.by Anura Guruge
Breaking News: Gunstock Inn is shuttered, at least as of
January 26, 2013, per the ‘Union Leader’
— check this January 29, 2013 post.
That a bank holds a mortgage on this really bothers and bugs me. So the only REAL loser in this is going to be the bank — and if it is a public bank, its poor shareholders.
Yes, anytime anybody walks away from a mortgage it bothers me. Actually happens on this road — even the house across the road. Some of the neighbors, not savvy in matters fiscal, talked about ‘the misfortune’ of the family that walked away. Heck NO. With all of the Home Equity Loans they had piled on that property in the last 4 years before they bid adieu, they walked away with $180,000. To add insult to injury they sold all the appliances and even some of the light fittings. That is not right. I find it hard to appreciate why folks can’t see this for what it is.
I was surprised when these folks bought the Inn. Every once in awhile we watch ‘Hotel Impossible‘ on the Travel Channel and used to be big fans of the BBC ‘Hotel Inspector‘. Anthony of ‘Hotel Impossible‘ would say that this was a crazy proposition. They had no experience or background in the hospitality industry. Yes, I know what they did previously and I won’t bring it up. Well, obviously that didn’t help them much either. Yes, it is also true that they were very churlish to me in 2007, when we were homeless — and as such I have no sympathy for them. Yes, I called them up and asked them about getting a suite to tide us over until we could find a place to live. They knew us because we had frequented the Inn — the place that we had got married in 2003. They said that they will call us back. They never did! So, much for their hospitality.
We lucked out. Deanna drove around and found ‘Lazy E Motor Inn‘ at Weirs. Family run. Nicest people in the world. It was Winter and off-season. They gave us this big suite above the main building. It worked out great. We were there for about 2 or 3 weeks until we managed to buy this house. No, we were not totally destitute, just homeless because we had sold our waterfront place in Gilford, prior to being able to find another house. Nothing but the nicest and best words for the ‘Lazy E’. Great place. Great people. That is what an Inn should be. As it happened, we ended back there for a night just a few months later. We lost power in an April storm that washed down much of Prospect Mountain Road. We had only been there 2 months and had not realized that this was ‘Power Out Central‘. Teischan was still a baby, 16 months. No power, no heating. This was prior to us getting our two generators. So we went back to the same room at the ‘Lazy E’. Yet, again the owners were delightful. Got the room ready for us as soon as we called. That is how you win and retain customer loyalty.
.by Anura Guruge
>> Wow, It Is Cold Up Here … Jan. 3, 2013.
Having lived in New Hampshire for 26 years, I had got used to banking on the January thaw. It was always a welcome respite and cleared away some of the piles of snow.
If I am not mistaken we missed a couple of January thaws over the last 3 years or so. So this years thaw was doubly welcome, especially after the bitter cold days we had at the start of the year. It was supposedly above freezing since Wednesday or Thursday of last week. During the first two days of this, per the multiple thermometers we have, digital and analog, around the property, as is common in NH, the temperature hovered around the magical mark. On Friday it definitely ticked up. We had major melting over the weekend. The fog was something else. It was dark at mid-day on Sunday.
Today was a joy. A beauty. When I got ready to run up Prospect Mountain Road, as is my wont 5 to 6 days a week, the very accurate digital thermometer in the kitchen, with an external remote sensor, was saying it was 40°F. To me, in the NH winter, that is a veritable heat wave. Decided to forgo the second hand, ultra-padded women’s ski jacket I wear when I go running. Running in ratty, tattered clothes is one of my trademarks. So instead of the ladies ski jacket, I put on an old fleece sweat shirt on top of my even older sweat shirt, a T-shirt underneath. So two sweats were plenty warm enough to go up and down Prospect for about 45 minutes. Beautiful day. Much of the snow on the exposed flanks of Prospect are gone. The water was gushing in the ditches. Maya got soaked. We had fun.
The only thing about a good January thaw is that it invariably presages a bitter cold February, my least favorite month of the year — even if Chinese New Year falls during the month.
.by Anura Guruge
Deanna found out about this amazing resource through her extensive homeschooling network. It is pretty impressive. It uses the virtual ‘BlackBoard’ technology called ‘WhizIQ‘– the same technology used by most of the U.S. Universities and College for their distant learning or hybrid courses. I actually used it, 11 years ago when I taught grad and post-grad courses at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).
Devanee has been using it, quite successfully and productively, since about October of last year. VLAC actually has assigned teachers that monitor her progress and actually call her up on the phone and talk to her! That is awesome. The Web-based technology is good and they even have a Help Desk for technical problems. Suffice to say parents can check on progress and grades online. And all of this is FREE. Kudos to all concerned.
There is a lot of material and it is good. Actually top notch. It is also not restricted to homeschoolers. Other kids could use it as an adjunct.
I hope that there funding is secure and if anything Concord makes sure that they can thrive. This is a great thing for New Hampshire. We should be very proud and support it.