Saad Hindal’s Reception At New Durham Library, N.H., This Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5 pm. Don’t Forget.
by Anura Guruge
>> Press coverage — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Paintings at New Durham — Jan. 14, 2013.
>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website —Nov. 23, 2013.
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It is the 5 p.m. reception on Friday,
January 24, 2014.
Do NOT Eliminate NFL Extra Point For Goal Kick, Make It Like In Rugby, Kick From ‘Line Of’ Where Touchdown Scored.
by Anura Guruge
>> Pope says Ruby is not violent — Nov. 22, 2013.
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Of course it is bloody boring, but then again you can, especially if you are, like I, an ex-Rugby player and part-time aficionado, say the whole game is boring and sissified compared to Rugby, a real man’s CONTACT sport with minimal protective gear and even less stoppages.
I have played both Rugby and American Football at school level — albeit both badly.
Kicking in American football just cracks me up. Of course you should be able to kick the damn ball IF you ONLY EVER have to kick dead ahead, always straight and always from the same distance. Yes, eliminate that sissy rule forthwith.
Go with the Rugby approach.
The goal kick has to be taken IN LINE with where the touchdown was scored.
What does that mean. Unless the touchdown was scored right underneath the posts, the kicker has to kick from an ANGLE. The angle and the kickers technique THEN determines the distance. Yes, that may be TOO MANY variables for the average U.S. punter, not to mention the commentators, to be able to cope.
If the touchdown is scored way at one end, the kick has to be taken from the edge, even on the sideline. Lets see American kickers trying to cope with that.
There is another BONUS to the Rugby rule. It encourages scoring touchdowns as close to the posts as possible. None of this ‘it doesn’t matter where you score a touchdown’ garbage. Yes, it is time they made American football more into a proper contact sport with more variables and excitement.
Here is a video on kicking from an angle
“Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region”, Gilford, N.H. — Our New Dentist For The Kids. Place Is Blinking Beautiful. Like A Theme Park!
by Anura Guruge
>> $140 for baby tooth extraction — Oct. 18, 2013.
>> Had it with my dentist … — June 14, 2013.
>> Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.
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They even have a YouTube video
A quick perusal of any of the links cited above will tell you that I was in the hunt for a new dentist — for all of us. I had had it with the practice that we had all been going to for the last 7 years or more. They are OK, but it changed hands a few years ago and I just don’t like the ‘drill to your head‘ approach of the new dentists, especially when it comes to extorting money.
Not sure how Deanna found them. I think she put out a Facebook inquiry and hear about them.
We first went there in November and Teischan’s first words when we got there, once she managed to stop gaping and gasping in sheer amazement, was: ‘did we bring the camera?’
That alone captures it all. What was the last time you went to a doctor’s or dentist where a 8 year old wanted pictures of the waiting room?
I too was gob-smacked, though I can’t determine, even yet, whether it was because I was impressed or perturbed. It is like a ‘Bears in a New Hampshire Wonderland’ theme park. They put both (dear) ‘Clark’s Trading Post‘ and ‘Squam Lakes Natural Science Center‘ when it comes to their pervasive and very cute bear motif. They even have bear stools for kids to step on in the bathroom. I used to ‘work’ (and when it comes to me that is a word that has to be used with caution and care) at ‘BestBuy‘ Concord. I can assure you that BestBuy, Concord doesn’t have as many computer and TV screens in their store as these folks have in this practice. I had to take both kids in yesterday morning for filings and I put on SPF-45 just to get some protection from the radiation from all those screens! We won’t even mention the Xbox gaming stations and whatever. If you want to see technology don’t waste gas going to BestBuy in Concord, just swing by this practice. Our last practice, 7-8 years ago, prided themselves of having the most technologically advanced dental facility in the Lakes Region. Compared to this place, the old place looks like a backstreet operation in a third-world country!
Talking of third-world countries, that whole thing bothers me … and did so, in buckets, yesterday. The technology that they use to do a kid’s filling is mind boggling. In addition to the ultra-fast drills they use infrared heating guns and this, that and the other. And I think back to when I was a poor kid growing up in Ceylon. The dentist we used was Chinese. I think his name was ‘Boozey‘ — and I know that that had nothing to do with his drinking habits, of which I have no clue. He used a foot powered drill! But, I lucked out. I didn’t need any filings when I was a child. Forget x-rays. We didn’t have any. Now they use spacers to keep baby teeth apart, to provide adequate room for the adult teeth to come in. Spacers? We had none of that and thank God (whoever she may be) NO braces. But, I have better teeth than probably 90% of today’s 20 – 40 year olds. Yes, of course, part of that is genetical, and given that multiple U.S. dentist have claimed that I have teeth like a horse, I have to assume that I must have had a horse as an ancestor at some point. That would explain a lot.
The bubbling water glass panels that they have are a masterful touch (though I am not sure of their therapeutic, as opposed to aesthetic, value — as is the suspended, G-gauge, train set (though the pediatrician the two older kids had in Peterborough, NH, 25 years ago had a similar suspended layout, even BIGGER). I want one of those bubbling water panels. I was checking them out yesterday. Not sure where I can put it, but my brain is on it.
The people are very nice. Though yesterday was our third trip I can’t as yet make a total determination as to how good they are. We haven’t had any problems and given that the kids have got good dental insurance we haven’t, thank God (whoever that may be), seen any of the bills. Oh, they like to use nitrous oxide, a.k.a. laughing gas. That was new. Not sure it worked. Both kids had it and they didn’t even talk funny. Deanna (who was sick with a cold and didn’t go) wanted me to take a video of Devanee on laughing gas. I didn’t bother. Devanee was just Devanee with the gas.
If you need a kid’s dentist or just want to go look at bears, bubbling water panels and high-tech go check them out. You can even play on the Xbox stations for free, if you can work out the complexity. Way beyond my limited IQ level.
The IRS Provided, Easy-to-Use (If You Know Your 1040) ‘Free Fillable Forms’ For 2013 will NOT Be Available Until January 31, 2014.
by Anura Guruge
I have been using the IRS provided free, fillable forms for at least the last 4 years, possibly longer.
It is NOT tax preparation software per se. It is what it says, electronic FILLABLE version of the 1040 and associated forms. It does do some of the math, BUT you have to know you way around a 1040, be able to follow instructions in the 1040 INS (Instructions) and know how to use a calculator or Excel.
That the IRS, in 2014, has it under the above $58,000 income is a MISLEADING and unfair. It is basically trying to say that below that limit you can get access to FREE Tax software.
I do not like tax software. After 28 years diligently filling U.S. tax returns, 24 years of this in cahoots with expensive (but brilliant) tax experts I learned my way around a 1040 — because I like to learn how others do their magic. For the last 10 years or so that I was using my gifted tax preparer, I would first do my own taxes by hand before going to him. I would then compare what he did with what I had done. After about the first three years I realized that I was within 95% of him — and I knew what I could do to get the other 5%. But I continued going to him because he had the best repertoire of jokes ever. So I was kind of paying to hear the jokes more than for the taxes. He was a great guy. A laugh a minute. He did your taxes while you waited. That was great for me. I could see what he was doing and ask questions. I learned. He knew I was learning his trade but he didn’t mind. He liked me. It was a mutual attraction. We each found the other incredibly amusing, expect in his case it was invariably my appearance, and especially my face, that amused him. He used to call me all sorts of names, all derogatory.
So that is how I got hooked on FFF as I call them, fondly — free, fillable forms.
That they will not be available till January 31, 2014 does not bother me a jot. I can’t even start my taxes till LATE March. That is when I would finally get more or less ‘the final’ tax statements from Fidelity. So I wait.