Archive | December 17, 2013

Holy Land Themed ‘A Camel’ Christmas Card From Famed Travel Author David W. Tschanz

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Don’t ask ME about what is dangling under the camel!

I am elephant boy — not camel boy.

Knowing David, the way I do, I am afraid even to think.

But, the ‘card’ cracked me up — as do most all communiques I get from David.

Restored German WW II Flakfernrohr Binoculars (Flak Glasses) For Astronomy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I got this lovely e-mail and photograph, yesterday, from a reader in North Carolina.

Here is what he had to say:
“Hello Anu, You may remember I wrote you a email after reading your kindle ebook on Comet ISON a few months ago.

I had begun restoring a pair of German WW2 flak glasses to use on the comet of the epoc. I finished the restoration before Thanksgiving and i had them mounted on a period Arriflex tripod ready for ISON to round the sun when it bit the dust so to speak. I just wanted to send you a pic of the restoration because you expressed an interest in seeing them. It is too bad ISON didn’t perform for us but perhaps I will get a chance to use them on the meteor shower. The views through these glasses are simply outstanding.

James in NC.”

I had to, with his kind permission, share this with you.

Click to ENLARGE. Jame's restored Flakfernrohr.

Click to ENLARGE. Jame’s restored Flakfernrohr.

Though I, a committed Brit, try to stay away from things German, I kind of liked the idea of these, though the thought bloody Germans using them to harm the Brave Allied pilots kind of makes me cringe. So, I, as ever Googled and found two intriguing entries … one in our favorite ‘How the Other Half Livescatalog.

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Alton, N.H. Property Taxes Due Today, December 17, 2013 — IF You Bother To Pay Property Taxes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Alton, N.H. in 2013 – 2014
is again 23rd lowest …


I already paid mine.

As I have mentioned before, to my utter bewilderment,
Alton’s in its infinite wisdom and unbelievable largess
does NOT maintain a Tax Delinquent list!

That would also mean they don’t go after those that don’t pay taxes.


I just guess I was brought up wrong.

I kind of have a very true and trusty moral compass
when it comes to what is right and what is wrong,
what one’s civic duties should be
and the importance of maintaining your credibility.

James Michener in his autobiography says something along the lines
“I always considered it a PRIVILEGE to have to PAY taxes …”
and the profoundness of that statement is worth pondering
because that is what I have also always felt about paying taxes.

If I was homeless (as I have been) and had no income
I too would not have to pay any taxes.

Whether you like it or not, whether you stand on your head or not,
you, even in this country, this state and this town,
only have to pay taxes on what you own
and what you make
(after the due exemption).

So I don’t begrudge my taxes
because it means that I still have SOMETHING
to pay taxes on.

I gather, and I could be wrong,
that some of the Alton Central School (ACS)
Board Members don’t pay Alton taxes
— and , of course, there is no requirement for them to do so.
There job is to tell those that pay that they should pay more.
Bully for them.
But they never appear to have had a moral compass.

Happy Tax Day
IF this applies to YOU.

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