Archive | October 5, 2012

PLEASE Vote To Keep Funding For ‘Big Bird’ (& PBS). Poor Kids Need PBS. My Kids Love PBS. Romney’s Kids Didn’t Need PBS.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1/ Romney’s Insulting 47% ‘Victim’ Remark Does Not Apply To NH or Maine Where Many Can’t Even Understand What Is At Stake — Sept. 19, 2012.
2/ Rich Leonard For NH Senate District 6: Our Wholehearted, Unconditional Endorsement — Oct. 2, 2012.

PLEASE click this image and watch this 2:58 minute video as to HOW ‘Big Bird’ and ‘PBS’ helps POOR kids … please. This is important stuff. We are talking about REAL lives. Children. Poor people. The 47%.


FitBit Ultra Wireless — I Am NOT That Impressed!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> We Are Now A ‘FitBit Ultra’ Couple — Sept. 6, 2012.

Deanna has had one since last Christmas and loves it. Once even claimed that it was her most prized possession. Well as I posted, just under a month ago, she got me one for my birthday on September 4.

So, I have had it for a month and one day.

I am NOT as thrilled with it as Deanna.

My clip, which is just a ‘holster’ for the unit, broke yesterday — exactly on the one month anniversary. Yes, while  it would be easy to say that it broke because I was rough with it, that would not really be the case. I am not rough on things, something that my contact lens doctors comment about often, sometimes in chagrin. I have been known to wear the same hard, gas permeable lens for 8 years, because I take such good care of them. So, I didn’t abuse this clip. I went to clip it on to my belt yesterday — and it just snapped. You can still clip the unit itself, without the clip. So, I can still use it. But, that was annoying.

But, my biggest frustration is that I can’t get the DAMNED thing to SYNC! It drives me nuts.

I am loath to install any non-essential software on my work PC. I keep this machine lean-and-mean.

So, I installed the FitBit USB software on my backup Windows XP Professional machine. Nothing wrong with that. Windows XP is more widely used than Windows 7. I have had nothing but trouble and frustration.

I have reinstalled the software. I have re-registered the unit. I have changed USB ports. I have tried it with and without a USB hub.

It just doesn’t work every time. One of these days it will get tossed, $100 or not. I hate things that don’t work.

If I spend 15 minutes and reset the damn base unit enough times, plug and unplug the USB cable and refresh the stupid FitBit Dashboard Web page a thousand times it will grudgingly synch and update my data.

Screw that. I don’t have 15 minutes to monkey around with this stupid thing.

Deanna has hers on her Windows 7 laptop. Hers works perfectly.

Yes, I have a backup Windows 7 machine but it is not always connected. I use XP for updating some of my Websites, with FrontPage 2003. So that backup machine is up more of the time than the backup Windows 7 machine.

Yes, I could try Devanee’s Windows 7 laptop, but to me that is a cop out.

Windows XP Professional is still the most widely used of PC OSs. FitBit should support it.

So, right now if you ask me about FitBit you will NOT get a nice answer. It just could be my unit. A dud. A lemon.

Sandwich Fair, NH, 2012: This Columbus Day Weekend; Weather A Factor.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Sandwich Fair, Saturday, October 8, 2011 — Oct. 11, 2011.

Sandwich Fair 2007. Click to see picture in FULL size.

Weather forecast for Sandwich Fair 2012 by ‘’ which has lots of local stations and tends to be quite good. Click image to access them.

Click to access the OFFICIAL Sandwich Fair website for 2012.

The ‘Sandwich Fair‘ is another of our ‘without fail every year‘, annual family events alongside Chinese New Year, Laconia Multicultural Day, Loon Highland Games, Manchester Ringling Bros. circus, Apple picking etc. etc. This is not the biggest fair in NH, but it is renowned for being the ‘most fun for the family‘. We can concur that, unconditionally. The kids always have a great time.

We have gone rain and shine; this being Deanna’s favorite event. In 2006 it had rained so much that they couldn’t use the field that they normally use for parking. It was muddy. They allowed you to park on the side of the road and walk. We did that. On the other hand, we have been there more than once when the temperature, mid-afternoon, soared into the mid 70s. I still remember that there were times I took off my shirt and walked around bare chested. So, as with anything in NH, weather is a factor and can depend. I have been checking the long range forecast for Sandwich all week. Saturday looks to be warm, ~68F, but with a very high probability of rain. There is also a chance of rain on Sunday but the odds are lower.

The antique car parade, invariably with Richard Burton in attendance, is on Saturday, at 1pm. We like the parade. So that is always a good reason to pick Saturday. You can also get the ‘all you can ride band’ on Saturday, 8 am to 2pm. This has not been an issue over the last few years. The kids seem to have had their fill of rides. They seem quite relieved just to do 5 rides; the carousel always a must for Teischan. So, I now just get a sheet of tickets.

Entrance is $10 for adults and $3 for kids 8 to 12. Seniors get a discount Monday.

The fair is open tonight, Friday night — albeit just for rides. The 3 proper days for it are: Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day Monday, October 6, 7 & 8, 2012.

We tend to spend a lot of time around the performance stage area. The kids like it and ‘Mo the Clown’ is close by — and Deanna loves Mo the Clown. The food we get varies. I invariably get the apple crisp. Deanna likes soup in a bread bowl. I end up with something savory.

In the past we haven’t spent too much time watching the various ‘pulls’. The kids haven’t had the patience. I think we might watch some of them this year.

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