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Bicycling Accidents on the Rise



A 21-year-old Irvine resident was recently struck and killed by a speeding driver on Santiago Canyon Road near Loma Ridge while riding his bicycle early Sunday morning.


The driver of the vehicle fled the seen, but was later found and arrested. More details on this tragic event can be read in The Orange County Register.


Bicycle accidents and deaths have been on the rise in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 677 Americans lost their lives in 2011 from bicycle related accidents. This number is 9 percent higher than the 623 bicycle-related deaths that occurred the year prior, in 2010.  



Important Airplane Safety Tips


Recently, an Orange County native by the name of David Prizio crashed into the Pacific Ocean, 8 miles north of Catalina Island, while flying his self-built airplane. Unexpectedly, the engine died, plummeting Prizio and a fellow experienced aviator into the water.


Prizio, who has been flying planes for most of his life, had never experienced an engine failure, or a plane malfunction before. Luckily, both Prizio and his fellow pilot suffered minor injuries, and were rescued by a nearby fishing boat. For more on this news story, visit The Orange County Register.


Contrary to popular belief, recent statistics show your chances of survival in a plane crash are higher than one may think. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, over 90% of people involved in plane crashes survive. 



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Family News from Donna Burns
Cruise Ship


Hello, Everyone! 


It's Donna Burns with this month's edition of the Burns Family news.


I received a notice from the Board of Realtors that my real estate salesperson license would expire Jan. 31, 2014.  I opted for online courses, practice tests, and study guides, allocating several hours each morning to the task.  I passed the exam with flying colors and submitted my documentation to the state. Then I found out that, due to my "advanced age" and 30+ years experience, my license was renewed automatically each year without having to take the test. In honor of this historic event and listening to the weather woes of friends "back east", I suggested to my airline friends and John's sister a cruise to Mexico and Central America on the Caribbean Princess out of Houston. 


That idea was a no-brainer and using my airline retiree benefits we set sail, anticipating seven glorious warm and sun filled days.  At first, things went well.  My blonde-headed friend Cindy, "Queen of the Casino" usually pays for her cruise by winning at the gambling tables.  Mary, John's sister, was just thankful to be out of the New Jersey snow and playing Trivial Pursuit with Hellmut, our cruise photographer.

We left port on Saturday, Jan 25.  Sunday was a day at sea and Monday we arrived in Cozumel, Mex for a day of sailing and snorkeling---and a few Margaritas.  Tuesday we docked in Roatan Island, Honduras and took a chair lift from the pier to Mahogany Bay for a beach day.  At $10 a person, this lift must have paid for the island.  




That evening at dinner the Captain announced we would be skipping our next port stop in Belize and returning to Houston ASAP because of expected fog conditions threatening to close the shipping lanes from Fri-Sun.  We were due to arrive Sat.  His next announcement also confirmed that 180 passengers and crew were ill with the norovirus, and strict hygiene procedures were in effect, i.e. crew in rubber gloves serving food, no touching by passengers of food or salt, and pepper shakers at the buffets, etc. 

We arrived back in the port of Houston Thursday eve about 10pm, and were met by agents from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.  What do you do with 3200 passengers at 10pm?  We were told to stay on the ship that night and hotel reservations would be provided for Friday night in Houston as the ship had to be sanitized.  

Somehow, we were assigned a hotel at the wrong airport, about 1 and 1/2 hours away.  Luckily we were able to change to a closer hotel only to find after waiting five hours to check in---no room at the Inn.  So-the Princess rep assigned and sent us to another hotel, only to be greeted by, "no reservation found."  After a quick call and page to Princess, rooms were finally found-and to all a good night!!


Thus ends the saga and guess what?? NO FOG!  The good news is this was my first non-routine trip in many years. No one was ill, we all returned home safely and decided a glass of wine or two at dinner kills germs!  


I hope you enjoy the cruise photos and of course the latest photo of our granddaughter, Hanalei Burns, Princess of Canada.  I've skipped the recipe of the month for this in-depth cruise account, but will give you a new recipe next month.  Until then, to paraphrase Rick Steve's travel show on T.V., KEEP ON CRUISING!!

Best Regards, 

Donna Burns  

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