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Summer Vacation 2013: More “Down Time”

by on Mar.13, 2013, under Travel News, Travel Shopping

I have no issues with electronics. This blog wouldn’t be here without them.

What I do not understand is why so many seem to be more interested in their electronics than their vacation. Is it now impossible to actually HAVE a real vacation? People are tapping away on their keyboards on planes. They are sitting on a sunny beach with a gorgeous view – and focusing on their phone instead. I’ve seen couples at restaurants sitting across the table from each other – and both thumbing away at phones or IPods or something – and not having even eye contact, much less conversation.

Is it more important to take a picture of your food than to just enjoy eating it? Does everyone in creation need to know where you are every minute of your vacation? People have become addicted to “sharing” and lost the art of “doing.”

So in my morning’s revolt against the virtual world some prefer to live in, here are a few non-electronic products that might help you actually ENJOY the fact that you are on vacation.

The Rapid Reload Double Marshmallow Blaster.

This Rapid Reload Double Marshmallow Blaster marks an escalation in confectionary conflagration!

This is the blaster that pelts targets with two barrels-full of plump, harmless marshmallows up to 30′ away. The blaster’s break action enables rapid reloading with the flip of a button while pumping the rear handle pressurizes the air chamber—a squeeze of the trigger launches two plump marshmallows at the same time. Ages 6 and up.

The Sandless Beach Mat.

Park it for awhile on this Sandless Beach Mat.

Developed for military use, this is the beach mat that is impossible to cover with sand. Used in military applications to contain sand and dust when helicopters land and take off, the mat is made from two layers of patented woven polyurethane that instantly filter sand to the beach as soon as it falls on its surface.

The specially woven polyurethane acts as a one-way filter to prevent sand from reemerging through the bottom of the mat. The 36′ sq. mat also eliminates dirt, dust, and water from its surface, ensuring a perpetually clean outdoor expanse for camping or watching a concert.

The Bucket Seat Bicycle.

Take a ride on this Bucket Seat Bicycle.

Unlike typical bicycles that have seats with uncomfortable saddle horns, this bicycle has a generously sized, wide seat and backrest that cradles you in a relaxed position. The 17″ wide injection molded seat provides optimal comfort and its backrest places you in a slightly recumbent, upright riding position.

The low top tube means you will never have to put yourself off-balance by swinging a leg over the bicycle. The seat and the handlebars both adjust to accommodate riders 5’4″ – 6’3″ while keeping knees properly aligned with the cranks for an efficient pedal stroke. Its 21-speed rear cassette ensures smooth pedaling for any capability or terrain. Its sturdy aluminum frame supports riders up to 250 lbs.

Get hundreds of other ideas for ways to spend your quality down-time at Hammacher Schlemmer!


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