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I Am NOT Sold On The Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush. I Stopped Using It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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I get a lot of hits, on an increasing basis, on my Emmi-Dent posts. So I want to make sure that people don’t walk away with the wrong impression.

I am NO LONGER sold on the Emmi-Dent (supposedly) ultrasonic toothbrush.

I am not sure it works.

I have stopped using it on a regular basis.

But, Deanna loves it and is sure that it is doing wonders for her. So, that is where we are.

Deanna and I have very different requirements when it comes to dental care. Since I am regularly told by dentist that I have teeth like a horse, have very few fillings and look after my teeth quite well, all I need is STAIN prevention. My daily diet of two cups of coffee, two to three cups of strong black tea and one large glass of diluted red wine is a perfect recipe for staining — what are fairly white teeth when clean.

That is why I keep on looking for an ultrasonic toothbrush that will help me keep control of my staining.

I do not think the Emmi-Dent, despite its claims, did anything for my stains.

But, I have found, what I think is a better regime, since my last visit to my now EX-DENTIST in mid-June. I am not going to be violated by him again.

I have always been assiduous about using mouthwash morning and night. I use (generic) Listerine. When I have run out of ‘Listerine’ I have used hydrogen peroxide — which I know is a good mouthwash.

But, since mid-June I am rinsing my teeth, for a full minute, morning and night, with diluted 2(HO) — which as you know is a strong oxidizer.

Yes, of course, I have read that 2(HO), now even found in toothpaste, works as a stain remover. So that is what I am trying.

I am also using a lot of new, 50 cent toothbrushes (2 for a dollar at the Dollar Store) and throwing them out after a few days. I brush vigorously. I am known to break off the heads of toothbrushes from the pressure I apply. Works for me. My gums don’t bleed and I guess they are used to the scrubbing.

So I have now gone 3 months since my last cleaning. During that time I have hardly used the Emmi-Dent.

2(HO) rinsing for at least a minute, vigorous brushing for at least a minute and then rinsing again with ‘Listerine’ — morning and night, and maybe once more during the day if I am going out.

So that is where I stand with the Emmi-Dent. We still have it because Deanna likes it and uses it faithfully twice (or more) a day.

When it packs up, as it surely will do (like all electronic toothbrushes), I will look for another.

In the meantime I am going to stick with my hydrogen peroxide regime. It is cheap if nothing else.

P.S., You drink a bit of the hydrogen peroxide while you are rinsing and it does your stomach no end of good!

Devanee As A Part Of The Alton Central School (ACS) Team Takes Part In Her First Cross Country Meet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This was Devanee’s very first sporting event at Alton (not counting the skiing).

She had been avoiding sports but this year, now that she is back at ACS, I insisted that she did something. Though I have tried she refuses to run with me. So she is still getting into the swing of things with this running. IF she can build up her endurance she should do quite well because she has the build for long distance running.

Yesterday was brutally hot.

The meet was at the Laconia Middle School which is right by Opechee Park — and some of the run (which was twice around the same 1 mile course) was on the banks of the lake. That was pretty nice. To my amazement none of the kids, despite the heat, hit the water. I would have, on the second lap.

A lot of teams participated: Laconia, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, Belmont, Plymouth, Barnstead, Gilford etc. The total field counting both the boys and the girls had to have been close to 200. It was impressive. It was well organized.

They walked the course to begin with — which I gather is the norm for all meets. So in that heat, 80F, they first had to walk 1 mile before running it twice.

Though I was dressed to go out to dinner, with Laconia mayoral hopeful Ed Engler, I walked the course — because I can’t stand around doing nothing. I had run 2.25 miles earlier in the day, so I would end up covering the same distance as the kids (though I ran up Prospect Mountain Road, with the elevation).

Devanee, given that she has only been running for less than 2 weeks, didn’t do that great. But she finished. That alone was good.

One of the Alton girls, an 8th grader, whose name I do not know, came in 2nd. She was impressive. She even led the field (for the girls) at one point. She has a good action. She will do well. IF she got some personal, scientific coaching she could win some of these events.

The Alton coach, Alan Barrett, who is a marathon runner (and ran in this years famous Boston Marathon), is very good and committed. He is not a teacher at the school. He comes in just to do cross-country. I have talked to him a few times now. Very nice person. I am glad. Very supportive of the kids.

They have track meets every week now. It is unlikely that it will ever be as hot as it was yesterday. I assume it will be more or less these same teams every week. Will be interesting to see how the kids progress.

Stay tuned. Next week is in Gilford. 

Can YOU Say ‘No’ To An ETF Called “FKU”, Couldn’t Resist XOOM And This Seemed Providential.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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As I had said earlier I had to go shopping for stock now that I had sold the last of my Apple holdings. I don’t go shopping for stock that often. I tend to be a long term investor — to my cost, as my son (now a investing whiz) would point out. I also tend to prefer funds since I know that they have better insights into stock that I would ever have.

But, it is always fun to spend a few hours looking around.

Over the last week, given that I do wake up to CNBC ‘Squawk Box‘ in the morning, I have kept on hearing that UK is on the mend (if not ‘the rise’) and that this is a good time to get back into the U.K. I like that. I started investing, thanks to Margaret Thatcher, way back in the early 1980s when she ‘privatized’ the previously government owned ‘British Telecom’ (BT). You had to apply, by mail, for those shares which were oversubscribed to a crazy degree. Suffice to say that the lucky ones, like I, who got some shares made out like bandits. After that I bought every one of the ‘British’ institutions that were privatized and did quite well on each: British Petroleum (BP), British Airways (BA), and British Airport Authority (BAA). So, I wanted in on Britain. Was looking around for mutual funds and ETFs. Found this ETF with the symbol ‘FKU‘. Cracked me up. Was going to buy it just for the symbol! But then old age kicked in. I realized that it would be irresponsible to buy an ETF just because its symbol amused me. So I ended up buying two different ETFs and a mutual fund — for U.K. exposure.

Click for details from MarketWatch.com.

Click for details from MarketWatch.com.

Fidelity informed me that XOOM was doing a secondary offering. I didn’t even know that XOOM was public in the U.S.

I, and actually the whole family, LOVE the XOOM Bollywood commercials. The Willow Cricket Channel used to be jam packed with XOOM ads — and they were fun. I usually FF over commercials — but with XOOM we would REW and watch them over and over again.

Here is one of our favorites — and they also have a longer version of it.

Click to access YouTube video. Check YouTube for others.

Click to access YouTube video. Check YouTube for others.

Well, XOOM is doing well and with those commercials they will continue to flourish. Plus they are in a boom market with the ever growing base of affluent asians. So I didn’t even bother to wait for an ‘IPO‘ allocation from Fidelity.

And now what I think was a bit of serendipity. GoGo Air made a big announcement this morning (Sept. 11). I could understand the potential. I love the name. They are going to offer 60Mbps of Wi-Fi! Wow. That is 4 times more than I can get with TDS. I think I might have to move to a plane!

Click to learn more.

Click to learn more.

Ed Engler, Hopefully The Next Mayor Of Laconia, Romps Home With 66% Of The Vote In The Mayoral Primary.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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—  Jun. 14, 2013.


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As I have said before I am sure Ed will be a good Mayor. He is a good person who always tried to be fair.

As it happened we met Ed for dinner, at Cactus Jacks (in Laconia), the day after the Primary (i.e., September 11). Since we had missed him at this year’s Laconia Multicultural Day we hadn’t seen him in a long time. We were going to be in Laconia since Devanee had a cross-country meet at the Middle School. So it kind of worked out. It was good to sit down and have a chat with Ed. We know so many people in common.

Ed, as ever sensible and reasonable, is NOT counting his eggs ahead of the November 5 election. [I have already volunteered Devanee to hold up a sign for him at a polling station, given the fun she had at the 2012 election.]

I am, however, fairly certain that he will be the next Mayor.

That is good. I know Ed will make a difference. He genuinely cares.

We chatted about the Multicultural Day and how Laconia should be proud of what they have succeeded in achieving. I know that Ed will be a huge supporter.

So this is good.

Well done Mr. Engler.

 

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