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Foley Oil, Laconia, NH: Big Thank You & Kudos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Yesterday Devanee and I had appointments with the dentist (and that is a whole another story as my dentist charged me $46 for spending all of 2.5 minutes looking at my mouth and saying that all was fine).

Devanee went to take a shower and said there was no hot water. I was just getting ready for my run. Deanna goes and checks the oil tank. We were on empty! Never had that happen before, ever. We had turned the heating off weeks ago and kind of got complacent that there was oil in the tank.

We get our oil from Foley. They deliver to Alton on Tuesdays. This was Wednesday. We thought that we could get by till next Tuesday by getting 5 gallons of diesel at a time. In winter if I think we are running low I get a few 5 gallons just to be on the safe side. So while we went to the dentist Deanna went and got 5 gallons of diesel.

It was past 4pm before I got a chance to pour the diesel into the tank using the external filler outlet. It doesn’t go down quickly because the pipe goes horizontally. So it takes awhile to feed 5 gallons. We went to start the boiler. It wasn’t cooperating, plus I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was the lack of oil. I know that these furnaces have more overrides than the Space Shuttle. Deanna called up Foley and talked to one of the reps there. She told Deanna about having to bleed the line etc. Now it was getting past 4:30.

I called up and asked to speak to ‘Steve Atwood‘. Really not sure what Steve’s function is at Foley. He has always been there. I think of him as Mr. Foley, and he is part of the family (via marriage). He definitely runs the place. He know me. I know him. He came on the line. First thing he says is: ‘here take my cell number in case you have to call after we leave’. That was a great start. Steve listened to what I had to say and explained to me how to disconnect the feeder line so as to bleed it. I did. Nothing. Not even air hissing out. Steve suspected that 5 gallons wasn’t enough to get the oil flowing. At this stage he is talking to Deanna.

As he told her: ‘you have been with us forever‘. And that is the truth. I can’t remember how long I have been with them but it is definitely for more than 12 years. I can’t even remember how I ended up with them.

Steve told Deanna that if we were filling to get the tank filled today, at $3.19/gallon, that he would send a tanker out on Wednesday (out-of-cycle) and that they will also get the furnace started for no cost. Though I had not planned on getting 250++ gallons this month, this seemed a fair deal.

So that is what we did. They were here by the time I got back from my run. The tank took 289 gallons, which is intriguing because I think it is rated at like 275. I could be wrong. The driver bled the line. I didn’t hang around to watch. I gather it took some time. We had hot water soon after. It wasn’t very hot, but it wasn’t as icy cold as the shower I took yesterday. So we are happy.

Foley did us proud.

This house was completed in 2006. Thus it has a ‘new’ boiler. We haven’t, as yet, had any problems with it. That was not the case with our last house on Varney Point in Gilford. The boiler, said to be a good one, was about 40 years old. That required frequent care. Foley always took care of it. Which is why I have stuck with Foley.

When we moved to Alton in 2007, Deanna found some companies, including the local cooperative that were offering cheaper oil — maybe 10 cents less. I told her that there was no way I was switching from Foley for a $70 to a $100 a year saving. Today proved my point. Steve knows this. He knows that I insisted on sticking with Foley because I knew that they would look after me. I am very loyal to companies like Foley. If they look after me, I will stick with them. Ditto GoDaddy.

So that is the story. Foley Oil, family run, from Laconia, NH. If you are in the Lakes Region you should check them out. Their oil prices are competitive. Their service is superlative. Ask for ‘Steve’ and tell him that ‘the brown guy’ recommended them. Steve will take care of you.

Thanks, Steve.

Does He Look Like My Long Lost Younger Brother?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge


Some of you may have noticed that I started using a new ‘avatar’ picture on my posts this last weekend — it being a crop of the great picture of me and my “best friend”, Executive Councilor Ray Burton, at the Laconia Airport Open House on Saturday.

Given my dual-monitor PC setup, I invariably happen to have an open tab with one of the posts from this blog displayed. On Sunday while working on something else I just happened to notice my picture and was immediately struck by something.

There was a period of about 4 – 5 years, in the mid-1980s, when people, especially girls would come up to me and ask whether I was … Even happened on a plane once. I am seated and this lady walk up to me and says are you …

One of my best friends, one of the most successful womanizers I ever knew (at least per his boasts) (and I have known quite a few exceptionally successful womanizers), especially when he was on his 3rd bottle of single malt would be known to say: ‘It is not easy for people like me. You don’t ******* understand. You look like ******** ….. . So how is that fair.

I was never really that flattered by this comparison. He is 13 years older than me and though I liked him, I don’t think he and I shared many common values. But, it was funny. This was the FIRST time I had seen myself and thought … wow, I look like …

Then in the 1990s I went through a phase when people thought I was Harry Belafonte! That is even worse. He is 26 years older than ME! Do I really look that old. This was c. 1992. I was ‘working’ the (huge) InterOp show in D.C. After a business lunch, with a bunch of folks, we were walking back to the Convention Center when this person came bounding up the road, grabbed my hand and going on and on, that I was ‘Harry’. The group that I was with thought it was hilarious. For the next few weeks all I go were Harry jokes.

Only ONCE have I ever been recognized for who I am. And that was in the 1980s, on the Champs-Elysees, Paris. I was again with a group of people. Two brown men, who obviously had to be from Ceylon, were walking towards us. We could see them pointing. When we got close, they come right up, grab my hand and say: ‘You were the Lactogen Baby … righ?‘. Again … I was in my 30s. I was the Lactogen Baby when I was 1.

Oh, I forgot. In the early 1970s, in New Delhi, people used to think I was Sai Baba! One person even prostrated themselves on the ground and worshipped my feet.

‘Fairy Land Festival’ (With The Delightful Fairy Houses) And The Irrepressibly Brilliant ‘Blue Brothers Next Generation’ In Wolfeboro, NH, Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1060952

Anura Guruge

Two Related Posts:
Wolfeboro, NH, ‘Fairy Land Festival’ 2012 — July 9, 2012.
2/ Wolfeboro, NH, 2012 ‘First Night’ … Jan. 1, 2013.


From the ‘’ Website. Click …


Click to access their Website with music. I really do think that it is but a coincidence that they are appearing the same day as the ‘Fairy Houses’. Has to be, I think. I will have to ask. LAUGH.

Wow, wow, WOW. This should be quite a day in Wolfeboro, NH. Mark your calendars with permanent marker and hope for good weather.

We went, serendipitously, to the ‘Fairy Land Festival‘ last year and were blown away. It was beyond good and fun. We definitely plan to go. Maybe Deanna and the kids will make a house.

As for the ‘Blue Brothers NG what can I say that I have’t raved about before? Probably the most exciting and fun band in NH at the moment! They really rock and make the audience rock with them. Yep, we are going to that concert too — rain or shine. The only time I have stood in the rain to listen to music was for Willie Nelson c. 2000 in Gilford. He, despite a steady rain, came out and played for about 2.5 hours! I was impressed. Always liked him but this really cemented the deal. It was one heck of a concert. Well I will stand in the rain for the ‘Blues Brothers NG’! ‘Nough said? Plus it is FREE.

I can see why the TWO events can’t coincide — and just the picture of the backsides above tell the story. There just isn’t room for both events at the same time at Cate Park. SHAME. IF the ‘folks’ at Wolfeboro had some imagination they would have had the ‘Brothers’ perform from a moored barge — just off the dock. Yes, it can be done. That would have been great.

But, never mind. Maybe I will invite the ‘Brothers’ for a cookout at our beach before the concert.

I Spoke With A Lady, Who Works For TDS, Who Still Has 30Kbps DIAL-UP — In Rural Wisconsin (Through TDS).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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I had called up to double confirm (and get on the record) that I had cancelled my DISH account as of June 21, 2013 — given that I pay my DISH bill through TDS.

She was a TDS rep. that worked in the billing department. So once we had the DISH cancellation recorded, and TDS is very good at keeping notes about phone conversations against your account, she started asking me whether there was anything she could do to make my TDS service better. I said I wanted more bandwidth. She checked what I had and said that I am getting the max. available in this area, q.v., 15 Mbps (download).

She then told me that she still uses dial-up. I was floored. She lives in farming country south of Green Bay. She only has two options: satellite internet or dial-up via TDS, Wisconsin TDS’ HQ. Wow. She thinks she gets 30Kbps. I am humbled. In 1997 when I moved to the Lakes Region I could only get ISDN in Meredith — at 64Kbps. I got two ISDN lines and an aggregator so I could have 128Kbps.

I really had no idea that people still had dial-up!

Ozeri To Their Credit Sends Me A Brand New Ozeri Gen II ZB011. I Am Impressed. Thanks, Ozeri.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> The ‘BalanceFrom’ scales … — June 6, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II goes on the blink — June 1, 2013.
>> Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scales … — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
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>> — Jan 24, 2013.

Ozeri Gen II on the left. Click to ENLARGE.

Well Ozeri was true to their word. They sent me a brand new unit which arrived Tuesday. I didn’t get a chance to check them out until ‘today’ [i.e., Wednesday, though it is now Thursday as I write this].

It works. Works perfectly. Its readings are 0.4 pounds higher than that of the ‘BalanceFrom‘. That was consistent for both Deanna and I, and was still the same 0.4 delta after my run. Of course we can’t tell which one is correct! That is why spacecraft have 3 computers — because with two of anything, either can be right. No big deal. That is 6.4 ounces. I am not that worried.

I could be wrong but the new Ozeri’s BMI reading is higher than what I think was the readings with the older one. That might be a good thing. I had always thought that the BMI readings were a tad on the low side. According to the new unit I am ’24’ — which puts me smack in the middle of the ‘normal’ range for old men. I think overweight starts at 28. I don’t have the manual at hand.

So, I am happy. I am not going to return the ‘BalanceFrom’ to Amazon. That would be unethical. So we are going to keep both. I am keeping the ‘BalanceFrom’. Now that I am at (or below) 169 I really am not worried about BMI etc. I just want my weight. So the Ozeri is going to be in the other bathroom, which is next door.

Thanks Ozeri. I am impressed. 

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