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Digital Photo Organization Made Easy -- Attach Names and Sequential Numbers in a Single Step:
          Now that summer’s over, most of us have a gluttony of cruise and travel photos to deal with.  Change your photo card and you repeat a number sequence.  It becomes a nightmare to remember and locate favorite shots.
          There’s an easy solution.  You can speed up the naming process and at the same time ORGANIZE AND LOCATE your photos with this simple sequential naming technique.  First, select and block out a group of photos that deal with the same subject or place.  For example, select all your Venice photos.  Then, move your cursor back to the first photo in the group and right click on “Rename.”  Replace the current number ID under the photo with “Venice.”  (Remember – this whole time the entire group of photos must still be blocked out.)  Hit “Enter” after naming; the first photo of the group will be named “Venice,” the second photo “Venice (2),” the third photo “Venice (3),” etc.  Your computer will automatically attach the name and add the sequential numbers to the rest of the block.
          Move on to the next place, such as “France,” and repeat the process.  Each place you visited will now have photos with the topic name plus sequential numbering.  An added plus is that if you print your photos at the local photo shop, the back of the photos will also be printed with the name and sequential number as it appeared in your file.

Trippin’ Cross Florida into Tree-Hugger Territory

Looking for a place that feels like North Carolina but drives like Disney?  Sometimes we just need a last-minute getaway, one that’s not as complicated as booking a cruise weeks ahead.  It took a “local” to clue us in about Ormond Beach, a straight four hour drive north. 

Ormond Beach branches off of Daytona Beach and lies one hour south of St. Augustine.  Imagine that you could fill in the canals and go back to Fort Lauderdale in the 1960s.  That’s Ormond Beach, where the locals resist attempts to widen A-1-A beyond two lanes and walking and biking trails still abound lined with huge trees and fishing ponds.

We stayed in the inexpensive Quality Inn on the beach in Daytona.  We weren’t impressed by the sand quality but the nearly empty beaches are relaxing, and the hotel room was large, bright, clean, plus had a mini fridge.  We went by car to explore the “Loop” made popular by hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders.  It has an awesome beauty and has an abundance of opportunities for enjoying nature on foot or boat.  (Search:  “The Loop Daytona” and you’ll see plenty of tours).

For nightlife, count on driving four miles south from Ormond to the River (the Intracoastal is called the Indian River in these parts).  Downtown Daytona has the culture and the nightlife.  This is restaurant row with great views, slightly above-par bar-quality food and totally delightful.  Look for swings outside at Joe’s Place.  Some of the best key lime pie east of Orlando is found on this menu along with live music and welcome breezes.
          Daytona Beach is quiet when there are no sports events; Ormond Beach even more so.  However, the huge homes, expanses of preserved nature areas and literally empty beaches make it a pleasant relaxing place to explore.  The local golf club is welcoming and surrounded by forest.  Additionally, Daytona’s downtown is undergoing a major facelift.  The Florida chapter of the US Women’s Tennis Association will have a nearby state headquarters there, and Harley Davidson is also opening a huge facility. 
          We were surprised to learn that deals in real estate can be found within 3000 feet of the beach, such as small two bedroom, two bath homes for under $200,000.   A plus is that this coastal area hasn’t been hit by a full hurricane in the past century.  And the people are just, shucks, friendly.  “Most of us leave the car running and the front door unlocked,” according to a Fort Lauderdale native who moved to Ormond in 2001.  In fact, we met a number of previous Broward residents there who still keep alive a 1960s attitude and living style.  Ormond’s still a bit in the past.  Not for everyone, but a nice change for some.  Other web sites that provide some info:  www.daytonachamber.com and www.savetheloop.org/ 

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