Archive | February 9, 2014

Why Isn’t Sri Lanka Represented In The 2014 Winter Olympics In Sochi?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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To access Sri Lankan Olympic Committee Website.

To access Sri Lankan Olympic Committee Website.


Loon, N.H. last March. I was 59.

Loon, N.H. last March. I was 59.

It is not conceivable that I am the ONLY Sri Lankan (or at least ex-Sri Lankan) that skis (and used to ski quite well too).

With the millions of Sri Lankans living abroad, and the millions of kids born to those abroad, there must, just my the laws of averages, be lots of Sri Lankans (or those that can qualify as Sri Lankans) who ski, snowboard, skate, play hockey etc. There are thousands in Canada. Yes, it is possible that many are averse to the cold — but again if they grew up in Canada, the U.S., N.Z. etc. some of them, if nothing else because of peer pressure, would have got into alpine sports.

And then are are ALL the married partners that will be eligible to compete as Sri Lankan. Again, I know that there are LOTS of Sri Lankans married to other nationals. There are probably Sri Lankan spouses from 100 different countries around the world. Some of them, again by the laws of numbers, must have reached some level of proficiency in winter sports.

Plus, Jamaica doesn’t get snow either. But they have their gamed bobsled team.

So what gives here?

Wow. I just looked it up. The population of Sri Lanka is NOW 20 million! Wow. It was 12 million when I last lived there in 1967. That is a 67% increase in … yes … 47 years. But, that is a lot. Yes, I know that Sri Lankan men put Clinton to shame when it comes to being able to keep their peckers in their pants, but this is crazy. 20 million. I thought it was 16 million and I was looking at the population figures (provided by NBC) for the countries participating in Sochi. I was amazed that Greece only has a 10 million population. So Sri Lanka has twice as many people. Come on … we can find some winter olympians.

20 million. That is too many. I think it is time to put birth control hormones in the water supply. Trust me, that is the only way. 


NBC — Can WE Please Have Bob Costas Wearing A Moshe Dayan Eyepatch At Sochi. His Eyes Are Creeping ME Out!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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As somebody who suffers from Keratoconus I really get creeped out when I see News Anchors that look like us on a REALLY BAD day — and over the decades I have had quite a few of those.

So, yes, we Keratoconus sufferers are the experts on irritated eyes. So, PLEASE, don’t rub this in our face.

Yes, I fully appreciate that Costas is not even half the man that Moshe was BUT he could get away with a nice eye patch — they could even have the NBC logo on it.

Wow. Genius. NBC can command MILLIONS for the Bob Costas eye patch placement.

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If you haven’t heard, yes, he did something naughty and had it transferred to his eye (giggle, giggle) … Google it … or here is one link.

Real object lesson here. YOU really should wash your fingers after in-room hotel entertainment BEFORE you put them anywhere near your eyes. Smirk. Smirk.


Dragon Dance To Bless A Store: Chinese New Year 2014 Celebrations, Feb. 9, Boston Chinatown: More Pictures …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.2014yearhorseaghny

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>> February 9, 2014: Boston Chinatown New Year
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They put these traditional offerings
on a chair (or on the ground)
outside of the store to entice
the dragon.

It consists of: an orange (or two), MONEY
in an envelope and firecrackers.
Sometimes there is a cabbage.

The oranges and cabbage get tossed off to the crowd.

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And this is what the firecrackers look like when they are lit and thrown at the feet of the dragon.

Yes, I get pretty close since firecrackers don’t bother me —
having grown up with them.


Chinese New Year 2014 Celebrations, Feb. 9, In Boston Chinatown: It Was A BLAST! The Pictures …

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Of course we went.
It takes a full force Boston blizzard to keep us away.

Beautiful day. Some sun and blue skies as we drove into Boston.
For us it, at 38º F, felt subtropical
(though we didn’t hang around outside too much).

We left Alton, N.H. around 9:40 am (10 minutes behind schedule).
We were parked, for free, a few blocks from Chinatown by 10:15.
We got to Chinatown by 10:20 and even got to see the ‘Kick Off Ceremony’.

The parades started around 10:30 — and I do mean parades as in plural,
as there were two — coming at each other at right angles.
We managed to get pictures of both head-on.

As usual very amiable and low-key. No hustling. All very composed.
People all very nice. Heavy Boston Police presence, the most I have seen,
but they stay in the background and there isn’t even a whiff of disorderliness.

Very invigorating. I feel rejuvenated —
which I needed, six weeks after the Jan. 1 celebrations.

Of course, we went to the ‘China Pearl’ for Dim Sum.
We lucked out. We were at the top of the stairs by about 10:50.
More below.


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Dim Sum at our favorite: the ‘China Pearl’.

It was pretty crowded. The addition of 3-4 tables with New Years
merchandize, right by the entrance, making the standing room
even tighter. There were three groups, 2 Chinese before us.
All three groups were sent upstairs and they all trotted off — happy.

When it came to us, I flashed on my smile and said we wanted a table downstairs.
She said: ‘Fine. No problem. Just wait a second’. We got a nice table right
opposite the kitchen and the fixed buffet. Perfect.

It was very good. They had the place beautifully decorated.
Very festive.

For the 4 of us it came to $69.xx. Just under $70 and then a 15% tip.
Par for the course. I estimate $16 per head. So it was close.
Actually we got two servings of ‘sticky rice’ to bring home since
Teischan loves it. So no complaints.






More Pictures Of The Parades,
Sunday, February 9, 2014.

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Even MORE pictures ….


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