What’s better than relaxing on a hot summer day in the air conditioning? In honor of Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express promotion, we are giving away a $25 Regal Cinemas Gift Card! Movies are only $1 per person so you can see all sorts of great family favorites without breaking the bank. These movies usually fill up pretty fast so you’ll want to get there a bit early. Below is the schedule, but here is a link to find out what local Regal Cinemas are participating: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Expres
This Memorial Day take a moment. At some point on your day off today between burgers, hot dogs, and maybe even a few adult beverages, just take a moment. While it’s great that you may have time to reflect upon what you have as an individual, what we have as a country, and the sacrifices men and women have made to secure our freedoms, I challenge you to take it a step further.
We all know that Memorial Day is more than just a three day weekend kicking off summertime festivities, but do you know the individual stories that have secured this wonderful day off for us? Now I challenge you to take it one step further and do more than just reflect, please share! If you have lost a loved one who has served our armed forces, honor them by telling their story. Tell others who they were, what they did, and what a difference they made in your life. It doesn’t matter who you tell, just tell someone! Shout it from the rooftops, or just bring up a casual conversation. Are you standing next to someone while they are flipping burgers? Take your moment to tell them about someone who served.
Have you been fortunate enough to have never experienced the loss of a serviceman or woman in your family? Do you know of someone that has served? Take a movement. But this time, take a moment to listen. Ask them who they know, that has been lost. I am willing to bet they know of someone. Ask them who they were, how they affected them, and honor their memory. It may be difficult at first, but don’t just focus on their military service, focus on who they were, what they did, and how they made an impact. Just take a moment.
So here is my moment: It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Mr. George Lutz! My Grandfather served in the army during WWII. He was from New York, where he met my Grandmother shortly before entering the service. He trained in Georgia at a now long forgotten post, to work in the motor pool. His service took him across Europe where he earned a Purple Heart amongst other awards. At the end of the war, he returned to New York to raise his family and continue his service to his community. He became a member of New York’s finest as a firefighter. He continued to serve and raise two little girls with my Grandmother. Later in life his fire station was relocated to make room for the World Trade Center in downtown New York City. Upon retirement he moved to Leverett Massachusetts, where he once again served those in need as a volunteer firefighter. Throughout his life he was always kind, caring, and would give you the shirt off his back if you truly needed it. He was an inspiration as his daughters and grandkids worked to make him proud. Growing up, he was a loving grandfather that I knew would always be there for me and never disappointed. He was a great person, and a wonderful friend to many.
This was my moment. If you don’t know of anyone who was lost that served our country and aren’t familiar with anyone who may have known someone, feel free to borrow my moment. Grandpa won’t mind, I promise!
One of the things I absolutely love about summer is Amateur Radio field day! It’s fun to pack up all of your gear and head out into the great outdoors. It’s a great opportunity for hams to show off their hobby and generally they are open to the public and FREE! Last year we celebrated with a radio club in North Carolina, meeting some wonderful people who I can’t wait to see again this year. The beauty of Field Day though, is that it’s happening all over the country, and all over the world! This annual event allows amateur radio operators to hone their skills and provide hands on education to the public. It also allows us to experience modes and bands that we many not be able to work due to equipment or license class. I had a great time toying with PSK last year and hope to get some screen time in shortly.
This year Field Day will be held June 25th and 26th and we want to help celebrate! We have an incredible prize package lined up for one lucky winner and you don’t need to reside in Florida to win. We’ll even try to get it to you in time or field day. If you need help locating a field day event in your area, checkout the ARRL field day locator site: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator Don’t worry, we realize not everyone is a ham operator (yet), so we’re also throwing in some incentives! Want to see what you can win?
- New Baofeng UV-82 radio in box (unit will be charged and fully tested)
- USB programming cable (Authentic FTDI Chipset)
- 12 Volt Battery Eliminator
- UV-82 Speaker Mic (The one with two PTT buttons!)
- If you are not currently licensed, we’ll provide a free printed copy of KB6NU’s No-Nonsense Technical Class Study Guide upon request. This is a free download, so you may want to start studying today! (Checkout NB6NU’s incredible lineup of study guides!)
- We want to pay for your test! That’s right, we’ll cover the $15 exam fee for you! We’ll enclose a $15 money order to help you on your way in this radio hobby! Already licensed? Use it to upgrade! Are you an Elmer? Pass along the love of the hobby by covering someone else test, or use it to buy some additional gear.
There are very few activities that just scream SUMMERTIME, and baseball is one of them! I have fond memories of going to Daytona Cubs games (now the Tortugas) and relaxing in the summer evening eating hotdogs, and spitting sunflower seeds everywhere. Ok to the sunflower seed thing is a bit gross as an adult now, but as a kid it was awesome!
We have partnered with the Florida State League so you and your family can experience the joy that is baseball! To call this the minor leagues is a bit of an injustice. Each baseball game is filled with fun, excitement, and of course baseball! The Florida State League consists of multiple ball clubs throughout the state that are affiliated with major league ball clubs.
The beauty of the Florida State League is that you can be watching baseball’s next big star! Spanning across the state, there is almost always a ball club within a short driving distance. Courtesy of the Florida State League we are giving away a family 4 pack of general admission tickets to one home game of the team of your choice! That’s right, you can pick from any of the teams listed below. The winner will need to let us know which team you would like to visit and provide three potential dates that would work with your schedule. We will do our best to work with the FSL to get your first pick!
It’s no big secret that we LOVE Florida State Parks! Many of our trips have taken us off the beaten path and straight into some awesome family memories. Our friends at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency are helping us celebrate our 12 Weeks of Summer campaign by helping 12 families experience the awesomeness that is the Florida Park Service!
Every Tuesday from June 7th to August 23rd, we’ll be doing drawings for a FREE day pass to any Florida State park! Generally speaking, these passes are good for a single vehicle, up to 8 people at most parks. There are few exceptions such as Weeki Wachee Springs and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs, where the passes will grant admission for two people. Admission to the Skyway Fishing Pier isn’t included in the promotion.
So what is there to do at Florida State Parks? All sorts of stuff! Camping, fishing, hiking, picnics and much more! Throughout the 12 weeks of summer we’ll be making a few recommendations. For starters, if you haven’t already downloaded it, you’ll want to checkout the official Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger App. This free app will give you all the information you need right at your fingertips! If you aren’t near your smart phone, you can checkout their site: http://www.floridastateparks.org/