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Links: South Florida Tourist Attractions

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Palm Beach Zoo

Boca Children's Museum

City Place in West Palm Beach
Dozens of restaurants, shops and attractions

Lion Country Safari
Florida's only drive-through safari park

Butterfly World
Features thousands of live butterflies in their natural habitat

Norton Museum of Art

Roger Dean Stadium
Home of the Palm Beach Cardinals, Jupiter Hammerheads and spring base for the Florida Marlins

Miami Dolphins Stadium

Young at Ar t Children's Museum

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Hoffman's Chocolates

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CAR WARS: A New Hope

Uber, Lyft Helping Thousands in South Florida!

Uber and Lyft are kicking taxi butt
Call Uber or Lyft for a ride and you can almost expect to be picked up in a classy car like this -- then driven to your destination at less than half the price of a cab.

Needing a lift with no takers available, a local man was urged by his daughter to contact Uber. With high-priced cabs out of the question, the man fibally took the plunge, and five months later — he's gone "Uber the hill!"

This writer was that guy, and having interviewed over a hundred drivers from both services, we can happily say "This works!"
So who are these folks? People like ourselves, using their own private cars to pick you up and take you virtually anywhere you want to go, within reason.
At usually less than half the cost of a taxi, destinations previously unreachable are now well withinn reach.
Lyft and Uber drivers are carefully screened and their private cars held to high standards before they can work for these services. (We've never seen so many clean trunks in our lives!}
All the drivers we've interviewed, men and women alike, tell us they've had no "bad" incidents during their thousands of trips, and a growing number are saying they are now driving full time after being laid off from their normal jobs as paralegals, medical technicians, and so forth.
Others take pride in the number of drunk drivers they've taken home, with obvious results: Less DUIs causing havoc on the streets.
Uber and Lyft are often cheaper, less-hassle alternatives to driving our own cars, as per these top ten reasons:

•No need to valet park
•No event parking jamups
•no paying parking meters
•no accident risks for our records
•no traffic tickets
•Great way to pick someone up or deliver them.
•Quick rescue if your car breaks down
•Great way to impress friends or clients arriving in a car nicer than your own
•Better security for lone women
•and rides in a top-notch car model you may develop an urge to buy.

Many drivers even carry free water for their customers. Most (but not necessarily all) are great conversationalists/company too.
It's a great way to get around South Florida for locals and snowbirds alike. Combine these services with Tri-Rail and you have it made -- one recent foray from Boynton Beach to Miami cost this writer a measly $21 -- round trip! (Weekend train ticket plus two Uber pickups.)
There's one additional caveat to all this: Americans by the millions are finally learning how to be entrepreneurial. "I love working during times I can pick and choose with no corporate boss looking over my shoulder" say most drivers.
What's the difference between Lyft and Uber? From a rider's standpoint, both are pretty much the same. In fact, many drivers work for both companies.
Is this a "New Beginning" for Americans out of work or looking to make more money? We think it is.
As per impact on local cab drivers? We spoke to several who are now driving for Uber. 'Nuff said! But for those who stick with he cabbies, we like Metro Taxi the most reasonable, fare-wise.

In a final note: We tip the drivers....after all, these are their own personal cars.

Sign Up to Ride With Uber

Sign Up to Ride With Lyft
(and get a $50 free ride credit!)

Driver sign up: Lyft or Uber

-Dick Kulpa, Publisher

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Iraqi Caricature Artist Charms South Florida!

caricature artist from iraq
Salim Alrubaye rec
ently showed off his caricature skills at a restaurant in Boynton Beach
. His subject? None other than South Florida's Captain Cartoon, also a caricaturist.

South Florida's caricature artist circle grew a bit bigger this month when cartoonist Salim Alrubaye entered the fray!
Salim hails from Iraq, working as a cartoonist around the world — at one point producing cartoon animations for Egyptian television.
After showing his stuff at a Duffy's restaurant, he appeared at the German-American Club's Christmas Celebration drawing caricatures in black and white — and full color.
Salim's uniquely stylized caricature style drew a crowd at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration this week, and Salim's gearing up for more fun times.
He hasn't launched a website featuring his creative caricatures yet, however Salim can be found — and friended — on Facebook.
"Salim's genuinely talented and a nice guy," says fellow caricaturist Captain Cartoon. If you want to book Salim for your party or special event, contact us and we'll put you in touch.

-Michael K. Todd

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South Florida Punster Kathy Johnson's Li'l Lilly Book #3 Hot Off the Press!

Kathy Johnso Lil Lilly Book 3 imageTwo colorful pages from Li'l Lilly Book 3.

Prolific punster and popular South Florida attorney Kathy Johnson's latest fun & pun-filled book Li'l Lilly Book 3 has just been released, published by the award-winning Headline Books' children's book line.
Having just been delivered by a baby-toting stork, the mischchevious L'il' Lilly finds herself in confrontation with the forever evil Eva, appearing in this story as a horse in high heels. "The Centaur of Attention."
Eva's not about to lose that spotlight to this baby blonde newcomer.
Illustrated by CRACKED Magazine publisher and Bat Boy creator Dick Kulpa, this 40-page masterpiece can be appreciated by all ages!
"Kathy's farcical wit and subtle, uproarious humor sets this book eons above the vast majority of children's books out there," says Kulpa, who adds "It was a joy to illustrate."
With her Starlette Universe books garnering a whopping 9 major awards this past year alone, Kathy's getting noticed.
Over and above the standard Amazon sales site, Kathy's making autographed copies of Li'l Lilly Book 3 (signed by both the writer and artist) available direct from her office only.
Contact us for details.

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