Archive | November 19, 2013

“Jingle Bells” With Bells In Their Boxers In The K-Mart ‘Show Your Joe’ Commercial.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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Deanna wanted to share this with you all.

She, quite rightly, thinks it is a riot.

It sure adds a whole new dimension to one of my favorite sayings:
‘pull the other one, it has bells on it’.

I am sorry. I don’t want you to be let down.
The boxers don’t ever come off! Sorry.

I only have one problem with this — and Deanna knows it.
I have never worn boxers in my life!
And never will.

They scare me so that I go pale even at the mention of the word.

Click to access very entertaining and musically top-notch video.

Click to access very entertaining and musically top-notch video.

My ‘Poppy Puppy’ And The First Two Pins For My Remembrance Day, Poppy Day Collection.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

.by Anura Guruge

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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.

As I stated in this post, I was getting a ‘Poppy Puppy‘ irrespective of whether people thought it was ‘politically correct’ or not.

Just check them out and go ‘aaaaahhhh‘. 

Click on the pictures to ENLARGE.


I decided to also get a few pins a year to hopefully start a collection.

I got the 2nd one because I knew that it HAD to be saved and preserved. I got the first one because I just loved it. I will wear that, the ‘Union Jack Poppy‘, next year.

So here is the strange thing. I do NOT think the ‘National Award’ pin should be sold on eBay. But here is the irony and kicker. After I bought the ‘Union Jack’ pin and payed for it, via PayPal, I get an e-mail from eBay saying that they DELISTED that pin because it was ‘inappropriate’! Ah! Then it gets even stranger. They said that IF I HAD PAID for it … then I should wait for it to be delivered. IF I hadn’t paid for it, they suggested that I didn’t! It was all very messed up. Didn’t say that I had to return it. I think I know what the fuss is all about. Has to do with some concentration camp items listed on eBay from Europe. They had to, quite rightly, yank those off. The ‘Union Jack’ pin was from the U.K. So, I think eBay is now confused about all ‘war’ memorabilia from Europe. That is crazy. 


Beaujolais Nouveau 2013: Celebrations In Swansea, Wales At The Morgans Hotels.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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One of the Morgans Hotels in Swansea. Do NOT remember it.

I, even today, consider Swansea my ‘home town’.

I spent 3 of the best years of my life, 1971 – 1974, in Swansea. I would not be seated here, writing this, if I had not gone to Swansea. Swansea is where I went, kind of on a whim, to get my first degree — in computer technology. My 3 years there was a study in riotous hedonism coupled with intense amount of energy expended on learning to program, programming languages and operating systems. i didn’t go to many classes. There were some that I never attended, at all.  In the British system of the time, per centuries old tradition, there was no continuous assessments, quizzes or tests. Attending class was also not mandatory. All you had to do was sit for a STIFF set of exams at the end of each year, each exam 3 hours long — and typically you had about 6 you needed to sit. If you passed your 1st year exams you were allowed to go to the 2nd year and if you passed your 2nd year to your 3rd and final. And then, at the end of your 3rd year, you had your FINALS. That determines whether you got a degree or not. So, despite not attending classes, living a very hedonistic lifestyle I still managed to get a degree and I didn’t even sit for one exam because I had no idea about the subject since I had never attended a single class! But, the British system was made for reprobates like me. 100/100 was not the limit on an exam you took! Aaahh! At the top of the exam paper it would say something along the lines of ‘correctly answering 6 of the 9 questions will enable you to get full marks’. So each question was worth around 16.7 marks — though you always got a few points knocked off. But, with luck you could get 10 to 15 points PER question. So 6 got you 90. But, IF you, in the 3 hours managed to answer ALL 9 you could get 120 or more. So that was my strategy. I knew I could ace, more than ace, anything to do with programming, computer systems and some level of calculus. So, I would set out to get 120 in the exams I sat. It is the total of the 6 exams that count. So I could scrape by and still get an Honours degree even if I stayed in bed during one of the final exams. Plus, I had an unconditional job offer, degree or no degree, from IBM. But, I wanted to get a degree just for the heck of it. So, suffice to say, I have basically good and fun memories of Swansea.

I do NOT remember these hotels from my time there. I wasn’t into hotels at the time. I was young.

I lived, for 2 years, in a delightful old mansion, with a bunch of older reprobates and an old retired couple who owned the place, called ‘Uplands House‘ — opposite Dylan Thomas’ birthplace on Cwmdonkin Drive. Can you say that: Cwmdonkin Drive. I looked for it on Google Maps. Have a dreadful feeling that it was torn down. It was old and kind of decrepit — but huge.

It appears that Swansea is now famous for its Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations.

That is new to me. Though you could drink in England when you were quite young, definitely by 16, I didn’t start drinking till I basically left Swansea. Drinking, and especially being drunk, would have got in the way of all the fun I was having! That is the reason that I also never did drugs though for periods of time I hung out with some heavy inhalers. I didn’t want anything ‘clouding’ my brain because that would have prevented me from savoring every second of my life. So to me, hedonism was always with a clear mind sans the need for any external stimulants. But, as I am the first to admit, I am strange. That said, I would not, even today, swap my 3 years in Swansea for the promise of not being strange.

Alton Central School (ACS): Delay In Replacing Broken Glass In Middle School Library Door COMPROMISES School Lockdown Safety.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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safetyIt has been 22 days since the glass broke — during the infamous ACS School Board Meeting on Monday, October 28, 2013.

It had not been replaced as of Monday, November 18, 2013 — according to the kids who took great delight in talking about it.

They have also informed us that there is supposed to be a Lockdown drill at the school this week. I am not sure whether pre-announcing such drills is the norm. Kind of seems to defeat the purpose though I can appreciate the concern for not causing undue fear and panic among the kids. [I have been told that the forthcoming Lockdown Drill was stated in the ACS Newsletter.]

The kids have also pointed out, quite correctly, that having missing glass in the middle-school library makes the library unsafe during a lockdown!

Now you would think that if kids can work this out that our Administration might also have been able to kind of muddle through to that same conclusion.

What are they waiting for? I hope they are not, as the saying goes, actually waiting for Christmas.

This was not a big deal. Cost cannot be the issue. The person who had the misfortune to close the door when the glass shattered offered to pay for the glass. So why the 28 day delay? The SAU has the money. Yet again as is now becoming rote somebody stopped me to tell me some ‘news’ about the school. This time while I was out running! It appears that the SAU has paid some hefty sums of money to an architect over the Summer. Well if we have that kind of money to pay an architect when we are hardly doing any new work on the building we must have the money for a small piece of glass.

IF money is really the issue let me know and let me see the estimates. Though I am not a rich man I will pay for the glass. Worse case I will skip a meal each day to get the money. I can stand to lose another 10 pounds for a good cause. I won’t even bother to ask about the original person who volunteered to pay.

Talking of school safety does anybody know whether ACS has held a safety-related  Joint Loss Management Committee (JLMC) meeting of late. Deanna requested the minutes from the last JLMC meeting a couple of weeks ago, but did not get an answer as yet. maybe they sent the e-mail to somebody else by mistake.

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