..by Anura Guruge
>> Meredith, NH Community Yard Sale … — May 16, 2013.
Since we were coming in from the Weirs we started on Rt3 (Daniel Webster Highway) – I having stopped at a sale in Weirs even prior to that.
We started at the communal sale at the Meredith Chamber of Commerce Office, since we also wanted to get a map. The map was the only ‘downer’ as far as I could tell. It was atrocious and a number of folks who were doing yard sales commented on the negative remarks they had heard about it. It was atrocious. It appeared to have been created using computer technology from the mid-1980s! That the locations of the sales were handwritten on the map epitomized the woeful inadequacy of the thinking that had gone into creating this. I now remember that inadequate exploitation of technology was also the only ‘negative’ in what was overall an outstanding ‘Trick or Eat (Got Lunch)‘ event in Meredith in October 2012. C’est la vie.Having lived in Meredith (in what was the original, just 5 houses, ‘Mile Point’) for a few years, 1997 to 1999, I kind of know my way around and had a fairly intuitive idea as to where the sales would be — plus most, enterprisingly, had realized that they better have signs of their own to attract traffic.
We probably stopped at about 20 sales — in some cases being able to walk from one to another without having to get back in the van. We shopped until close to 1:30 pm. We did the top part of Rte 104, Annalee Place, Waukewan St., Hillrise Lane, Pleasant Street, Meredith Neck Road, Whittier Highway etc. By about 1:30 pm we were done and we had run out of money. For a change we stayed within ‘budget’ and we didn’t take any checkbooks with us (not that there was any money we could have drawn upon). Altogether we spent about $90. That was enough. We didn’t get anything outstanding. Lots of knick-knacks. Some oriental stuff, including an authentic Chinese coolie’s hat for me. The only thing that I needed, that I managed to get was a set square. I seemed to have lost the pretty nice wooden one I have had for 40 years. The one I got, for 50 cents, is plastic and rusted but the right-angle is still good.
So that was it. It was good to be back in Meredith. Nice folks, as ever. Didn’t meet anybody I knew, which is unusual. I guess they all left town to avoid the yokels.
New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.
.by Anura Guruge
I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.There were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.
The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.
My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.
Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.