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It's time for a smartphone; charity Monday at bar

The dinosaur in me typically resists technological advances, but when my wife got a digital, paperless receipt after a recent purchase at Macy's, it left me dazzled, envious and eager — finally — to get a smartphone.

Macy's, citing sustainability efforts, has spent the last year rolling out the program and expects it to be offered in all stores by the end of this month. Other retailers, such as Apple, have implemented paperless receipt programs over the years. While some complain they miss having that paper proof, I'm weary of cleaning out the wallet and leaving stacks of receipts all over the place. Exactly how much does an iPhone cost? ...

When told about the Tampa Bay Rays' potential move to the Channel District, my daughter asked about the traffic challenges that would result from simultaneous events at a new stadium and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Good point. That could be a mess. ...

Kudos to the Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro, 4328 W El Prado Blvd. in Tampa, which is staging "Miracle Mondays" and donating 50 percent of its profits each Monday to charity. Wheels of Success will be the beneficiary tonight beginning at 6, while Shawn Brown performs. Tampa General Hospital Foundation will benefit Sept. 10. ...

Speaking of Brown, the popular singer and keyboard player will be part of a "Smooth Jazz" reunion Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall along with B.K. Jackson, Marlon Boone and Mike MacArthur. Former WSJT-FM 98.7 personalities George Nix, Alicia Kaye and Al Santana will host. While the station's smooth jazz format is off the air, I think a lot of folks still long for jazz stylings and live performances.

That's all I'm saying.

It's time for a smartphone; charity Monday at bar 08/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:40pm]
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