By Shannon Pulusan
The AAA Four-Diamond resort, located adjacent to the renowned World Golf Hall of Fame in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida, is offering a special golf package for individuals age 55 and over. Available through January 31, 2014, this “Stay and Play Golf Package” includes:
- One round per golfer on either Slammer & Square or King & Bear champion course
- One World Golf Hall of Fame Combo ticket per golfer—a valid 2-day admission to World Golf Hall of Fame museum that features interactive exhibits and historic golf artifacts
- One round on the 18-hole real grass championship putting course
- One shot at the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole
- Deluxe room accommodations with daily breakfast
- $50 PGA Tour Academy credit voucher per golfer
- Range balls
The “Stay and Play Golf Package” starts at $171 per room, per night (plus tax) one golfer in a room, or from $239 per room, per night for two in a room. Complimentary shuttles are provided by the resort for guests to explore downtown St. Augustine’s historic splendor. The service brings guests to sites such as the Castillo de San Marcos fort, the Fountain of Youth and the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, the Old Jail, the St. Augustine History Museum, the Spanish Quarter, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum and a variety of water activities.
To take advantage of this special offer, reference promotional code S9R when booking the package for one golfer in a room or promotional code FXL for two golfers in a room. Show valid ID upon check-in. Room availability is limited under the promotion. The offer cannot be combined with other promotions and does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Blackout dates may apply and advanced reservations are required. Other restrictions may apply, and the offer is based on availability. For reservations or additional information, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000 or visit www.renwgv.com.
Off-to-College Tips for Empty Nesters By Virginia Pillsbury
For Your Kid
Keep Communication Open: Encourage your college student to set goals and handle decisions – but remind them that you are there if needed.
Stay in Touch Some: Check in via phone, email or text. Sometimes a simple “I love you,” via text can help during those hectic first days on a college campus. But set a healthy balance. Have a regular time to talk during the week and make sure that your student knows how to reach you in an emergency.
Keep Your Student in the Loop: Let them know what is going on at home so your student doesn’t feel out of the home loop.
Keep their bedroom theirs, if possible: If you can, let your college student keep his or her room as it was at home. Makes coming back home much more welcoming!
Options are Important: As much you might want your child home on the weekends or for holidays, your child may have opportunities to visit or travel during those times. Try to have open discussions about this.
Be Available: To listen and give advice when asked for.
Send Love from Home: Send a greeting card or care package.
When you visit them on campus: Always offer to take your student out to a meal – and always suggest that they bring their roommate or other friend.
The Role of the RA: Encourage your student to get to know his or her Resident Assistant. They are on campus in the residence halls to form a sense of community and be a source of support. They have been trained to help in any emergency or just to be a friend. They are a great resource.
Special Needs Students? Talk with your student’s school and set up whatever kind of emergency plan or special assistance plan that you need to have in place.
For Yourself and Your Spouse
Plan date nights with your spouse, or weekly evenings out with a friend.
Join the YMCA and take classes there.
Travel even if it is just a weekend trip two hours away. Use your new freedom to expand your horizons.
Get a pet.
Make your bucket list and start doing it!
Kick start your culinary style: The Empty Nest Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, Revelations, By Joy Smith, Cumberland House Publishing.
A Tale of Technology
Two years ago, I had a smartphone for 15 minutes.
It was upgrade time and the folks in the store convinced me that I would “love it.” If I didn’t, I had fourteen days in which to bring it back.
Pleased as punch, I headed out to my car and sat there as I dialed my cousin Charlie. Only it wasn’t the cousin I reached, rather my high school boyfriend of the same name who was put into my contacts at a wedding we both attended two years earlier.
He answered on the first ring.
After hanging up, I went back into the store (I think the try-time was a record for them), picked out a free flip model and that was that. I made calls. I received calls. When a text message occasionally appeared, I even painstakingly tapped out a short reply, sans keyboard
And then, a month ago, a friend gave me her “old” IPhone. I’m going to reserve judgment for another few weeks, in spite of the fact that my cheeky godchild recently informed me that she hadn’t returned my calls because “No one ever listens to voicemail. Just text me, Suz.”
Where It Began
The first cellular phone call is said to have been placed by a manager at Motorola in 1973. While he was making history, where were you?
Me, I was pecking at the keys (except for the “D,”which didn’t work) of a beat-up portable Smith-Corona typewriter in an apartment that didn’t have a telephone of any kind.
No, I’m not 100 years old; money was way-tight and for more than a few of us, semi-regular meals won out over instant communication. And yes, now that you ask, we were indeed “cool,” despite the lack.
Today, at best we’d be considered eccentric.
The idea of not being within immediate reach of everyone and everything 24/7 sends the majority of us into a panic rivaling that of being plunked on a desert island with no hope of rescue.
The Good, The Bad And The Both
The first smartphone in the U.S. was showcased in 1992. The size of a brick and not all that bright, the concept outshone the reality.
The smartphone of today, without doubt, earns its moniker – combination personal assistant, wireless computer, phone and digital camera in one cool looking little package.
There are those who argue that it might be doing more harm than good, siting “addiction” to the device; harmful distraction; the dearth – some say death – of real conversation; adverse impact on relationships; increased dependence on artificial intelligence; separation from the natural world; less likelihood to experience new connections; and a host of other negatives.
I totally agree.
Did you know that the weekly time spent on smartphones by those ages 8 – 18 exceeds the hours of a full-time job? Holy moly!
I was recently in a room in which three bright siblings, all without so much as a glance at one another, suddenly burst into spontaneous laugher. Upon closer observation, they were not, as might have been thought, giggling at something in their respective laps, but rather at the text message or e-mail one had sent to the other.
Good grief, I thought. Speak! Make eye contact! (They were probably conversing about the ole broad in the corner reading a real book. Turning pages and the whole nine yards. Jeez.)
Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the smarty-pants phone has its advantages.
It helps keep us organized; has revolutionized when and where we can work; puts information at our fingertips in nanoseconds; doubles as an IPod; instantly connects us with friends, colleagues and the habitat and culinary preferences of the lesser sloth; takes surprisingly good photos that can be instantly passed along; and provides us with visual entertainment of our choosing while waiting in line at the post office, quite possibly reducing our chances of being hauled off to the pokey for disorderly conduct, or worse.
Where’s it to end? In 2012, Business Insider reported that, “Smartphone penetration in the U.S. has reached the point where market growth will begin to slow rapidly. And in a few more years, the U.S. market will be almost fully penetrated.” And there you have it.
Bottom line for me? Now that I have one, the pull may be too great. I admit, I feel myself turning into a mental ninety-pound weakling.
Text me. If I respond in kind rather than with a voicemail, you’ll know I did indeed drink the smartphone Kool-Aid.