Five Things You Need to Know Today: October 7

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Thank You, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is listed by the U.S. Patent Office as the inventor on 317 patents. Many of them are the basic concepts that have changed the way we listen to, watch, read and share content. (Credit:

We were shocked and saddened by Steve Jobs’ sudden passing Wednesday (October 5) at the young age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer complications. We lost one of the greatest innovators and influencers of our time, and he will be missed.

Steve Jobs has brought so much life and passion into the world that it’s really hard to imagine what it will be like without him. No one has ever put more energy into creating products that people care about.

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all that you’ve done. Not just for creating all those products that we love, but also for sharing your infinite passion with us.

Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Steve.

2. Early Driver’s License Renewal Option for Snowbirds

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) reminds Minnesotans travelling south for the winter to check the expiration date on their driver’s licenses before leaving the state.

Drivers whose licenses expire before May 31, 2012 may renew prior to the expiration date without losing a year on the renewal cycle. The new license will expire four full years from the expiration date on the license, rather than four years from the actual renewal date.

Renewing early ensures that a driver’s license displays a current photo and a current permanent address, and taking care of renewal before leaving of Minnesota gives each driver peace of mind and a valid license in possession while away from home. The early renewal service is also available to identification card holders.

3. Low Speed Vehicle Usage on the Rise

A true senior's RV. (Original source unknown)

Snowbirds flying south for the winter aren’t the only things on the rise this year in Florida. The state’s use of alternative vehicles is burgeoning in a new type of transportation, according to a recent Road Rat Motors news release.

Registered low-speed vehicles in Palm Beach County and Broward Beach County in South Florida increased 19 percent and 31 percent from 2009, respectively, with more than 300 vehicles in these areas. On a state level, there were more than 6,271 golf carts registered in 2010, according to a recent article on

Families are especially taking to purchasing low-speed electric vehicles and street legal golf carts for quick neighborhood errands or taking their kids to school. With the initial savings from the 10 percent tax credit and the long-term savings of fuel costs and wear and tear, it makes sense in this unsteady economy.

4. Leaf peeping in Connecticut

Just in time for fall foliage viewing, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced a brand new Connecticut Fall Foliage website that helps residents and visitors determine “when and where the leaves are changing color and where to view them,” reports

The website features, among other things, an interactive foliage map detailing the intensity of color at specific times, scenic views and hiking locations, and fall foliage driving routes.

This year, the peak dates for fall foliage are from October 7 through November 13.

5. Pennsylvania State Parks Suffers Major Storm Damage

Let's Go RVing to Lackawanna State Park, Pennsylvania. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A one-two punch from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused at least $3 million to $4 million in damages to public infrastructure at state parks and forests, with facilities in Northeast Pennsylvania being particularly hard hit, according to Richard Allan, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that Promised Land State Park in Pike County and Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County sustained significant damage to roads and bridges, said Ellen Ferretti, deputy DCNR secretary for parks and forests.

“It was like a one-two punch,” she added.

Damage assessments are continuing.

As part of the public disaster assistance under the presidential major disaster declaration, federal aid will cover 75% of the costs to fix park infrastructure, said Allan.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

—Steve Jobs

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