Pray for Kansas City

By John M. Ricci
October 27, 2014

Let’s All Pray for the Kansas City Royals!

I’m hoping anyone who reads this will take a moment and pray for the Kansas City Royals in their bid to become World Champions in 2014, by defeating the San Francisco Giants. The Giants took a 3 games to 2 lead Sunday evening, October 26. This means Kansas City needs to win the remaining two games when they return home and play Tuesday and, hopefully, Wednesday nights.
San Francisco has won plenty of times in the last few years. They have won the World Series twice since 2010. Enough already!
Pray for KC! And I’d like to think my lovely wife, Sarah, is watching from above and doing what she can to lobby for her favorite team.

Ready to Spend? Apple Pay Will Make it SO Easy!

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is here; it is Apple’s way of trading in plastic credit cards with those magnetic strips of information for a digital solution stored on your iPhone… and soon, your Apple Watch.
Major League Baseball has apparently agreed with Apple, in an effort to get this technology in all baseball stadiums, to use it during the current 2014 World Series where the Kansas City Royals are facing the San Francisco Giants (Go Royals!). The goal: to make it easier for everybody to buy everything!
So far, of the individual vendors at the two stadiums offering the new technology, Apple Pay seems to be working just fine. It will soon be even easier to depart with your money… through mid-air, like magic. Purchases under $25.00 don’t even require a signature! Swoosh!
Apple’s goal, of course, is to have these machines everywhere. An Apple world for an Apple planet, paid for in Apple’s… well, not exactly. And Apple is hopeful that it will shorten long lines, making everyone happier (and more eager to spend?) while shopping.
It will be quite some time before Apple Pay is actually everywhere. So far, it is in 220,000 stores in the U.S. – big chains including McDonalds, Subway, Walgreen’s, and Apple’s own retail stores. Other retailers are also developing there own mobile payment services, including Best Buy and 7-Eleven, hoping to get into this arena early. As usual, it appears that Apple will come in first with Apple Pay, while others struggle to catch up or even survive.