Archive | November 2012

Ten In New Hampshire: Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.
In no particular order other than trying to intersperse the Chinese restaurants so they don’t all appear together.


The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, 'Common Man' empire.

The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, ‘Common Man’ empire.

Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

.1. The Italian Farmhouse– Plymouth.

.2. Green Ginger — Tilton. Œ

.3. Mame’s — Meredith.

.4. Red Arrow Diner
>>Concord.

.5. West Lake
>>Wolfeboro
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.6. Common Man— Ashland.

.7. Peking Tokyo
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— Gilford. Œ

.8. Giuseppe’s— Meredith.

.9. Walter’s Basin — Holderness.

10. Fratellos — Laconia.



Œ — Chinese.



Mame's in Meredith. Classy adult dining.

Mame’s in Meredith. Classy adult dining.

Áine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve … Worth Going
>>Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
3.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


minogue

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am very partial to harp music, acutely aware that I need to get my fill of the chords down here on earth, while I can. So, I was delighted that there was to be an harpist, Áine Minogue, was scheduled for two one hour slots at the All Saint’s Church (South Main St.) at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm.

Her name intrigued me. ‘Minogue‘ is a name I am familiar with from Sri Lanka. I was also vaguely familiar with the Australian Kylie Minogue from the work that she has done in Sri Lanka. So, I went looking. No, she has no Sri Lankan connections, but I will not hold that against her.

This is her Website. She has some good stuff there. Her slideshow of ‘Avebury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge‘ was a trip down memory lane for me. She has a well stocked ‘Listening Room‘. I listened, some. It was soothing. Mainly Celtic, and there is nothing wrong with that. I do like a bit of classic harp, but I will take what I can. So, I am hoping I will get to see her. Will have to ‘drag’ the kids straight from the parade and the 1st batch of fireworks. Might be able to make the 7:30 IF I bribe them with Chinese! The Church is small. So it could be packed.

Talking of Chinese, I am going to get my Chinese in Wolfeboro. Usually I get it in Alton, but the new owner, as she has made abundantly clear, has a problem. She pays too much in taxes. So I am trying to help out, as I also did with a local insurance company. When it comes to income and business taxes (including the dreaded NH ‘income & dividend‘) you only pay taxes on what you make — sans deductions. So, one way to pay less taxes is to make less money. Now, property taxes on the other hand … That is another story. Might do West Lake. Deanna likes it. Plus it will be the eve of our 10th wedding anniversary. More than likely ‘the sister-in-law’, as she invariably does, might be along. That could be fun. She was adamant that our marriage wouldn’t last, just because we had only known each other for a month!

Where I Get My Irreverent Sense Of Humor — It Is A Very British Thing.

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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I often get told off, mainly by my wife, about my very off-beat sense of humor. Though those that have had the misfortune to follow my writings over the years (and, alas, I have written much) have been shocked and delighted in equal part as to how naughty I can be, with a straight face. I have always maintained that this wicked (in the truest sense of the word) sense of humor was a very British thing. I just saw proof of it, and it cracked me up — especially as it is a word I use often.

This was in ‘The Economist‘ no less. ‘The Economist‘ is an highbrow, well respected British publication that has been in continuous print since 1843. (So that is from before the Civil War for those whose history starts with the advent of Google).

This was brilliant. Thank you. Made my day. Completely stopped me in my tracks. I was actually writing about the new style rings that were given to the six cardinals that were created on Saturday.

This was on the front page of 'The Economist' Website. Click image (where ever it grabs your fancy) to access this august British publication.

This was on the front page of ‘The Economist’ Website. Click image (where ever it grabs your fancy) to access this august British publication.


It will be available from Amazon (U.S. & U.K.) as of Christmas Day, which is a shame because some might have wanted this for Christmas.

It will be available from Amazon (U.S. & U.K.) as of Christmas Day, which is a shame because some might have wanted this for Christmas.

Note to wife: ‘No dear, I don’t want this for Christmas. God didn’t draw mine anyway, as you know. I think my parents did a fairly good job with the artwork.


I don’t have this book, but I have read quite a bit about it. This is a book that I would like as many people to read, since this is a topic that I am fervent about. No, circumcision is not practiced in Sri Lanka, thank God.

circumcision


If you are buying books, it is indeed perfectly acceptable if you buy some of mine. I could do with some royalties.
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Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012 (i.e., December 31). Worth Going.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
2.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


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The hot air balloons were a blast.

A bit like Venice in Wolfeboro. Even I made a mask. It was a a lot of fun. We were in that hall for a good 2 hours.

It was a lot of fun.

The Wolfeboro puppets are a class act. Bravo. I even prefer them to the Hanover butterflies.


To access the official ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro Website … CLICK.


The ‘First Night’ 2012 Wolfeboro, NH events. I scanned this from a paper because I could not find it online. Click to ENLARGE.


Though we had started going, with glee, to the midnight fireworks a couple of years earlier, last year was the first time we bought buttons and participated in the whole ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro experience. It was a blast.

Yes, the weather could not have been better. It, as you might be able to judge from some of the pictures, was balmy. That made a huge difference. Yes, I am going to buy some $7 buttons in the next few weeks. At 50% off they are a deal. At $7 per ‘adult’ you can’t beat it.

The hot air balloon building would appeal to most kids. But, make sure you allocate at least 2 hours for it. [Just so that you know, the hamsters race inside plastic balls! So, if you are hoping to see hamsters charging down lanes like miniature greyhounds, you might be disappointed. Very nice pet show. Teischan and I went last year while Devanee worked on the balloon.]

The parade and fireworks are a must. You can see both without having a button.

The ‘hat & mask making’ is a lot of fun too. We all had a ball.

I am a sucker for (good) harp music. So I am going to try and catch Aine Minogue at the church. Never heard of her. But, since I will not be going to heaven, I need to get my fill of harp music here.

I do have a gripe, a major one at that. Yes, next year I will contact the Committee and see if we can fix it. My gripe. This whole New Year’s Eve party winds down before midnight! Yes, we have the fireworks … but that is it. They need to have at least one hour of partying after that.

Yes, as an adopted Scot who has celebrated Hogmanay in Scotland, I know how to do this in style. I will share my expertise with the relevant folks. You got to do the ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ and the ladies need to be kissed by a ‘tall’ (by Scottish standards, which means 5′ 6″ and above) DARK man. No, I am not volunteering, though this was the reason I used to get invited up to Scotland for Hogmanay. Chimney sweeps are hard to find, and I was reasonably ‘civilized’ and moderately ‘presentable’.

Click to watch Hogmanay in Glasgow, Scotland on YouTube. They have lots more video.

A Semi-Nude Archie Comics ‘Betty’ Strip By Meredith’s Bob Montana, From 1948, Was For Sale On eBay

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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.by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Giuseppe’s, Meredith, NH … — Oct. 11, 2012.
2/ Meredith ‘Trick or Eat’ (Got Lunch) … — Oct. 28, 2012.


As mentioned in the above two posts Bob Montana of Archie comics fame was a resident of Meredith, NH for a significant part of his life. I know that at least two of his daughters lived there given that I have met them. So, I was intrigued when I happened to see this old eBay listing. $1,000 and no bids. Not sure whether it did sell. Not for me. Not that bigger a fan. But, as ever I wanted to capture these ‘gems’ for posterity given the NH link. [No, my lips are sealed about other related nudes in Meredith.]

Click to ENLARGE. Auction has expired. So I won’t include a link.


Click to ENLARGE. From eBay listing.

Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year, 14.2% Since 2007.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! … Nov. 26, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years.
>> 29.4% Rise Since 2007 — Nov. 19, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.


Here are the actual numbers:

Click to ENLARGE.

What I wanted to establish, for Alton, was the real tax impact, i.e., the increased total tax rate against the change in property values.

That, as anybody who follows NH property tax will tell you is the only way to get a true read.

For 2012 – 2013, following the latest reevaluation of property prices, the total taxable property value base for Alton went down; albeit it, at -0.6%, by not that much, though it is the lowest it has been since 2007.

So, realistically the total tax rate had to go up to compensate for that. That is how it works. That meant the total tax rate had to go up at least 0.6% to maintain par.

The problem is that the Total Tax Rate went up 4.7% — the town portion & the school portion both going up.

Compared to 2007, the tax impact in Alton has gone up 14.2%.

On our road, THE best maintained dirt road in NH, the 21 properties saw an average tax increase (per property) of $352.34 from 2007 to 2012. Maybe that is par for the course. All I know is that my taxes have gone up. I guess most people in Alton don’t really care. It is but mere bagatelle to them no doubt given that Alton is a rich town. I just wanted to see how things stacked up. Since I do it all in Excel, cutting and pasting the data from the State Website, it doesn’t take me long and it makes sure that I keep my Excel skills polished.

The one thing I really would like to find out is how Alton lost $9.2 million in overall property value when most values, as far as I can see, went up. It could be that the default rate has increased. IF I can muster enough courage I will try to broach the subject when I take in my check for the taxes in a couple of weeks. Happy holidays.

For Those That Were Looking For Don Listwin, Ex-Cisco. He Is At The ‘Canary Foundation’.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Unless It Is A Dire Emergency Get Your Networking Cables Online … Aug. 20, 2012.


Click to visit ‘Canary Foundation’ … whose goal is to stop cancer.


If you contact him, tell him that you found him via the ‘brown guy‘, and that I said ‘Hi‘.

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