Aug 18th 2012 10:46AM Same goes for auto checkers at the supermarkets. Empolyees at the store encourage me to use them, which I do when I have only 5-10 items but most of the time I have over 50 and much prefer to go through the "human" checkout counter to do the work for me. One of the posters has a point about this new technology : it's designed more for efficiency, not for security. By the way, Las Vegas also introduced the new bill acceptors on slot machines replacing the old coin slot machines about 10 years ago. When you won the old way, you had to lug all those coins to the cashier to exchange for bills. Today you receive a printed receipt and take it to the cash machine to get your money. The downside to that was the casinos laid-off workers in the cage opertions in the thousands across the state. Those "satellite" cash kiosks you used see throughout the casinos are no longer around. I was told cage operations were very labor intensive up-front and behind the doors physically counting their daily take requiring a 24/7 staff. Unemployment rate in Nevada is still over 12%. I guess Vegas will continue to see more lay-offs if this new technologically becomes standard equipment.
Jul 20th 2012 7:26PM You have to be on guard when you travel to Russia based on this interesting story, I see. I had a friend several years ago who planned to drive to Moscow from Belgium. A lot of redtape including gas cupons had to be purchased in advance. He was asked if he wanted regular or super-octane gas. Of course to be on the safe side, he selected super-octane. So with a bunch of super-octane gas cupons he set out for Moscow only to discover that the gas stations along the way in Russia were out of super-octane gas. They wouldn't accept his gas cupons to buy regular gas so he had to fork over his rubles to and from Moscow for the regular gas he bought. This occurred about 15 years ago so the situation may have changed today. If I were to travel to Russia I would definitely travel with a tour group.
Apr 11th 2012 12:13PM On a personal dare at the Louvre when I was 15 years old in the 50's, I went through the entire museum in 25 minutes including the view of the Mona Lisa. It was literally empty then. Of course in later years, I slowly absorbed the treasures in that wonderful museum. With more travelers and expanded air travel, the quiet ambience of reknown museums and sites may be the thing of the past. I hadn't been to the Louvre in 15 years and probably won't unfortunately. The Mona Lisa is definitely mesmerizing.
Feb 8th 2012 7:15PM Apparently Schwimmer was seamlessly type-casted as the unlikeable Cpt. Sobel in the TV mini-series, "Band of Brothers".
Jan 11th 2012 2:09AM Common practice would be to engage an inspector to check the house for any defects and problems before buying the house. Evidently, it didn't suade Erin. My guess is that Erin's final price for the home will be almost equal to Tiger's $50 million home just down the block.
Oct 16th 2011 12:00PM Chris must be a big spender. Earns a fortune and spends it with abandon as well. I recall Jackie Chen commented that Chris' money demands for the next Rush Hour 4 was far too high and he didn't understand the reason behind it for him deep-sixing a successful franchise. Now we know.
Jul 12th 2011 7:57PM Kids should be taken to restaurants they enjoy going to : i.e., McDonalds, Chuckees and the like which cater to kids their age. Taking kids to McDain's retaurant which is quiet and proper may stretch the kids' patience to no end and no wonder they get restless and a little rowdy. Parents are best judge of that on where and where not to take their children.
Jun 10th 2011 12:30PM Give the writer, Rob Shuter, a break here. By using the word, "wondering" can also mean Arnold was quizzical about the make-up artist and made the move on her. I'm sure that's what Rob intended to say.
Mar 23rd 2011 10:45AM When I was growing up, Elizabeth Taylor was the standard by which other actresses were measured for their beauty and acting prowess. Such icons are no longer around today. Indeed a sad moment for all of us who remembered her well.
Feb 23rd 2011 10:34PM Swing change apparently is Tiger's undoing. Should've left his swing alone when he broke into the PGA 16 years ago. A game of feel; not just mechanics.