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February 2010

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 








She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!


Bon Voyage!




On The Road To The Auto Show

February is here and that can only mean one thing...The Chicago Auto Show is just around the corner (sorry all you Valentine's Day fans out there!)  Each day brings a new email or press release touting what's new at this year's show.  We'll be seeing a lot of alternative fuel vehicles, new and efficient hybrids, and the perennial favorite - the concept car! 

Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-In Hybrid Concept 

I love checking out all the new technology at the show, from plug-in cars to a plug-in port for my Ipod!  This year, though, I have some other concerns.  As cool as it is to have all these bells and whistles on the dashboard, isn't that incredibly distracting?  We just passed a "no texting while driving" law in Illinois - what makes fiddling around with the navigation screen while driving any less distracting?  Let me step off my high horse for just a moment..I'm just as guilty as the next guy as far as multi-tasking while driving, but I try to keep it to a minimum and always within the law.  I'm just saying, it's very tempting to have all this technology at our fingertips - but where do you draw the safety line?

My other concern is more of an economic one...for the consumer as well as the car manufacturers.  How many of us can really afford a new car right now?  I know I can't.  I just extended the warranty on my 2005 for 2 more years!  If new car sales are flat, or down, what does that mean to the auto industry - and in the bigger picture, the overall economy?

Some other things I'll be keeping an eye on at this year's show...damage control from Toyota, and how the domestic manufacturers will use this window of opportunity.

More to come - the Chicago Auto Show will be at McCormick Place February 12th through the 21st.