Warren Buffett’s Childhood Home

I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news on Airbnb

warren buffet home

This charming 3/2 in Omaha, NE sleep 6. It’s part of a contest for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders only. If you are a fan of Warren Buffett then just buy some stock and enter the contest.

Good Luck!

Here’s what Airbnb say about the place

And now for the fun part: Get a sneak peek inside Warren Buffett’s childhood home! Here’s a quick tour of the historic house where you could spend this year’s Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting weekend, courtesy of Airbnb:
• The library: Catch up on your reading. This room was once Warren’s dad’s study. The shelves are original, but the desk is long gone: it’s now actually in Warren’s own Berkshire Hathaway office!
• Formal dining room: Host your own family board meetings in the formal dining room, illuminated by the chandelier added by Warren’s parents.
• Bedrooms: The house has three bedrooms, and the upstairs bedroom with twin beds was Warren’s room — we can assume this is quite possibly the world’s best spot to dream up money-making schemes. You’re never too young to be an entrepreneur in this household: Warren started his first enterprise selling chewing gum door-to-door at age 6.
• Basement art gallery: Young Warren invested his earnings in stamps and bottle caps, but the current owner has opted for a fine Mexican folk art collection instead and turned the basement into a gallery showcase.
• Renovated kitchen: Pop into the spacious renovated kitchen to make yourself a hamburger Warren’s way: topped with cheese and complete with a Cherry Coke. Or maybe a root beer float if you’re celebrating a billion dollar investment.
• Master bathroom: If that next billion remains elusive, retreat upstairs to the master bath and mull over investments in the bathtub. Hey, it’s always worked for Warren.
• Country Club Historic District: Now that you’re in Warren’s neighborhood — Omaha’s historic Country Club district — inspiration for your next enterprise could be just around the corner on your morning jog. Give it a go!

Telescopic Lens in Contacts?

A company called VisionCare has been developing a telescoping contact lens for a few years and is leading the way for US companies.

CNN Reported

Optomotrist James Wolffsohn, spokesperson for the British Contact Lens Association, looks forward to one day using technologies like the telescopic lens in clinical practice. “The lens seems an interesting concept to provide optical magnification to the retina when required,” he says. But he adds that there will be challenges in reaching that stage: “It is currently a scleral lens and thick, including rigid mirror elements which are likely to affect corneal physiology and comfort.” Wolffsohn has seen colleagues trial the more established Triggerfish technology to monitor glaucoma and is optimistic about the future of the field. “There are also many other exciting developments in innovative uses of contact lenses,” he says.

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Visit Florida this winter, who am I to disagree?

If the people in Ithaca are telling everyone to visit Florida this winter, who am I to disagree?

In a tongue-in-cheek message on VisitIthaca.com, the local tourist agency raised the white flag of surrender when it told people to go to Florida with the following message:

“That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win. Key West anyone?” 

Due to this ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit The Florida Keys this week. Please come back when things thaw out. Really, it’s for the birds here now (Still want to Visit Ithaca? Are you sure? Ok, click here. 

P.S. Send us a postcard.

Ithaca New York says to move to Florida

Ithaca New York says to move to Florida

 

The people in Ithaca have a hilarious sense of humor, but I am going to do as they suggest. I may not make it down to the keys, but this weekend Naples, Florida is beckoning.

Since I live in Sarasota along the Gulf of Mexico I don’t have to endure the stress of getting to an airport on time, lugging all my luggage, or worrying if my flight has been canceled or delayed.

I just pack a weekend bag, get into my car, drive 2 hours and I’m in a vacation wonderland . Tourists may be aplenty in Naples right now because of the record-breaking harsh winter the rest of the country has been enduring, but there is room for me.

I’ve been googling potential accommodations, attractions, dining options, nightlife and day trips to find out where I should stay and what I should do. I found a great New York Times article, “36 Hours in Naples, FL” that gives you a timetable for your trip beginning with a Sunset Cruise and includes tours to the Wetlands, biking and swimming at the beach and a host of other fun activities.

You could probably spend years in Naples and still not get to do everything this sunshine state paradise has to offer. My trip, however. is more casual, but it is set against a luxury backdrop.

I’ve settled on a hotel in Naples that suits my relaxation needs — The Inn on Fifth, which has that old world atmosphere with its Mediterranean motif. Don’t you just love Italian marble and tile?

For me, the Inn of Fifth is nicely situated in the heart of Old Naples, just minutes from the entertainment, shopping and dining district.

That’s important because I don’t plan to go far afoot. This weekend retreat is to relax and enjoy. I’ve brought my I-Pad to read the latest Rizzoli & Isles mystery and to surf the internet (I am addicted to my I-Pad. I also have a Kindle so I can I read at the rooftop pool deck with its outdoor pool and hot tub. Can’t do that up north today!

I also won’t have to worry about when to work because there is a 24-hour fitness center (I need to get my 60 minutes every day on the treadmill.). But the real reason I chose the inn is because of the Spa on Fifth.

I plan to pamper myself (spas are not just for women) this weekend with a manicure, pedicure and daily several deep tissue massages. I might even get a Dead Sea mud facial (I am not getting any younger)

After a day of pampering myself, I plan to enjoy an evening in the heart of Old Naples and walk along Fifth Avenue South with all its entertainment, shopping and dining destinations. Cafe & Bar Lurcat caught my eye with its nightly $5 beer, wine and appetizer during happy hour. But I am especially looking forward to its marinated sea bass.

After happy hour and an early dinner, I plan to walk Fifth Avenue South to check out the local highlights. A friend told me about the Old Naples Pub, a neighborhood tradition located near the fishing pier. There is also a lot of window shopping I can do because of all the art galleries in the area. I will check out the Gulfshore Playhouse nearby to see if there is a show I can catch while I am in town.

Throughout the weekend I plan to rinse and repeat. Read, pamper, eat, drink and enjoy. Most mornings I will probably wake up to walk on the beach and venture into the gulf before I go to work out at the gym. On Saturday, I might check out one of the many golf courses in Naples — that’s about as far as I plan to venture from the Fifth Avenue cocoon I’ve created for myself at the inn.

By Sunday, I will have read at least two mysteries, played at least 18 holes of golf, enjoyed at least three massages and eaten at some of the best restaurants Naples has to offer. What more can a weekend vacation offer? It will be a sad two-hour drive back to Sarasota, but I’ll return for more fun and relaxation  another day.

Did you know there are more than 130 golf courses in the greater Naples area and I only played at one this weekend.

Fore!

5 Blogging Tips to a Successful Site

It is important to note that people set up blogs for many different reasons and purposes. From sharing information that they have learned about popular hobbies to providing invaluable information on how to file income taxes with the IRS, blogs can be used to keep interesting dialogue going on about a wide variety of different topics and subjects.

Whatever the situation, blogging can be both challenging as well as an extremely fun and fulfilling experience. Which means, setting up a blog can be used as a social platform to voice the opinions of the person that sets up the blog as well as other interested parties. A blog will also give the individual an opportunity to share the knowledge that they have acquired over the course of many years. The subject matter may be personal or business related. Further, the individual may also need to explore the needs of their target audiences to ensure their is a demand for the information that they are supplying. To establish a successful blog, here’s 5 great tips that can assist a blogger with being effective in their area that they choose.

 Blog for Passion or for Profit

In its beginning stages, people can determine the actual purpose for the blog’s overall existence. Which means, the individual may be blogging in order to share their passion with others or to simply to earn a profit. For instance, if the person is blogging about a topic that they are passionate about, they may want to get started right away posting different kinds of information on the blog that people can read.

On the other hand, if the reason for the blog is to make a profit, they should do their homework prior to getting started. In these situations, it is important for the blogger to do a thorough job of researching its requirements prior to publishing the blog and communicating its existence to the world about the knowledge that is being supplied. One of the more common things that many people normally do is to research the internet to see if it is a niche area that people should be made aware of.

 Add Value Content

Regardless of the actual purpose or reason for the blog, it is important for bloggers to provide the readers with valuable content. Excellent content is still the main reasons for great blogs existing. Therefore, all bloggers should strive to provide informative, reliable and interesting content so that their readers will return again and again on a continuous basis.

 Select Titles that Catch the Eye

The blog owner should always post titles that will catch the eye. These are normally called crowd pleasers that draw people in to see what’s going on and what’s changing in the environment that they are interested in. Therefore, it is important to remember and note how newspaper headlines read as well as the attention that they draw in when they are reporting a piece of interesting news. In a similar fashion, the blogger will need to choose their blog titles carefully so that the readers are enticed to read more of the content until they have completed the entire article.

 Format the Posts Correctly

Many times readers will not have time to search through all of the post. So, its important to make each post simple and easy to read. This can be accomplished by formatting the articles with various kinds of fonts, headings, spacing and the like. For instance, many times the headings on the articles will be highlighted in bold and the blogger may include a lot of subtitles whenever it is necessary.

 Marketing the Blog

While some people may think that if an individual builds the site and publishes it, people will automatically come. Today, this statement is not always true, especially since driving people to the blog is a major a concern for many bloggers. As this area is handled strategically by setting up an SEO campaign that will increase the visits. It is also important to note that a blog that is profitable and successful normally takes a lot of time and effort.

Starting a blog is as easy as setting up a site and publishing it to the world. However, a blogger that is successful at what they do will utilize numerous kinds of tips that can assist them with developing their site. From adding valuable content to marketing the blog to a specific target audience, there are many different things that can be done to make a blog successful.