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New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2015 — Some Color Makes An Appearance.

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As is always the case in late August I start to notice hints of color emerging as I huff-and-puff up Prospect Mountain Road, in Alton, on my near daily run. On Monday, August 24, 2015, I went back up the hill, this time in our van, with my camera, to snap some pictures. Not much, but you can definitely see the leaves that have changed.

I knew that I had taken some pictures, on the very same hill, last year and had posted them here. I went looking for them. They were taken on August 25, 2014, I day later than this year. Cool. Well, it hasn’t really been cool enough to start the foliage process. BUT, I will keep you posted. I will most likely, for the 3rd year in a row, end up as an ‘official’ NH Fall Foliage Updater in my capacity as a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) [Lifetime Member].


Two other sights on Prospect Mountain Road.


Deanna’s flowers on August 24, 2015.


“York’s Wild Kingdom”, Maine — Largest Zoo Hereabouts — August 2015.

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There was about 3 or 4 years in a row, starting c. 2007, when we used to go to “York’s Wild Kingdom” on an annual basis, usually on my birthday and at least once treating a bunch of local kids from Alton (NH) to a day at the zoo. Then other things like Whale Watches and Acadia entered the picture. Though she has been multiple times, and we have iconic pictures to prove it, Teischan couldn’t remember ever going to “York Zoo”. When Devanee is at Camp Teischan gets to go on two trips of her choosing to compensate. I rattled off a list of possibilities and one she picked was the zoo in Maine. So on Monday, August 17, 2015 we left early and got there sharp at 10 am just as they opened the gates.

It was a hot day and we knew that in advance. We were, however, surprised that it wasn’t packed. It was moderately busy but you could tell that it wasn’t crowded. That was good. Other than the ferris wheel with its cumbersome loading routine there was hardly any lines for anything. It was good in that respect. The heat, and I think it got up to 90°F at some point, also meant that the ‘Duck Pond’ — with its famous paddle boats — had a pungent “eau de duck poop” smell, but that was to be expected.

Exactly 3 months earlier I had taken Teischan to the Philadelphia Zoo. York’s Wild Kingdom is NOT Philadelphia Zoo.

The York Zoo is quaint and cute with its petting deer and the amusement park, but it is also old, dated and in someways very infuriating. Yes, it is very Maine and Downeast. None of the food places take credit cards. That is crazy. It has to be to avoid taxes! Places that don’t take credit cards when they should drive me nuts.

As a zoo it is a funny ol’ mixture. It has lions and two tigers and a fair smattering of other animals. The old elephant that used to be there a few years ago is gone. The enclosures are from the 1950s. Definitely not a modern zoo. That bothers me. BUT IT IS GOOD FOR KIDS. They love the petting zoo parts — goats, deer, sheep …

The rides are old and limited. The Ferris Wheel is an antique and they have to balance the weight of the riders which can be quite amusing in Maine. Teischan and I got called up ahead because they needed some ‘non-heavy’ riders. Funny.

It was OK. The heat didn’t help. But Teischan had fun. I tried the baseball batting cage — a first for me. It was interesting. I connected about 50% of the time. Took a load of pictures. I will try and share as we go along.



Alton, N.H., Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ, August 15, 2015 — Day Of ‘Babershop Jamboree’.

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This BBQ kind of dovetailed very nicely with the 2015 “Alton Bay Babershop Jamboree“. Many of those in Alton for the Jamboree drifted over for the BBQ — as did we. It was good. Half a chicken each for the adults with baked potato, bread, corn, ice cream and drinks. Good deal. We had fun.

I had expected that we would be serenaded by Babershop quartets. No such luck. But we had some good conversations with some Babershop aficionados, from Cape Cod, who had come to the Alton Jamboree, on a regular basis, in the ol’ days.




Alton, N.H. ‘Old Home Day’ Fireworks — August 8, 2015.

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Devanee (14) too most of these firework pictures using my Canon T3i
which she is now convinced will be hers within the next 3 weeks.




We had to alas forgo the evening part of Alton “Old Home Day” 2015, despite the concert by our favorites “Annie & the Orphans“, because it was also the last evening of “Huggins Fair” in Wolfeboro. It was a painful decision but, to be honest, not a hard one. Very few things take precedence over the last evening of Huggins. That is when we now go to the Fair and it is very much an entrenched annual event in the Guruge family calendar. Yes, we were hoping to get back early enough to see ‘Annie’ but it didn’t work out as we had planned.

We got to the Alton just around 9pm. I wasn’t sure whether we would be able to even get close to the Bay. I expected it to be packed. I was wrong. There was hardly any crowds by the bridge, at the head of the Bay, and definitely no traffic. We just drove in and parked within 150 yards of the Bridge, at a legal parking spot, on the road. ‘The Orphans’ were just winding down. Compared to prior years there was hardly anybody on the bridge — the BEST place to watch the pictures as pictures testify. Not sure why. Great weather. Not a hint of precipitation and very temperate.

The fireworks were par for the course for Alton. Not overtly spectacular. But they were ‘OK’ and as I tell the kids, all fireworks, by definition are ‘good’ and it is always a privilege to watch a public firework display. Much of it, like 12 minutes, as is always the case, was hesitant, humdrum and lackluster. But to be fair there were a few good ones interspersed and three exploded prematurely, right above the barge, which provided some excitement. And then there is always the decent finale which makes up for all that went ahead. So it was OK. It was good. Glad we went. Not sure why others were not there to partake.


Bloody “Bayside Dental” In Alton, N.H. — Never AGAIN, What Pompousness.

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baysidebloodydentalJesus wept. I didn’t. I just walked out. Bloody “Bayside Dental“. A bloody disgrace. Our first time and never, ever again.

Yes, at 62, I have lived long enough to understand that most U.S. doctors and dentist think that they are VASTLY SUPERIOR to their patients and that their time is precious while that of patients is worthless. Yes, I know that. And I appreciate that to the bloody Posadas, rich, famous and with their billion dollar smiles, I am but scum. That is true. But, there is one thing that I have which is exactly the same as what they have have whether they like it or not. My day has 24 hours as does their day. Yes, I am worthless in their estimation BUT my 24 hours is worth something to me. Time is what I value more than anything else in life — maybe even ahead of family! Without time you have nothing. So, I treasure time because it is what allows me to enjoy whatever I can — and that includes family. To rob me of my time, because they think I am scum, kind of gets to me after a time — 30 minutes typically my limit.

These bloody clowns, with their inane grins, think it is OK — probably even funny — to keep me waiting 30 minutes. I am scum and they are Gods and I should be so bloody grateful that they give me the chance, at a price, to grovel in their regal bloody presence. Well, not so. I had it with those clowns.

They robbed me of 30 minutes of MY LIFE. I will never, ever, ever get that 30 minutes back. It is gone. I could have done so much with those 30 minutes that these idiots stole from me. I resent that. I will curse them on my deathbed, wish that they are struck with every conceivable pox, for depriving me of 30 minutes of my life.

By all means go to them IF you don’t value your time. Anybody who is that callous with my time cannot, by definition, be a ‘nice’ person. But enough said. I have already wasted more time.

Just remember, irrespective of their station in life, we all have one thing in common — whether you are the president of the United States, the Pope, Hillary Clinton or as in my case, mere scum — we ALL get, whether we like it or not, 86,400 seconds a day. How we use that is what sets us apart. Don’t let callous clowns like the bloody Posadas rob you of YOUR seconds. That time you will never get back. If they overcharge you for stuff they didn’t have to do to your teeth that does NOT matter! IF you have time you can always make up that money. But when they steal 30 minutes of your life that is GONE. Gone. Gone forever. Forever. Forever.

But money can’t buy time. Time can buy MONEY!


Alton, Where I have Lived For The Last 8 Years, Ranked 9th Worst Place To Live In New Hampshire And I Won’t Argue.

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Deanna saw this on Facebook this morning and sent it to me. I didn’t have a problem with it. I looked at the 10 names, knew them all, and concurred that the list, WITHOUT going into any of their numbers, looked ‘about right’ just in terms of gut feel.

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I have lived in New Ipswich (NH) for 12 years, Meredith (NH) for 4, Gilford (NH) for 8 and owned a waterfront place in New Durham for 7. Of all the places I have lived in New Hampshire — and not counting the other places I have lived such as Colombo, Buffalo, Paris, London, Swansea, Winchester, Southampton, Woodbine (MD) etc. — I can say Alton does rank as my least favorite. We moved to Alton without giving much thought. We were homeless in 2007 and needed a place. So we came to Alton assuming that it, though it did not have a Walmart, a cinema or a liquor store, wouldn’t be that different to Gilford or Meredith. Oh BOY, did I get that wrong — to my cost.

I look at that list and I see Berlin and Rochester towards the top. Laconia and Wakefield above Alton. Claremont below. The only point I would argue is that maybe Claremont should have been #9 and Alton #10 — though to be fair Claremont, the last time I drove through, still had shops. Alton has Hannafords, three premium-priced hardware stores, a number of parochial banks (not capable of dealing with any foreign transactions such as pension from Europe) and not much else. We don’t have any fun shops! Period. Think of Meredith, Wolfeboro or even Gilford. You can go browse for things other than bread, nails and expensive bicycles.

C’est la vie. The die is cast. My dire pecuniary status ensures that I can’t afford to move away from Alton. I am stuck. So I soldier on. It was my mistake and I need to pay the price for it. But, bottom line. I don’t have any gripes with that list or where they put Alton. Others I know will disagree — but I have a feeling than many of them haven’t lived much outside of Alton.


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