasy writers think of it?

Actually, we did. Since facts so often get in the way of the politician’s goals and objectives, the politician has learned to rely on fantasy. There is a natural give and take between the fantasist and the politician, an undeniable and powerful symbiosis that should be embraced by both. The most resolute hard core “values” voter would be cast adrift without some underlying evil to be thwarted. Who knows better how to create evil and how to thwart it than the fantasy writer? So every time a politician rises above the rabble as a champion of the people, the fantasist should be taking notes.

One gets bored with standard Utopian themes like expanding human rights (religious and racial tolerance, acceptance of sexual orientations other than one’s own, etc.) or actually improving access to health care. Yawn. Since facts are not an issue, it is time for politicians to reach out and explore new fantasies.

There are some fantasy themes that I’d like the politicians to take a crack at in the coming year. Let’s have some politician threaten to take away anti-trust exemptions from major league baseball until the Cubs win the World Series. According to the 2011 Farm Subsidy Database,, “Tobacco Subsidies in the United States totaled $1.1 billion from 1995-2010,” and $194,435,671 in 2010 alone. Let’s have some politician insist that health care benefits for congressmen be reduced dollar for dollar to match and fund tobacco subsidies.

Fantasy writers have given politicians so much material to work with. It is only fair that politicians repay the favor. If the politicians play their part in the coming year, then when the recount challenges work their way through the courts, like Rick and Captain Renault at the end of Casablanca, the politicians and the fantasy writers can start a beautiful friendship.

Thanks for letting me ramble.  CK

Blurb: There are seven parallel worlds known as the Seven Realms which are separated by a Veil. Six are inhabited by all manner of entities, some natural, some not. That may not be the case for much longer. The first portion of the High Sidhe Prophecy of the Sevens has been fulfilled. The Anarch, who is one with the Veil, has escaped. If she chooses, she can part or drop the Veil or she can lift the Veil in its entirety. The Seven Realms will converge. The laws of physics and magic will collide head on. Unless she is stopped, there will be nothing left.

Queen Amura has called for an assembly of the signatories to the High Sidhe’s Second Accords, a multi-realm peace treaty to consider how to deal with the threat of the Anarch. An Earthside TechnoWitch and other dark forces also are seeking to control the Anarch. Prince Dzhok (Jack), High Sidhe Ambassador Salash (Jack’s oldest friendand lover), and Valkyrie Brunhilde set out to find and befriend the Anarch before all is lost.

Jack took a moment, and then he saw the light. Unfortunately, it appeared to be attached to an oncoming train. Jack was no pacifist. Like Salash, he would kill to protect his children (and had). But as a pansexual high blood Prince of the Human Whisperers and Allied Kinds, “make love, not war” was not a mere platitude, but rather was the very core of his being. Jack knew that he would have little influence on the upcoming gathering in Paradox. This was not a symposium. It was a war council. The outcome was fairly certain. His Mother and her allies would seek to kill the Chosen. And they would fail miserably.

“We have to find her first.”

“Exactly, Jack.”

You’ve got mail.

Salash reached over and pulled the MAPP out of Jack’s pocket. She rolled down her window, and with a flick of her wrist, sent it pin wheeling into a fresh steaming pile of bison dung. Salash paused and scanned the tree line. She was fairly certain at least one of the shadows had flinched.

Top 5 Must-See California Vacation Attractions

California is unquestionably one of the most exciting areas in the continental forty-eight states. It offers a wide variety of terrain, featuring both expansive natural beauty and impressive man-made feats of art, architecture, design, and development. If you’re planning on visiting a new part of your country (or are looking for a vacation destination in a foreign one), then California has everything you’ll need to achieve a comprehensive experience of American culture. Continue reading…

Taking a Trip to Tokyo

flight to tokyoTokyo despite its bombings and earthquakes it has risen to be one of the world’s largest urban areas. With more than 35 million residents and a third of that visiting, it has surely rose to the occasion. Today, it is a thriving metropolis known around the world as the little fashion capital. It provides a mystic of traditional culture mixed with some modernization and provides a wonderful relaxing and fun opportunity for travelers.

Millions of people take flights to Tokyo every year for diverse reasons. Some go for the best bargains of some of the finest clothes and brand clothes at remarkable prices, which can be found in Tokyo. Maybe it’s their sushi bars and faced paced night life that attract them to grab a flight to Tokyo. Whichever reason they have or you may have for visiting Tokyo, you can surely find some real bargains to get there.

Since there are so many airlines that travel to the nearby airport, airlines offer discount rates, non stop flights, and other perks for choosing them for booking you flights to Tokyo. You can also find discounts on airfare by booking with a travel agency, where you can also get your accommodations through as well. Some travel agencies offer travel packages that will include seeing some of the major tourist attractions that Tokyo has to offer.

When looking to book any flights to Tokyo, you should always compare costs, amenities, and businesses. Since the competition is fierce in the travel industry there are many remarkable packages that consumers can take advantage of. Shopping on the internet, in most cases, will provide the best deals for getting and seeing Tokyo. You should take heed though to make sure you are purchasing from a verifiable web site. After all with the costs being so low, there are those unsavory sites that will promise you great expectations for little when you will get just a little for a lot.

Some of the attractions you can enjoy include Tokyo Disney Resort which contains two of the world’s most visited theme parks and museums. You can take notice of Mount Fuji which is Japan’s largest mountain can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day. You can also see the world Trade Centre and Metropolitan Government Building as well as other platforms.

There are many reasons to take advantage of some of the best savings on flights to Tokyo and have an experience that will last a lifetime. Some of the travel agencies offer up to 65 percent savings on some of their vacation getaway packages. Simply by doing an internet search you can find some of these deals and maybe even better ones.

Don’t forget to check out cheap flights to Tokyo offered by the airlines though because certain times of the year provide a better bargain for consumers. It’s true with travel agency packages as well, that certain times of the year can provide an even bigger savings to consumers. You can easily find this information on Tokyo’s official website, some travel agencies, and by searching the proper keywords.