How Geeky Became the New Sexy (and the women we can thank for it)

Gone are the days of the stereotypical male geek with masking taped eyeglasses and ill-fitting plaid shirts. These days, geeky is the new sexy, and we have some very gorgeous and smart women to thank for it.

ELIZABETH HOLMES

When Elizabeth Holmes was a young girl, she exhibited signs of brilliance early on. Whereas many kids fall behind when their families move around a lot, Elizabeth seemed to thrive on experiencing different cultures in places like China, Texas, and Washington D.C. She followed in her ancestor’s footsteps and studied medicine and engineering at Stamford University, where she discovered her fear of needles.

Elizabeth Holmes went on to invent a new test that uses a few drops of blood from a finger prick instead of a needle injection to diagnose certain diseases. Ms. Holmes has altered the way we look at geeks, and we’re thankful for it.

AMAL CLOONEY

When you think of a barrister, you probably picture an old man in a white wig shedding dust in a dark courtroom in London. What you can picture now, thanks to Amal Clooney, is a strong, beautiful woman who rules the London legal scene with just a hint of leg showing. Amal Clooney is a lawyer, activist and author who just happens to be married to the most handsome leading man in Hollywood, George Clooney. Amal is just as likely to be found listening to a litany of human rights violations as she is sipping champagne at a movie premiere in La-La Land. If this is what it means to be a geek now, sign me up.

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Where to Buy Natural Pet Food For Your Cat in Lake Worth

Are you careful about what you feed your cat? In the U.S., nearly 30% of cats are overweight or obese, which makes weight control and nutrition a top priority for many devoted cat owners. In Lake Worth, Florida, there are several pet stores that support your efforts to feed your cat nourishing, holistic food.

Paws on the Avenue
561-588-6533
Since 1999, the friendly and knowledgeable owners of Paws on the Avenue in Lake Worth, Florida have dedicated themselves to helping pet owners find natural, holistic and organic food for their cats. Located on vibrant Lake Worth Avenue, the independently owned and well stocked, Paws on the Avenue pet store is open seven days a week. Brands you’ll find here include Earthborn, Precise, Natural Balance, and Acana, as well as a wide variety of grain-free cat food and freeze-dried raw cat food. If you need supplies or advice about supplements, you’ll find that here, too.

Pet Supplies Plus
561-968-5775
Pet Supplies Plus has several locations, and one of them is in Lake Worth, Florida.
This franchise store has natural pet food brands for your cat like Merrick, IAMS, Goodlife and Royal Canin. Bulk packages are available, but you can also buy single serving sizes that will allow your cat to sample different flavors and textures. Pet Supplies Plus is open from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pet Calls Animal Hospital
561-443-2097
If you’re doing your grocery shopping at Winn-Dixie in this strip mall in Lake Worth and want to pick up some high-quality natural cat food, stop in at Pet Calls Animal Hospital. Though it’s technically a veterinary hospital, they also carry a modest range of dry and canned natural cat food. You’ll pay premium prices, but if you’re in a time crunch or need professional help choosing the best brand for your cat, it’s a convenient place to get your cat’s supper.

 

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Labor Day Road Trips Within 100 Miles of Miami

Miami is a destination in itself, but if you currently live there, you probably also like to trek outside this exotic South Florida city. Why not take advantage of this coming Labor Day to take a road trip to Key West? It’s only 3 and a half hours via Route 1 down the coast, and it’s a drive full of interesting stops along the way.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first island you’ll come to is Key Largo, made famous by the 1948 Bogey and Bacall movie of the same name. Look for the signs to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park on your left-hand side at mile marker 102.5. There’ll be a parking fee of $8 per vehicle which you can pay by cash or card.

The park offers an array of activities to jump start your Labor Day adventure. If you have time, you can go out on a boat and take a snorkeling tour. Or, you can snorkel from shore where you’ll still see some interesting marine life. Veteran visitors report that the boat snorkeling trip is well worth it, however, and you’ll see much more diversity in the crystal clear waters further out.

If snorkeling’s not your thing, opt for a glass bottom boat tour, or scuba tour. Kayaks and paddleboards are available to rent, too.

There’s a dive shop along the short boardwalk near the beach that’s worth stopping in even if you don’t plan to dive. They have lots of fun souvenirs, as well as an array of swimsuits, sandals and sunglasses.

Keep driving south on the Overseas highway until you reach…

 

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How to Train Like an Olympic Athlete in Miami

The Olympic athletes instill pride in the nations they represent. But they also inspire local athletes to push harder, train better and go for the gold in their own way. Olympic athletes work hard to train and prepare for the championship competition of their lives. Do the Olympics inspire to reach your optimal physical condition? Then check out these training spots in Miami that will challenge you and help you achieve your peak physical shape.

Bommarito Performance Systems (BPS)
Bommarito Performance Systems is a center with locations in North Miami and Davie, Florida for serious athletes. Athletes like Michael Phelps, who compete as a living, are likely to be seen here. They definitely push the limits to get athletes to reach beyond. The Bommarito Performance Systems center offers a tri-fold system for success, including training, nutrition and general fitness. Here, you can avail of an Olympic running track, a 5,000 square foot weight room, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Athlete’s Edge
Athlete’s Edge is located on the campus of Saint Thomas University in Miami. Don’t be shy. It’s open to members and you don’t have to be a college student to be a member. If you’re interested in being faster, this is the place for you. They train serious athletes (can you say Miami Dolphins?) to improve their skills in speed, acceleration, stamina, deceleration, change of direction, explosion, power, and reaction. Sound like the place for you? Get started by going to their site and scheduling a performance evaluation.

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Olympic Park Guide: Los Angeles Coliseum

Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympics inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If you’ve ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of champions, this is the place to go.

History

The first Olympic games held at the coliseum took place in July and August 1932. These were the second Summer Olympic games ever held in the U.S. In July and August of 1984, the XXIII Summer Olympics were hosted at the coliseum. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum bears the honor of being the only place in the entire world that has ever hosted two Summer Olympics.

Football and More

Today, you can visit the coliseum and watch your choice of two football teams. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home of the University of Southern California football team, the Trojans. Or, you can buy tickets to watch the famous Los Angeles Rams play on the same grounds as the champions.

Tour the Coliseum

If you’d like a close up and personal tour, you can do that, too. Historic tour tickets are available through the USC website. You can do a self-guided tour Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or opt for informative guided tours that run Wednesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Haunted Locations in South Florida

South Florida and West Palm Beach have many locations where ghost hunters can find their prey. From an old funeral parlor to an ancient English pub, there’s no shortage of apparitions that will give you goose bumps and send you running.

The Riddle House

The Riddle House was built in the 1905 by Henry Flagler’s employees for use by “The Gatekeeper,” who was the overseer of Woodlawn Cemetery, which was across the street. It also served as a funeral parlor for the dead before they were laid to rest in the cemetery. Constructed of reclaimed wood, the house was brightly painted and subsequently given the moniker, “The Painted Lady.” One of the cemetery workers, a man nicknamed “Buck,” was killed in town one night during a drunken brawl. Buck was reported to have roamed the grounds and porch of the house long after his own demise.

In 1920, it was taken over by a man by the name of Karl Riddle. During his ownership, one of his employees, named Joseph, hanged himself by the roof rafters. From notations in Karl Riddle’s diary, his family had difficulties keeping employees. Between ghostly apparitions and hearing the sounds of chains, no one wanted to remain on staff. After Karl Riddle died, the city of West Palm Beach donated the house to John Riddle, the nephew of Karl. In 1995, the house was moved to Yesteryear Village, a historic village in remembrance of times past in West Palm Beach. During reconstruction of the house in its new location, workers reported that their tools were thrown asunder, and windows from the top floor would break instantaneously. Work was delayed for six months because no construction crew could be convinced to enter the house.

You can visit the Riddle House on its current site at the South Florida Fairgrounds Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. As seen on the Travel Channel TV show, “Ghost Adventures,” one walk through the house is enough to give your spine chills.

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Things You Forgot to Recycle

You’re freaking awesome. You are a dedicated friend of the Earth, self-appointed conservationist and a total advocate for natural living. You recycle (obviously!), and it was your idea to start the neighborhood swap shop.

But it’s possible that you forgot to recycle some things. Well, not forgot, exactly. More like, didn’t think you could, or didn’t think of it at all. That’s okay, nobody’s perfect. Here’s a list of things you might not have thought to recycle, as well as some ideas for repurposing before you recycle!

STYROFOAM PEANUTS

These little peanuts are both a nuisance for the Earth and a blessing for people who like to online shop. People give away free bags full of Styrofoam peanuts on Craigslist because no one’s quite sure what to do with them.

To Recycle: Enter the Plastic Loose Fill Council (yes, this is a real thing). Go online and enter your state and zip code, and you’ll get a list of shipping services stores near you that will gladly accept your Styrofoam peanuts and make sure they are reused or recycled appropriately.

To Repurpose: Does your youngster have any home economics projects coming up? Her schoolteacher may appreciate a donation of Styrofoam peanuts for the kids to stuff handmade beanbag chairs, teddy bears or other soft craft projects.

BROKEN CRAYONS

If you’re a parent, chances are there’s a shoebox somewhere in your house filled with broken crayons that “certain people” refuse to use. When every gift occasion includes a fresh new box of Crayolas, how can you expect Timothy to use the broken crayons first?

To Recycle: Local charities might be interested in taking your broken crayons off your hands. Look for after-school programs, half-way houses and women’s shelters, each of which is bound to have access to needy children who would love to use those crayons, broken or not. If you are still at a loss, mail them in to Crazy Crayons, an organization that will recycle the crayons for you.

To Repurpose: Melt the crayon wax down and make homemade votive-style candles, like these DIY color block crayon candles.

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Pokémon Go Tips: Where to Hunt for Pokemon in South Florida

Do you have what it takes to capture all 151 Pokemon characters in South Florida? These tenacious little creatures are hiding out all over South Florida, and it’s going to take a good detective to find and collect them all. Join one of the fastest growing augmented reality games to hit the world and start your hunt for Pokemon in West Palm Beach and the rest of South Florida today. Following are the top five places in West Palm Beach and South Florida where budding Pokemon trainers should start hunting their intrepid Pokemon prey.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL
Tel: 561.495.0233

It’s hard to imagine that such a serene, tranquil place as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida could be a hideout for Pokemon characters. As you walk along the paths taking in the beauty of Zen gardens, bamboo trees and waterfalls, a Pokemon could be trailing you when you least expect it. Most areas at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are open to the public. Just be mindful of the real world wildlife, such as turtles, birds, and iguanas. Hours of operation everyday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Monday. Adult admission is $15.

Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale
555 SW 11th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Riverwalk in Riverside Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a great spot to capture Pokemon characters that love water, but you will also find Pokemon landlubbers. This is a great spot for the entire family to play Pokemon Go in South Florida. There are bike and walking paths, kiddie playgrounds, and plenty of trees for shade. Make it an all-day hunt and bring picnic supplies, or stop at one of the many food vendors for nourishment on the Pokemon Go.

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Authentic Tiki Bars in South Florida

If you’re visiting South Florida, you won’t want to leave without visiting at least one tiki bar in the area. If you’re a resident, read on to find out where you should be sipping your next island cocktail in South Florida. Tiki is steeped in Polynesian history, but here in South Florida, your tiki bar experience will be steeped in drinks like Piña Coladas, rum punches and Mojitos.

Lava Tiki Bar & Grille
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4000 South Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL
Tel: 954.454.4334

You can’t miss the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. It’s just at the corner of East Hallandale Beach Boulevard and A1A. Coming from the west, make a left on South Ocean Drive, otherwise known as A1A. The fabulous Crowne Plaza will be the first property on your left. Drive in on the left side of the hotel and park in the back parking lot, where you’ll immediately see the expansive view of the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s also a massive swimming pool where you’ll see hotel guests relaxing on floaties, swimming and sunning on the abundant poolside loungers. The tiki bar is poolside and overlooks the pool and the waterway. Don’t worry. From any seat, you’ll be able to appreciate the water views.

The Lava Tiki Bar & Grille serves up tasty frozen blended drinks, but the bar is fully stocked so feel free to order your signature drink. The knowledgeable bartenders will do right by it. If you want to try something exotic though, give the Volcano Runner a taste. Made with two types of premium rum, brandy and a mix of fruit juices, this gives a standard rum punch a run for the money. The menu foodisn’t fancy, but it is mouth-watering tasty. Everything is done just right, including the Crowne Steak Sandwich, which you’ll want to request extra napkins for before you dig in.

Visit any day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. No reservations needed. The tiki bar faces west, so if you get there around sunset, you’ll get to see the sky turn amazing colors. On Friday nights, the Lava Tiki Bar & Grille in South Florida offers live music from local bands, but every night is a party at this picturesque South Florida spot.

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Where to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida

Independence Day just wouldn’t be the same without seeing a beautiful fireworks display that night. The July 4th fireworks help to remind us how this country had to fight for its independence and freedom. As families in West Palm Beach gather together on under the night sky the 4th of July 2016, here are the best spots to watch the glorious light and sound fireworks show in West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Park in the garage on 215 N. Olive Street at Banyan, or along the street at meters, and stroll on down to the waterfront for the 4th on Flagler fireworks event in West Palm Beach. The evening’s festivities start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. It’s an outdoor extravaganza that is free to attend. Food and beverage vendors will be on site to offer classic American food and a selection of craft beers. There will be three stages with live music, as well as a special military salute to honor those who have fought for our freedom. An 18-minute pyrotechnic display over the Intracoastal and synced to inspiring music will round out the night. Try to get there early. Based on previous years, over 100,000 attendees are expected.

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