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I took hundreds of digital pictures while on vacation. I also took some video also using my digital camera. You have to love these digital cameras! Anyway, I went through my digital pictures, and copied some of them to a temporary directory. I selected 45 of my digital pictures. Then I burned these selected digital pictures onto a CD. I took the CD to Target, and got my digital pictures for 20 cents each. So for 45 digital pictures, it cost me $9 plus tax. I thought it was nice that getting digital pictures printed is finally getting down to what it costs to get a roll of film developed and printed.
Then I was reading in Frommer’s Budget Travel about a place called WinkFlash. Apparently they charge 12 cents per digital picture and 99 cents shipping. And for the first order they have a special of 8 cents per digital picture, up to 75 prints. So I maybe can go back through my digital pictures, and get some more printed. My what I will do this time, is copy all of my digital pictures to a temporary directory, and then delete the digial pictures that I don’t want to get printed. Then I can put all the prints in a photo album.

I have been in a airports, but so Miami International Airport is my lest favorite! Want to know why?
About two years ago, my wife and I were returning from a Caribbean cruise. The buses dropped us off. We were able to check our bags outside. They charged us $25 for each of our checked bags because they were over 50 pounds. I had never even heard of this before. In fact the bags weighed about the same as when we flew from Rochester to Ft. Lauderdale a week earlier. We thought about re-arranging stuff to move some heavy stuff to our carry-on luggage but we felt rushed here. More people were behind us. So we paid the $50 fee. We still had a carry-on bag each, a box containing 6 bottles of rum, and my wifes bag. So I rented a luggage cart for $3. I had never rented a cart before, but the box with the rum was heavy, and was uncomfortable to carry. We made our way into the airport and stood in the long line for security. This seemed to be only 200 or 300 feet from where we checked our bags. Where I got up the the check point, I was told I couldn’t bring in the cart that I had just rented. Say what? I was told I could another cart on the other side of the checkpoint. Screw you! I had just paid $3 to use a cart for a few hundred feet. I am not paying you any more! What a scam! Once inside, we looked for food. There was one place. I can’t remembe what I got, but I remembed paying over $10 for something to eat and drink for just me. The food was horrible, way over priced, and I was still hungry! I left my wife watching the bags, and I went back outside the security area again. There were more food choices out here. I ended up buying a couple slices of pizza and a drink, and brought it back for my wife. The foor here was better and closer to being reasonably priced compared to the first place I went to. Fortunatly the line at security was much small by this point.
I couldn’t wait to get out of this airport.

When I travel, I like to bring a game or two with me. I own an older Gameboy Advance, but I never bring it. I would also have to bring games, and the light, and batteries, etc, etc. A real pain! What I do like to bring are cheap LCD type games. A few of my favorites are 7 Card Stud Poker (made by Micro Games Of America), World Series Championship Poker (a Texas Hold Em game made by Excalibur), and a little keychain video poker game that I bought somewhere. The video poker game, and the 7 card stuf game maybe cost me $5 each. The Texas Hold Em game cost me about $20 on sale, but it might be cheaper now. These are the games that I like, but you can find other non-gambling type games in the toy section of your local Target or Wal-Mart store.

Why I like to bring games like these is that I can just shove them in my pocket. The batteries last for months or longer of frequent play. I don’t need to bring a ton of accessories. And since they are so cheap, I don’t have to worry if they get broken. Travel can be a rough environment for an expensive Game Boy Advance or Sony PSP. It would suck to have a $100 game broken, or forgotten in a hotel or airplane. But if my cheap $5 video poker game gets lost or broken, I will just buy another.

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