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Who Broke The Lovely Dr. Jill Biden’s Arm, Actually Wrist? First Robert Gates. Now Mrs. Biden? A D.C. Feud?

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Related posts:
>> Robert Gates neck brace II
>>Jan. 15, 2014.

>> Why is Gates in a brace …
>>Jan. 12, 2014.


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What is going on?

Is this D.C. tit-for-tat?

(and I feel awkward even using that term in front of Mrs. Biden)?

So, lets get the timeline in order.
First Robert Gates, unjustly, badmouths Vice President,
Mr. Nice Guy, Joe Biden.

Next thing we see Robert Gates in a neck brace.
He claims he slipped and fell. OK.

Now, two weeks later we see the lovely,
in every sense of the word, Dr. Jill Biden wearing a cast.
Broken wrist. She too slipped and fell? Wow. Coincidence?
Can’t blame Joe on this or can we?

I don’t know.

I don’t have the right D.C. contacts.




Yes, we got to meet her and even chat with her
in October 2012.

Read about it in this post.
There are more pictures too.



Alton Central School (ACS), N.H., Following Deanna’s Agitation, Immediately Makes Changes To Lunch Procedure.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Related posts:
>> Deanna’s advice on lunch
>>— Jan. 28, 2014.

>> Deanna has another Facebook
>> rant about ACS 
Jan. 14, 2013.

>> Deanna’s HOPPING MAD with ACS — Nov. 25, 2013.
>> The ACS FLOOD — Nov. 25, 2013.
>> Can’t Jump Around — Nov. 24, 2013.
>> Subtitle Oct. 28 video — Nov. 24, 2013.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos — Nov. 18, 2013.
++++ Do a SEARCH on ‘Alton Central’ or ‘bullying‘ from Sidebar search trench for other related posts >>>>>


nochildlftbhnd1281Deanna was all over this yesterday. She was sending e-mail to the school and posting stuff on Facebook.

Today at lunch they instituted a change. 

The Assistant Principal, apparently the one on Friday, that forgot to call up one table, announced: “OK. Now anyone who hasn’t been up for lunch can get up and get lunch” (or words to that effect).

Wow. Deanna is happy. If he remembers to do this every day then this problem would be solved. But, it is still, as it stands now, reliant on somebody remembering to say the magic words and faulty memory appears to have been the cause of the original problem.

Well, at least some small, possibly transient, progress.

Deanna will stay on this case.


The Huge Spike In Natural Gas Prices Could Impact N.H. Alternative Electric Power Suppliers. Heads-Up!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘Resident Power’ & ‘ENH’ for many, many other posts >>>>


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The 3 pictures above (all with embedded links to their source) basically tell you the whole story.

Having been one of those that got burned by ‘Resident Power‘ last winter when natural gas prices went up, I am now very leery when I hear, every morning, on CNBC that natural gas prices have spiked. I am no longer with them, but with ENH — but I still worry. I don’t want to be forced into paying PSNH prices.

So just a friendly heads-up. Watch the news.

I Met A Lady, On Prospect Mountain Road, Who Lives In Barnstead and Works In Alton, Who Was Lost Because Her GPS Was Kaput.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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gpslostYes, I went running today. The downstairs thermometer said 7º F (-14º C) which meant that per my own self imposed rules I had to run because the temp. was higher than 5º F (-15º C), which is my cut-off for it being too cold (and dangerous) to run.

So the dogs and I pounded up Prospect Mountain Road all the way up to the second turn off for the cell tower. [I have never been to the tower itself because it is marked private.] Wasn’t too bad. Actually was quite nice in the sun. The dogs love it. Braxton, the Beagle, like all my dogs has become a great snow dog. The cold does not appear to bother him in the slightest.

We were on our way back when this car stops in the middle of the road. I thought the driver was worried about the dogs. Out steps a young lady dressed in a skirt! Wow. I think it was the first time I have seen anybody in Alton, male or female, in a skirt this year. She was very nice.

She told me who she was, what she does, where she came from etc. etc. She was lost. Her GPS was not working. She needed to get to Barnstead, where she lived. She works, daily, in Alton. With the GPS she knows how to get home. But they had detoured her off Route 28 — where they have been doing major road works for months. I suspect that they sent her down Hamwoods so that she could go down Prospect to Rte 28 again. I hope that they had DETOUR signs. Well she turned the wrong way up Prospect.

She, like me, is not from here. She speaks good English, but like me she is not a native English speaker. I didn’t say anything but I realized that therein lay the problem.

Just last week we heard of another ‘foreigner’ who trying to get from Alton to Concord, N.H. (where he lives) USING GPS ended up in historic Concord, MA — after a 3 hours drive! He punched in Concord and accepted the first Concord offered by the GPS without realizing that that there is more than one Concord.

I love GPS. I bought my first GPS in 1998. I don’t use GPS for directions. To me GPS is a portable electronic map that tells me where I am. I am one of this folks, given my advanced age (which predates GPS by decades), that can get anywhere in the world, from ‘A to B’, as long as I have a half way decent map. I was working it out after I met this young lady. I have driven in: the U.K., India, Thailand, U.S., Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. [I can’t honestly remember driving in Ceylon/Sri Lanka. I was 14 when I left. The few times I have visited since, I was driven around.]

And I have driven in all these places, like driving across Denmark to Sweden, in a convertible TR7, way before there was (consumer) GPS. When I first came over here, to work (as opposed to go to school), in February 1985, I was travelling around the U.S. 3 to 4 days a week. Just in my first 10 months in the U.S., February-to-December 1985, I was in the top 2% of Frequent Flyers on both American and United. That was quite a feat (though my feet didn’t touch the ground much). Most of the time I had no idea where I was going. My secretary would give me an envelope and say ‘it is all in there‘. You need to be at BWI in 40 minutes. I would look at the tickets, and what airline I was flying, once I had parked at BWI! I remember going to Kansas City for the first time. Until I was in a rental car, driving, I had no idea that Kansas City was split across two States! I relied on Avis and Hertz maps and the directions they would give me at the rental desk. Didn’t get lost much. Give me a map and we will travel. I, as all my kids know, love maps. I read maps. I study maps. That is why GPS. MORE MAPS. Maps that move. Maps that I can enlarge. Maps that give me perspective.

GPS is a great boon for those that aren’t very conversant in English. I have learned. A ‘relative’ of mine drove all the way from Maryland to here, few years ago, using JUST GPS — actually two GPSs because he wanted backup and confirmation. It was once he was here that it dawned on me. He doesn’t read English very well! Without GPS it would be hard for him to read road signs! Wow.

Ditto for person that went to the wrong Concord. Not able to read English that well. Don’t ask me how they get their licenses.

So …

Yes, I have about 8 (maybe more) GPS APPS on my Android Pad — 2 of them were even PAID APPS. But, I am still as happy with a paper map and yes both our cars have lots of paper maps.

New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Offers ‘Informal’, 3rd-Party Moderator Program That Can Be Used For Bullying Cases.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
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Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises Its Vicious,
Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.


Click to access N.H. DOE Webpage that spells out program.

Click to access N.H. DOE Webpage that spells out program.


I do not know whether this program works or whether it is yet another damp squib. We only learnt about it last week. Yes, we probably will learn quite a bit more shortly.

What I do know is that this ‘informal’ program, where quite a few of the moderators are volunteer lawyers (yes, pro bono), is administered by:

Stephen W. F. Berwick, CPS/CPM
Coordinator, Dispute Resolution and Constituent Complaints
New Hampshire State Department of Education
Office of Legislation and Hearings
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: (603) 271-2299     Fax: (603) 271-4034
www.education.nh.gov

I first met Mr. Berwick in 2011 when we first ran into bullying issues at Alton Central. From my experience we in N.H. are very fortunate to have some outstanding civil service heroes in Concord. If you follow this blog you may have read how ‘Lisa’ from the N.H. Insurance Department — Consumer Complaints helped me get my Anthem ID card. Well, Mr. Berwick is another one of those exceptional folks in Concord.

I was talking to him last week when he told me about this program. He is very bullish on it and that alone is good enough for me.

Just wanted to give YOU a heads up if you are having issues with a school — especially bullying.

You can call up Mr. Berwick directly — at the number shown above (which is on the DOE public Website). He will tell you that that is why he is there: to field constituent concerns. If nothing else you will feel better after you talk to Mr. Berwick.

So think of this as yet another resource, a tool, if you, or more to the point your kids, are confronting bullying in N.H.

All best. Hope this helps.

Discovery Channel ‘Klondike’ Failed To Hold Our Attention Or Interest. Pretty Flaccid. Awful Sound Quality.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> ‘Africa’ series — Jan. 17, 2013.
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‘North America’ series — May 26, 2013.


Click to access Discovery Channel page for the series.

Click to access Discovery Channel page for the series.


We are BIG fans of the ‘Discovery Channel‘. We watch quite a few of their shows, recorded before hand, of course, to miss the interminable commercials, during our ‘family TV’. And you can see, above, that we raved about their ‘Africa’ and ‘North America’ series.

So when I saw the dramatic trailers for ‘Klondike’ I was intrigued and even mildly excited. I knew it wasn’t for the kids, but I wanted to watch it. Deanna showed some interest too. Having finished Irving Stone’s monumental ‘Men to Match My Mountain‘ I have acquired a whole new interest in gold rushes. So, I thought Klondike would also be educational and add to my knowledge base. So, I recorded the first two episodes.

We watch episode one, in lieu of a movie, spread over 2 nights. Yes, of course, some awesome footage of Alaskan scenery — but there is no shortage of that today on Discovery, Destination Channel, Travel, Nat. G etc. So, it was beautiful and vivid, but nothing totally new. The audio was garbage. They were trying to be clever and cute. There was ALWAYS some background music even when there was dialog. So much of the time you couldn’t catch what they were saying because the music was in the way! Drove us nuts.

The story line was too contrived and in parts shoddy. It was not compelling. At the end of episode 1 we both agreed that it was a waste of time and I deleted the other episode. I haven’t seen any new trailers. But, that was it for us. I am sure that must be those that like it. Bully for them.

Deanna Offers Alton Central School (ACS), N.H. Advice, On Facebook, On How To Manage Lunch WITHOUT Missing Any Kids.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Related posts:
>> Deanna has another Facebook rant about ACS Jan. 14, 2013.
>> Deanna’s HOPPING MAD with ACS — Nov. 25, 2013.
>> The ACS FLOOD — Nov. 25, 2013.
>> Can’t Jump Around — Nov. 24, 2013.
>> Subtitle Oct. 28 video — Nov. 24, 2013.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos — Nov. 18, 2013.
++++ Do a SEARCH on ‘Alton Central’ or ‘bullying‘ from Sidebar search trench for other related posts >>>>>


It appears that it is possible at Alton Central School (ACS)
for kids to NOT get lunch because the person in charge
FORGETS to call their table up for lunch!

Honest. This happens.

Deanna even has an e-mail from the Principal that says that they have instructed
the kids on what to do IF this happens again!

Deanna is not happy.

So she provided the following advice to the Principal.
Maybe it should go in the ACS Strategic Objectives
— since this is at least a PLAN.

Well to make sure that other parents will see it she has gone on Facebook, again.

But, I think she has put in on the ACS PTSA Facebook page too.
It probably has been deleted by now.

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