Archive | January 20, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013: President Barack Obama Takes ‘Private’ Oath Of Office At The White House, For His 2nd Term.

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Anura Guruge


Just one related post:
>> We WON, We WON, We WON … — Nov. 7, 2012.


Click to watch official White House video, posted on YouTube.

Click to watch official White House video, posted on YouTube.


I watched live, on CNN. Made a point to see it.
Didn’t think it would effect me much.
It was a done deal. This wasn’t like 2009.
But, I cried. Cried through all 55 seconds of it.
Tears just kept rolling down.
What a great moment, one that I didn’t think we would ever see.
I am optimistic.

Amazon, Amazingly, Sends Us Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera Replacement Within Week. Kudos. Thank You.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera: Automated Lens
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Cap Started To Stick … January 14, 2013.


Thank YOU, Amazon.com. You continue to excel and amaze.


Deanna, to her intense joy, got a new replacement Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera from Amazon yesterday, Saturday, January 19, 2013, through the U.S. postal service mail.

It was exactly a week since she had shutter problems with the last one. That was last Sunday, January 13. I had filed a return request that day and printed out the return barcode.

But, here is the kicker. Amazon printed their USPS mailing label that very same day — 4 days ahead of them physically receiving the return, which was Thursday. So, basically Amazon had sent us a replacement just on my word that I was returning the defective one. Yes, I know that Amazon has access to many of my credit cards and that I also have a number of Amazon credit cards. So, yes, they could have charged me and tried to collect payment. With Amazon it goes further. As I did mention, at length, in my last post, Amazon maintains a painstaking ‘bread crumbs’ history of ALL of ones interactions with them, over the years. Based on that they have some ‘scores’. I for one do nearly 95% of my shopping on Amazon. I did all of my Christmas shopping, in one go, at Amazon.

So Amazon takes good care of us, and we are fiercely loyal to them. Cuts both ways. So, this was just kudos to Amazon, not that they need good words from me. What I kick myself is that I don’t own Amazon shares. Was very stupid of me. I had got so burned with Internet stock, that I had, on principal, stopped buying them. Amazon should have been the exception.

Resident Power: Possible Alternatives. I Am Happy, But I Am Also Diligent.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

2/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
3/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
4/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.

Click to access residentpower.com. So far, very good. No problems. But, will I keep on getting the ‘best’ rate, or will I have to shop and swap?


I went and checked my PSNH bill a few minutes ago. Though I get 'power' from 'Resident Power' (PNE), PSNH still delivers it and I pay the entire bill, as before, electronically, to PSNH. My PNE rate is still the same. I then did some arithmetic.

Last month’s bill confirming that I am paying ‘Resident Power’ 7.695 cents per KwH.


Click to access ENH Power.

Click to access ENH Power.


I am a bit leery of these folks from what I have seen on the Web.

I am a bit leery of these folks from what I have seen on the Web.


We have been with ‘Resident Power‘ since June 2012 and have no complaints. But, I still continue to see folks coming here after doing a search along the lines of ‘Resident Power scam‘. I am really, 98% convinced, that there is no scam.

Yesterday, the Bart Fromuth, the Managing Director of Resident Power left a very informative comment.

A couple of months ago I also had a long e-mail from a ‘North American Power’ broker advocating their company and their rates over Resident Power. He talked a lot about their $50/person referral program comparing it to a ‘Friends and Family’ program of a phone company. That made me slightly uneasy. A power supply company should just be focusing on keeping rates down rather than pushing an ‘expensive’ referral program. I did some incisive Googling. I did not like what I saw. The company is probably very legit, but these ‘brokers’ were cut-throat. WOW.

I had also heard about ENH. Their rates, till October 2013, are fractionally cheaper than what I am currently paying.

So, I am not sure what I will be facing come June. It appears that I can stay with Resident Power — seamlessly; but, will I be getting the best rates. I don’t want it to be like my insurance. The longer i stay with them the more expensive it gets! I will continue to keep an eye on this. IF you know about this stuff please let me know. If it is unbiased I will post it — gladly.

I also worry that PSNH will retaliate by increasing their delivery charges, though I hear that they just reduced them. I do not trust PSNH. Plus, if more people abandon PSNH what will happen to our ‘service’ when we lose power. Will we be down to just their $600K per year VPs and their dogs — and no line crews? In NH there are NO cheap- lunches let alone free lunches. So, by hook or by crook we will end up paying for this cheap power — some other ay. Yes, I head that PSNH has tried, thrice, to introduce an ‘alternate energy’ tax. So, let us stay on our toes, before PSNH steps on them, HARD.

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