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“A BOOK IS NEW UNTIL YOU READ IT!” READ THE FLYING FISH AND THE BEE’S BOOKS!

tHEY BOTH FLY. ONE GLIDES AND ONE HELICOPTERS! EACH AMAZING IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!
THEY BOTH FLY. ONE GLIDES AND ONE HELICOPTERS! EACH AMAZING IN THEIR OWN RIGHT!

APtravelnews-Book Reviews—November 20th, Port St Lucie, FL.—From Correspondent Bob Epstein, Book Reviews—When I received the following two books from the Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, I knew just from the cover on in, they would make fine educational and enjoyable reads!

“The Amazing World of Flyingfish”  by Steve N.G. Howell  was an edifying and exciting read.  Having an extensive knowledge of offshore fishing myself, and always amazed when a school of flyingfish took off spooked by my moving boat, or by predators such as billfish, dolphin fish and raiding tuna, this fine, 45-page book describes in photography and true researched words of knowledge, by someone even more detailed and excited by these marvels of nature, only enhanced my enthusiasm more when before reading this book, the little bit I did know, blended with my new education of just how incredible these small fish are. In all the oceans, seas and waterways of the world, only Exocoetus volitans named by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758, truly fly, well actually glide, and truly zoom over the waves and ocean swells to escape from being eaten.

Early Mediterranean sailors actually thought that “Exocoetus” meaning; “sleeping outside” in Greek, from the belief that these flyingfish left the oceans to sleep on shore at night. The amazing facts about these fish are embodied in this “little big book of knowledge” about them, and the fascination they have been for airplane designers, to cooks in Barbados that serve them up as the specialty of the Island Nation.  There are 90 images, all interesting in their depictions of this, and a few other images of amazing sea creatures.

PAGES OF INFORMATION AND 90 GREAT IMAGES!
PAGES OF INFORMATION AND 90 GREAT IMAGES!

The book sells for $12.95 Check it out @: press.princeton.edu  or Google the name: “The Amazing World of Flyingfish.

 

TO BE OR NOT TO BE! THEY ARE IN TROUBLE, RESPECT THE WORLDS BEE'S!
TO BE OR NOT TO BE! THEY ARE IN TROUBLE, RESPECT THE WORLDS BEE’S!

The second book is about The Bee; A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich. “To be or not to be, that is the question”  and when Shakespeare penned that question in centuries past, I know he did not have the honey bee in mind, but today because of the terrific threat to the Bee’s existence all over the world, this eminently important insect, that gives you the very fruits of the vine and tree, (BIBLICAL: “THE LAND OF MILK & HONEY”), the flowers of the field and forest and so much more is in great danger of disappearing altogether.

“Earth is home to 20,000 bee species, ranging from flourescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees, to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book is the most accessible source of information about bee species, written for non-scientists by some of the world’s leading bee experts and researchers. Beautiful art- work compliments and clarifies the text, which is kept brief enough to cover as much information as possible, while keeping general readers engaged. If you eat food (ha) you need to know about bees. This little critter pollinates fruit, veggies and seed crops that we humans need and rely on to survive. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Understanding the complex interactions between bees and agriculture, environment, and humans influences how we address food supply questions, agricultural economics, and development in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world!” Just remember too, no bees, no flowers! The book has 224 pages, in hardcover it is 8 x 9, and costs $27.95. Check out Google  with The Bee A Natural History by Noah Wilson-Rich, with contributions from Kelly Allin, Norman Carreck & Andrea Quigley. 

 

TIN FISH , TODAY A NATIONAL RESTAURANT GROUP TRULY SHINES AT OFFERING FRESH SEA FOODS!

 

 

Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!
Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!

APtravelnews-November 19th, Bob & Barb at Lake Okeechobee, FL.-Great fish and seafood restaurants are hard to find all across America, for sure there are a few in each state and city, but compared to burgers, chicken houses,  Chinese and Japanese Sushi places, sub shops and cafés, they are far and few between.  Well, here comes The Tin Fish and today from California through the Midwest to Florida there are excellent foods of the sea available at quite moderate prices, but offering top of the line foods. Probably no where else can you order special salmon, Whitefish, Cod Tacos, grilled shrimp, Lobster Bisque and so many other dishes for so little “green backs.”

Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.
Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.

Their newest location is in Sarasota, Florida and after opening up last year in Lake Okeechobee area, the restaurant has wooed locals and tourists alike and drew Barbara and I for a visit yesterday. Barb much enjoyed her order of corn & shrimp chowder that I also tried as she tried my fresh clam chowder. Good is not the word for them. Great is a better word! My luncheon platter included grilled, firm and tasty shrimp and a filet of Mahi Mahi as this deep ocean fish is called in Hawaii and Dolphin Fish as it is called in the Florida Keys! A special blend “spicy (but not too) cole slaw complimented my dish as it did Barbs Salmon plate. Promise there were no leftovers and we were very well satisfied with the taste and freshness of our “foods from the sea.” We did try a special dessert well worth the wait after dinner as a topper-off of our meals. Cinnamon Ice Cream and Carrot Cake-Wowser!!

Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!
Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!

Check out Tin Fish on the Web for a full menu spread and locations across the USA that you can happily indulge in great cuisine for yourself:  www.thetinfishrestaurants.com

And if you want information on getting in on the ground floor of their franchise opportunities, get in touch with Joe at 619-708-1134

Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin's!
Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin’s!

TrekCel3300 from Celestron Revives Our Device Charges and Lights Up Too! Some Kind of Flashlight With This Terrific Item!

Small and convenient to carry, but also powerful and useful in more than one way 1
Small and convenient to carry, but also powerful and useful in more than one way 

APtravelnews-November 14th, Bob and Barb at Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.–

Yes, there are a zillion different kinds and manufacturers of flashlights out there, but do any also charge your cell phone and other small electronic devices? One of them does! Not only does this powerful, rechargeable flashlight light the way in dark places, but it recharges from your laptop and also has simple connects and adapter to charge cell phone, Ipads, tablets, and a wide array of other electronic devices. Celestron makes a variety of interesting and useful electronic items and this is just one of them that I will not leave home without. No kidding, I plugged in my Samsung Note when it was low on charge when I was out and about and expecting a call, the flashlight/Charger took care of the business of keeping me In Charge!

Check out www.celestron.com you will be amazed at the items they offer!

A Great Way To Save Your Eyeglasses From Loss-The ReadeREST! Check Them Out!

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Whether you want the  Swarovski Crystal model for women or ReadeRest black sunglass model for men or women, the strong magnets will do their job holding your glasses safe even when you bend over or go out on a boat with wind in your hair your hat may blow off, but not your glasses.
Whether you want the
Swarovski Crystal model for women or ReadeRest black sun-glass model for men or women, the strong magnets will do their job holding your glasses safe, even when you bend over or, go out on a boat with wind in your hair, or even if your hat may blow off, your glasses will not!

APtravelnews/New Products—December 9th, Bob & Barb in Sevierville, TN.  At the recent Gift Show in Sevierville, TN., we had a chance to look over dozens of interesting items ranging from whiskey flasks emblazoned with eagles or fish, to Click-It Hot Use It Cold, hand-warmers. However, for this post we wanted to focus on an issue and problem one entrepreneur we met has addressed and figured out fully within the principle of K.I.S.S.  What is it? Its a simple, easy to use small holder to assist all of us in not leaving our glasses and walking off without them (see images). Rick Hopper came up with his ReadeREST;  a magnetic holder that does not require you to pop holes in your clothes to affix the holder to your shirt or blouse.  You merely slide the back plate under clothing where you want the glasses to hang from, then place the strong, magnetic, self-centering holder over that plate and voila; your ready to hang your eye-wear glasses from one of its arms, until the glasses sit safely on the holder. With its simple use, there is no more leaving your eye-wear at the market counter, restaurant table, school desk, or wherever you had previously put them down and either did, or did not remember to take them with you when you left.

“Simple is, as simplicity dictates, here’s an answer to not forgetting your eyewear anywhere! This patented item is “proudly made in America” and is perfect for the person that always keeps asking: “where are my glasses.”   Go: readeRest.com or give a call to   1-855-321-7732 Ext. 804

Real Swarovski Diamond cut Crystals hold your glasses!
Real Swarovski Diamond cut Crystals hold your glasses!