Archive | November 1, 2012

FitBit Ultra: So Sad For All Concerned. Wife’s Prized FitBit Stops Working! She Was FitBit’s Biggest Advocate.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ FitBit Ultra: The Desktop App. (the Service Manger) Is The Real Culprit — Oct. 12, 2012.
2/ FitBit Ultra Wireless: I Tossed Mine. Doesn’t Work. Piece Of Junk As Far As I Am ConcernedOctober 7, 2012.
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Read the COMMENTS on above post, including those from FitBit support & my wife.


Deanna was FitBit’s biggest fan; their most loyal advocate. I think she used to say great things about them on FaceBook.

I got her one for Christmas 2011. She has loved it, cherished it. Surprised Devanee and I when she claimed this Summer that it was her most prized possession!

Then she got me one for my birthday, but mine would not synch. After a month I gave up. She was very upset. She defended FitBit. She contacted them, she liaised with them, she wrote comments defending them.

Two days ago her FitBit mysteriously stopped working. She charged it and recharged it, hoping it would come back to life. It displays erratic messages but from what I hear it is still ‘dead’.

Deanna is beside herself. This is bad news all around. Deanna is upset. But, it is also bad news for FitBit. Deanna had to be up there among one of their most loyal fans.

Yes, she is contacting them and I am sure they will bend over backwards to help her. But, this is not good. Two FitBits and they both proved to be defective! Hhhmmmm.

Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again. Second Time In The Last 10 Years.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Our wedding, with “Anu’s Piper”.

We used to have a kind of emotional attachment to ‘the Inn’ given that we got married there on January 1, 2003.

It worked out well for us. We got married, to the day, 6 weeks after meeting online. So we didn’t have much time. I was working for MacDurgin in Laconia and the ‘Inn’ was a customer. So I had got to know the owner, when I delivered stuff, help set up printers and quoted them for various computer systems for the Health Club.

The restaurant, at that time, and going back a few years, was quite good. They used to do a nice Sunday brunch. My son, Matthew, liked their brunch. We used to frequent the restaurant a fair amount. The Chef did us proud! All together it went well.

I kind of knew the then ‘recent’ history. A couple from MA had bought it, when he, a longtime UPS employee, did good when UPS went public in the mid-1990s. Then, they got divorced. She ended up with the place. Following 2001 things were tight and she wanted out. It was hard (for all). In addition to the wedding I organized a few other events at the ‘Inn’ around that time frame for Laconia Rotary and MacDurgin. I kind of got fed up getting ‘nickeled and dimed‘ after we had agreed on ‘terms’. Silly, crazy stuff, but I would get these frantic calls at night demanding ‘another $17’ when I had already agreed to pay $960 (and would have paid a round $1,000 in the first place, if I had been asked that to begin with)! It was a shame. Had a bit of that with the wedding (like getting charged for rooms he didn’t want or use), but I just paid up. I was glad that it was sold.

Since we liked the place we tried to go to the restaurant whenever we could and was hoping to establish a tradition of going there for our anniversary, each year, on January 1.

In the Summer of 2003, right before Bike Week, the chef left in a huff. I was very upset. He was a good guy. Good chef.

I know we went there on January 1, 2004. The restaurant changed hands so many times after that, that we just gave up.

We got invited to a pool party somewhere around 2005 – 2006. I was shocked at the mold and mildew in the changing rooms. I told Deanna that I wouldn’t be going back — and I haven’t. Deanna took the kids to another pool party during the last 18 months. I asked her about the mold and mildew. It was still there, though she said that it looked like they had tried to clean up.

Just now, before I started writing this I did a quick Google of the ‘Inn’. Saw reviews on ‘Trip Advisor‘. I do use them sometimes. So I looked them up. Cracked me up. There was a review from September 2012 talking about ‘mold and mildew’! That is a shame. The 2 couples, ‘brother-and-sister’ (or similar), with missionary backgrounds, that bought the place might have been over their heads. They had no hospitality background. So, it could be 3rd time lucky for the ‘Inn’. I would like to see the restaurant make a come back. So I am rooting for the ‘Inn’.

Click to access ‘Trip Advisor’ and the reviews.

Halloween In Alton, NH. Devanee As A ‘Hershey Kiss’ Wins Alton Central School (ACS) Competition For 8 to 12s.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Wow! The weather was kind. Best we have had in a longtime.

We had snow from Irene last year, and the kids froze their feet.

Nice and warm this year. Slight drizzle when we left the house at 4:35 but that cleared.

It was GRAND.

It was FUN. Alton did good.

The ACS ‘bash’ was also good. That Devanee won 1st place for her ‘class’ was a bonus. I thought she had won 3rd place. No, she was 1st. She got a cash prize in a bottle — which is what you see her clutching in the picture above.

Teischan, after a few months of doing ‘OK’, decided to be difficult again! Her loss.

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