by Anura Guruge
>> Paintings at New Durham — Jan. 14, 2013.
>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Thanksgiving — Nov. 29, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website —Nov. 23, 2013.
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The paintings will actually be at the library till
February 14, 2014 — Valentine’s Day.
It is the 5 p.m. reception on Friday,
January 24, 2014.
>> I get 2nd call from Amy at Anthem
>> — Jan. 15, 2014.
>> N.H. Senator Shaheen has clout with Anthem
>> — Jan. 14, 2014.
>> Thanks to N.H. Insurance Dept.
>> I get Membership # — Jan. 6, 2014.
>> Finally enrolled — Dec. 28, 2013.
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I feel so lucky! Lisa, from the N.H. Insurance Department was right. I am ‘the lucky one’.
Well, she promised to send me a letter that I could use in lieu of my Insurance Card — but, she did better.
Today, I received, in my e-mail, a PDF. Voilà a facsimile of my Insurance Card; both sides — right size and all. I am all set.
Thank YOU, Amy. You are amazing.
[Yes, I do know her full name, but I am not going to bandy it around.]
I am so happy and relieved. I finally have coverage.
Yes, I persevered, endlessly and was not shy in asking help from all and sundry. It paid off.
But, I, given that I do care about others, worry about those who have got lost in the system.
Hopefully some of them might see these posts and work out what they need to do.
IF you are in N.H. PLEASE call the N.H. Insurance Department. They are WONDERFUL.
Also try calling Anthem. Other than the idiot Indian, and I hope they have deported him back, they have really been very nice. Very helpful. So, there is hope here.
Of course, Senator Shaheen, yet again, came up trumps for us. I am impressed and grateful. But, then again I did campaign door-to-door for her in 2008. But, that is good.
We Really Should Go To ‘Uno Chicago Grill’ in Concord, N.H. More Often. Good Experience, Enhanced By ‘Ziosk’.
by Anura Guruge
Everything said and done, in the end one of the main factors that determine where we eat are the kids. On the whole, but diet notwithstanding, I try to go to places that appeal to the kids — bar the very few times, a year, where I insist that I need some Indian curry to restore my tan from the inside.
12 – 13 years ago, when Matthew was that much younger, and consequently spent much more time with me, we used to stop at Uno’s in Concord, when I was shuttling him up-and-down, given that he loves pizza. Then I kind of fell out of the habit of going to Uno’s — the kids tending to prefer Chinese.
This Monday, after going to Bedford for an appointment, we needed a place to eat. Deanna said that she had a 20% coupon for Uno’s and that we should use that. Well, 20% is 20%. She had been given the coupon when we had gone to see the ‘Gift of Lights‘ at Loudon on Christmas Eve. Deanna is good with coupons. She collects them and kind of ‘files’ them in some kind of order. But, she invariably has some coupon or other that we could use. Uno’s, in Concord, was perfect for that night. We were going to be right there, on Fort Eddy, given that I find it pathologically impossible to drive by Concord WITHOUT stopping at Market Basket to see what catches my fancy. Hey, I have my share of foibles. As vices go, it could be much worse.
So we hit Uno’s around 6 pm. It wasn’t crowded but there were a fair number of people inside. I find it a nice, cozy, warm, inviting ambience. We asked for a booth. It wasn’t too loud. Just right.
Then we discovered the ‘Ziosk’. Well we spotted them even before we got to the booth. Hard to miss. It was fun. It sure enhanced the experience though we are not strangers to having an Andoid pad with us when we are at a restaurant — and I just happened to be carrying my new Asus pad when we went into Uno’s.
I liked the menu. It had low-carb options, other than just salads, for me. That is important. I had a steak. Deanna had a salad. But, since I eat salad, for dinner, nearly every day, I can do with a change. Devanee, as is often her wont, had fish & chips and devoured it in seconds. Teischan had a cheeseburger from the well conceived and attractively priced kids menu. I had a $5 Margarita because I couldn’t say no to that. We ordered the sundaes for the kids using the Ziosk. Worked. Worked well. We also paid the bill, with a credit card, through the Ziosk, though our waiter, who was exemplary, had to go and enter the 20% off at his PoS station.
Altogether very pleasant, as it should be. No hassles. Just good, relaxed dining — with Teischan, as ever, as was also the case with Matthew, insisting on spilling her water, because we can’t ever eat at a restaurant without spilling water.
I kind of mentioned that I couldn’t remember the last time we had eaten at an Uno’s. Well, Devanee remembered. We had gone to Uno’s, in Tilton, with our Best Man, John Kimball in September of 2012. As soon as she said it, I remembered. That too had been a good, positive experience, though they didn’t have ‘Ziosks’ at the time.
So, Uno’s is on my list. It will most likely be Concord rather than Tilton. From what I see we only have a few in New Hampshire. We really should have more. Looks like a good franchise. Maybe one of the rich folks in Alton will open one at the Alton Circle. It will struggle during the winter, but will thrive in the Summer.
by Anura Guruge
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I first heard about the Loon Ice Castle from Kelly Bryer, the new Queen Bee of the Granite State Ambassadors. Kelly happens to live in Loon and is up on all these matters tourism related. [I am very fond of Kelly because she doesn’t bust my chops for being a very laggardly GSA and assured me a few weeks ago that I am a GSA for life irrespective of the hours I put in because she finds me amusing!]
This was in Kelly’s always amusing and information-packed Newsletter last week.
As ever I wanted more pictures. So, I went to the Loon Website. I can’t find a single picture there. Aahhhmmm! They seem to have a policy of not posting too many pictures.
Luckily WMUR helped out, though I get a feeling that the pictures don’t do the cave enough justice — but, as ever, I could be wrong. Yes, it is not easy to take good pictures of ice caves but, of course, it can be done. Check out the ones below from Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Given that I have bummed around the D.C. area on-and-off for many years, and am a sucker for driving the Blue Ridge whenever I can (and once did drive from N.C. all the way to D.C. on ‘the Drive’), I have been to Luray once or twice.
On one of those trips I learned an invaluable lesson that I remember even now. How to remember which goes up and which goes down when it comes to stalactites and stalagmites. It is definitely a useful thing to know. So, I will share it with you. When the guide told us of this, and we were deep inside the cave … I just cracked up. Couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the day. Probably the BEST ‘memory aid’ I have heard, though in time I realized that it is flawed.
But here is the gem of wisdom:
“Stalactites are the ones that come DOWN,
because ‘tights’ ALWAYS come DOWN”
Brilliant … right? Sure creates the right mental picture, but when you think about it, and obviously I did (given that it is not a difficult subject to ponder), I realized that tights have to go up in the first place so that they can come down. Law of physics. Tights can’t come down unless they have gone up in the first place. So, it is also one of those examples of ‘what goes up must come down’. But, despite this deeper understanding into the mechanics of tights, I still LOVE … ‘stalactites come down, because tights always come down’.
Herieth end the first lesson of today. Enjoy.
Beautifully Rendered Google Doodle For U.S. Zoologist Dian ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ Fossey’s 82nd Birth Anniversary.
..by Anura Guruge