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Screen Free Spring Break - 03/12/14

      I know 75% of you have a smartphone.  That's what they told us in a consulting seminar I sat in on today.  I know the majority of you watch TV while also surfing your smartphone.  Did you know there's a name for people like you?  They taught us today that you're called "two screeners."  They even taught us about "four screeners."  Talk about ambidextrous--- these folks can watch tv, text on their smartphone, work on their laptop and surf Facebook on their tablet simultaneously. 
      I know we can't put the genie back in the bottle, but my family WILL for 9 straight days for Spring Break.  We're disconnecting to reconnect... with each other. No smartphones, no TV, no Ipads.  We're going to play with each other instead of our devices.  What a concept.
      In our house, we do this many weekends anyway and our kids are screen free most days during the school week while at home.  We're screen free at the lake during the summer (mostly because there is no wifi or TV.. heaven on Earth.)  
     Last weekend we were screen free and oh the joy that swept over us all.  The kids went outside, built a fort with blankets over the swingset, then made arrows out of sticks for a bow and arrow, they found rocks for the slingshot and kept an eye out for the bad guys.  Oh, the days of old.  They had a look of sheer satisfaction on their faces as they fell asleep having used up a nice dose of kid creativity that afternoon.  It is truly satisfying.
       Screen free is healthy.  Our screens are helpful, vital to our jobs and vital to education in many cases.  However, these screens have their place and sometimes we just need to remember to put them back there.

 

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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor. The 76-year-old Chong is a contestant this season on "Dancing With the Stars." The judges were impressed by his cool and his smooth moves. Chong rode onto the dance floor in a low rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says he was expecting "bad grandpa" but got cool grandpa instead.

POT SHOP POACHING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A legal pot store dropping a dime on a pot dealer? It's happening in Seattle. Cannabis City is the city's only licensed recreational pot shop. Police report the staff at the legal pot store called officers to report a dealer trying to poach customers. Workers say the man was selling weed out of the back of his Buick and was handing out business cards. Employees at Cannabis City say the pot dealer threatened to "stomp" a worker who had confronted him. Police add the man had left by the time officers arrived.

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to buy a used bike? How about 250 of them? Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is getting a bunch of new, old bikes. The bikes are coming from Ottawa at a discount. The Canadian city is planning a new bike sharing system based on different technology. So, WTOP reports D.C. Bikeshare is buying the bikes along with all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations. Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

TIPPING HOTEL MAIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tip the maid. That's the goal of "The Envelope Please" campaign. Former California first lady Maria Shriver and Marriott are launching a program to encourage the tipping of hotel maids. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on envelopes left in the rooms. Shriver is the founder of an organization called A Woman's Nation that aims to empower women. She says many travelers don't realize tipping is customary. So how much do you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says usually $1 to $5 per night.

 
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