Been & Going

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Pedestrian Eavesdropping

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No matter where you go these days — you’re on camera!  And some of these cameras have high power microphones.  So, be careful what you are saying!  Big brother is watching and listening as Jersey Joe explores.


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What: security cameras

Purpose: to record and monitor activities of the general public or to protect personal property


Remember, you are on camera just about anywhere you go.  Many of us even have cameras in our home.  Think twice before you pick that wedge in public next time!

Don’t forget – this was only played for comedy!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Caption This #8

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You played along on Twitter and Facebook… Now, Jersey Joe crowns the winners of the latest round of CAPTION THIS.

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Name: Caption This

What: online Twitter and Facebook game on @JerseyJoe50’s feed



Keep and eye on my Twitter feed for another edition.  Also, join me for MATCH JERSEY JOE GAME – every Wednesday afternoon.  Let’s have some fun on social media!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] 10 Foods to Avoid Before Flying

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Jersey Joe checks out ten foods that you should avoid eating before flying in an airplane.


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What: foods to avoid before flying

Why: various causes, mostly gastrointestinal


It’s up to you, if you believe these.  But, I’m not going to take any chances!!!

baked beans

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Do You Tip the Hotel Maid?

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Do you tip housekeeping when you stay at a hotel? See the surprises Jersey Joe gets when he does!

Hotel maids are experts when it comes to cleaning.  They have tips and tricks to turn a large number of rooms quickly.  Take a look at their cart for example.  They have everything they need within arm’s reach.

You can also use some of their tips to improve your cleaning at home.

  1. They clean the clutter first – it’s easier to turn a room with a blank slate.
  2. They prefer microfiber cloths – but in a pinch an old t-shirt or pillow case
  3. Always turn a bed sheet so the tags are at the bottom.  The tags can help you figure out which is the longer and shorter end of the sheet.
  4. Whack the drapes with a hard towel.  That will loosen the dust, then you can vacuum it up with the rest of the room.
  5. Vacuum before you mop
  6. Vacuum the high traffic areas first, then hit them a second time as you do the rest of the room.
  7. Clean the bathroom last – it minimizes the transfer of bacteria
  8. Some cleaners take several minutes to work. Read the bottle.  But, spray down the shower and toilet, go clean something else, then go back after several minutes to the let cleaner do it’s work.
  9. White vinegar and water is the best cleaner
  10. Always have a toothbrush on hand for the tough spots
  11. Make yourself a little version of a hotel room cleaning cart.

THE 411

Name: Hotel maids and housekeepers

What: they clean hotel rooms daily

Location: hotels and motels around the world


Like I said in my blog, I try to tip each one $5 per night.  Most will restock the room shampoos and soaps, whether I need them or not.

My other hotel advice is to always make sure you have the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door.  Some of these workers can start as early as 8am and could be pounding on your door, hours before check out!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Las Vegas Quiz 2

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Jersey Joe checks out more funny sights from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since gambling was first legalized in Vegas, back in 1931… the city has been a non-stop show with millions of tourists flocking to the casinos, shows, and attractions yearly.  Vegas has taken a different turn recently by adding more non-gambling attractions.  Along with the glitz and glamour of the casinos, the city has evolved into a restaurant and entertainment mecca.

THE 411

What: Las Vegas, Nevada

Gambling legalized: 1931

Location: tourist destination

City Population: 583,756 (as of 2010)


Still one of my favorite places to visit.


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Is Your Hotel Room Clean?

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Jersey Joe checks out a few simple tips to find out if your hotel room is clean.

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What: hotel room tips

How: 2 simple steps

Result: easy ways to know if your hotel room is clean


I love the show Hotel Impossible on The Travel Channel.  Unlike most reality shows, this is less about the screaming, and more about getting results.

The viewer gets a sneak peek at the inner workings of a hotel.

With these two tips, I learned from watching the show, hopefully they will give you a little piece of mind during your next hotel room stay.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dirty Hotel Pillows

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Jersey Joe checks into a hotel room, but wants to know — are the throw pillows they put on the bed safe and clean?  Find out what you have to say about it…


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What: hotel rooms

Place: temporary bedroom or living quarters for vacationers and travelers, rented out for cash

Where: global

Length of stay: nightly and beyond


These are just my thoughts.  I can’t say for sure, whether the pillows in my room were cleaned or not, but judging by the lint and stains on the pillow – I’m guessing no.

The pillows look great in hotel brochures and on websites, but I have no desire to curl up with one after the person who checked out before me has done who knows what on them.  These extra pillows really are unnecessary.  They look great in a photo, but in practicality – no.  Many hotels add these, thinking they give the room a bonus feature, but for me, they really need to disappear.  Hotels had the same problem with heavy comforters that they used to put on beds years ago, but finally got the hint that people really don’t want them, after finding them discarded on the floor on a regular basis.  Eventually, this will happen to all of those extra throw pillows as well…