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Reasons 144 To 146 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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See July 15, 2013 post as to why I have cut back the rants to one or two a day.


#144. This morning, while having my coffee (in bed), I decided to continue watching the Smithsonian ChannelThe Real Story: The Da Vinci Code‘ documentary I had been watching the day before [I a Da Vinci code buff (as you might expect)]. I selected it from the LIST and hit resume. Screen went black. Nothing. I tried FF. Nothing. Just another black screen. No video. I hit 202, went back to watching CNN and then hit LIST again. Selected the show. No RESUME! As if I had never watched the show. Only option was PLAY. So I had to FF. Bloody Genie ‘piece of unmitigated garbage’ Mini.

#145. I discovered that fiddling with the battery cover on the Genie Mini remote is equivalent to PREV! I kid you not. I just pressed it out a bit. Did NOT even open it wide enough to see the batteries. I then pushed it shut. It immediately went from CNN to CNBC! It did a PREV.

#146. This evening, yet again, I am trying to work out how many programs I have recorded. I went through all the damn menus. There is an HISTORY that tells me that I have recorded 360 programs in 31 days. But not how many I currently have in my LIST. How stupid can you be. Idiots. Morons.


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Annual ‘Show of Dreams’ British Cars of New Hampshire Show In Wolfeboro, Sat. July 27, 2013, 10 – 3 pm.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The kids and Deanna want to go. I was ambivalent. I don’t have the money to buy one or own one, so just looking at them doesn’t do much for me. But, Devanee made a good point: ‘you know all the cars, we don’t. So we should go so we can see them’. Fair enough. I think it is free. So, weather permitting, we will go. [It is FREE, but they suggest a donation for their fundraiser.]

I am sure I will see a couple of folks that I do know. Sure, I will see a few cars that I would love to own. But, that is OK.

It should be fun. There is going to be music and food. Possibly a bagpiper.

So see you there. I am the Brown Guy with a big grin. Easy enough to spot in Wolfeboro.

This Saturday, July 27, 2013, Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H., Free Concert Is: ‘Windham Concert Band’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A change of pace, a change of style after the last 3, very successful, concerts at Cate Park — in picturebook weather.

I guess this is really the traditional music for a bandstand in the park venue.

It should be fine. It should gel nicely with the demographics of Wolfeboro, the oldest Summer resort in the U.S.A (and the location of the ‘Mittens‘ 79th home). [I haven’t seen him at any of the concerts. I guess he has live entertainment in his compound.]

If the weather is kind we might go. 

#1 In ‘Amazon Best Sellers: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids’ For Comet ISON Book. Funny. Do NOT Panic. It Is A 99 Cent Book.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONcover150x85

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The other Comet ISON book is #8.

Really does not mean a thing. Not much demand for books in this category.

So a SINGLE sale can send you to the top of the list!

Plus these are 99 cent books.

This just amuses me, but I have a low bar when it comes to things that amuse me.

Also look at the bottom row and the prices for ‘new and used’ printed books.

Yes, 1 cent, $0.01 (plus, typically $3.99 shipping).

I bought two Irving Stone 1st Edition books, yesterday, both on Michelangelo, for 1 cent!
That is what book sales have come to.
1 cent for a Irving Stone 1st Edition.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Intriguing School Board Meeting, July 22, 2013. More People Really Should Attend.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The BIG headline is that they are back to talking about costing out an addition, and Steve Miller of all people got that ball rolling. So the ‘contingency’ plan to move the back modulars closer to the permanent buildings, which was backed by the administration was put on hold. There was a brief discussion about the costs for 4 to 6 room additions. But, one key point, as far as I was concerned, was never really discussed. I thought that if there was any addition, even if it was just one room, the entire school has to be brought up to code and that that was where all the real costs were. That did not get discussed. I was going to get p and ask about it. But, between Deanna and I we had asked upwards of 8 questions — more from Deanna, than from me, for a change. So, I decided to leave it for another day. So deja vu all over again.

Other than the two of us there were only 3 other parents present — and one of them is employed by the school. I wish more people would attend. A lot of ‘crazy’ stuff happens.

Let me give you some headlines.

1/ The Superintendent, who managed to wrangle a 3 year contract from this Board last year, tried to get another compensation hike by requesting (through his friend & associate the ‘business manager’) a recommendation that he be allowed to accrue up to 30 days of sick pay — which he could, when he leaves, cash in. Steve Miller, rightly, pointed out that this was not in the negotiated contract and that it should not now be added to it since it was a chance to the T&Cs. But, the Board Chairs, Sandy Wyatt and Terri, voted for it — though Sandy Wyatt did look a bit sheepish. Steve Miller voted against and after an agonizing wait, Carlos Martinez, joined with Steve. Krista was not present. So it was 2-2 and the motion, thankfully, was not passed. But, this proved my point. If Krista had been there the Superintendent would have got his wish. Scary.

2/ All of those that work for ACS are entitled to a $2,000 year ‘bonus’ if they opt not to get health coverage through the school (because, for example, they get coverage through their spouse). Steve Miller, again, questioned the NEED for this. The administration claims it is an incentive. They voted on Steve’s motion to drop the $2,000. Carlos did NOT vote with Steve. So Steve, as was always the case last year, lost. This time 1-3. To me there is an easy fix. Everybody should pay a token amount, say, $25 a month for their health insurance. That would do away with the need to pay a bonus.

3/ Steve Miller, again to his credit, question the principal, Sydney Legget about her claim that only 1 kid was affected by the school bus snafu. She now admitted that she heard of two other cases the next morning. Yea. I couldn’t get a clear view of the skyline from where I was seated to see if there were any pigs flying!

4/ Though I knew the answer, just to make sure it goes on the record, I got up and asked whether they could confirm that there was an independent, 3rd party investigation in progress about a serious bullying allegation at ACS. The Superintendent confirmed that there was indeed an investigation. I asked whether we would be given any details of it. NO. Remember, we are paying for this. But, it is closed-door. Trust me, nothing is going to happen. There is another meeting today, Tuesday, July 23. But, the Board will just brush it under the carpet. But, at least we now have it on record that an investigation did take place.

5/ Deanna and I both brought up bullying. You can watch it on TV.

Reasons 141 To 143 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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See July 15, 2013 post as to why I have cut back the rants to one or two a day.


#141. Last night, and I am not kidding (since this is no joking matter), I had a nightmare that DirecTV was overcharging me! What is scary here, is that, as I talked about in this post, I rarely, if ever, have bad dreams let alone a nightmare. So DirecTV really is getting to me.

#142. My nightmare came true! Just as they did last month, #9, they charged my credit card BEFORE they sent me a billing statement for the month! That has to be illegal. I don’t know of any other company that does that. But, f*ing DirecTV is above the law.

#143. Deanna told me tonight that she is so fed up with the slow response times with DirecTV that she has stopped turning on the TV! DirecTV is damaging the whole industry.


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