Day: May 8, 2020

Dennis Rodman’s son found out about Vegas vacation on The Last Dance

The latest episodes of The Last Dance heavily focused on Dennis Rodman — one of the more unique personalities the game has ever seen — and his “48-hour vacation” to Las Vegas in the middle of the season.

Plenty of fans weren’t familiar with the story as Rodman asked head coach Phil Jackson for a vacation to blow off steam. We watched footage of Rodman approaching a motorcycle with a Miller Lite in hand and riding off onto his vacation.

The stories from that particular vacation were wild, and apparently, it all came as a surprise to Rodman’s son, Dennis “D.J.” Rodman Jr.

D.J., coming off his freshman season at Washington State, discussed the episode in an Instagram Live chat. He said that he knew about all the stories from the episode … except for the vacation. That’s a big “except” there.

D.J. said:

“I knew about everything else but not that.

“I didn’t know that you could do that. I didn’t know that you could go up to your coach and be like, ‘Hey, I need a vacation.’”

Could you imagine finding out that Michael Jordan had to hunt down your dad in Vegas while Carmen Electra hid in a hotel room? What a story to learn about a parent from a TV documentary.

He seemed to enjoy finding out about it, though.

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Westgate Vacation Villas Orlando: Pictures, Reviews & Floor Plans


Free Park Shuttle

Get free shuttle service to Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, and Orlando Premium Outlets.


Great for Kids

There’s a fun playground for younger kids.


Pet Friendly

Bring your pets for a $170 fee per pet, plus a $100 pet deposit per stay.


Lazy River

Vacation Villas shares the massive Ship Wreck Island water park with Town Center next door.


Water Park

Your kids will have a blast at Pirate’s Cove Water Park.


Poolside Bar

Grab a well-deserved drink by the pool at Banana Cabana.


Residences with Balcony

Two-bedroom residences have private balconies – take in the view.


Residences with Jetted Tub

Grab a glass of wine and a good book for good long soak in the jetted tub (one in each 2-bedroom condo).
Westgate Vacation Villas Orlando is located in the heart of Orlando, just seven miles from Walt Disney World’s® Magic Kingdom®. After dropping off your luggage in your condo, get changed into swimsuits, grab pool toys and water wings, slather everyone with sunblock and get ready to be amazed. Westgate Vacation Villas is part of the larger Westgate Town Center Resort, which gives you access to fourteen pools and hot tubs and kid’s wading pools. Hungry? Cordovano Joe’s Pizza serves authentic New York-style pizza, and they’ll deliver to you poolside! Or if you are in a mood for some Chicken Marsala stop by the newly-opened Villa Italiano Chophouse located onsite. Treat yourself to a cocktail from the Banana Cabana Poolside Bar, located at pool thirteen. That’s not all! You will also receive access to the pirate-themed Ship Wreck Island Water Park. Kids won’t be able to get enough of Black Beard’s Pirate Ship water playground, the two fully enclosed tube slides of Cannon Ball Falls and the fully enclosed see-through Pirate’s Plunge Drop Slide. Little ones will love the water play area at Paradise Cove. Enjoy a relaxing float along the lazy river, a snack at Jolly Roger’s Galley or a drink at one of the two bars. Throughout the water park are several water cannons and palm trees with jetted fountains. When you return to Westgate Vacation Villas, catch a movie at the complimentary on-site movie theater. It has three screenings per day of Disney films. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the basketball, tennis and beach volleyball courts.

Studio condos sleep four guests. Kitchenettes with mini fridge, microwave, toaster and coffee maker are perfect for making the basics or heating up leftovers. Don’t feel like cooking? Draft’s Sports Bar & Grill serves gourmet burgers, pizzas and appetizers along with draft and bottled beer. Get your caffeine fix at Sid’s Bistro; it serves Starbucks coffee, espresso and even frappuccino beverages. Surprise the kids with a stop at Hershey’s Ice Cream Shop for dessert. One- to two-bedroom condos sleep four to six guests. Stop by Joe’s Marketplace – or nearby Publix Supermarket – to stock your full kitchen. Get your Betty Crocker on and bake up a batch of your famous fudge brownies. You shouldn’t have

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How To Reserve Your Campsite On Recreation.gov

Recreation.gov lets you search and reserve campsites, lodging, permits, and tours at the largest inventory of federal land in the country. Not only can you reserve a campsite, but you can also sign up for cabins, group facilities, lotteries, and special events.

With campgrounds becoming more and more crowded on summer trips, these five tips will help you plan an RV trip ahead of time using the online service.

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1. Sign up for an account in advance and stay logged in

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Don’t wait for the last minute or an On-Sale deadline to open up your Recreation.gov account. Having an active account not only allows for quick access to your booking requests, but also your past reservations.

This is helpful if you can’t quite remember that amazing campsite you stayed at two summers ago. In addition, when you search through the website, stay logged in.

Staying logged in will allow you to create a Trip Plan and add your favorite campgrounds to that plan. You can always access your account by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “My Account.”

2. Read the Recreation.gov newsletter

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The Recreation.gov sends out periodic newsletters with important news, deadlines, and price changes. In addition, the newsletter features camping and reservation tips, trip ideas, destinations, and activities.

You will only receive the newsletter if you’re signed up on Recreation.gov with a correct email and have the opt-in information box selected under your account.

3. Watch those fees

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After more than a decade of not raising fees, Recreation.gov has recently raised many fees by five cents to $1 depending on the location. Lottery and permit locations have gone up $4 or more.

This is due to the organization providing increased online, call center, and field location services. If you book a campsite and need to change your location or dates, there are other additional fees. It costs $10 to cancel a reservation and $10 to change your site or dates. Reservation.gov charges $20 plus the first night use fee for no-shows.

4. Know the area and have a Plan B

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If you’re planning on camping in an extremely popular campground, don’t only plan ahead, but also have a Plan B. On-Sale sites for popular locations, lotteries, and National Parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite can be sold out within a few minutes.

If you are not quick enough to get to the site you want, learn more about the area and find nearby or alternative campgrounds. Your Plan B can consist of alternative dates, less popular campgrounds, off-season travel, and mid-week travel.

5. Use multiple resources to find your perfect campsite

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Many of Recreation.gov’s listed campgrounds have the option to learn more about your desired campsite. This includes a brief description, RV accommodation size, location, and a photo or two of the site.

If you want to know more about the campsite, open up a few more browser windows and check out TripAdvisor and RV Park Reviews. They have pages

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Gov. DeSantis’ vacation-rental ban challenged

Property owners and a vacation-rental management company have filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis, accusing him of violating their constitutional rights by shutting down vacation rentals during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19.

The lawsuit “seeks to protect and vindicate fundamental liberties that citizens of the United States enjoy free from government interference” and asks a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order or injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Governor’s order.

DeSantis issued a March 27 executive order that blocked people from renting vacation properties during the public health emergency, but he allowed hotels, motels, inns, resorts and time-share facilities to stay open.

DeSantis said the vacation-rental ban was necessary to discourage people from other states, such as COVID-19 “hotspots” Louisiana and New York, from traveling to the Sunshine State and spreading the highly contagious disease. The ban, which also prohibited advertising of rental opportunities during the duration of the order, includes an exception allowing vacation rentals for military, emergency and health workers.

The executive order was set to expire, but the Governor last week extended the vacation-rental ban indefinitely.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Tampa, identifies the plaintiffs as Galen and Wendy Alsop, a retired military couple who live in Destin and own a short-term rental property in the Panhandle city; Florida Beach Rentals, LLC, a Clearwater Beach company that manages more than 200 rental properties; Mike McGrath, a Clearwater Beach resident who owns two short-term rental properties; Paul Gasner, a Pasco County resident who owns four rental properties; and Panama City Beach resident Mark Peery, whose “whole work is renting his privately owned 21 individual units and the 150 weeks of time-share rights he owns” in a Panama City Beach high-rise.

DeSantis’ executive order also instructed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to “take steps necessary to inspect properties or third-party platforms whereby Florida vacation rentals may be advertised.” Parties that violate the ban risk losing their vacation-rental licenses or being charged with second-degree misdemeanors.

But the lawsuit accuses DeSantis of exceeding his authority with the order. Florida laws concerning states of emergency do not give the Governor the authority to “unilaterally revoke rental licenses without any due process,” lawyers for the plaintiffs wrote in Thursday’s 39-page complaint.

The property owners and management company allege that the vacation-rental ban violates due-process, equal-protection and other constitutional rights.

Galen Alsop, a retired Air Force pilot, and his wife Wendy estimated they will lose between $70,000 and $80,000 by August “due to discriminatory, irrational and unequal restrictions from the Governor’s overreaching fiat,” the complaint says. Nineteen of Alsop’s former squadmates are in the same situation, according to the lawsuit.

Florida Beach Rentals alleges the company has lost over $1.5 million in business since the ban went into effect.

“Such losses continue on a daily basis during the enforcement of this ban and order,” Tampa lawyers Patrick Leduc and Craig Huffman, who represent the plaintiffs, wrote.

The ban also has

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Park City MARC & Recreation

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          Enriching the lives in our community through
          exceptional people, programs and facilities.
 

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Park City, Utah 84060   •   435-615-5400
  

We are excited to reopen the PC MARC in compliance with Summit County Health protocols this Monday, May 11th.

Please familiarize yourself with the following parameters before visiting the MARC:

  • Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. From 7:00 – 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday & Friday only those ages 60+ will be allowed use of the weight and cardio areas.
  • The maximum number of people allowed in the facility, including staff, is 20 per floor. We ask that you not linger before or after your workout. Staff will be monitoring admission, and you may be asked to wait outside for space to become available.
  • Open areas of the facility include tennis courts, pickleball courts, weight room, cardio equipment, running track, gymnasium, and pro shop. Pro shop hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
  • Closed areas include childcare, the climbing wall, spin and group fitness classes, locker rooms, showers, hot tub, pools and drinking fountains. Water bottle refill stations are available.
  • No team or group activities are allowed. The basketball gymnasium is open for solo basket shooting or use by members of the same household only.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves and bring their own equipment: mats, tennis balls, pickleballs, racquets, etc.
  • Social distancing is required and will be monitored by staff. Some equipment may be unavailable to ensure proper distancing, and all equipment MUST be wiped down before and after use. Patrons are highly encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves.
  • MARC facility passes will be extended based on the membership type and number of days the facility has been closed. We encourage patrons to view their pass and purchase or renew passes ONLINE before coming to the facility. If you are unable to use your extended pass please contact [email protected]
  • Please read and obey all rules and regulations posted at the MARC. Additional signage has been created to help navigate operational protocols. Staff are committed to doing what is necessary to keep facilities open and accessible, but personal responsibility will be essential to continued operations.
  • Updated information will be shared via social media and parkcityrecreation.org as soon as available. The addition of activities and opening of other facilities, including the MARC pools, group fitness classes, parks, fields, and playgrounds will be gradual and evaluated continuously to allow us to meet your needs in the safest way possible while following required protocol.
  • By entering the PC MARC you are using a facility that has shared restrooms and equipment.  You are using this facility at your own risk.

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‘A Parks and Recreation Special’: Watch Full Special

“This is not the way TV is be supposed to be made.”

This was Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, on a call with reporters earlier this week to discuss the improbable creation and production of A Parks and Recreation Special. The half-hour bonus episode of the beloved NBC comedy, which aired its series finale back in 2015, was conceived as a way to raise money for Feeding America. Written by Schur and many other Parks and Rec alums, and featuring virtually the entire cast(*), plus familiar friends who guest-starred in the original run, the special was designed and shot to accommodate the ongoing quarantine. The action takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actors all filmed their parts separately using iPhones. The plot, such as it exists, involves Poehler’s superhumanly optimistic civil servant Leslie Knope checking in on all her loved ones during this time of crisis.

(*) Paul Schneider’s Mark Brendanawicz remains conspicuously erased from the series’ institutional memory, and there was no cameo by Billy Eichner, whose high-strung Craig was a regular character in the final season. But the loosey-goosey nature of the special meant that, for the first time ever, the catchy opening title sequence included all four of Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Retta, and Jim O’Heir. 

The original Parks finale — which featured flash-forwards detailing the ultimate fates of Leslie and all her friends — was so definitive and perfect in tone that Schur had no intention of ever reviving the show in any form. These are extraordinary circumstances, however, which meant not only bringing Leslie, Ben Wyatt, Ron Effing Swanson, and the rest of the gang from Pawnee out of retirement, but violating many of Schur’s fundamental beliefs about how television should be crafted. On that press call, he described TV production as “a team sport… It’s about groups of people functioning in holistic ways with each other and collaborating and being in the same room at the same time.” While Parks in its heyday could generate big laughs just by having actors talk to (or dance in front of) the camera, the series was at its best when that remarkable cast got to bounce off of one another (sometimes literally) in the same physical space.

The special obviously didn’t allow for any of that. The only actors sheltering in place together are spouses Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, which allowed her to do a brief (and wonderful) cameo as Ron’s evil second ex-wife, Tammy 2. And even she’s bound and gagged in the background at the time we see her, limiting their interaction to the point where she might as well be on another Gryzzl call(*). The show’s core couples are given quick, in-story reasons for not being in a room together: Leslie is off handling her job with the National Park Service while Ben (Adam Scott) is home with their kids; Andy (Chris Pratt) has been locked in the shed for two days and doesn’t want April (Aubrey

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Recreational Marijuana – Pros & Cons

More than half of US adults, over 128 million people, have tried marijuana, despite it being an illegal drug under federal law. Nearly 600,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession annually – more than one person per minute. Public support for legalizing marijuana went from 12% in 1969 to 66% today. Recreational marijuana, also known as adult-use marijuana, was first legalized in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana say it will add billions to the economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, free up scarce police resources, and stop the huge racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. They contend that regulating marijuana will lower street crime, take business away from the drug cartels, and make marijuana use safer through required testing, labeling, and child-proof packaging. They say marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that adults should have a right to use it if they wish.

Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana say it will increase teen use and lead to more medical emergencies including traffic deaths from driving while high. They contend that revenue from legalization falls far short of the costs in increased hospital visits, addiction treatment, environmental damage, crime, workplace accidents, and lost productivity. They say that marijuana use harms the user physically and mentally, and that its use should be strongly discouraged, not legalized. Read more background…

 

Pro & Con Arguments

Pro 1

Marijuana legalization boosts the economy.

The marijuana industry (adult-use and medical) in the United States could exceed $24 billion in revenue by 2025. For every $1.00 spent in the marijuana industry, between $2.13 and $2.40 in economic activity is generated. Tourism, banking, food, real estate, construction, and transportation are a few of the industries that benefit from legal marijuana.

 

The legal marijuana industry generated $7.2 billion in economic activity in 2016, and added millions of dollars in federal taxes paid by cannabis businesses. One study on adult-use marijuana in Nevada projected $7.5 billion in economic activity over the first seven years of legalization, including $1.7 billion in labor income. A study by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center estimated that the legal marijuana market in California could generate $5 billion annually.

 

In Colorado, marijuana brings in three times more tax revenue than alcohol. The state raised $78 million in the first fiscal year after starting retail sales, and $129 million the second fiscal year. Washington collected a total of $220 million in tax revenues in its second fiscal year of sales.

Pro 2

Legalizing marijuana results in decreased teen marijuana use.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found that “the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more US states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.” Marijuana use among 8th graders in Washington state decreased following legalization in 2012, from 9.8 percent to 7.3 percent in 2014/2016, according to a Dec. 2018 report from RAND. A study from the Centers for Disease Control

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Vacation Plans | Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Level: Topic: Speakers: Time:
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Pre-Listening Exercise

Learning about the culture is another important part of travel and sightseeing. What customs should visitors be aware of when visiting a home in your country? What should and shouldn’t people do? What are the expected customs and behaviors in this situation?

Idioms

put your best foot forward” = give a good impression
You can put your best foot forward and impress the people of that country by learning about the culture and speaking their language.”

jump at the chance” = do some form of service in return for something in return
I wanted my dad to pay for the movie tickets, so I jumped at the chance to do some extra work to pay for them.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where is the man going on vacation?

Pete: Well, I’m thinking about going to Germany this summer [Great!], and I need some advice. You’re the best person I know to answer my questions since you’re German.

Where did he meet Claudia?

Pete: Well, don’t laugh, but I met this really nice woman through an online music mailing list, you know, a discussion group on the Internet [laughter]. I need some advice. You see, Claudia, . . .

What advice does Markus give Pete about meeting Claudia’s parents?

Markus: Ah, okay, okay. Now if you’re meeting someone formally for the first time, like Claudia’s parents, you should make sure you arrive on time.

What is one thing Markus does NOT say about greeting Claudia?

Markus: Ah. You can call her Claudia [Okay], shake hands, and why don’t you take her some flowers?

Markus’ final suggestion for Pete is that he should ____.

Markus: Humm. Honestly, I think you need to take a crash course in German before you leave. Claudia might think you’re speaking Chinese or something if you don’t.







Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss the do’s and don’ts that visitors should be aware of when visiting your country. Topics could include eating manners, dress, attendance at weddings and funerals, dating, giving and receiving gifts, etc. Share an experience where you or someone you know unintentionally did something inappropriate in another culture.

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The availability of WiFi has become a major factor when it comes to how many people choose their accommodation, but selecting a hotel for their WiFi is useless when service is spotty, bandwidth limited. No one wants to deal with constant buffering and slow speeds that limit browsing and downloading. This is why we urge you to take our speed test during your next hotel stay.

Our speed test accurately assesses the speed and other characteristics of the hotel’s network, and allows you to leave a venue tip on foursquare or tweet with mentioning the hotel’s Twitter account. Because your results are bound to the hotel in which you are staying, our speed test is an excellent way to alert them about problems with the service they offer, and motivate them to make changes for the better. You can also offer praise for hotels that go above and beyond and offer great service. During your next hotel stay, visit hotelwifitest.com, take the test, and start sharing so that better hotel WiFi becomes a reality for all of us.


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University Recreation

What’s New:

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June weeks of Junior Govs Summer Camp have been canceled.  Please continue to check back on the Camp page for updates regarding the July weeks of camp.
  • The Foy Fitness & Recreation Center is closed until further notice. Follow @apsufoy
    on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for updates and how to stay active and healthy at
    home! 
    • University Recreation offices will remain open 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday until
      further notice. Doors will remain locked; please call 931-221-7564 to be let in or
      for further inquiries. 
Group Fitness Schedule on Zoom May 11-31

Zoom Fitness Classes

Stay active with Virtual Fitness Classes on Zoom! All classes are FREE! Register at
the link below. The Zoom link will be in the confirmation email. Email Lauren Wilkinson,
[email protected],with any questions.

Sign up Today!

 

Virutal 5k+ May 6-31

Virtual 5k+ Challenge

The Virtual 5k+ Challenge begins May 6. Participants choose their distance, from 5k
to Ultra Marathon, and complete miles by May 31. Free prizes will be given out and
participants have the option of purchasing a challenge t-shirt!Participants can sign
up after May 6, however, May 31 is the last day to submit miles.

Register Now!

Intramural Virtual Gaming League

Compete at Home!

Join UREC’s virtual gaming league!Future sessions will beannounced soon. Text 931-304-2020
for Intramural related questions.

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Group Fitness Classes per Week

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Average GPA of students using the Foy Center

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Pieces of Strength Equipment

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Govs Outdoors Trips per Semester

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and operations. Our colleagues eagerly share both tried-and-true best practices and
innovative, cutting-edge ideas to help us continue to meet the needs of Austin Peay’s
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