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As it fritters down to summer, the weather is grudgingly getting warmer but forecasters say it will be a roller coaster ride until next month when all will be clear sailing into summer. The temperature is somewhat toasty leaving behind the drowsy spring. In case you are thinking of traveling to the United States… Aeronautics officials have just published the five best and five worst airports in the country. A survey detailing flight availability, on time flights and customer access, has just come out. The busiest airport for two decades running is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where only 1% of flights are cancelled. An impressive 82% of departures and 85% of arrivals were on time in 2018. Being on time… is truly miraculous. No more BMT in Atlanta. Second is Chicago’s O’Hare Airport followed by Dallas Fort Worth Airport, which flies passengers to over 220 destinations. Next is the Denver Airport followed by Los Angeles Airport. Take your pick and fly into one of the best… You’re almost guaranteed to land or leave on time. Of course, in the survey there was no mention of waiting areas, lounge chairs, Internet shopping, security or restaurants. As we all know, a passenger’s time at an airport is important… and sometimes one is stuck for hours or days. On the other end of the extreme, the five worst airports, struggling with delays and frequent cancellations… Let’s not count our own Lungi here. These are US airports only. Memphis Airport comes first. This is sad because most visitors to Memphis are there to pay homage to hometown great, the King, Elvis Presley. If you’re going to see Elvis, plan on being late, which is okay because the cemetery where he’s buried stays open late. Then comes Anchorage’s Ted Stevens, 3) Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, 4) Albuquerque and 5) Palm Beach Airport where 75% of all flights were delayed. Palm Beach is famous for golf courses so if you’re flying in to play a round, take an early flight. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 500 cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states so far this year. This is the second highest total since measles was declared eliminated in the US almost two decades ago. There were 372 cases last year. Vaccinations remain the number one way of preventing measles, so get a shot and avoid the illness. Here is some therapy for the season: A study of 873 men and women between the ages of 60 and 76 showed that those who took at least five hot baths every week significantly lowered the hardening of their arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Hot baths may be a luxury but they are a proven stress reliever. Heat up a pail and get submerged – you’ll live longer. Life in these United Stares: A woman in Iowa went to the medical lab to have some blood drawn. She was greeted with a battery of questions from the technician. “Has your address changed?” she asked. “No”, she answered. “What about your phone number?” “No.” “Well, what about your birthday?” Thought for the week: Wearing a name tag at a convention or workshop is so that everybody knows exactly who you are when you fall asleep.

By Rod Mac-Johnson

Monday May 11, 2019.

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