Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014

Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014

I’m back home after the better part of a week in Las Vegas. I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. I love the upscale hotels, great restaurants, and theater offerings. I hate the garish commercialization of sex, the feeling of desperation from people who don’t know when to say no to gambling, and the drunks.

Las Vegas at night

This trip was part hanging out with travel bloggers and friends and part family R&R. I avoided all the things I don’t like about Vegas, while enjoying the things I do. I spent time relaxing by the pool, had a few great meals, and saw the Da Vinci exhibit. That makes for a successful little getaway in my book.

Now, on to some stories that my caught my eye this past week:

People Kept Complaining This Restaurant Sucked, Look What They Found Out

Have you been guilty of these dawdling behaviors? I know I have, and while I would never complain as a result of slower service that was my “fault”, it looks like others have no problem complaining. Some good food for thought here.

A famous restaurant in NYC decided to hire a firm to figure out why they kept getting bad reviews.

Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house

I’m a fan of vacation rentals. I’ve enjoyed having space to spare in Sicily and Tuscany, in Portugal and Bologna. It never occurred to me not to vacate the premises at the end of my rental. Apparently, some people don’t feel they need to go.

If the old saw about houseguests being like fish is true — after a few days they begin to stink — imagine what it must smell like in poor Cory Tschogl’s 600-square-foot condo in Palm Springs, California.

Read original article here: Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house –

George R.R. Martin Responds To A 13-Year-Old Fan Who Asked To Die A Grisly Death On ‘Game Of Thrones’

I’m a big Game of Thrones fan, and the writer, like many others, decided to use his next books as a fundraiser. For a mere 20k donation to a wolf conservation program, a fan could die a gruesome death in the next book installment. What’s a young fan, with nowhere near that much money, to do?

In this letter obtained by Mashable, a 13-year-old fan named Jack, who lives in the United Kingdom and wants to grow up and be a wolf conservationist, offered all of his pocket money for the opportunity to die a nasty, prolonged and gruesome death in Martin’s Wind of Winter.

Read original article here: George R.R. Martin Responds To A 13-Year-Old Fan Who Asked To Die A Grisly Death On ‘Game Of Thrones’


Businesses Are Missing Out On This One Valuable Social Media Platform

I’ve been blogging since 2005, and I know the influence and power a well written blog can mean to a business. Are you using one to expand your web presence?

In an interactive world that is oversaturated with outfits of the day, businesses can stand out by using a blog to expand their web presence and brand identity, drive business and show off their expertise.

Read original article here: Businesses Are Missing Out On This One Valuable Social Media Platform

WordPress 4.0 Is Just Around The Corner, And Here’s What It Has In Store

For those who blog on WordPress, the new version is just around the corner. It doesn’t sound like there are major changes in store for us, but it looks like it will clear up a few little annoyances. Looking forward to it.

If you are expecting ground breaking new features in WordPress 4.0, you are going to be disappointed. While WordPress 3.0 was a revolutionary step for WordPress as a platform, 4.0 is more of an evolutionary move forward that improves existing features.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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